Northbrook Police Cite 5 Highland Park Teens

The following reports were provided by the Northbrook Police Department. Arrests and charges are accusations, and do not guarantee guilt.

Editor's Note--An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect description of the men's interaction with police.

On Dec. 18, someone reported a possible drug deal going on in a parking lot on the 500 block of Dundee Road in Northbrook, according to Northbrook Police reports. Officers found the car, whose occupants admitted they were going to smoke marijuana, according to the police report.

Officers then found marijuana and a pipe inside the car, police say. Five Highland Park men were issued tickets for possession and released, according to police. The tickets were issued to Michael D. Avila, 18, Jake Burstyn, 19, Ryan J. Hohman, 19, Jeremy D. Mandel, 18 and Kyle J. Rapaport, 19. 

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Reluctant Suburbanite January 08, 2014 at 08:52 AM
So glad we have these dangerous criminals off the street.
gilat zamost January 08, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Did you really need to humiliate parents and say all the names.. Shame on you Patch is like reading Star magazine...try reporting on important issues instead dragging people's families through the dirt. It's a new year I suppose you've learned nothing
Stu Pidasso January 08, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Be thankful if your son or daughter is not on the list!
Moe @ the Buck January 08, 2014 at 01:07 PM
O-M-G Gilat, you are soooo right! The Patch is like the Star, but a lot less credible, Sorry Steve:( Marijauna sometimes leads to other drugs, but mostly it leads to carpentry. If you don't want your kids to build something, don't let them smoke marijuana. I looked over the list of the guys and they look fine to me. We forgive you boys, and your parents!
AK January 08, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Boycott Patch by not giving it any money. Sadin is on the left side of leftist fraudsters anyway. Old farts and commies are ruining this town, when are you going to understand.
AM January 08, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Have we forgotten the tragedy from last summer over a "pot" related incident where a young man was murdered? Hopefully a little "shame" will prevent another tragedy. I'm sure that young man's family would have endured the humiliation of their son's name in the blotter for a violation and have the opportunity to guide him in another direction rather than having no opportunity at all.
FaceOnMars January 08, 2014 at 03:49 PM
AM: perhaps legalization would ultimately be the best way to prevent another tragedy.
Daniel January 08, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Gilat: They should have thought about that before they got caught. Idiots, don't blame the Patch for publishing public information from the Northbrook Police Department. Be thankful that you did not have any kids that were that stupid.
Daniel January 08, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Better boycott Northbrook and the Sun Times: http://northbrook.suntimes.com/crime/blotter-NBS-12262013:article
AM January 08, 2014 at 06:27 PM
FaceOnMars: Time will tell, but until then it is illegal and illegal activity can produce minor consequences or major consequences. And if it takes posting illegal activity in the local paper to get a parents attention and kid going in direction with positive consequences I'm not opposed to it.
The Voice of Highland Park January 08, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Maybe if the kids names are published, other kids will stop and think before doing the same thing. While they are all kids they are all adults and responsible for their actions. I would be embarrassed if it was my kid but don't do the crime if you cant do the time.
Benny G. January 08, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Highland Park News Police Blotter has been publishing the names for decades...
FaceOnMars January 08, 2014 at 08:32 PM
AM: I suppose senseless violence occurs in non-black markets, but my suspicion is that black market violence dwarfs such, generally speaking. I was merely suggesting to take a step back to examine the bigger picture of the causal relationships. Having said that, sure print their names. Many papers will even write up humorous bits on the entire police blotter.
Andrew Green January 12, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Perhaps the readers are missing some salient aspects of the story about teens possessing drugs. At first, the police seemed to be called for a "drug" deal, then the report stated drug possession. Maybe the teens were already given a pass by the police as a "deal" is a felony while possession for less than certain amounts is a misdemeanor. But drugs are dangerous, yes, marijuana in a car driven by teens miles from home can be a death sentence for drivers. Today's marijuana is not apple juice, it is concentrated THC not the weed of the 1970's. For comparison, the national average of marijuana's THC content in 1978 was 1.37%, in 1988 it was 3.59%, in 1998 4.43%, and in 2008 8.49% . In other words, weed today is more than 8 times as strong as the original stuff. The University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project determined some non-domestic marijuana measured 37% THC. But the major point is that marijuana is dangerous, physically and psychologically. I don't want high teens driving next to me on the Edens although I know it happens a lot. Complicating the drug scene is that some parents today get high with their teens, it's regrettable. At times, weed is often contaminated with PCP, a strong hallucinogen, and sometimes lead. Teens really do not know what they are smoking, pot is not labelled. The police are doing a great job by stopping some of this madness and it is too bad that names were mentioned, but it's better to see a name here than in an obituary. Marijuana in a car driven by teens must be considered a major health and safety concern.
Benny G. January 13, 2014 at 02:04 PM
The Evil Weed- See new laws in Colorado.
Highlands HP'er January 13, 2014 at 02:21 PM
"Maybe if the kids names are published, other kids will stop and think before doing the same thing." As someone who doesn't have kids myself... its so easy to spot the fellow childless :)
FaceOnMars January 13, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Andrew, not to minimize your concerns ... as some are legit, take a step back and replace weed with alchohol in your post. What is currently a legal substance is far more dangerous in terms of impairment re: motor skills coordination. If given a choice, I'd take a kid driving on the Edens who's comsumed the most potent weed vs. being over the limit on alchohol any day.
Enrique H. January 22, 2014 at 04:52 PM
They're not minors. Publish the names, especially since their actions were completely voluntary and performed in a public location. Re: other comments--I would rather have *no* drivers under the influence of *any* impairing drugs, including pot, alcohol, barbiturates, opiates, etc. North Shore drivers are terrible enough as it is. We have a recent bad habit of driving into buildings. Anyone see the Pets Supplies Plus on Deerfield Road?!! Fuddruckers?!! Yeesh, people, at least drive into something worth driving into--maybe all of Deerbrook mall, for starts. Could hasten the renovation over there.
Stu Pidasso January 22, 2014 at 04:56 PM
"Could hasten the renovation over there." Ha! Ha!! Good one :)


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