Thursday, August 17, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Hale

A solar eclipse viewing party is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, August 21 at Hale Park, 6258 West 62nd Street.

According to Chicago Park District officials, the event at Hale is one of 20 set for parks across the city.

Children and entire families are invited to see and experience the uncommon celestial event with the use of special viewing glasses that will be provided by the Adler Planetarium, while supplies last.

For details, phone (773) 229-1032.

CPD Warns of USPS Vehicle Burglaries

The Chicago Police Department has appealed to the press and public for help in finding whoever has been breaking into U.S. Postal Service vehicles on the Southwest Side and stealing packages.



The crimes occurred:

• 3600 block of West 55th Place at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday, August 9.
• 3000 block of West 61st Street at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, August 9.
• 5800 block of South Albany at 3:36 p.m. Monday, August 14.
• 3700 block of West 59th Street at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, August 15.
• 6400 block of South Kilbourn at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, August 15.

The offenders were described as one Hispanic man and two black men.

Police offered this advice:

• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim, do not touch anything. Call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.

Those with useful information are asked to call CPD Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8382 and refer to crime pattern P17-1-216.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ophthamologist Dr. Gary Rubin Offers Solar Eclipse Advice, Special Glasses

While the solar eclipse coming later this month is a matter of
scientific interest, people should exercise caution when trying
Dr. Rubin and staff look at the sun, test the glasses.
to see it 
for themselves, a prominent local opthamologist said earlier this week.

Dr. Gary V. Rubin, M.D., who has served Southwest Siders since 1982 from offices in Garfield Ridge, said that he has secured 40 pairs of certified solar eclipse glasses. He will distribute them, free of charge, starting at 11 a.m. Monday, August 14 from his office at 7001 W. Archer.

“I’ve never done it before,” Rubin said. “When’s the last time we had an eclipse? I’m doing this on my own, as a public service.

“It’s the great American hype, and we have to protect your eyes,” Rubin added with a smile.

On Monday, August 21, the entire United States will see a partial eclipse of the sun. Parts of 11 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, including areas of southern Illinois, will experience a total solar eclipse. The total eclipse will extend for a 70-mile-wide swath.

The eclipse will be seen in the Chicago area beginning at 11:54 a.m. and ending at 2:42 p.m. The maximum eclipse will take place from 1:18 until 1:21 p.m., for just 2 1/2 minutes, Rubin said.

One way to protect your eyes is by wearing specially- designed glasses that are certified for that use. Another way to see the eclipse is through a pinhole projection or video display. A pinhole viewer lets a person project an image of the sun onto another surface, like paper, a wall or pavement.

The resulting image of the sun (not the sun itself) is safe to look at throughout the eclipse.

Sunglasses are not safe for eclipse viewing, Rubin added. Do not use a camera, binoculars or a telescope unless they come with and are protected with certified solar eclipse filter. Individuals who get a chance to see the eclipse should make sure to take care of their vision.

One danger people face from looking directly at the sun, during an eclipse or otherwise, is solar retinopathy, Rubin said.

The damage an individual can sustain “depends how long you spent looking at the sun. People can end up with a blind spot or an extended blind spot. There is a high percentage of permanent eye damage,” he said.

Parents who may think their children have incurred damage by looking at the sun should contact their eye care provider to check out their eyes, Rubin said. He expects a few calls
himself.

“There is no treatment, and the damage is irreversible,” he added. The only time it is safe to look directly at the sun
is when it is completely blocked by the moon, which will not happen when viewed in Chicago.

Only part of the sun (about 87 percent) will be blocked in Chicago, even at the peak of the eclipse.

“Here in Chicago you cannot take off the [eclipse viewing glasses] at any time during the eclipse because it is not a total eclipse,” Rubin added. “I suggest sharing the eyeglasses because the eclipse doesn’t really change from
one moment to the next.”

He added, “Even if the eclipse occurs on a cloudy day, don’t look directly at the sun.”

Rubin has been serving Garfield Ridge since 1982, always on Archer Avenue. He moved to his current office in 1985, expanding it in 1993. He originally moved into what was a TV repair store.

When he needed more room, he bought the Cape Cod house next door, demolished it and built what is now the reception area.

Rubin, a member of the American Academy of Opathamology, has literally seen generations of patients. Last week, Rubin’s office marked his 40,000th scheduled appointment.


