Sunday, June 24, 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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Woman missing more than a month

Police continue to search for Gage Park resident Joyce "Strawberry" Cluchey, who went
missing on May 18 from the 5100 block of South Campbell.

She was last seen at 11:10 a.m. May 18 near 47th and Cicero, wearing a black sweater, red shirt, black leggings and flip flops.

She “frequents the areas of 47th Street/Sacramento-Cicero, Archer Ave./Laramie Ave,” police said.

She is a white woman age 30, 5 foot tall and 100 pounds, blue eyes and red/brown hair, light complexion. She has tattoos on her wrists that say, "ELIAS" and "ENRIQUE".

Those who see her are asked to call 911 immediately. Those with useful information to share are asked to call CPD's Area Central Special Victims Unit at (312) 747-8380.


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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 West 65th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 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.


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Charge security guard with reckless conduct
Percy Hammons


A security guard was charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly fired his gun during an argument in the parking lot of Mariscos El Kora, 5207 S. Archer.

Percy Hammons, 49, was arrested at 10:40 p.m. Friday, June 15.

He allegedly pointed the gun down and shot, and a piece of asphalt flew into the air and struck the victim in his abdomen.

The victim refused medical treatment. Police did not say if Hammons is employed by the restaurant.





Bust Clearing man on theft rap in Archer Heights
Michael McDonough


A 50-year-old Clearing man was charged with theft after he was reportedly caught “removing property from a commercial yard and placing the property in his vehicle without having authorization to do so,” according to police.

Michael C. McDonough, of the 6500 block of West 64th Street, was apprehended at 4850 S. Kilbourn at 5:08 a.m. Thursday, June 7.








Ex stalking me, woman tells police
A 24-year-old Garfield Ridge woman told police that her ex-boyfriend, a 29-year-old Calumet City man, was stalking her. She made the report at 2:20 a.m. Monday, June 18. The victim told police that as she drove her car, the offender chased her for several blocks in his vehicle. When he caught up with her at a stoplight at 55th and Austin, he reportedly pointed a gun at her and said, “I’m going to catch you one day.” Police added that the offender was seen driving past the Chicago Lawn (8th) District station several times as the victim reported the crime. He remains at large.


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Taqueria owner robbed at gunpoint
A 45-year-old woman reported that she was robbed at gunpoint inside Taqueria Los Gallos, 6222 S. Archer, at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, June 14. The victim, one of the owners of the restaurant, told police she was there early to make changes to a security camera. She heard a knock at the eatery’s back door and went to answer it. When she opened the door, two bandits entered and chased her to the restaurant’s office, where they reportedly forced her to open a safe and give them $9,500. The victim said that she then sprayed pepper spray in the face of one of the two bandits, causing them both to flee with the money. They were described as white men age 20-30, about 5-foot-10 and between 140 and 200 pounds. They wore white painters’ pants.





Charge Scottsdale man with domestic battery
Kise Saleh


A 24-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly “shook and pulled the hair” of a 23-year-old woman.

Kise Saleh, of the 4100 block of West 82nd Place, was arrested at his home in the same block at Monday, June 11.

According to public records, Saleh has been arrested by CPD eight times since 2015, on such charges as burglary, criminal trespass to vehicles, retail theft and criminal damage to property.





Bust woman again on domestic violence charge
Jeanette Rivera


A 24-year-old woman was charged with violating an order of protection at a home in the 6700 block of South Komensky at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Jeanette Rivera was arrested on the signed complaint of a 51-year-old woman, described by police as the victim.

According to public records, Rivera has been arrested five times by CPD at the same address since March, on such charges as domestic battery and criminal damage to property.






Pizza driver robbed at gunpoint
A 22-year-old Brighton Park man delivering a pizza for La Coco’s, 3350 W. 47th St., was robbed at gunpoint on the sidewalk in front of 4620 S. Homan at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, June 14. The victim told police that two masked bandits pulled a gun and threatened to take his car unless he handed over his cash. He surrendered $45, and the bandits sped away in a white Cadillac SUV. They were described only as Hispanic men.

Hunt teen who burglarized rectory

A burglar broke into the rectory at St. Thomas More Church, 81st and California, and stole a
TV, a laptop computer and a wallet with three credit cards and $120 cash.

The crime was discovered by a 41-year-old priest who spotted the offender on the second floor of the rectory at 11:35 p.m. Friday, June 15.

