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Police Blotter: Pot Possession, Disorderly Conduct, DUI

Arrests reported by Plainfield police, July 9-26.

July 9

Teen accused of resisting an officer

Blake Casas, 18, of the 1800 block of Chestnut Hill Road, Plainfield, was arrested by at 10:47 p.m. in the 16000 block of Dan O'Connell Drive and charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer, police said.

July 11

Woman charged with battery

Krystin Hart, 24, of the 1900 block of Long Ridge Court, Plainfield, was arrested by Plainfield police at 1:35 p.m. in the 16000 block of South Route 59 and charged with battery, according to police.

July 17

Disorderly conduct charge

Kelsie Marion, 18, of the 14000 block of Kearns Drive, Plainfield, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. at Chicago and Des Plaines Streets and charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

July 19

Man accused of DUI

Robert Schubert, 54, of the 700 block of Lindholm Court, Naperville, was arrested at 12:07 a.m. at Main Street and Route 59 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

July 21

DUI charge

Mark Stephanites, 49, of the 14000 block of Center, Plainfield, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. at Joliet Road and Union Street and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

July 24

Teens charged with cannabis possession

Eighteen-year-olds Colin Hackman, of the 24000 block of Vermette Circle, and Scott Niehoff, of the 25000 block of Vermette Circle, were arrested at 11:41 p.m. at Blakely and Shreffler drives and charged with possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis, police said.

