Gang Strike Force makes drug bust near campus

Break-ins and snow-related hit-and-run accidents also kept area police busy this week.

by Kevin Behr

The Metro Gang Strike Force confiscated $5,000 cash and nearly 50 grams of heroin from a house in the Prospect Park neighborhood.

According to a court complaint filed March 1, an informant saw Alonzo Carter with large amounts of heroin and told authorities he recently made a trip to Chicago with the drugs.

The informant also saw Carter make a hand-to-hand drug sale in front of his house on Williams Avenue Southeast, the document said.

The Strike Force obtained a search warrant, and a drug dog led them to a safe containing the money and 49.37 grams of heroin.

Authorities arrested Carter, who was later charged with felony possession with intent to sell. He faces up to 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, the complaint said.

Carter is currently in custody with bail set at $50,000.

Two arrested for burglary

For the second time in a week, police were needed for an incident at a house on the 800 block of 23rd Avenue Southeast.

English junior Brett Hogenson said he heard a knock at the front door at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

When he opened the door, he found two men asking to see “John,” saying he was going to sell them marijuana, Hogenson said.

“John doesn’t live here,” he said. “Then they said, ‘If John’s not here, you can just give me your money.’ “

The men dug through Hogenson’s, his friend’s and his roommate’s pockets and jackets, looking for cash and stealing their cell phones, Hogenson said.

The men told Hogenson and friends they had guns and threatened to use them if their demands weren’t met, Hogenson said.

His girlfriend, who had been in the basement, came upstairs and saw the incident. She ran to the bathroom to call police.

The thieves didn’t see her and were still present when the police arrived, Hogenson said. The police arrested both intruders for felony burglary, according to the police report.

In the same house, on March 1, Will Rajkowski, Asian languages junior, had his computer stolen from his room. During Tuesday’s incident, the men struck him twice in the face and also stole his cell phone and check card, Hogenson said.

Snow causes many hit-and-run accidents

At least eight hit-and-run incidents were reported to police in the University area since Feb. 28 and the latest snow storm.

Five of the accidents happened when drivers collided with parked vehicle on snow-covered roads. The rest occurred while both vehicles were in motion, according to police reports.

Hitting a vehicle and failing to leave a note with the name and address of the person who struck the vehicle is a misdemeanor, according to state law. The penalty is 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.