Wednesday, April 30, 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 trio of bandits robbed the T-Mobile store at 6630 S. Pulaski at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. According to the three clerks on duty (21-, 25- and 27-year-old women), the robbers made off with a cell phone and a cash register with an undisclosed amount of cash inside, moments after one of them hit a clerk in the head with the barrel of a gun after she activated a panic alarm. They also used pepper spray against the two other clerks. The employees refused medical treatment. The robbers fled north on Pulaski in a two-tone gray van. They are described as black men age 16-25, 5’10 and 140 pounds.

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A 49-year-old Archer Heights man told police that he was robbed inside a business near Archer and Kilpatrick at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. The victim said that one of the two bandits put a gun to his back as they stole his cell phone and $400 cash before fleeing. The robbers are described as a black man age 25 and 6’0 and a black woman age 25, 5’5 and 110, black hair and medium complexion.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you
live in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1. 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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In what police are calling a gang-related incident, a 26-year-old Back of the Yards man was robbed at gunpoint in an alley behind 4832 S. Tripp at 12:22 p.m. Sunday, April 20. The victim told police that he was at the location to respond to a Facebook ad regarding the sale of a black BMW auto.

Instead, the trio asked if he was a gang member and then robbed him of a cell phone, a book bag and $570 cash. Descriptions of the robbers—two young men and a young woman—were sketchy, according to a CPD incident report.

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Burglars forced open the overhead door and service door of a garage near 56th and Moody and stole a dirt bike, assorted power tools, and assorted CDs. The crime was discovered at 6 a.m. Thursday, April 24 for by the victim, a 51-year-old woman.


Burglars opened the service door of a garage near 57th and Kolmar and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 23.

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Burglars entered the back door of an apartment near 53rd and Kenneth and stole a passport, a green card and three watches. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

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Burglars broke through the rear door of a home near 49th and Kildare and stole a TV and a laptop computer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 50th and Kostner and stole a jewelry box filled with jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 26-year-old woman, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 21.

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Burglars opened the rear door of a house near 69th and Springfield and stole three laptop computers, a Kindle, two iPads and a PlayStation 3 video game console. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 2:45 p.m. Monday, April 21, when she came home and saw the front door open. Police investigating the crime were told by a neighbor that three men were seen exiting the home and left in a maroon Chevy Monte Carlo. The men were described as black, age 16-20, 5’10 to 6’0 tall.




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Get Ready to Walk It Our For Andrew

Just passing along some useful information about an important fundraiser to honor the life of a young man from the West Lawn neighborhood.


Coler Chiropractic Earns 'Good Neighbor' Award From GRNW


One of the Chicago area's most respected and admired health care providers was honored at the April meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.

Dr. Joseph Coler, DC, along with his wife, Dr. Wendi Coler, DC, are the owners and founders of Coler Chiropractic, 6657 West Archer. Dr. Joseph Coler accepted the award from GRNW President Al Cacciottolo. The awards are given to recognize select members of Garfield Ridge's business and professional community for their dedication to the neighborhood.

In addition to its many years of promoting health and healing in the greater Garfield Ridge area, Coler Chiropractic is active in the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and supports local schools, churches and other organizations.

Congratulations to everyone at Coler Chiropractic!

Save the Date! GRNW Sell-A-Bration

Just sharing some information from our friends at the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.

Please save the date, tell your neighbors and friends, and make plans to attend!..



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Calling All Gardeners! Spring Plant Sale


spring plant sale, sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, is underway.

Fancy geraniums in four-inch pots are $1.75 each.
Geraniums (stock photo)

Begonias, impatiens, marigolds, pansies and periwinkles are $1.00 each.

Tomato plants (cherry, beefsteak and early girl) are $1.50 each.

Pepper plants (green and jalapeƱo) are $1.00 each.


Cherry tomatoes (stock photo)
Cucumber plants are $1.00 each.

This is a very popular annual sale, so pre-orders are strongly recommended.

To pre-order, call Barbara at (773) 735-7222.

Pick-up of plants will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the St. Mary Star of the Sea rectory garage, 6435 South Kilbourn.


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"Play Ball!" Archer Manor Little League Opens 2014 Season Under Sunny Skies

One of the surest signs of spring in Archer Heights and West Elsdon is the Archer Manor Little League Opening Day Parade.

We were fortunate that photographer Steve Neuhaus was on hand to capture some sights and sounds of the action, as boys and girls, moms and dads celebrated under sunny skies on Saturday, April 26 in and around Archer Park.

We wish all players, coaches, managers, parents and grandparents a season filled with fun and good sportsmanship.

(Editor's note: a few minutes of video highlights coming Tuesday. Update: Video just added! Scroll to the bottom of this page. Many thanks to photographer/videographer Steve Neuhaus.)



































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Monday, April 21, 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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Burglars broke through the side window of Le Paris bakery, 5434 South Pulaski, pried open
5434 South Pulaski
three cash registers, removed a safe that had been bolted to the floor, and made off with an unknown amount of cash. The crime was discovered by an employee who arrived at work at 2:50 a.m. Monday, April 14.



