Thursday, May 24, 2018

Construction Jobs Available For School Annex Project in Brighton Park

Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) is urging local residents to
apply to work on the construction of a new $2.7 million modular building that is being built at Columbia Explorers Academy, at 46th and Kedzie in Brighton Park.

The hiring events are sponsored by the Chicago Public Building Commission. They will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday June 1, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Both events will be held in the meeting room of the Little Village Branch Library, 2311 South Kedzie Avenue.

"Our community hiring efforts are an essential part of our work in building communities," said Carina E. Sanchez, Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago. "These projects, combined with the direct economic impact they have had on our communities, underscore the true role of public development in making our city a better place to live, work and raise families."

The Public Building Commission's hiring requirements require that 50 percent of the total construction hours worked on a project must come from City of Chicago residents. "Additionally, it is important to note that a portion of those jobs are set aside for those living in the immediate surrounding areas," Burke said.

Representatives of both contractors and subcontractors working on the project will be on hand to accept applications.

The new modular building will be completed by August of 2018 and provide space for six new classrooms with a modern design and larger windows. Suite improvements will include a new playlot, exterior finishes and perimeter landscape.

Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in the western section of the district. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Shot in legs while sitting in vehicle
A 22-year-old man was shot in both legs in a crime that occurred in the 4500 block of West 66th Place at about 1:25 a.m. Friday, May 18. The victim was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said the victim was sitting inside a vehicle when a gunman began to fire shots into the vehicle. No one is in custody.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) 4839 S. Harding, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Suburban man beaten on 47th Street
A 35-year-old man from suburban Round Lake Beach was beaten as he stood in front of 4120 W. 47th St. shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Police responding to a “battery” call found the man at the firehouse at 4034 W. 47th St. He had a large cut on his forehead and scratches on both arms. The victim was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition but later upgraded to serious. Police were initially unable to interview the victim because of his condition.


Shots fired into kitchen on 71st Street
Two men shot into a house in the 3700 block of West 71st Street at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, slightly injuring a man inside. Police responding to a “shots fired” call found the home’s kitchen window shattered and bullet fragments on the kitchen table. A 20-year-old Cicero man inside the home told police that when the shots were fired, he felt pain in his lower lip—possibly from a bullet fragment or a piece of flying glass.  A CFD ambulance arrived on scene, but the victim refused treatment. Home surveillance footage showed two offenders, both Hispanic boys or men, wearing light-colored clothes.



Masked bandit robs Burger King on Pulaski
An armed bandit robbed the Burger King at 4060 S. Pulaski, making off with about $1,500. The crime occurred at 9:54 p.m. Saturday, May 19. A 23-year-old manager told police that she was closing a lobby door when a man jumped out of a red, four-door Pontiac sedan and waved a pistol at her. He pushed his way into the restaurant, ordered the other employees to lie on the floor and demanded cash from the registers and safe. The manager complied and then took cover in the kitchen area while the thug fled. He was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, black gloves, a red hoody with a black Sons of Anarchy logo, and blue jeans.



Woman says masked man robbed her
A 25-year-old woman was robbed as she waited for a northbound bus at the CTA facility at 51st and Pulaski at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14. The victim told police that a man approached her from behind, pressed an unknown object against the left side of her head and demanded her valuables. She said she surrendered three iPhones, a Gucci purse and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bookbag. She reported the crime five hours after it occurred and described the robber as a man about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a black ski mask and a black hoody.



Woman’s kindness rejected by robber
A 52-year-old Brighton Park woman trying to show kindness to a stranger was instead robbed as she stood on a sidewalk in front of 4920 S. Tripp at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The victim told police that when a young man walked up and asked for money, she opened her purse to give him five dollars. Instead, he knocked her purse to the ground, grabbed $160 cash and ran away. He was described as a Hispanic man age 18-20, about 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes and medium-length black hair, as well as a medium complexion. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.



