@Loose dog charges, bites cop

A large Doberman Pinscher, running at large in the 2400 block of 4th Avenue in North Riverside on Oct. 11 about 6:30 p.m. charged and bit a North Riverside police officer, who escaped without serious injury.

The officer said that he got out of his squad car and made eye contact with the dog, which immediately charged him. The officer turned his back to the dog, which lunged at the officer and bit him in the upper left thigh.

According to police, the bite did not puncture the officerfs leg, though its teeth did break through the officerfs pants. The dog then took off across the street and into the backyard of a house.

The officer tried to make contact with the owner of the house, but as he did, the dog charged again but backed off after the officer drew his gun. The dogfs owner was cited for not having the dog secured on a public street and for not having a dog license affixed to the dogfs collar.

Felony DUI

Cicero resident Daniel Ortiz, 20, faces felony charges for driving under the influence of alcohol after he ran from the scene of an accident he reportedly caused while driving in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue on Oct. 13 at 7:21 p.m.

The victim of the crash, a woman, followed Ortiz to a nearby apartment building, where police located him inside. The woman identified Ortiz as the driver of the vehicle that struck hers, according to the report.

Police said Ortiz appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests at the scene. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly more than twice the legal limit of .08. Police also determined that Ortiz was never issued a driverfs license, and the Cook County Statefs Attorneyfs Office approved upgrading the DUI charge to felony status because of that.

Ortiz was also cited for several traffic violations.

Doughnut racks stolen

The owner of Dunkin Donuts, 9208 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, reported to police on Oct. 13 that sometime earlier that week he noticed several doughnut racks missing from outside the rear delivery door.

Video surveillance footage shows that on Oct. 10 about 6 p.m., a red Ford Ranger pickup truck backed up eastbound into the drive-thru lane of the shop. The driver got out of the truck and loaded several doughnut racks into the truck. Shortly afterward, a second man loaded more racks into the bed of the truck. Within the span of two minutes, the duo stole 16 racks, according to the police report. The 12-by-24-inch metal racks are valued at $500 each.

Homeless man sleeping in basement

North Riverside police charged an 18-year-old Riverside man with possession of cannabis after he was found sleeping in the basement of an apartment building in the 8000 block of Edgewater Drive just before 6 a.m. on Oct. 8.

A resident of the apartment building called police after seeing the man, apparently homeless, asleep on a couch in the basement storage area. The resident stated that the man had been urinating into the basement floor drain.

Police woke up the man and asked what he was doing there. He reportedly told them that he left his Riverside residence after an argument with his mother and had been sleeping in the basement of the apartment building for the previous two nights. The man told police that the door to the basement of the building is always open.

While searching the man, police reported finding a small plastic baggie containing three grams of cannabis.

Mirrors stolen from SUV

A 30-year-old Chicago man reported to North Riverside police on Oct. 8 that sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m., someone removed the side mirrors from his 2005 GMC Yukon, which was parked in the lot at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

The plastic housings for the mirrors remained intact. Just the mirrors themselves were taken, according to the police report.

Change for a $20? Maybe not

A 56-year-old Berwyn man who allegedly presented a counterfeit $20 bill at Tonyfs Finer Foods, 7401 W. 25th St. in North Riverside, said he got the bill from two high school-age girls outside of a Berwyn grocery store.

According to the man, he was approached by the two girls outside Food 4 Less in Berwyn (there is no Food 4 Less store in Berwyn, although there is one in Cicero). The girls asked him for change for a $20 bill, he said.

When he presented the bill for payment at Tonyfs, the checker identified it as counterfeit.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 8-14, 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