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A 37-year-old Burbank woman and employee of the Dunkin' Donuts at 6641 South Cicero was robbed of $2,353 cash as she walked out the shop's back door and toward her car. The crime occurred at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, April 17. The cash, proceeds from the store, was in a brown Dunkin' Donuts bag. The offender pushed the victim to the ground, grabbed the bag and ran away north on Cicero. He is described only as a man wearing a black mask and a black hoody. The victim was not injured, police said.

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Two home invaders were frightened off by a 48-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter in their home near 54th and Natoma at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 14. The woman told police that while she was taking a shower, the front doorbell rang.

The bell went unanswered, and minutes later, she heard two men breaking in the rear door. Now out of the shower, she walked toward the back door to investigate and saw one of two invaders walking up the back steps inside the home. Upon seeing the woman, the criminal said, "Oh sh~t" and turned and ran away with his accomplice, who had been standing near the back entrance with a pry bar.

Police investigating the incident were told by a 64-year-old neighbor that he saw the offenders run north on Natoma and flee in a small silver SUV parked nearby.

The home invader spotted inside the house is described as a white Hispanic man age 24-30, 5'5 to 5'10 and 120-140 pounds, with black hair and a goatee.

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A 42-year-old man from Rancho Cucamonga, California was arrested after he allegedly head
Emil Podolak
butted a paramedic attempting to treat him in a CFD ambulance parked at 6035 South Pulaski.

Emil Podolak was charged with aggravated battery, police said. A CPD incident report gave no details on when and where he will answer to a judge.

CFD staffers were called to the scene at about 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 14 to deliver care to Podolak, who was reportedly unconscious in a restaurant. When they administered naxolone (a medication commonly used to reverse the effects of a drug overdose) to Podolak, he reportedly regained consciousness and became combative, puling out his IV line and lunging at and head butting a paramedic.

Podolak was arrested, and the paramedic was transported to Holy Cross Hospital with an injury described as serious.

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A 19-year-old West Lawn man told police that he was robbed as he walked down a sidewalk on 68th Street, between Pulaski and Komensky. The attacked occurred at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Two thugs approached and asked, "What you be about?" (a common question used to determine gang affiliation). When the victim said he is not a gangbanger, the offenders pushed him to the ground, grabbed his cell phone and wallet, and ran away east across Pulaski.

The victim described them as white Hispanic teens age 15-19. One was wearing a red hoody.

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If you live in or own a business in CPD Beat 811 (Garfield Ridge west of Central Avenue) and want to join your neighbors and police in fighting crime, please attend this month's meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:00 p.m. tonight at Bridgeview Bank, 6366 South Archer.Guest speakers this month from ComEd and Peoples Gas. Learn about how to save on your utility bill, as well as how to avoid being scammed by con artists posing as utility workers.


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Burglars opened the unlocked service door of a garage near 62nd and Nagle and stole a touring bike worth $1,000. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old woman, at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, April 17.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 58th and McVicker and ransacked an 84-year-old woman's bedroom, stealing her wedding and engagement rings, other assorted jewelry, a collection of silver coins, and about $50 cash.

The victim discovered the crime at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 when she came home from a doctor's appointment and noticed that her dogs, normally confined to the kitchen, were running loose in the house.

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Burglars entered a home near 60th and Natoma and stole two Xbox video game consoles, 10 Xbox games, a camcorder and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 27-year-old man, at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, two hours after he had left the house. Police said that the victim said that he left both the front and back doors unlocked.

Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 51st and Leamington and stole a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a man whose age was not given in the CPD incident report, at 1:06 a.m. Friday, April 18.

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Burglars kicked in the front door of an apartment near 80th and Pulaski and stole two TVs and an Xbox video game console. he crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

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Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 64th Place and Mayfield and stole a lawnmower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 74-year-old man, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 18.

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Burglars entered a garage near 64th Place and Nordica and stole an estimated $3,000 worth of belongings that included a lawnmower, two weed trimmers, four hammer drills, five screw guns, an air compressor, a ladder, assorted other power tools, a microwave oven, a 12-pack of beer and two bottles of tequila. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 18.

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Burglars entered the rear window of a home near 78th and Kenton and ransacked the bedroom of a 72-year-old woman, stealing $2,000 cash and assorted jewelry worth about $2,000. The crime was discovered by the victim when she returned home from a weeklong vacation at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Bunny Visits Kids on Archer Ave.

Dozens of local boys and girls got to see Marky the Easter Bunny today at a visit hosted by VDSA Chicago at its headquarters in Garfield Ridge, 6810 West Archer.

Despite the strong turnout of nearly 100 children--and parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles--the event was
orderly and pleasant, a nice afternoon of family fun.

All children received gift bags, and everyone was offered hot dogs and refreshments, all compliments of VDSA Chicago, a detective and security services firm led by Garfield Ridge resident Paulino Villarreal.


