Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Robbery On Hamlin, Two Males Breaking In Apartment On Dickens

Good morning, everyone, it's 8:43am. It's a pretty sunny with temps in the upper 70s, and today will be partly cloudy with temps around 90. Monitoring 25 today, as usual. Well, today's the last day of July. Wow. Can't believe August is here already. This means that summer break is almost over for a lot of us, especially for the kids who go to the year-round CPS schools. Hope you've all enjoyed your breaks, no matter where you work or go to school. With that, here's crime for today.

9:26am - Robbery. 28XX N Hamlin. Two males robbed the caller's daughter.

9:42am - Wanted from the robbery are two male Blacks, one who is 5'10 with a white t-shirt. He's 18 to 20 years old.

10:20am - Burglary in progress. 37XX W Dickens. Two males breaking into the apartment.

10:25am - A slow down is being given on Dickens.

10:44am - Assist the citizen. 2638 N Pulaski. At the Public Storage. Caller needs help getting some belongings.

11:05am - Beat 2506Henry is doing a premise check on a building somewhere in the area, but I forgot the exact address.

12:07pm - Assault in progress. 37XX W Fullerton. Caller's arguing with the boyfriend, who brought over several gangbangers.

12:09pm - Shots Fired. Fullerton and Hamlin. Caller was passing by, saw a guy and girl arguing, then heard shots and thinks someone might be shot as well.

12:10pm - Shots Fired. 37XX W Fullerton.

12:11pm - Another call just hit the board. Five shots were heard and a male Hispanic, 5'9, 200 lbs, white t-shirt and black baseball cap last seen in a dark green van might be involved.

12:12pm - An officer's got someone running. South on Hamlin from Fullerton.

12:13pm - Also have a call for a gang disturbance over there on Fullerton now. Male Hispanic, medium complected, 20s with a gray t-shirt and beige khaki shorts is throwing bottles. Another call says that they're trying to shoot into their home.

12:14pm - Beat car 2532 came up Hamlin from Armitage and didn't see anyone running. Also, Beat car 2523 says that someone ran through the alley.

12:15pm - 2523's saying someone's shot, then gives Dispatch a number to call. They're thinking it's the original victim from the 12:07pm call.

12:16pm - Dispatch is on the phone with the victim, and they're confirming they've been shot. Victim was shot in the leg and they're on their way to Norwegian. Beat 6750Charlie is on their way over to Norwegian to get the victim's information.

12:19pm - Holding the offender. 37XX W Fullerton. CPD is holding a male Hispanic in a green shirt and he's the one who threw bottles at the caller's window. Also, his friend was the one who was shooting.

12:20pm - Beat car 2525 is saying that all of this is gangbanger nonsense, baby daddy drama. She doesn't even think it's bona fide.

12:33pm - An RD number is being pulled from this whole thing. It's HV408775 with the event number of 07706.

12:49pm - Criminal damage. 38XX W Diversey.

1:12pm - Beat 2506Charlie is taking two in from a traffic stop at Koz Park.

1:24pm - Beat 2582 is doing segway patrol on Fullerton today from Kilbourn to Pulaski. Event number is 09233.

2:18pm - Child abuse. 37XX W McLean. Girlfriend just beat her 3 year old son and is now throwing things at the caller because they called the police.

2:22pm - Suspicious person. 2600 block of N Monticello. Male Black, light complected, cornrows with a tan/blue baseball hat, white tanktop and jeans is looking into people's yards, walking north towards Schubert.

2:28pm - Beat 2583 is doing the usual foot patrol on the 4400 block of W Diversey. Event number is 10405.

2:32pm - They keep calling on each other on McLean. Sounds like he said, she said stuff. It's a domestic.

2:41pm - Battery in progress. Kelvyn Park. Four males fighting and chasing each other at the playlot.

2:42pm - Beat car 2525 is asking for a call back at the 2:18pm job.

2:45pm - The males from the 2:41pm job are walking south on Kostner. Some have white shirts, some have black shirts and others have no shirts on.

2:48pm - 2525 is asking Dispatch how many calls she received on McLean. She says seven.

3:03pm - Traffic accident. 2622 N Pulaski. Two cars, no injuries.

4:08pm - 2525 has on-view accident at Pulaski and Armitage. No injuries or anything, though. Just property damage.

5:34pm - Burglary in progress. 19XX N Lawndale. Three males and a female are breaking in.

6:03pm - Backlog in 25 at 18:03 hours.

6:18pm - Battery in progress. Wrightwood and Kostner. Group of gangbangers fighting by the park.

6:31pm - Beat 2520, along with 2582, are getting word of a large fight going down Kostner from Wrightwood. Big gang brawl.

6:43pm - EMS run. Hamlin and Milwaukee. Drunk male down.

6:51pm - The whole thing on Kostner is being coded 19P per 2520.

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

7:32pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

8:43pm - Gang disturbance. 2900 block of N Ridgeway. Group gathering in one of the alleys. And this is after a few days of it being quiet over there...

9:44pm - Beat car 2525Robert has a handwaver at 4007 W Wrightwood regarding a hit-and-run. Dark green van with six males in it, two in the front with white t-shirts and the other four in the back with masks, hit the caller's car intentionally, then took off east on Wrightwood from Pulaski. Might be gang-related.

10:00pm - 2525R is going to pull over a car at Palmer and Lawndale.

10:21pm - Child abuse. 25XX N Ridgeway. Female beating a couple of small children in the gang way.

10:41pm - Criminal Sexual Assault. 17XX N Harding. Caller was sexually assaulted.

11:52pm - The 10:41pm job is now a request for a supervisor.

Monday, July 30, 2012

People Laying Down On Ridgeway

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. It's a cloudy overnight with temps in the 70s. I believe today is supposed to be sunny, but we'll see, with temps in the upper 80s. Monitoring 25 today, again. I start my college classes in three weeks from today, and I'm too excited :). I'm going to really start preparing myself for class next week to ensure I'm ready to go and get the best out of my college experience. I'll speak more about it as the day approaches, but let's get to crime for today.

2:19am - Person down. 28XX N Ridgeway. People laying on the caller's front lawn.

4:00am - I'm going to go for the night. I'll be back in the morning. Good night, everyone.

10:29am - I'm back. Good morning, everyone.

10:45am - Dispatch sends Beat car 2523 a job on her PDT.

10:53am - Disturbance. Fullerton and Avers. Two males walking towards Hamlin are harassing people for money.

11:18am - Criminal trespass. 38XX W George. Someone's in the caller's garage.

