Brookfield police on April 28 arrested four people at two residences near Jaycee/Ehlert Park, charging them with a variety of drug-related offenses.

During the early morning hours of April 28, Brookfield officers, joined by personnel from the suburban Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT), served warrants at an apartment at 9105 Sahler Ave. and a single-family home at 4521 Oak Ave. after several weeks of investigation into possible drug dealing. Police said the two operations were unrelated.

At 9105 Sahler Ave., Apt. 1S, police arrested Michael V. Nicotera, 23, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a park, which is a Class X felony.

He was also charged with three other felony and one misdemeanor drug charges. His bond was set at $5,000.

Arrested at 4521 Oak Ave. were Nicholas LaBellarte, 23, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a park, a Class X felony, along with four other felony drug charges; Judith LaBellarte, 56, who was charged with two misdemeanor drug offenses and obstructing a police officer for allegedly removing contraband from the residence during the search; and Pedro Medina, 22, who was charged with two felony and one misdemeanor drug offenses. Bond for both Nicholas LaBellarte and Medina was set at $10,000. Judith LaBellarte was released on $1,000 bond.

Criminal trespass/DUI

Two Cicero men on April 29 were charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle after Riverside police found them in possession of a Dodge Neon reported stolen.

According to police, an officer reported seeing one of the men, later identified as Giovanny Garcia, 29, walking around the parking lot at 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave. just before 8:15 p.m. As the officer talked to Garcia, the man pointed to a Dodge Neon, saying it was his friend’s. The officer spoke with the driver of the Neon, later identified as Julio C. Lopez, 25, and reported that he appeared intoxicated.

The officer also reported that the rear passenger-side window of the vehicle was smashed out, that the steering column had been peeled and the car was running with no keys in the ignition. Lopez failed field sobriety tests and later reportedly blew a .249, over three times the legal limit, on the Breathalyzer at the station.

Riverside police contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said the men did not have permission to have the car. In addition to criminal trespass, Lopez was also charged with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated driving while revoked.


Sometime between 10 p.m. on April 29 and 7:22 a.m. on April 30, someone entered the Marathon gas station, 539 Longcommon Road, Riverside, by prying open a bathroom door on the east side of the station. Once inside, the burglar gained access to the main store through the drop-ceiling, pried open the cash register and stole $200 in cash along with cigarettes and chewing gum.


Brookfield police have issued the description of a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a cab driver just before 2 a.m. on May 1. According to police, the suspect is a black male, about 6 feet tall, weighing 260 pounds, with a dark complexion, medium afro, thick eyebrows and last seen wearing a baby blue jersey with the number “05” on the front.

According to the report, an Aurora Deluxe cab picked up the man at the intersection of New York and Broadway in Aurora. He told the driver, a 40-year-old Aurora woman, to take him to the Brookfield train station.

Once in Brookfield, the man told the driver to pull into a car wash parking lot on Ogden Avenue. At that time, the man grabbed the woman’s hair and demanded all her money. After taking $190, the man fled on foot.

Disorderly conduct

Riverside resident Nicholas J. Klee, 19, was charged with one count of disorderly conduct after he allegedly approached a 13-year-old girl in the area of 40 E. Burlington St. at 4 p.m. on April 24, and asked her name, if she wanted a ride home while exiting his vehicle and approaching the girl.

While that report was being investigated, police received a second incident in the area of 7 E. Burlington St. from a concerned parent. The second report contained similar suspect and vehicle descriptions. The parent told police that it was the third time the suspect had approached her 15-year-old daughter in the past week.

However, the parents from the second incident did not wish to pursue criminal charges.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from April 24 through May 1 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