We at the Southwest Chicago Post congratulate and thank everyone at VDSA Chicago for making a sunny Saturday a little brighter for our community's children. Happy Easter!


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Monday, April 14, 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 27-year-old Clearing man and a 19-year-old Summit man were arrested by police after
Miguel Lozano
they allegedly participated in a drug transaction in front of 6446 South Sayre at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.

Police said that Miguel Lozano of 65th and Sayre and Flavio Montesdeocamora of 63rd Place and 74th Avenue were spotted with cocaine on them and in their SUVs.

Because the incident occurred within 500 feet of a school (St. Rene Goupil), police said that narcotics charges would be increased to aggravated. The CPD incident report gave no indication on a court date.

Flavio Montesdeocamora
The arrests were publicly announced as a "success story" by police at the CAPS Beat 812 meeting on Wednesday, April 9.











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A 21-year-old Brighton Park man told police that three thugs attempted to rob him as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 3930 West 46th Street at 11:20 p.m. Friday, April 11. He said they pulled up in a black GMC Yukon, asked what gang he was in and then tried to grab his bag away from him.

When the victim ran away, one of the trio fired two rounds in his direction, but missed. They then sped away east on 46th Street. They are described as white Hispanic men age 20-25, 5'9 to 5'10 and 160-190 pounds, with black hair and olive complexion.

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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, April 15. 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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A 19-year-old Sleepy Hollow man told police that three thugs robbed him as he walked west on a sidewalk in front of 4058 West 47th Street at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The trio approached on foot, pulled a pistol and ordered the victim to the ground. Once there, the gun was put to the back of his head, and he was ordered not to move.

The stole his wallet and then ran away east on 47th Street. The victim refused medical attention, police said, and described his attackers as white Hispanic men age 25-26, 5'10 and 200 pounds.

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A 19-year-old man was arrested after he was reportedly found holding a black pellet gun on the street in front of 4855 South Leclaire at 4:17 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Police responding to a "man with a gun" call said they spotted Daniel Hernandez of 50th and Kilpatrick at the scene. He dropped the weapon on command and was arrested, according to police.

Police said that Hernandez is a gangbanger. He is scheduled to answer charges in Cook County Circuit Court 34-4 on Thursday, May 8, police added.


A 30-year-old West Lawn man described by police as intoxicated was hit in the forehead with a baseball bat and robbed of his cell phone as he walked down a sidewalk near 59th and Kostner at 3:35 a.m. Sunday, April 13.

The victim, who was transported via CFD ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital, said the offender approached him and asked, "What up, n~gga?" before beating him. The robber is described only as a white Hispanic man.

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A 27-year-old Naperville man, prompted by his father, told police that he was robbed when he attempted to purchase illegal drugs on the street near 62nd and Keating at about 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The incident was reported to police six days later.

The man claimed he was directed to the location by his contact, whom he only knows by a first name. The contact failed to show, but the robber did, and the victim was muscled out of a backpack that contained a cell phone, $90 cash, a checkbook, 45 units of Suboxone and 60 10-mg units of Lexapro, prescription medications that can be used to treat anxiety disorders and drug addiction.

The strong-arm robber is described as a white man age 38-42, 6'0 and 180, brown eyes, short brown hair, medium complexion. The victim also claimed that he was set up and robbed in a similar fashion near a motel in Oak Lawn, but had not yet reported the crime to Oak Lawn police.

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A 31-year-old West Elsdon man told police that a thug tried to rob him as he parked his car in the alley behind his home near 55th and Kolmar at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The offender reached in the vehicle and attempted to yank a gold chain off the victim's neck. The victim successfully resisted and sped away to contact police.

The would-be robber is described as a white Hispanic man age 17-18, 5'7 to 5'9 and 170-190 pounds, black hair in a "bald" style haircut, bad facial acne, wearing a yellow hoody.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 85th and Kenton and stole three watches worth a total of $2,500, and a white gold cross and necklace. The crime was discovered by the victim's father, a 64-year-old man, who told police he was trimming the home's front bushes at the time of the incident, 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 9.

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Burglars entered the side door of a home near 51st and Springfield and stole a TV, three laptop computers and a black safe with a .45 caliber Glock handgun and ammunition inside. The crime was discovered by a neighbor, a 63-year-old man, who called the husband of the victim, a 51-year-old woman, to alert him to the incident.

The four burglars are described only as black boys age 14-17.

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Burglars removed the back door of a home near 67th and Tripp and stole assorted jewelry and $1,500 cash. The crime was discovered by the victims, a 40-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man, when they came home at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Police investigating the crime were told by a neighbor that three men who live on the block have recently been seen in the area, knocking on front doors of homes.

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Burglars kicked in the front door of an apartment near 63rd Place and Linder and stole assorted jewelry, an iPod and $550 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

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Burglars entered the side window of a home near 58th and Kilbourn and stole two laptop computers and a set of Beats headphones. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

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Burglars broke the rear window of a home near 58th and Kildare and stole a laptop computer, an iPad, an iPod, and three pairs of True Religion-brand jeans. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, when he came home from work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

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