Harry July 31, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I would not say its wasted money and/or efforts. There is just the same amount of violence, money, guns involved in cannabis then there is in heroin, cocaine, etc. officers every year around the country are being killed over weed arrests, so obviously there is something to say about the enforcement of weed.
Kevin S July 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The point you and so many others miss when referring to so-called "drug related" crime is that there is nothing inherently violent about most drugs, marijuana in particular. If people, especially in the media, were to call it what it is, "prohibition related" crime, perhaps more people would understand what is going on in this country. Anyone remember the Volstead Act? The 18th Amendment? How'd that work out? "The effects of Prohibition were largely unanticipated. Production, importation, and distribution of alcoholic beverages — once the province of legitimate business — were taken over by criminal gangs, which fought each other for market control in violent confrontations, including murder." - Wikipedia "Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." - Winston Churchill
Hugo August 01, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Plainfield can issue tickets for less than 10grams of herb.
Hugo August 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Drug related crime relates to the nuisances when little punks essentially set-up a "business" at their house and have unsavory traffic coming and going. Plus, the general public consensus remains that people don't want to see this done out in the open, for whatever subjective reasons they have. Look at california...of all places, they had a REFERENDUM to decriminalize weed and it LOST. I think people don't care about weed offenders going to jail, they just want to make sure their kids don't have to walk through a cloud of it outside restaurants or in parks etc. In other words, when it's done in the privacy of one's own home nobody cares...and that's how it currently is. You show me a SWAT raid where they EXPECTED to find a personal consumption amount of weed and only that. Doesn't happen. The vast majority of people truly don't have a stake in weed, and the vocal minority apparently can't even get people out to vote on it....EVEN IN CALIFORNIA. Don't hold your breath for legalizaiton, but you can expect towns (i.e. Plainfield) to take a pretty reasonable approach to personal-use amounts. A ticket isn't even a criminal offense. It's an ordinance...a civil process.
Ernie Knight August 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Just one problem Kevin. Illegal drugs are typically not paid for with funds earned lawfully. They are the result of burglaries, robberies, prostitution, etc, etc. How many homicides have been committed because an addict needed a fix? And marijuana is the gateway drug for almost all heroin, meth, and cocaine users. You think heroin overdose deaths would go down if it was legal? There's a very good reason why it's called "drug related crime".
Plainfield Ind August 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Marijuana should be legalized but there still needs to be enforcement of tax evasion and drug driving. Marijuana could be heavily taxed and what a benefit to the economy that would be. Marijuana is to rock and roll as beer is to baseball. Any person who reads this cannot honestly say that marijuana is somehow worse than alcohol. People act far more dumb on alcohol than they do marijuana. If you legalize the cartels would be out of business.
Ernie Knight August 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sorry PI, Alcohol does not cause lung cancer. Alcohol is not a gateway drug which frequently leads to heroin, meth, cocaine, etc, etc. Alcohol does not cause chromosome damage. Stoners are not lovely people who are well-behaved. The fact that they display their drug-induced stupidity differently, does not make it better. Marijuana can have other profound long-term effects, sapping motivation and energy. I'm not a fan of alcohol, but weed is worse.
Tim August 03, 2012 at 02:21 PM
No, alcohol actually is actually THE gateway drug, Ernie... http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/05/study-the-gateway-drug-is-alcohol-not-marijuana/ Marijuana does not cause lung cancer either, in fact it prevents its growth; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm From your blind recitation of dogma, I can tell that you aren't going to let facts get in your way here though. Nothing you have said is even remotely close to true or accurate. It's probably better you stay sheltered, as reality would probably cause you to have a nervous breakdown at this point once you realize you have been living a lie for most of your life.
Plainfield Ind August 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Alcohol causes far more cancer in the human body than marijuana. In fact, marijuana has not been linked to cause cancer. It is also not an addictive drug like tobacco or alcohol. Alcohol users die from alcohol abuse where you never hear anything about a marijuana overdose. People who abuse alcohol are far more violent than people who consume marijuana. The violence of alcohol far outweighs what would be done by marijuana users. There is something the US leads the world in......that is the most incarcerated citizens per capita (25% of the prison polulation is for drugs). The war on drugs in a complete failure. To say that marijuana is somehow worse than alcohol makes no sense. And a gateway drug? what do you think alcohol is?
Ernie Knight August 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Right, smoke that weed and it will do no damage to your lungs. All those studies showing it causes lung cancer are wrong because Tim cites another off-topic piece of research. The research that he uses is about the use of THC NOT intriduced by smoking, used to treat existing lung cancer. Read your own research, Tim! Alcohol is not a gateway drug. Look at illegal users of serious controlled substances: heroin, crack, meth, coke. Alcohol was not the gateway drug, pot was. Alcohol users may become alcoholics, but its not a gateway drug. And that old claim of pot being non-addictive, is at best very disputed. You try to get a stoner to stop. Let me know how that's works out! I'm not going to defend alcohol. But anyone who thinks marijuana use is without harm is simply DELUSIONAL!
