Good evening, everyone. The meeting this month had a good turn-out. Certainly not as big as meetings in the past, oh well. So, moving on to the old issues from January and February:
* On Kearsarge, the cars have not been there for a while, and nothing is going on now.
* On the 3000 block of N. Avers, one of the vacant buildings is a mess inside. Drunks have been going in and out of there. CPD is attempting to reach out to the property manager.
And now to the new problems:
* A CAPS member brought up an arson that occurred on Barry that happened in the middle of the night. This is suspicious, as arsons have been reported in the area around Milwaukee and Addison (Beat 1731). These arsons occur between 2am and 4am.
* There is a possible new gang problem on Hamlin. It was reported that 14 African-American men have been seen loitering and coming out of a building. Also, one night, recently, there was gunshots fired at George and Hamlin, in which this person said they saw some of those men on the street on their cell phones,
> This meeting was on the short side.
> The most incidents took place in the 3900 block of W Barry. The most crimes were battery (29 reported incidents), criminal damage (20 reported incidents), and burglary (19 reported incidents). The most incidents took place on Mondays and Saturdays.
As I do in every Beat meeting post, I extend my thanks to all for being involved in this meeting. Once again, I ask for those residents who read the blog but don't come to the meetings (because they don't want to), please, come! It only takes ONE hour of your time, and we need all of the help we can get.
Next meeting: May 25, 2010 at Copernicus Center (3160 N. Milwaukee) at 6:30PM.
P.S. No, Sgt. Helpern did not come to tell me anything.