A 38-year-old Plainfield woman posted topless photos of a longtime friend, a Riverside resident, on social media after their friendship turned sour over dating issues, police reported last week.
Stephanie Kaczmarek was charged with one count of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images following a two-week investigation by Riverside police, who recovered the photos, voice mail messages and other electronic evidence.
According to police, Kaczmarek posted “numerous” topless photos of her former friend on Facebook and Snapchat and sent them via email to other people, including the victim’s family members.
The victim, a 34-year-old woman, called police on March 5 to report that the photos had been posted online. Police also reported obtaining a voicemail message stating, “There are a million more like this out in the public.”
Police arrested Kaczmarek on March 16. Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said that detectives recently had received training on recovering electronic evidence and that the department has specialized software to assist in those types on investigations.
“This training and equipment played a vital role in taking the offender into custody and obtaining felony charges,” Weitzel said.
Off-roading, 8 Corners style
A 65-year-old LaGrange Park woman was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and damage to village property after she allegedly blew through a stop sign while northbound on Grand Boulevard at Eight Corners and slammed her 2006 Volkswagen Passat into the Memorial Circle on March 20 about 12:35 p.m.
When police arrived, the vehicle was up over the curb in the middle of the circle, facing northbound. The driver told police she had leaned over to get something from her purse and wasn’t paying attention to the road before striking the curb.
Police stated the driver did not exhibit any signs of obvious intoxication. Paramedics transported her to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Off-roading, DUI style
Riverside police charged a 28-year-old Woodridge man with driving under the influence and cited him for several traffic offenses after he allegedly drove on the sidewalk and across several front lawns while southbound on Kimbark Road on March 19 about 1:50 a.m.
Multiple callers dialed 911 to report the vehicle traveling off the roadway south from Park Place. The driver reportedly struck a landscape retaining wall at 63 Kimbark before veering back onto the roadway.
Police located the driver and the vehicle, a 1997 Ford Probe with two blown out front tires, on Forest Avenue. According to police, an officer attempted to administer field sobriety tests, but the driver was so drunk he continued to fall down.
The driver’s blood-alcohol content reportedly was .163, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
In addition, the driver was cited for driving on the sidewalk, improper lane usage, driving on an expired license, damage to village property and possession of cannabis.
Booze bandit strikes again
Brookfield police issued a critical reach flier to neighboring agencies on March 20, asking for help in identifying a subject who had stolen liquor bottles from the CVS, 8911 Ogden Ave., twice in one week.
A store employee called police on March 20 around 12:50 p.m. to report that a white male, about 30-40 years old, standing 5-foot-9, with a medium build and wearing a red baseball cap and a brown jacket had filled a CVS basket with six liquor bottles before dashing out of the store to a waiting silver Chrysler Aspen, which sped away southbound on Prairie Avenue. The vehicle, which has a partial plate number of E56, was driven by a woman, according to police.
Police reported that the same subject, wearing the same clothing, also stole bottles of liquor from the store on March 17, but employees of the store did not call police to report the incident.
Read the sign
Riverside police charged a 21-year-old Chicago woman with possession of cannabis and improper parking after she parked in a spot labeled “police parking only” while helping a friend previously arrested for DUI recover her vehicle on March 21.
The parking spot, in the lot adjacent to the police and fire stations, is used by police to transport prisoners from their vehicles into the station. An officer reported smelling a strong odor of cannabis when the woman rolled down her car window to talk to him. In addition to recovering cannabis, police found a pipe used for smoking cannabis inside the vehicle.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 14-21, 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