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City Council to Hold Hearing at Hale Park on Possibly-Toxic Windows Supplied to Midway-Area Homeowners

Southwest Side homeowners whose homes have defective windows supplied through the Midway Residential Sound Insulation Program will have a chance to air their concerns publicly, when the City Council Committee on Finance and Committee on Aviation host a joint hearing on the matter at 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd Street.

The hearing is open to the public.

Further, the City Council has voted to order Chicago
CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans
Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger S. Evans to appear at the hearing and discuss the matter and what CDA is doing to respond to homeowner concerns.


That order was sponsored by 14th Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke (Committee on Finance chairman) and 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski (Committee on Aviation chairman). It was co-sponsored by 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and 41st Ward Alderman Anthony Napolitano.

A statement from Burke's office sent to the Southwest Chicago Post indicated that the Committee on Finance and Committee on Aviation may, in the weeks ahead, hold a similar public hearing to address concerns of Northwest Side homeowners who have had windows supplied through the O'Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program.

At the heart of the matter are RSIP windows that are
emitting foul odors--which homeowners fear may possibly be toxic. Several homeowners have had cancer diagnoses since the windows were installed--some in 2011, some as far back as 2006.

Those homeowners have asked CDA to address their concerns and say they are frustrated and even angry that CDA has reportedly dragged its feet and even lied to them at times.

CDA has responded by offering to remove the windows in question promptly, replace them with commercially available windows--ordinary windows, not sound-insulation windows--and then later replace those windows with new sound-insulation windows when they are available. Further, they have offered to test the windows in a laboratory to determine if the fumes coming from the windows are poisonous.

Until recently, CDA has refused to conduct in-home air quality tests, as requested repeatedly by homeowners. They reversed course, under pressure from elected officials and local news organizations, earlier this month--but have not yet said exactly when and how the tests will be done.

Homeowners who accept the CDA offer of replacement windows are required to sign a 10-page legal document in which they promise to not sue CDA, even if the fumes are found to be cancer-causing.

Most, if not all homeowners, have refused to sign the document. Alderman Burke, upon hearing of the 10-page document, reportedly said that he would not sign such an agreement--as did Midway Noise Compatibility Commission Chairman Thomas S. Baliga.


Background

The story about the possibly toxic windows was reported first--and exclusively--by the Southwest News-Herald on June 9:

http://swnewsherald.com/window-to-worry-homeowners-want-soundinsulation-windows-out-health-testi-p6112-1.htm

..and followed up by the SWNH later that month, when Congressman Lipinski weighed in:

http://swnewsherald.com/midway-window-worries-continue-offensive-odor-persists-lipinski-vows-acti-p6115-1.htm

...and then again in early July, as more homeowners stepped forward:

http://swnewsherald.com/midway-window-worries-expand-more-homeowners-have-questions-about-fumes-p6125-1.htm

...and yet again when Southwest Side aldermen united to express disappointment with CDA Commissioner Ginger Evans:

http://swnewsherald.com/city-council-will-examine-window-worries-p6154-1.htm

...and finally, in early August, when the SWNH covered a stormy question-and answer session with the Noise Commission at Midway Banquets:

http://swnewsherald.com/home-1.htm

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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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No charges against Clearing woman who reportedly shot, killed boyfriend
A Clearing woman who allegedly shot and killed her 33-year-old boyfriend Sunday morning was released from custody after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office decided not to press charges. A request for comment from the State’s Attorney’s Office was not answered earlier this week. In what police described as a “domestic altercation” at a home in the 6900 block of West 65th Street, the 30 year-old woman had reportedly been battered by her boyfriend, Damien Hernandez. At 5:18 a.m. she pulled a handgun and fired at Hernandez, hitting him three times, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman used beer bottle to slash lost tourist, police say
A 26-year-old Back of the Yards woman has been charged with battery after she and another woman allegedly used a broken beer bottle to slash another woman in the forehead during a struggle at the mouth of an alley near 70th and Springfield at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Latisha L. Reyna, of the 4700 block of South Winchester, was taken into custody by police who said she matched a description offered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman from Oshkosh, Wis. The victim told police that she and her boyfriend were driving around, lost, and asked Reyna and another woman for directions. She said that Reyna and the other woman asked them to get out of the vehicle and come with them to get a map. The victim also said that Reyna and the other woman tried to rob her, but fled when she pulled a knife. Police said she declined to sign a complaint relating to armed robbery, but did regarding battery. She was treated at the scene by CPD paramedics for a cut on her forehead.


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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, August 10 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.


