Five teenagers from Lockport were charged with one count each of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing weapons at motorists along Harlem Avenue in Riverside on the afternoon of April 30.

According to the report, Riverside police received a complaint from a motorist traveling in the 2900 block of Harlem Avenue that several subjects in a green Chrysler Sebring pointed what appeared to be pistols at him.

The vehicle turned westbound onto Shenstone Road, and a Riverside officer later found a vehicle matching that description on Delaplaine Road at Olmsted Road. The car then reportedly sped down Delaplaine and turned onto Lionel Road, where it pulled into a driveway in the 200 block.

Police, including officers from both Riverside and Lyons, ordered the teens out of the vehicle at gunpoint, and took them into custody.

During a search of the vehicle, police reportedly found six Airsoft BB-type pistols. The guns were allegedly purchased by one of the teens in the car, 19-year-old Terrance L. Ellis, at a flea market in Crestwood. Afterward, they headed to North Riverside Park Mall, where they reportedly brandished the pistols at passing vehicles.

In addition to Ellis, Riverside police charged DeAndre M. Redmond, 17; Jeffrey A. Cheney, 17; Michael A. Cole, 17; and Jesse D. Towles, 17.


 Countryside resident Sean M. Dowhen, 17, was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft after an incident on May 7 at 6:28 p.m. in Jaycee/Ehlert Park in Brookfield. According to the report, police were flagged down by a man who pointed to two subjects, one of whom was Dowhen, as being involved in the theft of a wallet and cell phone from a 15-year-old boy who was playing baseball in the park with some friends.

The victim told police he had left the wallet containing $30 and a cell phone on the ground while he was playing ball.

 Riverside police charged Berwyn resident Richard W. Cates, 49, with retail theft after he reportedly walked out of Riverside Foods, 48 E. Burlington St. with $50 worth of beef tenderloin without paying for it just before 5:30 p.m. on April 26. A store employee called police to report the alleged theft, but Cates was gone by the time police arrived.

Police later tracked Cates to his Berwyn address after talking to Cates’ mother, whom he reportedly left behind in the store. A search of the residence reportedly turned up the still-packaged beef.


 Brookfield police charged Chicago resident Joe B. Burgos, 31, with driving under the influence, damage to village property and other traffic offenses, after he allegedly drove his 2004 Toyota four-door into the Veteran’s Memorial Circle on May 6 at 5:25 a.m.

According to police, Burgos was driving northbound on Maple Avenue, when he skidded through the stop sign, jumped the curb and traveled across the circle and knocked down the east flag pole. The crash also damaged the curb, sod and lights. The car reportedly left skid marks 37 feet long.

Burgos was charged with DUI after a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of greater than .08. He was also cited for disobeying a stop sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Neither Burgos nor a male passenger was injured in the crash.

 Brookfield police charged Elmwood Park resident Aidan Parochelli, 26, with DUI after an officer reported seeing Parochelli’s 2006 Hyundai speeding 75 mph and crossing the double yellow line while tailgating another vehicle in the 9000 block of Ogden Avenue on April 30.

In addition to DUI, Parochelli was cited for speeding, improper lane usage and following too closely.

 LaGrange resident Kevin Johnson, 46, was charged with DUI after a Brookfield officer reported that Johnson was driving his 2001 Jeep erratically along Ogden Avenue and Eberly Avenue just after 11 p.m. on May 5.

After being pulled over Johnson reportedly failed field sobriety tests, while a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .122. He was also cited for improper lane usage.

Drug offense

Riverside police charged Justice resident Billy J. Allen, 18, with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in a vehicle at the intersection of Longcommon and Delaplaine roads at 8:40 p.m. on May 2.

Police found a green Chevy SUV parked at the curb, with Allen at the wheel. After asking Allen for a license, police learned he didn’t possess one. After arresting him on that charge, police reportedly found a small foil packet containing .42 grams of a white powder that field-tested positive for heroin in Allen’s right front pants pocket.

He was also cited for driving an uninsured vehicle and having expired license plates.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from April 26 through May 7 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