POLICE BLOTTER: Suspicious Dumpster Fire at Harnew, Waiting Room Meltdown
Oak Lawn police reports, Dec. 3 through Dec. 6.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
Police and fire officials are investigating the cause of a possible arson fire at Harnew Elementary School at 9101 S. Meade Ave. A surveillance video shows a male juvenile approaching a recycling bin and igniting the paper inside around 10:03 a.m. After torching the Dumpster, the juvenile walked eastbound toward Austin Avenue.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
‘Smoke You All’
Police responded to a disturbance in the pediatric emergency waiting room at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 4440 W. 95th St. around 10:18 p.m. When police arrived, hospital public safety officers were holding Jason C. Kent, 27, of Burbank, who allegedly started a disturbance after a nurse accidentally struck his child with a cart. Kent began to yell and swear at the nurse when public safety officers were called to the area, reports said. Police said that Kent claimed he was a member of a street gang and got into a public safety officer’s face saying he was going to call his boys and they would come up to the hospital and “smoke you all.” Kent was taken into custody by police and charged with disorderly conduct. Kent has a court appearance on Jan. 10.
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