A former president of the Riverside-Brookfield High School Board of Education received two years’ probation and will serve 100 hours of community service after agreeing to a plea deal in connection with a 2015 stalking case.
On April 13, Riverside resident Larry Herbst waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced by Judge Geary Kull. He was also ordered to not have any contact with the victim and ordered to pay $319 in fines.
Herbst, 64, was arrested in June 2015 after a month-long investigation into claims that he stalked a 29-year-old Lyons woman more than 30 times between February and May of that year.
Police reported that Herbst had followed the woman from her home to the downtown Riverside Metra station “almost daily,” and that his activity had been noticed by another commuter, who tipped off the woman.
A grand jury in July 2015 indicted Herbst, charging him with four counts of stalking. Herbst reportedly never made any attempt to make contact with the woman.
Herbst served three terms on the RBHS District 208 school board from 1999 to 2011, including four years as board president. He also was past president of the Riverside Little League and the Riverside Swim Club and served on the Riverside Parks and Recreation Board.
Heroin a factor in DUI crash
Brookfield police said a Burr Ridge man was under the influence of heroin when his car drifted into oncoming traffic on Ogden Avenue on April 12 and struck another vehicle head-on, critically injuring an elderly passenger inside that vehicle.
Lukas Cerny, 23, remains in custody at Cook County Jail without bond awaiting a May 4 hearing date at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood. He is charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing great bodily harm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, among other offenses.
According to police, the 72-year-old Berwyn man injured in the crash has been released from the hospital. He suffered a head injury and was said to have been in critical condition when taken to the hospital following the crash.
Riverside police first received a 911 call from a motorist who was southbound on First Avenue from Cermak Road at about 10:45 a.m. on April 12. The caller stated to police that a gray Ford Ranger was swerving on and off the roadway and that “he is going to kill someone.”
That same vehicle was reportedly traveling eastbound in the 9000 block of Ogden Avenue when it drifted across the centerline and struck a westbound Chevy Trailblazer driven by a 40-year-old Berwyn woman. She reportedly suffered a broken arm in the crash.
Cerny appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to police, who reported recovering four small plastic bags containing about one gram heroin and two hypodermic needles.
Stolen scooter recovered
On April 15, a Brookfield police officer recovered a scooter reported stolen at Ehlert Park on April 1. The officer reported seeing a male juvenile riding on a scooter that matched the description of the one stolen and went to investigate.
The juvenile reportedly told the officer that he was given the scooter by someone else, who told him it had been stolen and to hang onto it until it could be sold. Police issued the juvenile a formal station adjustment and returned the scooter to its owner.
Man victim of phone scam
A 66-year-old man who owns a Brookfield business reportedly was scammed out of almost $800 on April 11 by someone with a foreign accent phoning the business and claiming the owner had an outstanding electric bill totaling $1,200 that he needed to pay immediately or have his electricity shut off.
The victim said he told the caller he felt $1,200 was excessive. At that time, the caller said the victim’s bill would be forgiven if he paid $798. The victim agreed and the caller told him to go to the Jewel store in Westchester and purchase gift cards to pay the bill. The caller also gave the victim another number to call when he had the gift card information ready.
The victim did as instructed and then called the number he was given. He gave a woman who answered the information needed to redeem the gift cards, and the woman told him that his bill was paid.
The following day, the victim became suspicious and called ComEd, who informed him that his prior $257 bill had been paid and that there wasn’t another due yet. They also said they received no other payments recently.
Bike stolen from garage
A resident of the 100 block of Lawton Road, Riverside, contacted police on April 13 to report that, during the overnight hours of April 11-12, someone had stolen a women’s black Trek 7000 bicycle from the garage located at the rear of the property.
The victim told police the overhead garage door had been left open by mistake. The bicycle was valued at about $300.
Riverside Public Works Director Edward Bailey contacted police on April 14 at 11:40 a.m. to report finding two dead chickens, their heads cut off, lying on the east side of Miller Road. One of the chickens was in a box, the other was lying outside a second box against the curb.
A 22-year-old Brookfield man and an 18-year-old Chicago woman were charged with criminal trespassing after they allegedly broke into an apartment building in 8900 block of Gerritsen Avenue during the early morning hours of April 16.
A resident using the basement laundry room yelled “someone is in here robbing the place,” and another chased the two out of the building. Outside the male subject reportedly punched the resident who’d chased him out of the building. Police detained the two subjects in the 4600 block of Elm Avenue.
Too much to drink
- Brookfield police charged a 44-year-old Berwyn resident with driving under the influence after someone called 911 to report a vehicle parked on the south parkway and sidewalk along 31st Street just west of Arthur Avenue on April 13 at about 10:50 p.m.
Police reported that a 2006 Ford Explorer was parked across the sidewalk with the rear driver’s side tire still on 31st Street and the rear of the vehicle sticking out into traffic.
An officer knocked several times on the driver’s side window to wake up the man inside. The man appeared confused and intoxicated, and at one point appeared surprised he was alone in the vehicle and couldn’t remember parking his vehicle in that location.
“Where did everyone go?” he reportedly asked police.
The subject reportedly failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test.
- Riverside police responded to the first block of East Burlington Street on April 16 at about 6:20 p.m. after receiving a report that there appeared to be a female subject sleeping inside a vehicle — with its door wide open — parked on the street.
Police interviewed a reportedly very intoxicated 46-year-old Justice woman inside the silver 2001 Mitsubishi. The woman reportedly locked an officer out of the vehicle, started it up and tried to put it into gear until the officer convinced her to roll down the window. The officer then took the car keys away from the driver, who failed field sobriety tests.
The woman’s blood-alcohol content was reportedly .322, which is four times the legal limit of .08, and paramedics transported her to MacNeal Hospital for treatment. After being released from the hospital, police charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 11-17, 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.