12:31pm - Parker. 24XX N Avers.

12:38pm - Traffic accident. 41XX W George. Guy crashed into a couple of parked cars and the neighbors are trying to hold him for the CPD, he's trying to get away.

12:54pm - Traffic lights are flashing red in all directions at Central Park and Palmer.

1:06pm - Recover the stolen vehicle. 30XX N Hamlin.

2:39pm - Beat 2583 is doing his usual foot patrol in the 4400 block of W Diversey.

3:43pm - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

4:26pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 38XX W Altgeld. Something about construction work being done.

4:30pm - Vice complaint. On 2525's Beat.

4:37pm - 1) Loud music disturbance. 3900 W Cortland. 2) Assault. Cortland and Ridgeway.

4:58pm - 1) Gang disturbance. Kelvyn Park. 2) Three jobs on 2535's Beat. They're all going on their PDT.

5:24pm - 1) Beat car 2524 has a street stop at 27XX N Lawndale. 2) Burglary report. On 2524's Beat.

5:33pm - 2524 is dispersing three for gang loitering at the Lawndale stop. Console time is 17:33 hours and the event number is 13889.

5:57pm - Person down. 29XX N Lawndale.

6:31pm - Criminal damage. Palmer and Pulaski. Someone busted out windows to a house. Caller didn't have the exact address, though.

6:48pm - Person w/ a knife. 41XX W Palmer. Four males fighting and one has a knife.

6:52pm - Disturbance. 40XX W Belden. Problem with the neighbor.

6:58pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:13pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

7:14pm - Beat 2540 is asking Dispatch if she has an accident on her board at Monticello and Fullerton. She does. 2540 says there's no injuries.

9:06pm - Recovery. 29XX N Hamlin.

9:21pm - Beat car 2525 has a traffic stop at 23XX N. Lawndale, and someone's coming up to them, telling them someone's down on the ground. 2525 asks Dispatch for EMS, and she'll call them.

9:32pm - EMS run. 2600 N Lawndale. Male on the ground, bleeding.

9:33pm - The 9:32pm job and 2525's EMS run are related. Beat car 2523, the unit assigned to the 2600 Lawndale EMS run, is being given a disregard.

9:49pm - 1) Municipal ordinance violation. On 2524's Beat. 2) Parker. On 2524's Beat.

10:14pm - Traffic pursuit. Traffic pursuit. Diversey and Parkside. Beat 2506Charlie just had a maroon SUV take off on them. It's headed south towards Schubert. Last four on the plate are 1982.

10:15pm - West on Altgeld towards Major. Car's going real fast.

10:16pm - South on Menard, passing Fullerton. Multiple units are chasing now.

10:17pm - North on Marmora from Grand. Also, per Beat 2599R, the Watch Commander, whoever doesn't have the car in site is to terminate the chase.

10:20pm - Beat car 2534 says that they last saw this SUV near Monitor and Belmont. Sounds like the chase is over, so back to our neighborhood only...

11:23pm - Some call in the area.

11:44pm - Traffic pursuit. Traffic pursuit. Congress and Central. Beat car 1523R is chasing. White van headed south towards the Eisenhower, it's wanted for an unlawful weapons violation. Narcotics also suspected.

11:45pm - Headed east on Jackson from Central. Dispatch is requesting an assist car, as 1523R is by himself. He's trying to pull the car over.

11:46pm - Getting onto the Eisenhower Expressway from Central. Multiple units now involved with more on the way. Illinois State Police is being notified.

11:47pm - South on Cicero from Roosevelt, heading into the suburb of Cicero. He's off the Expressway now. Cicero PD is being notified.

11:48pm - Approaching Cermak on Cicero. Apparently the car is speeding and is driving very erractically, swerving and what not. Officers are being advised to use extreme caution.

11:49pm - The car crashed on the 5100 block of 25th Place in Cicero, into a fence, and the driver is bailing. Male Black in a white t-shirt. Running towards Laramie on 25th.

11:50pm - Two females in custody, but the male is still running. He's on 51st Court somewhere.

11:51pm - Ok, he's in custody now. 5122 on 25th Pl. All three offenders are in custody. Great job, 15th District officers!

11:52pm - A disregard is being given on this pursuit. Offenders are in custody and no one is hurt. All officers are accounted for. Multiple supervisors are on scene, with the Watch Commander. With that, I'm going back to just monitoring our neighborhood...

12:00am - I'm going to go for the night. I'll be back tomorrow morning. Good night, everyone.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Parker On 2524's Bt., Accident W/ Injuries @ Fullerton/Hamlin

Good morning, everyone, it's 8:12am. It's a sunny morning with temps around 70, and it'll remain sunny with temps around 80 today. Monitoring 25 today, as usual. I don't have anything else to say, so here's crime for today.

9:25am - 1) Parker. On 2524's Beat. 2) Traffic accident. Fullerton and Hamlin. Injuries.

9:27am - Another car for traffic control is needed over at the accident. Dispatch selects Beat car 2525 to go. 2524 needs her to block the westbound traffic at Ridgeway.

9:29am - Beat 2582Foot is blocking westbound traffic. But now eastbound traffic at Avers needs to be blocked, so 2525 needs to do that.

9:43am - CTA buses are still being allowed through.

9:55am - EMS run. Parkview Park. No clue how 25 got this, but Dispatch sent it to 17.

9:58am - 2524 needs a 10-4 unit to drive an offender's vehicle into 25. There's none available at this time.

9:59am - Traffic's being opened up on Fullerton. 2524 thanks everyone for their help.

10:45am - Burglar alarm. 24XX N Central.

11:15am - Criminal damage. 37XX W Altgeld. Two males broke into the car.

11:16am - Loud music disturbance. 1800 block of N Harding. Between Harding and Pulaski.

2:56pm - Beat 2583 is doing foot patrol on the 4400 block of W Diversey.

2:59pm - Person down. 30XX N Monticello. Male down in front.

3:12pm - 10-1. 10-1. 5222 W Madison. At the Walgreen's. Off-duty P.O. has a 10-1 inside. All available units in 15 and in 25 are being advised to go.

3:13pm - A slow down is being given on the 10-1 per Beat 1562Charlie. Everything's fine.

3:14pm - And now a total disregard is being given on the 10-1. Back to the regular area...

3:40pm to 4:55pm - Sorry guys, but I was really tired and fell asleep. So sorry. I promise I'll do better monitoring this week.

6:50pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:00pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

7:20pm - Traffic accident. Kildare and Fullerton. Injuries.

8:05pm - Person down. Barry and Pulaski. In the alley.

