Updated: December 19, 2012 1:25PM
Cold feet: According to a report released late this week, police called to investigate a man trying to break into an apartment in the 700 block of Terrace Court shortly after midnight Monday found Brian Gonzalez, 18, of Elgin, covered with mud and grass and wearing no shoes or socks, even though the temperature was in the 30s and it was raining. Officers said that when they asked him for identification, he pulled a cellphone out of his pocket but a bag of marijuana also fell out. The tenant of the apartment said she didn’t want to press charges regarding the attempted break-in but police charged Gonzalez with possession of cannabis. He was released on $120 bond pending a Dec. 11 hearing.
Thanksgiving crackdown: The Elgin Police Department will be conducting increased traffic enforcement for the Illinois Department of Transportation Thanksgiving Holiday Campaign. The special enforcement will include seatbelt enforcement zones, nighttime DUI patrols and a roadside safety check. The Thanksgiving Holiday Campaign began on Nov. 14 and ends Nov. 27.
Special enforcement: The East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee has announced that his department is taking part in a traffic safety campaign from Nov. 12 through Thanksgiving weekend, by conducting special patrols to curtail impaired drivers and safety belt law violators. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” campaign focuses on impaired drivers and seatbelt law violators, and the disproportionate number of traffic deaths involving alcohol and unbelted motorists. He said enforcement efforts will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the midnight to 3 a.m. time frame is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways. The data also show that time of day as having the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest seatbelt usage rate.
Triple crash: Three vehicles collided at Widmayer and Big Timber roads at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Deputy Chief Trevor Herrmann of Hampshire Fire Protection District said one person was extricated from one vehicle and transported to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. He said three other people were treated at the scene but didn’t want to be taken to a hospital.