By Bob Uphues
Paroled felon charged with drug possession
A North Riverside man on parole for aggravated discharge of a firearm was arrested last week after police, acting on an anonymous tip, reportedly found cannabis and materials used to grow and process cannabis for sale inside his Cermak Road apartment.
Officers from the Illinois Department of Corrections and the North Riverside police visited the apartment of Thomas M. Ruckschlos, 26, at a building in the 8700 block of Cermak Road on Aug. 29.
The visit was promoted by an anonymous call to the Cook County Sheriff's crime hotline on July 31, which indicated Ruckschlos was selling drugs and weapons out of the apartment.
Ruckschlos was paroled from Lincoln Correctional Center on Sept. 2, 2011 after serving four years of a six-year sentence for aggravated discharge of a firearm. After receiving the crime tip, his parole officer received authorization to perform additional spot checks of Ruckschlos' residence.
Inside a bedroom of the apartment, police reported finding 7.6 grams of cannabis, two grinders, a broken glass pipe, a black holster, a safe and horticultural materials that police said could be used in a cannabis-growing operation.
In a posting on his Facebook page apparently written on Aug. 29, Ruckschlos wrote "Lmfao its right in front of ur face!!!! stupid f[------] pigs."
According to the report, Ruckschlos admitted the cannabis was his but that the other items belonged to a former roommate. He was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He has a Sept. 23 court date at Maybrook courthouse.
North Riverside burglary
A resident of the 2200 block of Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside, reported on Aug. 28 that someone had gained entry to his ground-floor apartment by pushing a window air conditioner through the window.
Once inside the unknown person or persons ransacked a bedroom and removing jewelry worth thousands of dollars and an unknown amount of cash. Other valuable items, including electronic equipment, were not taken.
The burglary apparently occurred between 7:15 and 11 p.m. One resident of the apartment building told police she heard a loud crash about 10 p.m. but had no other information.
Riverside police charged a Brookfield man with felony driving on a revoked license, obstructing police and other offenses after he reportedly made an illegal U-turn, nearly striking a police officer in front of Riverside-Brookfield High School on the morning of Aug. 30.
Luis Rosa, 36, had just dropped off a student at the school when he made the U-turn on Ridgewood Road and purposely went around the police officer, who was assigned to watch for traffic violations.
The officer directed Rosa's car to the curb and began questioning him. Rosa allegedly told the officer his name was Victor H. Mendez, and a computer check showed that a driving permit issued in 1998 for that name came back expired. He was arrested for not having a valid license, and police reported finding a beer bottle and a bottle of vodka from the driver's area of the vehicle.
At the police station, police discovered that Rosa's fingerprints were associated with several different names. Police eventually learned that Victor Mendez was Rosa's actual name, but he hadn't used that name while he resided in the United States. He reportedly told police he bought the Luis Rosa license from a vendor in Chicago 15 years ago. He gave police the name Victor Mendez because he knew that his Luis Rosa license had been revoked for prior DUI convictions.
According to Riverside police, Rosa (which was the name police booked him under) had prior DUI convictions in Hinsdale, Riverside, Villa Park and Countryside and had used false identification to avoid felony prosecution, according to Riverside police.
He is being held in Cook County Jail awaiting a Sept. 5 court hearing.
Cops follow foxes home
A pair of foxes seen recently in the vicinity of Madlin Park in Brookfield apparently live under a porch in the 3600 block of Raymond Avenue, the village learned Aug. 28, after police were called to the 9300 block of Lincoln Avenue to deal with two foxes in the middle of the road.
Police arrived and followed the foxes to the Raymond Avenue home, which is vacant and bank-owned, where the animals crawled under the porch through a hole.
According to residents near the Raymond Avenue home, the foxes have been there at least two weeks and haven't been causing any problems, though the village has received numerous complaints about the animals. Some residents in the area are reportedly leaving food and water for the animals.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 26-30, 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.
This story has been changed to correct the charges filed against Luis Rosa.