Cicero resident Alfonz Cverna, 57, faces felony drunk-driving charges after he allegedly lost control of his 1995 Nissan Maxima and drove it into the building at 9425 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield on Easter Sunday.

According to Brookfield police, Cverna was driving eastbound on Ogden Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on April 4 when his car left the roadway and plowed into the front of the building, knocking a hole in the cinder block wall.

Cverna then reportedly tried to back away from the building and, in doing so, struck a 1994 Chevy Astrovan that was passing the building while eastbound on Ogden Avenue. Neither Cverna nor the three people inside the van were hurt in the crash, according to police.

However, police reported that Cverna appeared intoxicated at the scene and that his blood-alcohol was .185, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. In addition to DUI, he was also cited for driving on the sidewalk, improper backing and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The charge was upgraded to felony status, police surmised, because Cverna did not have a valid driver’s license.

Alleged drug dealer arrested

Brookfield resident John R. Pisarczyk, 33, was charged with three felony drug crimes, including dealing drugs, after he was arrested by officers from Brookfield and the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) in Lyons on April 1.

Police reported that at 4:40 p.m., Pisarczyk was sitting inside a 2008 Dodge Charger in the Walgreens parking lot at 4101 First Ave. when officers allegedly saw him sell drugs to another person inside the car.

Police converged on the car and reported seeing a clear plastic bag containing 13 individual bags containing a white powder that field tested positive for 12.2 grams of cocaine.

In addition, police reported finding $3,000 in cash in Pisarczyk’s front pants pocket and recovered more than $1,800 elsewhere in the vehicle, a clear plastic baggy containing a half-gram of cannabis, four cellular phones and three money orders.

He was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis.

Steven M. Powell, 34, of Riverside, faces a felony drug possession charge after police reported finding four bags containing four grams of heroin, six grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia inside his Forest Avenue apartment on April 4.

Police responded to the second-floor apartment just before 10 p.m. after another resident of the building called police to report a man yelling and breaking things.

Powell, who answered the door naked, according to the report, allegedly told police he broke a window because he was mad at himself for giving in to the temptation of heroin.

47th Street business break-ins

Brookfield police are investigating two break-ins at adjacent businesses on 47th Street which happened during the overnight hours of March 31 and April 1.

Police initially responded to All Equipment at 8912 47th St. after an employee called to report that a glass entry door to the front office had been broken. Police found a large rock in the parking lot next to the door and reported that numerous items inside the business appeared to be disturbed but not missing.

However, police also reported that a door separating All Equipment from Classic Installation was ajar and that numerous tools and parts were strewn around inside. The owner of that business stated that equipment and many tools appeared to be missing along with a green 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. The total value of the loss was estimated at $8,000, according to police.

More gang graffiti reported
in North Riverside

Shortly after numerous signs and structures in Village Commons park had been vandalized during a graffiti spree during the overnight hours of March 28 and 29, North Riverside police reported seven more instances of gang-related graffiti inscribed on both public and private property in the eastern half of the village between March 30 and April 3.

On March 30, police reported obscene graffiti written on the sidewalk at the south end of Village Commons Park near Westover Avenue. On April 2 and 3, police reported more obscene graffiti, gang graffiti and graffiti taunting North Riverside police on a bench, a gazebo and pathway in Village Commons Park.

On March 29 and April 1, residents of the 7700 block of 26th Street reported what appeared to be gang-related graffiti on two garages. And on March 30, police reported gang-related graffiti written in green ink on the west door of a Chinese restaurant at 2300 Harlem Avenue.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from March 30 to April 4 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