Wilmette and Kenilworth police blotter for July 12, 2012
Updated: August 13, 2012 7:15AM
The following incidents were listed among the official reports of the Wilmette and Kenilworth Police departments. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination. Court appearances take place in Cook County 2nd District Circuit Court, Skokie, unless indicated otherwise.
Amy D. Shapiro, 26, of 416 Wilshire Drive West in Wilmette, is scheduled to appear August 13 in Cook County Court on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, improper lane use, driving without insurance and failure to signal, following a July 7 incident that started in the Edens expressway and ended at the Willow Road exit. Police arrested Shapiro after seeing the vehicle she was driving going an estimated 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone.
A resident of the 100 block of 17th Street told police July 7 that someone stole her GPS unit, valued at $300, from her car overnight. The car was unlocked and parked in an unsecured garage.
A resident of the 100 block of 3rd Street told police July 7 that someone went through her unlocked car overnight while it was parked in the driveway. Although nothing was taken, she realized someone must have gone through it after hearing of auto burglaries on nearby streets. That included one on the 300 block of Maple Avenue, in which a vehicle owner had property valued at $550 stolen. She told police she thought her car was supposed to lock automatically after she got out. Police checked the car doors, and they did not lock. At the same time, a resident of the 200 block of Dupee Place said his unlocked vehicle was entered overnight, and the interior was left in disarray. Nothing appeared to have been taken. Police also reported similar burglaries during the same period on the 200 block of 17th Street and on the 200 bock of Central Park Avenue.
A resident of the 700 block of 9th Street told police July 6 that someone stole three pieces of jewelry from their second floor master bedroom closet, including an engagement ring valued at $40,000, and two necklaces valued at a total of $10,000. The residence is for sale and had two showings during the past week; a cleaning service had also been in the house.
A resident of the 200 block of Sunset Drive told police July 6 that his 2010 Jeep was stolen from where he had parked it overnight, unlocked, with the vehicle key in the cup holder.
A manager at the Yellow Bird Stationery Store told police July 7 that two women came in to the store and tried to take five handbags, valued at a total of roughly $425. They left after one employee told another to call the police, and then told the two to leave the store.
A resident of the first block of Indian Hill Road told police June 29 that someone took several pieces of jewelry, including a ring, bracelet, necklace and earrings, valued at a total of $19,900, sometime between June 23 and 27. They had been kept in a bag in a bedroom drawer, and his wife last used them on June 23. He said a cleaning service had sent a number of people to clean his house during that time.
A Wilmette resident told police July 4 that his son’s bicycle, valued at $400, was taken July 3 from where he had parked it, unlocked, near the Gillson Park beach house.
A Sheridan Road resident told police July 4 that someone stole the bicycle she left, unlocked, in some bushes on the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue, while she visited friends. The bicycle was valued at $500.
A cab driver told police July 8 that a man he was driving to Wilmette fled the cab without paying his $48.45 fare. The incident happened on the 1600 block of Sheridan Road.
Police arrested Philip C. Risch, 52, of 1131 Ridge Road, Unit B, following a July 3 incident at that address, in which an electrician brought to the unit by the landlady to deal with electrical problems became steadily more afraid that Risch would attack him, after Risch reportedly started swearing at the landlady, inviting the electrician to punch him, and threatening to “take you out.” The electrician then left the apartment and called police and said he wanted to sign a complaint. The report didn’t indicate when Risch’s court date was.
Police were called July 3 to a dumpster fire near Congregation Sukkat Shalom, 1001 Central Ave. The synagogue is undergoing renovations in its new building, formerly the First Church of Christ Scientist, and the dumpster was filled with construction waste. A witness told officers that ix or seven male teens threw a single firecracker into the dumpster before heading west on Central. Wilmette Fire Department crews dealt with the fire.
A Wilmette teen, 16, has an August 13 court date to deal with a village ordinance ticket police issued him July 8 for possessing fewer than 10 grams of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia, after a patrol officer stopped him shortly after 10 p.m. on the 1400 block of Wilmette Avenue. The officer stopped the boy and a companion after he saw them acting suspiciously, then found the drug paraphernalia and marijuana in a backpack they were carrying. The teen said all the items were his and he later told police who he used to buy marijuana from and from who he was currently buying. Both teens were released to their parents.
A Wilmette boy, age 12, told police July 6 that he had been robbed of his cell phone earlier that day by two older teens who stopped him near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Ridge Road. He said he thinks he saw the same two among several people who drove by him two nights earlier, yelling at him and asking him his name and where he lived. He said some of the people, all males had previously approached him and said the same things in the past. The case continues.
A resident of the 200 block of Central Park Avenue told police July 8 that a large limb that fell off a tree around 1:30 a.m. that morning damaged his car while it was parked in his driveway. The tree limb, which police said was about 20 feet long and 16 inches in diameter, lay across the parkway and blocked the entire road. Police placed barricades around the tree limb until Public Works crews could clear it away.
Police issued Anthony Dilello, 20, of 706 Foxdale in Winnetka, a local ordinance ticket for underage drinking, following a July 4 incident that ended on the 500 block of Green Bay Road.
A business on the 500 block of Green Bay Road told police July 6 that they had received a forged check. Police did not indicate what the business was, or the size of the forged check.
Police held Cornelius Williams, 26, of Peoria on a warrant from the Peoria County Sheriff’s office, after stopping Williams on the first block of Kenilworth Avenue July 3, for soliciting without a permit.
Police held Jonathan Miller, 49, of Genoa City Wisconsin, on a warrant from the McHenry County Sheriff’s office, after Miller was involved in a traffic accident July 2 on the 100 block of Oxford Road..