Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Message From Tim Re: ALSCB Return

Hi everyone, this is Tim Granzow, the founder and author of the ALSCB. As many of you know, this was a crime blog that monitored crime in the Avondale/Logan Square communities from November 2008 until around July 2014 from live recordings from a police scanner. I covered the 25th, 14th, and 17th Districts. I also reported on CAPS meetings, and other items pertaining to the community. For many reasons, with disappointments of community engagement/involvement being honestly one of them, I had stopped the blog back in 2014.

Which leads me to this announcement. As of yesterday evening, May 6, 2016, I have decided to return to one of my first loves, and do this blog once again. Over the last couple of months/weeks, I have been seriously thinking about it, and with some maturing I've done over the last year or so, I see things differently now (for the most part). BUT, things will be different this time around, in the aspect of coverage. Since I work and also go to school, my coverage will mostly be limited to the weekends and most weeknights, along with special events. Although this coverage is nowhere compared to what I used to do, I would like to keep the neighborhood informed/educated on crime in the community. I want to arm you to be able to make changes once again in your community, and hold your elected officials as well as the police, accountable.

Speaking of CAPS and the community, this will also be different this time around. I do not have the time and resources to go to various CAPS meetings as I did before. I will try to get at least somewhat involved again, particularly on my own Beat, 2523, but I cannot make any promises. This also goes for the Avondale Neighborhood Association that I was once apart of.

I also want to say, being upfront with everyone, that I'm not sure how long I will be doing this effort again. It may be for a few weeks, a few months, maybe a few more years. I really don't know, honestly, and only time will tell. But again, neighborhood involvement is important to me. Even if I do not continue this effort on a long-term basis, I want this to be an on-going effort, as well as a record of how the neighborhood has progressed over the years.

With that said, I am delighted to be returning. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, etc. as means for me to improve on my second time around, or anything you see fit.

Thanks!

Tim Granzow
Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter Founder/Author

Another Busy Weekend Night

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. Second day and counting that I am returning to this blog. As previously mentioned, it's great to be back. More details to be posted in the next several hours. Covering crime on this beautiful early May overnight.

12:10am - Beat 2510Robert says that he wants all of the anonymous calls for loud music, disturbances, etc. to be coded. Limited manpower, and it's busy.

12:29am - 1) Shots Fired. Fullerton and Lawndale. Caller heard several shots, possibly near the alley. 2) Shots Fired. 23XX N Ridgeway.

12:43am - Disturbance. Kelvyn Park. Large group hanging out on the NE corner of the park, and it's closed.

1:00am - I'm going to bed. Have a good night, everyone.

8:00am - I'm back. Top of the morning!

10:05am - Check the well being. 17XX N Lawndale. Female caller said she needed police, but hung up.

10:48am - Parker. 24XX N Harding. Car parked in the no park zone.

11:00am - Beat car 2535 is asking for a post-shooting event number on their PDT for their Beat.

11:46am - Pole fell in the alley at 39XX W Schubert.

11:49am - Commercial alarm. 16XX N Springfield.

12:56pm - Disturbance. 37XX W McLean.

1:41pm - I have to go. Have some things that need to be taken care of. Have a good day everyone.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Return of ALSCB -- Somewhat

Good evening, everyone. Tim here. Yes, as indicated by the title of this post, I have decided to return to doing this blog. Though, not as expansive as before. Please check out a forthcoming post that will have more details on this -- I should have it up tomorrow morning. It's great to be back! I've missed doing this. I hope everyone is well. It's a beautiful early May evening. Wow, this is surreal for me, to be honest. But, I am back. Please check out tonight's happenings below....

8:44pm - 1) Gang disturbance. 39XX W Dickens. Former tenant went back into the apartment. 2) Criminal trespass. 23XX N Hamlin.

8:45pm - Parkers. On 2523's Beat.

8:54pm - Battery in progress. 39XX W Dickens. Several gang members on the porch fighting.

8:55pm - Beat 2565Adam is asking for another vehicle at the 8:54pm job. Beats 2500 (the 25th District Commander) and 2590 will head over. There's been some skirmishes in this area today.

8:56pm - 2500 would like to have a wagon over on Dickens. Beat 2573 is en route.

9:06pm - 2500 says that it's a 19Paul for now, but that the police will probably be back at some point this evening. Maniac Latin Disciples are on the block over there.

9:07pm - Parker. 37XX W Wabansia.

9:33pm - Gang disturbance. 36XX W Dickens. They're arguing in front.

9:41pm - Commercial alarm. 3078 N Milwaukee Ave.

9:42pm - Information for the CPD. 40XX W Armitage. Someone in the garage is mentioning that they have stolen items.

10:15pm - Fire. 2400 block of N Springfield. Building.

10:32pm - Person w/ a gun. 3801 W Belmont. Female flashed a gun, fled southbound on Hamlin.

10:38pm - Beat car 2523Robert is giving information on the 10:32pm job. Wanted is a female Hispanic that fled southbound on Hamlin in a gray Honda Civic. The license plate started with Z99. Victim says the lady flashed the gun at her.

11:31pm - Beat 2500XRay is relating that Beat 1600X is pursing a hot car at Wellington and Cicero. It's heading southbound on Cicero. The car has a plate of Z89892.

11:32pm - The car is now at Cicero and Diversey, turning east onto Diversey.

11:33pm - The car is now stopped at Diversey and Kilpatrick.

11:39pm - Check the well being. 30XX N Milwaukee Ave. Caller believes their neighbor, who lives at 29XX N Ridgeway, was murdered.

11:40pm - Battery. 3002 N Milwaukee Ave. Male was battered on the street, EMS is en route.

11:43pm - Beat 2563Eddie is going in with one from 3856 W Fullerton.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Update From Tim/Opinion on Archives

Hello, everyone! I hope all of you are doing well and have had a wonderful year so far! As we come to a close for the year of 2015, I wanted to say that I miss all of you. I sincerely apologize for all of those out there who were let down by my announcement in July 2014 when I announced that I was ending this blog. I am hoping that the neighborhood outside of my immediate area has been very quiet and despite my absence from being involved, things continue to improve. To give a brief update on what I'm doing nowadays and everything, I have earned my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice as of May 2015 from Wright College, and completed my first semester at Northeastern Illinois University a few weeks ago. I am obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Justice Studies. With being a part-time Testing Specialist (proctoring tests) at Wright College, it changed my mind a lot on what exactly it is I want to do. I am planning on going into the Higher Education field or in a related field so that I can have a career in that sector, serving students. I have a number of plans and time will just have to tell what God wants me to do (I am a born-again Christian for those who did not know, and not ashamed whatsoever to admit it). My time management skills are getting a bit better, but I still have a lot of obligations to fulfill. Lastly, I still have a LOT of archives from this blog from months and years ago, going back to June 2013, to listen to. Which brings me to the point of doing this post.

I wanted to get an idea on your opinions regarding the archives I have yet to do, spanning from 2013. In your  honest opinion, should I or should I not do them? Your feedback would REALLY be appreciated. If I get a majority of comments indicating no, I will no longer pursue this. It will greatly free up my time, and it may actually put me at a step closer in coming back to do this blog at some point in 2016. If yes, I should do them, I will begin to work on them this week. Please, do take the time to express any feedback you have.

