The old issues that were talked about from last month's meeting were the one on Hamlin, the one on Fletcher, the one on Kenosha and the one at Diversey and Lawndale. For Hamlin, Sergeant Weiglein stated that he went by there, spoke with the complaining resident several times and basically he did what he could do. For Fletcher, he went by there, but people who lived at the place told him there was no people selling drugs from there. For Diversey and Lawndale, two men were arrested for drugs. One for having two grams of weed, the other for having cocaine. I don't think I'm forgetting any other issues, but if I am, please let me know (I had several of you, my readers, in attendance tonight of the meeting).
Now on to the problems:
- On Davlin, there's been trespassers.
I'm not aware of any other new problems since I had to leave, but maybe those of you who were there with me can tell me (please)?
> We had a guest speaker, a dispatcher, from OEMC to come out to the meeting. She explained to us that the 911 calls come in priorities. Priority #1 jobs, for example, are like "Shots Fired", "Battery in progress", etc. Those jobs have to be dispatched immeadiately. Priority #2 jobs are like "battery", "robbery" and so on. Prority #3 jobs are ones like barking dogs, parkers, narcotics, etc. She told us that ALL jobs are [to be] dispatched. EVERY 911 call gets an event number and the call taker MUST create an event for it. No call can be held or canceled. The dispatcher urged citizens to call 911 for anything and everything we see. Unless we're vitcims of a crime, we DO have the right to be ANONYMOUS. Call takers are required to ask callers regarding gangs and drugs if they'd like to be anonymous. She also urged us to try to tell the call taker everything of what's going on with an incident, for officer's safety and their safety. She also urged us to call 311 for reports.
> A woman came to the meeting and talked about the drunks on Milwaukee Avenue. She was saying things like we should have sympathy for them, how come Salvation Army isn't in the neighborhood, etc. At first, it sounded like she was blaming us. As she continued talking, however, she seemed to have been on our side somewhat more than she as. She meant well, I think.
> The most incidents took place in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee. The most crimes were, as usual, battery (25 reported incidents), criminal damage (16 reported incidents) and narcotics (13 reported incidents). The most incidents took place on Mondays and Fridays. Most incidents took place on the street (30 reported incidents) and in apartments (26 reported incidents). The most incidents took place in the 4pm, 9am, 12pm and 8pm hours.
As usual, I thank everyone for being involved in this meeting. We can still make Avondale better, if we all do our part. I still thank everyone for coming to the meeting. It's encouraging to see all of you care about the neighborhood. And, for my readers who were newcomers, nice to meet you! For those residents who read the blog but don't come to the meetings (because they don't want to), please, come! We need all of the help we can get.