By Bob Uphues
One juvenile has been cited for disorderly conduct and police were still waiting to talk to four others who were present when one of them allegedly discharged a fire extinguisher in a basement storage area at Riverside-Brookfield High School on June 19 at about 8:05 p.m. during a basketball tournament.
Officials evacuated the building and firefighters found the discharged fire extinguisher on the ground in the storage room. Surveillance video reportedly showed five boys in the vicinity of the storage area around the time of the incident and school officials were able to identify them.
Police also reportedly were able to obtain a cellphone video from one of the boys, which showed them in the basement of the school with the fire extinguisher.
Pot deal goes south
A 28-year-old Berwyn woman found herself under arrest in Riverside on June 23, despite the fact that she said someone had stolen $180 from her in a cannabis deal gone bad at a house in the 200 block of Fairbank Road.
Police responded to the residence at about 4:35 a.m. after someone called to report a disturbance there. The woman was seen exiting the house, yelling, before entering a vehicle parked on Fairbank Road.
An officer spoke to the woman, who said she'd come to the house to purchase cannabis for $180. A man on the front porch of the house took her money, she said, but failed to hand over the cannabis.
Instead, according to the police report, the man told her, "Consider yourself robbed," and went back into the house, prompting the disturbance.
The woman told police she didn't wish to pursue charges. However, when police checked the woman's name, they learned she was wanted on warrants from Berwyn and Cook County and placed her under arrest.
Dandre Armstrong, 27, of Cincinnati, faces felony drunken driving charges after he was stopped by North Riverside police for allegedly driving erratically in a car with no tail lights while southbound in the 2500 block of Harlem Avenue on June 17 at about 2:35 a.m.
According to police, Armstrong's Illinois driver's license was suspended at the time of the stop, due to a prior DUI, police reported. He allegedly had two prior DUI arrests.
Police also reported finding an open bottle of cognac inside Armstrong's vehicle. In addition to charging him with felony DUI, police also issued him several traffic tickets.
Stolen prizes returned
A 30-year-old Chicago man has been banned from Round One at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, after police found him in possession of items he allegedly stole from the entertainment complex on June 17 at about 10 p.m.
A security employee from the business called police after learning that a man had stolen a backpack, helicopter drone and other items Round One gives out as prizes.
Police located the suspect at the mall bus stop and the man handed over the items, which he said he stole to give as gifts himself. Round One officials said they would not pursue charges as long as the merchandise was returned.
DUI after knocking light down
North Riverside police charged a 43-year-old Westchester woman with drunken driving and cited her for other traffic offenses after she allegedly drove her white Chrysler van into a traffic light at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road on June 21 at 4 p.m.
According to police, red-light camera video showed the van was southbound on Harlem Avenue in the left lane when it veered left onto the median, plowing into the traffic signal and knocking it over.
Police said the woman's blood-alcohol content was .309, which is nearly four times the legal limit of .08.
Just a BB gun
An 18-year-old man from Streamwood and a 19-year-old man from Broadview escaped with just a warning after someone called police to report them waving around a gun inside a vehicle that was stopped for a train on Harlem Avenue at Addison Road on June 19 at about 5:30 p.m.
Police located the vehicle at South Delaplaine Road and East Quincy Street and detained the two occupants who advised there was a plastic BB gun inside the car. Police located a tan plastic BB gun in the passenger door compartment.
The person who called police was not threatened and did not wish to see police. The BB gun was placed in the trunk of the vehicle and police advised the two not drive around with a replica gun.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 17-23, 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