A man fired from his job and seeking, according to police, to "get even" with his former employer faces criminal charges after traveling to Riverside and threatening harm.
Riverside police say Edward J. Alopogianis, 34, of Bridgeview, went to his former employer's home in the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue on May 10 at about 6 p.m. Police say he parked in the driveway and then walked around the victim's house, banging on windows and doors, screaming profanities and threatening to "beat up" his former boss.
The victim reportedly told police he had a falling out with Alopogianis recently at a job site in Countryside where Alopogianis allegedly tried to steal some tools and then struck the victim with a hammer.
Alopogianis continued to be combative after his arrest, damaging the holding cell at the central lockup in North Riverside so badly that he was charged with felony criminal damage to property in addition to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Impersonating a cop
Alberto D. Guerrero, 29, of Chicago faces one felony count of impersonating a police officer, after he allegedly claimed he was a cop in order to coerce payment from someone who had been involved in a minor traffic crash with his sister on May 1 in Berwyn.
The victim, a 43-year-old Riverside woman, went to police after Guerrero reportedly showed up at her door and identified himself as a Berwyn police officer. He reportedly told her that "she better make good with the insurance on his sister's vehicle."
According to police, the victim's insurance company had refused payment for the minor damage. The victim reported the incident to Riverside police. Guerrero surrendered to police on May 6 after he learned Riverside detectives were looking for him.
Bike runs into vehicle
A 15-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student was slightly injured after he barreled into the side of a car at the intersection of Golf Road and Ridgewood roads on May 7 at about 8 a.m.
According to police and backed up by surveillance video, the bicyclist was headed east in the north crosswalk when he pedaled into the side of a car driven by a 49-year-old Brookfield woman who was headed north. She was ticketed for failure to yield, although the police report notes the vehicle was already in the crosswalk when the bicyclist was entering the crosswalk at a high rate of speed.
'Zombie' raccoon alert
Riverside police are advising local dog owners to protect their pets from the distemper virus after encountering confirmed canine distemper viruses in raccoons "displaying abnormal neurologic signs."
Distemper affects the respiratory, nervous and gastrointestinal systems of dogs, resulting in tremors, seizures, discharges from eyes and noses, sneezing and coughing, among other signs. The virus can be fatal.
A press release issued by police on May 13 encourages pet owners to vaccinate their dogs and supervise them while they're outside, even in fenced yards.
"It seems every year around this time we get a rise in calls about raccoons acting oddly, and we respond to calls about raccoons that may be a danger to the public," said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release. "Our policy allows us to put down animals that are suffering or pose a threat to public safety."
Weitzel urged residents to call police if they see a sick raccoon.
"We've had a number of cases concerning raccoons with distemper in our jurisdiction," Weitzel said.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 6-May 12, 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