8:42pm - Theft. 3934 W Diversey. At the Walgreen's.

8:49pm - Fireworks. 2100 N Central Park.

9:28pm - Some call in the area, on either 2524's or 2523's Beats.

10:59pm - Beat car 2534 has a car alarm going off at 1834 N Lawndale, in front of the YMCA, and was wondering if Dispatch had a call on it. She says negative, she didn't.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

15 Year Old Goes Missing From Group Home On Wrightwood

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 1pm. It's a sunny afternoon with temps in the mid 80s, and today will remain this way. I'm monitoring 25 today, except from 9:45pm to 10:45pm, at which time I'll be covering 17. Well, the only thing I might do this upcoming week is go shopping for school supplies for class (which I start in about three weeks) and buy a couple of pairs of clothing. Otherwise, I'll just be home. With that, here's crime for this afternoon and evening.

2:15pm - Beat 2502, 25th District Desk, is giving a flash out for a missing from a group home at 3935 W Wrightwood. Missing is 15 year old Pierce Devon, who's 6'2 and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, windbreaker and blue jeans. He wears glasses also. He's been missing since yesterday and suffers from a couple of mental conditions.

2:32pm - Parker. 18XX N Central Park. Blue car blocking the alley.

2:52pm - Burglary. 19XX N Lawndale. Male just tried to break into the building. Another call comes over a as a "holding the offender". They're holding the guy.

3:02pm - Beat car 2523 has the 2:52pm offender at the corner of Armitage and Lawndale. Needs another car to help him take the offender in. Beat car 2511 is coming, but all the way from the far west end.

3:51pm - Loud music disturbance. 18XX N Harding.

4:33pm - Check the well being. 16XX N Avers. Woman living at this location needs to be checked on, she might be getting beaten by her boyfriend.

5:57pm - Traffic accident. 30XX N Hamlin.

6:08pm - An RD number is being pulled from the 5:57pm job. It's HV404728 with the event number of 14761.

6:50pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:03pm - I'm back. Good evening, folks.

7:20pm - 1) Beat 2561Charlie is on a street stop at 28XX N Lawndale. 2) Disturbance. 36XX W Palmer. Male urinating in front of children.

7:44pm - Gang disturbance. Kilbourn and Schubert. They're throwing up signs by the tennis court at Kelvyn Park.

8:45pm - Traffic accident. 30XX N Davlin.

9:06pm - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

9:45pm - I'm here with 17 until 10:45.

9:48pm - Some call on Sacramento. Not sure if it was in our area or not, though.

10:35pm - Disturbance. 3300 block of N Hamlin. Block party is still going.

10:45pm - Now I'm back with 25 until midnight.

11:02pm - Some call in the area, I think on either 2524Robert's or 2525R's Beats. One of the two.

11:11pm - Sorry guys, but I'm really tired, so I'm just going to head to bed. I'll be back in the morning. Good night, folks, and be safe.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Traffic Stop @ Belmont/Avers, Male Throwing Trash Cans On Harding

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. It's a clear night with temps in the lower 70s, and today's supposed to be a sunny day with temps in the upper 80s. I'm monitoring 17 all day today, for 24 hours, from now until midnight tonight. I'll try my very best to stay awake the whole time, and I have a bottle of Mountain Dew on hand to keep me awake. Just to make sure I get enough rest from monitoring all day, I will begin my monitoring tomorrow until 1pm, and I'll be monitoring 25. With that, here's crime for today.

12:08am - Beat car 1732Robert has a traffic stop at Belmont and Avers.

12:23am - Disturbance. 33XX N Harding. Male throwing garbage cans and shouting in the alley.

6:07am - Battery in progress. 35XX N Troy. Black limo just pulled up in front and people got out and started fighting.

7:00am - Battery in progress/gang disturbance. 33XX N Troy. Couple of gangbangers out there, they're fighting.

7:04am - Beat 1730 is giving a slow down on the 7am job. No one's out there. But the citizen just called again, to say that even though they're not fighting, they're still out there.

7:09am - Beat car 1731 is coding out the 7am job as a 5Paul. Just two people arguing, they'll keep it down.

8:05am - Parker. 37XX W Eddy.

8:46am - Animal abuse. 34XX N Troy. Dog's been in the back of a car with minimal ventilation for an hour.

12:05pm - Burglary report. 37XX W Addison.

12:22pm - Beat car 1732 has a bona fide burglary from the 12:05pm job. 1730 is notified. ET will be ordered up and canvass will be done.

12:40pm - Disturbance. 3260 W Belmont. Male in a white shirt is panhandling in the parking lot, closest to the Bank of American.

12:47pm - They're calling back on the 12:05pm job. It sounds like a criminal trespass now, with an evicted tenant on scene.

1:16pm - Burglar alarm. 26XX W Melrose.

1:41pm - Disturbance. 33XX N Harding. Couple of homeless males loitering in the alley.

3:36pm - Information for the CPD. On 1733's Beat.

4:16pm - Traffic accident. California and Addison. Two cars with injures.

4:56pm - Criminal damage. Belmont and Monticello. Something about gangbangers damaging something.

6:58pm - Burglar alarm. 3844 W Belmont. At the bank.

7:29pm - Beat car 1733 is doing a Community Concern somewhere on the Beat.

7:32pm - Disturbance. On 1733's Beat.

7:38pm - I'm going to go eat. I'll be back soon. Finally going on a long awaited break, LOL.

7:50pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

7:51pm - There was a "Person w/ a knife" call around Kimball and Belmont as I was eating. I initially heard it on 14's air as I was going through the channels on my scanner about ten minutes ago, and just now, I heard Beat 1730 mention it. He gave a slow down, along with Beat car 1712.

8:47pm - Beat 1762Charlie was just sent a vice complaint call that's near Belmont and Sacramento.

9:45pm to 10:45pm - I fell asleep. Sorry, guys, but you did get warned that I wouldn't be able to stay up the whole 24 hours. I'll monitor this time period tomorrow.

11:19pm - Disturbance. Whipple and Cornelia. Drunk guys loitering, being loud, etc.

11:52pm - They're calling back on the 11:19pm job.