When he confronted the offender, the offender pushed his way past him and ran out of the building.

He was described as a black boy age 16-17, about 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, with short black hair. He wore a two-color T-shirt and jeans.

The crime was captured on rectory surveillance video and released by police. Those with useful information to share are asked to call CPD Detective Mizera at (312) 747-8380 and refer to case number JB 308814.




Bust man in police station parking lot
Jorge Castelano


A 32-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with two felony counts of burglary after he allegedly “entered and took property from several vehicles” at 3421 W. 63rd St., the address of the parking lot directly across the street from the Chicago Lawn (8th) District police station.

Jorge Castelano, of the 2500 block of West 63rd Street, was apprehended at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 6.





Burglar fails to break into home
A burglar tried but failed to break into a home in the 5100 block of South Linder. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old woman, when she came home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. The victim told police that the home’s side door was damaged.






More women busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.

Two more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Amber Ramirez
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 soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 39-year-old Amber R. Ramirez, of the 4500 block of South Lawler.

Police said they spotted her at 4839 W. 47th St. at 6:40 a.m. Monday, June 11, “walking along side the roadway looking into vehicles and waving at male occupants, indicating she is available.”

According to the public records, Ramirez has been arrested by CPD 22 times since 2014, on such charges as prostitution, possession of a controlled
Cindy Sweeny
substance and retail theft.


• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 46-year-old Cindy L. Sweeny, of the 8600 block of South Lawler, Burbank.

Police said they saw her outside 4631 W. 51st St. at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, “waving down a car on the roadway and entering it."

She is due in court on July 18.








Scooter swiped from garage on Avers
Burglars broke into a garage in the 5100 block of South Avers and stole an electric scooter. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Sons find departed mom’s home ransacked
Burglars broke into a vacant home in the 4100 block of West 83rd Street and stole a TV. The crime was discovered by a 53-year-old Palos Park man who came to the home with his brother, a 46-year-old Mokena man, to clean out the home—which had belonged to their mother, who died recently.




Collectible coins take from open garage
A 78-year-old Clearing man reported that a burglar walked into his open garage in the 6500 block of West 64th Place and stole a set of collectible mint-grade coins. He reported the crime at 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 11. 

Music mixer, speakers and more taken from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5900 block of South Kolmar and stole a shop vac, two CD decks, a music mixer, two portable speakers and a generator. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, at 9:10 a.m. Sunday, June 17.

Appliances taken from vacant home
Burglars kicked in the rear door of a house in the 6000 block of South Menard and stole a refrigerator, a stove and several items of furniture. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old Garfield Ridge man, when he returned from vacation at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Neighbors told police they saw two men loading items from the home onto a U-Haul truck. Descriptions of the offenders were vague.

Garage on Leclaire burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4700 block of South Leclaire and stole a stereo system, a paint ball gun and a tool set. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 26-year-old man, at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

Returns from vacation, finds home burglarized
Burglars forced open a back window of a home in the 3400 block of West 71st Street and stole assorted jewelry and a wallet. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at 3 p.m. Friday, June 15.

North Carolina woman’s AC unit swiped
A 49-year-old North Carolina woman told police that someone stole an air conditioner she was storing in a friend’s garage in the 6600 block of South Kolin. She reported the crime at 8:56 p.m. Friday, June 15. Police said there was no sign of forced entry in the garage.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

New High School Coming to Clearing

New Hancock building set for 65th and Long

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

For the first time in more than a century, a high school will be built in the Clearing neighborhood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22nd) and 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn announced last weekend.

At an invitation-only event in the second-floor ballroom of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, officials said that a new Hancock High School will be constructed from the ground up.

They did not say where the new school will be built, when or at what cost, but it was later
learned that the school will be built on a long-vacant, block-long parking lot at 65th and Long—which decades ago served as parking for employees of Continental Can, directly across the street, during Bedford Park’s boom years.

Here is a link to a map of Clearing.

Chicago Public Schools officials are currently in negotiations to acquire the land from a private owner. The outcome of those negotiations will determine when the new high school will be built.

Construction of the new selective-enrollment Hancock High School is expected to cost at least $50 million. The new Hancock will accommodate 1,200 students in 47 classrooms.

Hancock is currently housed in the old Lourdes High School building at 56th and Komensky. What will become of that building is up in the air.

The elected officials at the event praised each other for their commitment and actions.

