Emergency personnel from Brookfield, Lyons, Riverside and Cook County responded to the Salt Creek spillway – culverts that connect Salt Creek and the Des Plaines River just north of the Brookfield Zoo’s north parking lot – on May 29 after a kayaker got trapped inside.
The 24-year-old Berwyn man either accidentally or intentionally went over the mini-dam that sends water into the spillway, according to local officials, and had been thrown from the boat.
The man was trying to maintain hold of the boat in the relatively shallow water about 75 feet inside one of the three culverts that connect the streams, said Brookfield Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi.
The current and the slippery bottom of the culvert made that difficult and only after he let go of the kayak was he able to walk out of the culvert, uninjured, with the aid of lifesaving lines provided by a rescue crew. Firefighters fished the kayak out of the Des Plaines River later on.
In the wake of the incident local safety officials from Brookfield, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons and Cook County met on June 1 to discuss installing signage upstream of the spillway alerting canoeists and kayakers of the danger.
Burglary suspect arrested
Brookfield police have arrested a man they believe may have been involved in a number of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Brookfield.
Maurice Steele, 36, who was living at the Brookfield Motel on Ogden Avenue is charged with two counts of burglary to a motor vehicle after a witness called police to report a burglary in progress on June 3 at about 1:50 a.m. in the 4000 block of Grove Avenue.
Police stopped Steele, who was walking in the area and brought over the witness for a show-up. Police arrested Steele who later reportedly consented to have officers search his motel room. Inside the room, police reported finding items taken from vehicles, including wallets, credit cards, IDs and a GPS unit.
In addition to the two vehicles, Steel is accused of burglarizing on Grove Avenue, police also reported other vehicle break-ins in the area in the past week, including the 4000 block of Forest Avenue, the 3900 block of Elm Avenue and the 3900 block of Oak Avenue.
Brookfield medical office burglarized
Cash, checks, two boxes of hypodermic needles, computer equipment and a credit card processing machine were taken during a burglary to a Brookfield medical office during the Memorial Day weekend.
Police responded to Brookpark Medical, 3101 Maple Ave., on the morning of May 30 after an employee arrived to find the business flooded and rooms ransacked.
According to police, none of the doors to the business appeared to have been forced open.
An elderly Brookfield couple fell victim to a home repair scam on May 30, with the offender making off with some costume jewelry.
An 80-year-old Brookfield man told police that someone rang his doorbell at about 12:15 p.m. The man told the homeowner that his roof was damaged and needed to be repaired.
He asked the homeowner to go in the basement and get a bucket of water while he inspected ceilings inside other rooms. The homeowner’s wife observed the man in a bedroom in front of a dresser and confronted him while calling for her husband to come upstairs.
The man then walked out of the house and entered the passenger side of a gray pickup truck, which drove away.
According to police, a search of the bedroom revealed that two sets of earrings were missing.
Two pounds of pot
A 19-year-old Shorewood man faces felony drug charges after police stopped him from hurriedly leaving the scene of what was believed to be a robbery, but turned out to be unfounded, in Riverside on May 30.
Police responding to the “robbery” call stopped Dangelo Colon’s car as it sped away from the lot at 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave. Colon had merely gassed up his car, but appeared extremely nervous when asked by police what he had been doing prior to leaving the scene.
Colon later allegedly admitted having just bought a small amount of cannabis in Chicago. Police searched the vehicle and reported finding two pounds of cannabis, along with drug paraphernalia.
He was charged with possession and delivery of more than 500 grams of cannabis.
Police interviewed a woman who’d claimed she’d been robbed in the area, but ended up determining the claim was unfounded before giving her train fare and transporting her to a CTA “el” station.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 27-June 4, 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