Illegal immigrant charged with robberies
The FBI announced this week it has indicted an illegal immigrant they say committed six robberies in the city and suburbs, including one on Dec. 26 at El Chisme Express, 5955 S. Pulaski, and another on Dec. 27 at Taqueria Los Gallos, 4252 S. Archer. Jose Cruz Morales-Cortes, 45, whose last known address was in Gary, Ind., also was charged with being in the U.S. without permission from the Department of Homeland Security. FBI officials added that he had already been deported twice from the U.S.—in March 2004 and again in August 2016.

Robbed and carjacked at motel
A 56-year-old man told police he was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Saratoga Motel, 7701 S. Cicero, at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. The victim said that a thug walked up, waved a handgun and said, “Give me all your stuff.” After the victim handed over his wallet and cellphone, the bandit pushed him and stole his 2011 Infinity auto. The police report contained no significant description of the offender.


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Knife to his back, man hands over wallet
A 38-year-old West Elsdon man was robbed at knifepoint as he approached his car near 57th and Lawndale at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. The victim told police that two thugs approached from behind, and one held a knife to his back. The victim handed over his wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robbers ran away. They were described as black men. One was about 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, with short black hair and a dark complexion. Both robbers wore dark-colored clothes.

Pizza driver robbed by armed trio
A 39-year-old Berwyn man delivering food for Pizza Nova, 3836 W. 79th St., was robbed at gunpoint as he made a delivery in the 3500 block of West 77th Place at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. The victim told police that as he walked up to the front porch of a home, three thugs approached. One put a gun to his mouth and ordered him to put his hands on the porch steps. A second robber held a gun to his back, while a third went through his pockets, taking his wallet and two cellphones. They took about $200 cash, as well as a food order that included pizza and chicken wings. The robbers then fled south through a nearby gangway. The victim then drove back to Pizza Nova and called 911. The robbers were described as black men age 18-22, about 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, wearing dark-colored clothes.


Woman pushed, robbed of gold chain
A 65-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of a gold chain around her neck as she walked down a sidewalk in the 5200 block of South Central at 6:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. The victim described the robber as a Hispanic man wearing a brown hoody and brown pants. He was last seen running away south. The victim refused medical attention, police said.

Woman pushed, robbed of purse
A 28-year-old Clearing woman told police she was pushed to the ground and robbed of her pink Coach purse as she walked east on 63rd Street at Austin, at about 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.  The purse contained about $300 cash, as well as a debit card and other items, the victim said. The robber was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-9 and 275 pounds, with a dark complexion and black hair in a fade. He was last seen running east on 63rd Street and then north on Mason.


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Taco restaurant burglarized
Burglars broke through a side door at Zacatacos Express, 5926 S. Pulaski, and stole about $200 from a cash register. The crime occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and was discovered by police responding to an alarm.

Flower shop burglarized
A burglar used a wrench to break the lock on the front door of Bud’s Flower Shop, 4011 W. 63rd St., enter and steal about $300 from a cash register. The crime occurred at 4:38 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and was discovered by the owner, who told police that video surveillance indicated that the burglar was a black man age 40-55, wearing gloves. No other description was offered.

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The Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch will present a self-defense workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 19 at Scottsdale Park, 4637 W. 83rd Street.

Leading this important and useful session is the One Light self-defense team. Check them out at: https://www.onelightselfdefense.com/about

To participate in the workshop, you need to email the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch at SNWChicago@gmail.com with name and number of participants.

Each participant is required to sign a waiver form. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help One Light's ongoing efforts to bring self-defense skills to people around the world. For further information, call the SNW at (312) 539-4169.

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Flower shop burglarized
The owner of Petals From Heaven, 5708 S. Pulaski, reported that her flower shop was burglarized in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 5. She told police that someone forced open the front door and stole $67 from a cash register.

Tent taken from garage
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage in the 3900 block of West 69th Place and stole a camping tent. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old man, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.




Radio, stereo swiped from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 8100 block of South Kolmar and stole a radio and a stereo system with speakers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Tire iron, car jack and more stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5100 block of South New England and stole a toolbox, a tire iron, a car jack and two batteries for a cordless weed trimmer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at noon Wednesday, Aug. 2.

No sign of forced entry in Ridgeway burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 5000 block of South Ridgeway and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 82-year-old woman, at 5:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.



