Monday, September 15, 2014

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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A 21-year-old Vittum Park man reported that he was robbed in an alley near 56th and Massasoit, by a woman he met on Facebook and three of her friends.

The crime occurred at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, the victim said. One of the four threatened to beat him unless he gave all his money, and they went through his pockets, taking $92 cash.

All four assailants are described as white and between age 20-30. Two are women: one is described only as having black hair, the other is a blonde, 5’2 and 110 pounds, light complexion. One man is described as 5’10 with short black hair, the other is 6’2 with brown hair.

The victim told police that the blonde he met on Facebook later texted him and warned him against alerting the police, or she would claim that he raped her, according to the CPD incident report.


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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 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. 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.


Two South Side boys were nabbed after they allegedly stole more than $550 in clothing from The Boutique, located in Ford City Mall. The crime occurred at about 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11. A mall employee told two security guards said he saw the duo--a 17-year-old from 45th and Calumet and a 14-year-old from 58th and Indiana--holding open the store's roll-down security gate and puling out merchandise.

They fled when confronted, the security officers told police. After a brief foot chase, the two teens were apprehended by security in the mall parking lot, with an assist from Burbank Police.

The two were arrested and processed through the juvenile court system.

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Burglars pried open the rear door of an apartment near 49th and Archer and stole a computer monitor, four high-end watches and assorted jewelry, a camera, a key fob for a car, a safe with documents inside, two cartons of Newport cigarettes and a half-empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, when he returned from a doctor’s appointment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. A neighbor told police that he saw the victim’s apartment doors wide open, but he thought the victim was home and therefore did not call police.


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Burglars entered an apartment near 63rd and Central and stole two TVs, a computer and monitor, and two tablet computers. The victim was out of town on vacation when the crime occurred, and was police were notified at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The victim’s daughter shared with police the name of a man she believes may have committed the crime. Police were investigating.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Lorel and stole a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 90-year-old woman, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.


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Burglars pried open the side door of a house near 57th and Kenneth and stole two laptop computers, three Coach purses, assorted jewelry and $2,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, about 90 minutes after she left home to go shopping.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 48th and Kilpatrick and stole four bicycles, a snow blower, a lawnmower, and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old woman, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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A home invader entered a house near 77th and Kilpatrick at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and stole a cell phone and $15 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, who woke up while the crime was in progress. The CPD incident report did not offer a description of the invader. The victim said she believes the criminal entered the home by opening a window.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

CPD Releases Details About Sex Offender Nabbed Near St. Rene School


Update--2 p.m. Friday, September 12:
On Friday morning, Karl Trujillo attended a bond hearing. Bond was set at $400,000, and his next court date is Oct. 1 at Cook County Circuit Court Branch 66, 26th and California. He is currently held by the Cook County Department of Corrections.


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Details released by CPD at 10:27 p.m. Thursday, September 11:


Convicted Sex Offender Apprehended
Near Southwest Side School

Name:                                Karl Trujillo, 39
7300 block of West Archer Avenue
Summit, Illinois

Charges:                           One felony count of Child Sex Offender – School Zone
                                           One misdemeanor count of Reckless Conduct
                                           One misdemeanor count of Resisting a Peace Officer
               
Bond:                                 Central Bond Court , 26th and California – Sept.12

Karl Trujillo was arrested and charged after he was observed approaching young
Karl Trujillo
children outside of a school on the 6300 block of South New England Ave at approx. 3 pm. on September 10, 2014.

A school administrator observed the suspicious behavior and confronted the offender. Upon learning that the offender did not have any children attending the school, the administrator promptly alerted an off-duty CPD officer, who called 911 and followed Trujillo as he walked away.

As responding officers arrived, Trujillo attempted to flee but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit, during which he resisted officers’ attempts to place him in custody. 

Further investigation revealed that Trujillo was a registered sex offender, and he was charged accordingly.

According to Illinois State Police, Trujillo was convicted of a sexual offense that occurred when he was 23 years old, against a 15-year-old victim. That crime occurred in Will County.

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Reminder: If you live in Beat 811 (Garfield Ridge west of Central Avenue), please attend the next Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, September 15 at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 53rd and Natoma. Learn the latest about crime in the neighborhood and most important, what you can do to keep the neighborhood one of the safest and best in the entire city!





Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Monday, September 15th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. outdoors at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish, 53rd and Natoma.
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! Invited guest speakers this month are 14th Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke, 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski.

Tuesday, September 16th 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.

Wednesday, September 17th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Church, 6059 S. Archer. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. This month: installation of officers by State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-11th), plus the senator is expected to deliver a "state of the district" address and talk about plans for a railroad underpass at 54th and Central. Free off-street parking, coffee and snacks. More information at garfieldridgecivicleague.org.

Sunday, September 21st Midway Fly Away 5K
Lots of people can say they ran in Midway Airport (to catch a flight), but how many of us can say we ran on the airport, next to passenger jets, helicopters and other aircraft?Click here for full details on this fun event!

Tuesday, September 23rd 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, September 24th 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, publishes a newsletter, 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!

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Wednesday, October 1st Vittum Park Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Vittum Park, stop by and get active!

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Wednesday, October 1st 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, October 2nd 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, October 8th 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.


Wednesday, October 8th Archer Heights Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. One of Chicago's oldest and most effective neighborhood organizations--more than 75 years of fighting for a better neighborhood! If you live in and/or own a business in Archer Heights, this is the group to join and get active with. Hear updates on a wide range of community concerns and learn how you can help build a better Archer Heights for everyone.


