Wilmette Blotter: Fake 911 Call, Underage Drinking

The following arrest information was provided by the Wilmette Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this blotter, contact: Chi-an.Chang@Patch.com.


Fake Distress Call

Wilmette and Kenilworth police, along with the Coast Guard responded to a 911 call that said two people were in need of assistance near the Sailing Beach on Aug. 1. When the police arrived, they saw two people lying on the beach, who later fled when officers approached them. 

Daniel A. Meiselman, 22, of 113 Woodley Rd., Winnetka, was issued a local ordinance for being in the park after hours. 

Gabrielle M. Polan, 20, of 2601 W. Eastwood, Chicago, was issued a local ordinance for possession of cannabis, possession of false identification and being in the park after hours.

Police later located the caller, Margaret M. Tobin, who is friends with Meiselman and Polan. 

Tobin, 20, of 711 Washington Ct., Wilmette, was charged with disorderly conduct and knowingly transmitting a fraudulent 911 call.


A resident in the 900 block of Yale reported that someone made two unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account on Aug. 1 that totaled $7,500. Both unauthorized withdrawals were made in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

A homeowner in the 800 block of Oakwood Street reported that several unauthorized purchases were made between Jul 26 and 31 on his credit card while he was on vacation. A Dell laptop computer was also delivered to his residence, but the homeowner told police he did not order it. 

Underage Drinking

Joshua S. Romanek, 18, of 1716 Washington Ave., Wilmette, was issued a local ordinance citation for consumption of alcohol by a minor Aug. 3 after police responded to assist the fire department and encountered the intoxicated youth. He was later taken to Evanston Hospital for detoxification. 

Criminal Trespass

Ronald B. Gerut, 69, of 9636 N. Kenton, Skokie, was issued a local ordinance citation for trespassing at Fresh Market, 3232 Lake Ave. on Aug. 5. On July 23, police told Gerut he could not return to Fresh Market because he was making patrons and employees uncomfortable, according to police reports. 

Driving Violations

Layne E. Page, 53, of 835 16th St., Wilmette, was arrested Aug. 2 for driving with a suspended driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and improper turn at intersection following a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Wilmette Ave., He was later released on an I-bond. 

Miguel A. Gonzaga, 21, of 2735 N. Central Park, Chicago, was arrested Aug. 1 for driving without a driver’s license following a traffic stop at 3200 Lake Ave. 

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