Plainfield Ind August 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Alcohol is not a gateway drug? Wow, you must have failed DARE class. All substances have some sort of harm. I never said they don't have some sort of harm. But the effects of alchol far outweigh the effects of marijuana. I hear far more stories of husbands coming home drunk and punching their wife. But I've yet to meet a stoner who comes home to punch his wife. Alcohol causes so many bar fights, stabbings, and sex assualts. Very rarely if ever do you hear someone under the influence of marijuana cause these types of crimes. And why shouldn't someone who just had chemotherapy be allowed to smoke marijuana. Chemotherapy causes people to lose their appetite. You can't fight a disease when you don't have the proper nutrition. Marijuana would help those people get their hunger back. Marijuana also presents more medical benefits than the gateway drug of alcohol.
Ernie Knight August 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Tim's other research citation did not say marijuana wasn't a gateway drug. In fact it CONFIRMED that marijuana IS a gateway drug. It argued that alcohol is a PRIOR legal gateway drug. Now personally, if alcohol leads to marijuana which leads to heavier stuff, I'm going to pinpoint marijuana as the gateway. As to the medical "benefits"? THC has been available in prescription pill form for decades. Tell me, what other "medicine" needs to be smoked, to cause damage to the lungs, to introduce it into the body?
Tim August 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Ernie, you not being able to understand what you read, is not the same thing as whatever you post being true... "definitively proving that marijuana use is not the primary indicator of whether a person will move on to more dangerous substances." There are not two 'gateway drugs'. You are failing to understand the word gateway, and twisting reality to fit your bias. That's not how reality works my friend. " A study published in 2010 in the medical journal Lancet ranked alcohol as the most harmful drug of all, above heroin, crack, meth, cocaine and tobacco. Even more striking: The Lancet study found that harms to others near the user were more than double those of the second most harmful drug, heroin." Now, anytime you want to provide some actual EVIDENCE to support your 100 yr old repetition of proven false propaganda, feel free. So far, you have provided nothing but your own outdated nonsense. I notice you didn't provide a single source that marijuana is bad, other than your brainwashed ramblings that is. But hey, Im sure its just a fluke that Ive had a successful business for decades, that employs plenty of people, who also enjoy the 'devil weed' responsibly in the privacy of their own homes. In fact, you would probably be surprised at how many people you know enjoy it, but don't tell you because of your ancient and outdated views on the topic. Enjoying wine with dinner=ok Enjoying marijuana after work=evil devil person You are a funny man, Ernie.
Ernie Knight August 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Tim, Straight from the article you cite: "primary gateway" (How can you have a primary without others, Tim?) "The latest form of the gateway theory is that it begins with [marijuana] and moves on finally to what laypeople often call ‘harder drugs.’ As you can see from the findings of our study, it confirmed this gateway hypothesis, but it follows progression from licit substances, specifically alcohol, and moves on to illicit substances.” Your habitual misinterpretation of research is not going to compel others to believe. And if your "evidence-based" argument is so strong, exactly why are personal attacks necessary? Now, put down the bong and step away.
Tim August 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Now lets try to use the WHOLE sentence you pulled the word 'primary gateway' from; "the persistent and misguided notion of marijuana as the primary gateway to more harmful substances went awry because its creators — who called it the “Stepping Stone Hypothesis” in the “Reefer Madness” era of the 1930s – fundamentally misread the data and failed to conduct an adequate follow-up." I can see why you only picked out the words that supported your bias. Like I said, that is not how reality works, Ernie. It does in fact show that that notion is flawed, and incorrect, no matter how much you want to pick out SINGLE WORDS from an entire sentence to change its entire meaning in order to cling to your flawed worldview.
Ernie Knight August 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Tim, According to you: 1. marijuana doesn't cause lung cancer but prevents the growth of lung cancer 2. seat belt enforcement causes an increase in violent crime. In both cases which you yourself cited, you profoundly misinterpreted the research and the findings. Where's the bias?
pat smith August 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I bet %90 of the people who argue about pot on this website don't even know why Cannabis was made illegal in the first place... It's kinda sad how undereducated people are on the subject. It's just a plant, just like tobacco. If you actually want to learn about weed without anyones bias opinion getting in your way go watch an actual movie on the medical and psychological facts about pot. I support pot being legalized because I believe it's safer than alcohol and has less risks than alcohol, it also would generate a looooot of tax money. Medically it is one of the greatest pain relievers and treatments for anxiety and many other disorders and it has no risk of addiction. I still don't see why people take Valium and Xanax to solve a problem when all it really does it create a new problem with dependency.
Ernie Knight August 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Heroin is from a plant too. Your point? How many people have been killed by overdosing on heroin? Psilocybin is a plant and an illegal hallucinogen. Most illegal drugs ARE from plants. What other "pain reliever" needs to be smoked, causing damage to the lungs? THC has been available in presription pills for decades.
Plainfield Ind August 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Heroin should always be illegal. Marijuana needs to be legalized and taxed. Marijuana is far less harmful than other drugs.
LMS August 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Should we legislate inactivity, obesity, cigarette smoking, etc.? I'm completely serious. If danger-to-self is a rationale for making marijuana illegal, then where do we draw the line? Surely deep fried fast food and cigarettes should be illegal if we're looking at "how many people have been killed" to make arguments. It's absurd that alcohol is legal while marijuana isn't. People (of all ages) who want marijuana easily find and buy it. Toss aside the failed War on Drugs and put some constructive legislation in place. People do all kinds of potentially harmful things in the privacy of their own homes or in designated areas (such as getting drunk in bars, smoking cigarettes where allowed, eating Big Macs with large fries, etc.) I choose not to do those things, but my personal preferences shouldn't drive legislature.
