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Police: Busted Champagne Bottle Ignites Liquor Store Meltdown

Two women were hit with charges related to assault and battery after threatening and fighting with liquor store employees, police said.

A Crestwood woman was accused of disrupting a liquor store and fighting employees after they refused to sell her alcohol earlier in the day.

Employees at a liquor store in the 10700 block of Cicero Avenue told police that Terica Gordon and two females were stopped from buying alcohol on Jan. 14 at 11 p.m. because they lacked the right identification.

Store policy, they said, requires everyone — even those in a group buying alcohol — to present a driver’s license proving their age. Two of the women presented general state identification and one had nothing to show.

The women left, but Gordon soon returned and after arguing with a security guard, grabbed a bottle of champagne and approached the clerk. Refused at the counter, Gordon then threw the bottle to the ground — while complaining of racism — and swung her arms “wildly” at displays, police said.

She pushed and punched a security guard in the face and chest as he escorted her out of the building, according to the police report.

By the time officers arrived, the two were struggling on the parking lot ground. During which time, one of Gordon’s companions threatened to beat up the store clerk and manager, police said.

Gordon, 28, of the 4900 block of Circle Court, was charged with battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Rosia C. Mitchell, 27, of the 1000 block of Frexel Road in Ford Heights, was charged with assault.

A third woman was released without charges.

Police said Gordon was initially placed in the back of a squad car during questioning but transferred to a police van for screaming and trying to kick out the back window.

Investigators were still waiting on the store’s surveillance footage at the time of this report, on Jan. 15.

DLC DAVE January 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM
pulling the race card is way to old ,soon white people will be able to play the race card
OL Resident January 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
What was she thinking? that Kenwood would say gee we are sorry that your friend does'nt have and ID? Here, take some free booze on your way out and feel free to assault our staff? Who can justify this kind of mentality. Some liquor stores wont take a State ID. NO DL... NO LIQUOR. Why does someone from Crestwood ( or Ford heights for that matter) need to drive to OL to by liquor. Are you coming here to drink it? Kennwood has sign clearly posted at the door stating that all persons entering the store must have an ID....period. They are protecting their business license. I have seen this happen before in years past at Kennwood and it ended almost the same way. The person offended felt they were too old to be carded and the clerk was a racist white b@#ch. KENWOOD IS IN BUSINESS BECASUE THEY ARE SO STRICT ABOUT SELLING ALCOHOL LEGALLY. I SAY GOOD FOR THEM. ITS TOO EASY FOR ALCOHOL TO FALL INTO UNDERAGE HANDS. I have been carded all thru my 20's 30's and even after 40. I never liked it but I always understood. This person was trying to keep their job.
Infinite January 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
This is a poor representation of news reporting and I am appalled at the lack of journalism displayed. I suggest that the individual responsible for posting this false information go on a fact finding mission before reporting such inaccurate information. This is to be expected though. As far as the comments being left... Those with little or limited knowledge of the situation should refrain from comment. It simply makes you look ignorant and prejudice (not racially...for those who don't know the many contexts of that word)
Linda January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
This appears to be very 1 sided and makes no sense, based on the comments it appears that perhaps the young ladies were right about what occured there I myself have visted this location and know for a fact that they card who they want as i've saw children in the store on several occasions. further more if the store was still awaiting footage, how and why were these ladies charged. im sure that they would have wanted to pursue charges against the store and or security guards. why is this information not being told in the store? Again very 1 sided poor journalism.
Grunty January 20, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Having gone to kenwood on numerous occasions, this story seems to be pretty accurate as far as how kenwood ID's people. Even though I was not the one buying the alcohal, we were turned away when I went there with a friend because I had a ticket at the time. They are overly strict, and it is pretty annoying, but it seems to be working out for them, so I see no reason why they should change. They have the cheapest prices around. I'd shop there more but I hardly ever carry cash, and it makes more sense just to pay the extra buck somewhere else, then pay a bank a 3+ dollar atm fee.
Jesse Marx January 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Infinite, Your criticism is irrefutable, only it fails to take the immediate context (to borrow a word) into consideration. This incident was pulled out of our police blotter and expanded, not as an investigative piece but as a matter of official public record. We made the distinction clear in the headline. Nonetheless, I assure you that we’re perpetually investigating and following up on allegations brought forth by the community and by law enforcement. (I personally spend my days at the courthouse in this capacity.) And they go both ways: accusations against citizens and against police departments. In fact, we just concluded a two-month investigation in a neighboring town that disproved a very serious accusation from one of our readers. What’s more, we might have contacted the defendants involved in this incident, only they were unlisted. You, on the other hand, seem to have intimate knowledge of this event. E-mail me at jessemichaelmarx@gmail.com. I’m interested in hearing more.
Susie January 25, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Linda and Infinite, stop making excuses for these trashy women. Kenwood is a cheap, well-liked store. They have certain rules that everyone must follow. Clearly these women didn't like the rules and wanted the store to make an exception. Kenwood can lose their license if they serve men/women/black/white/yellow/brown who are not 21 years old. They're covering their butt. If they don't like the rules, stay in Crestwood or visit Harvey and they'll be happy to serve you without proper identification. Linda, how does it not make sense? I bring my son in there with me all the time but he's 7 and isn't going to try to purchase liquor or beer. If your kid was 18, no, they won't let him in unless he's with a parent. Just because people don't want to follow the rules doesn't give them permission to throw out the race card. These ladies were charged because there were several witnesses. There are always at least 5 individuals at the checkout area.
Jon Baker February 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
If the signs states that you can't enter without an ID....and if 1 did not have an ID why where they even allowed to enter if they were going to refuse service perhaps a policy change should be in place. Also I agree with Linda, I've seen children in the store as well and young adults who is to say if you are a gaurdian or not, so if the policy say NO one No exceptions how does this happen? I mean thats a hard call to make who decides if im a gaurdian and how do I prove this? I've seen for myself that this policy of whole group ID'ing is very selective. It has no legal bearing, and if she was such a problem why would she even be allowed to enter back into the store? I mean something here just doesnt make sense. I've know Kenwood to have alot of problems and to say the least they all tend to surround some African Americans(sorry not sure the correct term here) but the majority of the legal liquor selling is being done to OL resident minors, kinda odd? Who cares where their from or why they are here you people are proving their point that this was racial fueled by making such comments. I would be intrested in knowing if indeed all of them are of legal age?
OakLawnBill February 24, 2012 at 02:12 AM
You don't like it don't shop at Kenwood. There is a big difference between someone walking in with their child than someone walking in with an 18 year old. And if you don't know the difference, you are shouldn't be allowed to drink as you are already mentally weak.

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