With that said, here is the latest status on whether this blog will permanently end or not. In all honestly, I do not have much time right now to keep the blog updated daily or even once a week. There is simply too much I still need to get done. Though, with me being on break from school and work for the summer until January 12th, there is a good chance that I will be able to catch up on a lot of archives as well as personal things. So with that said, if everything works out the way I plan for it to, I plan on making a full come back for this blog by March or April of 2016. By that time, I also want to begin putting my foot back in the door of neighborhood involvement. Since I ended this blog a year and a half ago, I have not attended any community meetings or CAPS Beat meetings.

If anyone wants to at all help keep this effort, or to even contribute ideas, please do let me know. I will still be checking my crime blotter e-mail address (avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com). The Facebook page was deleted due to inactivity, but if and when I make a come back, I will create a new one. I will also have a Twitter account. The blog will NOT be deleted, as I want to keep it up to give people an idea of how things have happened over the years, and there is possibility that I may return in the near future. I truly want to have this effort keep going. There are not many words I can describe to say how I would feel if there was another strong leader who could take charge and pick up from where I left off. I want this momentum to be revived and brought back to my original vision of being a neighborhood voice, to unify people and keep each other informed.

Hoping that you and your families had a joyful and peaceful holiday season, and here is to a great 2016! Happy New Year!!

Truly Yours,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Update From Tim/Archive Statuses

Hello, everyone! I hope all of you are doing well and have had a wonderful year so far. I sincerely apologize for all of those out there who were let down by my announcement in July 2014 when I announced that I was ending this blog. I am hoping that the neighborhood outside of my immediate area has been very quiet and despite my absence from being involved, things continue to improve. To give a brief update on what I'm doing nowadays and everything, I have earned my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice as of May 2015 from Wright College, and will be starting at Northeastern Illinois University in Fall 2015 to work on obtaining my Bachelor's Degree, though Criminal Justice is not a field I really want to go into anymore. With being a part-time Student Ambassador/Clerical Assistant at Wright College, it changed my mind a lot on what exactly it is I want to do. I am planning on going into the Education field or in a related field so that I can have a career in that sector, serving students. Though, I may also go into a career related in Criminal Justice. I have a number of plans and time will just have to tell what God wants me to do (I am a born-again Christian for those who did not know, and not ashamed whatsoever to admit it). My time management skills are getting a bit better, but I still have a lot of obligations to fulfill. Lastly, I still have a LOT of archives from this blog from months and years ago, going back to June 2013, to listen to. Which brings me to the point of doing this post. I wanted to let all of you that as of this evening, I am going to FINALLY begin posting calls and/or posts from archives I have during the time I blogged.

With that said, here is the latest status on whether this blog will permanently end or not. In all honestly, I do not have much time right now to keep the blog updated daily or even once a week. There is simply too much I still need to get done. Though, with me being on break from school for the summer until August and only working 20 hours a week presently, there is a good chance that I will be able to catch up on a lot of archives as well as personal things. So with that said, if everything works out the way I plan for it to, I plan on making a full come back for this blog by August. By that time, I also want to begin putting my foot back in the door of neighborhood involvement. Since I ended this blog last year, I have not attended any community meetings or CAPS Beat meetings.

Please find below the list of archives I will be starting today, June 13, 2015:
  • Monday, June 17, 2013 from 1:28pm to 8:28pm (Zone 12)
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 12:58pm to 4:12pm (Zone 1)
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 9:42am to 2:18pm (Zone 3) -- possibly [?].
I also plan to work on additional archives within the next few days. Most likely, I will work on another archive or two tonight, and then work on quite a few on Monday, June 15th.

If anyone wants to at all help keep this effort, or to even contribute ideas, please do let me know. I will still be checking my crime blotter e-mail address (avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com). The Facebook page was deleted due to inactivity, but if and when I make a come back, I will create a new one. I will also have a Twitter account. The blog will NOT be deleted, as I want to keep it up to give people an idea of how things have happened over the years, and there is possibility that I may return in the near future. I truly want to have this effort keep going. There are not many words I can describe to say how I would feel if there was another strong leader who could take charge and pick up from where I left off. I want this momentum to be revived and brought back to my original vision of being a neighborhood voice, to unify people and keep each other informed.

Truly Yours,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Friday, January 2, 2015

Update From Tim: Archives I Am Working On

Good morning, everyone. I would just like to announce which archives I plan on working on today:
Saturday, January 2, 2015:
  • Friday, June 7, 2013 from 8:34pm to 12:00am (Zone 3)
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 11:35am to 2:02pm (Zone 3); possibly??
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 4:22pm to 8:52pm (Zone 1); possibly??
Please be advised that this list will be updated at least twice daily, as unforeseeable events may occur to where I may not be able to get to listen to the archives. This also applies to me also being on schedule, or in the event where I may even get ahead of schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment here or shoot me an email at avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com. I look forward to getting these archives done and giving all of you some nostalgia as you look back over the previous year of our efforts combine to better our community. If you would like more information on where exactly this blog is going and other information, please just refer to the previous post.

Thank you,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter Founder/Author

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! (2015)

Good morning, everyone, and Happy New Year to everyone!!! It's 12:00am. Yes, I am blogging, but for this evening only crossing into the first few hours of this morning as we celebrate the new year of 2015. Now that we're going into 2015, our best days are still yet to come. It's time to ring in a new year of new ideas, new opportunities, new energy, etc. I have confidence that our neighborhood will only continue to improve even more and that more community involvement will come. As far as my status of doing this blog goes, I still do not have much time to regularly update nor do I feel like I have enough passion to resume this blog regularly. I am honestly hoping that I am inspired to update this blog again on a regular basis this year, and being confident that I somehow will, I will return sometime this year, most likely between March and June. Before I come back, I will give advanced notice and will prepare to make a full comeback. Until then, please enjoy this overnight coverage. I will be covering 25. I am unfortunately not able to listen to 14 and 17 at the same time. What I plan on doing is getting my subscription renewed for RadioReference by next week, and when that happens, I will start to listen to archives. With that, here's crime for first day of 2015.

12:06am - Shots Fired. 29XX N Lawndale.

12:09am - Per Beat 2599, Dispatch is to read out the calls of "Shots Fired" and keep them on their board until officers are available to check out each individual call. There is simply too much going on right now, especially in 15.

12:14am - 1) Shots Fired. Armitage and Karlov. In front of the bar. 2) Shots Fired. Harding and Belden.

12:26am - Shots Fired. Palmer and Springfield.

12:38am - Shots Fired. 25XX N Lowell. In the alley. Lots of gunshots heard.

12:46am - Suspicious vehicle. 29XX N Springfield. Burgundy minivan with temporary plates with two or three guys inside is trying to hit other vehicles, last seen heading towards George on Springfield.

12:48am - Assault in progress. 30XX N Haussen Ct. Male in a gray Taurus hit several vehicles and now several people are outside, surrounding the guy's vehicle and threatening him. One person is holding the subject.

1:02am - Check the well being. 28XX N Springfield. Female arguing with a guy over a phone line.

1:15am - Battery in progress. 2500 N Central Park. Twenty people fighting in the alley between Central Park and Drake.

1:30am - Loud music disturbance. 36XX W Palmer. Party on the 2nd floor.

1:36am - Speed chase. Speed chase. Beat 1567Adam has a car taking off from them at Central and Lake. It is a sliver Lexus with a has a plate of E152119. Headed west towards Parkside on Lake St. Not sure what he's wanted for.

1:37am - East on Kinize towards Laramie. Wanted for possible DUI.

