Gingko tree branches line the parkway along Harlem Avenue after an over-height truck snapped them while heading south from Longcommon Road on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy of the Riverside Police Department)

A semi-tractor trailer, found to be over-height, overweight, unregistered with the state and without insurance coverage, took down branches from several ginkgo trees — one of which fell onto a car traveling behind the truck — in the 2800, 2900 and 3000 blocks of Harlem Avenue on Aug. 22 about 8:30 p.m.

Police reported seeing leaves and trees scattered in the street from just south of Longcommon Road to York Road, where the truck stopped in front of a 2004 Honda that sustained roof damage when a larger limb crashed down on it.

The truck driver, a 65-year-old Western Springs man told police that the 1995 Ford vehicle, which weighed in at 44,220 pounds, was a “yard truck.” The driver was fined $1,804 for the overweight violation. Police also cited him for the truck being too tall, for not being registered or insured and for damage to village property.

Riverside Forester Michael Collins said most of the damage to the trees was minor with the exception of a couple of trees just north of York Road, which lost limbs that were 4 inches in diameter.

Collins said none of the damage warranted removal of any trees but added that the trees fall under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, which has a tree-maintenance agreement with the village.

Many of the ginkgo trees along that stretch of Harlem Avenue are 50 or more years old.


‘Peeping Tom’ reported

A resident of the 9500 block of Washington Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 25 just before midnight to report that someone was looking in the windows of her home. The suspect was described as an older white male, who was bald and wearing a green shirt, black cap and black pants.

The female victim told police it was the second time she noticed someone outside her home, looking in. The first was on Aug. 22 about 12:30 a.m. In that instance, she saw a person’s silhouette through the partially open blinds of her bedroom window.

She thought it might be her brother outside smoking and closed the blinds, but her brother said it wasn’t him.

On Aug. 25, the blinds were closed, but she heard her brother yelling and running toward Blanchan Avenue while shouting out a description and telling her to call police. Based on the earlier incident, the brother had decided to go outside and saw a man apparently looking into the home’s windows.

He said he grabbed the suspect, but the man was able to break free and run away southbound on Blanchan Avenue.

Jewelry missing from store

North Riverside police responded to Kay Jewelers at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on the morning of Aug. 19 after the store manager called to report that some items of jewelry were discovered missing during an inventory of the safe the prior night.

Among the items missing were a 24-inch, 14-karat-gold domed-curb chain valued at $5,288 and a sterling silver bracelet valued at $73.


Throwing shade

North Riverside police advised a 62-year-old resident of the village to call ComEd about a light that’s disturbing his nighttime star-watching sessions and stop covering it was a custom-made shade that he puts over it. 

Police responded to the 8000 block of 26th Street on Aug. 19 about 11 a.m. after getting a complaint about the man’s habit of shading the light, which is on a ComEd utility pole and whose power usage is paid for by another person in the neighborhood.

The officer reported seeing a long, handmade pole attached to a shade that was covering the light. According to the police report, the man told police he built the shade rig because he uses a telescope at night and the bright light interferes with his hobby.


Officer Buzzkill

Riverside police responded to Metal Mites, 36 E. Quincy St., after the business’ general manager called to report that a 6- to 8-foot-tall marijuana plant was growing along the property’s fence line, next to a village parking lot.

Police determined that the plant actually was growing on village-owned property and was in among other overgrown plants. The officer reported pulling the marijuana plant out of the ground and tossing it into the dumpster behind the police station.


Bike stolen

A resident of the 3800 block of McCormick Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that someone had stolen her child’s bicycle sometime between 9 and 11 p.m. on Aug. 24.

According to the police report, the blue Trek 900 boys bicycle with a lime green lock had been left on the front lawn of the house.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 19-25 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