Felony drug charges for North Riverside man

A 20-year-old North Riverside man faces felony drug charges after Riverside police say they recovered a backpack containing cannabis, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in a construction dumpster in the parking lot of Blythe Park School in Riverside just after 1 a.m. on June 22.

Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said police had been issued a special patrol bulletin after residents complained that throughout the past several months, people were partying in the park next to the school after dark.

On Saturday morning, police reported spotting three subjects walking in the park area near the school. One of those subjects was seen throwing a backpack into a construction dumpster and throwing away a beer can.

Officers reported recovering a Louis Vuitton backpack from the dumpster. Inside the backpack was a Campbell’s soup can fitted with a false top to hide drugs inside. In addition, police reported recovering 45 grams of cannabis, 18 Xanax and 23 Valium pills. They also recovered a digital scale and clear plastic bags.

Casey C. Willoughby, of North Riverside, was charged with felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, felony possession of cannabis and felony possession of a controlled substance. Willoughby and the other two subjects, a 20-year-old Brookfield man and 19-year-old North Riverside man, were cited for being in a park after closing time.

“It is disturbing to see that an individual had what could only be described as a mobile drug dispensary in his backpack,” said Weitzel. “The fact that he had a Campbell’s soup can with a false top is also troubling.”

Felony DUI

A West Chicago man whose driver’s license is revoked and has at least two prior drunk-driving arrests faces felony DUI charges after he allegedly drove through a red light and struck another vehicle at the intersection of First Avenue and Cermak Road just before 3 a.m. on June 22.

Jesus Quinones, 45, was reportedly driving a 2006 Dodge SUV northbound on First Avenue when he drove through a red light and broadsided a 1990 Lexus driven by a 23-year-old Berwyn man.

According to the police report, Quinones had been drinking at bars in Aurora and Berwyn since about 5 p.m. on June 21 and was headed home when the crash happened. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment.

A computer check revealed that Quinones had four active warrants for his arrest, two in DuPage County and two in Kane County. Two of the warrants were for previous DUI arrests.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged him with felony DUI. North Riverside police cited him for several traffic offenses, including reckless driving and disobeying a traffic control signal.

As of Monday morning, Quinones was in Cook County Jail with bond set at $15,000. He had a preliminary court date Tuesday.


Riverside police have reported that a home in the 400 block of Selborne Road was burglarized on June 21 between 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.

The owner of the home is deceased and nothing of value was kept in the house, according to police, but someone had pried open the rear door with a screwdriver and went through the house, pulling out drawers and turning on lights.

Neighbors told police they did not see or hear anything unusual during the time the burglary occurred.

During the overnight hours on June 21, someone climbed the perimeter fence of Clover’s Garden Center, in the parking lot of the shopping center at 7401 25th St., North Riverside, and removed about $100 from a cash register and another $200 in rolled coins from another area behind the sales counter.

Security cameras showed two vehicles, a white minivan and a gray sedan, in the area of the business about 12:27 a.m. Someone got out of the sedan and drove away while the white van stayed in the area.

A 25-year-old Rolling Meadows man contacted North Riverside police on June 21, stating that his possibly unlocked 2008 Dodge Avenger had been burglarized between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The vehicle was parked in the east lot, near the food court, of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

Removed from the vehicle were several boxes containing merchandise display items, and posters for Nintendo products. The offender also removed tools, power cables and controllers for Nintendo product display systems.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 17-23, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.