HIT AND RUN DRIVER CAPTURED WITH HELP OF OFF DUTY COP
An off duty Oak Lawn police officer, Steve McNella, was in the right place at the right time to help Oak Lawn police apprehend Ebony Barnes of Chicago, who backed into a car, apologized and then allegedly fled the scene. McNella witnessed the action and followed Barnes from the accident at 102nd and Cicero, alerting the Oak Lawn Police where they were able to stop Barnes at 85th and Cicero Avenue. Barnes was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
OFFICER SEES CHILDREN WITHOUT SEAT BELTS; FINDS DRUGS
An alert Oak Lawn Police Officer was driving on Harlem Avenue when he saw three small children standing in the rear seat of an automobile and jumping around. Noting that the children did not have seat belts, he stopped the vehicle. The driver and mother of the children, Sheila Yeager, of Oak Lawn, claimed that the children keep taking their seat belts off.
While speaking with Yeager, the officer saw that the passenger, Kyle Smith, of Oak Lawn, had a needle and a cap in his lap. The officer asked Yeager if she had any illegal contraband and she stated, “no, search me.” A baggie of heroin was found in Yeager’s shoe according to the police. No drugs were found on Smith.
Yeager allegedly gave a written statement implicating Smith, who she claimed told her to hold onto the bag of heroin because “cops never search girls”.
Yeager was charged with three counts of failure to secure a child in a restraint system, endangering the health of a child and possession of a controlled substance. Smith was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the health of a child and possession of a controlled substance.
A relative of Yeager picked up the children.