Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CPD Issues Burglary Alert for Clearing and Garfield Ridge Neighborhoods


Chicago Police have issued a community alert relating to six garage burglaries that occurred in recent weeks in Garfield Ridge and Clearing.

Police did not disclose what had been stolen in the various crimes.

Incident locations:

• 6100 block of South Austin on Friday, May 27.
• 6600 block of West 63rd Place on Tuesday, May 31.
• 5900 block of West 63rd Place on Tuesday, May 31.
• 6200 block of South Mason on Tuesday, June 7.
• 6200 block of South Massasoit on Saturday, June 11.
• 5200 block of South Normandy on Sunday, June 12.

Police offered this advice:

• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for
investigating detectives.
• Make an agreement with your neighbors to watch each other's homes for suspicious
activity.
• If you are a victim, do not touch anything, and call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.

If you have any useful information to share about these crimes, contact the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at (312) 747-8382 and refer to crime pattern P16-1-135.


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar

Tuesday, June 14th Shredding, Electronics Recycling
Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shred unwanted paper documents at Polish Highlanders Hall, 4808 South Archer. There is no limit on the amount of paper that may be brought for shredding at the event, sponsored by 14th Ward Ald. Edward M. Burke. Also accepted at the event will be unwanted electronic items, including computers and printer ink cartridges, telephones, carpet sweepers, fans, hair dryers, holiday lights, radios and microwave ovens. Televisions will not be accepted.The service is provided twice yearly by Burke--at no charge--as a convenience to constituents, as well as a way to help them guard against identity theft and encourage recycling of electronics.

Tuesday, June 14th Clearing Civic League
Monthly meeting. Starts at 7 p.m. at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd Street. This month's guest speaker is from Peoples Gas. All Clearing residents and business owners are welcome to attend. Since 1960, the CCL has served as a non-partisan advocacy group for the Clearing neighborhood.

Wednesday, June 15th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.

Monday, June 20th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bridgeview Bank, 6366 S. Archer.

Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! 

Tuesday, June 21st CAPS Beat 811 Meeting

Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), attend this 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.

Friday, June 24th-Sunday, June 26th Snows Garage Sale
three-day "garage sale" in the parish hall at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4810 South Leamington. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Entry is at the side door by the parking lot. Clothing, furniture, appliances, baskets, books, dishes, glassware, handbags, jewelry, lamps, luggage, planters, strollers, tools, toys, videos and more will be on sale, according to a parish announcement. Hungry shoppers will be able to purchase food at the event.

Tuesday, June 28th CAPS Beat 813/833 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), attend this 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.

Wednesday, June 29th Midway Garden Society
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Runs until

8:00 p.m. Monthly meeting. The Society hosts guest speakers and also conducts plant exchanges, stages an annual Urban Garden Walk every summer, and works to make the Midway area a more beautiful and peaceful place by encouraging gardening among people of all ages. Prospective members welcome. Check them out!

Wednesday, July 6th CAPS Beat 815/821 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 South Harding. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), attend this 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.

Thursday, July 7th CAPS Beat 834 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bogan High School, 3939 West 79th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), attend this 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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Wednesday, July 13th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), attend this 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.

Thursday, July 14th CAPS Beat 814 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), attend this 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.

Wednesday, October 19th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.


Wednesday, November 16th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Burke: Expand Hate-Crime Ordinance to Protect Police, Firefighters, Paramedics

Fourteenth Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke today
Alderman Edward M. Burke
announced plans to introduce an ordinance which would expand the City’s hate crimes law to protect current and former police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).


Burke said he will be joined by five City Council colleagues in introducing the measure: Aldermen William B. Cochran (20th), Nicholas Sposato (38th), Anthony V. Napolitano (41st), Derrick G. Curtis (18th) and Christopher Taliaferro (29th). All are former police officers or firefighters, Burke said.  

Chicago’s current hate crime law applies to individuals who target victims based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or active or prior military status.

“We need to extend to our first responders every possible protection,” Burke said. “Each day, police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to ensure our well-being and security. It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault our public safety personnel.”  

Under the current law, an individual may be charged with a hate crimes violation in conjunction with the commission of another crime such as an assault, trespass, mob action, vandalism, or harassment by telephone when a specific hate motive is established. 

