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Teens Found With Bats, Duct Tape, Rope, Gloves and a Metal Shank

Also, police make arrests for heroin, crack, pills and pot.

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Benjamin W. Thiel, 18, 745 S. Berkley, Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, consumption of alcohol by a minor and attempted escape after police were called to a disturbance on the 500 block of West St. Charles at 10:39 p.m. July 9. Thiel and several juveniles were found with baseball bats, duct tape, rope, gloves and a metal shank. Thiel was released on I-bond. A female was released pending lab tests for drugs, and a second female was arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released to her parents.

Possession of Heroin

Radoslaw K. Zawadzki, 20, 841 N. York Apt. 116, Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance after police responded to a verbal domestic between Zawadzki and his father at 8:21 p.m. July 5. Police located heroin in a trash can, along with hypodermic needles. He was taken to DuPage County Jail.

Drug Dealing

Larry E. McDowell, 55, 326 N. Ardmore, Villa Park, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after an investigation led police to his red Ford Windstar at St. Charles and Monterey at 5:39 p.m. July 10. McDowell, who police said was in possession of 10 packets of heroin and two baggies of crack cocaine, was taken to DuPage County Jail.

Possession of Cannabis

Emmanuel A. Plascencia, 29, 421 Burlington, Downers Grove, was charged with possession of cannabis at the Waverton Hotel, 624 N. York Road, at 9:43 p.m. July 6. Donald A. Merritt, 53, 8251 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, also was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released at the scene on I-bond.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Police responded for an ambulance assist to an undisclosed location at 6:40 a.m. July 6 for a subject who was unconscious, unresponsive and had shallow breathing. He regained consciousness at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and admitted to taking two Oxycontin and two Xanax while drinking.

A woman police did not identify spit on medics who were trying to get her to the hospital due to her high level of intoxication and because she had taken several pills, according to her family. The incident happened at 2:14 a.m. July 9 at Brush Hill and Euclid. Police said they will obtain a warrant for battery.

An intoxicated woman in possession of pills was found passed out by police in the common area of a building in an undisclosed location at 1:30 a.m. July 10. She was arrested and released without charges.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

Stewart Levine July 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
just another day in the neighborhood, oh wouldn't you be mine? the heroin epidemic makes me think of (4) things -- (1) the psychosocial subconscious effect of white noise or chaos that society is resonating at, where human beings can no longer function or survive in various physiological and cognitive states of being. (2) the British East India Company that sold massive amounts of heroin to the Chinese for the Crown, which was a similar epidemic and the Chinese eventually resorted to executing users known as coolies. (3) Pat Tillman exposing US Troops guarding afghanistan's poppy fields and trying to expose it before mysteriously dying. (4) During the Vietnam War heroin/opium being shipped into America via.. dead soldiers coffins.
Mar July 13, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Interesting! I wonder what the teens were planning on doing with the stuff they had??? Maybe the cops should practice on the teens found with this stuff to see if in fact the stuff would have worked on their victims! What is with these kids? Do to them what they plan to do to others or what they have already done! And this is our future, scary!

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