By Bob Uphues
Brookfield man hit with sex abuse charge
Police charged a 56-year-old Brookfield man with misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse after allegedly interacting inappropriately with a 16-year-old girl during a sleepover at his home on Feb. 15.
According to the police report, the man served the girl alcohol. Afterward, the man allegedly unhooked his daughter's bra and threw it across the room, sprayed whipped cream down the front of her friend's bra and asked the girl to "flash" him.
Police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which is reportedly conducting an investigation. Police requested a felony review of the case, but the Cook County State's Attorney's Office declined to upgrade the offense to felony status.
The Landmark is not releasing the man's name at this time to avoid identifying the victims.
Stabbed during fight at mall
A 19-year-old Chicago man reportedly was stabbed in the shoulder during a brief altercation between two groups of people at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road on the night of Feb. 24.
According to North Riverside police, the victim and four friends, all reportedly members of a Chicago "tagging crew," were walking in the lower level of the mall outside Carson Pirie Scott when they encountered two members of a rival tagging crew.
The two groups started fighting, but dispersed before mall security arrived on the scene. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, police said.
After the fight, the victim said he noticed feeling something dripping on his back. It turned out to be blood from a stab wound on his upper right shoulder. His friends took him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where staff notified police. Police also noted that the brim of the victim's baseball hat was also slashed.
Police continue to investigate the incident. However, according to police the victim does not appear interested in cooperating with investigators.
75 mph on Harlem Ave.
A 26-year-old Lyons man, stopped for driving 75 mph on Harlem Avenue in Riverside on Feb. 19, reportedly told police he was dashing home to care for his sick wife and children. However, a visit to the man's home proved otherwise, according to police, and Cruz A. Salgado was booked for misdemeanor reckless driving.
Initially, a police officer reported Salgado was driving 62 mph in a 35 mph zone while heading southbound in the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue about 4:10 a.m. As the police officer caught up with Salgado's vehicle, he reportedly accelerated to 75 mph while driving in an area where the posted speed limit is 30 mph. He was finally pulled over on Ogden Avenue west of Harlem.
After telling the officer he was in a hurry to get home to his sick family, a Lyons police officer went to go check on them. Salgado's wife reportedly told the officer everyone in the home was fine.
Salgado was booked for misdemeanor reckless driving and his vehicle was impounded under a new Illinois law that requires anyone driving more than 40 mph over the limit to be arrested instead of simply ticketed. He was also cited for speeding and having no proof of insurance.
Police noted that at 75 mph a vehicle can travel a city block in three seconds.
Stolen scale leads to drug arrest
Riverside police charged a 17-year-old North Riverside boy with theft and drug offenses after they were called to Riverside-Brookfield High School on Feb. 22 to investigate the theft of a digital scale from one of the school's chemistry labs.
The student reportedly confessed that he stole the scale to weigh cannabis that he wanted to sell. Police went to the boy's house and searched his bedroom, reportedly finding cannabis and packaging materials. Police also recovered the scale stolen from the school.
In addition to theft, the boy was charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was petitioned to juvenile authorities and released to his father.
For the second straight week in North Riverside and Riverside, someone has been firing paintballs at homes.
On Feb. 23, a resident of the 2500 block of 6th Avenue reported that someone had fired paintballs at his home about 11 p.m. The house had been targeted on three previous occasions, according to police.
Meanwhile, five homeowners in Riverside reported that their homes had been hit by paintballs. One of the homes was targeted on Feb. 18 about 2 p.m., while the others were hit by paintballs sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight on Feb. 23.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 18-24, 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.