Wilmette Police Blotter: 81-year-old Woman Drives on Metra Tracks, Delays Train

The following arrest information was provided by the Wilmette Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this blotter, contact: jordan.s.graham@gmail.com.

Earlier: Jewelry Targeted in Wilmette Weekend Home Burglaries

Driving on the Train Tacks

An 81-year-old Evanston woman drove onto the Metra train tracks near Lake Avenue at approximately 5:57 p.m. on Dec. 16. Police reported that he woman had been driving on the wrong side of the road before turning onto the tracks. Train service was reportedly interrupted until 6:30 p.m. Police said they gave the driver a citation ordering she take a driver’s license retest.


A woman living in the 300 block of Washington Avenue called police at 11 p.m. on Dec. 13 to report that her ex-husband had chased her male babysitter down the street. According to the police report, the babysitter told police that he was talking to his employer on the front steps of her home when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt emerged from the bushes across the street.

The babysitter told police that he recognized the man as his employer’s ex-husband and knew that the man should not have been near the home, so the babysitter began to chase the ex-husband down the street, police reported. After a short run, the men reversed roles when the ex-husband turned around and chased the babysitter back into his employer’s home.

Police arrived on the scene shortly afterward but were unable to locate the ex-husband. Police reported that the woman had also called contacted them earlier in the night, saying she suspected her ex-husband had damaged the driver’s side door of her car.


The owner of a Wilmette business located in the 3600 block of Lake Avenue told police on Dec. 12 that one of his customers owes $21,000 for building materials purchased earlier this year. The business owner said he had attempted to cash three checks involved in the purchase of $9,000 worth of building materials between July 25 and Aug. 21, but the checks bounced. The owner has not attempted to cash an additional four checks, each made out for $3,000, because he said he knew they would bounce, as well. Police contacted the customer, who said he was aware of his debt and would make efforts to pay the balance in the near future.

Disorderly Conduct

A woman living in the 500 block of Ridge Road told police on Dec. 12 that her boyfriend had been harassing her for two months by “leaving cards and fruit on her doorstep”.


An unsecured bicycle was stolen from a bike rack outside the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., sometime between 6:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.

Criminal Damage

Someone wrote “BAC” with a black marker on the garage door of a home located in the 900 block of Oakwood Avenue sometime between 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 and 8:39 a.m. on Dec. 11.

An unknown offender used a black marker to write obscenities on the side of a car parked in the 100 block of Broadway Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 9:07 a.m. the following day.

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