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Chicago man charged for spending night in vacant house
A Chicago man was charged with criminal trespass after he was discovered on the roof of a vacant home he had slept in the night before on July 30.
A construction manager for the home, located in the 2400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, said he was checking on the property when he heard a noise upstairs. He left the home and called police.
Officers discovered a duffle bag, newspapers and crackers on the floor of the otherwise empty house. An unlocked second floor window led officers to believe someone may have crawled out on the roof. The fire department was called so that the roof and surrounding roofs could be checked through the use of a ladder.
Virgil Osborne, 27, of the 2300 block of South Trumbull Avenue, was found on the north side of the roof and ordered to return through the window, where he was taken into custody.
Osborne said he entered the home through an unlocked back door only for the purpose of sleeping there overnight.
Police also learned an active arrest warrant had been issued for Osborne by the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation.
Man assaults officer
A Berwyn was charged with assault July 29 after he lunged at an officer that he recognized from a previous arrest.
Police were called to the 2100 block of South Wesley Avenue for a report of an altercation. When the arrived, they found two men sitting outside at a table drinking beer. One of the men, Peter M. Fabri, 52, of the same address, started yelling and screaming at the officer regarding a previous arrest, and lunged at the officer.
He was taken into custody and charged.
Loud radio gets two men busted for marijuana
An excessively loud radio led to charges of possession of marijuana for two men July 25.
Police could hear music coming from a GMC Envoy a block away and stopped the vehicle near Oak Park Avenue and 15th Street. Asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver, Anthony Patitucci, 18, of the 9000 block of West 23rd Avenue, North Riverside, said he had a bag of marijuana in his pocket. Police fond two bags of marijuana in his pockets during a search.
A passenger, Casey K. Scalise,18, no address given, said one of the bags was his.
Both were issued citations for possession of marijuana.
Burglary and theft reports
• A beige, 1992 Buick Century was reported stolen from the 2200 block of South Cuyler Avenue July 30.
• A fire pit/grill was reported stolen from the back porch of a residence in the 7000 block of West 16th Street July 30.
• A maroon, older model Buick was reported stolen from the 2400 block of South Gunderson Avenue July 30.
• A backpack containing a raincoat and GPS unit was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 3800 block of South Scoville Avenue July 29.
• Numerous power tools, an acetylene torch and tanks valued at more than $3,000 were reported stolen from a work van in the 1500 block of South Kenilworth Avenue July 28. There were no signs of forced entry.
• Two bicycles with a total value of $715 were reported stolen from a bicycle rack in front of a restaurant in the 6400 block of West Cermak Road July 28.
• A Coach wallet containing credit and identification cards was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 2100 block of South Harvey Avenue July 25.
• A delivered package containing a tablet and cell phone were reported stolen from the porch of a residence in the 1500 block of South Cuyler Avenue July 25.
• Osmar Alexander, 31, of the 1200 block of South 51st Avenue, Cicero, was charged with two counts of DUI alcohol following a traffic stop for weaving between lanes in the 100 block of Harlem Avenue at 1:16 a.m. July 29. Alexander had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and blew a 0.122 on his blood alcohol test. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, driving too slow and improper lane usage.
• Alvaro Noel Padilla, 21, of the 2200 block of South Paulina Street, Chicago, was charged with DUI drugs following a traffic stop for multiple offenses, including reckless driving, at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road at 1:40 a.m. July 29. A strong odor of marijuana came from the vehicle and Padilla's breath.
A passenger, Daniel Cano, 22, of the 3500 block of South Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, was also cited for possession of marijuana.
• Amanda Lehr, 23, of the 6400 block of West Fairfield Avenue, was charged with DUI alcohol after she was found passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle at 31st Street and Ridgeland Avenue at 3 a.m. July 28. Lehr was found unconscious with her foot on the brake and the vehicle in drive. She could not be woke until a tow truck arrived and the tow operator unlocked the vehicle. Lehr had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She was also charged with having no proof of insurance and improper stopping/parking in road way.
• Margarito Hernandez, 42, of the 300 block of South Amelia Avenue, Lyons, was charged with DUI alcohol after he crashed his car into a guard pole at the corner of Ogden and Harlem avenues at 4:30 am. July 27. Hernandez said a fox ran in front of the vehicle, causing him to crash. Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He was also charged with driving on a revoked license, having no proof of insurance, improper driving on a sidewalk, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.
Officers urged to be cautious
A turf war between Chicago drug dealers and street gangs is believed to be connected to the shooting of a man in Chicago who was found wounded in Cicero at 9:30 p.m. July 29.
Cicero officers responded a call of a man shot in the foot in the parking lot of Albano's Pizza, at 5913 W. Roosevelt Road. The shooting actually occurred in the 1100 block of South Mason Street in Chicago.
Police said rival gang factions are battling in the 15th District, which borders Cicero. Cicero officers have been urged to be cautious.
Clerk robbed at gunpoint of cash and cigarettes
A gas station clerk was robbed at gunpoint as he was stocking shelves at the Shell gas station, 5559 W. Roosevelt Road, at 11:45 p.m. July 29.
The clerk was approached by a man described as black, 5-feet 11-inches-tall, 155 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, black and blue long sleeve shirt, black pants and carrying a black revolver. He grabbed the clerk by the back of the shirt and pushed him into the enclosed cashier area where he emptied the cash register and a second cash drawer, surrendering about $3,000.
The gunman fled, additionally taking two cartons of cigarettes that he placed in a bag with the cash.
Woman robbed of cash and phone, chooses not to press charges
A woman chose not to press charges against a man who demanded her cell phone and money in the 1900 block of South 51st Avenue at 10:30 a.m. July 30.
The woman was walking her dog when she was approached by a man she said was a neighbor who then threatened her with a piece of wood and demanded her money and cell phone, which she surrendered.
Police officers searched the area and found the offender, who was positively identified by the victim.
The woman's property was recovered, at which time she changed her mind and did not want to pursue criminal charges.
Burglary and theft reports
• A furnace, six doors and copper tubing was reported stolen from a vacant residence in the 4600 block of West 20th Court July 29.
• Three bicycles, two kicker boxes and a black tool box with hand tools were reported stolen from a garage in the 3600 block of South 53rd Avenue July 29. Entry was gained with an overhead garage door opener that was taken from a vehicle parked outside.
• A wallet containing identification and a debit card was reported stolen from a glove box in a vehicle parked in the 3700 block of South 53rd Avenue July 29.
• A red,1995 Honda Passport was reported stolen from the 5200 block of West 25th Street July 28.
• A catalytic converter was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 5600 block of West Roosevelt Road July 29.