1:38am - West on Ohio from Laramie. About 15 seconds later, 1567A has the car curved over at Race and Lockwood. There's a few units on scene now. Back to regular neighborhood coverage now.

1:39am - Beat 2530Robert just heard a few loud reports southwest of 23XX N Harding. Per Beat 2520Robert, there were a few calls of "Shots Fired" near Springfield and Palmer/Dickens.

2:02am - This concludes my coverage of New Year's Day and of our neighborhood. Over the next couple of days, I will be back to do archives from 2013 as I need to desperately catch up on those. And at some point this month, I will try my best to also start doing archives of 14 and 17 from New Year's Eve (from 10pm to 12am) and New Year's Day (12am to 2am). Other than that, I will not be regularly blogging for a while. I truly hope all of you have enjoyed this coverage and have had also appreciate looking back on the archives. I wish all of you well, and wish you and yours a very prosperous, healthy, safe and happy 2015!!! Good night everyone!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014

Good evening, everyone! It's 10:51pm. Happy New Year's Eve to all! Yes, I am blogging, but for this evening only crossing into the first few hours of tomorrow morning as we celebrate the end of 2014 and start the new year of 2015. Being reflective, I can honestly say that this has been an amazing year in my personal life, as a lot of great things have happened, It's been a good year for my family as well. For this blog, it's been the quietest year since I started back in 2008. As you all know, in July of this year, I made the announcement that I was no longer going to do the blog regularly because I didn't have the time and did lose interest, and you all did not see a lot of effort on my end. To be completely honest, a part of me feels great to have made the decision because I've been leading an awfully busy life and it has taken some responsibility off of my hands, but I also am a bit disappointed that I didn't continue the effort of helping to keeping our neighborhood safe and enjoyable for all. I sincerely hope and pray that as this year has gone on, there has been great community involvement in all parts of the area and that the neighborhood has been the most quiet anyone has ever seen. Most importantly, it is my hope that all of you had an absolutely amazing year. But now that we're going into 2015, our best days are still yet to come. It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and ring in a new year of new ideas, new opportunities, new energy, etc. I have confidence that our neighborhood will only continue to improve even more and that more community involvement will come. As far as my status of doing this blog goes, I still do not have much time to regularly update nor do I feel like I have enough passion to resume this blog regularly. I am honestly hoping that I am inspired to update this blog again on a regular basis in 2015, and being confident that I somehow will, I will return sometime in 2015, most likely between March and June. Before I come back, I will give advanced notice and will prepare to make a full comeback. Until then, please enjoy tonight's coverage. I will be covering 25 this evening as we go into the new year. I am unfortunately not able to listen to 14 and 17 at the same time. What I plan on doing is getting my subscription renewed for RadioReference by next week, and when that happens, I will start to listen to archives. With that, here's crime for this last evening of 2014.

10:52pm - Parker. 27XX N Lawndale. Car parked in the vacant lot.

10:56pm - Assault. 19XX N Ridgeway. Three or four male Hispanics in a white Honda with tinted windows chased the caller and bumped their vehicle, fled south on Hamlin from Cortland.

11:22pm - Parker. On 2523Robert's Beat.

11:28pm - Per Beat 2530Robert, all anonymous loud music disturbances and other disturbances without a complainant will be coded as 19P.

Friday, December 26, 2014

BULLETIN: Update From Tim/Archives Status

Hello, everyone! I hope all of you are doing well and have had a very Merry Christmas and holiday season. I do want to wish all of you well and hope all of you have been doing great. I sincerely apologize for all of those out there who were let down by my announcement in July 2014 when I announced that I was ending this blog. I am hoping that the neighborhood outside of my immediate area has been very quiet and despite my absence from being involved, things continue to improve. To give a brief update on what I'm doing nowadays and everything, I still attend Wright College and will be graduating in May with my Associate's in Criminal Justice, though Criminal Justice is not a field I really want to go into anymore. With the job I had over the summer, it changed my mind a lot on what exactly it is I want to do. I am planning on going into Business Administration or in a related field so that I can work and have a career in an office environment, serving others. Though, I may also go into a career related in Criminal Justice. I have a number of plans and time will just have to tell what God wants me to do (I am a born-again Christian for those who did not know, and not ashamed whatsoever to admit it). I am still involved in Student Government at school. I'll only have two classes this upcoming semester, plan to still be involved in SGA and I am also currently job hunting, trying to find a part-time position (which, actually, is pretty promising for one particular job I applied for at school). My time management skills are still pretty bad, and I still have a lot of obligations to fulfill. Lastly, I still have a LOT of archives from this blog from months and years ago, going back to I think 2012, to listen to. Which brings me to the point of doing this post. I wanted to let all of you that as of this evening, I am going to FINALLY begin posting calls and/or posts from archives I have during the time I blogged.

With that said, here is the latest status on whether this blog will permanently end or not. In all honestly, I do not have much time right now to keep the blog updated daily or even once a week. There is simply too much I still need to get done. Though, with me being on break from school from January 12th, there is a good chance that I will be able to catch up on a lot of archives as well as personal things. So with that said, if everything works out the way I plan for it to, I plan on making a full come back for this blog by March or April. By that time, I also want to begin putting my foot back in the door of neighborhood involvement. Since I ended this blog in July, I have not attended any community meetings or CAPS Beat meetings. I would my own CAPS meetings for my Beat, but I'm taking a class this semester that conflicts with the time of my Beat meetings.

Please find below the list of archives I will be starting tonight, December 26, 2014:
  • Friday, September 7, 2012 from 11:12am to 3:00pm (Zone 3)
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 8:22pm to midnight (Zone 3)

If anyone wants to at all help keep this effort for the remainder of 2014 into 2015, or to even contribute ideas, please do let me know. I will still be checking my crime blotter e-mail address (avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com). The Facebook page was deleted due to inactivity, but if and when I make a come back, I will create a new one. I will also have a Twitter account. The blog will NOT be deleted, as I want to keep it up to give people an idea of how things have happened over the years, and there is possibility that I may return in the near future. I truly want to have this effort keep going. There are not many words I can describe to say how I would feel if there was another strong leader who could take charge and pick up from where I left off. I want this momentum to be revived and brought back to my original vision of being a neighborhood voice, to unify people and keep each other informed.

Truly Yours,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Coverage, 2014

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 5:04pm. Happy Halloween to all of those who celebrate and endorse it. I personally don't, but I provide this coverage to all of you so that you are up-to-date with what is going on in the community. On this Halloween, I will start out my coverage with 25, and depending on what occurs, I will switch over to 14 around 7pm or so for about an hour, then I'll see what's going with 17 for a little bit before going back to 25 until midnight or so. It feels good to be blogging after being off for a few months. Getting this blog up and rolling once again on a regular/daily basis is something I'll have to pursue in the next few months or so. Here's crime for this Halloween.

5:07pm - Suspicious person. Shakespeare and Central Park. Male Black with a black hoodie and orange lettering is looking at the cars parked in the area.

5:36pm - Beat 2505 is doing a park check over at Kelvyn Park.

6:05pm - Disturbance. Central Park and Milwaukee Ave. People inside a green van with a Michigan plate of KGG051 are throwing debris at people. Headed towards Oakdale on Central Park.

7:18pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:34pm - I'm back. Good evening everyone.

7:39pm - Disturbance. 3167 N Milwaukee Ave. At the Burger King. Two intoxicated homeless males urinating inside.

7:42pm - Disturbance. 39XX W Barry. Male kicking on the door.

8:05pm - Suspicious person. 20XX N Kedvale. Guy standing on the porch smoking a cigerette.

8:36pm - Parker. 22XX N Central Park.

9:32pm - Alarm. 2415 N Pulaski Rd.

BULLETIN: Blog Is Back -- FOR TONIGHT ONLY

Hello, everyone! I hope all of you are doing well. I wanted to let all of you that I am resuming this blog, for tonight only, at least for now. With it being Halloween, despite the colder weather, along with having some free time, I thought it would be neighborly as well as informative to get this blog back up and running for the night. I do want to wish all of you well and hope all of you have been doing great. I sincerely apologize for all of those out there who were let down by my announcement in July when I announced that I was ending this blog. I am hoping that the neighborhood outside of my immediate area has been very quiet and despite my absence from being involved, things continue to improve. To give a brief update on what I'm doing nowadays and everything, I still attend Wright College and will be graduating in May with my Associate's in Criminal Justice, though Criminal Justice is not a field I really want to go into anymore. With the job I had over the summer, it changed my mind a lot on what exactly it is I want to do. I am planning on going into Business Administration or in a related field so that I can work and have a career in an office environment, serving others. Though, I may also go into a career related in Criminal Justice. I have a number of plans and time will just have to tell what God wants me to do (I am a born-again Christian for those who did not know, and not ashamed whatsoever to admit it). I am still involved in Student Government at school with three classes this semester (originally had four, but dropped one). I'll only have two classes next semester, plan to still be involved in SGA and I am also currently job hunting, trying to find a part-time position. My time management skills are still pretty bad, and I still have a lot of obligations to fulfill. Lastly, I still have a LOT of archives from this blog from months and years ago, going back to I think 2012, to listen to.

With that said, here is the latest status on whether this blog will permanently end or not. In all honestly, I do not have the time at all right now to keep the blog updated daily or even once a week. There is simply too much I still need to get done. Though, with my semester ending in about five weeks from now, and depending on whether I find a job or not, there is a good chance that I will be able to catch up on a lot of archives as well as personal things. So with that said, if everything works out the way I plan for it to, I plan on making a full come back for this blog by March or April. By that time, I also want to begin putting my foot back in the door of neighborhood involvement. Since I ended this blog in July, I have not attended any community meetings or CAPS Beat meetings. I would my own CAPS meetings for my Beat, but I'm taking a class this semester that conflicts with the time of my Beat meetings. .

If anyone wants to at all help keep this effort going after tonight, or to even contribute ideas, please do let me know. I will still be checking my crime blotter e-mail address (avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com). The Facebook page was deleted due to inactivity, but if and when I make a come back, I will create a new one. I will also have a Twitter account. The blog will NOT be deleted, as I want to keep it up to give people an idea of how things have happened over the years, and there is possibility that I may return in the near future. I truly want to have this effort keep going. There are not many words I can describe to say how I would feel if there was another strong leader who could take charge and pick up from where I left off. I want this momentum to be revived and brought back to my original vision of being a neighborhood voice, to unify people and keep each other informed.

Without further hesitation, please read the above post for tonight's festivities.

Truly Yours,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Monday, July 21, 2014

BULLETIN: End Of Blog (For Me)

Hello, everyone. I hope all of you are doing well. I wanted to give an explanation on why I have not been updating at all in the last couple of months and want to also explain my reason for completing my vision for doing this blog, at least at this moment in time. I have lost the battle I was fighting in time management. I have horrible time management skills. I am taking a summer class at school (which, thankfully, ends this Thursday) and have a part-time job on campus, in addition to being involved with the Student Government Association. I also have family, church-related and "religious" (spiritual) obligations I've been attending to. I've been getting swamped with homework and other things, and also have a large number of archives to catch up on.

To be completely honest, I have also lost considerable interest in updating regularly and also being involved in the community. With little efforts being put in by others to improve the neighborhood (at least from my view point from the part of the area I live in), and also with the busy life I am leading, I am starting to feel as if it is no longer a necessity for me to update. I have lost my fire and passion to update and to keep going with this effort. When I started this blog nearly six years ago, I saw a clear vision for it. That vision was to keep the neighborhood informed and to have community build relationships with the police, elected officials and among each other. I saw our community improving significantly and a light at the end of the tunnel to many of the problems we face in Logan Square and in Avondale. Fortunately, to report, that vision has came to pass considerably. There has been certainly much effort made, especially in the 14th and 17th Districts, and with listening for the amount of time I have been listening, so much has changed and for the better. There has been major improvements and honestly, it really seems as if crime has gone down dramatically in those parts of the area. The 25th District is another story. Although I have not seen or heard any activity in my area much at all this summer, there are other parts of 25 that are getting hammered and little to nothing is being done about it by anyone. With that said, and I have said this elsewhere too, I do not have the time or energy to respond and do something about problems that are not particularity in my area anymore. That does sound selfish, but I want to be truthful.

If anyone wants to at all help keep this effort going, or to even contribute ideas, please do let me know. I will still be checking my crime blotter e-mail address (avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com). I am going to be deleting the Facebook page due to inactivity, but if and when I do decide to return, I will create a new one along with a Twitter account. But for now, I am ending my reign of doing this blog. The blog will NOT be deleted, as I want to keep it up to give people an idea of how things have happened over the years, and there is possibility that I may return in the near future. To be honest, I have very mixed emotions about making this big decision, but I strongly feel it is time for me to move on at least for now and to further investigate what my life's purpose is. I am not really too sure what I am supposed to be doing and want to discover it. I also am honestly just burned out from many things in life, in need of time to really reevaluate myself, and in need of time to discover life. With that said, I truly also want to have this effort keep going. There are not many words I can describe to say how I would feel if there was another strong leader who could take charge and pick up from where I left off. I want this momentum to be revived and brought back to my original vision of being a neighborhood voice, to unify people and keep each other informed. I don't want the little fire that is left to completely burn out.

I am so grateful and thankful to where this blog has taken us -- me in having so many doors opened in my life and this leading me to a path in life where I otherwise would have not known, and meeting so many great people such as yourselves -- and you guys in talking to the police and elected officials to demand change in the area where we all love and call home. Not many words can describe what this blog has done, and it is not because of just me at all. Many of you have been part of the effort and no amount of words or even gifts could tell the appreciation I have for all of you for sticking by my side for so long. Spiritually speaking, this blog honestly helped me to come into relationship with God by meeting someone very special to my heart a couple of years ago in the CAPS program who I would not have met through this blog and who told me about God's love for me in such a profound way that has changed the very fiber of my being. I also feel honestly as if this blog has been God's Will for me to do in life. I don't know what my next assignment in life is, but with the faith I have, as well with the education and skills I am obtaining, I will discover it. It may even lead me back to where I started, which is here. I truly, truly love and appreciate every single and last one of you. I will be always grateful and thankful for all of you, even the "haters". I owe a special thank you to Craig Gernhardt, the author of the Broken Heart AKA The Morse Hellhole blog in Rogers Park, who helped me to discover my interest in doing this blog. A special thank you also goes out to the CAPS Beat 2523 program, as well as the Avondale Neighborhood Association, who has supported me so much in the last few years. A special thank you goes out to my mother and sister for encouraging me from day one, as well as many of you who have been with me since the beginning.

Please note that no one but me has made this decision. I am not being pressured into doing it under any circumstances. This is a choice I am making for many reasons. Please also note that this is NOT goodbye, but more of a "see you later" decision. While I will not make the promise for certainly that I may return, I definitely have the option and definitely have it in consideration for the future.

Also, if anyone is at all interested, my church will be showing a family move this coming Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:15pm, called "God's NOT Dead". You can get in for FREE. We're located at Mont Clare Banquet Hall, 2957 North Harlem Avenue. Would love to see all of you!

Truly Yours,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Friday, July 11, 2014

Man Tries To Grab Person @ Cortland/Humboldt, DOA On Paulina

Good morning, everyone, it's 10:30am. .

10:31am - Assault. Cortland and Humboldt. Man just tried to grab the caller.

10:44am - DOA. 1734 N Paulina. At one of the apartments, a resident has passed away.

11:05am - EMS run. 3004 W Armitage. Man laid out in front.

11:14am - Parker. 2222 N Western. Truck parked on the residential.

11:24am - Battery. 2634 W Barry. At the moving place. The manager attacked an employee. The offender is a male Hispanic, 48 years of age with a hammer.

11:27am - Parker. 2200 block of N Lister. Vehicles parked in violation of street cleaning.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

People Fighting On Hamlin, Gang Disturbance In 20 Sector Of 25

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. .

12:04am - Battery in progress. 16XX N Hamlin. Eight people fighting in front.

12:06am - 1) Gang disturbance on the 20 sector of 25. 2) Traffic accident. Wrightwood and Springfield. Car traveling at a high rate of speed towards Avers on Wrightwood.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth Of July 2014 Coverage

Good morning, everyone, and happy 4th of July to all! It's 11:34am. . We'll just see how it goes for this evening in terms of my monitoring. I truly hope everyone has a great holiday with their friends and loved ones, and remembers how hard we had to fight to gain our independence back in the 1700s. With that, here's crime at various points for today.

12:04pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 24XX N Tripp. Man working on car in front.

12:46pm - Parker. 41XX W Barry.

1:21pm - Disturbance. 31XX N Lawndale. People and drinking in the alley.

2:05pm - Beat 2583 is asking for a foot patrol event number on the 4400 block of W Diversey. It's 09117.

2:50pm - Fire. 16XX N Springfield. Van.

4:51pm - Loud music disturbance. 26XX N Springfield.

5:27pm - Parker. On 2525's Beat.

5:38pm - Battery in progress. 40XX W Oakdale. People fighting.

5:46pm - Battery in progress. 31XX N Lawndale. Upstairs tenant is being beaten up.

6:40pm - I'm going to go until later. I'll be monitoring 14 and 17 at different times throughout the night alongside with 25. I'll see you all later.

7:20pm - I'm here with 14 for the next ten minutes.

7:21pm - Residential alarm. 19XX N Wood.

7:26pm - Parker and burglar alarm on 1411's Beat.

7:27pm - 1) Fireworks. 23XX W Wolfram. 2) Fireworks. Diversey and Oakley. 3) Beat 1400XRay is telling Dispatch to code out all fireworks complaints that do not have a caller's name on them.

7:28pm - Burglar alarm. 21XX W Cortland.

7:30pm - I'm going to go for a little while. I'll be back.

8:36pm - I'm back, with 14. Good evening, everyone.

8:38pm - Reckless driver. Francisco and Schubert. Kids "flying" around on scooters.

8:40pm - Fireworks. 21XX N Hoyne.

8:45pm - Fireworks. 27XX N Mozart.

8:50pm - Fireworks. Lyndale and Hamilton.

8:52pm - Fireworks. 18XX N Hermitage.

8:53pm - Alarm. 21XX W Cortland.

8:54pm - Fireworks. Maplewood and Lyndale.

8:57pm - Fireworks. Homer and Leavitt.

9:01pm - 1) Fireworks. Hoyne and Moffat. 2) Alarm. 19XX N Leavitt. 3) Beat car 1434 is advising Dispatch that there are some real heavy fireworks going off on their Beat, so there will probably be more alarm calls.

9:02pm - Fireworks. 2100 N Oakley.

9:03pm - Beat 1461Eddie is doing a premise check at the Damen Blue Line station, and will also be taking one into 14 from there.

9:04pm - Alarm. 1940-42 N California. At the healthcare place. Foyer glass break motion.

9:09pm - 1) Fireworks. 17XX N Paulina. 2) Fireworks. 21XX W Homer.

9:12pm - Fireworks. 34XX W Belden.

9:17pm - Fireworks. 31XX N Christiana.

9:19pm - Alarm. 20XX W McLean.

9:20pm - Fireworks. 27XX W Medill.

9:28pm - 1) Fireworks. 2200 N Hamilton. 2) Fireworks. 21XX N Oakley.

9:29pm - Alarm. 18XX N Washtenaw.

9:31pmShots Fired. 17XX N Drake. Male in the alley has a gun and just fired off eight gunshots.

9:32pm - 1) Fireworks. Dickens and Wolcott. 2) Fireworks. 22XX W Dickens.

9:33pm - Fireworks. 21XX N St. Louis.

9:36pm - 1) Fireworks. 28XX N Sawyer. 2) Fireworks. Hoyne and Homer. 3) Fireworks. 18XX N Wilmot. 4) Assault in progress. 3048 W Fullerton. At the liquor store. Male Black, 30s, with a green cap and a white t-shirt just threatened the caller.

9:39pm - Fireworks. 3100 N Christiana. Group of teens lighting off fireworks and disturbing the peace.

9:40pm - 1) Fireworks. 28XX W Lyndale. 2) Fireworks. 

9:44pm - Fireworks. 2254 N Milwaukee Ave.

9:45pm - Fireworks. 18XX N Humboldt.

9:48pm - Fireworks. 30XX N Elbridge.

9:50pm - Fireworks. Pulaski Park.

9:52pm - Disturbance. 2525 N Milwaukee Ave. Male Black with a gray hoodie and black jacket is going through trash cans in the rear.

9:53pm - 1) Shots Fired. 25XX W Moffat. 2) Fireworks. Whipple and Schubert.

10:00pm - Robbery. 2700 W North Ave. By the liquor store. 30 year old man was robbed and was injured, EMS is en route.

10:01pm - Fireworks. 27XX N Washtenaw.

10:03pm - Fireworks. 2100 block of W McLean.

10:07pm - Fireworks. 3242 W George. At the Logandale school. Kids lighting off fireworks in front.

10:08pm - They're calling back on the 9:12pm job. They're throwing fireworks under cars this time.

10:10pm - Disturbance. 25XX W Moffat. Drunk woman causing problems. She's the same woman who called in the 9:53pm shots fired.

10:14pm - Fireworks. 25XX W Moffat.

10:22pm - Fire. Kimball/Diversey/Milwaukee Ave. At one of the buildings on Milwaukee Ave., a porch is on fire. Possibly because of fireworks.

10:29pm - 1) Fireworks. 31XX N Christiana. 2) Fireworks. Cortland and Campbell. 3) Fireworks. Point and Chanay.

10:30pm - EMS run. 28XX N Milwaukee Ave. Someone's hands and legs was injured due to fireworks.

10:32pm - Fireworks. 3200 block of W Dickens.

10:37pm - Fireworks. Somewhere in 14.

10:38pm - Check the well being. 1700 block of N St. Louis. Woman screaming that she's been hit in the head, she sounds drunk.

