Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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 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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Blood analysis leads to burglary rap, two years later

A 24-year-old Clearing woman was charged with burglary after she was arrested at her
Malewski
home in the 6400 block of South Austin at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.


Senia R. Malewski was arrested in connection with a Sept. 29, 2017 burglary in the 5800 block of West 64th Street. A CPD spokesman said “she was identified through investigation as the individual who broke a back sliding door to a residence and cut herself in the process, leaving her blood. She took personal items from inside the home and her DNA was later tested while she was in custody on an unrelated charge. The DNA match led to her burglary charge.”

According to public records, Malewski was arrested in April 2018 and charged with one felony count of aggravated battery in connection with a shooting that occurred in Canaryville. Police said Malewski “entered the victim's residence…at which time with another offender attempted to enter the residence, but the door was closed on him.” The male offender, identified by police as 23-year-old Bridgeport resident Eric Blake, allegedly drew a pistol and shot the victim, a 46-year-old man, in the chest and right arm. Despite being shot, the victim reportedly was able to close the door and prevent the would-be home invaders from entering. Police said that Malewski “then met up with [Blake] at the back of the residence and they fled the scene together.” The victim was later transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in and/or own a business in Beat 812 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 at St. Symphorosa Church, 6135 S. Austin. 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.


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Claim man used screwdriver to hurt other man
Perez-Herrera



A 33-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with battery after he was arrested in the 6100 block of West 63rd Street at 11:36 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

Jose Perez-Herrera, of the 2200 Block of West 50th Street, allegedly hit a 32-year-old man in the face and head with a screwdriver during a domestic-related argument. 







Claim man threw woman to the floor
Garcia



A 44-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 6300 block of South Pulaski at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.


Pavlino Garcia, of the 4800 block of South Kilpatrick, allegedly threw a 43-year-old woman to the floor during a domestic-related argument inside a local restaurant.






Bust man in Sleepy Hollow on theft charge
Lucas



A 45-year-old Austin man was charged with theft after he was arrested in the 4600 block of South Knox at 5:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.


Brian S. Lucas, of the 600 block of North Pine, allegedly took a bag full of copper scrap punches from a scrap iron and metal warehouse.






Man charged with hijacking a car
Gray


A 27-year-old Woodlawn man was charged with vehicular hijacking  after he was arrested in the 5100 block of South Pulaski at 8:27 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Jamal Gray, of the 6300 block of South Rhodes, allegedly implied he had a weapon and commandeered a white Buick Enclave from a 29-year-old man while the victim’s 2-year-old child was in the car. The victim was able to extract his child before the offender fled in his car.

Police said that Gray later crashed the vehicle in the 5100 Block of South Harding. They did not say where the crime occurred.

According to public records, Gray has been arrested five times by CPD since 2015 on charged that included retail theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and battery.






Hit man with weapons violation
Crenshaw



A 21-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 8000 block of South Kolin—the block where he lives—at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.


Gary J. Crenshaw allegedly admitted to police that he had a handgun in his vehicle that was not properly secured in a lock box.






Arrest woman for battery
Castro



A 29-year-old woman was charged with battery after she was arrested in the 5400 block of South Massasoit at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.


Yesenia Castro allegedly hit another person in the head and body during an argument “over property,” police said.




Charge woman with domestic battery
Roman



A 28-year-old woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested in the 5400 block of South Massasoit at 1:35 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.


Irene Roman allegedly hit another person in the head and body, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.








Claim man used knife to puncture tires
Camarilo



A 60-year-old man was charged with criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 6200 block of South Narragansett at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Joseph Camarilo allegedly used a knife to punch holes in the tires of a person’s vehicle, police said.

According to public records, Camarilo was arrested back in August near 52nd and Kilbourn and charged with assault.








Claim man stole goods, threatened clerk

A 65-year-old South Side man was charged with retail theft and assault after he was
Latimore
arrested in the 5400 block of South Archer at 12:46 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.