12:00am - I'm gone for the night. I'll be back at 1pm tomorrow. See you all then. Good night, everyone, and be safe! Lord knows this has been too long of a day for me, so I'm headed straight to bed.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CAPS Beat 2523 Meeting Last Night (7/25/12)

Good afternoon, everyone. I attended the CAPS Beat meeting for CAPS Beat 2523 last night. It was an exceptional meeting with a huge turnout of people, despite the fact our meeting location was changed at the last minute from the Copernicus Center on Milwaukee to St. Joesph's on Belmont (which is now where we're going to meet for now on). Now mind you, our May meeting had been canceled due to the NATO Summit and the need for officers to work overtime with that. But the missed meeting is not the reason why we had such a big turnout, and I'll get to that later in this post. But there were about 75 to 90 people there, with several officers and Alderman Reboyras there also. All in all, it was a great meeting in which I think the thing I'll be talking about later has a plan of action by the police, the alderman and the community. Moving to the old problems...

Old problems:
* Ken-Well Park - There was a problem with late night basketball games and drinking. Officer Zamzow (who filled in for Sgt. Weiglein, who's on vacation until mid-August) reported that eight arrests have been made from that location for public drinking and violating the city law of being in a park after closed hours.
* Milwaukee and Ridgeway - There was a problem with prostitutes soliciting near Danny's Liquor. The person who reported it was not there (and they had the nerve to point fingers at the CPD for not doing anything last time), but Officer Zamzow reports that there has been three arrests from that location.

Moving on to the new problems....
* On Nelson, there was a shooting at 12:40am yesterday morning. Not a lot of information was given, but a young man in his late teens or early 20s was shot. There was also a criminal damage call over there, probably with bullets going through a window or something.
* On Monticello, a resident expressed concern/frustration about the Latin Kings loitering and what not.

And now moving onto the main topic of discussion at this meeting. A lot was talked about, so stay with me as I describe everything that took place.
I think as a lot of you know by now, there has been a "surge of violence", as some residents describe it, on the 2900 block of North Ridgeway Ave., with three shootings resulting in three people being shot in the last two weeks. On top of it, everyday there has been several incidents of gang activity, with gang disturbances, fighting, criminal damage, etc. Basically, in my opinion, it's chaos on that block right now. From what I know about everything that has been going on, all of this started on the 4th of July, with an incident of gangbangers telling off their neighbors. These neighbors were just outside, enjoying the 4th and blowing off fireworks, when the gangbangers kept walking by, back and forth. The neighbors kindly asked them if they could please stop doing that, but the gangbangers became angry with what was said and told the neighbors in so many words, "This is our neighborhood, you better get used to us!". Then from there, things went downhill, and fast.

Three days later, on July 7th, there was a shooting in the alley behind an address north of Oakdale on Ridgeway where members of the Insane Deuces gang live (and I think all of you know the address on that house), with a man getting shot. Someone who lives over here, please correct me if I'm wrong, but the man who was shot was the brother of a resident who lives on the block, and according to the resident, who showed up at the meeting yesterday, said that their brother is not a gang member. And I believe the victim. Why, you ask? Well, from what I've been seeing, the resident walked with a group of us on Tuesday evening at a police roll call (I'll get to that a bit later) we had in response to the activity, and when they came to the meeting last night, they were visibly shaken up when talking about what happened. Just yesterday morning, this victim's house was vandalized by these gangbangers, who again yelled that this was their neighborhood. From an email I received on this shooting, those Deuces who live at this address were hanging out in the alley when a black Tahoe fired three rounds at them, but they missed and the bullets went through a 2nd floor bedroom window on Oakdale, and then, unless I'm mixing this up with one of the other two shootings, the resident's brother was shot. I don't know how many times he was shot, where he was shot, age or anything. The email also reported that there were 20 people nearby playing in the open hydrant with children all over the place. And boy do the 911 calls verify this. There were several on Ridgeway, and on Oakdale. There were even calls on Milwaukee at Ridgeway and at Monticello, and well as Monticello and Barry. This shooting occurred on July 6th at about 7:45pm.

I'm not sure when the second shooting occurred (someone who lives on the block, please fill me in) or the details on it, but I imagine it occurred between the 6th and the 21st, when the third shooting occurred. Although, on July 9th, at 9:27pm, I did get a call on the blog here that someone recovered AK-47 shell casings on the block. The day before that, on the 8th, I received a call on the 3000 block of N Milwaukee at 10:20pm that a large group of gangbangers were fighting. Between the 10th and the 14th, I didn't hear any calls from that block about gang disturbances, fights, shootings, etc. But the block did go up for grabs on the 15th, starting at 2am. There were three calls placed between 2am and 3:30am, and the first one had eight to nine people fighting in front of 2913 on Ridgeway, one of the problem buildings. The second call, at 2:39am, had a large group fighting with guns involved, then the third and final call had eight to ten fighting again. On the 16th, there was some activity again. At 6:07pm, I had a call for an assault on the block. A man threatened to burn someone's house down. Then at 8:56pm, there was a call for a gang disturbance with five drinking in a car in front of 2915 on Ridgeway, another problem building. About 15 minutes, a Tac unit had a traffic stop right around the corner on George and arrested some people. Finally, before the third shooting, on the 20th, there was a call at 8:11pm at 2915 for six to seven Dueces loitering, drinking and having cars doubled parked.

Then the third shooting occurred. The shooting happened last Saturday, on the 21st, around 1:00am. From the report I received on it, the shots were fired right at the intersection of Oakdale and Ridgeway, with about ten or 11 rounds. One went through a parked car, two went through a building on the corner into a 1st floor apartment and another round struck a guy in a vehicle in the intersection, who drove himself to the hospital, with no crime scene. From the report, the Deuces at 2963 on Ridgeway were the ones responsible for the shooting, and then it just escalated from there. That included more gunshots with one shot sounding like it came from a shotgun. The shotgun blast sounded like it came from 2913 or 2915, according to the report I have. They ran south on Ridgeway towards George. The shooting continued until 3:30am or 4am. This is where I found out the 2963 Deuces have ties to the 2913 and 2915 gangbangers. All three buildings are filled with Deuces. This is also where I would find out that they're at war with the Cobras, MLDs and the Latin Kings from Monticello and Barry. One report I received says that one of the Deuces who lives at either 2913 or 2915 should have an ankle monitor and should be on house arrest. Later on in the morning, at 10:59am, someone called from that corner building to report that bullets had gone through their window. Then at 10:38pm, someone from another address called to report they heard five shots. There were fireworks going off that night, though, so it might have been that.

