Aug. 12 police blotter
By Elburn Herald
on August 12, 2011
The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
• Richard Zifko, 59, of St. Charles, was charged July 30 with improper lane usage, speeding and driving under the influence after his blue Honda Civic was clocked at 67 mph. Zifko told police he was racing at Sycamore Speedway.
• John Kiep, 20, of Warrenville, Ill., was charged with illegal consumption by a minor on July 31 after he fell asleep on the train and didn’t get up.
• Elburn Police received a report of criminal damage to a parked car at 820 N. First St. on July 29. When the owner returned to the vehicle on July 31, the gas tank door was damaged. When the owner ran out of gas after driving one block, mechanics found the gas tank mostly filled with water.
• On Aug. 1, police receive a report of a burglary from a GMC Jimmy that was parked at 100 Gates. The owner reported three iPods, with a value of $225 each; $10 in change; 86 CDs; and a Samsung Smartphone valued at $600 were missing from the car. The owner told police a spare key was missing and the car was locked when the items were discovered missing.
• Thomas M. Bluett, 25, of Maple Park, was charged on Aug. 6 for driving under the influence, driving an uninsured vehicle and improper lane usage. Police stopped his westbound vehicle on Route 38 near Anderson Road after weaving on the roadway and being clocked at 67 miles an hour.
• Miguel A. Ibarra-Montes, 30, of Aurora, was charged Aug. 8 with blocking an intersection and driving without a valid driver’s license. Ibarra-Montes posted bond and has a court date on September 2.
• Sugar Grove police on July 31 received a report of an intoxicated male offering a ride home to a female subject on the 100 block of Main Street. Upon arriving at the scene, police observed a vehicle matching the description in the original report, and followed the vehicle onto Route 47. Police performed a traffic stop on the vehicle after witnessing the driver drive onto the fog line, weave in his own lane and also cross over the center line at one point. The driver, William J. Peterson, 54, of the 200 block of Braeburn Circle in Sugar Grove, told police that he consumed several beers at the Corn Boil, and was slurring his speech. Police noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from Peterson and had him perform field sobriety tests, in which Peterson was repeatedly unable to keep his balance. Peterson was then taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol. Peterson refused to take a breath test while at the Sugar Grove Police Station and was charged with improper lane use and DUI.
• Sugar Grove police on Aug. 3 were dispatched to the 300 block of Maple Street on a report of slashed tires on a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle told police that someone had punctured both driver’s side tires sometime between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 3. The tires are worth approximately $200 each. An investigation is pending.
• Sugar Grove police on Aug. 3 observed a vehicle with slashed tires on the 200 block of Maple Street. The owner of the vehicle was unaware of the damage to their vehicle. The tires are worth approximately $200 each. An investigation is pending.
• Sugar Grove Police on Aug. 3 were dispatched to the 100 block of Monna Street on a report of slashed tires on three vehicles. The owner of the three vehicles told police that the damage occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 2 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Two of the vehicles had only one damaged tire, while the third vehicle had two damaged tires. The total cost of the damaged tires is estimated at $800.
• Sugar Grove Police on Aug. 7 were tipped off that marijuana plants were being grown in a ditch on the north side of where Prairie Street meets Mallard Lane. Upon arrival, police observed several marijuana plants of various sizes growing in the right-of-way. All 40 of the marijuana plants were then pulled and placed in an evidence locker.