The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from April 30 through May 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 man claiming to have lived most recently in North Riverside was arrested May 5 by Riverside police and charged with multiple felonies, including failure to register as a sex offender.

Thomas J. Hall, 45, a former Brookfield resident, was also charged with felony driving under the influence and felony driving on a revoked license after a routine traffic stop at Ogden Avenue and Miller Road at 4:40 p.m. on that date.

According to police, Hall was stopped for driving a vehicle without current registration and for not wearing a seatbelt. After telling police he didn’t have a driver’s license, police fingerprinted him, and learned that Hall was listed as a convicted sex offender, but that he was last registered in 1999 in Zephyr Hills, Fla. The vehicle he was driving was registered to a family member who lives in Brookfield.

Since 1999, Hall reportedly told police he had lived in many places, but never registered in any of them. For an undetermined period of time, Hall allegedly told police he had been living in the vicinity of 30th Street and Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside.

A breath test revealed Hall’s blood alcohol level to be .119 and he was charged with DUI, which was raised to a felony due to prior DUI convictions in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1992 and 2001. A driving while revoked charge was also raised to a felony after police found he had at least three prior convictions for driving while revoked due to alcohol.

In November 1992, Hall was arrested by Cook County Forest Preserve Police and charged with the aggravated criminal sexual assault of a girl under age 13. He was convicted in May 1993, and sentenced to eight years in state prison.

Hall is currently in Cook County Jail after failing to post bond, which was set at $100,000. His court date is May 9.


? Berwyn resident Shannon Jensen, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly drove her car off the roadway and into a gas street light near Delaplaine and Olmsted roads at 2:40 a.m. on May 6.

When police arrived at the scene, they reported that the street light was partially under and partially on top of the car and that the woman Jensen was still inside the vehicle. Fire department personnel helped Jensen out of her vehicle, but she refused medical treatment.

Police, however, reported that she was intoxicated and a subsequent breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .173, over twice the legal limit.

She was also cited for damage to village property and improper land usage.

? LaGrange Park resident Gail A. Waterman, 55, was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly drove her 1992 Plymouth into a 1997 Dodge Carryall, which was parked in the 2900 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, at 7:32 p.m. on April 30.

Brookfield police received emergency calls from witnesses who said they followed Waterman after they saw her car swerve into the parked vehicle, back up and flee the scene, finally pulling over in the 9000 block of 30th Street.

When questioned by police, Waterman allegedly said she didn’t remember striking the other vehicle but admitted she had been drinking. After failing field sobriety tests, police received permission to do a blood draw at LaGrange Hospital to determine her blood-alcohol level. Police also found a half-filled 200ml bottle of vodka in her car.

Waterman was also cited for not having proof of insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to stop after hitting an unattended vehicle and illegal transportation of open alcohol.


? Joliet resident Jack D. Carpenter, 45, and his niece, Cicero resident Deborah A. Achterhof, 41, were charged with burglary by Brookfield police, shortly after they allegedly broke into Swan Cleaners, 9500 47th St. just after 5 a.m. on May 4.

Police responding to a call of suspicious persons, picked up the duo as they walked eastbound on 47th Street. During a search of nearby businesses, police found a window to Swan Cleaners open, with evidence of pry marks on the window frame.

A check inside the store revealed that $30 in cash, two rolls of quarters and some candy bars were discovered missing. One of the rolls of quarters was allegedly found on Achterhof, who reportedly told police that Carpenter had used a screwdriver to enter the store.

In addition to the felony burglary counts, Carpenter was charged with possession of burglary tools.

? Some time during the overnight hours of May 6-7, someone pried out the rear trunk lock of a 1995 Buick Century parked in the 4300 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, and removed a 12-inch Pioneer subwoofer valued at $100.

?”compiled by Bob Uphues