Brookfield man dies days after crash

A 78-year-old Brookfield man involved in a crash on Ogden Avenue at Oak Avenue on the afternoon of May 5 has died, Brookfield Police have confirmed.

Joseph L. Provenzano was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. on May 8 due to complications related to a fractured femur he suffered in the crash, police reported.

Provenzano was given a pair of traffic tickets after he allegedly turned left in front of an oncoming 2002 Honda Accord driven by a 28-year-old Berwyn woman about 4:35 p.m. on May 5.

The accident report states that Provenzano said he was heading eastbound on Ogden Avenue when he turned left into the path of the other vehicle. He reportedly told police the westbound vehicle “came out of nowhere.”

The woman driving the other vehicle told police she struck Provenzano’s vehicle when it crossed in front of hers. She lost control of her vehicle and struck a traffic sign on the north parkway of Ogden Avenue just west of Oak Avenue.

The impact of the crash spun Provenzano’s car around. It struck a stop sign on the northwest corner of Ogden and Oak before coming to rest, facing westbound, on the north parkway.

Neither the driver nor a female passenger in the other vehicle was injured, according to the accident report. Provenzano, who fractured his left femur in the crash, was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, police said. He was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn and display of expired registration.

Guns taken in burglary

Four firearms and about 1,600 rounds of ammunition were reported stolen from an apartment in a building in the 3700 block of Forest Avenue on May 7.

Police responded to the apartment around 5:05 p.m. after the tenant’s girlfriend arrived and found that the back door appeared to have been forced open. The tenant told police he left for work at 9 a.m. and found out about the burglary when his girlfriend called to tell him that the back door was open.

Three handguns — a Smith and Wesson SD9VE, a Beretta 92FS and a Colt 1911 .45-caliber — were taken, along with a Marlin .22-caliber rifle. Also missing were 80 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 30 rounds of .45-caliber ACP ammo and 1,500 rounds of .22-caliber rifle ammo.

  • A 20-year-old Melrose Park resident called North Riverside police on May 10 about 2:35 p.m. to report that someone had broken into her 2004 Chevy Avalanche, which was parked in the upper parking deck at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, and removed the touchscreen CD/navigation player. 

Lightning strikes home

Brookfield emergency personnel responded to a home in the 3100 block of Arthur Avenue on May 7 about 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports that the house had been struck by lightning.

The homeowner told police that lightning had struck the home’s chimney. Several bricks were observed strewn along the side yard of the house, reported police, who turned the scene over to the Brookfield Fire Department. 

Gun! (not really)

North Riverside police responded to the parking lot of City Sports, 7401 24th St., after someone called 911 to report a gun lying on the ground there. When police arrived, they reported finding a broken plastic pellet gun in the parking lot. 

Facebook problems

Brookfield police cited a 17-year-old Lyons boy for disorderly conduct after he posted a message on Facebook on May 11 stating that his “life goal was to kill every crooked ass cop that I can. It will work and I’m not gonna give up.” He also allegedly listed the police departments he was going to target, including LaGrange Park, Brookfield and Lyons.

Tipped off to the message by a confidential informant, police interviewed the boy in the company of his mother at the Brookfield police station. The boy reportedly told police he had posted the message after watching “several videos depicting police brutality” and that he chose to vent his anger on Facebook.

The boy said he was sorry for the post and pledged to remove it and publicly apologize on his Facebook page.

Felony DUI

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony drunken driving charges against Eliana Roldan, 27, of Chicago, after being arrested for driving under the influence in Brookfield on May 11 about 3:50 a.m.

An officer reported seeing Roldan stop her vehicle for about three seconds at a green light while westbound in the 9100 block of Ogden Avenue before continuing on, weaving and driving on the curb as she went.

Police reported that Roldan’s blood-alcohol level was .162, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. They also discovered her driver’s license had been suspended due to a previous insurance violation. Because she had neither a valid license nor insurance, the offense was upgraded to felony status.

Lead foot

North Riverside police charged a 17-year-old Berwyn boy with misdemeanor speeding more than 40 mph over the speed limit after an officer clocked his 2005 Acura TL sedan traveling 75 mph in a 35 mph zone while eastbound in the 8100 block of Cermak Road on May 5 at about 8:05 p.m.

Asked why he was traveling so fast, the boy told the police officer his “foot got a little heavy on the gas pedal.” Since the boy was operating the vehicle under the state’s graduated driver’s license program, since he is under 18, he was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The vehicle was placed under an administrative hold. 

Fun game, grandpa!

Brookfield responded to the Broadway Laundromat, 9211 Broadway Ave., on May 10 at about 5:20 p.m. after someone called to report an elderly man handcuffing a child outside the business.

Police arrived to find a 48-year-old man in the company of a 9-year-old boy and informed him of the complaint. The officer did not see any signs of foul play or distress from the boy, who was helping the man collect their clothing.

The boy’s grandfather produced a set of toy handcuffs, which had a quick-release mechanism. He told the officer they were just playing around and had only briefly handcuffed the boy to a pipe near the back door.

The officer recommended that the man refrain from using the handcuffs at the Laundromat, explaining that the horseplay could easily be misinterpreted by a passerby. 

Grossdale Station windows damaged

A Brookfield Public Works employee notified police on the afternoon of May 9 that two windows on the east side of the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave., had been broken.

Specifically, the bottom panes of two windows were broken. Police reported finding a large rock and a brick inside the building. No entry to the building was gained. The windows were broken sometime after May 4, police said. 

Shouting at the sky

Police responded to Brixie’s Saloon, 9526 Ogden Ave., at about 2:50 a.m. on May 11 after someone called to report a fight in progress. When police arrived, police didn’t observe a fight. But they did observe a 22-year-old Crest Hill woman yelling in the parking lot.

The woman told police she had locked her keys in her vehicle and wanted to get her house keys so that she could enter her house. Because she was in no condition to drive, according to police, the woman promised to leave the car in the lot overnight.

A LaGrange Park police officer was able to gain entry to the vehicle and retrieve the keys. 

Mom to the rescue

The mother of a 30-year-old Brookfield man prevented her son from being charged with theft of services by paying for the bar bill he allegedly skipped out on at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield at about 7:30 p.m. on May 10.

According to the police report, the man had been in the bar all afternoon buying drinks for other patrons in the tavern. About two hours before he left, the bartender cut him off, according to police. When he decided to leave, he presented a credit card, which was declined at the register.

At that time, the man decided to go home and walked out of the bar without settling up. The bartender called 911 and police located the man at Arthur and Sahler avenues. Shortly afterward, the man’s mother arrived and said she’d pay the tab and drive her son home.

Come on, neighbor

A 67-year-old Westchester woman who owns an apartment building in the 9200 block of Cermak Road called police after finding it impossible to deal with a tenant situation on May 6 at about 11:10 a.m.

The landlord told police that, for six weeks, water had been leaking into and damaging one of the units from the apartment above it. The landlord attempted to contact the leaseholder several times by phone, by mail and in person to no avail. The tenant had also changed the locks on the door of the apartment, preventing the landlord from gaining access.

After unsuccessfully trying to reach the tenant, police directed a locksmith to open the door to the upper apartment and had a plumber fix a leaky toilet that was causing the trouble.

The locksmith also changed the lock on the apartment door and handed the keys to the landlord. Police also called a social worker to contact the tenant.

Stolen bike

A resident of the 3600 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 5 to report her blue women’s Trek bicycle valued at $400 was stolen from her garage. The bike was stolen between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the garage, which was unlocked.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 5-11, 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.