A fire that started in a microwave oven did about $8,000 in damage to the kitchen of a third-floor apartment in a building located in the 4500 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, on Dec. 28.

No one was injured in the fire, which started at about 5:20 p.m.

“The microwave was on fire and it had spread to the cabinetry and soffit above,” said Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi.

Electricity was shut off to the kitchen at the time of the blaze, said Lenzi. Water used to extinguish the fire also damaged the unit immediately below the third-floor apartment.

Vehicles burglarized

A resident of the 3200 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Dec. 24 that sometime between midnight and 9:30 a.m. an unknown person entered her possibly unlocked vehicle and removed a wallet from the rear seat.

The wallet contained several credit cards. She further stated that a review of her credit card billing records showed several charges she did not make.

The owner of a 1992 Chevy parked in front of a home in the 3300 block of Oak Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Dec. 23 that someone had stolen a bag of tools from the vehicle.

According to the police report, the vehicle was locked, but the glass door at the rear of the vehicle was popped open. All of the tools reportedly had the owner’s named engraved on them.

Off-duty cop arrested for DUI

Riverside police charged Joseph N. Ellison, 35, of Chicago Ridge, with driving under the influence after he reportedly crashed his vehicle into another one in the 3300 block of Harlem Avenue during the early morning hours of Dec. 27.

Police responded to the scene of an accident at 3:40 a.m. According to police, the victim’s vehicle was stopped at a red light when his car was struck from behind by Ellison’s vehicle, which was “traveling at a high rate of speed.”

According to police, Ellison showed signs of intoxication but that he refused to submit to any sobriety tests.

“Ultimately there was probable cause for arrest,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

In addition to DUI, Ellison was cited for driving too fast for conditions and having no proof of insurance. Ellison is a police officer in south suburban Harvey.

Brookfield police charged Brookfield resident Brian A. Casias, 42, with DUI, resisting arrest and aggravated assault after he was pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving at 1:26 a.m. on Dec. 24.

Police reported seeing Casias reverse his 1996 Chevy into traffic from a tavern parking lot in the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue, perform a U-turn and proceed east on Ogden.

Stopped just a block later, Casias reportedly got out of his car, began beating his chest and threatened the responding officer. He reportedly continued to be combative as police attempted to arrest him. He refused all sobriety tests.

Alcohol was involved

A 38-year-old Riverside man was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly supplying his 18-year-old nephew with alcohol – the root cause of a police call to the man’s apartment at 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 25.

Police received a 911 call reporting a disturbance in an apartment of a Lincoln Avenue building. When officers arrived, they reported hearing arguing coming from the apartment. Upon entry they reported that the argument centered on the younger man’s alleged intoxication. Officers also reported seeing wine glasses and beer bottles throughout the apartment.

The 18-year-old reportedly became belligerent with police and was arrested when he allegedly made a fist and acted in a threatening manner. He was cited for underage drinking.

The teen’s uncle was charged after he reportedly began to protest his nephew’s arrest.

No way to act

A 36-year-old Brookfield man reportedly told a Chicago cab driver of Middle Eastern descent to “go bomb a building you ——- terrorist” before Brookfield police finally convinced the man to pay the $9 he still owed the cab driver.

The driver called police at 1:46 a.m. on Dec. 27 to report that two people had walked away from his cab near Sahler and Raymond avenues without paying the full fare. Police found the couple walking in a nearby alley and that the man appeared intoxicated and was uncooperative before he started directing racial slurs at the cabbie.

No charges were filed.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 21-29, 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