Brookfield police charged a 27-year-old Brookfield man with drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident and other traffic offenses for allegedly losing control of his 2014 Scion and running over a fire hydrant, completely shearing it from its base while turning south on Elm Avenue from westbound 31st Street on April 28 at about 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the man’s 61-year-old father wound up being charged with aggravated assault, obstruction and resisting arrest, after he allegedly tried to initially tell police he was driving the car and then later squared off to fight the officer who came to arrest his son.

Police were called to the scene by a resident who heard the crash and went outside to investigate. The driver of the vehicle was standing outside the vehicle and the resident briefly spoke with him before the driver began walking away to the south.

Officers traced the license plate number on the car to a residence in the 3300 block of Elm Avenue and responded to that address. When they knocked on the front door, the driver’s father answered. When police asked to see the man’s son, the father at first said he was at the wheel of the car. When told there was a witness who could ID the driver, the father then reportedly squared off with his fists up.

Police detained the father and subsequently arrested his son, who was ID’d by the witness, according to police.

Cops: Ex crashes car intentionally

Sophia M. Sanchez, 27, of Forest View, faces one felony count of criminal damage to property after she allegedly crashed her car intentionally into another vehicle, driven by her ex-boyfriend on eastbound 31st Street at First Avenue on April 25 at 8:50 a.m.

According to police, the victim said he was on his way to work and stopped at a red light when Sanchez pulled up in front of him, put her car in reverse and then rammed into his stopped vehicle.

The two had reportedly been arguing earlier that morning and the previous evening. Sanchez reportedly wanted to disable the victim’s car so that she could talk to him. Sanchez was also cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Truck load o’ mud

A 51-year-old Chicago truck driver was cited by Riverside police for failing to secure the truck’s back gate after he dumped an entire load of earth, blocking about 300 feet of the curb lane in the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue on April 28 at 1:25 p.m.

When police arrived, the driver was attempting to shovel the mud back into the truck, with little success. Riverside Public Works used a front-end loader to scoop up as much mud as possible, while the fire department used a high-pressure hose to clean the roadway, which was shut down for two hours between Longcommon and Lindberg roads.

Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said his department would seek reimbursement for the cost of cleanup from the man’s employer.

Vehicle break-in

A resident of the 200 block of Blackhawk Road, Riverside, contacted police on the morning of April 26 to report that someone had burglarized his unlocked 2003 Ford van, which was parked in the driveway, overnight.

The victim said that loose change was taken from the vehicle. He also told police that his vehicle had been broken into the past.

Riverside investigation nets drug arrests

As the result of an investigation started by Riverside police, officers from the West Suburban Enhanced Drug/Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force arrested two people in Berwyn on April 28, shutting down a suspected drug-selling operation.

Police received information from a confidential informant that the location, an apartment in the 6200 block of West 21st Street in Berwyn, was a place where west suburban residents could buy cocaine and cannabis.

Police served a search warrant at about 6:50 p.m. on April 28 and arrested Heather A. Niemotka, 41, of Plainfield, and Randy T. Pafford, 54, of Berwyn.

Police say Niemotka worked as the caretaker of a 59-year-old female resident of the apartment, and that she also set up the apartment as a drug packaging and distribution center. Pafford reportedly is the boyfriend of the 59-year-old female, who was not charged.

Niemotka was charged with manufacture/delivery of cocaine, manufacture/delivery of cannabis, possession of cocaine and cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. The cocaine delivery charge is a Class X offense, and Niemotka faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years, if convicted. Pafford was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police reported recovering 70 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of cannabis, 96 prescription pills identified as hydrocodone, materials for packaging and distributing drugs and $1,000 in cash marked as proceeds from drug sales.

Fire damages house

The house at 3740 Maple Ave. in Brookfield sustained severe damage to its attic and roof after heat from the chimney reportedly ignited birds’ nests and other debris surrounding it on April 29 at about 11:40 p.m.

Both occupants of the residence were able to exit the house unharmed, but the home was rendered uninhabitable by the blaze.


  • A resident of the 3900 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police on April 27 at about 8:15 p.m. that a package delivered to his home earlier that day had been stolen.

The victim received notification that the package, containing an MP3 player, had been delivered at about 5:10 p.m., but it was missing when the victim went to retrieve it.

  • A resident of the 3900 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police on April 26 to report that while he was out of town on business since April 22, someone took his lawnmower from the backyard.

A witness told police he observed a man who used to be a neighbor push a lawnmower while walking eastbound on Burlington Avenue on the morning of April 24. Police responded to the Pioneer Motel, 8839 Ogden Ave., where the suspect was known to be staying.

Police found the missing lawnmower in the man’s possession. The lawnmower was returned to its owner, who refused to prosecute the man who allegedly took it from the yard.

  • An employee of Leo’s Liquors, 9154 Broadway Ave., Brookfield, called police on April 30 at about noon to report that a man had just stolen two bottles of tequila (total value $92) from the store.

The employee observed the suspect place the bottles in his jacket and confronted him. As the employee picked up the phone to call police, the suspect ran out of the store. The employee, accompanied by the store’s dog, a German shepherd named Leo, pursued the suspect, who got into a silver Honda and fled northbound on Maple Avenue.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 25-May 1, 2016 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.