10:42pm - 1) Disturbance. belmont kedzie. Male approaching vehicles very aggressively. 2) Fireworks. schubert kimball.

10:45pm - 1400X is advising the units to pay attention to the Damen and Western CTA stops on the Blue Line, as there are large groups of people coming off of the O'Hare-bound trains from the Navy Pier fireworks.

10:47pm - Beat 1480 is saying that the street lights are out on the 2100 block of N Western.

11:08pm - Shots fired/person with a gun. 1700 block of N St. Louis. Man in a orange t-shirt and khaki shorts is firing off a gun.

11:09pm - 1) Person down. 29XX N Allen. Man passed out in the alley. 2) They're calling back on the 10:30pm job. 3) Fireworks. 20XX N Campbell. 4) 

11:10pm - 1) Fireworks. 19XX N Kimball. 2) Fireworks. 1900 block of N Sawyer.

11:11pm - Check the well being. 19XX N Humboldt. Woman with two small children appears to be disoriented, one of the children approached the caller.

11:20pm - Switching over to 17, please standby...

11:50pm - Loud music disturbance. 34XX N Hamlin.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Woman With Sucidial Thoughts @ Novak Construction, Traffic Accident On Belmont This Morning

Good morning, everyone, it's 8:49am. .

9:36am - EMS run. 3423 N Drake. At Novak Construction. 22 year old woman with suicidal thoughts.

11:00am - There was a three-car accident at 3453 W Belmont this morning. It's under RD number HX327893.

12:46pm - Disturbance. Avondale Park (3516 W. School St). Male Hispanic, 19 years old, tattoos on his forearms and biceps, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans, was told to leave once already today. He refused and is now being told to leave for a second time, and this time, he is mouthing off something.

2:18pm - Reckless driver. Milwaukee and Pulaski Rd. Sliver Dodge Caravan with a partial plate of 1644 is driving recklessly.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CAPS Beat Meetings For July 2014

1411/1412 - No meeting in July.
1413/1414 - Thursday, July 10th @ 7:00pm, Logan Square Public Library (3030 West Fullerton Ave.)
1421 - Wednesday, July 9th @ 6:30pm, Humboldt Park Library (1605 North Troy St.)
1422 - No meeting in July.
**1431 - Thursday, July 17th @ 7:00pm, Haas Park (2402 North Washtenaw Ave.)
1432/1433 - No meeting in July.
1434 - No meeting in July.

1732 - Wednesday, July 9th @ 7:00pm, Athletic Park Fieldhouse (3546 West Addison St.)
1733 - No meeting in July.

2523 - Wednesday, July 23rd @ 6:30pm, St. Joesph's (4021 West Belmont Ave.)
2524 - No meeting in July.
2525 - Tuesday, July 15th @ 6:30pm, Mozart Park (2036 North Avers Ave.)
2535 - Meeting occurred today. Next meeting will be in September.

* In addition to CAPS Beat 2523's meetings, the following Beat meetings I need/want to attend are: 1411/1412, 1413/1414, 1431 and 1432/1433.
** I plan on attending this meeting in July.

Males Flashing Gang Signs @ Altgeld/Monticello, Gangbangers @ Monticello/Fullerton

Good evening, everyone, it's 9:08pm. It's good to finally be able to blog after a couple of weeks of being inactive. I've been extremely busy with school, especially now that I have a part-time job on campus as a Student Ambassador. I do truly apologize. Although I cannot promise July will be much better, I will try my very best to update more regularly. I am looking into ways of getting additional resources to assist me in doing this blog, so that the community is updated on information. I actually do have an additional resource already, which could be a new Twitter page I have created. This Twitter page is solely going to focus on giving the community live updates on what's going on as I listen to the scanner. My handle is @ALSCBCrimeBlog if you want to follow me. This evening, I am monitoring 25 from now until midnight, then I plan on covering 17 all day tomorrow. Here's crime for this evening.

9:09pm - Gang disturbance. Altgeld and Monticello. Group of males on the corner flashing gang signs.

9:22pm - Gang disturbance. Monticello and Fullerton.

9:44pm - 1) Commercial alarm. 4446 W Diversey. At the dental place. Front glass side break. 2) Fireworks. 31XX N Davlin.

10:46pm - Disturbance. Armitage and Central Park. Group of males drinking in front of the liquor store.

11:46pm - Shots Fired. Hamlin and North Ave. Three gunshots heard.

11:47pm - Beat 2506Boy is saying they're fireworks.

11:55pm - Shots Fired. 3610 W North Ave. Two gunshots fired per the shots blotter.

12:00am - I'm going to go for the night. I'll be back tomorrow. Have a good night, everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2014

BULLETIN: Note About The Lack Of Posts In June 2014

Hello, everyone. I hope all of you are doing well. I wanted to give a brief explanation on why I have not been updating at all in the last two or so weeks. In all honesty, I have lost the battle I was fighting in time management. I have horrible time management skills. I am taking a summer class at school and now have a part-time job on campus, in addition to being involved with the Student Government Association. I also have family, church-related and "religious" (spiritual) obligations I've been attending to. I've been getting swamped with homework and also have a large number of archives to catch up on. That, with the demand that I want to monitor everyday in the summer, has caught up to me and I honestly do not have the time right now to blog everyday or even to get these archives updated. I feel regretful that I have not kept my word about blogging regularly and updating archives. I sincerely am sorry. There are not many excuses for this, and I need to learn how to manage my time better.

This is why I will now reach out for help. I truly need help keeping this blog going. ANY help I can get with doing the blog on a regular basis or even having someone listen to archive tapes would help so much. I cannot guarantee that anyone who assist me will be paid, since I am on a very tight budget, but I can try my best to pay a small salary. If anyone is interested in assisting me, please send me an e-mail at avondalelscrimeblotter@gmail.com. Again, I would be forever grateful for any help I receive. I am asking for help because I don't want the mission of this blog to ever die out, and that is to unify this community and bring people together in a positive way.

On a brighter note, I will be on WBEZ FM 91.5 Tuesday afternoon from 2:05pm to 2:40pm on the "Afternoon Shift" show talking about the work I do in the community as a community activist that I've been doing for the last six years now -- with this blog included in that -- which I do to bring about change. For all of you interested, please be sure to take a listen in as I am on this show. I want this to be an opportunity to bring to light the problems we have in Chicago, particularly in Avondale and Logan Square.

Also, if anyone is at all interested, my church will be showing a family move this coming Wednesday, July 2nd at 7:15pm, called "God's NOT Dead". You can get in for FREE. We're located at Mont Clare Banquet Hall, 2957 North Harlem Avenue.

Hope all of you have been staying cool and dry!

Sincerely,
Tim "Timmy" Granzow
Author, Avondale/Logan Square Crime Blotter

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Teens Break Into Vacant Garage On Ridgeway, People Harassing Each Other For Money At Gas Station

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 3:41pm. Hope all of you have been well. I'm so sorry for being gone all week. I lost my battle in time management, unfortunately, and got really caught up with school and obligations. I am so sorry for letting you all down this week. I will try my absolute best to make it up this week into next week. .

4:04pm - Criminal trespass in progress. 2835 N Ridgeway. At the vacant apartment building. Four teens just broke into the garage.

4:19pm - Disturbance. Fullerton and Pulaski Rd. People harassing other people for money at the gas station.

4:30pm - Two parkers. On 2524's Beat.

