By Bob Uphues
A 25-year-old Brookfield man faces two counts of felony burglary to a vehicle after allegedly breaking into at least two unlocked vehicles on the village's south end during the early morning hours of Jan. 19.
Police responded to the 4300 block of Madison Avenue at about 3:55 a.m. when a resident called to report someone with a flashlight walking down the block back and forth past his residence several times. Police located a suspect, later identified as Jason Ursich, sitting on the front stoop of his house, who initially denied knowing anything about the burglaries.
During their investigation, police reported finding several unlocked cars in the 4300 block of Madison Avenue and the 9200 block of Shields Avenue that had been rifled through. Officers also observed boots prints on the ground that matched those Ursich was wearing.
Ursich also reportedly matched images in surveillance camera video showing a person burglarizing vehicles in the area. When police returned to Ursich's home, he reportedly went inside and refused to talk to police.
However, police said, Ursich left several items on the front stoop, including ones identified by victims as having been taken from their vehicles.
On Jan. 20 at about 7:50 p.m., police returned to Ursich's home after receiving a report of a disturbance. Police took him into custody at that time and he reportedly admitted to committing the burglaries during a subsequent interview with detectives.
While Ursich was suspected of entering about a half dozen vehicles, according to police, only two victims agreed to pursue burglary charges against him. He was also charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
A resident of the 2300 block of 11th Avenue, North Riverside, went to police on Jan. 18 to report that sometime during the overnight hours someone entered his unlocked vehicle and ransacked the interior.
The victim did not believe anything of value was missing, but the contents had been strewn around the vehicle's interior.
Riverside first responders
rouse overdose victim
Riverside police and firefighters have been credited with saving the life of a 38-year-old Forest Park man by administering multiple doses of the opioid antidote Narcan after he reportedly overdosed on heroin.
Officers were called to an apartment building in the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue on Jan. 24 at about 2 a.m. where the man reportedly was unresponsive and barely breathing. Police administered two doses of Narcan, which officers carry in their squad cars, before the man revived.
Paramedics who arrived at the scene continued life-saving measures before transporting him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for further treatment.
Tools stolen from work truck
Brookfield police responded to the 4200 block of Raymond Avenue on Jan. 21 at about 1 p.m. after a construction company employee called to report that someone had stolen items from his Ford pickup truck, which was parked on the street.
The victim said he parked the truck at about 10:30 a.m. to perform road repairs. When he returned to his truck at about 1 p.m., he saw that someone had removed a Stihl 420 concrete saw valued at $1,000 and a Honda generator valued at $2,000.
Man charged with felony DUI after crash
Brookfield resident Colby Seaman, 43, has been charged with felony drunken driving and driving on a revoked license after he allegedly crashed his Jeep into a Dodge driven by a 57-year-old Riverside man in the 7500 block of 26th Street on Jan. 19 at 5:15 p.m.
The victim told police that he was headed eastbound on 26th Street at Veterans Drive when the Jeep struck his vehicle. At that time, according to the police report, Seaman reportedly put the Jeep in reverse, made a U-turn and drove away to the west with the victim following behind.
The victim pulled alongside Seaman's vehicle and told him to pull over. Seaman then allegedly made another U-turn and went back eastbound, eventually pulling into the parking lot of 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave.
According to police, Seaman's driver's license was revoked. He reportedly had been arrested for DUI in 2007. Police reported finding a partially empty vodka bottle on the floor of the Jeep.
A 7-year-old girl who was a passenger in Seaman's vehicle was not secured in a booster seat, police said, but was unhurt.
Seaman reportedly failed sobriety tests, and was arrested for driving under the influence in addition to the driver's license violation. He was also cited for failure to secure a child, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and illegal transportation of open alcohol.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 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.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues