Thursday, June 21, 2018

New High School Coming to Clearing

New Hancock building set for 65th and Long

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

For the first time in more than a century, a high school will be built in the Clearing neighborhood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22nd) and 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn announced last weekend.

At an invitation-only event in the second-floor ballroom of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, officials said that a new Hancock High School will be constructed from the ground up.

They did not say where the new school will be built, when or at what cost, but it was later
learned that the school will be built on a long-vacant, block-long parking lot at 65th and Long—which decades ago served as parking for employees of Continental Can, directly across the street, during Bedford Park’s boom years.

Here is a link to a map of Clearing.

Chicago Public Schools officials are currently in negotiations to acquire the land from a private owner. The outcome of those negotiations will determine when the new high school will be built.

Construction of the new selective-enrollment Hancock High School is expected to cost at least $50 million. The new Hancock will accommodate 1,200 students in 47 classrooms.

Hancock is currently housed in the old Lourdes High School building at 56th and Komensky. What will become of that building is up in the air.

The elected officials at the event praised each other for their commitment and actions.

“I simply want to say that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done more for the education of children on the Southwest Side of Chicago than any of his predecessors, “Madigan said, who added that the mayor’s actions are “remarkable, astounding…new schools have been built, new programs have been started, academically challenging programs.”

Quinn likened Madigan to legendary Chicagoan Daniel Burnham and said the Speaker’s decades-long vision for the Southwest Side includes “big plans that stir the blood.”

Emanuel praised Madigan and Quinn for their commitment to education, as well as their persistence, saying they have been on him from “Day One” of his tenure in 2011 to increase the quantity and quality of public education on the Southwest Side.

As they announced the construction of a new Hancock High School, officials also reiterated a previously announced plan--that the current Dore Elementary School at 61st and Natoma will be repurposed into an early childhood education center—presumably to open about six months after current Dore students move into their new building at 65th and Nottingham in January 2019.


Regarding early childhood education, the mayor repeated a favorite assertion of his. “Kids start dropping out of college in fourth grade. They don’t drop out in freshman year [of college]. So it’s our responsibility to make sure that by the time children are four years old, they know their colors, their shapes, their numbers, their letters—so that they’re better prepared,” he said.

He also reiterated his view about making early childhood education accessible to all.
“If you’re poor in our city, like other cities, you have Head Start,” the mayor said. “If you’re well off and comfortable, you’ll figure it out for your children. But if you’re a working parent, you have to figure out how to find $13,000 to get [an early childhood education] for your child…that’s not right.”

He called the retooling of Dore “an investment in the community” that guarantees that working parents have access to early childhood education. “No parents will have to leave work halfway through the day because they have to pick up their child at school,” Emanuel said. “So you can be both a good parent and a good worker.





Thursday, June 14, 2018

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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Man shot in drive-by in Parkview neighborhood
A 19-year-old man was shot in his left hand and left leg in a crime that occurred in the 3800 block of West 85th Street at 11:53 a.m. Monday, June 11. The victim told police he was sitting in his parked vehicle when a silver, four-door car pulled up next to him and its passenger started shooting before speeding away northeast on Southwest Highway. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. The driver and the shooter were described only as black men, according to police.

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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, 5550 S. Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 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.


Walking to Orange Line station, robbed on Kedzie
A 36-year-old Gage Park man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4900 S. Kedzie at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The victim told police he was walking north to the CTA Orange Line station when two men walked up. One pulled a pistol while the other went through the victim’s pockets, taking his wallet and cellphone before running away. They were described as black men about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds.



Charge man with spitting on McD’s employee

A 27-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly
Jonathan Michalik
spat on an 18-year-old woman at McDonald’s, 6720 W. Archer, at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, June 3.


Jonathan M. Michalik, of the 5400 block of South Narragansett, was arrested at the scene. 

Witnesses told police that Michalik walked up to the drive-thru window of the restaurant, was irate and engaged in an argument with the employee and then spat on her.

Michalik told the Southwest Chicago Post that he was drunk at the time, got into "a dumb argument with a group of people who work there" and in the heat of the argument may have accidentally spit on one of them. "But it was never intentional," he added.

