Riverside police made drug-related arrests at Riverside-Brookfield High School four times between Dec. 12 and Dec. 16, according to police records. Three of the four involved alleged marijuana possession. In one case, however, police charged a 15-year-old North Riverside student with felony possession of a controlled substance.
On Dec. 13, school officials called police after receiving a tip that the boy might be carrying some kind of controlled substance. When confronted, the student produced three bags of red pills, later identified by a licensed pharmacist as Sudafed, a cold medicine whose sale is restricted by many retailers because of its use for the production of crystal methamphetamine.
While the drug is currently an over-the-counter medication, police reported that the boy admitted that the “Triple-C” could be purchased for $1 to $2 a pill. The boy, however, denied selling the pills, allegedly telling police that another boy had given him the pills to hold for a short period of time.
Two other juveniles were charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. On Dec. 12, school officials were alerted by a teacher to a possible drug deal. The teacher alleged a student exchanged money with another student for an unidentified object around 2:30 p.m. Police later reported that the 16-year-old North Riverside girl identified by the teacher was in possession of a small baggy containing 2.8 grams of cannabis, along with a pipe and a lighter.
On Dec. 16 around 1:40 p.m., school officials were tipped off to a 15-year-old LaGrange Park boy possibly in possession of cannabis. Police reported that a baggy containing 2.5 grams of cannabis was discovered in the boy’s sock and a pipe and lighter were allegedly recovered from the boy’s backpack.
Finally, on Dec. 15, police charged Riverside Lawn resident Jon R. Winke, 17, with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia after a school employee allegedly found Winke smoking cannabis in a gym shower area. According to police, Winke was in possession of less than 2 grams of cannabis and a glass pipe.
? A resident of the 4300 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that between 9 a.m. and 7:55 p.m. on Dec. 16, someone entered the house and stole jewelry, Christmas gifts and other items from several rooms. The homeowner surmised that the burglar could have gained entry with a key, since her purse, containing ID and keys, had been stolen in Chicago a short time previously.
Among the items taken were a pair of Coach purses, a Sony laptop computer, two iPods, a Panasonic phone set, 10 Remy Martin cognac gift boxes, six perfume gift sets and miscellaneous pieces of platinum jewelry. Police did not have an estimated value for the items taken.
? A resident of the 4100 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that sometime in the overnight hours of Dec. 14-15 someone kicked in a panel on the service door of his garage and removed two Craftsman snowblowers, both valued at $300. A witness said he noticed a dark-colored pickup up truck blocking the alley during the night and called out. A man came running from the area of the garage, said he was “visiting a friend” and drove off.
? LaGrange resident Anthony Freeman, 44, was charged with driving under the influence by Brookfield police after witnesses called to report a white Ford van driving recklessly southbound on Maple Avenue from Sheridan Avenue just after 10 p.m. on Dec. 14. During the traffic stop, the officer allegedly observed an open 24-ounce bottle of malt beverage and two open bottles of gin. At the station, a breath test reportedly revealed a blood-alcohol level of .167.
? Riverside police charged Countryside resident Renee D. Ray, 36, with DUI after she lost control of her 2005 Kia and crashed it into the forest preserve along First Avenue near Salt Creek at 9:37 p.m. on Dec. 16. Police responded to the report of a one-car rollover accident at that location, finding Ray trapped in the vehicle. Fire department personnel extricated her from the car, but the officer reported signs of intoxication and that Ray said she was coming from a bar in Hodgkins. Ray was transported to Loyola Medical Center for treatment. Blood tests were taken at the hospital. In addition to DUI, she was cited for several traffic offenses.
? Brookfield police charged Oak Park resident Brian J. Devlin, 36, with DUI on Dec. 17 after an officer clocked his Chrysler two-door going 49 mph while eastbound on 31st Street near Maple Avenue at 3:36 a.m. While following the car, the officer reported the car weaving back and forth in its lane of travel. During the stop, the officer alleged that Devlin appeared intoxicated and that he admitted drinking and having two previous DUIs. Devlin refused sobriety tests. He was also cited for speeding and failure to signal and failure to wear a seatbelt.
? Riverside police charged Schiller Park resident Stanislaw Bak, 40, with DUI after an officer reported observing Bak’s vehicle cross the double yellow line four times while northbound on First Avenue near Waubansee Road at 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 19. After failing field sobriety tests, a breath test allegedly revealed a blood-alcohol level of .182, over twice the legal limit.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Dec. 12 through Dec. 19 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