Two Berwyn men, ages 21 and 22, were charged with aggravated speeding and street racing after allegedly driving at speeds in excess of 90 mph and weaving in and out of traffic while eastbound on Cermak Road from 5th Avenue on June 2 at about 10:20 p.m.
An officer on patrol reported that he initially was headed in the opposite direction when he clocked the vehicles at 67 mph. The officer did a U-turn and got behind the vehicles, which were stopped for a red light at First Avenue.
When the light changed, the two cars accelerated to speeds up to 91 mph while weaving through traffic, said police, until an officer was able to curb the two cars in the 7200 block of Cermak Road.
The two men told police that they were friends, with one reportedly telling the arresting officer he believed they were driving at about 65 mph. Both vehicles were impounded for five days because of the street racing charge.
North Riverside police charged a 27-year-old Bolingbrook man with aggravated speeding and cited him for six traffic offenses after an officer reported clocking the man’s black Mercedes-Benz at 84 mph while it was northbound on First Avenue from Cermak Road on May 31 at 11:26 p.m.
The police officer reported that the Mercedes got within a car length of a vehicle in front of it before passing it and accelerating to over 80 mph before pulling over at Roosevelt Road. The driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, police said, and his vehicle registration had been suspended for having no insurance, according to police.
A Riverside resident went to police on the morning of June 3 to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered her vehicle, which was parked behind her apartment building whose location was not provided by police.
The victim stated the vehicle was locked, but police reported no damage to the vehicle. Taken from the inside was a bag containing wrenches and screwdrivers. Also taken from the center console was a set of keys.
Brookfield police responded to the 4400 block of DuBois Boulevard on June 5 at 11:50 p.m. after a resident called to report that his car alarm was going off and the vehicle’s rear hatch was partially open.
The man told police he was asleep when the car alarm woke him. Northing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.
The following morning, on June 6 at about 3:05 a.m., the same resident called police to report that the alarm was going off again. The man told police that after the first incident, he moved his vehicle from the rear of the property to his front driveway. The rear hatch was closed this time, according to the police report.
Freight train strikes, kills man
A westbound freight train struck and killed a man near the Cowley Road crossing of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad in Riverside at about 12:50 p.m. on June 4.
Riverside paramedics responded to the scene and reported finding the victim east of Cowley Road, where they pronounced him dead. The body was turned over to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
All rail traffic was suspended while emergency personnel were on scene, with full train activity able to begin running again around 3 p.m.
The medical examiner’s office identified the man as a 41-year-old LaGrange Park resident and ruled his death a suicide.
A resident of the 3500 block of Rosemear Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the afternoon of June 6 to report that there was an arrow – as in a projectile shot from a bow – in his backyard lawn.
The man said he wasn’t sure where it came from or how long it was there, and police said they could find no other arrows in the area.
Chicken on the loose
A Brookfield vehicle enforcement officer responded to the 9300 block of Jefferson Avenue on June 2 at about 9:40 a.m. after someone reported that a chicken had escaped from the backyard of a home there.
The officer attempted to contact the owner of the chicken, without success, but was able to escort the hen into its enclosed yard and secured the gate behind it.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 31-June 6 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