The activity didn't end on the 21st, and has actually continued up all the way to yesterday. On Monday, the 23rd, the same night where multiple residents from the block met with Alderman Reboyras to discuss what's been happening, at 5:51pm, I received a call for a man with a gun call at 2915. There was a male Hispanic with a ponytail, wearing a white t-shirt, black baseball cap and black shorts who had a gun in his waistband. A second male Hispanic accompanied him and he was wearing a green t-shirt and blue jean shorts, and there was a third offender there as well. An update call I had two minutes later, at 5:53pm, said that more gangbangers were coming out of 2963. At 5:58, Beat car 2525 was on scene talking to a citizen, who said that the three main offenders ran into 2915, while the rest ran into 2963. Not sure what else happened with that, but I didn't get any more calls from Ridgeway for the rest of the afternoon or evening.

The next day, on Tuesday, as a lot of you know, we had the massive outdoor roll call at George and Ridgeway at 7:00pm, which triggered a great presence of community members, plus a large presence of police officers from the 25th District, as well as a considerable presence from neighbors from other areas in the neighborhood and a presence from the media. Although they didn't show the interviews on TV (as a matter of fact, they only showed about 20 seconds of what had happened), a few of us were interviewed by the media, including me. Speeches were done by the new 25th District Commander Navarro, Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) and some neighbors, but Larry Ligas from the Logan Square Concerned Citizens did most of the talking. We also did a walk-down on the block, and Ligas went up to the people who live at the three problem buildings. Although I disagree with a lot of things Ligas did that evening, I do think he deserves some credit for organizing the roll call, although I was told at the meeting yesterday that Commander Navarro was the one who had the idea. We also did positive loitering out there for a good hour and a half.

The final straw, so far, of all of this was the CAPS meeting we had yesterday. Unfortunately, prior to the meeting, we learned that the resident's house where their brother had been shot, from the first shooting, was vandalized in the morning by a group, who also said that this was their neighborhood. This person showed up to the meeting and they were visibly shaken, as I mentioned earlier. Then I learned that there were calls going into 911 all day yesterday for gang activity on that block. Getting to the meeting itself, it at first looked as if only a couple of people from the block would show up, that there were not be an impact. When the meeting first started, there were several empty chairs. But then, slowly but surely, the meeting became standing room only, and at the height of the shootings and activity being discussed by Officer Zamzow and Sgt. Helpern, there were so many people there that a few had to stand in the hallway and look on and listen from there.

Several residents expressed frustration at what they thought was a lack of response from the Chicago Police Department, as well as Alderman Reboyras' office. In particular, one resident and Sgt. Helpern kept going back and forth about what the police should have done before and what they should do. Residents feel that there should be more patrols, which I can agree to, with more foot patrols and what not. The residents who expressed frustration accused the police of not dispersing gangbangers the way they think it should be done, which is considering more than three together mob action and arresting them on sight, and Sgt. Helpern expressed the law to them. From what he said, he says that the only way an arrest can be made, in addition to the eight-hour dispersal law in effect already, is that the same officer has to go back to the same location within an hour and it has to be the same offenders. Basically, the Sgt. and the resident kept talking about it for a few minutes. Then the resident said something that the Alderman didn't like (I should know, he sat right next to me), something along the lines that he doesn't care about what happens in his ward, and the Alderman stood up and addressed us. He told us that he's been aware of what's been happening and he is seeking to address it. From my personal observations, on this situation, since Reboyras was told about it, he's been on top of it. This is the most involved I've seen him, actually. He also told us to report things to his office, the police, etc. Same old, same old what we're always told at these meetings (I sincerely mean this, I'm not being sarcastic).

Residents expressed more frustration after the Alderman spoke, and as those of you know from last night, this is when I got up and spoke to the crowd. Before I write what I said, I just want to say this, in case anyone was wondering: I was NOT told by the Alderman, nor the Sgt., nor our Beat Facilitator, to stand up and say what I said. I stood up because I wanted to get that off my chest, and plus the fact a lot of people were unfairly pointing fingers at the police when some of the action that needs to be taken should be by us, the community. I feel that the police are doing what they're supposed to be doing, and I support their efforts on their situation. I said what I felt, and it was purely from my heart. So getting on to what I said, for those of you who weren't there last night, I  told everyone that instead of just pointing fingers at the police and the alderman, we need the community need to do our part, and that would be to form a block club. I talked about the nonsuccessive efforts I had with forming a block club on Ridgeway  and surrounding streets for the last two years, because of so much apathy from our neighbors, and I expressed that I was frustrated that the residents were sitting there just pointing fingers at the police when they need to take action, too. I told them that it is time to form a block club in this area. Be advised, I didn't yell and scream at the people, but I told them bluntly how I felt, and for those of you who were there and became offended, I wasn't trying to be mean or insulting, and I apologize if anyone felt offended. But it's true, we have to do our part as a community.

After I stopped talking and sat down, the police went over their plan of action in response to this. Officer Zamzow told us that this area is going to become an area of "special attention", and that they're going to bring in the Troubled Buildings unit in. More roll calls will also be held, and there will be other things happening, too. I also heard Sgt. Helpern mention to Alderman Reboyras that they should do some sort of violence mission (I heard everything they said, but won't disclose it until the police come out and say what they're going to do). Officer Zamzow also advised that a block club needs to be formed and that we need to all come back for the next CAPS Beat meeting in September.

Then the meeting was adjourned, and numerous residents stayed a while after, talking amongst theirselves and the police. And now for my personal observation, in so many words, I feel as if we had a great presence last night, and I feel that some solutions were implemented. A lot of discussing, good for the most part, was done, too. The police certainly have more information than they did before the meeting. It was a fantastic meeting.

For this Beat meeting post, I'd like to say thanks to all of the residents for being involved in this meeting and thanks for the GREAT turnout last night. Work still needs to be done, however. I ask for those residents who read the blog but don't come to the meetings (because they don't want to), please, go!

Next meeting: September 26, 2012 at St. Joesph's (4021 W. Belmont) at 6:30pm.

Thank you,

Open Door And Dead Dog On Pulaski

Good morning, everyone, it's 6am. It's a mostly cloudy morning with temps in the mid 70s. Today will be on and off between clouds, sun, rain and storms with temps in the upper 80s. Cooler than yesterday, so that's a relief. I'm monitoring 25 today until 6pm, with a midday break at noon. I'm doing this so I can get some sleep this evening before I monitor 17 all day tomorrow, 24 hours from midnight to midnight. I'm really going to try and do this, but we'll see what happens. Here's crime for this morning and afternoon.

6:25am - Open door. 2916 N Pulaski. Door's open at the business, caller just arrived for work.

6:43am - Dead dog in the street at 3149 N Pulaski.

6:45am - The street lights at Diversey and Kostner are flashing red.

7:01am - Burglar alarm. 3119 N Pulaski. At Northeastern University. They're shortstaffed so they can't send anyone.

