No one appears to have been wounded by shots fired from one vehicle at another on the afternoon of Aug. 21 near the intersection of Custer and Congress Park avenues on the Lyons/Brookfield border.
Lyons police are handling the investigation and have not shared any additional information with Brookfield police, who responded to the scene and determined the incident occurred within the village of Lyons.
Officers responded to the scene at about 2:44 p.m. for a report of shots fired involving a black Chevy Tahoe and a silver minivan. The minivan was last seen heading westbound on Congress Park Avenue, while the Tahoe was last seen southbound on Custer Avenue.
Police reported recovering four shell casings on the pavement in the 4300 block of Custer Avenue.
Witnesses told police that the two vehicles were driving at high speeds westbound on 43rd Street. As the vehicles turned southbound on Custer Avenue, witnesses reported hearing several gunshots.
Police walked the area to see if any rounds struck buildings, including Lincoln School, one side of which runs along the 4300 block of Custer Avenue, but could find no evidence that buildings were hit.
Boy cited for graffiti spree
Brookfield police issued a 17-year-old boy multiple local ordinance citations for criminal damage to property after a spate of graffiti incidents in the village in the past couple of months.
Someone called police late on Aug. 15 to report seeing fresh spray-painted graffiti at Ehlert Park and three people in the area. The witness attempted to stop the trio, but one fled on a bicycle while another ran off when the witness said they were calling police.
Police later were able to identify all three suspects and interviewed them, with one taking responsibility for all of the graffiti from Aug. 15. He was ticketed for those offenses while the other two were cited for other offenses.
A couple of days later, police talked again with the alleged graffiti offender about other incidents in prior weeks. He also reportedly confessed to those, including one at Sweetener Supply, 9501 Southview Ave. Police issued seven additional citations for criminal damage to property at that time.
BB gun disposed of
Riverside police responded to the first block of Pine Avenue on Aug. 22 at about 4:35 p.m. after someone called to report a group of four to five juveniles waving a gun around. The caller told police it appeared to be a real weapon, because there was no orange plastic on the tip of the barrel.
The responding officer reported finding the boys in possession of an Air Soft gun, which the officer confiscated. Later the boy’s father told the officer he didn’t wish to retrieve the gun and told the officer “get rid of it.”
Bicyclist injured in crash into car
A 21-year-old man sustained injuries to his face and had several teeth knocked out after he accidentally crashed his bicycle into the rear of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of East Quincy Street on Aug. 16 at about 9:10 p.m.
Police responded to the scene after someone called police to report that they’d heard a loud noise of breaking glass and went out front to find the rear windshield of the vehicle broken out. After being unable to find any object that might have broken the vehicle and observing nothing missing from it, police noticed blood on the ground.
The officer followed the trail of blood to a home where they located a man who told them he didn’t see the parked car in the dark and crashed into it, breaking the rear windshield with his face.
Despite the injuries, the man refused transport to the hospital and signed a refusal for treatment.
Crash involving police vehicle
A Cicero woman was ticketed by North Riverside police after she allegedly crashed her 2008 Honda Accord into a Chicago police K-9 unit squad car at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road on Aug. 17 at about 6:10 p.m.
According to the crash report the Honda was eastbound on Cermak Road approaching Harlem Avenue. Although the Honda had a green light, the Chicago squad car, a fully marked 2012 Chevy Tahoe with its emergency light flashing and siren sounding was southbound on Harlem Avenue and had the right of way.
The two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection, with the impact sending the police vehicle into the front end of a 2016 Chevy, which was facing northbound on Harlem Avenue waiting at the red light.
Paramedics transported the driver of the Honda and the Chicago police officer to Loyola University medical center for treatment of unspecified injuries. Police cited the Honda driver for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 15-22 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