Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Western Springs police reports, May 12-19.
Sunday, May 19 A 17-year-old Western Springs boy was cited with consumption of alcohol by a minor after an officer checked on his well being around 12:15 a.m. in the 900 block of 54th Street, Western Springs police said. The teen was walking with a group in the street. Officers later arrested Viviana A. Cockriel, 19, of the 4000 block of DuBois in Brookfield, around 1:55 a.m. in the 3800 block of Woodland Avenue, police said. Police responded to a call about a verbal fight between two people in the street and found that Cockriel had been drinking, according to the report. She was cited with consumption of alcohol by a minor. Saturday, May 18 Joseph B. Galin, 18, of the 300 block of South 8th Avenue in La Grange, was arrested around 11:58 p…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Red foxes abound in Western Springs. The Western Springs Police Department offers advice for dealing with foxes if you see them in your neighborhood.
Our Business Engagement Editor Michael Sewall started seeing five foxes wandering last week near the BNSF tracks by his apartment. Since then, he’s watched them meander about the block and find their way into his backyard—though they’ve been taking a lot of chances crossing the street. This got us thinking: What should residents do if they see a fox in their neighborhood? The Western Springs Police Department doesn’t trap healthy large animals, including red foxes and coyotes. If they were to do so, according to a village brochure, the void from removing one beast would be filled within three to four weeks. If you see an animal that is hurt, sick or aggressive, however, call the police. They’ll reach out to the Illinois Department of …
Western Springs police reports, May 7-12.
Sunday, May 12 A driver ran into La Grange National Bank, 1013 Burlington Ave., after she accidentally pressed the gas instead of the break when pulling into a parking spot around 5:13 p.m., police said. She also struck a light pole and high curb. No one was injured. Thursday, May 9 Margaret Mary Vocius, 25, of the 3900 block of Wolf Road, was cited for driving without insurance and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident around 3:56 p.m. in the 4400 block of Gilbert Avenue, police said. Vocius rear-ended a car that slowed then stopped in traffic, police said. Tuesday, May 7 A car backed out of a driveway around 8:06 a.m., hitting a car that was driving south in the 4500 block of Grand Avenue, police said. Shafaq Mustafa, 42, of the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Western Springs police reports, May 8-12.
Sunday, May 12 Joseph Mollo, 23, of the 9000 block of Skyline Drive in Burr Ridge, was arrested around 1:47 a.m. near the intersection of Hickory Drive and Red Oak Lane, Western Springs police said. An officer said he stopped Mollo for failure to signal and noticed his breath smelled like alcohol. Mollo was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to signal and driving without insurance. Saturday, May 11 Kelly M. McVeigh, 19, of the 7500 block of Wilton Road in Darien, and Payal D. Shah, 19, of the 2400 block of Manchester Court in Woodridge, were arrested around 2:44 a.m. near the intersection of Ogden and Grand avenues, police said. An officer said he pulled McVeigh over for speeding and noticed that her breath …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Western Springs police reports, April 29-May 6.
Monday, May 6 A driver backing out of a driveway in the 4000 block of Central Avenue around 8:42 a.m. struck a bicyclist who was riding past, Western Springs police said. The bicyclist was taken to La Grange Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. No one was ticketed in the accident. Saturday, May 4 Susan J. Prichodko, 20, of the 5000 block of Wolf Road, was cited with improper backing around 2:40 p.m. in the 5000 block of Wolf Road, police said. Prichodko backed into a car that was stopped in traffic while she pulled out of her driveway, police said. Tuesday, April 30 Eric J. Wesley, 20, of the 1300 block of 41st Street in La Grange, was cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and driving without insurance around 9:36 a.m. near…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Western Springs police reports, April 29-May 2.
Thursday, May 2 Emmanuel Guadarrama, 23, of the 3500 block of West 58th Street in Chicago, was arrested around 9:24 p.m. near Ogden Avenue and Interstate 294, Western Springs police said. He was stopped for speeding and charged with driving without a valid license and without insurance. Wednesday, May 1 Two cars parked in the Western Springs Recreation Center lot were broken into between 4:30 and 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The burglar shattered the front driver’s side window and took purses from each of the cars. One purse and its contents were worth $2,500, while the other was worth about $420. Monday, April 29 David W. Miles, 23, of the 2900 block of 49th Avenue in Cicero, was arrested around 10:22 a.m. near the intersection of …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Western Springs Police Department targeted people during the week of April 21-28 who were using electronic devices while driving.
The Western Springs Police Department completed 25 traffic stops related to distracted driving during a special enforcement campaign the week of April 21-28. Out of those stops, officers issued 10 warnings and 15 local ordinance citations to people who were using electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving could result from checking email, eating or even changing the radio—anything that takes a driver's attention from the road while behind the wheel. More than 3,300 people were killed in the U.S. during 2011 in crashes related to distracted driving, according to a police department press release. Texting presents a particularly dangerous form of distraction. "Texting is not only unlawful but most alarming as it combines three …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Western Springs police reports, April 22-29.
Monday, April 29 George L. Zimmerman, 62, of the 1000 block of North Bridge Street in Yorkville, was arrested near 55th Street and Gilbert Avenue at about 1:40 a.m., police said. When an officer pulled him over for having a broken muffler, he said he noticed Zimmerman’s speech was impaired and his eyes were glassy. Zimmerman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving with a loud or defective muffler. Sunday, April 28 Someone broke into the Western Springs Service Club Pool, 1300 Hillgrove Ave., and damaged several drain gates sometime between 4 p.m. on April 27 and 9 a.m. on April 28. There was no water in …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Joliet man communicated online with a Western Springs investigator that he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
Updated, 3:45 p.m. A Joliet man was charged with indecent solicitation of a child after police said he made inappropriate overtures to a Western Springs investigator posing on Craigslist as a 15-year-old girl. Kevin J. Ethridge, 47, of the 1000 block of Magnolia Avenue, was arrested in his Joliet home Thursday after an investigation that began in September 2012. Police said that at that time Ethridge began soliciting “indecent liberties” during numerous online conversations with the investigator. "Indecent liberties as it pertains to this particular investigation included things such as inappropriate remarks, solicitations to meet up with the child to perform various criminal sexual acts, along with transmitting electronic images of a …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The union representing the Western Springs Police Department feels an action being considered by the village would be unfair to current patrol officers.
Wednesday, April 24
The Metropollitan Alliance of Police, which represents the Western Springs Police Department is debating whether to take legal action against the village if it passes a budget amendment that would establish a fifth sergeant position and current patrol officers are not considered for it, reported The Doings Western Springs. Passage of the amendment would mean current Deputy Chief Brian Budds would assume a dual role as patrol officer and sergeant with no additional pay, according to the article. The union told The Doings it feels such action would set a dangerous precedent that smacks of favoritism and is unfair to officers with more experience.