7:06am - Burglar alarm. 30XX N Avers.

7:47am - Assault. Diversey/Kostner. At the Citgo gas station. Dispute with an employee who tried to punch the caller.

8:00am - Beat car 2525 has a sinkhole forming in the street at 19XX N Hamlin. City needs to come out and work on it.

9:10am - Beat 2506Henry is at 2963 N. Ridgeway, making a visit. He's doing an investigation for the Department of Buildings/Troubled Buildings unit. 2963 is one of the buildings causing all of the trouble on the 2900 block of Ridgeway.

9:21am - 2506H is now at 2915 on Ridgeway, one of the other problem buildings.

9:33am - 2506H just ran a plate on a van on that block. Comes back to the 2963 address.

9:39am - EMS run. 4021 W Belmont. At St. Joesph's. 80 year old female passed out, not breathing.

9:59am - The 9:38am job is a bona fide DOA. She died of natural causes. Aww :(.

10:02am - Beat car 2524 has a bona fide burglary from 3927 W Belmont at the animal center. Apparently they flagged him down for a criminal damage at first, but the manager just noticed missing money, so it's a burglary. Beat 2520 is notified.

10:04am - 2506H just left the 2900 block of Ridgeway, headed somewhere else now.

11:54am - Municipal ordinance violation. 18XX N Pulaski.

12:00pm - I'm going on my break now. I'll be back soon.

12:30pm - I'm back. Good afternoon, everyone.

1:35pm - Gang disturbance. 4042 W Armitage. Eight of them in front causing a problem.

2:31pm - Gang disturbance. 2900 N Ridgeway.

2:36pm - Theft. 37XX W Altgeld. Someone broke into the car.

2:37pm - Disturbance. 3635 W Armitage.

2:39pm - Shots Fired. 4062 W Armitage. In front of the liquor store.

3:02pm - Recover the stolen vehicle. On 2523's Beat.

4:27pm - Disturbance. Lawndale and Dickens.

4:42pm - Criminal damage report. 30XX N Milwaukee.

5:00pm - Some disturbance on 2523's Beat.

5:01pm - 1) Landlord/tenant dispute. 41XX W Nelson. 2) Disturbance. 3934 W Diversey. Drunk male by the Walgreen's causing a problem.

6:00pm - I'm going to sleep. I'll be back at midnight with 17. Have a good evening, everyone, and be safe!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recovery Being Done On Barry, Foot Patrol On Milwaukee

Good morning, everyone, it's 8:43am. It's a sunny morning with temps in the mid 70s. Today's going to get to around 100, with sunshine going away and being replaced by rain and storms. Monitoring 25 again today, and then tomorrow, I'll be monitoring 25 from 6am to 6pm with a midday break at around noon or so. This is because I'm going to bed after 6pm, so I can monitor (or attempt to) 17 on Friday for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight. Anyway, the CAPS Beat meeting for 2523 is this evening. We're meeting at St. Joesph's at 6:30pm. Please be there if you live on this Beat, especially if you live on the Ridgeway blocks and on the 3600 block of Oakdale. With that, here's crime for today.

9:54am - Beat car 2523 is doing a recovery at 36XX W Barry.

10:01am - Beat 2582Foot is doing foot patrol on Milwaukee from Belmont to Central Park. Event number is 05520.

10:22am - Beat 2544 is doing foot patrol on the 3600 and 3700 blocks of W Armitage. This is to target the drinkers that are down that way.

10:29am - And 2544 has an arrest on Armitage, for drinking on the public way.

10:44am - Commercial alarm. 3030 N Milwaukee. At the restaurant.

11:16am - Prostitution. Armitage and Hamlin. Female Black with a blonde wig and in a black/white dress is working the east alley, looking for customers.

11:26am - Criminal damage. 29XX N Ridgeway. Three males just tagged a garage. Retaliation from last night's roll call, I bet. Great....

11:27am - EMS run. 29XX N Ridgeway. Male fell and hit his head, he's bleeding. Possibly drunk.

12:35pm - Gang disturbance. 29XX N Ridgeway. Group of them loitering in front.

12:56pm - Person w/ a gun. 29XX N Ridgeway. Male running south towards George has a gun.

1:01pm - A slow down is being given on Ridgeway.

2:15pm - Suspicious vehicle. Hamlin and Milwaukee.

2:18pm - 1) Disturbance. Fullerton and Central Park. Two guys loitering in an alley over there, need to leave. 2) Parker. 4008 W Armitage.

2:21pm - Backlog in 25 at 14:21 hours.

3:47pm - Suspicious vehicle. 25XX N Harding. Brown car with two people has been sitting in front for several hours now.

4:34pm - Burglar alarm. 24XX N Hamlin.

5:06pm - Just a reminder for all of you who live on Beat 2523, but our CAPS Beat meeting is in less than two hours. Begins at 6:30 at St. Joesph's on Belmont.

5:50pm - Gang disturbance. 2900 N Ridgeway.

5:56pm - Beat car 2524 has an ANOV from 3923 W Diversey. Event number is 15543.

6:16pm - Beat 2520 is heading to 2523's CAPS Beat meeting at St. Joesph's. He wants 2523 to be there. They're at the 5:50pm job and they'll be heading over in a few minutes.

6:20pm - Parker. On 2525's Beat.

6:26pm - Beat 2561Adam is going to 2523's CAPS meeting as well.

6:49pm - Municipal ordinance violation. Kilbourn and Parker.

6:51pm - Beat 2561Charlie is doing a post-shooting mission on the 2900 block of N Ridgeway. Event number is 16287.

7:10pm - Beat 2561Charlie needs an ambulance at 40XX W Palmer. A guy ran his bike into a car and hit his hand pretty hard.

7:15pm - Beat 2500 is reporting that Dispatch's location for 2520 and 2523 is incorrect. She has them at 2021, not 4021. She corrected it now.

7:26pm - Person down. 30XX N Lawndale.

7:36pm - 2520 just left the meeting. He's clear

7:50pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

8:04pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

8:35pm - Disturbance. 3633 W Fullerton. Guys drinking.

8:41pm - Disturbance. On 2524's Beat. Problem with a neighbor.

9:20pm - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

9:51pm - Shots Fired. 36XX W Oakdale. One shot heard.

9:56pm - Shots Fired. 29XX N Ridgeway.

9:58pm - Beat 2554 is giving a slow down on the 9:51/9:56pm jobs. They talked to some people on the street who said they were firecrackers. Well, that's a relief, I guess...

