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Northfield Blotter: Indecent Massages, Reckless Drivers, Stick Chases in 'Haunted' Forest Preserve

A recap of incidents reported to police between Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.

The following items are taken from Northfield Police Department reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Nov. 3

Burglary from a motor vehicle: Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge reported a stolen GPS/radio system, valued at $2000, from a 2011 black, four-door Jeep Wrangler. The case is under investigation.

Unconscious driver: A man was found unconscious next to his car on I-94 southbound on the Tower exit ramp at 6:39 p.m. State police were passing through and responded to the scene. The man woke up but was unable to drive and was transported to a hospital.

Intoxicated passenger: A Chicago man pulled over at the intersection of Forestway Drive and Willow Road and called police after he was unable to awake his passenger, who was intoxicated. The passenger, from Winnetka, was awakened by police but was still visibly intoxicated, according to the report. Police sent the two on their way. 

Nov. 4

Massage parlor violation: A Park Ridge woman was charged with violating a local ordinance at the massage parlor she operates, under three different names, at 1780 Maple St. After receiving three different tips, a deputy chief visited the parlor on Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, and confirmed that patrons receiving massages were exposing their genitals. The woman, 35, was specifically charged with violating the following code: "The sexual or genital area of patrons must be covered by towels, clothing, cloths or undergarments at all times when in the presence of a massage therapist." She is due to appear in court Dec. 15.

Nov. 5

No driver's license: An Evanston man ignored the barricades and flashing lights as he was exiting the Edens Expressway onto Willow Road. According to the police report, he dodged the barricades blocking off the ramp, drove under the construction bridge and came onto the westbound road. He told police he was running late for work. After police discovered he had never been issued a driver's license, he was arrested on a $1500 bail. His court date is Nov. 23.   

Theft under $300: A Sunset Ridge School parent called police at 5:24 p.m. to report that her son's royal-blue Giant-brand mountain bike had been stolen from school property. The bicycle, valued at $250, had been unlocked, according to the police report.

Suspended/revoked license and zero tolerance: After making two illegal U-turns near the intersection of Willow Road and Walnut Avenue, a Chicago man was pulled over and subsequently arrested after police discovered an open can of Modelo beer in the car's center console. Police reported that the driver's breath smelled of alcohol, but he declined to take a breath test. The driver, 20, was charged with disobeying traffic laws, not having insurance, driving with a revoked license and violating the state's zero tolerance alcohol law, which applies to persons under 21. He was released under a $200 cash bond and has a pending court date of Nov. 23.

Nov. 8

Suspicious persons: A resident called police around 4:15 a.m. after seeing two young males wearing hoodies running into the forest preserve at Willow Road and Lagoon Drive. One subject was reportedly chasing the other with a stick. Police responded to the scene, discovering there were four men total, all between 19 and 20 years old. The four friends, three from Chicago and one from Wheeling, told police they had heard the forest preserve was haunted and wanted to check it out. The men were sent on their way.

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