Thursday, July 30, 2015

CPD Burglary Alert: West Lawn

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At 2:36 p.m. Thursday, July 30, Chicago Police issued a community alert relating to three burglaries that occurred earlier this month in West Lawn.

In each incident, the burglar(s) broken into a home or garage through a side or back door.

Police did disclose what, if anything, had been stolen.

Incident times and locations:

6000 block of South Komensky at about 7 p.m. Monday, July 20.

6200 block of South Tripp at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 22.

5900 block of South Karlov at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28.

Offender Description:

White man age 21-28, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds.

What you can do:

• 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.

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CPD Burglary Alert: Garfield Ridge

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At 2:31 p.m. Thursday, July 30, Chicago Police issued a community alert relating to three burglaries that occurred earlier this month in the west end of Garfield Ridge.

In each incident, the burglar(s) broken into a home or garage through a side or back door.

Police did disclose what, if anything, had been stolen.

Incident times and locations:

5500 block of South Normandy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11.

5300 block of South Natchez at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17.

5600 block of South New England at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

What you can do:

• 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.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

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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An apparent burglary was thwarted at the door of a medical office in the 4400 block of South Archer at 8:40 a.m. Monday, July 13 when the offender was surprised to find a physician looking at him and asking, “Hey, what’s going on here?”

The doctor later told police that the would-be criminal then swung a hammer at him, missed and fled on foot. The suspect was described as a white boy age 14-16, 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds, brown eyes and short black hair, wearing a T-shirt with blue stripes and black pants.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. 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.

A 27-year-old West Elsdon man told police that he was robbed by a gun-wielding assailant in an alley behind 3636 W. 55th St. at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. The victim said the offender pointed a handgun at him and said, “Give me your money and your phone, b~tch.”

The victim handed over his wallet, which he said contained $300 cash, and the robber sped away in an older Chevy pickup truck, blue in color, with a damaged passenger door and rear fender. The robber was described as a Hispanic man age 20-25, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, brown eyes and short black hair, light complexion, wearing a maroon shirt.

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 A Chicago Park District employee sitting on a park bench with a co-worker had her cell phone--worth $600--snatched away by a pair of teen hoodlums when they ran away east. The crime occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St.

The offenders are described as Hispanic boys age 16-18, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, short black hair, wearing blue jeans.

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Burglars climbed a fire ladder, broke in through the roof of a warehouse at 4532 S. Kolin, and used a forklift to steal a pallet of computer-related items belonging to Rapid Displays, a manufacturer of retail merchandise displays. The crime was discovered at 9 a.m. Monday, July 13. The stolen materials are worth $30,000, a company representative told police.

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Burglars cut open the side fence of the A & M Intermodal trucking firm, 4043 W. 52nd Place, and stole six tires off three trucks. The crime was discovered at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 12 by an employee. The tires are worth a total of $6,000, according to a company representative.


Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 53rd and Natchez and stole a snowblower and a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old man, at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17.

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A 61-year-old Back of the Yards woman told police that someone broke into the garage of a house she owns near 52nd and Monitor. She discovered the crime at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. Stolen were a 1985 Cadillac Deville, a lawnmower, a tree trimmer and assorted tools. The house had belonged to a recently deceased friend, who had owned the car and other stolen items.

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Burglars pried open the rear window of an apartment near 63rd and Austin and stole two TVs, a gold ring and prescription-strength pain relievers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. The crime may have been interrupted, because the victim told police he found a pillowcase containing some of his belongings, sitting by a door.

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A 62-year-old man told police that someone pried open the service door of his garage near 53rd and Kolin. The crime was discovered by the victim at 2 p.m. Monday, July 13. It was initially unclear what, if anything, was missing.



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Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar

Thursday, July 23rd-Sunday, July 26 St. Jane Summer
Carnival
Four big days of family fun on the grounds of St. Jane de Chantal Parish, 52nd and McVicker! Carnival rides, games of chance and skill, beer tent with great live entertainment, local restaurants offering delicious food. One of the best parish carnivals anywhere and a great fundraiser for one of Chicago's great parishes!

Tuesday, July 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, July 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. Check them out!