10:05pm - First Watch backlog in 25 at 22:05 hours.

10:14pm - Person w/ a gun. North and Avers. Male Black with a blonde mohawk, no shirt and blue jean shorts has a gun and he's standing with three other guys.

10:16pm - A slow down is being given on the 10:14pm job.

10:18pm - 1) Loud music disturbance. Hamlin and George. 2) Loud music disturbance. 24XX N Kostner.

10:47pm - I'm going to go for the night. I'll be back at 6am tomorrow morning. I'll have a post up tomorrow about 2523's CAPS meeting this evening.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Man Getting Beaten Up @ Diversey/Lawndale

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. It's a cloudy overnight out there with temps in the mid 80s. It's supposed to remain cloudy, with rain and storms actually coming in a bit later. Today will be in the 80s. I'm monitoring 25, and that's all I gotta say. Here's crime for today.

12:11am - Battery in progress. Diversey and Lawndale. Group of gangbangers beating up one.

12:12am - I'm going to go for the night. I'll be back in the morning. Good night, everyone.

7:55am - I'm back. Good morning, everyone. We just had some powerful storms, huh?

8:21am - Beat 2502, 25th District Desk, is reporting that citizens are calling the station to report a large tree down in the middle of the street. They're having to drive their cars on the sidewalk to get around it. Beat car 2535 called that one in already, though.

8:37am - For all interested people on 2523's Beat: Our Beat meeting tomorrow will NOT be held at Copernicus. It is going to be at St. Joesph's Nursing Home, 4021 W. Belmont, but it's still tomorrow at the same time, 6:30pm. Sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused.

8:44am - Beat 2582Foot has a street stop at 3094 N Milwaukee in the alley.

8:45am - Traffic accident. Lawndale and North Ave. Hit-and-run, offending car fled west towards Hamlin.

8:46am - 2582F is taking two in from his street stop.

9:14am - Vicious animal. Schubert and Harding. Two pit bulls followed the caller and their dog through the park.

9:24am - Beat 2506Adam is doing a directive foot patrol mission on the 3600 and 3700 blocks of W Armitage. Event number is 05753.

9:25am - The pit bulls from the 9:24am job are on the 2700 block of N. Ridgeway now, heading towards Diversey. Funny, I just got home from the store and didn't see them.

9:36am - 2506A is taking two from a street stop at 3645 W Armitage.

11:01am - There might have been a call in the area, but I'm not sure.

12:54pm - This just in: Tonight, at 7:00pm, there will be an outdoor roll call with the Chicago Police Department at the corner of Ridgeway and George. The Logan Square Concerned Citizens and Avondale Concerned Neighbors are sponsoring this roll call. This is to target the shootings that have been occurring on the 2900 block of N Ridgeway and 3600 W Oakdale. We need as many of you who live in the area to come out for this roll call and to show a presence. I'll be there by 6:30 to 6:40.

1:45pm - Traffic accident. 39XX W Barry. Two cars.

2:32pm - Narcotics. 40XX W Barry. Two males in a car smoking drugs.

3:15pm - 1) Disturbance. On 2523's Beat. 2) Burglar alarm. 21XX N Karlov.

3:59pm - Burglar alarm. 2121 N Keeler. At the Nixon school.

4:19pm - Parker. On 2535's Beat. Postal truck.

4:48pm - Child left alone. 24XX N Tripp. Four year old and a 12 year old home alone.

4:51pm - Damn, copper argument. One cop was talking about a shooting and something about gang retaliation and another cop called that cop a gangbanger himself. The first cop replies, "I'll be in the 25th District Gang Office if you wanna talk to me face-to-face". LOL even coppers get into it....

4:57pm - Beat car 2524 is at the Nixon school, the 4pm call, and there's a window there that's not secured. Chicago Public Schools needs to be notified.

4:58pm - Person down. 36XX W Oakdale. Male down, hollering at the caller.

5:02pm - Person w/ a gun. 24XX N Kostner. Two males following another male on bikes. They have no shirts on. They intend on shooting the person.

5:04pm - Multiple calls coming in on the 5:02pm job. Female caller had a gun pointed at her, guns being pointed, etc.

5:05pm - Beat car 2522 is on scene at the 5:02pm job and people are saying that the guy fled east towards Lowell on Altgeld, or possibly towards the park.

5:06pm - Beat 2540 wants the park to be checked. Beat car 2521 will do it. Also, 2522 has a subject with no shirt on stopped on Wrightwood.

5:07pm - A slow down is being given on the 5:02pm job per 2540.

5:38pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 44XX W Parker. Guys doing something near the park.

5:44pm - Disturbance. 37XX W Diversey.

6:08pm - I didn't catch the exact Beat number, but one of those 40 cars is on an anti-violence mission on the 2900 block of N Ridgeway. I think it's either Beat 2542 or 2546.

6:19pm - Beat 2590 just announced the roll call for Ridgeway/George. It will be held at 19:00 hours (7pm). He's asking for all of the officers to stop by if possible, especially the Sergeants.

6:28pm - Got this email earlier from Alderman Reboyras' office: "Dear Residents,
If you see the following please contact 311 or your local Alderman's Office to report the issue.City of Chicago - 31130th Ward Alderman Office - 773-794-309530th Ward Streets and Sanitation Ward Yard - 312-746-7339
Wires down ---- If you see wires down please do not try to move them, stay away and call 311.Tree downTree split in halfTree on vehicle or houseTree blocking street or sidewalkTree limbs on the parkway which are to big to fit in a garbage cart
You can also go online at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html to report 311 requests."

6:41pm - 2522 is coming to the roll call, as well as Beat 2530. 2523, our Beat car, is on the way too.

6:50pm - Beat 2520 is on the way to the roll call.

6:51pm - Beat 2573 is on the way to the roll call.

6:54pm - Beat 2561 and his team are on the way to the roll call.

6:55pm - Beat car 2535 is on the way to the roll call.

7:00pm - 1) 2524 is heading to the roll call. 2) Holding the offender. 3940 W Fullerton. At the CVS.

7:03pm - Beat car 2511 is clear from the roll call.

7:11pm - 2530 is clear from the roll call.

7:19pm - Parker. On 2535's Beat.

7:26pm - 2511 and 2522 are both clear from the roll call.

7:29pm - 1) Gang disturbance. Belden and Central Park. 2) Gang disturbance. Lawndale and Dickens. They're on the corner.

7:42pm - 1) Theft. 3915 W Fullerton. 2) Parker. 23XX N Harding.

