Police blotter: Truck, car fatally strike pedestrian on I-55
October 14, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:14AM
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — A man died Sunday morning after being struck by a semi truck while standing on Interstate 55.
Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said the man’s name was being withheld until he could be positively identified.
“He had identification in his pockets of a 22-year-old Plainfield man, but there that individual has no fingerprints on file for comparison,” O’Neil said.
At 5:22 a.m. a Freightliner semi-tractor was northbound when it struck the man in the right lane near milepost 3.1 north of Route 30.
The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry traveling behind the truck and trailer did not see the pedestrian in roadway and struck him a second time, state police said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. No traffic citations had been issued while the accident remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.
Deputy coroners will next try to find dental records and an autopsy is scheduled for today.
Man arrested for child pornography
PLAINFIELD — A 72-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police allegedly found child pornography on his computer.
John R. Baker, was arrested after investigators searched his residence at 21042 W. Aspen Lane and was booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Will County sheriff’s police said Baker’s arrest was the result of a monthlong investigation by the Will County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
4 arrested with marijuana
BRAIDWOOD — Four men were arrested after police reportedly found 50 grams of pot stored in their minivan Thursday night.
Chief Rich Girot said the Dodge Caravan was stopped about 10 p.m. after the driver was reportedly clocked driving 80 mph on southbound Interstate 55.
“As officers approached they could easily smell cannabis throughout the vehicle,” Girot said. A search reportedly found the marijuana in a “stow-and-go” under the back seats.
Maurice L. Gardner: 32, of 1507 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago; Manuel L. Pratt: 19, of 1840 S. Karlov Ave. in Chicago; Deandre S. Riley: 19, of 7732 S. Sangamon St. in Chicago; and Matthew J. McPhail: 19, of 926 Lake St. in Lincoln, were jailed on charges of marijuana possession.
Mailbox, novels stolen
WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — A thief may have unknowingly ended up with some steamy reading last week.
Will County Sheriff’s police were called Oct. 8 to the 20000 block of West Walton Road after a resident reported a theft. According to reports a black metal mailbox was stolen from the front of the property and “the book series ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was inside the mailbox at the time of the theft.”
Grass cutters nabbed
FRANKFORT — Two Chicago men who allegedly went door to door asking to cut grass have been arrested on burglary charges.
The incident occurred Oct. 2 near Harlem Avenue and Laraway Road and police in Palos Heights gave information about the suspects to investigators on Wednesday, police said.
On Thursday, Tyrone Hughes, 22, of 5644 S. Prairie Ave. and Christopher J. Carter, 21, of 661 W. Vermont Ave., were booked into the county jail on charges of residential burglary.
In other police news:
Michael T. Lafever: 23, of 2221 Mason Ave. in Joliet, was arrested Crest Hill police and booked into the county jail Wednesday on charges of narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Darius L. Montgomery: 21, of 816 New Lenox Road in Joliet, and Detrion M. Anderson , 18, of 222 Anderson Ave. in Joliet, were arrested by sheriff’s police and booked into the county jail Wednesday on charges of delivery of lookalike narcotics.
Mitchell M. Thompson: 18, of 1614 Fifth Ave. in Joliet, was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Wednesday on a charge of theft.
Quiane D. Smith: 25, of 14 Earl Ave. in Joliet, was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Wednesday on a charge of delivery of marijuana.
Donald F. Steinhaus: 35, of 13 Fernwood Drive in Bolingbrook, was arrested by sheriff’s police and booked into the county jail Wednesday on charges of driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle.