Steel coils roll down Schaefer
Two steel coils were thrown into Schaefer Road near I-94 about 1:55 a.m. Oct. 20 when a motorist cut off a semitruck, causing it to lose its cargo.
One coil ended up in the median of Schaefer, while the other rolled east across the roadway for a time before stopping. A blood-alcohol test of the truck driver found no alcohol in his system.
A forklift from nearby SeverStal North America was dispatched to load the coils back onto the truck.
Former probation officer’s dance studio vandalized
For the second time in two weeks, a window was broken at the dance studio of former 19th District Court probation officer Simone Calvas sometime overnight Oct. 13.
She called police when she arrived for work and found the 5-foot-by-4-foot window shattered. Damaged was estimated at $250.
Calvas gained local notoriety when she sued Chief Judge Mark Somers and the court over several allegations of employment related discrimination. She motioned to dismiss the suit in October 2008, when her attorney had to withdraw from the case because of health problems.
Armed robber hits convenience store
A suspected armed robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash, and a carton and two packs of cigarettes from 7-Eleven, 5697 Pelham, about 4 a.m. Oct. 20.
Store employees said the man gestured to a bulge in his pocket and demanded two packs of cigarettes before instructing the cashier to empty all the cash out of the register. The cashier told police he tried to give the robber small bills only and keep the $20 register drawer, but the suspect noticed and demanded all the money.
Before leaving, the suspect also stole a carton of cigarettes.
A K-9 track led police to a nearby house south of the building, but no arrest was made.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 50s wearing a yellow hooded shirt or jacket with a blue bandana over his face.
Fertilizer truck stolen
A Ford F-250 equipped with a 300-gallon fertilizer tank was stolen in the 7500 block of Highview sometime overnight Oct. 19.
The owner called police the next morning when he discovered the truck was missing. He owner told police the fertilizer tank still contained about 50 gallons of liquid fertilizer, and that a magnet with his business information was attached to the doors of the truck.