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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Indiana man allegedly punched woman in face, body
A 25-year-old Hammond, Ind. man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly punched a 25-year-old woman in the face and body multiple times on the street in the 6600 block of West 63rd Street, at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Kyle Veyett, of the 7500 block of Oakdale Avenue, is due in court in December to respond to the charge.
According to public records, Veyett was arrested by CPD in 2014 and charged with burglary.
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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 822 or 824 (see map), come to Hernández Middle School, 3510 W. 55th St., at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 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.
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Bust West Elsdon man on DUI rap
A 29-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with DUI and operating a motor vehicle with expired registration after police curbed his vehicle in the 5700 block of South Kostner at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
Ferdinand Herrera, of the 4100 block of West 56th Street, was arrested after his vehicle “struck the driver’s side mirror of a police squad car and was found to be under the influence of alcohol,” a CPD spokesman said.
Cops say NW Side man used phone while driving
A 25-year-old Northwest Side man was charged with using an electronic communications device while driving, after police curbed his vehicle in the 6300 block of South Lavergne at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Xavier A. Morales, of the 7400 block West Forest Preserve Drive, was “observed driving while holding his cell phone in his hand,” a CPD spokesman said.
Additionally, police said that “officers smelled a strong odor of cannabis coming from his vehicle, at which point a search of his car revealed bags of suspected cannabis.”
Say Cicero man was driving stolen van on Pulaski
A 42-year-old Cicero man was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle after a traffic stop in the 6000 block of South Pulaski at 7:12 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Hector R. Delgado, of the 2600 block of South 58th Court, was “found in possession of a 2003 white van reported stolen on Nov. 6, from Cicero,” a CPD spokesman said.
According to public records, Delgado has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included theft and possession of a controlled substance.
Man allegedly swiped luggage from Midway
A 51-year-old Englewood man was charged with two counts of theft after he was arrested by police in the 6300 block of South Central at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Duane L. Allen, of the 7100 block of South Vincennes, “observed pushing a luggage cart off Midway Airport property.”
According to public records, Allen as arrested by CPD in February 2016 on the Southeast Side and charged with criminal trespass to a residence.
Claim Canaryville man stole merchandise
A 31-year-old Canaryville man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly stole several items from a store in the 4900 block of South Kedzie at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Jessie A. Sulk, of the 500 block of West 44th Street, “placed several items into his coat sleeves and attempted to leave without purchasing the items,” a CPD spokesman said.
Police declined to name the store or what Sulk allegedly stole.
According to public records, Sulk has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as possession of a controlled substance and urinating on the public way.
Claim Scottsdale man threatened cops, paramedic
A 25-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with four counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a paramedic and three police officers on the street at 4139 W. 79th St. at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22.
Maurice Lowry, of the 8000 block of South Pulaski, was reportedly intoxicated and threatened those responding to a “man down” call.
Lowry is due in court on Dec. 11 to answer the misdemeanor charges.
According to public records, Lowry was arrested in August near 87th and Harper and charged with criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to land.
Cited for littering, then busted on drug rap
A 27-year-old man from suburban Worth was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 outside at 7845 S. Western.
Brandon W. Pyne, of the 7200 block of Southwest Highway, was confronted by police as he reportedly was spotted littering.
While officers were writing a citation, they discovered that Pyne “was in possession of a controlled substance,” a CPD spokesman said, while declining to specify what the substance was.
Arrest man after Archer bar dustup
A 26-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with reckless conduct after he was arrested on the street in the 6800 block of West Archer at 12:26 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22.
Dennis J. Lanz, of the 5800 block of South Natchez, was in “an altercation with other individuals,” a CPD spokesman said. “Lanz refused to leave and walked into traffic, causing a safety issue for vehicles and his own person.”
He is due in court on Jan. 10 to answer the misdemeanor charge.
More women busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue
Three more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of
streetwalking sex workers, panhandlers and others on Cicero Avenue, north of Archer—since CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson publicly vowed to the Archer Heights Civic Association that he would lead the way to eliminate prostitution for good in that area.
• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 27-year-old Catherine A. Dolehide, of the 4100 block of South Home Avenue, Stickney.
According to police, shortly before 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, she was “observed walking back and forth on 48th Street, waving at passing motorists, specifically targeting vehicles with single male occupants."
According to public records, Dolehide has been arrested 15 times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as prostitution, retail theft and criminal trespass to land.
• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 36-year-old Tina L. Godfrey, of the 2700 block of West Harrison.
According to police, shortly before 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, she was observed walking back and forth on Cicero Avenue near 48th Street, waving at passing motorists.
According to public records, Godfrey has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2014, on such retail theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 35-year-old Tabitha A. Wandell-Koledin, of the 15100 block of South Route 59, Plainfield.
According to police, undercover officers spotted her near 47th and Tripp at 6:36 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, waving down cars.