He is due in court on July 23 at 51st and Wentworth.

According to public records, Michalik has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as assault, battery and battery of a peace officer.




Arrest West Lawn man six weeks after gas station fight

A 24-year-old West Lawn man was charged with battery after he allegedly punched a 23-
Roberto Montano
year-old man in the face while at the BP gas station at 6700 S. Pulaski.


Roberto D. Montano, of the 6500 block of South Karlov, was arrested at 8:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 while he was in a vehicle in the alley behind his home.

Police said he was identified as the offender in the crime at the BP station, which occurred at 12:42 a.m. Sunday, April 22.

According to public records, Montano has been arrested four times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as assault, domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance.



Tried to carjack me on 79th Street, woman says
A 26-year-old Gage Park woman told police that several men tried to carjack her at 79th and Tripp at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. The victim said she had just put gas in her car at the Shell station at 79th and Cicero and was headed east on 79th Street when an older red Volkswagen Jetta cut her off in traffic. When she stopped her car, a man jumped out of the Jetta, ran to her car and started cursing loudly, pounding on her window and pulling on the door handle. The victim then sped away east on 79th Street and north on Pulaski. The offenders followed but eventually abandoned the pursuit. The man who got out of the Jetta was described as a Hispanic man age 30-35, about 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and an olive complexion. He wore a dark blue shirt and blue jeans.



Elderly man showers, scares off three home invaders
A 73-year-old Archer Heights man chased three home invaders from his house in the 4800 block of South Ridgeway at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The victim told police that his daughter had left the front door unlocked when she left the home at 1:25 p.m. As the victim took a shower in a basement bathroom, three men entered and started taking valuables. The victim discovered the crime when he emerged from the bathroom and spotted a man carrying his TV up the basement steps. When the home invader saw the victim, he dropped the TV and ran up the stairs. The victim gave chase into the backyard, but was pushed to the ground by the offender. As the victim, got up, he saw two more home invaders flee his home. All three offenders ran into the alley and jumped into a black Honda SUV. As they sped away, the victim threw a piece of wood at the vehicle, breaking the front passenger window. All three offenders were described as Hispanic men. The first was age 20-30, about 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds with a medium complexion. He wore a cream-colored, long-sleeve polo shirt and khaki pants. Descriptions of the other two were vague. They succeeded in stealing a cellphone, the victim told police.


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Charge Scottsdale man with criminal trespass to vehicle
Sidney Warren


A 21-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he reportedly was found in a vehicle he does not own.

Sidney N. Warren, of the 8400 block of South Knox, was arrested at 7901 S. Cicero at 5:40 p.m. Monday, June 4.

According to public records, Warren has been arrested six times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as assault, battery and possession of a stolen vehicle.






Charge felon with failing to register with police

A 22-year-old convicted felon was charged with failing to register with police after he was
Davion Givens
arrested at his home in the 3600 block of West 49th Place at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. 


Davion D. Givens is required by law to register as a gun offender.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Givens is a convicted burglar. In an unrelated crime, he was sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was released from prison on parole in March of this year.




Charge felon with failing to register with police

A 21-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with failing to register with police after he
Michael Nares
was arrested at his home in the 4800 block of South Archer at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, June 2. 


Michael Nares is required by law to register as a gun offender.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Nares was convicted in 2016 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; and then in 2017 for obstruction of justice/destruction of evidence.

He was sentenced to two years in prison but was paroled in March of this year.

Nares has been arrested five times by CPD since 2015, all in the Archer Heights/West Elsdon area, on such charges as reckless conduct, retail theft and unlawful use of a weapon.



Bust Oak Lawn man again near Midway

A 28-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after
Ahmad Omar
police arrested him in front of 6701 S. Cicero at 7:31 p.m. Monday, June 4.


Ahmad Omar, of the 5600 block of West Edge Lake Drive, was apprehended "after he was observed walking in the roadway obstructing traffic," police said.

According to public records, Omar has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as panhandling and criminal trespass to land.

Five of those arrests have occurred this year, in a four-block stretch of Cicero Avenue just southeast of Midway Airport.





