Drunk Man Arrested After Police Called Twice: River Forest Police Blotter

River Forest police reports, Nov. 19-24.


Catalytic Converter Stolen

Someone stole the catalytic converter and two oxygen sensors from underneath a 2003 Honda CRV, the owner, a Chicago resident, told police. The car was parked in the 7900 block of Division Street at the time of their removal. The loss was estimated at $2,200.


Vitamin Theft

Cutberto Alvarez, 60, of the 8100 block of Meade in Burbank, was arrested by River Forest Police at Whole Foods, 7245 W. Lake St., at about 1:39 p.m. Officers arrived at the store and were told by a security officer that Alvarez was seen concealing two bottles of vitamins in his coat pockets. The security officer said Alvarez then proceeded to buy one loaf of bread and exit the store. When an officer stopped Alvarez, they were able to locate the two bottles of vitamins, which were worth $84.99. Alvarez was later charged with misdemeanor retail theft and released on bond.

Multiple Citations for Drivers

An officer on patrol in the 7200 block of North Avenue said he saw a vehicle with expired registration at about 9:17 a.m. The officer pulled the vehicle over and spoke with Ernesto Izquirdo, 35, of the 10300 block of Palmer in Melrose Park. A computer check found that Izquirdo did not have a valid driver's license and he was taken into custody. Izquirdo was issued citations for no valid driver's license, not having insurance, expired registration, having a defective windshield and failing to properly secure a child under 8 in a proper restraint system. He was later released on bond.

Omar A. Ulloa, 42, of the 600 block of north 15th Street in Melrose Park, was also charged with driving with a suspended license that day, at about 12:05 a.m. after being pulled over at the intersection of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue for having a broken tail light. Ulloa was issued citations for driving with a suspended license and improper lighting. He was later released on bond.


Windshield Smashed

A resident in the 0-100 block of Ashland said someone smashed the windshield of their car while it was parked in the 7700 block of Vine Street. A pumpkin was found next to the vehicle, police said, which they believe was used to cause the damage.

Police Called Twice, Arrest Made

Officers were sent to the 500 block of Monroe at about 4:43 a.m. in regard to call about a suspicious person. Upon arriving at the residence, officer determined that Joseph John Greer, 26, of the 300 block of west Boone in Belvidere, rang the doorbell of a resident's home and then refused to leave when asked to do so. Officers reported that Greer exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. Greer was put into a taxi to be taken to his mother's home in Oak Park.

However, at 5:16 a.m., police were sent back to the same location for the same issue. This time, Greer refused to leave until officers returned his cell phone, which was not in their possession. After several attempts to get him to leave, Greer was arrested for resisting a peace officer, processed and placed in a holding cell pending a bond hearing.


Motorcycle Stolen

A Chicago resident told police at about 9:11 p.m. that their 2005 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle was stolen, between Nov. 17-19, while it was parked on the street in the 1400 block of William.

License Violations

Police arrested Marshell C. Rader, 42, of the 2500 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Berwyn, at about 5:05 p.m. after he was pulled over in the area of Lake Street and Forest Avenue for driving without his headlights on and without a front license plate. A computer check found that Rader did not have a valid driver's license. Rader was cited for no valid driver's license, no front registration plate and no headlights and was later released on bond.

Ermine E. Baris, 21, of the 5500 block of south 73rd Avenue in Summit was arrested after police pulled her car over in the area of Harlem and Chicago avenues after she was seen driving with only one headlamp lit. A computer check found that Baris had a revoked driver's license. Baris was arrested and later cited for no valid driver's license, no insurance and for driving with one headlight. She was later released on bond.


DUI Arrest

An officer on patrol in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue reported seeing a vehicle run a red light at Harlem and Chicago avenues and turn north at about 11:19 p.m., nearly hitting the east curb before spinning out. The officer followed the vehicle, which speeding, and eventually pulled over the driver in an alley on Marion Street.

The officer spoke with James G. Conner, 20, of the 600 block of Marion in Oak Park, and reported noting signs that Conner was intoxicated. Conner failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. At the station, he was given a breathalyzer test, which indicated Connor's blood alcohol content was .172.

Connor was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than the legal limit of .08, disobeying a traffic control device and improper turn. Connor later posted bond and was released with a court date in December.

Police Blotter information is provided by the River Forest Police Department.  Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.


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