North Riverside man shot at Lyons party

A 23-year-old North Riverside man was wounded after someone opened fire with a handgun during a house party in the 4100 block of Amelia Avenue in Lyons on March 7 about 2:30 a.m.

Lyons Deputy Police Chief Matthew Buckley said the incident is still under investigation but that police had interviewed several people, including the victim. Everyone who has talked to police, said Buckley, has been uncooperative.

Police were called to the area of 41st Street and Prescott for a shooting victim and while en route received word there had been multiple 911 calls of shots fired in the area. A female on the front porch of a house in the 4500 block of Prescott Avenue waved down police. The victim had apparently fled the scene to the house on Prescott Avenue, telling a resident there he had been shot in the left leg.

The woman directed police to the victim, who was taken to MacNeal Hospital by Lyons paramedics. The victim was treated for his injuries and released later that morning.

Buckley said that between six and eight shots were fired, both inside and outside of a home at 4114 Amelia Ave. One bullet head was located on the ground near the intersection of Amelia and Collins avenues, according to police.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the Amelia Avenue house was declared uninhabitable by the Lyons Building Department “due to the condition of the residence,” according to Buckley.

So far no arrests have been made.

Driver backs into grocery store

An 87-year-old Brookfield man was ticketed after mistakenly backing his 2006 Ford Freestyle into a large planter outside the front entrance of Tischler’s Finer Foods, 9118 Broadway Ave. on March 16 at about 10:20 a.m. No one was hurt in the incident, police said.

According to police, the vehicle was parked in a diagonal space opposite the store entrance on Broadway Avenue. While backing out of the parking place, the driver reportedly steeped on the gas instead of the brake and then panicked as it lurched across Broadway, jumped the curb and struck an entrance railing and the planter, sending them crashing into the wall of the store.

Police ticketed the driver for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper backing.

Strange behavior

Brookfield police charged a 44-year-old Brookfield man with disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance after receiving complaints about a white male with long dark hair, wearing dark clothing and riding a bicycle while displaying a black-colored handgun and yelling at a vehicle on March 13 at about 4:10 p.m.

Police located the man in the backyard of a residence in the 4000 block of Oak Avenue. The man was still in possession of the gun, which police determined to be an air-powered BB gun, three prescription pills, a bag of cannabis and a letter opener, which was hidden in his waistband, police said.

Wrong house

A 25-year-old Brookfield woman was charged with criminal trespassing after she allegedly wandered into a house in the 2200 block of 12th Avenue, North Riverside, apparently mistaking it for her boyfriend’s house on March 8 about 6:45 a.m. The woman allegedly was intoxicated at the time.

Police apprehended the woman, who had been ordered out of her house by the homeowner, nearby and paramedics took her to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

About 10:30 a.m., police received a phone call from the mother of the Brookfield woman, saying she had fled her boyfriend’s house and had threatened to kill herself. Police were able to locate the woman at her friend’s house in the 2200 block of 17th Avenue using her cellphone’s tracking system and escorted her back to her boyfriend’s residence.

Actually, no emergency

Brookfield police responded to the area near Prairie and Burlington avenues on March 9 at about 6:25 p.m., after a 911 caller reported a PACE bus with its electronic route sign displaying the message “Emergency, Call 911.”

Police eventually located the bus in the commuter parking lot next to the police station, 8820 Brookfield Ave. and contacted the bus’ 67-year-old driver, who told police he was fine and was unaware of the message being displayed.

The driver attempted to turn off the sign, but was unable to do so. He informed police he’d have to finish his route before taking the bus back to the main terminal.


  • A 34-year-old Brookfield woman called police on March 14 to report that a garage in the 3900 block of Custer Avenue, Brookfield, had been burglarized, probably sometime after March 10.

Police reported that a window on the west side of the garage appeared to have been broken using a landscaping brick, which was found nearby. A large Ryobi tool box was missing from the garage.