Claim woman made charges on elderly woman’s credit card
A 38-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was charged with theft and conducting an ongoing
Tracy Mason
financial criminal enterprise after she was arrested by police at 1:10 p.m. Friday, April 27 at a dialysis center at 3134 W. 76th St.


Tracy Mason, of the 2400 block of West 60th Street, was apprehended after it was discovered that she had made “numerous charges” on an 87-year-old woman’s credit card, police said.

They did not say if the victim was a patient at the center.







Bust pair in vehicle that was reported stolen

A 31-year-old Archer Heights man and a 21-year-old Canaryville woman were
Abraham Blockson
charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after they were arrested by police at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 in front of 5245 S. Archer.


Abraham Blockson, of the 4600 block of South Keeler, and Paige K. Santana, of the 700 block of West 48th Place, were apprehended after they were found by police in a vehicle that Santana allegedly borrowed from another person but did not return.

Police said the vehicle was reported stolen and that they found Santana in a passenger seat and Blockson in the driver’s seat with the vehicle’s key.

Bond was set at $5,000 for Santana, who was due in court at 51st and Wentworth on
Paige Santana
Wednesday, May 24.


According to public records, Santana has been arrested four times by CPD in the last 90 days—three times for criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Blockson has been arrested 10 times by CPD in the past three years, on such charges as criminal trespass to vehicles, domestic battery, assault and criminal trespass to land.






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Charge man with trespass to vehicle

A 33-year-old North Side man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was
Joseph Delarosa
arrested by police at 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 in front of 5985 S. Archer.


Joseph A. Delarosa, of the 5000 block of North Leavitt, was reportedly “observed sleeping inside of a vehicle that did not belong to him after being told by the victim earlier in the day not to do so,” police said.










Say Gage Park motorist left scene of accident

A 23-year-old Gage Park man was charged with one misdemeanor count of leaving the
Ivan Garduno
scene of an accident after he was arrested by police at just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at 5300 S. Cicero.


Ivan Garduno, of the 5600 block of South Fairfield, was taken into custody after a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving westbound reportedly sideswiped a Toyota Corolla in the 4500 block of West 55th Street and then struck a fence, police said.

No injuries were reported. Garduno is due in court on June 19, police added.

According to public records, Garduno was arrested twice in 2014 and charged with unlawful contact with street gang members.




Burglar flees cellphone store empty-handed
A burglar used a brick to smash the front window of the Sprint Mobile store at 4654 S. Pulaski, entered but apparently fled without stealing anything. The crime occurred at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, according to surveillance footage. The burglar was described only as a black man wearing a dark blue or gray hoodie, white gloves, blue jeans and black shoes.












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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Be Careful After Storm Damage, SW Side Homeowners Advised

Local man serves as homeowners’ advocate

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

The sometimes-sudden, severe storms springtime brings to the Southwest Side can leave quite a bit in their wake: downed trees and power lines, damaged roofs and fast-talking quick-fix guys who seem to come out of nowhere.

“The morning after the last storm passed, there were
branches, leaves and even a few [roof] shingles on my front lawn,” said Garfield Ridge resident Bill Wajda. “The only thing that wasn’t blown all over the place were the three—three—advertising leaflets from three different guys offering to fix my roof, all stuffed in my storm door.”

Wajda said he didn’t recognize any of the companies named on the leaflets and that none of their phone numbers appeared to be local. He threw all three in the trash.

Such businesses are known as storm chasers. Everyone, from the Better Business Bureau to local chambers of commerce, warn against them.

“Although not all storm chasers are scammers, they may lack the proper licensing for your area, offer quick fixes, or make big promises they can’t deliver,” cautioned the BBB in a recent statement.

