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'Falling Down On the Green': Police Charge Brothers Near Beer Tent

Oak Lawn police say two brothers got belligerent and refused to back off while officers were conducting police work at the fest.

Two brothers face multiple charges after they interfered with police in the beer tent at celebration on Sept. 10.

Steven J. McElheny, 25, and his brother, Timothy J. McElheny, 21, both of the 9700 block of South Oak Park Avenue, were charged with obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. Steven received an additional charge for criminal trespassing.

were patrolling the beer tent at Fall On the Green when they moved in to break up a heated argument between two men just before the fest closed at midnight.

According to reports, police pulled one of the men outside the tent. As officers were telling the man he had to leave for the night, Steven McElheny approached the cop doing the interview.

Police ordered Steven to back off and leave them alone because he was distracting them. Officers said Steven told them he didn’t have to because it was a public place.

As police grabbed Steven’s arm to move him away, a woman approached them and said she was his mother, reports said. Officers asked the woman to keep her son away from them. Police said Steven made several derogatory remarks, and they ordered him to leave the area.

After a 20th request for him to back off, police told Steven he was under arrest. Steven began fighting them as they tried to handcuff him and police were forced to take him to the ground, reports said.

Police were finally able to get Steven handcuffed when his brother, Timothy, ran over and reached for an officer, police said.

Timothy also ignored requests to “stand back” and he, too, began to struggle with police as he was being handcuffed, reports said.

Police walked both brothers over to the Oak Lawn police station, where they were charged.

The McElheny brothers have a court appearance on Oct. 19 in Bridgeview.

DLC DAVE September 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM
wow just think ST.Pats Day is only 6 months away ,they can do it all over again
Beverly Prince Moss September 20, 2011 at 03:22 PM
and THAT is why I stay away from carnivals. They seem to get nastier every year!

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