Brookfield police say no one was hurt when someone fired a handgun round through the floor of an apartment and into the bedroom of the unit below in the 4500 block of Maple Avenue on June 30 at about 8:25 p.m.
The tenant of the lower unit called police after hearing the gun go off and walking into his bedroom to find a hole in the ceiling and drywall debris on the bed. Police say they did not recover any bullet fragments, but said there was a clear channel going from the upper unit into the lower one.
Police also were unable to determine who fired the weapon, though they detained three people who were in the upper unit where an apparent verbal altercation took place before the single gunshot was fired. Police charged two of the three people.
A 42-year-old Chicago woman was charged with domestic battery, while a 38-year-old Brookfield man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police reported finding the drug ecstasy on his person.
Meanwhile, police did not charge a 28-year-old Summit woman they located in the rear stairwell of the building. Police found her talking on the phone near rear door. Also on the hallway floor near the rear door were two bags, one of them containing a shoebox where police reported recovering a black semiautomatic handgun with no magazine inside it.
Officers did report finding a Glock handgun magazine under a mattress in a bedroom of the upper apartment.
Fireworks likely caused dumpster fire
Police and fire officials in Brookfield say fireworks likely were the cause of a dumpster fire outside Congress Park School, 9311 Shields Ave., on July 4 at about 10:35 p.m.
When police arrived in response to a 911 call, an officer reported that the dumpster located in the northeast corner of the parking lot was aflame. He reported that some people watching the scene in the 4300 block of Madison Avenue were uncooperative, but that one person stated that several people were lighting off fireworks in the school parking lot shortly before the fire started.
An officer reported finding a spent Roman candle nearby. No one was hurt and the materials that caught fire were construction debris and general trash, police said.
Recon mission busted
Brookfield police issued a warning to two people accused of entering a vacant home on the afternoon of July 5 to give it a once over before possibly bidding on it at auction the following day.
Police responded to the home in the 9300 block of Lincoln Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. after a witness called to report two people entering the home through a window. An officer reported seeing two people, a man and a woman, in the gangway and asked if they’d been in the home. The man, who said he was an attorney, reportedly denied entering the home. Police notified the homeowner of the incident, but that person declined to pursue the matter. After warning the couple against trespassing on private property, police sent them on their way.
Car jumps parking barrier, hits three other vehicles
Brookfield police cited a 73-year-old Countryside woman for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash after she reportedly stepped on the gas pedal of her Cadillac Escalade and accelerated quickly from a parking space in the lot at CVS, 9139 Broadway Ave., jumped the parking barrier and sidewalk and struck a vehicle eastbound on Broadway.
The Escalade kept going, driving between two parked cars, striking one of them, before jumping the center median and crashing head on into another parked vehicle, pushing it north across the opposite sidewalk where it nearly struck the wall of Tischler Finer Foods.
According to police, there were minor injuries and all of the vehicles involved in the crash had to be towed from the scene.
Catalytic converter theft
A resident of the 3400 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police on June 29 to report that sometime during the past day someone had removed the catalytic converter from the undercarriage of his 2005 Toyota Prius.
According to the police report, the part cost about $2,250 to replace. Catalytic converters contain precious metals and can be sold by thieves for hundreds of dollars for scrap. Toyota Priuses are reportedly particularly popular targets for catalytic converter thieves.
North Riverside police charged a 25-year-old North Riverside man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol clocked his red Honda traveling westbound at 71 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 7700 block of Cermak Road on June 27 at about 1:10 a.m.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 27-July 5 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