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Police Blotter: Raising Cain at Carroll Tower

Some inebriated young men took to hooliganism at a local retirement facility, breaking things and generally creating a ruckus.

Criminal Damage to Property

Todd Anthony Merrill, 23; David Joseph Bonk, 22; and Brandon Patrick Kamka, 23; all of Carol Stream, were charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. Merrill, according to reports, was also charged with resisting arrest.

Police responded around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, May 27, to a report of a disturbance at Carroll Tower, 200 N. 2nd Street, of someone running inside the hallways breaking things. Police reports say the three suspects were arrested and the building manager was called about the incident. Officers noted that door decorations had been stripped off the doors, glass vases were broken, chairs and a broken wood table were found inside an elevator. Police were gathering damage reports from residents.

Reports say the defendants appear to have been intoxicated. They'll be in court June 21, 2012

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David Amundson June 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Disgraceful. Let us at least hope that their apparent intoxication was due to taking in too much social vibrancy at one our downtown bars. If that much is true, at least they will have added $1 or $2 to the City's coffers before being arrested.
Holy Moly!!! June 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I couldn't have said that better myself!
T.Ray June 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Why do you constantly bash St Charles downtown establishments??????? Obviously you don't enjoy the great bars and restaurants we have to offer. Stop blaming them for everything! What would be Your suggestion for the town? St Charles is a destination spot for nightlife like Naperville. It's a good thing. Geesh if anyone needs a cocktail to chill out,you do.
Lois Lane June 06, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I am more than a little surprised that security is so lax at Carroll Towers! Anyone at any hour can just waltz through the front door and have access to the elevators? Unacceptable.
Francis Glass June 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
My first though as well. Given that it's a retirement center, you'd think there would be better security.
Maggie J June 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Honestly I don't think that the cost of the added police needed to enfore laws or make arrests equates with the tax money from the sale of alcohol. Many, many years ago there were several bars on every block on Main Street. It was not safe to walk the streets after dark due to the problems stemming from the bars. It was cleaned up and the town seemed safe again. Now, even businesses are thinking of pulling out due to the mess they have to clean up every morning...urine, vomit, trash! We need businesses not drunks!
Maggie J June 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I've witnessed the Naperville night life. Seems like the people who frequent those places find great food, though pricey and they don't "whiz" all over businesses front doors and windows. Some college kids occasionally go to those places but usually don't have the cash to go often. Our bars seem to push drinks, even though their patrons are inebriated already. I've seen it, have you?
Maggie J June 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I sincerely hope they change that. Seniors probably need more security that others.
Henry James June 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
T. Ray the difference between Naperville and St. Charles is Naperville has plenty of other commercial businesses mixed in with the bars plus as mentioned by Maggie it is pricy places in Naperville and many more restaurants not just bars. Why do we bash these local establishments maybe because I use to go down with my friends, spend a hundred or two on a nice dinner and drinks between us and then maybe even club hop a bit but after witnessing bar fights 3 different times in as many months we decided we were done with hanging downtown and we started going to other towns for our gatherings. I hated to do so but those establishments let their patrons get that drunk and don't take responsiblity so now everyone suffers and the City doesn't seem to care about it. Maggie you are right it happened several years ago and many of us worked to change that and did change it successfully for a while. Unfortunately someone has led us down a very bad path again
Maggie J June 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I have been to a few downtown bar/restaurants, the worst being the Filling Station. They push drinks on guys especially. I have seen them so out of it that they wet themselves and there is always someone there to see if they want another! I would hate to see any of them get in a car and hurt themselves or others but it will happen!
Keb June 21, 2012 at 04:48 AM
What a bunch of worthless punks. I hope the judge comes up with some creative community service for vandalizing a retirement home.

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