A Blue Grass man was arrested early Monday morning after Rock Island police found him naked and covered in cooking spray.
According to police records, Chad William Forber, 41, of 6020 145th St., Blue Grass, was arrested at 3:27 a.m. Monday in the 2200 block of 3rd Avenue. Rock Island County Circuit Court records indicated that he was charged Monday with one count each of possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, resisting or obstructing a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Deputy Rock Island police chief Jeff VenHuizen said police were called for a report of a naked man on the sidewalk. When officers arrived, he said, they found Mr. Forber wearing only a towel and carrying a pair of shorts. Mr. Forber reportedly told police he took the shorts off because they were too big and would not stay on.
Deputy Chief VenHuizen said people had reported seeing Mr. Forber in The District earlier in the evening.
"He had been seen standing naked in front of one of the establishments down there," he said. "He had lathered himself up with Crisco cooking spray."
After repeatedly telling Mr. Forber to put the shorts on, officers arrested him, Deputy Chief VenHuizen said. When they searched his shorts, he said, they found a small amount of what they believe to be methamphetamine in his pocket. He said Mr. Forber also was carrying a container of cooking spray.
A Rock Island County Jail staffer said Mr. Forber was in custody on Monday afternoon. His bond was $40,000.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.