James Latimore, of the 8000 block of South Peoria, “was arrested on signed complaints that he knowingly took merchandise from a local retail store without paying,” a CPD spokesman said. “The victim relayed that, when she attempted to stop Latimore, Latimore verbally threatened her before leaving the store. Officers located Latimore, who had the stolen merchandise on his person at the time.” Police declined to say what allegedly was stolen. 

According to public records, Latimore was arrested four times by CPD since 2018, on charges that included retail theft and bail violation.





Suburban woman hit with drug charge
Chierico


A 40-year-old Willow Springs woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5200 block of South Kilpatrick at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Tina A. Chierico, of the 8400 block of Willow West, was seated in a vehicle that was illegally parked, police said. “Officers observed narcotics and narcotics contraband in the vehicle,” a CPD spokesman added.

According to public records, Chierico was arrested by CPD in June, near 63rd and Kilpatrick, and charged with soliciting rides from motorists.





Bust man for shoplifting at Ford City
Ashby



A 22-year-old Roseland man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at Ford City at 4:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Marcus E. Ashby, of the 12100 block of South Wentworth, was arrested without incident. Police declined say what was allegedly stolen or from which store.

According to public records, Ashby has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as retail theft (four times) and possession of a controlled substance.




Claim man tried to bilk store
Saucedo



A 21-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at a store in the 5700 block of West 63rd Street at 6:23 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Julian L, Saucedo, of the 5600 block of South Newland, allegedly made several fictitious returns of store merchandise, police said.

According to public records, Saucedo was arrested near his home back in March and charged with cannabis possession.





She hit me in the arm, man tells police
Clearihue



A 46-year-old West Lawn woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 6300 block of South Kilbourn at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.


Ofelia Clearihue allegedly struck a man in the arm during an argument.







Charge suburban man with criminal trespass
Perez-Urbina



A 26-year-old man from suburban Cicero was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he was arrested at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the 5500 block of South Pulaski. 

Jose Perez-Urbina, of the 4300 block of South 60th Court, was arrested after a person called police that Perez-Urbina was inside his residence.

According to public records, Perez-Urbina has been arrested three times by CPD since 2018.


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Nab man again on weapons violation
Renteria


A 19-year-old West Lawn man was charged with drugs and weapons violations after he was arrested at 4:23 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the 4100 block of West 65th Street.

Isaiah M. Renteria, of the 6500 block of South Kedvale, was taken into custody after a traffic stop. “Officers observed Renteria (a passenger in the vehicle) exit the vehicle during the stop and patted him down for weapons, discovering a handgun on the subject, in addition to suspected narcotics,” a CPD spokesman said.

He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, although police did not say what weapon was confiscated. He also was charged under the “armed habitual criminal” statute.

According to public records, Renteria has been arrested three times this year by CPD, once for burglary, once on a weapons charge.










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Friday, November 8, 2019

Lipinski, Polish Leaders Announce Victory on Visa Waiver Program

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) stood with Polish-
American leaders on Friday to announce Poland’s entry into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Starting November 11, citizens of Poland will be able to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.

The Department of Homeland Security made the determination that Poland had met the requirements for entry into the VWP on November 5. Prior to that, Poland was one of five European Union nations not included in the VWP (despite the fact that US citizens do not need a visa to visit any EU nation).

Under the VWP, citizens of Poland will be able to apply online for authorization to travel to the United States through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

For most business/tourist travelers, the ESTA application is available online, is estimated to take 20 minutes to complete, costs $14, and usually has an approved/not approved decision within 72 hours. This is much simpler than the visa process, which generally requires an interview at a U.S. Embassy, costs $160 (for a common Business/Tourist type, more for others), and has long processing times.

Video of the press conference:



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lawyers Will Offer Free Advice


Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer

Program will be available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, November 16, as part of an ongoing legal public service program offered by the CBA. 

Calls will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001. 

Citizens can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues. If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 pre-screened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offer their services to the public. When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law including:

• Domestic Relations, including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters);

• Personal Injury (including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases.

• Estate Planning, including will and trust drafting, probate and will contest.

• Real Estate, including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues.

• Employment Law, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.

Additionally, the CBA offers an after-hours on-call service which provides callers’ access to attorneys in three different areas of law at any time after normal business hours. You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001.
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