5:24pm - Couple of things on 2535's Beat.

5:57pm - Battery in progress. 24XX N Ridgeway. Group of six fighting in front.

5:59pm - Disturbance. Pulaski and Diversey. Two people approached the caller's vehicle, threw something at the car then walked away. Looks like they're also fighting and acting a fool.

7:14pm - Reckless driver. Pulaski Rd./Diversey. White Honda Civic and a black car racing each other, headed towards George.

7:15pm - Loud music disturbance. On 2524's Beat

7:20pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:40pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Employee To Be Terminated On Keeler, Parker On 2523's Beat

Good morning, everyone, it's 5am. Sorry I've been gone this weekend, but Saturday was my birthday and I was on a special schedule yesterday for Father's Day, in which I heard nothing at all in our area during the times I monitored. Hope all of the wonderful dads out there had a great Father's Day and hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Today, I plan on monitoring 25 the entire day. We'll see how that works out. First signs of summer are here in Chicago. Supposed to be warm today and tomorrow with temperatures in the 80s and possibly even lower 90s. Hopefully that doesn't occur. Here's crime for today.

6:45am - Disturbance. 2634 N Keeler. Employee who was last there on Friday was verbally abusive and made some threats, he is going to be fired this morning and the manager wants CPD there when it happens since they don't know how he's going to act.

6:51am - Beat 2599, 25th District Watch Commander, wants to know if there's anything about this call other than what the person calling 911 has said. Dispatch says no. 2599 gives a "Sam" code.

7:54am - They're calling back on Keeler.

8:36am - Beat 2520 needs a car at the Keeler job, no emergency though. They're just concerned about the employee going postal when they fire him.

8:37am - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

9:57am - Suspicious vehicle. 31XX N Davlin. White 4-door vehicle parked in the alley.

9:59am - Beat 2582Foot needs another car at Diversey and Tripp. No emergency. Beat car 2524 is coming over.

11:04am - Traffic accident. 26XX N Lawndale.

12:34pm - Per Beat car 2522, wanted from an auto accident (hit-and-run) at 2400 N Tripp is a black Toyota 2005 with a plate of R992225. Last seen headed towards Kildare on Fullerton. There were injures. The passenger side is also damaged.

12:36pm - Suspicious vehicle. 19XX N Harding. White 4-door van and a red van behind it are opening doors, caller is concerned because they heard the media mention similar vehicles in a kidnapping recently.

12:40pm - Disturbance. 2400 N Pulaski Rd. On CTA bus #1890, a man is refusing to put a shirt on. Standing southbound.

2:11pm - Beat 2583 is doing foot patrol on the 4400 block of W Diversey. Event number is 09724.

2:28pm - A corner seal needs to be removed from 3919 W Fullerton.

3:14pm - Traffic accident. Monticello and Diversey.

4:09pm - Beat 2505 is doing a park check at Kelvyn.

5:18pm - Per Chicago Park Security, a white full-sized conversion van with a green stripe was just spotted at Lawndale and Armitage that is full of gangbangers. It's got a firefighter plate of 80645. The driver was wearing a mask. Last seen headed towards Ridgeway on Armitage.

7:26pm - I have to go eat, and with that, I have to go for the night. I'll be back either tomorrow or later this week. Have a great evening, everyone!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Puerto Rican Festival, Day #2 (2014)

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 5pm. .

5:00pm - Gang disturbance. 1800 block of N Mozart.

5:19pm - EMS run. Cortland and Western. CTA bus #6487 has an injured passenger on the bus who hurt their left arm.

5:42pm - 1) Vicious animal. 18XX N Humboldt. Caller’s mom was bitten by a pit bull. 2) Beat car 1434 needs a wagon at the 5:19pm job. They need to take this person to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. Beat 1471 is coming over.

5:44pm - Suspicious person. Hoyne and Crystal. Male with a blue polo shirt has a coat hanger, trying to open up a door on a purple car.

5:49pm - Beat 1400XRay is over at the 5:44pm job and is coding it out as a 19P.

6:12pm - Disturbance on 1423’s Beat.

6:38pm - Hold-up alarm. 14XX N Maplewood. General.

6:43pm - Beat 1480 says that Beats 1481Charlie and 1481David will be on a special attention on the 2700 block of W Division.

6:53pm - Beat 4314Boy needs a transport unit at Kedzie and North Ave. Beat 1472 is coming over.

6:54pm - Disturbance. 1904 N Western. Female customer refusing to leave the Subway.

7:03pm - Found property. 15XX N California. TMA found a knife.

7:08pm - Criminal trespass in progress. 20XX 1/2 W Pierce. Three people in the parking lot of the private business, they shouldn’t be back there.

7:17pm - A unit says someone on a bike was hit by a car at Concord and Milwaukee Ave. EMS is needed and a paper car for the report as well. Beat 1494 is being sent over by Dispatch.

7:22pm - Fireworks and parkers on 1423’s Beat.

7:35pm - Person wanted. 26XX W Crystal. Male Hispanic, 29 years old, tattoos on the face, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue navy shorts is on the scene. He’s wanted under RD number of HX296476 in regards to stealing the caller’s cell phone. He’s known to carry a gun.

7:40pm - 1494 is pulling an RD number from the 7:17pm accident. It’s HX302268 with the event number of 14503.

7:44pm - Criminal trespass in progress. 18XX N California. Two male Hispanics wearing black just entered a vacant building.

7:47pm - 1494 is headed into 14 to finish the report.

8:06pm - Beat 1462Adam has a street stop at California and Wabansia.

8:10pm - Battery in progress. Cortland and Spaulding. Five people fighting on the corner.

8:15pm - A slow down is being given on the 8:10pm job.

8:24pm - Person calling for help. 26XX W Homer. Neighbor is screaming for help on the 1st floor.

8:26pm - Fireworks. Artesian and Hirsch.

8:34pm - I’m going to go eat. I’ll be back soon.

8:51pm - I’m back. Good evening everyone. Went to the festival this evening (thus the reason why this post is up so late) and will have a post on it by Sunday.

8:53pm - Some disturbances on 1423’s Beat after their lunch.

8:56pm - 1480 needs a unit to help a citizen with getting into their car.

8:59pm - Narcotics. 32XX W Crystal. Selling.

9:06pm - Assault in progress. Humboldt and Division. Large group of teens headed towards the Lagoon on Humboldt getting ready to fight.

9:07pm - Beat 6732Adam is with the large group from the 9:06pm job. Also, Beat 1400, 14th District, is reporting that a big group of Latin Kings are walking towards Humboldt on Division.

9:33pm - Gang disturbance and selling on the 20 sector in 14.

9:37pm - Beat car 1422 is going down on a gang suppression mission under event number 07965.

9:41pm - Shots Fired. 18XX N Whipple. One shot heard.

9:43pm - Gang disturbance. 16XX N Washtenaw. 20 of them on the block.

9:44pm - Burglar alarm. 34XX W Potomac.

9:48pm - Beat 6761Eddie has a street stop at 2653 W North Ave. Running three I.D’s. Event number is 17505.

9:49pm - 1422’s getting some stuff on their Beat.

10:20pm - All units working the festival must switch their radios to Zone 3.

10:35pm - Beat 1450 says that all of the perimeter foot units working the fest as well as the wagons are now released. The radios need to be turned in. 1450 thanks all units for their help tonight.