Thursday, October 9th 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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Wednesday, October 15th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Church, 6059 S. Archer. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. This month: Dawn Caetta, principal of Kinzie School, is scheduled to discuss the school as it is today, as well as future plans. Based on the “Endurance Achievement”  award bestowed by the GRCL on a 2014 Kinzie graduate, Caetta will emphasize the programs CPS now has in place at Kinzie to address students struggling with disorder and disability in their lives while attending full time classes. Free off-street parking, coffee and snacks. More information at garfieldridgecivicleague.org.

Saturday, October 25th Oktoberfest at St. Bede Parish
A fun, family-oriented party at 83rd and Kostner. Click here for full details on this fun event!


Wednesday, October 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. This is the last Honor Flight Chicago event of 2014. Don't miss it!


Tuesday, December 2nd West Elsdon Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at Divine Word Polish National Catholic Church, 3842 West 57th Street. Quarterly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in West Elsdon, stop by and get active!


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St. Bede Parish Will Host Oktoberfest

Just passing along some information from our friends at St. Bede Parish.



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5K Run Set for Midway Airport; Will Benefit Special Olympics Chicago

Just sharing some information from Special Olympics Chicago:


The 2nd Annual Midway Fly Away 5k will take place on Sunday, September 21. Run right on
the airfield at this unique 3.1 mile event!

Registration includes souvenir race t-shirt, post race refreshments and free parking.

Just like last year, the runner who crosses the finish line "midway" will be awarded (2) round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets to fly anywhere in the continental United States. Winner must be at least 18 years of age. Other great raffle prizes will also be awarded and prizes will be presented to the first place winners.

Top male and top female finishers will win a $100 gift certificate to Running Excels along with a framed piece of art created by one of our talented athletes!

Fun for the whole family so bring your children to enjoy face painters and balloon artists! Souvenir merchandise and refreshments will also be available for purchase.
THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION so reserve your spot at the start line and register today. When you register, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you. Fundraisers raising $250 or more by October 1 will be entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Packet pick-up will take place:

Thursday, September 18: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Running Excels - 10328 S. Western Ave.

Saturday, September 20: 10:00am-2:00pm
Hale Park- 6258 W 62nd St.

Race day check-in will be held from 8:00am until the race starts at 9:00am at the Southwest Airlines Hangar, located at 5035 West 55th Street at Midway Airport in Chicago, IL.

Doors to the Southwest Airlines hangar will open at 8 am. Participants are required to bring a photo id for check-in at the Southwest Airlines Hangar, located at 5035 West 55th Street at Midway Airport. No backpacks/bags will be allowed on the course, however, there will be gear check available the day of the race. No “wheels”, including strollers, bicycles, tricycles, rollerblades, inline skates, will be allowed on the airfield. 

Free parking will be available for all participants in the Midway Airport Economy Parking lot, located at 5050 West 55th Street. 

The event benefits the year round programs enjoyed by 5,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes. For more information on getting involved and making a difference, visit www.sochicago.org.

Our thanks to the City of Chicago, Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines for their ongoing support!



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Help Wanted: Alderman With Brains, Backbone. Weasels Need Not Apply.

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

As a lifelong Southwest Sider, I've seen my share of dirty political campaigns over the years--but that doesn't mean I'm numb to it. It's just as offensive to me, as a voter, in 2014 as it was years ago.

On Wednesday evening, I saw a small sample of what probably are things to come in the 23rd Ward aldermanic race.

Two men in white shirts were stuffing leaflets under car windshield wipers at and around the Mayfield banquet hall, near Archer and Mayfield.

The leaflet showed an unflattering photo of 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski and made some accusations about him that I will not repeat here.

Why will I not repeat them? Primarily because the leaflet gave no indication, really, of who was behind it. Just an annoyingly vague little line at the bottom that read, "PAID FOR BY CITIZENS FOR THE TRUTH" or "DOPES WHO TYPE IN CAPS LOCK" or something like that.

Same reason I won't show photos of tagger or gang graffiti on this website. I don't give free publicity to cowards.

My husband saw these two guys, waved and hollered, "Hey, who you with?" but they scurried away with nothing more than a giggle from the younger of the two. Really. Cowards.

And why was the leaflet delivered to cars parked at the Mayfield? Well, clearly it was no coincidence that the cars belonged to mostly middle-aged and elderly men and women from the neighborhood, who were at the banquet hall to attend a public-service event hosted by Congressman Dan Lipinski. The people leaving the hall, generally speaking, form the core of Zalewski's political base--and the leaflet was designed as an attack--a sneak attack, granted--against the alderman on his home turf.

I don't know which of the aldermanic challengers was behind the leaflet, but the anonymity of the attack casts a cloud over all of them, unfortunately. And I know that all three challengers, as well as the alderman (via his staff), read what I publish on swchicagopost.com.

Hopefully, whoever was behind it will step forward out of the shadows, claim ownership and explain himself or herself.

But here's one thing I want all 23rd Ward aldermanic challengers to keep in mind.

I'm pretty much the average voter in the 23rd Ward, politically speaking. A registered Democrat, but basically an independent at heart. No firm allegiances to any elected official or challenger. In fact, if the aldermanic election were held tomorrow morning, I'm not sure if I'd vote for anyone in the race. Truly.

But like most voters, my eyes, ears and mind are certainly open. And if you can convince me, you can convince a wide swath of voters in the political center, and that will swing the election in your direction.

So between now and February, I challenge you to earn my vote. Do your best to convince me, and voters like me, that you are a candidate with brains and backbone. Appeal to my intellect. Tell me why you are the right candidate, not why the other guy is the wrong candidate.

And please, no more anonymous leaflets. Don't be a weasel. We already have too many weasels in elected office at local, county, state and federal levels.

Agreed?


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