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Woman Suspects Ex-Husband in Brake Malfunction, Dog Left Out in Freezing Temperatures

Police also issue no-trespass orders.

Suspicious Circumstances

A woman told police at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 that she believes her ex-husband tampered with the brakes on her vehicle. She took it to a mechanic because the brake light was on, and the mechanic told her the brake line had been tampered with. Police confirmed with the mechanic his diagnosis. She suspects her ex-husband because she recently filed for full custody of their children.

Animal Cruelty Investigation

Police responded to a report of a german shepherd being left tethered to a tree without food, water or proper shelter in freezing temperatures between 1:38 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 a.m. Dec. 8. Police spoke to the owner and returned the next day. The dog was no longer tethered, food and water bowls were upright and the dog was wearing a jacket. The dog house remained without straw or a blanket for warmth. The evidence technician took photos of the scene, but no further action was taken. 

Criminal Trespass

A man was thrown out of the dermatology department at Elmhurst Clinic, 172 E. Schiller, for being belligerent and rude. He was terminated as a patient. At 11:43 a.m. Dec. 9, the man showed up at the office again and took a seat in the waiting room without an appointment. He was escorted out of the building and issued a no-trespass order.

Police issued a no-trespass order to a woman knocking on doors and asking people for cigarettes and money at Extended Stay America, 550 W. Grand Ave., at 1:25 p.m. Dec. 19. Hotel management asked the woman several times to stop her disruptive action, but she did not.

A man attempted to take two energy drinks from the Shell station, 926 N. York, at 5 p.m. Dec. 19. The clerk told the offender to put the drinks back or pay for them, but the offender became verbally aggressive and left before police arrived.

Possession of Alcohol in Public

David Gornick, 46, 3525 Ruby St., Franklin Park, was arrested and charged with possession of open alcohol at 990 N. York at 11:48 p.m. Dec. 19. He was released on bond.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case. 

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