Wednesday, April 29, 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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A knife-wielding thug robbed the Little Caesars pizzeria at 7963 S. Cicero at about 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 19. Police said he ordered a pizza, jumped over the counter, brandished a kitchen knife and then took cash from the cash register. An alert put out to the press by CPD did not disclose how much cash he stole. The criminal is described as a black man in his mid 20s, about 5-foot-11, 180-200 pounds, wearing a black skull cap, a black-and-white patterned jacket, and dark jeans. Anyone with useful information to share about the crime or the offender should call CPD Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. 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.

Burglars pried open the rear door of Kwik Mart, 4047 W. 79th St., and stole about $20,000 worth of lottery tickets, 82 cartons of cigarettes and $500 cash. The crime occurred at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 and was reported to police about five hours later by a manager, a 42-year-old man.

Two thugs robbed the Family Dollar store at 5711 W. 63rd St. at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. One offender walked in and accosted a clerk—a 19-year-old Gage Park woman—and demanded cash from the register, while the other offender stood at the front door as a lookout. The clerk complied and gave the robber about $100 cash. The offenders then fled on foot. They were described as white men wearing dark clothes, black face masks, dark hoodies and black gloves.


In what police are calling a theft, two men accosted a 60-year-old woman on the 5800 block of West 63rd Place, demanded that she hand over her purse, and then took it as she complied. The crime occurred at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Stolen were a black Coach purse, a cell phone, an iPad, credit cards and $10 cash. The offenders were described as white men age 18-25, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

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Two West Lawn women, 21 and 46 years of age, were robbed at gunpoint as they walked down a sidewalk near 69th Place and Lawndale at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The victims said they were approached by two men, one of whom said, “Get on the ground. Don’t do anything stupid. I don’t want to shoot your ass tonight.” The victims complied and were robbed of two cell phones, a wallet, $60 cash and a black Adidas duffel bag with green lettering. The offenders then ran away east on 69th Place. They were described as black men between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, dark complexion and black hair.

Two West Lawn men, 21 and 44 years of age, were robbed at gunpoint as they worked on a car on the street near 72nd and Avers, at 9 p.m. Friday, April 24. The victims told police that two offenders walked up, put a gun to their heads and demanded money. He then struck both in the head with the gun, causing them to fall to the ground. Stolen were two wallets. The robbers were described as black men age 21-25, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, dark complexion, wearing dark clothes. One of the victims was transported via ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.


A 38-year-old West Elsdon woman told police that burglars broke into her home near 52nd and Springfield and stole a tablet computer, a video game console and two passports. She discovered the crime when she came home at 6 a.m. Friday, April 24.

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Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 54th and Long and stole a gold chain with a cross, as well as a gold necklace with a heart pendant. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.



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Did You Miss the St. Joseph School Vendor Fair? Here It Is, With Contact Info

If you missed the vendor fair at St. Joseph School on Sunday, April 26, the Southwest Chicago Post was there for you! We took a photo of every vendor, and are including contact information on this page.

Plenty of unique merchandise and services at great prices.

So please feel free to contact any of these vendors. They tell us they welcome your interest! :-)

Our congratulations to Ana Hernandez (below) and her volunteers
for organizing and staffing a successful event to benefit the boys and girls of St. Joseph School,
which for more than a century has provided a Catholic elementary education to children in
Summit, Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Bedford Park and other fine communities.

Tupperware (below) was well represented by Gabriela Perez.
To see the latest in Tuperware's "unbelievabowl" savings, give her a call at (773) 817-3076.

Lily's Gift Shop (below), located on Roosevelt Road in Cicero, offers unique,
artisan-made jewelry, gift items, ropa folklorica Mexicana, and more.
Call them at (708) 328-0929 or check them out on Facebook!

Debbie of Donny and Debbie's Jewels (below) was showing off their glittering finery.
You can reach Debbie at (773) 206-8542.

Maria Salazar (below) shows off her fabulous jewelry and scarves.
See something you like? Contact her at (708) 228-6652!

Kristy Gross (below), a Pampered Chef consultant, is at your service and can provide all the cookware you need so you can cook up a dream! Call her at (815) 814-0962, email her at, or visit

Kimberly Zaja (below) can bring you all the latest jewelry designs from Park Lane.
 From beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, Kimberly has it all.
Call her at (773) 597-5466 to find your perfect piece.

Melana Gonzales (below) shows off her Tastefully Simple collection and more.
 Contact her at, or (773) 562-4659.

The name says it all! Andrell Thomas (below) shows off her Awesome Plant Designs at the recent St. Joseph School Vendor Fair. If you're interested in learning how these plants can decorate your own home, call her at 219-616-1924, or email her at

An independent presenter for Younique, Carla Valdez (below) shows off some of the items she has available from her company. If you want to own some of these delightful products call her at (312) 709-0141, email her at, or visit

Looking for the perfect nails? Sharla Novak (below) can show you the over 300 designs of decorative nail wraps provided by Jamberry! Want more information?
or call her at (815) 218-6086!

Reina Fernandez (below), an independent designer for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, can introduce you to unique jewelry that is perfectly suited to you! You can reach her at (773) 727-9982,, or

Diane & Kelly's Cookies offers artistic looking and delicious tasting treats! Kelly (below) shows off her temptations, and you can have them by calling (773) 706-7943, or by visiting Diane & Kelly's Cookies on Facebook!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Cicero Man Charged With Accidentally Killing Boy, 3, in 2013 Near 47/Pulaski

Chicago Police Department officials have announced the
Erick Ochoa
arrest of a 24-year-old Cicero man wanted in connection with the 2013 death of a three-year-old boy in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

Police said that Erick Ochoa, of the 1300 block of South 50th Avenue, was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI/accident/death. He is due in Central Bond Court, 26th and California, on Tuesday, April 28.

Police said that Ochoa was behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed the pre-schooler at about 10:20 p.m. July 20, 2013 in the 3900 block of West 47th Street. The toddler 
"ran onto the street from between two parked cars and was struck by Ochoa," police said. The child was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead.

Ochoa was cited for the incident and "it was later determined through the course of the investigation that Ochoa was under the influence of a controlled substance," police said. "An investigative alert was issued, and Ochoa was stopped on a traffic violation on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and charged accordingly."

Police said they have no other details to share right now.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cub Scout Pack 3498 Serves Pancakes and Good Cheer at St. Rene Goupil

St. Rene Goupil Parish was a tasty place to be on Sunday, April 26, as Cub Scout Pack 3498--with a big assist from dads and moms--fired up the griddle and served pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee and juice to hungry parishioners and other neighbors.

Fortunately for the Southwest Chicago Post, veteran news photographer Steve Neuhaus was on hand to capture the moments and share pictures with us.

Congrats to all at St. Rene for yet another successful event!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Play Ball! Archer Manor Little League Opens 2015 Season Ready for Fun

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 on Saturday, April 25 in and around Archer Park. The rain was no fun, but hey, it will make the grass that much greener---and besides, plenty of sunny days are on their way for our local boys and girls, as well as moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and everyone else who enjoys baseball and softball in around Archer Heights and West Elsdon, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods to be a kid.

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

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