“I simply want to say that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done more for the education of children on the Southwest Side of Chicago than any of his predecessors, “Madigan said, who added that the mayor’s actions are “remarkable, astounding…new schools have been built, new programs have been started, academically challenging programs.”

Quinn likened Madigan to legendary Chicagoan Daniel Burnham and said the Speaker’s decades-long vision for the Southwest Side includes “big plans that stir the blood.”

Emanuel praised Madigan and Quinn for their commitment to education, as well as their persistence, saying they have been on him from “Day One” of his tenure in 2011 to increase the quantity and quality of public education on the Southwest Side.

As they announced the construction of a new Hancock High School, officials also reiterated a previously announced plan--that the current Dore Elementary School at 61st and Natoma will be repurposed into an early childhood education center—presumably to open about six months after current Dore students move into their new building at 65th and Nottingham in January 2019.


Regarding early childhood education, the mayor repeated a favorite assertion of his. “Kids start dropping out of college in fourth grade. They don’t drop out in freshman year [of college]. So it’s our responsibility to make sure that by the time children are four years old, they know their colors, their shapes, their numbers, their letters—so that they’re better prepared,” he said.

He also reiterated his view about making early childhood education accessible to all.
“If you’re poor in our city, like other cities, you have Head Start,” the mayor said. “If you’re well off and comfortable, you’ll figure it out for your children. But if you’re a working parent, you have to figure out how to find $13,000 to get [an early childhood education] for your child…that’s not right.”

He called the retooling of Dore “an investment in the community” that guarantees that working parents have access to early childhood education. “No parents will have to leave work halfway through the day because they have to pick up their child at school,” Emanuel said. “So you can be both a good parent and a good worker.





Thursday, June 14, 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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Man shot in drive-by in Parkview neighborhood
A 19-year-old man was shot in his left hand and left leg in a crime that occurred in the 3800 block of West 85th Street at 11:53 a.m. Monday, June 11. The victim told police he was sitting in his parked vehicle when a silver, four-door car pulled up next to him and its passenger started shooting before speeding away northeast on Southwest Highway. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. The driver and the shooter were described only as black men, according to police.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 S. Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 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.


Walking to Orange Line station, robbed on Kedzie
A 36-year-old Gage Park man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4900 S. Kedzie at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The victim told police he was walking north to the CTA Orange Line station when two men walked up. One pulled a pistol while the other went through the victim’s pockets, taking his wallet and cellphone before running away. They were described as black men about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds.



Charge man with spitting on McD’s employee

A 27-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly
Jonathan Michalik
spat on an 18-year-old woman at McDonald’s, 6720 W. Archer, at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, June 3.


Jonathan M. Michalik, of the 5400 block of South Narragansett, was arrested at the scene. 

Witnesses told police that Michalik walked up to the drive-thru window of the restaurant, was irate and engaged in an argument with the employee and then spat on her.

Michalik told the Southwest Chicago Post that he was drunk at the time, got into "a dumb argument with a group of people who work there" and in the heat of the argument may have accidentally spit on one of them. "But it was never intentional," he added.

He is due in court on July 23 at 51st and Wentworth.

According to public records, Michalik has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as assault, battery and battery of a peace officer.




Arrest West Lawn man six weeks after gas station fight

A 24-year-old West Lawn man was charged with battery after he allegedly punched a 23-
Roberto Montano
year-old man in the face while at the BP gas station at 6700 S. Pulaski.


Roberto D. Montano, of the 6500 block of South Karlov, was arrested at 8:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 while he was in a vehicle in the alley behind his home.

Police said he was identified as the offender in the crime at the BP station, which occurred at 12:42 a.m. Sunday, April 22.

According to public records, Montano has been arrested four times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as assault, domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance.



Tried to carjack me on 79th Street, woman says
A 26-year-old Gage Park woman told police that several men tried to carjack her at 79th and Tripp at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. The victim said she had just put gas in her car at the Shell station at 79th and Cicero and was headed east on 79th Street when an older red Volkswagen Jetta cut her off in traffic. When she stopped her car, a man jumped out of the Jetta, ran to her car and started cursing loudly, pounding on her window and pulling on the door handle. The victim then sped away east on 79th Street and north on Pulaski. The offenders followed but eventually abandoned the pursuit. The man who got out of the Jetta was described as a Hispanic man age 30-35, about 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and an olive complexion. He wore a dark blue shirt and blue jeans.



