Apparently unaware that both teams are destined to be terrible during the 2012 baseball season, two men had to be separated by Brookfield police last week after they got into an altercation over which team was better – the Cubs or White Sox.

En route to another call, a police officer reported seeing a fight in progress on the sidewalk in front of a bar in the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard, just before 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The officer separated the parties and learned that two of the men, a 23-year-old from Brookfield and a 23-year-old from Berwyn, had gotten into a heated argument over the baseball teams, which devolved into a sidewalk wrestling match. A third man at the scene, another 23-year-old from Brookfield, was a friend who was reportedly trying to break up the fight.

After determining no one was wanted on any warrants, the officer drove one of the combatants home, while the other was driven home by the friend. No charges were filed. Play ball.

What’s in a name? A felony charge

A Downers Grove man, stopped for a traffic offense last week in Riverside, was charged with a felony after police discovered he had a second driver’s license using an alias name which had been previously revoked.

Riverside police pulled over Jose L. Aguilar, 36, on Jan. 19 at 4:22 p.m., after an officer reported seeing Aguilar driving in the parking lane heading southbound on Harlem Avenue at East Burlington Street.

Aguilar was arrested for driving on a suspended license and his car was towed from the scene. The next day, when he returned to the police station to inquire about his vehicle, police arrested him again.

After Aguilar posted bond on the original arrest, police found a second license issued to Aguilar under a false name. That license had been revoked by the state for a previous DUI conviction.

Aguilar reportedly told police he got the license from the Illinois Secretary of State some years ago, but that he had quit using that alias after the DUI. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony charge of driving while revoked.

He is being held at Cook County Jail awaiting a court date with his bail set at $10,000.

Two hit by car crossing Ogden

Two juveniles escaped serious injury after being struck by a car as they tried to dash across Ogden Avenue at Madison Street around 3 p.m., Jan. 18.

According to the police report, an 11-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother darted northbound into traffic in front of a vehicle driven by a 45-year-old Downers Grove woman.

The driver slammed on the brakes but couldn’t stop in time and struck both children, who were taken to the hospital to get treatment for their injuries, which were termed minor by police.

Police did not issue any tickets to the driver.

Vacant Brookfield home draws squatter

A 57-year-old Brookfield man, who recently purchased a vacant home in the 3100 block of Kemman Avenue, Brookfield, told police that someone had apparently been squatting in the residence.

The man told police that the home had been vacant for four years prior to his buying it as a rehab project. On Jan. 19 about 5:30 p.m., he went to the house to drop off tools and supplies. When he walked through the front door, he heard a thud coming from the rear bedroom.

A check of the home revealed a fold-out mattress and an electric heater in the back bedroom. The heater had previously been in the living room. The owner also found the back door open and a broken window pane on the door, which had been covered with wood.

Someone had dislodged the wood, reached inside and unlocked the deadbolt to gain entry. Nothing else appeared to be disturbed inside the home.

Bikes stolen from apartment building

Two residents of an apartment building in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police on Jan. 18 that, some time in the previous week, their bicycles were taken from the basement.

According to the police report, the basement was only accessible to residents of the three-unit building, and the bikes were not locked up.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 16-22, 2012, 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