Blotter: Warmer Weather is Bad News for Mailboxes, Beach Parties

Weekly reports from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Police Departments.

The following incidents are among the official reports of the and . Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.



Minor Consumption/Possession of Alcohol

Peter J. Neubauer, 18, 302 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, and William B. Greiner, 18, 1725 Highland Ave., Wilmette, were charged with minor in possession of alcohol at 10:40 p.m. March 12 on Quail Drive. A third teen, Lucas K. Donaghue, 18, 1241 Maple, Wilmette, was charged with alcohol consumption. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the cul-de-sac. The officer observed people walking down a private path that leads to a lake. Two remained at the vehicle. Police saw Neubauer with beer cans hanging out of his pockets. Donaghue admitted to consuming beer and the driver, Greiner, had an open case of beer in the vehicle. They said they paid a person to purchase the beer for them. The three teens have been assigned an administrative hearing April 11 at Lake Forest City Hall.

Possession of Marijuana

Marco A. Barete, 20, 534 Michigan Ave., Highland Park, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver at 11 a.m. March 6 near the intersection of Western and Westleigh avenues. Barete had more than 2.5 grams of marijuana in his possession, and made a sale of more than 10 grams to a subject in a pre-planned transaction. Barete was held for bond hearing pending a March 7 court date in Waukegan. No further information was available.

Driving Under the Influence

Johnna M. Calvillo, 25, 27 Chelsea Lane, Cary, was charged with driving under the influence at 5:14 a.m. March 3 in the 800 block of Gage Lane. Calvillo was found slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle. She failed field sobriety tests. Calvillo refused to submit a breath sample for testing, causing her driving privileges to be suspended for one year. She posted a $100 bond and her driver's license pending an April 24 court date in Waukegan.



Criminal Damage

A lawn decoration in the 50 block of Trowbridge Circle was reported damaged at 1:06 p.m. March 17. The ceramic solar illuminated house number had been damaged and thrown onto the parkway. The time and day of the damage is unknown. The value is estimated at $75.

A mailbox was reported damaged in the 300 block of Winchester Court at 1:22 p.m. March 17. The mailbox was damaged the night before on the right side of the box consistent with a hit from a baseball bat. The value is estimated to be $29.99. 

In a March 18 patrol of Warrington Drive and Warrington Court, two other mailboxes were observed damaged. Mailbox damage also was noted for Norwich Court, Margate Court and Lancaster Court.

A mailbox was reported damaged in the 300 block of Kohl Drive at 5:54 p.m. March 17. The homeowner said his daughter observed the mailbox damaged about 8 a.m. No one had seen or heard anything, according to the homeowners.

Suspicious Circumstance

Officers responded to Lillian Dells for a report of multiple subjects seen with coolers walking down to the beach at 7:10 p.m. March 16. Officers located and made contact with 20 subjects, who were all identified to be under the age of 21. An unclaimed cooler containing alcoholic beverages was located along with three open cans of beer. All drivers submitted to portable breath test with negative results for alcohol. All 18-year-old subjects were released and all juveniles contacted their parents. The juveniles were released to their parents or an adult designated by their parents. All were given verbal warnings. Authorities destroyed the alcohol and disposed of the cooler.

Found Property

A vehicle remote was brought to the Public Safety Building at 10:58 a.m. March 16 after being found in the 400 block of East Sheridan Place. The remote was placed in the Found Property room.

A pair of Michael Kors sunglasses was found in the roadway on Scranton and Sunrise avenues at 3:19 p.m. March 11. The sunglasses were placed in the Found Property room.

A pair of pink floral children’s sunglasses was found at Artesian Park at 5:42 p.m. March 11. The sunglasses were placed in the Found Property room.

Citizen Assist

An officer responded to the 500 block of Pine Court at 11:52 a.m. March 15 for a report if possible unknown wild animals in the back yard. An officer checked the yard and used the thermal imager with negative results. Complainant said the animals looked smaller than the day before when she reported a very large cat with two pups in her backyard. She admitted her vision might be worse than she thought. A neighbor came by to check earlier and did not see the animals.


An officer took a delayed theft report at Dominick's Finer Foods, 201 S. Waukegan Road, at 9:19 a.m. March 13. The manager said they had a security video of a possible suspect stealing a bottle of unknown liquor. The subject entered the store and went directly to the liquor department, removed the bottle and then placed the bottle inside his coat, which was wrapped in his arm. A clerk from the store wrote down the license plate number. The officer contacted the registered owner and left a message for the owner of the vehicle. Dominick's manager stated he did not want to file a complaint, but just wanted them notified.

Stray Animal

An officer responded to the 200 block of East Prospect Avenue for a stray black and white cat, which was caught and taken to Knollwood Animal Hospital at 10:34 a.m. March 13.

Added March 22

Suspicious Call

A Lake Bluff resident in the 300 block of Weatherford Court received a suspicious call from someone representing Publisher's Clearinghouse at 8:37 a.m. March 6 to say that she had won a brand new Mercedes and $2.5 million in cash. However, in order to receive the prizes, the resident was asked to send $979.00 in a money gram to a man in Orlando, Fla. Police verified the web address given for teh contest was not valid. The man called back a second time to know ifthe resident had sent the money, and she hung up on him.Police called the number and aksed for the man, but he was not there, so they told the person who answered to stop calling.

Identity Theft

A resident in the 12000 block of Sanctuary Lane reported unauthorized charges on his Visa debit card statement at 6:43 p.m. March 12. The charges totaled $340.62 and were made at a Lowe's store in Troy, Ala. The man said he had never been to Troy, Ala., or to that Lowe's store. No one shares the credit card with him. He filed a police report and reported the incident to the credit card company.


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