Burglars take Xboxes from home
Burglars forced open the back door of a home in the 4900 block of South Keating and stole two Xbox video game consoles. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Laptop computers taken from home
Burglars entered the back window of a home in the 5200 block of South Harding and stole two laptop computers. The crime was reported by a 24-year-old man, the son of the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Neighbor alerts senior citizen to garage break-in
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5500 block of South Mason and stole a toolbox, a snow blower, a leaf blower and a generator. The crime was reported by the victim, a 67-year-old woman who told police that a neighbor alerted her to the crime at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.



Drug abuse reported at vacant home
A 42-year-old Garfield Ridge woman reported that someone broke into a vacant house she owns in the 5600 block of South Neenah. She told police that she discovered traces of drug paraphernalia in the house, but that nothing appeared to be stolen. She added that she has replaced broken windows several times at the dwelling.

Brighton Park man busted on cocaine rap in Clearing
A 24-year-old Brighton Park man has been charged with possession of cocaine after police
Mark Martinez
reportedly found 53 small bags of cocaine on him during a stop in the 6200 block of South Mayfield on at 9:23 p.m. Friday, July 14. Mark Martinez, of the 3100 block of West 44th Street, was searched and arrested after police on patrol in the area immediately around the St. Symphorosa Parish carnival said they spotted his car. The bags reportedly contained a total of 31 grams with a street value of $3,800.There was no indication that the arrest was in any way connected with the carnival, which police said was essentially incident-free. The arrest was touted as a "success story" by police at the CAPS Beat 812 meeting on Wednesday, August 9.







Back from vacation, finds garage burglarized
A 66-year-old Garfield Ridge man returned from vacation on July 27 to find that his garage in the 5300 block of South Natchez had been burglarized. The victim reported the crime a week later and said that missing were a leaf blower, a grass edger and a hedge trimmer. He said he believes that his overhead door had been opened by burglars who manipulated a rope that secures it.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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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Reputed gang member shot in Parkview neighborhood
A 29-year-old West Side man said by police to be a gangbanger was shot in his car in the 8600 block of South Lawndale at 12:07 a.m. Monday, July 17. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The victim told police he was waiting to pick up his girlfriend when a gray Mitsubishi SUV pulled up. A man got out, started walking toward the victim and began firing a gun. The victim put his car in reverse and tried to speed away but was hit. The shooter got back in the SUV and sped away west on 86th Place. He was described only as a black man.

Reputed gang member stabbed over girlfriend spat
A 20-year-old Archer Heights man said by police to be a gang member was stabbed during a fight on the street in front of 6001 S. Archer at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, July 15. The victim’s girlfriend—a 21-year-old McKinley Park woman--told police that she and the victim were walking down a sidewalk, arguing, when three men in an older Chevy Tahoe pulled up. When one of the men asked the victim, “Why you put your hands on your b~tch?” the girlfriend replied that the victim had not hit her in any way and that she was OK. The SUV pulled away but returned a short time later. The three men got out and said to the victim, “You put your hands on a female? You a b~tch, you a b~tch.” The trio then started fighting with the victim, and one of them stabbed him. They fled the scene as the victim lay in the middle of Archer, his girlfriend applying pressure to the stab wounds to slow the bleeding. The victim was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The three offenders were described only as Hispanic men age 25-30.


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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 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 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.


No loot for robbers of Vittum Park gas station
Two men tried to rob the BP gas station at 4520 S. Cicero at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, July 16 but apparently came up empty handed. A 25-year-old clerk told police that the men walked in, waved a pistol and demanded to be let in the station’s back door. The clerk did not open the door but ran to the station’s office and locked himself in, until he saw on a video monitor that the men had fled the scene. Both men were described as about 20-25 years old, one with a light complexion and the other dark. Both wore dark clothing and face masks.

Gunman makes off with $400 from Shell
A pistol-waving man made off with about $400 cash after he robbed the Shell gas station at 4900 S. Cicero at 3:42 a.m. Sunday, July 16. A 25-year-old cashier told police that the man was able to fit the gun through the change slot in the cashier’s booth and point it at the employee, saying, “Give me all the money.” The cashier complied, and the robber grabbed the cash and ran away north on Cicero. He was described as a white man with an olive complexion, about 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds. 

Soccer coach punched, threatened with knife
A 42-year-old West Elsdon man coaching a soccer match in Pasteur Park, 58th and Kostner, was punched and threatened with a knife by a man apparently upset over a fight on the field. The victim told police he was breaking up a fight between two players when the offender joined in the fight. He punched the coach in the face and then ran off, returning with a knife that he swung at the coach. When the victim called 911, the offender ran away. He was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, with short black hair and a dark complexion.

