Evanston police say five men were arrested during an early morning check on parolees today.

Evanston Police Commander Tom Guenther says city police and the Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Division checked on 44 parolees during the sweep.

He says they conducted drug tests, interviewed the parolees to seek information about possible criminal activity and checked on their compliance with restrictions imposed as part of their parole.

Those arrested today, and the charges they face, are: Alfred Boner, 22, of 720 Mulford St., marijuana possession; Kevin Brown, 36, of 1811 Dempster St., weapons and drug violation; Joe Norman Jr., 27, of 703 Brummel St., possession of controlled substance; Anthony Jones, 20, 1420 Fowler Ave., possession of a controlled substance, and Frank Sanchez, 21, of 7729 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago, a warrant arrest for bond forfeiture.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Send them back to jail
    Thank you Evanston Police for cleaning up our city. I am quite sure there are more than 44 people on parole in this town, however this is a good start. It doesn’t surprise me that these 5 individuals violated their parole. When on parole inmates of the Illinois Dept. of Corrections are ‘released’ to a particular address with many specific conditions,including; no drugs, weapons,drug free urine tests, curfews,and no contact with certain individuals. This is essentially an extension of their jail cell while they wait out the remainder of their sentence. However, they get the freedom of being outside. I think that freedom alone would keep these guys behavior in check. But…it doesn’t. They take advantage of the system and think they can get away with something. Send them right back and lock them in. They had there chance (and many others)and blew it.

    1. agree to disagree
      you see thats where your wrong. if their doing drugs in the confines of their home, let them do it. they are only hurting themselves. why use tax payers money to provide food and shelter? why support the life of one who doesnt live? let them die a slow death in the arms of guns and drugs…it wont be long.

      the evanston police need to pay more attention to the young kids (8-15 yr olds) who are on the block slangin’ dope and crack (subsequently to the parolees). their the ones who need support and a safe place. provide them with a chance, to live.

      1. If they were only using drugs…
        I think you and I agree on at least one thing. Those that sell the drugs live by the sword and will die by the sword (best case scenario). However, the offenders from the other day were not taken back to prison for personal amounts of drugs. These are the sellers that pedal to the smaller ‘street corner’ dealers, who inturn sell to the lifeless crack-heads that wander around our city during the day, and then break into our homes and cars at night to feed their habit. And what about the Parolee with the gun? Does he only use that in the confines of his own home?
        I think the Police Department does a great job with the young dealers. And I completely disagree that it is the Evanston Police Departments responsibility to provide support and shelter to the young street corner dealers. That, my friend, is the responsibility of their parent(s).

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