As the Main Street Depot Turns: Mad Dog 20 20, Public Urination

Downers Grove police reports, June 21 through June 24.


Two On A Bench

Two men were charged with public drinking and possession of drug equipment while enjoying some cocktails in the Main Street Depot, reports said.

An officer passing by the train station around 9:42 p.m. June 24, noticed the men, who appeared nervous upon seeing the officer and scurried to place items under the bench, police said.

The officer exited his vehicle and spoke to the men, later identified as Alexander A. Poderys, 25, of Downers Grove, and Jade James Swanson, 37, of Wheaton.

According to the report, the officer immediately noticed two types of alcohol under the bench, including an open can of Ice House beer, which was still cold, and an open bottle of Mad Dog 20 20, with a third of it missing.

Swanson allegedly admitted that the beer was his, and Poderys would not answer the officer, reports said.

The officer placed Swanson under arrest for public drinking. He then questioned Poderys about the beverages, who who by his behavior and speech, appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Poderys was also taken into custody and charged with public drinking. Both men were taken to the Downers Grove police station for further questioning.

While police were searching the men’s belongings at the police station, a glass pipe with burnt cannabis was found in Poderys backpack, who was charged with unlawful possession of drug equipment, reports said.

Poderys has court hearing on July 30 for the drug equipment charge, and will be notified by mail for the village citation for the public drinking violation.

Swanson was issued a ticket for public drinking, with a village hearing pending.

Both men were released on their own recognizance, police said.


Public Leak

Police were dispatched to the Main Street Train Depot at 1000 Burlington Ave. to investigate a report of disorderly conduct around 12:09 p.m. June 21.

A ticketing agent informed the officer that a man, later identified as James Triphahn, 55, of Downers Grove, urinating in the lobby of the train depot, reports said.

Triphahn was sitting on bench at Burlington and Main when the officer approached him. He was cited with disorderly conduct for urinating in a public place.

He was released from police custody and was given a copy of the village ordinance.

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J. Geoff Rove July 02, 2014 at 06:50 PM
At least some people were "working" at the station. Looks like maybe Thanksgiving is the new goal for the Sidewalk installations.


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