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Blotter: Endangering The Life Of A Child, Two Homes Ransacked

The following arrest information was supplied by the Northbrook Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Warrant Arrest

Police were called to the scene of an argument Thursday, Dec. 8, in the 1900 block of Shermer Road, where they discovered that one of the individuals involved had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Thomas J. Pora, 37, of Northbrook, was arrested on charges of failing to pay child support in Dane County, WI, police reported

Endangering the Life of A Child

A resident of the 1100 block of Dundee Road told police that her ex-husband gave their 10-year-old son a Schedule II controlled substance sometime in late November. (A Schedule II controlled substance is one that has a high potential for abuse, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.) The medication was not a prescription and the boy later had an allergic reaction, police reported. His father was arrested on charges of endangering the life of a child, and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services is investigating the case, according to police.   

Driving Under the Influence

Rahsaan K. Ashford, 34, of Glencoe, was stopped for a traffic violation Friday, Dec. 9, in the 900 block of Dundee Road, according to police. He was charged with speeding and driving under the influence. 

Car Accident Leads To Arrest

Vicente Guerrero-Vizzuct, 33, of Wheeling, was arrested Friday, Dec. 9, after he was involved in a car accident at Willow Road and Founders Drive, according to police. He was charged with driving without a valid license and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Reckless Driving

Derek W. Chan, 24, of Hayward, CA, was arrested at Sanders Road and Phyllis Lane Saturday, Dec. 10, and charged with reckless driving, violating the center median and driving in the wrong lane, according to police. 

Suspended Driver’s License

Germain Reyes, 29, of Wheeling, was arrested in the 900 block of Skokie Boulevard Sunday, Dec. 4, and charged with driving with a suspended license and suspended registration, according to police.

Homes Ransacked In Burglaries On Farnsworth and Brentwood

Someone gained entry through a kitchen window and ransacked the master bedroom of a home in the 2600 block of Farnsworth Lane Friday, Dec. 9, according to police. It is unknown what is missing at this time. 

In a separate incident, someone broke a kitchen window and ransacked the rooms of a home in the 2300 block of Brentwood Road Friday, Dec. 9, according to police. Officers are still investigating the burglary and it is not yet known what is missing. 

Two Burglary Attempts on Midway Road

Someone knocked on the door of one of the apartments in a complex in the 800 block of Midway Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. The resident who was home noted that this action was unusual, since guests always have to be buzzed in at a front entry. She looked through the peephole but could not identify who was at the door and could not understand what he was saying, so she did not let him in. He then got in a car and left, according to police. Later, police discovered some pry marks on the front door and on the door leading into the apartment complex’s common garage area, where the burglar had evidently gained entry.

Police also discovered pry marks on the front door of a home in the 800 block of Midway Road Friday, Dec. 9. Nothing was reported stolen.

Cars Burglarized

A resident of the 800 block of Fair Lane reported that he and his roommate heard the interior door from their garage to their house open around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The resident yelled “Hello,” then heard the door slam shut. He and his roommate ran outside but did not find anything disturbed. Around 2 p.m. that same day, the resident checked his car and discovered that the driver’s side door was not completely closed, the gas tank door had been left partly open and the center console and glove compartment were open, according to police. A pair of $12 gloves was missing and an unfamiliar pair of gloves was found lying inside out in the driver’s seat. 

Someone smashed the front passenger side window and stole a wallet from a car that was parked in the lot at the between 5 and 9 pm. Tuesday, Dec. 6, according to police. 

Someone smashed the driver’s side rear window of a car that was parked in the lot at between 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.  A laptop computer was also stolen from beneath a backpack that had been left on the seat, according to police. 

Someone smashed the front passenger side window of a car parked in the 1800 block of Shermer Road and stole a purse from the front seat between 6 and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, according to police. The purse contained IDs, credit cards and $180 in cash. 

Someone broke into a locker at the to steal a set of keys, then unlocked a Jeep and stole a wallet from the center console, Sunday, Dec. 11, according to police.

Retail Theft

Someone took a set of headphones worth $400 off the shelf at the at and put it under his coat, then walked out of the mall to a vehicle parked in the lot Sunday, Dec. 4, according to police. 

Anne M. Diamond, 39, of Northbrook, was issued a local ordinance ticket for retail theft Sunday, Dec. 4, after she allegedly switched the price tag on a pair of boots at from $189.90 to $59.90, then paid the lower price and left the store, according to police.

Margaret G. Pijanowski, 57, of Glenview, was arrested and charged with retail theft Thursday, Dec. 8, at . 

Three women entered the Coach store in Northbrook Court; one asked the clerk about sunglasses while the other two looked at purses on a table at the front of the store, according to police. After they left, the clerk noticed that five of the six purses on the table had gone missing. Total loss was estimated at $400.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Transporting An Open Container

A 17-year-old boy was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1500 block of Shermer Road Friday, Dec. 9, when an officer smelled alcohol and marijuana. The boy admitted that he had consumed some beer that night but said he did not know why his car smelled like marijuana. Northbrook’s K-9 dog investigated and his reaction indicated that there was a smell of illegal drugs in the car, according to police. The boy was issued a local ordinance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation of an open container of alcohol and improper lane usage.

Parking Lot Disputes 

A woman was pulled to the side waiting for a parking spot near the Di Pescara restaurant at Northbrook Court Thursday, Dec. 8, when she got into a verbal dispute with a man driving a silver minivan who had backed out from a parking spot behind her. He spit at the woman, then drove off, according to police.

A woman and a man got into a verbal dispute in the parking lot of Nordstrom Rack Thursday, Dec. 8, after his car door made contact with her car door, according to police. The woman alleged that when she walked over to talk to the man, he pushed her to the ground and she got up and spat on him. The man said that he did not push her to the ground but that she had spit on him and that she had also hit him with her cane. Two witnesses corroborated the man’s story, according to police, but he refused to sign complaints.

Theft; Patio Set, School Bag, Bulls Jersey, Wallet 

A patio set worth approximately $500 was stolen from the 2800 block of Maria Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to police. 

Someone stole $300 from a school bag left in the art hallway at Friday, Dec. 9, according to police. 

Fredrick L. Watkins, 46, of Chicago, was arrested after he was allegedly seen taking a Bulls jersey and putting it under his knee brace while at work in the 700 block of Landwehr Road Saturday, Dec. 10, according to police.

A woman’s wallet was stolen while she was at Saturday, Dec. 10, according to police.

Car Window Smashed, Beer Bottles Inside

Someone smashed the rear window of a car parked in the 2300 block of Brian Drive sometime between 9:30 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to police. An officer discovered two broken Colt 45 beer bottles on and around the car, but nothing was found missing from the vehicle. 

Brick Thrown Through Window

Someone threw a brick through the garage window of a home in the 600 block of Greenwood Avenue Sunday, Dec. 4, according to police. 

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