Ernie Knight August 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Right, marijuana is harmless and the dopers are being persecuted. Aside from the lung cancer it causes, are we to expect the dopers to not smoke up and do other things? DUI drugs, like the FATAL crash in Naperville? And how are some going to pay for it? Illegally through theft, robbery, burglary, etc. By the way, the guy that ate the face off the homeless man: the only drug they found in him was marijuana. The guy that ran over 7 squad cars out east with his tractor, had been pinched for marijuana possession. In the real world, marijuana is not a miracle substance that just makes everybody happy. Equating marijuana laws with a nanny state is ludicrous.
LMS August 13, 2012 at 04:44 PM
You're concerned about lung cancer. Do you advocate making cigarette smoking illegal? You're concerned about substance use and crime/traffic incidents resulting in injury or fatality. Do you advocate making alcohol illegal? As to "the guy that ate the face off the homeless man".... Assuming this incident happened (don't give me a link- I don't want to read/hear about it) do you concede that inherent mental illness may have played a role, or is your argument that marijuana usage leads to homeless man face-eating? In my opinion marijuana is a stupid drug that makes people boring and smell bad, but again- my (and your) personal preferences shouldn't drive legislature. Potential for self-harm shouldn't drive legislature. Potential for community harm (such as crime and traffic incidents) should drive legislature in a manner comparable to alcohol laws. Making marijuana illegal while alcohol is legal is ludicrous. (Okay, wait...I couldn't resist googling "homeless man face ate marijuana" and all I see is a story about an unmedicated/untreated schizophrenic with a history of mental illness entering an unexplained state of psychosis while marijuana was in his system. "Some have speculated" that cannabis use "may have" contributed to a psychotic incident, while "some experts" believe untestable drugs were in his system at the time. Are you KIDDING me using that as part of your argument?)
Tim August 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ernie, still waiting for that evidence that marijuana causes lung cancer. When someone eat pot brownies, they are going to get lung cancer? When someone uses a vaporizer, they are going to get lung cancer? No, your repeating of propaganda is not 'evidence'.
Ernie Knight August 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Interested in your source for the "untreated schizophrenic" diagnosis. All the accounts I've seen have shown no formal diagnosis of any mental illness. On the other hand, marijuana was found at autopsy. By the way, if he was schizophrenic then a state of psychosis would not be UNEXPLAINED. Schizophrenia is a form of psychosis. And the guy on weed that killed the motorcyclist in Naperville, while raging after a teenage female driver . . . why is that OK? Oh yeah, and the guy that ran over 7 sheriff's police cars with his tractor. Yeah, potheads are obviously not a problem.
LMS August 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/rudy-eugene-face-marijuana-medical-examiner-results_n_1632253.html Here's a source you'll mock, but be a doll and read the article anyway, since you brought this nauseating incident up: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/marijuana-didnt-cause-miami-face-eating-attack And at this point I'm done talking about the schizophrenic face-eater who may have induced a psychotic break from reality by taking an unknown synthetic drug. Your style of debate is certainly interesting, Mr. Knight. Please copy/paste where I've ever said anything remotely like, "Killing people while driving under the influence of substances is okay." I said outlawing marijuana but not alcohol doesn't make sense. Why didn't you also share incidents where people have been tragically killed by drunk drivers and then advocate for alcohol to be illegal? DUI laws should be much stricter. I'm all for it. Anyone driving a motor vehicle under the influence of mind-altering substances of any kind should be subject to the harshest penalties possible. What does that have to do with the nonsensical position of outlawing marijuana while keeping alcohol legal (which was my clearly stated point)? Do you feel alcohol and cigarettes should be legal? Do you think marijuana use leads to face-eating? Do you think marijuana causes more traffic fatalities than alcohol? Please help me understand your position.
Ernie Knight August 15, 2012 at 06:32 PM
LMS, It's pretty simple why alcohol isn't illegal. When it was, it didn't work. Largely because just about anyone could make alcohol. Fermentation is a natural process. Producing marijuana is more difficult and easier to prohibit. My argument is not about alcohol or other substances or wild idealistic wishes. It is simply that marijuana should remain illegal. If you have not yet seen ample reason to keep people from using marijuana, nothing I say, no research I can cite, no force on Earth will change your opinion. Have a nice day.
LMS August 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I know why prohibition failed. I know why outlawing marijuana is failing. I know there are ample reasons to try and keep people (via education versus intrusive legislation) from doing a lot of potentially harmful things. I also know that you can't construct a logical argument for your "keep marijuana illegal" point of view because there isn't one. I can't tell if you're sidestepping the specific points I'm making or if you genuinely don't understand them, but I'll wrap up by wishing you a nice day as well.
Ernie Knight August 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
As I said, no force on Earth.
Sam Spade August 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Ernie Knight for President!!!!!
Plainfield Ind August 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I cannot vote for someone who thinks marijuana somehow causes lung cancer. There are so many medical benefits to consuming marijuana. To somehow say marijuana is a "gateway" drug is simply ridiculous. Alcohol consumption is far worse than marijuana consumption. Marijuana is something that could really help patients that get chemotherapy. My vote is no.

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