Burglar bleeds before fleeing apartment
A burglar broke into an apartment building in the 4700 block of West 65th Street and stole a pair of work boots in a hallway. The crime was discovered by one of the victims, a 55-year-old man, at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The offender smashed the glass on two entry doors, leaving broken glass and his own blood at the scene. He also destroyed two decorative vases and damaged a metal shoe rack before leaving. He was described only as a man age 35-40 with a shaved hairstyle.

Home on Harding burglarized
Burglars broke into the basement of a home in the 4500 block of South Harding and stole two TVs, assorted jewelry, assorted tools, a lawn mower, a bicycle and about $4,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

Burglar in Lexus hits garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4700 block of South Harding and stole three car radios, a car amplifier and a battery charger. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 5. A neighbor’s surveillance-camera footage showed the burglars sped away in a gold Lexus.



PlayStation swiped from home on Kildare
Burglars entered a home in the 6800 block of South Kildare and stole a PlayStation video console. The crime was reported by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 7:11 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

Burglars hit elderly man’s garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5300 block of South Keeler and stole a lawn mower, a weed trimmer and a grass edger. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 78-year-old man, 6:20 a.m. Monday, June 4.

Burglars hit elderly man’s garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 3600 block of West 55th Place and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 72-year-old man, at 6:30 a.m. Monday, June 4.

Man sees burglar flee his home
A burglar pried open the rear basement door of a home in the 5000 block of South La Crosse and stole a jewelry box from a bedroom. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, at 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 8. The victim saw the offender run out a door on the main floor. The burglar was described as a white man about 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, with short grayish hair, blue eyes and a light complexion.



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Friday, June 8, 2018

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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Bandit hits TCF Bank branch in Jewel-Osco
A man who implied he had a weapon robbed the TCF Bank branch in the Jewel-Osco at
Surveillance photo of the bandit.
5320 S. Pulaski, making off with $578 cash. The crime occurred at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, June 2. The bandit approached a TCF teller—a 21-year-old Scottsdale woman—and gave her a note implying that he had a weapon and demanding cash. The teller complied, and the robber fled on foot. The thug was described as a white man age 40-50, about 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, with short brown hair and a light complexion. He wore a red button-down short and horn-rimmed eyeglasses. No one is in custody. The FBI is offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest. Those with useful information to share are encouraged to call the FBI's Chicago Field Office at (312) 421-6700.



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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 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.


Say man shouted gang slogans, spat in cop’s face
A 19-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with aggravated battery to a retail
Joell Maldonado
merchant, as well as retail theft and other crimes, in connection with an incident that occurred near 55th and Kedzie at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.


Joell E. Maldonado, of the 5200 block of South Marshfield, “was observed exiting a vehicle and walking into a retail store, holding his side and yelling gang slogans,” police said.

“After returning to his car, he committed a traffic violation; at which point officers pulled his car over. The offender initially lied about his identity by giving a false name, but another officer knew he was wanted on a warrant and for questioning on an unrelated case. While being placed into custody he spat in an officer’s face.”




Robbers twist victim’s arm on Kolin
A 41-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed as he sat in his vehicle in the 5100 block of South Kolin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27. He reported the crime three days later and told police that two men walked up and demanded money or that they would shoot him. No gun was displayed, and the victim showed his wallet, which the offenders snatched away after they twisted his arm. The wallet contained about $100 cash, five credit cards, two debit cards, a consular card and other items. The robbers were described only as Hispanic men.


West Sider allegedly threatened woman on Pulaski
Juan Hopkins


A 28-year-old West Side man was charged with assault after he allegedly threatened a 44-year-old woman at 5106 S. Pulaski at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

Juan M. Hopkins, of the 200 block of North Kilpatrick, was taken into custody at the scene. 

According to public records, Hopkins has been arrested 14 times by CPD in the past 18 months—on such charges as aggravated battery, theft, criminal trespass to land and public indecency.





Big cash heist reported at elderly man’s home
An 88-year-old Garfield Ridge man told police that while he was in the hospital, someone entered his home in the 5800 block of South Austin, unlocked a safe and stole $30,000 cash, assorted jewelry and other items. The crime was reported to police on Friday, June 1 but was believed to have occurred sometime in April. He said he discovered the crime when he came home on May 9. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim said that a number of family members have access to his home.


