The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Jan. 31 through Feb. 7 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
A mobile vandal or group of vandals made the rounds of bus shelters in North Riverside last weekend, smashing the glass panes of 11 separate shelters along Cermak Road and 26th Street.
Deputy Police Chief Anthony Garvey said an officer reported that a total of 23 glass panes, were damaged in the late night hours of Feb. 5. In all, damage was estimated at approximately $4,600. The shelters are maintained by Viacom Outdoor. Attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.
“Singly, it happens from time to time,” Garvey said. “But a couple of years ago there were a bunch of towns where they were broken out all over the place. We ended up making an arrest involving a whole ring of kids. They causes thousands and thousands of dollars in damage.”
Garvey indicated that the amount of damage would result in felony criminal damage charges if any arrests are made. As of Monday no suspects or witnesses had surfaced.
? A resident of the 9400 block of Lincoln Avenue, Brookfield, reported that between 8:30 a.m. and 6:10 p.m. on Jan. 31 someone entered his apartment and stole $4,800 in cash and a jewelry box containing a gold chain and gold bracelet. Entrance was apparently gained through the rear door, which was ajar, when the victim returned home from work.
? During the overnight hours of Jan. 30-31, someone stole a 2000 Ford E-150 cargo van, which was parked in the 3200 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield. The vehicle, a work van, contained work tools of undetermined value.
? Brookfield police charged Cicero resident David E. Davis with driving under the influence and other offenses after an officer on patrol observed his 2004 Pontiac stopped in the middle of the roadway in the 9500 block of Rochester Avenue at 2:31 a.m. on Feb. 5. According to the report, the vehicle was stopped in the roadway, but the engine was running and the driver’s side door was open with Davis passed out at the wheel.
The officer roused Davis, who reportedly told the officer he must have fallen asleep while talking on his cell phone. He failed field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. In addition to DUI, he was cited for not wearing a seatbelt, having no proof of insurance and improper parking on a roadway.
? Riverside police charged Cicero resident Saul Guerrero, 28, with driving under the influence after stopping his 1992 Buick, which was reported speeding 58 mph southbound on Harlem Avenue near Longcommon Road on Feb. 7 at 12:25 a.m. During the stop, the officer reported that Guerrero smelled of alcohol, and had him perform field sobriety tests, which Guerrero failed. He refused to submit to a breath test. He was also cited for speeding.
? LaGrange Park resident Maurice Hodge, 30, was charged by Riverside police with driving under the influence after an officer stopped him for speeding and swerving over the double yellow line several times while traveling northbound on First Avenue between Forest Avenue and 31st Street at 10:24 p.m. on Feb. 6. During the stop, the officer also reported that Hodge was transporting open alcohol. After failing sobriety tests, Hodge blew a .268 on the Breathalyzer, which is more than three times the legal limit. He was also cited for improper lane usage, speeding and illegal transportation of open alcohol.
Possession, intent to deliver
? An 18-year-old Berwyn man was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after an officer discovered 6.75 grams of marijuana allegedly packaged for sale inside the 1988 Cadillac he was driving.
At 10:56 p.m. on Feb. 4, a Brookfield officer stopped Daniel J. Zavala for driving a car with one headlight in the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue. Zavala was transporting three passengers. The officer reported a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car, and after a search discovered in the center console of the car a bag holding 10 smaller baggies containing cannabis.
When asked who the cannabis belonged to Zavala pointed to one of his passengers, a 16-year-old Berwyn youth. The youth allegedly admitted the cannabis was his and both allegedly told police they were en route to a pool hall on Ogden Avenue to sell it.
The youth was turned over to juvenile authorities. Zavala was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and driving with one headlight.
?”compiled by Bob Uphues