A Brookfield man charged with kicking a police officer in the head during an allegedly alcohol-fueled incident on Dec. 19 is in Cook County Jail awaiting a Jan. 6 court date at Maybrook.

Steven J. Taylor, 24, was arrested by Brookfield police after a resident of the 4200 block of Elm Avenue called at 4:04 a.m. to complain that an unknown man was repeatedly banging on the door of his home.

When police arrived, Taylor was reported to be “extremely intoxicated” and told police to “f — off.” The homeowner told police he had no idea who Taylor was and that he wanted to sign a complaint for disorderly conduct against Taylor.

After being handcuffed, Taylor allegedly lay down in the street and had to be physically lifted from the ground and placed into a squad car. As he entered the squad car, Taylor reportedly leaned back and kicked a police officer in the right side of the head.

Taylor continued to be combative at the police station, according to police, breaking free of the officers’ grip in an interview room, swinging his fists and kicking at police. He allegedly kicked three different officers and wouldn’t stop until police used a Taser, allowing them the opportunity to secure him.

In addition to disorderly conduct, Taylor was charged with three counts of battery and one count of resisting arrest. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved adding a felony charge of battery as a result of the kick to the police officer’s head. A judge set Taylor’s bond at $250,000.


A Christmas morning dispute between residents at the Brookfield Motel, 8809 Ogden Ave., in Brookfield, ended in the arrest of 44-year-old Patrick J. Palumbo, who police accuse of punching a 45-year-old man in the face several times.

Police were called to the motel just after midnight on Dec. 25. The victim told police that he and his wife were in their hotel room watching TV when they heard Palumbo “yelling and screaming on the phone” outside. After about 15 minutes, the man’s wife asked Palumbo to quiet down. He responded by allegedly yelling at her, prompting her husband to come outside to see what was going on.

According to the police report, the victim stated that Palumbo attacked him, punching him several times on the right side of his head.

Aggravated assault

A 35-year-old Riverside man was charged with aggravated assault on Dec. 23 after he allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife during an argument with his 61-year-old stepmother and then grabbed her cellphone from her while she tried to call 911.

The man fled from the home in the 200 block of East Quincy Street before police arrived. About 45 minutes later, at 7:24 p.m., he came home and police returned to arrest him.

Police arrived while the man was in the bathroom, which was across the hallway from a room where police knew a handgun was kept in a drawer. The man was ordered out of the bathroom, but he refused and attempted to shut the door. A police officer fired a Taser at the man, hitting him the chest and stomach, allowing officers to subdue him.

He was also charged with interfering with an emergency call and resisting arrest.


Brookfield police reported that Ian S. Wood, 48, of Brookfield, had a blood-alcohol level that was almost four times the legal limit when they arrested him for driving under the influence on Dec. 18 at 2:42 a.m.

According to the police report, an officer on patrol observed Wood driving his 2001 Dodge SUV without headlights and swerving over the center line as he headed eastbound on Ogden Avenue.

Stopping Wood in the 9200 block of Ogden, a police officer reported seeing several empty beer cans strewn throughout the vehicle. Wood reportedly failed field sobriety tests and then resisted being handcuffed to the point that the officer had to take Wood to the ground to subdue him.

A breath test reportedly revealed Wood’s blood-alcohol level to be .312. The legal limit is .08.

Riverside police charged Lyons resident Amie L. Bradley, 28, with DUI after she reportedly drove her 1990 Oldsmobile through a stop sign at the corner of East Quincy Street and Riverside Road, broadsiding a 2003 Chevy SUV driven by a 62-year-old Riverside man.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m., according to the report. No one was injured. Police reported that Bradley appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. She was reportedly unable to perform a breath test.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Dec. 18 to Dec. 28 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

– Compiled by Bob Uphues