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Burglar smashes way into Chavas Tacos
A burglar smashed the glass front door of El Original Chavas Tacos, 4316 S. Pulaski, damaged two cash registers and stole about $150 cash. Surveillance video showed the crime occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 and that the burglar stayed in the restaurant for about two hours. He was described as a Hispanic man age 27-35, about 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds with a light complexion. He wore a baseball cap with brown letters, a black T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots.




Suburban man charged with narcotics possession

A 34-year-old Alsip man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he
Kenneth Austra
was arrested while standing on a sidewalk in front of 4549 S. Lawler at 8:05 a.m. Monday, May 28.


Kenneth Austra, of the 11700 block of South Karlov was reportedly seen “placing items into his mouth, a maneuver known to the officers as a way to conceal narcotics,” police said. “Officers conducted a field interview and discovered the offender was attempting to conceal two bags of a powder-like substance.”

According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Austra has served time in state penitentiaries since 2001, for such crimes as aggravated battery, robbery and possession of a controlled substance.



Charge Palos Hills man with narcotics possession

A 25-year-old Palos Hills man was charged with one count of felony possession of a
Zachary Kirk
controlled substance after a traffic stop in front of 8201 S. Cicero at 11:05 p.m. Monday, May 28.


Zachary D. Kirk, of the 9900 block of South 82nd Avenue, was found to be in possession of “a bag of schedule IV classified pills,” police said without elaboration.

Officers on patrol reportedly observed Kirk “operating a vehicle without headlamps

Officers curbed the vehicle; and during the field interview, the [alleged] offender was unable to produce a driver’s license,” police added.





More women busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue
Catherine Dolehide


Three more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking sex workers 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 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, she was “observed walking back and forth on 48th Street, waving at passing motorists, specifically targeting vehicles with single male occupants. In one instance, a passing vehicle honked at Dolehide and then turned on 48th Street and went southbound in the alley between Cicero and La Crosse. Dolehide followed the vehicle to the alley to solicit.”

According to public records, Dolehide has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2015, on
Joleen Rompasky
such charges as prostitution, retail theft and criminal trespass to land.


• Arrested because she was wanted on a warrant was 39-year-old Joleen D. Rompasky. 

She was stopped by police at 48th and Cicero at 7:38 a.m. Friday, May 25.

The nature of the warrant, issued by the Town of Cicero, was not disclosed by Chicago Police.

According to public records, Rompasky has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as prostitution and disorderly conduct.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 35-year-old Alicia L. Hallstead, of
Alicia Hallstead
the 1700 block of North Long.


According to police, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 at 47th and Keating, Hallstead “was observed flagging down vehicles with lone male occupants on several occasions while standing at a bus stop. As the bus would approach, she would walk away from the bus stop and continue flagging down vehicles.”

According to public records, Hallstead has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on charges that include prostitution and retail theft.





Apartment on 46th Street burglarized
Burglars entered an apartment in the 3800 block of West 46th Street and stole a video game console, 10 video games, a toolbox, a laptop computer and four bottles of tequila. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 22-year-old woman, at 1 p.m. Friday, June 1.





Kitchen items stolen from garage on Tripp
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 6400 block of South Tripp and stole an oven, a toaster, a blender, assorted kitchen items, a printer and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old woman, at about 9 a.m. Friday, June 1.









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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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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Driving his car, shot in the ear
A 37-year-old Chicago Lawn man suffered a graze wound to his ear after two other men shot at him in the 4100 block of West 47th Street at 6:03 a.m. Friday. May 25. The victim was in his car and had just dropped someone off in an alley, he told police. The shooter was one of two men in a black SUV, the victim told police. The victim refused medical treatment. No one is in custody. One of the two men was described as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 with short black hair and a black goatee. Police recovered numerous shell casings at the scene, as well as a black mask.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) 4839 S. Harding, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 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.