Elderly man showers, scares off three home invaders
A 73-year-old Archer Heights man chased three home invaders from his house in the 4800 block of South Ridgeway at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The victim told police that his daughter had left the front door unlocked when she left the home at 1:25 p.m. As the victim took a shower in a basement bathroom, three men entered and started taking valuables. The victim discovered the crime when he emerged from the bathroom and spotted a man carrying his TV up the basement steps. When the home invader saw the victim, he dropped the TV and ran up the stairs. The victim gave chase into the backyard, but was pushed to the ground by the offender. As the victim, got up, he saw two more home invaders flee his home. All three offenders ran into the alley and jumped into a black Honda SUV. As they sped away, the victim threw a piece of wood at the vehicle, breaking the front passenger window. All three offenders were described as Hispanic men. The first was age 20-30, about 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds with a medium complexion. He wore a cream-colored, long-sleeve polo shirt and khaki pants. Descriptions of the other two were vague. They succeeded in stealing a cellphone, the victim told police.


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Charge Scottsdale man with criminal trespass to vehicle
Sidney Warren


A 21-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he reportedly was found in a vehicle he does not own.

Sidney N. Warren, of the 8400 block of South Knox, was arrested at 7901 S. Cicero at 5:40 p.m. Monday, June 4.

According to public records, Warren has been arrested six times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as assault, battery and possession of a stolen vehicle.






Charge felon with failing to register with police

A 22-year-old convicted felon was charged with failing to register with police after he was
Davion Givens
arrested at his home in the 3600 block of West 49th Place at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. 


Davion D. Givens is required by law to register as a gun offender.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Givens is a convicted burglar. In an unrelated crime, he was sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was released from prison on parole in March of this year.




Charge felon with failing to register with police

A 21-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with failing to register with police after he
Michael Nares
was arrested at his home in the 4800 block of South Archer at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, June 2. 


Michael Nares is required by law to register as a gun offender.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Nares was convicted in 2016 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; and then in 2017 for obstruction of justice/destruction of evidence.

He was sentenced to two years in prison but was paroled in March of this year.

Nares has been arrested five times by CPD since 2015, all in the Archer Heights/West Elsdon area, on such charges as reckless conduct, retail theft and unlawful use of a weapon.



Bust Oak Lawn man again near Midway

A 28-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after
Ahmad Omar
police arrested him in front of 6701 S. Cicero at 7:31 p.m. Monday, June 4.


Ahmad Omar, of the 5600 block of West Edge Lake Drive, was apprehended "after he was observed walking in the roadway obstructing traffic," police said.

According to public records, Omar has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as panhandling and criminal trespass to land.

Five of those arrests have occurred this year, in a four-block stretch of Cicero Avenue just southeast of Midway Airport.





Burglar bleeds before fleeing apartment
A burglar broke into an apartment building in the 4700 block of West 65th Street and stole a pair of work boots in a hallway. The crime was discovered by one of the victims, a 55-year-old man, at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The offender smashed the glass on two entry doors, leaving broken glass and his own blood at the scene. He also destroyed two decorative vases and damaged a metal shoe rack before leaving. He was described only as a man age 35-40 with a shaved hairstyle.

Home on Harding burglarized
Burglars broke into the basement of a home in the 4500 block of South Harding and stole two TVs, assorted jewelry, assorted tools, a lawn mower, a bicycle and about $4,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

Burglar in Lexus hits garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4700 block of South Harding and stole three car radios, a car amplifier and a battery charger. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 5. A neighbor’s surveillance-camera footage showed the burglars sped away in a gold Lexus.



PlayStation swiped from home on Kildare
Burglars entered a home in the 6800 block of South Kildare and stole a PlayStation video console. The crime was reported by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 7:11 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

Burglars hit elderly man’s garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5300 block of South Keeler and stole a lawn mower, a weed trimmer and a grass edger. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 78-year-old man, 6:20 a.m. Monday, June 4.

Burglars hit elderly man’s garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 3600 block of West 55th Place and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 72-year-old man, at 6:30 a.m. Monday, June 4.

Man sees burglar flee his home
A burglar pried open the rear basement door of a home in the 5000 block of South La Crosse and stole a jewelry box from a bedroom. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, at 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 8. The victim saw the offender run out a door on the main floor. The burglar was described as a white man about 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, with short grayish hair, blue eyes and a light complexion.



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