My car has fallen and it can’t get up

A 45-year-old Brookfield man trying to navigate his way down the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue through a blizzard on Feb. 1 at 11:15 a.m. had to have his 1998 Chevy Silverado towed away after one of its tires got stuck in a sinkhole that suddenly opened up.

The driver told police that he was stopped, allowing a pedestrian to cross the street when the driver’s side front tire began to sink. The driver got out of the truck and discovered that a hole, probably from a collapsed sewer pipe, had opened up under his tire.

The truck was not damaged, according to police, but it needed to be towed out of the hole. Brookfield public works employees barricaded the area to prevent more vehicles from running into the tire-sized hole.


RBHS student charged with aggravated battery

Riverside police say an 18-year-old female student at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, appeared to be under the influence of drugs when she kicked a school staff member as police and school personnel tried to determine why she was acting irrationally.

The student was brought to the nurse’s office at about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 to evaluation. The situation escalated when security personnel tried to take a cigarette pack they believed might contain drugs, and she allegedly kicked a male school staff member in the leg. The staff member was not seriously hurt.

A police officer was able to handcuff the student, who was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment. She was later released back into the custody of police, where she was charged with aggravated battery to school personnel, which is a felony. She was also charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Plow problems

A 53-year-old Downers Grove man called Brookfield police on Feb. 2 at about 3:50 a.m. complaining that a 35-year-old Brookfield man was illegally dumping snow onto his property in the 8900 block of Ogden Avenue.

Police reported observing large piles of snow plowed onto the village-owned parkway. As the officer talked to the complainant, the snow plow driver pulled up and started yelling obscenities at the victim, according to police.

The driver admitted he had plowed the snow onto the parkway, at which time the officer informed him that it was illegal to deposit snow onto village property. The officer gave the snow plow driver a ticket and advised to two men to avoid each other in the future.


Trapped car ignites

Brookfield firefighters were called to the alley behind the 4100 blocks of Arthur/Madison on Feb. 2 just before 4 a.m. to put out a car fire.

Emergency personnel arrived to find the 2004 Ford Taurus “fully involved” in flames. The fire had also spread to a garage, which suffered minor damage.

According to Brookfield police, the man said he was attempting to free his car, which was stuck in the snow. He said that he smelled something burning and realized his car had caught fire.

After the fire was extinguished, the vehicle was towed away. The Brookfield Fire Department ruled the fire accidental.


Burglary to vehicle

A 40-year-old Cicero woman contacted Riverside police on Jan. 30 at about 10 a.m. to report that someone pried open the door of her 2002 Jeep, which was parked in the lot at the MacNeal Professional Building, 3722 Harlem Ave., and removed an in-dash Pioneer TV /radio and a portable Insignia DVD/TV.

The total value of the items was estimated to be about $1,450.

  • A resident of the 3200 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, notified police on Jan. 26 that sometime during the past six months, someone stole a Garmin GPS unit from her 2000 Dodge caravan, which was parked in front of her home.

The woman stated she no longer owned the van, but needed a police report to claim the loss of the GPS unit.


Catalytic converters stolen

  • Brookfield police responded to the 3100 block of Raymond Avenue on Jan. 27 at about 4:30 a.m. after a34-year-old man stated someone sawed off the catalytic converter from his 2003 Honda Element, which was parked overnight in his driveway.
  • A resident of the 3200 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police at 7 a.m. on Jan. 28 to report that someone had removed the catalytic converter from her 1998 Chevy Malibu.

The woman said the theft occurred sometime after 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 26. 


You may want to move those

A resident of the 9300 block of Monroe Avenue, Brookfield, dialed 911 on Jan. 29 at about 8 a.m. to report that a pile of clothes placed next to a space heater had caught fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire without incident.


Is anyone listening?

A resident of the 4100 block of Oak Avenue, Brookfield called police on Jan. 29 at about 1:25 p.m. with a request. The man wanted to know if police could look in a few locations in his residence to see if they could find any listening devices.

The man explained that private conversations between him and another person were known to other people. Asked if the other person might have told other people about those conversations, the man said he didn’t believe so.

Police could not find any devices, but suggested he contact a company that might be able to detect such devices.


Hot potato

Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Morton Avenue on Jan. 30 at 7:45 p.m. after a resident reported hearing a loud noise near the front of the residence.

The resident reported finding a boiled potato on her property in front of the house. Another potato was found inside her mailbox.

Police reported that there was no damage to the house. The resident did not know who might have been responsible for the potato prank.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 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