Brookfield resident Renee Ray, 41, faces a felony prostitution charge after she allegedly propositioned a plain-clothes police officer last week in the 4000 block of Oak Avenue.
Police said that on June 13 at about 5:15 p.m., an officer on patrol noticed a woman, later identified as Ray, walking east and west along Ogden Avenue between Maple and Prairie avenues, waving to different vehicles.
A patrol officer and a sergeant went to the police station and got in unmarked vehicles. The patrol officer changed out of his uniform and into a T-shirt, shorts and a baseball cap.
The two officers then returned to the area, with the detective parking in an alley of the 4100 block of Arthur Avenue, where he had a clear view of the woman.
After 30 minutes, the sergeant radioed the patrolman that Ray was walking east on Ogden on the north side of the street. The officer passed by Ray slowly in his vehicle, made eye contact with her and circled around, parking in the 4000 block of Oak Avenue.
Ray, according to police, walked up to the patrol officer’s vehicle, propositioned him and got into the vehicle.
A short time later, as the patrol officer drove down Burlington Avenue toward the Brookfield police station, the sergeant stopped the patrolman’s car, told Ray she was under arrest for prostitution and that the man in the car with her was an undercover police officer.
Due to a previous conviction for prostitution, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved upgrading the charge to a felony.
Arrest in dog-napping case
Riverside police charged an Arlington Heights man with theft of lost/mislaid property last week for being in possession of a German shepherd dog reported stolen from a Longcommon Road home last November.
James J. Cochara, 23, turned himself in to Riverside police on June 8 after learning that a criminal complaint had been signed by the dog’s owners, seeking his arrest. Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said that Cochara denied taking the dog. However, Weitzel said, the dog was wearing a Cook County rabies vaccination tag.
“All he had to do was call,” Weitzel said. “There was no attempt to find out who the dog belonged to.”
Theft of lost/mislaid property is a Class C misdemeanor, the least serious criminal offense category in Illinois, is punishable for up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine if found guilty.
Officer making DUI arrest gets kick in the shin
A 34-year-old Brookfield man being arrested for driving under the influence got himself a felony battery charge after he allegedly kicked the arresting officer in the shin while struggling not to be handcuffed.
Police reported that Brain R. Ciborowski was stopped by an officer just before 3 a.m. on June 10 after squealing the tires of his 2009 Chevy Avalanche as it accelerated eastbound on Ogden Avenue from Blanchan and reached 49 mph before police stopped him.
According to the report, Ciborowski appeared intoxicated and was belligerent from the start, refusing to give the officer any ID and yelling obscenities at the officer. The officer reportedly had to physically remove Ciborowski from the vehicle and attempted to handcuff him.
After allegedly kicking the officer in the shin, Ciborowski had to be wrestled to the ground. Once inside the squad car, Ciborowski reportedly kicked the doors and windows of the vehicle and continued to scream obscenities. He refused all sobriety tests, police said.
In addition to DUI and aggravated battery, Ciborowski was also charged with resisting arrest and cited for several traffic offenses.
A resident of the 4000 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported that some time between noon and 4 p.m. on June 5 someone entered the detached garage on the property and removed several items, including a lawn mower, hedge trimmer and extension cord. Police said they found no sign of forced entry to the service door, which the homeowner found open upon return.
Riverside police charged Berwyn resident John E. Friedrich, 21, with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia after police stopped him on June 13 just before 10 a.m. for reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign while eastbound on Forest Avenue at Longcommon Road.
During the stop, the officer reported smelling “fresh-cut cannabis” coming from inside Friedrich’s 1990 Cadillac. Police reported recovering a bag containing 16.5 grams of cannabis from the passenger seat and a small digital scale from Friedrich’s pants pocket.
Friedrich reportedly also told police he was s street gang member.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from June 5 to June 15 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