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‘Shush, shush, sweetie,’ robber says to cashier
A man wearing sunglasses and work gloves robbed the Walgreens at 7045 S. Pulaski at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, July 16. A 22-year-old cashier told police that the robber initially posed as a customer buying a pack of gum but then pulled a pistol and said, “Shush, shush. Just give it to me, sweetie.” He then pulled the drawer out of the register and grabbed about $1,000 cash. He left the store and ran away east, through the parking lot. He was described as a black man age 35-45, about 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He wore dark clothing.

Shooting story yields no crime scene
Three Garfield Ridge men—ages 21-23—told police they were fired at as they drove east in the 3900 block of West 66th Street at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, July 15. The victims told police that a man on the street fired multiple times in their direction. One of the victim was hit in the upper left leg and suffered a graze wound to the right side of his body. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Another victim suffered a graze wound to the upper right shoulder. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The victims said that after the shooting, they drove to a bar in the 5700 block of South Archer, where they called 911. The shooter was described only as a Hispanic man with a shaved head, wearing a red shirt. Police investigating said they were initially unable to locate evidence of a crime scene in the 3900 block of West 66th Street.

Robbers use gun, baseball bat against man on Kildare
A 21-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed at gunpoint as he sat in his car in the 4800 block of South Kildare at about 3 a.m. Saturday, July 15. He reported the crime to police about three hours later, saying that two men walked up to his vehicle—one waving a pistol and the other using a base ball bat to smash the driver’s side window. The robbers stole the victim’s two cell phones and his wallet, which he said contained about $200 cash. Descriptions of both men were vague.


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Woman robbed by gunman at CTA bus stop
A 53-year-old West Lawn woman was robbed at gunpoint as she stood at a CTA bus stop at 3658 W. 71st St. at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 14. The victim told police a man pointed a gun at her and demanded her bags. She complied and the offender ran away north on Lawndale. Stolen were her purse, lunch bag and $200 cash. The robber was described as a black man age 18-20, about 5-foot-6 and 155 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a medium complexion. He wore a reddish orange t-shirt and pants. 

Garage on Normandy burglarized
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage in the 5400 block of South Normandy and stole a snow blower, a lawnmower and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old woman, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Jewelry, cash swiped in burglary on Lawndale
Burglars pried open the front door of a home in the 4700 block of South Lawndale and stole about $7,000 worth of jewelry, about $2,500 cash and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 81-year-old man, at about 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Bikes, tools and more stolen from garage 
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage in the 5900 block of South Kenneth and stole two bicycles, assorted power tools, a car jack, assorted hand tools and a generator. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 59-year-old woman, at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 9. She reported the crime to police five days later.

Burning SUV in alley was stolen in carjacking
A 2015 Toyota Rav4 SUV found in flames at 11:27 p.m. Friday, July 14 in the alley behind 6335 S. Knox had been stolen in a hijacking, police said. The vehicle belongs to a 20-year-old Bridgeport woman. Initial efforts to contact her were not successful.




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Monday, July 3, 2017

Car Show Brings 'Cool' to West Lawn

Several dozen classic cars and other vehicles rolled into the parking lot of Lawn Lanes, 6750 S. Pulaski, last Sunday and spilled onto the adjacent 68th Street--just one block north of what decades ago was one of the most famous--or infamous--teen drag strips (69th Street) on the Southwest Side.





The event, which included vehicles as old as a 1928 Ford Model A and as new as tricked-out SUVs just a few years old, was sponsored by the Greater Southwest Development Corporation.




Several owners showed a sense of humor as they employed catchy signs and even a rubber snake (under the hood of a Chevy Monte Carlo, below) to prevent fans from touching the “look but don’t touch” vehicles.




...or this sign in the windshield of a 1957 Ford Thunderbird:





Felix Lopez' extremely limited-edition 1967 Chevy Camaro (one owner!) is so authentic, it even sports a 1967 City of Chicago vehicle sticker, complete with the signature of Mayor Richard J. Daley.



Thanks to DevCorp, the car show was a party with a purpose, as several local businesses and two excellent West Lawn schools--St. Nicholas of Tolentine and St. Mary Star of the Sea--set up tents and offered information about themselves.



More cool cars and other vehicles:



Well done, DevCorp. Thanks!

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