Spat over space ends with $250 ticket

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A 33-year-old Brookfield man was cited for parking in a handicapped-only space at a local doughnut shop after police were called to break up a fight in the parking lot on the morning of Jan. 24.

When police arrived, they interviewed the Brookfield man and a 46-year-old Lyons man who were involved in the verbal altercation outside Dunkin Donuts, 9200 Ogden Ave., Brookfield. While both men accused each other of being the aggressor in the altercation and of being spat on by the other, one fact appeared not to be in dispute.

The Brookfield man reportedly pulled his 1999 Chevy SUV into the handicapped spot at Dunkin Donuts just before 8 a.m. Inside the shop, the Lyons man confronted the Brookfield man about parking in the handicapped spot, touching off the altercation.

At some point, according to police, one of the men invited the other to settle the matter out in the parking lot. Apart from a little chest bumping and some heated language, however, things never got violent, according to police, and nobody was injured.

But when he arrived on the scene, a police officer did report seeing the Brookfield man's SUV parked in the handicapped space, and wrote the man a $250 ticket.

Teen faces felony charges

A 15-year-old Riverside resident faces seven felony and misdemeanor charges after he reportedly fought with police after barricading himself inside an apartment in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue on Jan. 24 and then failing to report as ordered to talk with Riverside police on the following day.

On Jan. 24, police had to force open the front door of the apartment to reach the boy, who reportedly had threatened to harm himself. When police entered, the boy became aggressive and tried to harm the officers, police said.

He was hospitalized that night but was told to report to police the following day. When he refused to do so, police went back to the apartment on Jan. 28. The boy reportedly became confrontational and then tried to flee back inside, striking both officers who were there to detain him.

"The 15 year old was fighting with extreme force," said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, who added that the boy had been arrested in November for fighting at Riverside-Brookfield High School and was arrested this summer at the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park "after a battery involving concert promoters and Chicago police."

The check is in the mail

A 26-year-old Brookfield man who said he got his job through a Craigslist ad told police on Jan. 27 that the check he was given as payment for his work was fraudulent.

The victim told police he came across a job as a driver on Craigslist recently and on Jan. 6 contacted the employer listed in the ad. The prospective employer told the man he was associated with a New York-based wholesale company.

For about two weeks after that the victim would meet the man at various locations, usually suburban car dealerships, and drive him to other locations. The victim never picked up the man at a residence.

The employer told the victim that he'd be sent a check for his services. On Jan. 26, the victim received a check for $2,450 from someone whose address was in Kentucky. When he went to cash the check, however, he was told it was fraudulent. Attempts to contact the victim's employer were unsuccessful.

Brookfield police did contact the wholesale company the man said he represented but was told that the company had been contacted about several incidents regarding fraudulent checks, and that the company was working with New York authorities to resolve the problem.

Vehicles burglarized

A 36-year-old Berkeley woman reported to North Riverside police on Jan. 29 that between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m., someone removed the door lock from her black Dodge sedan, which was parked in the lot at Tony's Finer Foods, 7401 25th St., and removed a cellphone and debit card from inside the vehicle.

A Melrose Park woman parked her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am in the east lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, at about noon on Jan. 28. When she came back to the car at 10 p.m., she noticed that the passenger side door lock had been popped. A detachable Sony radio faceplate was missing from the dashboard and a pair of 12-inch Kicker speakers was missing from the trunk.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 22-29, 2012, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

- Compiled by Bob Uphues

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