The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from March 30 through April 3 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.
Two Brookfield businesses, a tavern and a restaurant, were reported burglarized last week.
First, in the overnight hours of March 30-31, someone apparently gained access to Nick’s Breakfast House, 9132 31st St., and stole $400 from the cash register and a small box near the register, along with various food items worth another $150.
The owner of the business arrived just after 6:30 a.m. on March 31 to find the back door, which is typically secured by a deadbolt and a wooden 2-by-4, ajar. He found the cash register and cash box rifled through. A gumball machine lay shattered on the floor and the kitchen was missing a box of hamburgers, two boxes of sausage patties, a box of bacon, a box of steaks, a loaf of bread and two quarts of orange juice.
Then on April 3 between 3 and 9 a.m., someone pried open the front door of the Sunnyside Inn, 8942 Ogden Ave., ransacked the interior of the bar and broke open four coin-operated machines, including two video slot machines, a CD juke box and a bowling video game, removing an undisclosed amount of money.
The area behind the bar was ransacked, and the burglar also went through the kitchen and basement before apparently leaving through a rear door.
? Cicero resident Patrick Conlon, 47, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after Riverside police stopped his vehicle, whose windshield was completely shattered, in the first block of East Quincy Street at 8:55 p.m. on March 31.
Police learned that Conlon was driving on a suspended license, leading to his arrest. In the ensuing search of Conlon, police reported finding in his pants pocket three small baggies containing about an ounce of white powder that field tested positive for cocaine. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
? Brookfield police charged Toby Valadez, 40, of Brookfield, with possession of a controlled substance after an officer reported Valadez wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and his vehicle’s registration light was out at 7:06 p.m. on April 1. Further investigation revealed that Valadez was driving on a suspended license. After his arrest on that charge, a search of Valadez’ car reportedly uncovered a plastic baggie containing just under an ounce of a white powder and rock-like substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
? Villa Park resident Gary T. Hughes, 49, was charged with driving under the influence after his 1993 Lincoln coupe allegedly sideswiped three parked cars in the 3600 block of Grand Boulevard around 1:40 a.m. on April 3. According to the report, Hughes told officers “Yeah, I was drinking” and “Yeah, I hit those cars” when asked about the incident. He failed field sobriety tests, but refused to submit to a breath test. In addition to DUI, he was cited for having no proof of insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
? Riverside police charged Berwyn resident Charles Scaman, 39, with driving under the influence after he allegedly sped along Riverside streets and ran through at least two stop signs before pulling into the Minuteman parking lot at 3346 Harlem Ave. at 6:02 a.m. on April 2.
Police reported that Scaman’s red Ford was traveling 50 mph on Bartram Road near Delaplaine, and then wound through Riverside, apparently looking for a way out of town before finding Harlem Avenue. During the stop, police reported a strong smell of alcohol, and had Scaman perform field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. He refused to submit to a breath test. In addition to DUI, he was also charged with various traffic offenses.
? Brookfield police charged LaGrange resident Elijah L. Grays, 44, with driving under the influence after his car was clocked going 45 mph and weaving between lanes along Ogden Avenue at 12:18 a.m. on April 2. During the stop, Grays allegedly admitted drinking, and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .104. He was also charged with speeding, improper lane usage and having expired vehicle registration.
? Countryside resident Gretchen H. Conrad, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after a Brookfield officer reported seeing her stop her vehicle 10 feet past a red light at Ogden and Maple avenues at 2:51 a.m. on April 2. She continued eastbound straddling lanes and at erratic speeds until a stop was made. After failing field sobriety tests, she blew a .184 on the Breathalyzer, over twice the legal limit.
?”compiled by Bob Uphues