10:36pm - Beat 6736 needs officers to pay attention on Division from Homan to Kedzie. He’s initiating a “zero tolerance” policy, to lock all of the people out there. This is because there’s a large crowd of people throwing bricks out there.

10:37pm - Car 43 is saying that the Mobile Gang Enforcement Area Saturation teams neither the 14th District Tactical units are released yet. They must stay at the festival.

10:50pm - Command Post is asking that all units that had activity at the festival call them.

10:51pm - Gang disturbance. North and California. Group running in the street throwing gang signs.

10:52pm - Traffic accident. Kimball and Wabansia. Car VS bicyclist, EMS is en route.

10:54pm - Assault in progress. 17XX N Drake. Caller’s brother is about to get into a fight with a known male, they’re screaming at each other.

10:55pm - 1) Beat 6739 has about 60 people near the corner at Wabansia and Washtenaw, they’re breaking up a bit but still out there. A few units are going, including Beats 1462 and 6733Charlie. 2) Beat 6732Charlie has a street stop at 3200 W LeMoyne.

10:58pm - Disturbance. 27XX W LeMoyne. Four people screaming at the top of their lungs, they sound drunk.

12:00am - I’m going to go for the night. I should be back on Sunday or sometime next week. I did go to the Puerto Rican Fest.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Puerto Rican Festival Coverage, Day #1

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 3pm. Sorry I've been gone for most of this week, but I've gotten busy with school and some other obligations. I'm starting to really get all of these things out of the way, so I'll be able to start doing more coverage in the next week or so. Today, I'm monitoring the Puerto Rican Festival. This is day #1 of the festivities. It runs through Sunday and it is centered in the Humboldt Park area. I'm monitoring the festival through midnight. I know a lot of you have been skeptical about me monitoring the festival in part years and may not approve of it, so that's why this year, I will be going down there on one of the days it is taking place for an hour or two. I will be going tomorrow and will be down there around 5:30pm until 7pm or so, and although I cannot promise I will be touring the entire area of the festival, I will try my very best to do so. I will be focusing my time down there on North and the streets immediately surrounding Humboldt Park. If there is not much violence that I observe, I'll be staying a bit longer, but if it gets really violent, I will be leaving immediately. For the festival, at least today, I will have special boundaries in effect. I'll be monitoring 14 between Armitage to Division, Central Park to Damen. This is Beats 1421, 1422, 1423, and parts of Beats 1424 and 1434. On my other blog, I'll be monitoring Beats 1211 and 1212 (Division to Chicago, Kedzie to Wood). Also, tomorrow, from noon to 5pm, I'll be covering all of the schools in the area for their last day of schools. I have to make up a schedule for what I'll be monitoring when, but there will be definitely be coverage. Coverage of the Puerto Rican Festival tomorrow will largely depend on the calls that come through tonight. Here's crime for this afternoon and evening.

3:00pm - Suspicious vehicle. 32XX W Cortland. Sliver vehicle in front, it's been there for a while.

3:03pm - Parker. 2418 W North Ave. Car parked in the loading zone.

3:06pm - Vice complaint. On 1423's Beat.

3:07pm - All of the gang and tac units in 14 are at the Puerto Rican Festival.

3:16pm - Beat 1400XRay wants Beat 1465Eddie to come back over to the field house.

3:29pm - Vice complaint. 13XX N Campbell. Couple of guys passing around a dollar bill, looks like they're snorting something from it.

3:44pm - Dispatch wants to know who's covering the Command Post.

3:46pm - Suspicious vehicle. Cortland and St. Louis. Unknown male Hispanic in a burgundy car with a plate of V147933 is following the caller, trying to pull up to them and is saying things to them.

5:35pm - Safe passage is over in 14.

5:38pm - 1400X is doing an "L" check at the Western Blue Line station. Event number is 12367.

5:43pm - Disturbance. 26XX W North Ave. Something about a tenant moving out and someone in an apartment.

5:46pm - Beat 1463 needs Beat 1463Adam to come over to Humboldt and Luis Munoz Dr.

6:05pm - Parker. 35XX W Cortland.

6:11pm - Gang disturbance. 16XX N Washtenaw. Ten to 12 of them loitering in front and selling drugs, wearing black and blue clothing.

6:27pm - Burglary report. 18XX N Sawyer.

6:30pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

6:48pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

6:59pm - Attempted suicide. 35XX W Evergreen. 20 year old man had a shirt tied around his neck and has been taking drugs.

8:19pm - Vice complaint. 18XX N Spaulding. People drinking and playing loud music in the alley.

8:29pm - Beat car 1423 has a street stop at miwaukee western.

8:56pm - Beat 1480 needs to call Beat 1490 over at the Command Post.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Traffic Accident @ Addison/Elston, Off-Duty P.O's Wife Needs Assistance On Pulaski Rd.

Good morning, everyone, it's 4:19am. I'm monitoring 17 today from now until 1:51pm, then I plan to monitor 25 for the rest of the day afterwards. Here's crime for today.

8:11am - Traffic accident. Addison and Elston.

9:11am - Beat 5352 needs a unit to come over by 3119 N Pulaski for an off-duty P.O's wife who locked her keys in a car with a slim jim. This is in 25, though, so he'll have to switch over to Zone 12. Dispatch tells him this 30 seconds later.

9:49am - Battery in progress. 33XX N Pulaski Rd. People fighting in the alley.

9:50am - Traffic accident. Monticello and Belmont. Two cars, one is leaking fluid. EMS and CFD are en route.

1:47pm - 10-1. 10-1. Edens Expressway and Peterson. Inbound ramp. State Police has a violent individual fighting with them. All available units in 16 and 17 are to go. Multiple units are going.

1:54pm - A slow down is being given on the 10-1. The offender has been placed into custody. With that, I'm going to begin 25, but not at the moment. Have to go run a couple of errands but I should be back by 2:45 or 3:00.

2:44pm - I'm back. Good afternoon, everyone. Sorry I'm late.

3:15pm - Traffic accident. Tripp and Belmont. Three cars, one hit a pole.

3:28pm - Traffic accident. Wrightwood and Avers. Hit-and-run, Cook County Sheriff may be involved.

5:26pm - Missing person report. 24XX N Tripp. 4 year old daughter who was last seen wearing a pink outfit is missing.

5:47pm - Gang disturbance. Kostner and Altgeld.  They're harassing passerby.

6:18pm - Landlord/tenant dispute. 43XX W Schubert.

6:48pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:06pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

7:19pm - Fireworks. 17XX N Harding. In the alley.

7:30pm - Gang disturbance. 24XX N Lawndale. Several males flashing gang signs on the corner and harassing people.

8:05pm - Battery in progress. Fullerton and Ridgeway. Three males beating up on another guy, they're trying to see if he's in a gang or not. Headed towards Belden on Ridgeway.

8:10pm - 1) Assist the citizen. 18XX N Central Park. Caller's trying to get the 15 year old daughter from this location. 2) Burglary report. 16XX N Central Park.

9:40pm - They're calling back on the 7:19pm job.

10:06pm - I have to go. I'll be back tomorrow or later this week. Have a good night, everyone!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Loud Music Disturbance On Central Park, Parker On Hamlin

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 1:48pm. .

2:40pm - Loud music disturbance. 33XX N Central Park.

2:51pm - Parker. 33XX N Hamlin.

3:28pm - Assist the citizen. 35XX W Melrose. Caller's stolen property may be at this location.