1 teen charged, 1 at large after graffiti spree

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The following information was obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from May 21 through May 27 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

Brookfield police charged an 18-year-old Westchester resident with nine counts of criminal defacement and are still seeking a second man in conjunction with a rash of graffiti incidents during the early morning hours of May 24.

Facing criminal defacement and other charges is Frank J. Bonavolante, who was apprehended by police just after 2:15 a.m. on May 24 after an officer on patrol discovered freshly spray-painted gang graffiti at the Brookfield Express Car Wash, 9545 Ogden Ave.

After finding the graffiti, the officer observed Bonavolante's car speed away from the scene northbound on Blanchan Avenue. The officer pulled the vehicle over for failing to have a registration light illuminating the car's license plate.

During the stop, Bonavolante stayed in the vehicle, while the passenger bailed out and ran from the scene. The officer gave chase to the fleeing passenger, who turned and threw a can of black spray paint at officer, hitting the officer in the leg and injuring him.

The suspect later fell down, losing a shoe, wristwatch and two more cans of black spray paint in the process. The officer wasn't able to continue the chase due to his injured leg. The suspect was last seen running eastbound through backyards.

When the officer returned to the vehicle, he arrested Bonavolante when a computer check found he didn't possess a valid driver's license. Inside the vehicle, the officer allegedly found an open, pint-sized bottle of alcohol from the front passenger side floor. A search of Bonavolante's jacket allegedly turned up a plastic baggy containing cannabis and a small marble pipe with burnt cannabis residue. Police also found a small hand scale on the floor of the driver's side.

Police found a fourth can of black spray paint underneath a nearby truck, and a check of the surrounding neighborhood found fresh black graffiti sprayed in nine different locations in the 9400 and 9500 blocks of Ogden avenue, the 4000 block of Blanchan Avenue and the Congress Park train station tunnel. According to the police report, the paint used in those incidents matched the paint recovered from the suspect fleeing from Bonavolante's car.

Although Bonavolante denied involvement in any graffiti incidents, he was charged with nine counts of criminal defacement, possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and several traffic offenses.


? Riverside police charged Gregory J. Wire, 23, with driving under the influence after an officer reported that Wire's car ran a red light at 31st Street and First Avenue at 12:30 a.m. on May 27.

According to the report, Wire smelled of alcohol and had trouble speaking. He failed field sobriety tests and a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .128. Wire was also cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

? Berwyn resident Robert Nono, 45, was charged with driving under the influence after a Riverside officer observed Nono allegedly driving with no headlights at 10:50 p.m. on May 26 near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Blackhawk Road.

Nono reportedly smelled of alcohol and stumbled after exiting his vehicle. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI, but refused to submit to a breath test.

He was also cited for driving with no headlights and not having proof of insurance.

Criminal damage

? Three 47th Street businesses were vandalized between May 21-23. In all three instances, according to the policed reports, windows were shot out by BB-type projectiles.

At Fuller's Car Wash Equipment, 9124 47th St., a 4-by-6-foot plate of mirrored glass, valued at over $1,000 was damaged.

Over at Mickey's Trucking Express, 8916 47th St., a 4-by-6-foot plate of glass valued at over $250 was shot out.

Meanwhile, at All Equipment Service, 8912 47th St., the glass of the business' entry door was shot out, and two BB-type holes were found in a window just east of the entry door. Damage was estimated at over $250 in that case as well.

Tobacco compliance

? During its most recent round of tobacco compliance checks at Riverside businesses that sell tobacco products, Riverside police handed out a $50 citation to a clerk at the 7-Eleven at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue for selling a minor tobacco.

Four other tobacco retailers in Riverside were found to be in compliance during checks made by police.

Safety belt checks

? The Brookfield Police Department is wrapping up a two-week seatbelt enforcement period on June 3 as part of a national "Click It or Ticket" campaign aimed at saving lives by enforcing seatbelt laws.

During the campaign, officers have been intensifying enforcement of seatbelt and child passenger safety laws, conducting roadside stops of violators without exception.

?"complied by Bob Uphues

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