A man arrested in Riverside for felony drunken driving and child endangerment back in 2010, was arrested and charged with the same offenses — by the same police officer — last week after a traffic stop on Harlem Avenue in Riverside.

Frederick Gomez, 23, of Stickney, was charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment in addition to several traffic offenses after a police officer reported a vehicle traveling at 51 mph and nearly striking a northbound pickup truck while southbound on Harlem Avenue at Addison Road on May 5 about 11:15 p.m.

Police reported that Gomez said he was coming from a baseball game and had drunk seven beers but was “only buzzed.” Gomez’s 3-year-old son, who was not in a car seat or secured in any fashion, was on the back seat of the vehicle, police said.

While checking Gomez’s information on the computer, police learned he’d been charged with DUI and child endangerment in 2010 after a traffic stop at Shenstone and Longcommon roads; he reportedly pleaded guilty to both charges.

“It is a felony to drive drunk with a child in a vehicle, and the fact that the child was not secured in a child-safety seat while his father, who is supposed to be responsible for him, drives drunk, is simply child neglect and certainly speaks to Mr. Gomez’s lack of good judgment,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release.

Neighbors alert
homeowner of fire

An 80-year-old Brookfield woman was able to exit her smoke-filled home in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue on May 5 after neighbors woke her up to alert her about a fire that had started at the rear of the house.

A home-care worker reportedly had placed a load of laundry in the clothes dryer and left the house about 1:30 p.m. The resident of the home lay down on the couch and fell asleep until she was awakened by neighbors who noticed smoke coming from the house.

The fire, which started inside the clothes dryer, did not do serious damage to the house.

Animal cruelty

A 15-year-old Riverside girl was charged with animal cruelty and criminal damage to property after she allegedly tried to kill a 15-pound Shih Tzu with a baseball bat after the dog urinated and defecated on her bed on May 3 about 7 p.m.

According to police, the girl threw the baseball bat at the dog. However, instead of hitting the dog, the bat sailed through an apartment window, which shattered. When police responded, they located the bat in the yard of the apartment building.

The dog wasn’t seriously injured and did not need medical treatment, said police. The girl’s case was referred to Cook County juvenile court.

Brookfield vehicle break-ins

Brookfield police responded to the 4100 block of Raymond Avenue on May 6 after a resident called to report that her 2006 Nissan X-Terra had been broken into overnight. The center console of the vehicle had been forced open and several bagged birthday gifts for a child had been taken, along with a pink North Face sweater. The vehicle reportedly was left unlocked.

The burglary followed in the wake of three incidents reported to police late on May 3 and early on May 4 in the 4400 block of Maple Avenue. According to police, those incidents remain under investigation and no further details were provided.

Unwanted attention

North Riverside police said on April 26 that a 15-year-old girl reported that a white male subject about 18 or 19 years old, about 5-foot-6, wearing a Superman sweatshirt with the sleeves rolled up and carrying a backpack, approached her while she was at the Village Commons playground, told her she was beautiful, grabbed her by the face with both hands and licked her across the face. The subject may have had a scar on his face, according to the victim.

The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m., according to police, and was not reported until the girl returned home and told her mother. Police were unable to locate the offender.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Brookfield police issued a local ordinance violation notice to La Cabanita restaurant, 9438 Ogden Ave., on May 5 after an officer saw numerous patrons drinking alcohol inside a tent outside the restaurant.

According to the police report, while the restaurant had a permit for the tent, it reportedly did not have a license allowing liquor to be served in the outside dining space.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 26 -May 8, 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 

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