Two George Washington Middle School students faced a disciplinary hearing from the Brookfield-Lyons Elementary School District 103 board last night after press time for their roles in a BB-gun shooting incident at the school, 8101 Ogden Ave. in Lyons, on Dec. 5.

According to Lyons Police Cmdr. Jim Ritz, a 13-year-old Brookfield boy has been petitioned to juvenile authorities for aggravated battery, reckless conduct and aggravated assault after he allegedly shot three other students, two girls and one boy, after school hours inside the middle school building. No one was seriously injured.

A 13-year old Lyons boy, who allegedly hid the gun after the incident, was not charged by police. He did, however, face a disciplinary hearing last night along with the principal offender. The gun was described by police as a pistol-type weapon

Ritz said that Lyons police were called to the scene after the incident was over. George Washington Middle School Principal Robert Hildreth did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Raymond Lauk, the superintendent of School District 103, which serves a portion of Brookfield, said that the incident “was not a vicious attack” and “was more like screwing around.” However, he added that bringing the BB gun to school was “a very big problem.”

On Dec. 6, Hildreth sent a letter home with District 103 students explaining “an incident which occurred after school involving students with a BB gun in school.”

The letter went on to explain that the school had held grade-level assemblies to “talk about the situation and what all of us can do to help make our school a safer place to learn.”

In addition, the letter stated that “no further information concerning the names or consequences to the children involved will be shared. The confidentiality of our students is a high priority of Lyons School District 103 as well.”


 Sometime during the overnight hours of Dec. 5-6, someone entered a possibly unlocked 1998 GMC pickup truck and removed over $700 in stereo equipment and did an estimated $500 in damage to the vehicle.

The burglar removed an in-dash Pioneer stereo/CD valued at $120, a 1,200-watt power acoustic amplifier ($200), a subwoofer box with two 12-inch Earthquake speakers ($400) and a navy blue winter jacket ($150).

Possession of cocaine

 A 17-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance last week after school officials were tipped off by another student that the drugs were in the possession of a classmate.

According to police, Jessica L. Lord was allegedly in possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine when she was called into the school office at around 2:50 p.m. on Dec. 7. Lord reportedly refused to tell police where she got the drug during an interview subsequent to her arrest.

After spending the night in the Riverside lockup, Lord was transferred to Cook County Jail, where she was processed and released on a $20,000 I-bond.


 Riverside police charged Chicago resident Gerardo E. Martinez, 33, with driving under the influence after an officer on patrol reported seeing Martinez’s 1990 Chevy parked in the middle of the eastbound curb lane on 31st Street at First Avenue on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

According to the report, Martinez was unresponsive to knocks on the window of his vehicle, which was running and in gear, and that the officer had to open the car door to put the vehicle in park. The officer also reported seeing an open 18-pack of beer bottles in the car.

After being roused, Martinez reportedly appeared intoxicate and was unable to perform field sobriety tests. At the station a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .18, which is over twice the legal limit.

In addition to DUI, Martinez was also cited for driving on a suspended license, the result of previous DUIs, and for a number of traffic offenses.

 Riverside police charged Hickory Hills resident Marco Sanchez, 21, with driving under the influence after an officer reported his vehicle speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone while southbound on Harlem Avenue at Longcommon Road at 3:50 a.m. on Dec. 10.

While pursuing, the officer reported that Sanchez’s vehicle crossed the double yellow line into the northbound lane of traffic before turning westbound on Ogden Avenue. The officer pulled Sanchez over at Ogden and Shakespeare in Lyons.

Sanchez reportedly failed field sobriety tests and a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .16, which is twice the legal limit. He was also cited for failure to signal, improper lighting, improper land usage and speeding.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, Lyons and Brookfield police departments from Dec. 5 through Dec. 10 and which 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