Around 4:30 a.m., July 25, a witness told North Riverside police he saw an SUV strike a dump truck in the Dunkin Donut parking lot at Harlem Avenue and 25th Street. Cops soon observed a black Chevy Tahoe with heavy driver-side damage run a red light on Cermak Avenue. Officers followed with lights and sirens activated and the Tahoe turned into Berwyn at 16th Street, nearly striking the curb and several parked vehicles. Officers also observed the driver and a passenger switching places in the car. When the Tahoe was finally stopped, officers ordered the two occupants out of the car at gunpoint. Officers observed the smell of booze on the driver’s breath. He lacked both a driver’s license and proof of insurance. At the police lockup, Johnny Portalatin, 18, of Chicago, refused to take sobriety tests and requested an ambulance. After a round-trip to the hospital and then back to the lockup, he was charged with felony aggravated DUI and aggravated fleeing and eluding an officer and other traffic-related charges.
Packed for swashbuckling
A double-edged “large” sword in a scabbard and a glass pot pipe were recovered from the orange backpack of an 18-year-old Villa Park man who, police said, allegedly tried to enter the back door of a North Riverside house in the 2200 block of South Park Avenue. Barking dogs scared the intruder off around 11 p.m., July 22. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cellphone stop leads to drug bust
At a July 21, 7:45 p.m. traffic stop at 26th Street and Lewe Court, North Riverside officers pulled over the driver of a 2000 black Pontiac Grand Am who was chatting on a cellphone. Xavier Q. Crosby, 24, of Broadview, was found to be transporting 15 bags of heroin and a counterfeit $20 bill. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
On July 23 around 7:50 p.m., a Brookfield officer on foot patrol in the viaduct tunnel in the 9400 block of Burlington overheard three juvenile pedestrians allegedly bragging about selling and buying cannabis and the cost of specific weights. Another officer met the three sitting on the top of the stairs of the Congress Park Train Depot, where they were passing a joint. No one would admit to ownership of the marijuana cigarette, so all three were taken to the station, where they were turned over to parents.
Pot, coke and codeine
Around 1 a.m., July 22, Brookfield officers pulled over a 2005 Chevy Malibu with a cracked windshield and burned-out tail light. Officers, smelling the odor of pot, found the driver, Mike A Zavaleta, 21, of Brookfield, was driving with three bags of cannabis weighting 25.4 grams, 3.5 grams of cocaine and 240 ml of illegal codeine syrup. Police also recovered $305 in cash.
Around 11 p.m., July 21, an 82-year-old condo resident complained to Brookfield police that her condo board president was “at it again,” setting traps for skunks on her property in the 8800 block of 44th Street. The man told police he set the trap near her staircase, which contained a live skunk, and was waiting until it died to remove it from the cage. Police had warned him not to set any more traps, but he said “it needed to get done, so he decided he was going to do it and did.” He was cited with a local ordinance violation for cruelty to animals.
Brookfield police arrived at Slagers Bar in the 9300 block of W. 47th Street around 12:30 a.m., July 26, after a brawl in the beer garden had just ended. An injured man had swelling and bleeding to his nose and forehead and was taken for treatment by paramedics. A woman told police another woman had tried to drag her out of a van as she tried to leave the scene. Police arrested a 29-year-old North Riverside man and charged him with battery.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 13-26, 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 Jean Lotus