“Be careful, check references and make sure you’re dealing
Geno Randazzo (right) and Al Cacciottolo
with a reputable, local business owner with a track record of success,” added Garfield Ridge business owner Al Cacciottolo, who publicly recommended Southwest Side native Geno Randazzo after a recent wave of high-wind storms pounded the area. “Geno will represent you when you deal with your insurance company, he will work to get you what you deserve from them, and his company will make all repairs necessary. Hundreds of the better roofs in this area—homes and businesses alike—are there because of Geno’s work.”


Randazzo’s business, All Exterior Contractors—licensed, bonded, insured and a member of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce—is known for quality home repairs at a reasonable price.


He also has been visible in the community over the last several years, helping sponsor drives to assist military veterans, local school children and Thanksgiving dinners for senior citizens.

What sets Randazzo apart from others is that he also serves as a public claims adjuster—a licensed professional who can and has gotten insurance companies to pay what they should pay homeowners.

“Just about everybody likes their local insurance agent—it may be a friend, a relative, an old classmate—but all too often, it’s a different story when people have to deal with the big insurance companies,” Randazzo said. “Keep in mind, that big insurance company you’ve been paying premiums to for years and years does not represent you. They represent themselves. I have heard story after story where homeowners had thousands of dollars in storm damage, only to have their insurance company cut them a check in the hundreds. They got short-changed; and since they didn’t know their rights, they didn’t know what to do.”

“What I tell people is, call me first at (708) 705-7900—before you call your insurance agent, before you contact your insurance company to make a claim,” Randazzo added. “I will show you how I will work on your behalf, representing you, to get what you deserve.”

Click here to see two testimonials.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in the western section of the district. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Shot in Kildare alley, man says
In what police are describing as a gang-related crime, a 34-year-old Berwyn man said he was shot in the right calf as he walked down an alley in the 4700 block of South Kildare at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. The victim told police he was walking in the alley when he asked another man for a lighter. The other man reportedly replied, “You’re in the wrong area to be asking for a lighter, but I got something for you.” The man then reportedly walked to a gray Jeep, reached under a seat, grabbed a handgun, hollered a gang slogan and fired 5-6 shots at the victim before fleeing. The shooter was described as a Hispanic man age 18-19, about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and a “bald” hairstyle. After he was shot, the victim said he ran to 47th and Kolin, where he called a woman he knows. She drove to the site, picked up the victim and took him to his home. On Saturday morning, the victim told his mother he had been shot. She transported him to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. While the victim was at the hospital, Berwyn Police officials said they would take him into custody for burglary and aggravated fleeing, in relation to an unrelated crime.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



Man beaten, robbed in front of girlfriend
A 40-year-old Englewood man was beaten and robbed as he and his 39-year-old girlfriend walked down an alley behind 4553 S. Lawler at about 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The girlfriend told police that they were confronted by four thugs who demanded the victim’s cellphone. When the victim refused, he was punched in the head, knocked to the ground and hit on the back of the head with a brick. The attackers took his cellphone and fled on foot. They were described only as black men age 20-35. The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition and was treated for a cut on the back of his head and a broken left wrist.



Charged with trying to rob elderly woman
A 46-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with attempted robbery after he allegedly
Mastache
tried to steal a 67-year-old Archer Heights woman’s purse and bag of groceries. Francisco Mastache, of the 4400 block of South Sawyer, allegedly followed the victim on foot and attacked her outside her home in the 4900 block of South Karlov at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. The victim said he punched her in the head as they struggled. The attacker then fled empty-handed. A short time later, police combing the area apprehended Mastache as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4955 S. Pulaski. He was brought back to the crime scene, where the victim positively identified him, police added. According to public records, Mastache has been arrested 11 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as violating an order of protection, urinating on the public way, retail theft, criminal trespass to land and unlawful use of a blackjack or knife. 




Police say two men robbed teen girls
A 25-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery
Centeno
after he and another man allegedly used a gun to rob a 13-year-old girl in the 3400 block of West 57th Street at 12:52 a.m. Friday, May 4.


Emanuel Centeno, of the 5200 block of South Kildare, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and was due in court Wednesday at 51st and Wentworth.

