Last week three Brookfield youths were charged by police with felony counts for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property after reportedly breaking into the Riverside Swim Club in Riverside and Hollywood School in Brookfield just after midnight on Aug. 19.

Before Riverside police were alerted to a break in at the swim club, Brookfield police responded to a burglar alarm at Hollywood School, 3423 Hollywood Ave. Upon arrival, they reported finding the three boys exiting the building and took them into custody.

The boys, two 16 year olds and one 15 year old, had apparently gained entry to the school by breaking a window on the south side of the building, and all three were petitioned by Brookfield police to juvenile authorities for burglary.

But items found on the suspects?”including swim medals, ID cards and other swim club paraphernalia?”suggested that they might have also burglarized that site as well.

Riverside police subsequently visited the Riverside Swim Club, 100 Bloomingbank Road, and found the double doors leading to the dining hall forced open and found an office and other areas rifled through.

All of the boys, according to Riverside police, provided written statements implicating themselves in the break-in and were charged with the felony counts.


Sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 and 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, someone smashed in the driver’s side rear window of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee parked in a lot in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue, and stole $1 in change, a vehicle insurance card and vehicle registration card. Damage was estimated in excess of $200.


Brookfield resident Allan Sawa, 18, was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident among other things, after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle, slammed through some traffic barricades and crashed into the front porch of a home in the 100 block of Northgate Road at 4:38 a.m. on Aug. 16.

According to police, a witness called police to report that the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Sawa, fled from the wreck on foot. When police arrived they found the car had sent at least one traffic barricade flying into a tree and had damaged not only the concrete front steps of the house, but bushes and other parts of the building’s facade.

Police apprehended Sawa, who was visibly injured and allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication, just minutes later and took him to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. He was released to police custody, where he was charged with DUI, improper operation of a motor vehicle, damage to property, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

n Brookfield police charged Berwyn resident Danita L. Blankenship, 38, with driving under the influence after an officer reported her 1994 Chevy weave between lanes, cross the double yellow line and then run through a red light at Prairie Avenue while heading eastbound on Ogden Avenue at 3:44 a.m. on Aug. 20.

During the ensuing traffic stop, Blankenship allegedly admitted drinking beer at a Brookfield bar and exhibited signs of intoxication. After failing field sobriety tests, she was arrested and taken to the Brookfield police station, where she blew a .150, nearly twice the legal limit on the Breathalyzer.

n Riverside police charged Melrose Park resident Martin A. Moreno, 37, with driving under the influence after an officer reported observing Moreno’s vehicle cross the double yellow line four times while traveling southbound on First Avenue near Ridgewood Road at 4:18 a.m. on Aug. 17.

According to the report, Moreno admitted to the officer that he had drunk “eight or nine beers.” He failed field sobriety tests before being arrested. In addition , the officer reportedly found an open bottle of beer in the vehicle. At the station, a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .189, over twice the legal limit. In addition to DUI, Moreno was also cited for improper lane usage, not wearing a seatbelt and illegal transportation of open alcohol.


Brookfield police charged LaGrange Park resident Anthony Bosko, 24, with battery after he allegedly bit an employee of Brixie’s Saloon, 9526 Ogden Ave., while that employee was attempting to break up a fight just before 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 21.

In addition, during the investigation, Countryside resident Adam Tybor, 24, allegedly repeatedly refused police orders to stop interrupting witness interviews, and was charged with obstructing a peace officer.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21 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.

?”compiled by Bob Uphues