Fight Starts After Attempt to Sell Oregano as Marijuana

Shoplifting, stolen motorcycle, vandalism among reports made to Elmhurst police,

Fight Over Fake Marijuana

Elmhurst  police were called to a home on the 700 block of north Adele Street over a fight involving the sale of fake marijuana at about 7:48 p.m. June 2. The victim gave  a witness $20 to buy marijuana, but that second person was given oregano instead. Both called police to report a theft. But William J. Lowery, 18, of 351 E. Fullerton was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening the mother of Jonathon Niewinski, 18, who lives on that block. Niewinski was charged with battery because he pushed the victim and spit in his face, according to police.

Items Stolen at Walgreens

A woman put several packages of razor blades into her  purse and cold medication into a shopping bag  at Walgreens, 160 N. Palmer, at about 2:38 p.m. June 1 and refused to allow an employee to look inside the bag. She left the store and entered a white Lexus in a 30-minute parking space. The car then sped away. The stolen items were worth $111.96. Elmhurst police checked the area for the car with no luck.

Motorcycle Missing

A resident of an apartment complex on the 800 block of north York Road reported he came home June 3 from a day trip to Milwaukee and noticed his black and red 2006 Honda motorcycle was missing. The motorcycle had been covered by a canvas tarp and was parked in the west parking lot near the entrance to the complex. Police will look at security camera footage from the complex. 

Officer Spots Man Urinating

While on bike patrol at about 11:28 p.m. June 2, an Elmhurst police officer saw a man urinating on the wall of a building on the 100 block of south York Road. Ryan T. Giesel, 22, 336 Walnut was charged with disorderly conduct -public urination,

Two Minors Found in Car With Beer

Two minors were arrested at about 12:44 a.m. June 3 after an Elmhurst police said they were sitting in a car with the lights off at North and Myrtle and an open case of Keystone Light beer was in the back seat. Charged with possession of alcohol by a minor were Khuspal S. Sangha, 19, of 3 N. 340 Wilson and Matthew R. Schact, 20, of 306 Hagens.

Vandalism Reported

Police were called to the 200 block of Hawthorne Avenue at about 5:50 a.m. June 3 where a resident said someone impaled  a 13-inch Sylvania television set  on the fire hydrant in front of the home. The set shattered, causing parts to spread all over the parkway. The resident said this is at least the 15th or16th time  vandalism has occurred and has no idea why this is happening.

A stop sign and post that should have been on the southwest corner of Madison and Mitchell was discovered to be missing at about 9:56 a.m. June 3.

Someone sprayed an unknown substance on the front door of a home on the 300 block of Kimbell and turned on a garden hose,  causing water to flood the basement, police learned at about 7:05 p.m. June 3.    

The entire length of a vehicle parked on the 500 block of Myrtle was found to be keyed May 30. Estimated damage is $1,500. 

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Jeff K June 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I once got into a fight because I tried to buy oregano and they sold me pot. I should really stop buying spices off the street.
Jim Court June 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
People are constantly getting citations for public urination in the downtown area. What about placement of port a potties ? Huge car shows, much foot traffic, many bars. Sometimes mother nature calls. Lets be real and address this problem constructively.
Glenn June 12, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Not to mention that Bussinesses won't allow you to use their restroom without a purchase.


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