Cellphone store on Kedzie is robbed
Three hooded thugs robbed the T Mobile store at 4612 S. Kedzie at knifepoint, making off with four cellphones. The crime occurred at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. The victim, a 31-year-old clerk, told police that when he saw the hooded men arrive at the store, he met them at the door to explain that they must remove their hoods. One of them pulled a knife and said, “Shut the f~ck up, or I’ll cut you.” The robbers then took the phones and ran away south on Kedzie and east down 47th Street. They were described as black men age 18-20, all about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, wearing black and blue clothing.



Bust five riding in car reported stolen
Five people were arrested after police reportedly found them sitting in a stolen Toyota
Ryan Thomas
Camry in front of 8145 S. Pulaski at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 19.


Charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as driving without a license, was Ryan Colby Thomas, 18, of the 5300 block of South Justine.

Charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle were Curtis Cade, 20, of the 4300 block of West 83rd Street; Andrew Brazzle, 24, of the 9100 block of South Bishop; Dorian Hardy, 18, of the 3500 block of West 80th Street; and Faithe McKinney, 18, of the 5300 block of South Justine.

Thomas appeared in bond court on May 20. The others are set to appear in court on June 11.
Curtis Cade
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Dorian Hardy
Faithe McKinney

Claim Little Village man smashed windshield with knife
A 26-year-old Little Village man was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage
Ernest Martinez
to property after he allegedly used a knife to smash the windshield of a vehicle.


Ernest H. Martinez, of the 2200 block of South Christiana, was arrested by police at 6248 S. Central at 10:16 p.m. Monday, May 21.

He also was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a peace officer after he allegedly hit a police officer while riding in a CFD ambulance on his way to Holy Cross Hospital.

He is due in court at 51st and Wentworth on July 6.


Arrest Clearing woman for alleged battery
Marta Klimas

A 36-year-old Clearing woman was charged with misdemeanor battery after she allegedly hit a man in an incident that reportedly occurred in the 6200 block of South Massasoit shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.

Marta H. Klimas, of the 6000 block of South Central, was apprehended by police responding a “battery in progress” call.

Police did not disclose the age of the man.






Bust Curie High School student for aggravated assault

An 18-year-old West Englewood woman was charged with aggravated assault after she
Kaija Udell
allegedly threatened a security officer inside Curie High School at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, May 17.


Kaija Udell, of the 2100 block of West 71st Place, “discovered her younger brother was in the dean of students' office for a disturbance,” police said.

CPS security reportedly advised her to go back to class and leave the hallway, which is when she allegedly made a threat.

Police did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.




West Sider charged with breaking CTA bus door glass
Dakota Joy

A 23-year-old West Side man was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property after he allegedly kicked and cracked the glass on a CTA bus door in front of 5035 S. Cicero at about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Dakota William Joy, of the 700 block of North Homan, was reportedly a passenger on the bus and was arguing with another passenger, police said.

He was arrested at 8:01 p.m.




Cocaine found on Garfield Ridge woman, police say
Jordan Marek


A 25-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance after police stopped her vehicle for making an illegal U-turn near 56th and Central at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.


Jordan M. Marek, of the 5400 block of South Laramie, was found to be in possession of cocaine, according to police.





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Bust Oak Lawn man at 63rd and Cicero

A 28-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after
Ahmad Omar
police arrested him in front of 6316 S. Cicero at 8:11 p.m. Sunday, May 20.


Ahmad Omar, of the 5600 block of West Edge Lake Drive, was apprehended "after he was observed walking in the roadway obstructing traffic," police said.

They added that they discovered that Omar was wanted on a warrant, although they declined to disclose the nature of the warrant or the jurisdiction it was from.

According to public records, Omar has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as panhandling and criminal trespass to land.





Construction tools stolen from garage
Burglars broke a padlock on the service door of a garage in the 3800 block of West 65th Street and stole two ladders, two air staplers, a belt sander, two nail guns, a tile saw, an angle grinder, a table saw, a rotary hammer, a circular saw, a portable generator, a tire inflator kit and other items. The crime was reported by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, on May 25—although she said it occurred 18 days earlier.




Unlocked garage burglarized
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 5400 block of South Lockwood and stole a snow blower and two grass trimmers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 76-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 20.










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