  • A 58-year-old Brookfield man contacted police to report that someone had entered his unlocked 1993 Toyota, which was parked in a lot behind a building in the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue, during the early morning hours of March 10.

The glove box was open and contents scattered on the floor. About $3 in loose change was taken from an ashtray and a Samsung phone charger was missing.

  • A resident of the 8900 block of Plainfield Road, Brookfield, called police to report that someone had broken into his unlocked 1997 Chevy Blazer during the overnight hours of March 7-8 and ransacked the interior.

Nothing appeared missing from the vehicle, which was parked in an assigned parking space in front of the man’s residence.

  • A resident of the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that someone gained access to his 2010 Chevy Impala during the overnight hours of March 7-8 and removed some worthless lottery cards.

The offender also reportedly left behind a portable speaker on the front seat. Police took possession of the speaker.

  • A resident of Haas Avenue in Riverside reported to police on March 11 that during the overnight hours someone entered his unlocked 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and removed $260 from his wallet, which was in the center console.

The offender left behind the wallet and credit cards. Nothing else was reported missing from the vehicle.

  • A 34-year-old North Riverside resident called police to report that his unlocked 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van had been burglarized during the early morning hours of March 14.

A jar filled with about $7 in loose change was taken from the floor between the two front seats of the van.

Ooo-ooo, that smell

Brookfield police and fire personnel responded to the 3600 block of Sunnyside Avenue on March 13 at about 4:25 a.m. after a caller reported a strange odor in the area.

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders determined that the source of the odor was a skunk.


  • A resident of the 8800 block of Burlington Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on March 14 to report that three Fiberglas step ladders, ranging in length from six feet to 10 feet, were stolen from behind the apartment building.

The ladders, valued at a total of $500, could have been taken at any time during the winter, the victim said.

  • A resident of the 4100 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, called police on March 15 at about 12:55 p.m. to report that someone had entered his backyard and stole about 20 pieces of fresh-cut firewood.

The victim told police he had chopped the wood the day before at 6 p.m. and left it against the north side of his fence. At noon on March 15, all of the wood was missing. The same things happened during the summer, the victim, said, but he didn’t report it at the time.

  • North Riverside police were dispatched to Burlington Coat Factory, 2208 Harlem Ave., on March 15 at about 4:30 p.m. when a 36-year-old Maywood woman reported that her purse, containing $800 in cash, two debits cards and a cellphone, had been taken from her shopping cart.

Video surveillance footage from the store reportedly showed that while the victim was shopping a black female in her 40s, with short black hair, a red jacket, blue jeans and black shoes reached into the victim’s shopping cart and take the purse, using articles of clothing to conceal the theft.

The offender was seen leaving the store along with another black female in her 40s, with long black hair and wearing a black sweater, black leggings and white shoes. The two then entered a silver or white SUV, possibly a Jeep Liberty, waiting for them in the parking lot.

Yard signs taken, vandalized

Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. contacted North Riverside police on March 16 to report that since March 14 approximately 30 yard signs advertising the VIP Party’s candidates for office in the April election were either stolen or damaged.

A resident on the west end of the village reportedly saw four males in a gray car steal several signs.


Riverside police charged a 37-year-old Chicago woman with drunken driving after a police officer reported observing her 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driving at 71 mph while southbound on Harlem Avenue from East Burlington Street at about 1:40 a.m. on March 12.

An officer stopped the woman in the 4200 block of Harlem Avenue and described her as appearing intoxicated. Police also reportedly recovered an open, cold 40-ounce bottle of beer on the rear floor of the vehicle.  

Stolen vehicle located

Brookfield police were called to the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue on March 15 after a resident complained of a 2006 Acura TL, which was parked along the west side of the street, without any tires or rims — just sitting on bricks.

Police ran the vehicle’s registration and learned that it had been reported stolen by Chicago police. Brookfield police then contacted the vehicle’s owner to notify him of its disposition.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield and Lyons police departments, March 7-16, 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