Tuesday Blotter: Home Cited for Illegal Chicken Coop

Gang signs allegedly flashed after boy 'jumped' by 3 in the 300 block of Oak Street.

The Des Plaines Police Department provided the following 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.

$25 taken in burglary

Police were dispatched for a burglary report in the 300 block of South Oak Street at 3:20 a.m. Sept. 12. According to the report, the victim told police she heard the sound of her gate opening and thought it might have been an animal. But when she looked out the window, she saw that the interior light of her boyfriend’s vehicle was lit, and she saw an arm moving around the vehicle that was inside a garage. She reported that $25 was removed from the vehicle’s center counsel.

Graffiti marks up hotel

Police discovered vandalized property while on patrol in the 300 block of South Lee Street on Sept. 9. The graffiti was spray painted in green on the wall of a motel.

Driving, drug paraphernalia charges

When police stopped Zachary C. Budruweit, 24, of Mount Prospect, Sept. 11 for having an expired license plate registration, he gave police a state identification, according to the police report.

A check revealed the vehicle registration and the license were listed as suspended due to insurance violations. Police then placed Budruweit under arrest for driving on a suspended license. He faced additional charges after a ceramic smoking pipe with likely marijuana residue was found in his front pocket.

When police asked Budruweit if the pipe was used for smoking cannabis, he said, “Yes, but I forgot it was there. I haven’t smoked weed today.”

Budruweit was charged with driving with an expired registration, driving an uninsured vehicle and driving with a suspended license. He was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. His court date is Oct. 14.


3 cited for public drinking

While on patrol in the 1600 block of South Illinois Street on Sept. 9, police observed three men drinking beer in public. Jesus Ayala, 39, of Des Plaines, Norberto Gomez, 45, of Rosemont, and Francisco Serrato, 31, of Des Plaines, were cited for drinking in public, according to the report. Their court dates are Oct. 21 at the Skokie courthouse.

Chickens in the backyard

Police responded to an animal complaint in the 2600 block of South Scott Street at 8:40 a.m. Sept. 11. The complainant, who lives at a nearby residence, said she was startled at 7 a.m. when she heard what sounded like a crowing rooster in a neighbor’s yard. Police reported that the neighboring the property had a coop in the backyard with a rooster and several chickens.

The residents failed to respond to police knocks at the door, despite the officer seeing people moving about inside the residence. There were three vehicles in the driveway, and all three were registered to Anca Duma.

Police issued a citation to the address as operating a chicken coop is prohibited within Des Plaines.

Mom reports son attacked

A mother filed a battery report after her son was allegedly “jumped” by three teenage boys in the 300 block of Oak Street on Sept. 8.

While walking home from school, the victim told police that he observed the three suspects point at him from across the street as he walked.

The boy continued to walk as the group of teens passed him on the opposite side of the street. The boy said he kept to himself and continued walking when suddenly he was “jumped” from behind. He fell to the ground and the three teens repeatedly punched and kicked him.

Nothing was said by the victim or his attackers during the entire incident. But when the assailants stopped hitting the boy, they flashed a gang sign and walked away, according to the police report.

The suspects were described as black teenagers, all about 5-foot-8 and wearing purple sweatshirts and black jeans. One is thin built and the two others are chubby.

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Gus September 17, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Chicken "coup" is spelled wrong. Didn't your writers go to school? (Maybe they went to skool.) Aside from that, the City should repeal the ordinance that prevents ownership and possession of chicken coops.
Patricia Sullivan Snyder September 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Keeping chickens on such small plots of land in close proximily to neighbors isn't merely a nuisance. It is a public health hazard. If you would like to raise chickens, move to a place where you can have a large plot of land and where you are permitted to raise chickens. Des Plaines isn't the place to do that. I happen to like this ordinance.
Christopher Brinckerhoff (Editor) September 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Thank you for bringing this to our attention Gus. It has been corrected.


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