Also charged with aggravated robbery was Rudy Mendez, 24, of the 4600 block of South Drake.

Mendez allegedly participated in the robbery with Centeno, and he allegedly robbed a second 13-year-old girl at the scene.

Mendez was ordered held without bond. His next court date is May 29 at 51st and
Mendez
Wentworth.


Police did not say what was taken from the victims or if their property was returned. 

According to public records, Mendez has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014 for such offenses as aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.









Tow truck crew robs man on 47th Street
A 26-year-old Back of the Yards man was pulled from his vehicle and robbed in a crime that occurred on the street in front of 4702 S. Cicero at 2:10 a.m. Monday, May 14. The victim told police that when he saw a black tow truck’s lights flashing behind him, he pulled over. Two men got out of the tow truck, pulled him from his vehicle and took his valuables, including a cellphone and a wallet with credit cards, $80 cash and other items. The robbers then got back in the tow truck and sped away. They were described only as Hispanic men about 5-foot-10.



More women busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.
Three more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
DeBerry
sex workers and others on Cicero Avenue, north of Archer—since CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson publicly vowed to the Archer Heights Civic Association that he would lead the way to eliminate prostitution for good in that area.


• Charged with violating a warrant was 20-year-old Claire DeBerry, of the 2200 block of South Ridgeway.

She was arrested while standing in the 5000 block of South Cicero at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.

According to public records, DeBerry has been arrested four times by CPD in the past 11 months, including a prostitution bust at 61st and Ashland last summer.

• Charged with violating a warrant was 40-year-old Kathy Price, of the 10100 block of South
Price
La Salle Street.


She was arrested while standing in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:16 a.m. Tuesday, May 8. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.

According to public records, Price has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014, including battery and possession of a controlled substance.





• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 28-year-old Amy E. Gabris, of the
Gabris
600 block of McAlister Avenue, in north suburban Waukegan.



She was arrested at 47th and Keating at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12. She also was wanted on a warrant. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.














Traffic stop yields hot vehicle, three arrests
An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle
Mercado
during a traffic stop in the 5700 block of South Keeler at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, May 6.



Roberto Mercado, of the 5500 block of South Kolin, was the driver of the vehicle, which police said had been reported stolen from the 3400 block of West 52nd Street the day before.


Mercado also was charged with two misdemeanors: using an alley as a through-street and driving without a license.


Two passengers in the vehicle were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle: Marcos German, 18, of the 3800 block of West 57th Street; and Ricardo Reyes, 27, of the 5100 block of South Sawyer.

According to public records, Reyes has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014, on
German
charges that included reckless conduct, urinating on the public way and possession of a controlled substance.














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Man busted again for defacing property
A 21-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with misdemeanor “graffiti on CTA” and
Jose Reyes
misdemeanor criminal damage/deface property after he allegedly sprayed graffiti on a CTA Orange Line train at about 3 a.m. Thursday, May 3.


Jose J. Reyes, of the 4500 block of South Archer, was apprehended by police in the 4800 block of South Archer, police said, after a CTA employee told them that he had sprayed graffiti on a train.

According to public records, Reyes has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2015—six times for criminal defacement of property, twice in the same day in June 2016.





Burglars steal, sell man’s scrap
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4700 block of South Keating and stole $81 worth of scrap copper. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 72-year-old man, at about 5 a.m. Thursday, May 10. Upon discovering the crime, the victim visited a nearby recycling company and learned that the scrap copper stolen from his garage had been sold to the company by a Hearst area man. Police are investigating.
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Burglars hit garage on Rutherford
Burglars entered a garage in the 5800 block of South Rutherford and stole a lawnmower and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, at about 3 p.m. Friday, May 11.



Garage burglarized for second time in two years
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage in the 4400 block of South Kilpatrick and stole a snow blower and two toolboxes. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old man, at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. The victim told police his garage has been burglarized twice in two years.















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