Police blotter: Police dog finds drugs
January 24, 2013 10:34PM
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:25AM
JOLIET — A police dog reportedly found cocaine in a hidden compartment during a traffic stop Tuesday.
At 1:32 p.m. Officer Bert Badertscher reportedly saw a silver Jeep Cherokee with no front license plate on Theodore Street near Raynor Avenue.
Cmdr. Al Roechner said a computer check showed the rear plate had been reported stolen from Brookfield, so Badertscher pulled the vehicle over in a parking lot.
“The driver, Luis A. Cruz, 31, handed over a state ID card because his driver’s license expired in 2007. He did, however, show proof of current insurance,” Roechner noted.
When Badertscher’s canine, Hero, reportedly “alerted” at the front of the driver’s area, officers found baggies containing 4.5 ounces of cocaine and a pill in a concealed space.
Cruz, of 4626 Vernon Ave. in Brookfield, was booked into the county jail on charges of delivery of drugs and utilizing a hidden compartment. His passenger was released without being charged.
2 shot near bowling alley
ROMEOVILLE — Two men were shot outside a bowling alley early Tuesday.
At 12:52 a.m. police were called to the parking lot of Brunswick Zone, 735 N. Center Blvd., after shots were reported.
Police said someone in a dark-colored, four-door car fired at a group of people who had just walked outside.
Both victims were driven to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet before police arrived.
A 26-year-old Lockport man was struck in the abdomen and was listed in good condition Thursday morning. An 18-year-old Joliet man was treated for a wound to his left arm and released.
In other police news:
Jacob M. Newberry: 17, of 25225 W. Wheat Drive, Plainfield, was arrested by Plainfield police Wednesday on a charge of delivery of marijuana.
Chyle P. Vance: 21, of 16656 W. Merc Lane, Lockport, was arrested by sheriff’s police Wednesday on a charge of theft.
Monica Diaz-Ramirez: 20, of 14421 Wolf Road, Orland Park, was arrested by sheriff’s police Wednesday on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
Jimmy L. Miller: 20, of Louisville, Ky., and Ronald D. Philpott, 22, of Fairdale, Ky., were arrested by state police Wednesday on charges of delivery of marijuana.
Shirley E. Sparling: 40, of Schererville, Ind., was arrested by sheriff’s police Wednesday on charges of driving on a suspended license and no insurance.