The amendment also seeks to strengthen the City’s Hate Crimes Ordinance by increasing fines from $500 to $2,500. Violators would face up to six months in prison.

Thomas Ryan, president of Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, which represents firefighters and paramedics, endorsed the measure.

“The job of a first responder is to serve, protect and render aid to citizens in crisis. All too often, these first responders fall victim to physical violence and personal assault," Ryan said. “This ordinance will provide added protection to first responders who risk their lives in service to others while also adding consequences for those who feel compelled to attack them in the performance of their duty.”

The aldermen proposed simultaneously a companion resolution which urges lawmakers in Springfield to expand the state’s hate crime law to similarly protect current and former law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and military service personnel.

Violation of the Illinois Hate Crimes Law is a Class 3 or Class 4 felony for a first offense and a Class 2 felony for a second or subsequent offense.


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Four Charged in Saturday Night Robbery, Stabbing of Woman Near Archer Avenue

Just released to the press by CPD at 1:05 p.m. Monday, June 6:

Four people have been charged in connection with an armed robbery and stabbing that occurred in the 6900 block of West Archer at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Charged were Vanessa Gomez, 18, and Erik Solano, 19,
Gomez
both of 
the 2800 block of South Pulaski; Faustino Perez, 21, of the 3100 block of South Kedvale; and a 17-year-old boy.

They are due in bond court today at 26th and California.

According to a CPD statement, "In this incident, offenders attempted to take the victim's cell phone. When the victim refused to give up her cell phone, an offender stabbed her in the abdomen. The female victim,
Solano
36, was taken to Christ

Hospital in stable condition. Detectives learned the offenders may have been connected to a previous robbery in which a vehicle was used.

"Officers located the vehicle, and subsequently conducted a traffic stop in the 2700 block of South Kostner on June 04, 2016 at 11:51 p.m., placing all offenders into custody. No further information is available at this time."
Perez

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Friday, June 3, 2016

What a GRREAT Night on Archer...

Hundreds of car-loving men, women and children turned out
Friday night, June 3 along Archer Avenue in Garfield Ridge for the third "Archer Cruise Night" auto show sponsored by the Garfield Ridge Retail Entertainment and Amusement Team (GRREAT), an organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of the Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

Plenty of oohs and aahs as men, women and children showed their appreciation for a wide range of cool, classic vehicles: from modern muscle cars to 100-year-old Fords to a 1950s ambulance to a 1960s VW bus to classic motorcycles to a quirky, custom-built wooden car.

More food trucks than ever this year, all doing a brisk business, as the success of this annual event picks up steam like a drag racer approaching the flag.

Beyond the obvious fun, the purpose of the event was to show everyone that, given a good reason, people from the neighborhood (and beyond) will come to Archer Avenue and spend money--and that therefore, it can easily be a vibrant commercial strip--and is a good choice for businesses looking for a profitable location.

We at the Southwest Chicago Post were there with a camera and are pleased to share a few images.


A great event in one of Chicago's best neighborhoods!


A tip of our cap to the men and women volunteers at GRREAT for once again working, successfully, to make Garfield Ridge a better place!























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Thursday, June 2, 2016

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 Sector 1. 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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Food vendor flees armed robber
A 46-year-old West Lawn man successfully avoided being robbed by running away from a man who pointed a revolver at him and demanded his money. The victim, a mobile food vendor selling from a cart on the sidewalk in front of 4630 W. Marquette at 2:36 p.m. Monday, May 23, told police—through an interpreter—that when he fledthe scene, the offender also ran away, getting into a waiting vehicle that sped away. The would-be robber was described as a black man age 35-40, 5-foot 8 and 175 pounds, with black eyes and a dark complexion. He was wearing a beige baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black pants.

Elderly woman slammed into fence
A 78-year-old West Elsdon woman walking down a sidewalk in the 4200 block of West 55th Street was shoved into a fence by a woman at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23. The victim told police that a woman got out of a 2014 gray, four-door Ford sedan and without saying a word body-checked her into a fence. The victim said she felt pain but refused an offer of emergency medical care. She described the offender as a white woman age 40-45, 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to the Clearing Branch Library at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 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.


Unlocked garage hit by burglars
Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 62nd and Austin and stole a hedge trimmer. The crime was discovered by the victim when he and his wife returned from shopping at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27. The burglary may have been interrupted, because a snow blower, leaf blower and edger were removed from their usual places in the garage and stacked by the overhead door.

