The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from April 10 through April 25 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.

Chicago resident Douglas Messer, 37, was charged with battery after he allegedly roughed up a 22-year-old LaGrange woman at Brixie’s Saloon in Brookfield around 3:30 a.m. on April 24.

Police responded to the tavern at 9526 Ogden Ave. and found the woman with a split upper lip and a swollen and bloody nose. According to the victim, a man she didn’t know punched her in the face “four or five times” and then ran out of the bar.

A pair of witnesses confirmed the woman’s story, and while police were interviewing them, another officer pulled over Messer, who was heading eastbound on Ogden Avenue in a Ford pickup truck.

Messer was brought back to the bar, where the victim reportedly identified Messer as the one who had struck her without provocation. Messer allegedly admitted punching her once, but only after she had kicked him in the back for telling her she “wasn’t good looking” and not letting her play pool on the table he was using.

Drug offenses

? Brookfield resident Joseph Scanlon, 24, was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia by Riverside police after he allegedly ran from an officer who wanted to question him at 9:30 p.m. on April 12.

According to the report, Scanlon was observed walking throughout the village during a two-hour period. The fourth time the officer spotted him, at Harlem and Ogden avenues, the officer attempted to stop him, but Scanlon ran south.

The officer detained him at Blackhawk Road and asked why he ran. After replying that he had no reason, the officer asked to search Scanlon and found 8 grams of cannabis along with a pipe with burnt cannabis residue.

? Brookfield police charged two men with felony possession of cocaine and other charges after an officer went to investigate why the car they were in was parked two feet from the curb in the 4600 block of Arthur Avenue at 8:32 p.m. on April 21.

The officer reported that the driver, William E. Polich, 36, of Hometown, smelled of alcohol and that the car smelled of burnt cannabis. He also allegedly saw, in plain view, a pipe and a baggy containing a white powder that field tested positive for .8 grams of cocaine.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a baggy containing 2.5 grams of cannabis from under the back seat, a rolled up dollar bill, rolling papers and a six-pack of beer.

Polich and the passenger, Toney Robinson, 37, of Bellwood, were charged with possession of cocaine. In addition, Polich was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

? A routine traffic stop in the 4500 block of Custer Avenue, Brookfield, ended in a marijuana possession charge against Lyons resident Antrone L. Crumpton, 30, at 11:17 p.m. on April 25.

An officer pulled Crumpton over after observing several items hanging from the rearview mirror of his vehicle. While pulling over, he allegedly sideswiped another vehicle. A computer check indicated that Crumpton’s license was suspended. During a search of the vehicle, the officer reportedly found a green, leafy substance, that field tested positive for 29.5 grams of cannabis, dumped around the driver’s seat.

He was also charged with driving with an obstructed windshield and driving on a suspended license.


? Bridgeview resident Gilberto Reyes, 38, was charged with driving under the influence after Riverside police stopped him for speeding on First Avenue near Parkview at 2:40 a.m. on April 20. The officer clocked Reyes’ Toyota Tundra traveling 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. During the stop, the officer reported that the driver smelled of alcohol and had him perform field sobriety tests, which Reyes failed. He refused to submit to a breath test. He was also cited for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

Reckless driving

? Abel Pineda, 26, of East Chicago, Ind. was charged with reckless driving after an officer reported him speeding 55 mph and drifting from lane to lane while southbound on Harlem Avenue at 1:42 a.m. on April 10. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license.


? A resident of the 4400 block of Eberly Avenue, Brookfield, reported that sometime between 6:30 p.m. on April 23 and 10 a.m. on April 24, someone stole the right rear tire and wheel from his 1996 Ford Contour, which was parked in the lot of his apartment building. The loss was estimated at $200.


? Brookfield police reported that sometime between 11 and 11:12 a.m. on April 24, someone removed the AM/FM/CD stereo from the dashboard of a 1991 Mitsubishi Galant parked at the BP Amoco station at 9137 Ogden Ave., Brookfield.

?”compiled by Bob Uphues