RBHS student slams schoolmate to the ground

A 16-year-old Brookfield boy faces a felony aggravated battery charge after he allegedly picked up an 18-year-old from Riverside and slammed him to the ground outside the Ridgewood Road entrance to Riverside-Brookfield High School last week.

The incident occurred just after school, about 3:20 p.m. on Oct. 30, according to police. An officer on patrol on the school grounds noticed a group of 60 to 70 students gathered near the front entrance of the school. When he went over to check, he found the 18-year-old on the ground and unconscious.

Students gave police a description of the victim’s alleged attacker, and police located someone matching that description in the vicinity of Washington and McCormick avenues in Brookfield.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said video surveillance showed the two students exchanging words and engaging in some pushing and shoving. The 16-year-old boy, who reportedly is much larger than the 18-year-old, then allegedly bear-hugged the victim and slammed him to the concrete. While the victim lay there unconscious, the 16-year-old reportedly slapped the victim in the face.

The alleged offender was petitioned to juvenile authorities, charged with aggravated battery. He was released to his parents pending a juvenile court hearing. The victim, who sustained head injuries, was taken to Loyola Medical Center, where he was admitted and stayed overnight, according to police.

Fire damages Brookfield home

Firefighters from more than 10 departments were called to the 3700 block of Woodside Ave. in the Hollywood section of Brookfield on Nov. 4 about 6:15 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 to report a house on fire.

The neighbor kicked in the front door and yelled to see if anyone was inside but was unable to get a response. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they reported seeing flames coming from the second floor of the home.

No one appeared to be home at the time of the blaze, which is still under investigation. The fire reportedly originated in a second-floor bedroom in the northeast corner of the home. Emergency crews were on the scene for almost three hours.

No photos please

Brookfield police received two complaints on Halloween night, Oct. 31, from parents who were upset that a 67-year-old man who lived in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue took photographs of children who came to trick-or-treat at his house.

In both instances, parents complained that the man took his daughter’s photo despite telling him he didn’t have permission and that they wanted the photos deleted from the man’s camera.

Police interviewed the man and inspected his camera, which reportedly had about 50 pictures of boys and girls of various ages, some with their parents, on his camera. None were provocative, according to police, who told the man not to take pictures of the kids, especially if their parents tell him not to.

The man told police he takes pictures of people who come to his door in case there are complaints against him later, according to the police report, and that he didn’t understand what was wrong with taking the photos.

Halloween decoration stolen

An avid Halloween decorator living in the 2200 block of Forest Avenue, North Riverside, reported to police on Oct. 31 that sometime between 9:45 and 9:55 p.m. someone stole an expensive decoration he owned from a neighbor’s property.

The decoration was described as a replica puppet of “Billy” from the movie Saw, which the owner said he purchased online for $2,000. The puppet was seated on a tricycle and was on the front stoop of a neighbor’s property, said the owner.

Surveillance camera footage showed a dark-colored sedan and a dark-colored pickup truck circle the area a couple of times. The car parked briefly in front of the house where the puppet was displayed and drove away a short time later with its lights off.

Jail time for drunk driving

A Chicago man, arrested in May for drunk driving, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison at a court hearing in October.

Tony Hayes, 52, has been caught eight times over the past 26 years for driving on a revoked license. In May, Riverside police charged him with felony DUI and felony driving while revoked after a traffic stop. His blood-alcohol content was .21, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08.

Hayes will not be eligible for parole until May 8, 2013. He has been held at Cook County Jail since his arrest.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 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