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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.


Driving Under the Influence

Hannah E. Gibbons, 20, 1221 Evergreen Drive, Lake Forest, was charged with operating a vehicle without headlights, driving under the influence and DUI greater than .08 at 1:45 a.m. May 18 near Everett Road and Evergreen Drive. Gibbons was stopped for driving without headlights at night. She told police she sometimes forgets to turn them on and that she had a few glasses of wine. Gibbons failed field sobriety tests, and submitted to a breath test that indicated a blood-alcohol content of .19. She posted a $100 bond and her driver's license pending a June 12 court date in Waukegan.

John A. Young, 59, 1516 Blackbird Lane, San Antonio, Texas, was charged with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident at 5:30 p.m. May 12 near Deerpath and Green Bay Road. Police said Young was involved in a single-car crash on Green Bay Road, where he drove off the road and struck a street sign. He refused to give an account of the accident. Police said Young appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, failed field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breath test. His refusal will result in his driving privileges in Illinois being suspended for 12 months. He posted a $300 bond pending a June 12 court date in Waukegan.

Criminal Damage to Property

Dominick J. Bellavia, 19, 841 Bloomingdale Road, Glen Ellyn, was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property from incidents Jan. 29 and Feb. 11 in the 500 block of Sheridan Road. According to police, at 4:45 a.m. Jan. 29, Bellavia pulled a fire alarm at ’s Nollen Hall knowing there was no reasonable grounds for believing such a fire existed. Police said that at 6 a.m. Feb. 11, he damaged a picture window at Nollen Hall. He was given a notice to appear in court June 19 in Park City.

Possession of Marijuana

Ann M. Verkler, 20, 1245 Oak Trail Drive, Libertyville, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 4:50 a.m. May 20 near Waukegan Road and Route 60. Verkler had in her possession less than 2.5 grams of marijuana, plus two glass pipes used to smoke it, police said. She posted a $120 bond pending a June 6 court date in Waukegan.

Minor Consumption of Alcohol

Two Lake Forest boys, ages 16 and 17, were charged with minor consumption of alcohol at 11 p.m. May 11 near Oak Knoll Drive and Wedgewood Drive. The two boys were found in a parked car and had consumed an alcoholic beverage. They were each assigned an administrative hearing June 13 at .

A 14-year-old Lake Forest boy was charged with minor consumption of alcohol at 12;11 a.m. May 12 in the 1900 block of Bowling Green Drive. The boy was found in a parked car and had consumed an alcoholic beverage, police said. He was assigned an administrative hearing June 13 at .


No Valid Driver's License

An officer responded to Sheridan Road south of Ravine Forest Drive to assist a driver whose driver-side tire came off the vehicle at 7:47 a.m. May 25. The vehicle was reported to be swerving and then came to a stop along Sheridan Road. The driver, Lenny Ramos, stated the lug nuts may have been loose. The officer checked his license and found it to be expired. He was issued a ticket with a June 19 court date in Park City. Ramos received a ride from his sister, and the car was towed away by Rondout Service.

Stray Deer

An officer responded to the area of the fence along the north side of Shoreacres Golf Course at 1:07 p.m. May 24 for a report of two deer stuck between the Shoreacres fence and the Great Lakes Naval Base fence. The officer located the deer between the fences in the rear of the 200 block of Shoreacres Road. The deer were removed and sent on their way.

Suspicious Circumstance

An officer responded to the Lake Bluff Open Lands area off Route 176 and met with a complainant who stated she located a sled with weights and a surgical glove while she was bike riding at 2:11 p.m. May 23. The officer observed a blue-colored child's sled with two weight lift weights on the sled. A clear plastic glove was a few feet away, as well as an old gardening glove.

Suspicious Person

An officer responded to the 100 block of Ravine Forest Drive for a report of a suspicious person at 10:04 a.m. May 22. The officer met with the real estate agent, who was hosting a broker's open house. She said that a man posing as an agent came into the house and began looking upstairs. She stated she heard noises coming from upstairs and the man left. The same man also went to a home in the 200 block of Ravine Forest Drive and repeated the same thing. The man signed in using false names. Similar incidents occurred in other jurisdictions. At this time, it didn't appear anything had been taken from the homes.

Suspicious Circumstance

An officer responded to the bike path across from Crab Tree Farm for a report of a person sleeping under a blue tarp at 6:06 a.m. May 21. The officer located two people sleeping under a blue blanket on the west side of the bike path. They said they were from Mundelein, homeless, and just needed a place to sleep until PADS opened. They were sent on their way.

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