Forgot to set alarm, garage burglarized
Burglars entered a garage near 61st and Meade and stole two bicycles. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 12:13 p.m. Friday, May 27. The victim told police her garage has an alarm system, but she did not set it when she left home.

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Power tools stolen from garage
Burglars entered a garage near 50th and Leclaire and stole a lawn mower, two drills, two circular saws, a snow blower, a power washer and an air compressor. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 87-year-old man, at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, May 29. The police report gave no indication of how entry was made.

Victimized while chatting with neighbor
A 28-year-old Clearing woman told police that her home near 64th Place and Major was burglarized while she stood in front and chatted with a neighbor. The crime was discovered at noon Thursday, May 26. Stolen were three tablet computers, $100 cash and assorted jewelry.

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Heavy rain muffles sound of burglars
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 56th and Tripp and stole assorted power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 26. The victim told police he normally might have heard the break-in when it occurred, but that sounds were muffled by pounding rain.

GPS unit and more swiped from garage
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 86th Place and Hamlin and stole a snow blower, two hand-held vacuums and a GPS navigation system from a vehicle parked inside. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

Burglary interrupted in West Lawn
The burglary of a home near 67th and Hamlin may have been interrupted. The homeowner, a 37-year-old man, told police that he discovered that some one broke the lock on his side door, but that entry apparently was not made. He discovered the crime at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9 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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Workman back from lunch, finds burglary
Burglars broke into a garage and home near 50th and Lawler and stole a lawnmower, several purses, assorted jewelry and a boy’s communion necklace. The victim, a 38-year-old woman, told police that a 44-year-old contractor working on her home discovered the crime when he returned from lunch at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26. 

Burglars ring up $2,500 on stolen credit card
Burglars broke the basement window of a home near 56th and Keeler and stole a credit card, a debit card, a birth certificate and a matricula card. The crime was reported to police by the victim, a 48-year-old man, at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, May 24—10 days after it occurred. The victim said that the stolen credit card had been used to purchase about $2,500 in merchandise.



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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Led Zeppelin Tribute Band 'Kashmir' Will Rock the Stage at St. Joe's Carnival

Old favorites and hot new entertainment acts can be
found on the main stage lineup for this year's carnival at St.
Joseph Parish, just 1/2 block west of 56th and Harlem.


Taking the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 2 will be Kashmir, one of the nation's top Led Zeppelin tribute bands.

Maggie Speaks, one of the most popular and eclectic cover bands in Chicago history, will commandeer the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3 and shake it for three hours.

On Saturday, June 4, starting at 3 p.m. and running all the way to midnight, a string of the Chicago area's hottest DJs will spin exciting club mixes in a high-energy day of today's music.

The final day of the annual carnival will feature an eclectic mix of music. Starting things off on Sunday, June 5 will be the nationally acclaimed Ampol Aires polka band, performing from 2 to 4 p.m. Atorón Norteño will play Latino favorites from 4 to 6 p.m., and Hillbilly Rockstarz will close the carnival from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Hillbilly Rockstarz bills itself as "Chicago's very
own country super group, specializing in covering the latest hits in country music, along with many of your classic favorites" and will cover a pickup truck's worth of today's country hits, as well as covers of favorites by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Patsy Cline.

St. Joseph Carnival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 2; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 3; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 4; and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 5.


In addition to musical entertainment, the four-day event features carnival rides, games of skill and chance.

All are encouraged to bring hearty appetites. In
addition to familiar favorites like cotton candy, lemonade and ice cream, several local restaurants and other food vendors will sell such taste-tempting delights as pizza slices, Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, Maxwell Street-style Polish sausage, hot dogs, corn dogs, meatball sandwiches, eggplant sandwiches, chicken parmigiana, barbecue chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, steak tacos, marinated pork tacos, chicken tacos, taquitos and fajitas, pork stew, rice and beans, empanadas, funnel cakes and more.


Wristbands that offer discounts on carnival rides are still available. For more information, call the St. Joseph Parish rectory at (708) 458-0501 weekdays.

The Carnival Committee at St. Joe's is encouraging
everyone to stop by and have a great time: parishioners, alumni, friends of the school and parish, as well as everyone in the larger community. That's you!

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