Wednesday, July 29th Honor Flight Chicago
Held in the evening at the first-floor baggage claim area of Midway Airport, 57th and

Cicero. Want to join hundreds of other people to applaud, cheer, whistle and shout your thanks to World War II veterans returning from a day in Washington, D.C.? Well, please do! Patriotic, pep rally-like atmosphere. The vets usually arrive at about 9-9:30 p.m., but to get a good spot in the cheering throng, you should arrive at about 7-7:30 p.m., Entire event hosted by the Honor Flight Chicago organization, which gives Chicago-area military veterans (primarily World War II) free round-trip air transportation (as well as VIP treatment) to Washington, D.C. to tour the National World War II Memorial. Chick here to read a story about an Honor Flight Chicago participant. Can't make this event? Just two more Honor Flights coming up: September 2 and 30.



Wednesday, August 5th 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, August 6th 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.


Wednesday, August 12th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 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, August 13th 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.

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Monday, August 17th 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, August 18th 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.

Saturday, September 12th St. Sym's 5K Family Fun Run
Starts at 9:00 a.m. in front of St. Symphorosa Church, 6135 South Austin. Big fun to support St. Symphorosa School! Click the flyer for details.


Saturday, September 19th Sell-A-Bration at Kennedy HS
Runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kennedy High School parking lot just south of 56th and Narragansett. (Rain date: September 20.) Hosted by the women and men of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch. A great day to find bargains and see some unique items, as Garfield Ridge residents empty their closets, attics, basements and garages at this cool one-day sale. Proceeds, as always, will poured right back into the community, funding GRNW projects that aid neighbors in need.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Alderman Burke Leads Way to Ban Cell Phone Cases That Look Like Handguns

Cell phone cases that resemble handguns may soon be outlawed soon in Chicago,
according to 14th Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th).
Alderman Burke


Burke, along with Aldermen Ariel E. Reboyras (30th) and Willie B. Cochran (20th), will introduce an ordinance banning the cases on Monday, July 27, according to a press release from Burke's office.

If the ordinance is passed and signed into law, Chicago will be the first major city in the nation to outlaw the sale or possession of the product, Burke said.

The “gun grip” cases, which could be mistaken by police officers for an actual weapon, are new to the market and are made by a number of foreign manufacturers.

“Whether this case is sticking out of your pocket, or being held in your hand, it could be confused by law enforcement officers as a firearm,” Burke said. “Allowing these cases to proliferate in Chicago would be a threat to public safety and almost certainly lead to a tragic event. We must act now to ban this outrageous product and make it illegal in the city.”

Not only police officers, but Chicagoans legally sanctioned to carry concealed weapons, could find themselves reacting “in split seconds” to what they thought was a dangerous situation, Cochran said. “Carrying a cellphone case that simulates the appearance of a gun is asking for nothing but trouble,” he concluded.

“I don’t see these novelties being anything but dangerous,“ agreed Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, who endorsed the measure. “The only thing you see when someone is carrying this in their waistband is what seems to be a weapon, which is going to put an officer on a heightened level of self-protection.

“If I were on the street and approached an individual with one of these in their waistband or pocket, my weapon would be out. I would not take the chance that this is not a real gun,” Angelo added.

The New York City and New Jersey state police departments have already opposed
the product as “a terrible idea” and begun warning consumers not to buy the cases. The cases come in colors including black, white and pink, many of which are imported from Asia.

“Anything that looks like a real gun should not be in the hands of anyone out there,” Reboyras said. “It can be construed as the real thing.”

The proposal will be formally introduced directly to the Committee on Finance on would also prohibit other products shaped like guns, such as lighters or cameras. Violators would face fines of up to $750 per offense.

Introduction of the measure marked the second time in the past ten years that Chicago officials have enacted curbs on fake weapons. In 2005, Burke won adoption of a measure which imposed fines on anyone who sold, purchased or possessed fake “military-style weapons.”
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Patriots Day Parade Photo Highlights

The 2015 edition of the Patriots Day Parade is in the books.

The event was sponsored by Third District Congressman Dan Lipinski, 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski and the 23rd Ward Regular Democratic Organization. 

This was the fourth year that the Southwest Chicago Post was out there with a couple of cameras.

As we did last year, this year we paid at least as much attention to the children lining the parade route as we did to those in the parade itself. They are the face of Garfield Ridge, and their smiles reflect one of Chicago's very best neighborhoods.

Kind of curious to see a few boys and girls in hoodies on July 2, we know, but the weather was unseasonably cool.

That said, here are a bunch of photos in no particular order. Enjoy!

May your Independence Day be meaningful, joyful and safe.



















































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