Swastika drawn on front door of Brookfield business | Police reports, June 19-25

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Someone drew a swastika on the front door of a Brookfield business last week, prompting the business' owner to call police.

According to the police report, a swastika about 1 inch in size was drawn on the front door of Total Staffing Solutions, 9016 47th St., sometime between 5 p.m. on June 23 and 6 a.m. on June 26.

The swastika was drawn in black magic marker just above the pull handle on the door, police said.

According to the business' website, the company provides temporary staffing for clerical and industrial jobs. 

Riverside reports DUIs

Riverside police responded to several drunken or drugged driving incidents last week, including one at 11:10 a.m. on June 22 in which a woman whose blood-alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit was stopped just 500 short of a school playground.

  • Police pulled over the 50-year-old Berwyn woman in the 100 block of Akenside Road as she approached the rear playground at Hauser Junior High School, where there were 30 to 40 children playing.

A short time earlier, someone called police to report a woman staggering out of a liquor store in Berwyn and downing small bottles of alcohol before driving away. She then drove into Riverside and, according to police, was swerving all over the road before being stopped on Akenside Road.

Her blood-alcohol content reportedly was .227, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

  • On June 24 at about 4:50 p.m., police received a call of a man slumped behind the wheel of a 2007 Pontiac directly in the middle of the southbound lanes of traffic at the intersection of First Avenue and 31st Street.

Officers had to pound on the windows to wake up the driver, identified as Jesus A. Vargas, 30, of Chicago, which took several minutes, according to police. Vargas, who has never had a driver's license, was charged with felony driving under the influence.

  • Riverside police charged a 48-year-old Tinley Park woman with DUI on June 24 at about 2:45 a.m. after attempting to drive away from Amstar, 3346 Harlem Ave., where a clerk had refused to sell her beer, because it was too late.

Earlier that evening the woman had been removed from a Riverside restaurant for being intoxicated, according to police.

Attempted burglary

North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 2200 block of 12th Avenue on June 22 after a homeowner called to reported suspicious damage on her home's side door.

Police observed fresh pry marks near the door jamb and reported two additional marks, possibly from the end of pry tool, near the front door of the residence. Police say the marks are likely the result of an attempted burglary.

Broadview police reported residential burglaries in the 2300 block of South 12th Avenue and the 2800 block of South 12th Avenue on June 18. Both locations are just a few blocks north of the North Riverside residence.

Reckless conduct

North Riverside police charged a 43-year-old Chicago man with two counts of reckless conduct after he reportedly got out of his vehicle and laid down in the middle of Cermak Road to "end it all" after being involved in a crash near 2nd Avenue on June 23 at about 3:15 p.m.

According to witnesses, the driver of a Jeep Patriot made an abrupt left turn and struck a vehicle that was westbound on Cermak Road. The driver of the Jeep then reportedly rolled out of his vehicle and lay down in the westbound lanes of traffic while his vehicle continued to roll eastbound. The Jeep stopped when it struck a third vehicle.

When traffic stopped the driver of the Jeep reportedly went back to his vehicle, turned off the ignition and sat down on the median to wait for police.

Police stated the driver of the Jeep sustained a head injury during the incident and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

Teens harassed at car wash 

Police were dispatched to the 8800 block of Cermak Road in North Riverside on June 25 at about 1:15 p.m. after someone called to complain that a man was harassing Riverside-Brookfield High School cheerleaders who were holding a car wash fundraiser.

Police learned the incident took place on the Broadview side of Cermak Road and notified that department. A parent also told police that earlier in the day a man stopped his car along Cermak Road and gave some girls a donation instead of getting his car washed.

The man then reportedly told the girls he would give them more money if they exposed their breasts to him. The girls declined and the man drove away eastbound on Cermak Road.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 19-25, 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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