Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Downers Grove police reports, July 16-22
SUNDAY, JULY 22 A father out with his child playing a GPS tracking game told police they were followed and confronted by the driver of a black sports car after leaving a business where the game's item was located. The man told police the item they tracked was located behind the Kennedy Webster Electric building at 5225 Walnut. After getting the item, they and were left followed by a black sports car the man had previously seen parked in the lot. The driver of the sports car was filming the man with his cell phone and pulled alongside the man and yelled at him to “stay off the property and don't ever litter again” or he'd call police. The man told police the only littering they did was spitting sunflower seeds out on the ground. Police were…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Downers Grove police reports, July 10-16
MONDAY, JULY 16 A manager at Steak and Shake, 1520 Ogden Ave., received about 70 prank calls to the restaurant's two lines between 12:15 a.m and 1:15 a.m. from young male callers making off-color comments and asking questions such as “Do you have grapes?”, “Do you have Battletoad burgers?” and “How do you count potatoes?” SUNDAY, JULY 15 A refrigerator, toilet and other items were tossed into a swimming pool at the Orchardbrook Clubhouse, 1089 35th St., sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. An employee of the clubhouse/pool who can see the pool from his house looked out of his window at 1:30 and noticed various items strewn about the pool area and called police. A toilet was on the diving board and in the pool were a refrigerator, lawn …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Call came in at 4:38 a.m. Saturday, fire out by 5:12 a.m.
An early morning house fire on Saturday in the 4700 block of Florence Avenue caused an estimated $175,000 in damage, fire officials said. The Downers Grove Fire Department received a 911 call about the fire at 4:38 a.m. and arrived on scene less than four minutes later. The fire, which may have started in the garage before spreading to the house, was extinguished by 5:12 a.m.. The house is a single-family, wood-frame house with working smoke detectors that alerted the residents. There were no injuries, but due to the extent of the damage, the family has been unable to return to their home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Assisting the DGFD at the scene were Westmont, Darien-Woodridge, Lisle-Woodridge, York Center, Oak …
Service held to remember fallen officers, including Officer Richard Barth, the only Downers Grove officer to die in the line of duty.
The Village of Downers Grove have posted a video of the 2012 Barth Memorial Service held by the Downers Grove Police Department to YouTube, so if you didn't get a chance to attend the Mid-May event, here's another chance to see what happened. Barth Pond at Patriot's Park was named after Richard J. Barth, who died in the line of duty on March 18, 1974, after being shot while responding to a call of two suspicious youths. The shooter, Paul Fontani, pled guilty to murder and received a 50-100 year prison term. To watch the video, click here.