Cook County Judge Noreen Love on June 14 sentenced Brookfield resident Jeffrey D. Phillips to seven days in jail and 18 months probation after Phillips waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to three felony drunk-driving charges.

Phillips was accused of losing control of his car and ramming it into a tree in Jaycee/Ehlert Park on Oct. 30, 2010, seriously injuring himself and three passengers. One man injured in the crash was hospitalized for at least a week with a broken ankle and broken shoulder blade. Phillips and another passenger were extricated from the vehicle just before it burst into flames.

A grand jury indicted Phillips in December 2010 on six counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm. On June 14, he pleaded guilty to three of those charges.

Phillips’ blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was .21, or nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

Love ruled that Phillips’ sentence of seven days in jail was considered served at the time of sentencing.

Burglar leaves trail

A work ID badge taken from a vehicle in the 9100 block of Sherman Avenue, Brookfield, ended up in a van a couple of blocks away, likely when the burglar dropped it while rifling through the van.

A woman living in the 3800 block of Park Avenue called police around 3 p.m. on June 22, stating she noticed someone’s work ID badge inside her van. She also stated that some loose change was missing from the vehicle.

When police contacted the woman whose ID card was found inside the van, the woman told them her ID card and some loose change had been stolen from her unlocked car, which was parked in the 9100 block of Sherman Avenue, during the overnight hours of June 21-22.

In a separate incident, resident of the 4400 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, reported that during the overnight hours of June 19-20, someone entered her unlocked car and stole her Blackberry phone and about $2 in loose change.

Don’t argue while driving

Brookfield police charged Delvin K. Williams, 32, of Hillside, with driving on a revoked license after an officer reported seeing Williams drive his 2002 Pontiac Grand Am up onto the sidewalk in the 9000 block of Ogden Avenue on June 25 at 1:19 a.m.

As the officer stopped the vehicle, three men – Williams, his 33-year-old brother and a 28-year-old Chicago man – got out of the car and started to yell at each other. Williams told the officer that he and his brother were arguing over family matters when he ran over the curb.

In addition to driving while revoked, Williams was cited for improper lane usage and driving on the sidewalk.

Loud party draws unwanted attention

North Riverside police, called to investigate a noisy party inside a garage in the 2300 block of Northgate Avenue at midnight on June 27, ended up breaking up the festivities by taking two men into custody.

One of the men, Noe B. Villalba, 25, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, after police recovered a .22-caliber revolver that Villalba reportedly had been showing to his friends.

Police reported that Villalba, who lived at the Northgate address, did not possess a firearms owner ID card for the weapon, which was purportedly given to Villalba by a friend several months ago. Villalba was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police recovered a glass pipe, inside the garage, used for smoking marijuana.

Police also took into custody 20-year-old Maritza Pineda, who was wanted on a pair of no-bond warrants for theft, issued by Cook County. He was also wanted on a warrant out of McHenry County for driving without a valid license.


Riverside police charged Franklin Park resident Roman Skalicky, 37, with driving under the influence on June 24 about 3:15 a.m. after he reportedly tried to pass a southbound pickup truck in the northbound lanes of Harlem Avenue, gave up and then passed the truck on the right while going almost 50 mph.

An officer first noticed Skalicky’s 2001 Volkswagen as he was making an unrelated speeding stop. The officer abandoned that stop when he noticed the Volkswagen speed by and then abruptly brake, following a pickup truck too closely.

The VW attempted to pass the truck on the left, crossing the center line in the process, but cut back to the right, passing on the right at 49 mph, according to police. Skalicky’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly .209, or more than two times the legal limit when he was arrested.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 21-27, 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