A Brookfield man who called police on Feb. 27 to report a home invasion was arrested and charged with drug possession and possession with intent to deliver after officers reported finding 288 grams of cannabis inside his apartment on the 8500 block of Brookfield Avenue.

Police received a 911 call from Nathan B. Kutok, 18, just before 9 p.m. Kutok told police a man had forced his way into the apartment and struck his friend with a gun.

When police arrived, Kutok and his girlfriend were inside the apartment, but Kutok’s friend and the gun-wielding man were gone. Police later found Kutok’s friend, a 26-year-old Hinsdale man, nearby. The purported gunman was not located.

Police also reported a strong smell of cannabis inside the apartment and asked Kutok if the incident was drug-related, which he denied. During a search of the building, police reported finding three large bags of cannabis stashed in an open closet just outside Kutok’s apartment door. They also reported finding six glass pipes inside the apartment.

Kutok reportedly admitted the cannabis belonged to him. His friend and girlfriend denied any knowledge of the drugs, police said.

Drugs make students ill

Riverside police charged a 15-year-old Brookfield boy with six felony drug counts after four students to whom he reportedly sold drugs at Riverside-Brookfield High School became ill and were taken to area hospitals.

According to police, the boy stated he had been selling cannabis at the high school for three months. Recently at a party, he allegedly bought what looked to be prescription drugs from an acquaintance and sold some pills for cigars and small amounts of cash at the high school on March 4.

Just before 10:30 a.m. school officials called for paramedics after a 14-year-old boy showed signs of being on some sort of drug. While police were on the scene, officials told them three other students appeared to also be under the influence of drugs. All of the students were transported to hospitals for treatment.

All of the students said the 15-year-old from Brookfield had sold them the drugs. Police later searched the boy’s home and reportedly found three small bags of pills, including ones that could not be identified by a pharmacist or the Poison Control Center. Those pills have been turned over to the state police crime lab.

The boy was charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. The case will be handled by Cook County juvenile authorities. He was also suspended from school and may face an expulsion hearing.

Man detained, but no charges filed

In the wake of a string of eight burglaries to vehicles in Riverside last week, police detained a suspect during the early morning hours on March 6 after a newspaper delivery driver called police to report a suspicious man walking on the 300 block of Shenstone Road.

The man, whom police had arrested in 2008 for allegedly stealing a bicycle from a Riverside garage, was picked up by police and questioned. He reportedly was wearing shoes whose sole pattern matched footprints in the snow in several backyards and near vehicles parked in driveways.

The man had no items on him, and no one called to report a burglary that morning, but police consider the man a suspect in the recent burglaries. He was released without being charged.

Robbery reported in Riverside

A 15-year-old North Riverside resident told police he was robbed of his Nike Air Jordan sandals while he was walking home in Riverside on the night of March 5. The boy and his mother reported the incident at 11:44 p.m. that night, according to the police report.

The boy told police he walked eastbound across the Des Plaines River bridge on Forest Avenue and then headed north on Groveland Avenue. A white van pulled up and a man got out and punched the boy in the face. While he was down, two other men struck him and stole his white Air Jordan sandals and $10 in cash.

Police said the boy showed no visible signs of injury.

Chickens, sans heads

A man walking in Swan Pond Park just before noon on March 5 phoned Riverside police after seeing two dead roosters in a garbage can along the walking path near the Fairbank Dam.

Police reported finding four dead birds in all, with their heads cut off, stuffed inside a beer box.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 28-March 6, 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