8:09pm - Vice complaint. 25XX N Kilbourn.

8:21pm - Parker. 23XX N Avers.

8:25pm - Gang disturbance. 17XX N Harding.

8:28pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

8:43pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone :).

9:13pm - 1) Gang disturbance. 3800 W North Ave. 2) Information for the CPD. 17XX N Springfield. Tree branch down.

9:15pm to 9:22pm - Sorry guys, had to step away from the radio and call 311 about something.

9:24pm - We have a new 25th District Commander, and he is Commander Narravo. I don't know his first name. He seems like a nice guy. I met him at roll call this evening.

9:54pm - Burglary in progress. 3636 W Wolfram. Male breaking into St. Hyacinth's Church.

10:00pm - Beat car 2523Robert is giving a slow down on the 9:54pm job. It's not a burglary in progress.

10:03pm - Missing person. 30XX N Monticello. 15 year old missing.

10:33pm - 2522 is reporting that the street lights are out on the 2800 and 2900 blocks of N Ridgeway. They're concerned because of everything that's happened over here lately. This is why I was on the phone with 311 earlier.

10:45pm - 1) Assault. 26XX N Lawndale. Gangbangers threatened the caller's daughter. 2) Gang disturbance. Fullerton and Harding.

11:14pm - Traffic accident. Central Park and Barry.

11:45pm - Parker. On 2524R's Beat.

12:00am - I'm going to go until tomorrow. I'll see you all in the morning. Good night, everyone.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shots Fired @ Dickens/Lawndale, Disturbance On 2523's Bt.

Good morning, everyone, it's 10:44am. It's a sunny morning with temps in the mid 90s. Today's going to get to around 100, making it hot, again. The sunshine's eventually supposed to go away, though, making way for rain and storms this afternoon into this evening. Severe weather is excepted, too, so I'll closely listen to the radio for storm reports later. Just going to be at home today, monitoring 25. Here's crime for today.

11:23am - Shots Fired. Dickens and Lawndale. Five shots heard. One call only so far.

12:04pm - Disturbance. On 2523's Beat.

12:06pm - They're calling again at Dickens/Lawndale. Five shots heard again.

12:37pm - Burglary report. 24XX N Avers.

2:54pm - Gang disturbance. Monticello and Barry. They're on the corner.

3:07pm - Beat car 2523 has an open hydrant at George and Springfield.

3:16pm - Disturbance. 2800 block of N Springfield.

4:37pm - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

4:42pm - Beat car 2524 is taking in three from Monticello and Belmont for a 5300 unit that on-viewed a disturbance there.

5:00pm - All call message: City ordinance prohibits the illegal opening of city fire hydrants. Enforcement action will be taken against the person or persons illegally opening fire hydrants, and devices used to open the hydrants will be confiscated and inventoried. Water Department has asked the Chicago Police Department pay special attention to city employees who are assigned to turn off the hydrants.

5:39pm - 1) Disturbance. On 2523's Beat. People playing in an open hydrant. 2) Parker. On 2523's Beat.

5:51pm - Person w/ a gun. 2915 N Ridgeway. Male Hispanic with a ponytail, wearing a white t-shirt, black baseball cap and black shorts has a gun in his waistband.

5:53pm - We have an update on the 5:51pm job. Now they're saying that there's a second guy with a green t-shirt and blue jean shorts there, too. There's also a third offender on scene, with more gangbangers coming out of 2963 down the block. They might also be at 2913.

5:58pm - Beat car 2525 is on scene at the 5:51/5:53pm jobs and a citizen's saying that they ran into 2915. Three of them ran into there and the rest ran into 2963.

6:56pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:14pm - I'm back. Good evening, folks.

7:53pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 18XX N Harding. They're working on cars.

8:41pm - Robbery. Central Park and Dickens. Offender fled towards Lawndale.

8:48pm - Disturbance. 43XX W Schubert.

9:29pm - Suspicious person. Wrightwood and Harding.

9:30pm - Gang disturbance. Hamlin and North Ave. They're by the liquor store, representing.

10:04pm - Gang disturbance. Schubert and Kostner. They're on the corner, yelling and drinking.

10:18pm - Disturbance. Ken-Well Park. Group of guys hanging out in the park.

10:27pm - Gang disturbance. 43XX W Schubert. Group of six arguing out in front.

10:45pm - Burglary. 31XX N Monticello.

11:19pm - Beat car 2523Robert has a traffic stop at Kenosha and George.

11:56pm - Loud music disturbance. 26XX N Harding.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guy With Boxes Runs On Drummond, Auto Theft Offender On Hamlin

Good morning, everyone, it's 8:24am. It's a mostly sunny morning with temps around 80. Today will get cloudy and it'll storm, though, with temps getting into the mid 90s. I'm monitoring 25 today, and actually, will be monitoring 25 until Thursday. The only thing I'm really doing this week, other than being here, is attending my CAPS Beat meeting on Wednesday evening. This is Beat 2523's meeting, which is being held at Copernicus, I believe. The Beat Facilitator was telling me last week that we're not able to meet there anymore, but I haven't heard anything else, so I assume we're still meeting there on Wednesday. Meeting starts at 6:30pm, promptly. Those of you who live on the 2900 block of Ridgeway or 3600 Oakdale, you need to be there. With that said, here's crime for today.

10:51am - Suspicious person. 43XX W Drummond. Male jumped in a sliver-colored car, running away. He's carrying boxes. What?

12:57pm - Person wanted. 16XX N Hamlin. Caller's son is wanted for auto theft.

12:58pm - Backlog in 25 at 12:58 hours.

1:08pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 1800 N Harding. They're working on cars.

1:48pm - I have to go for a few minutes. I'll be back.

1:57pm - I'm back. Good afternoon, folks.

2:21pm - Loud music disturbance. 18XX N Harding.

2:23pm - Renewed, third watch backlog in 25 at 14:23 hours.

3:00pm - Person down. 31XX N Springfield. Man down in front.

3:07pm - Vicious animal. North and Pulaski. Pit bull on the loose, headed north towards Wabansia.

3:42pm - 1) They're calling back on the 1:08pm job. 2) Battery in progress. Pulaski and Armitage. Street fight at the gas station.

3:45pm - Beat car 2533 is on-viewing the Pulaski fight. They're saying they're ok, but they need a Spanish speaker. Beat 2573, who was originally assigned the call, is given a disregard. Beat car 2513, who has a Spanish speaker on it, is heading over, but they're coming from the west end.

4:04pm - 2533 is coding out the Pulaski fight as a 19P.

4:08pm - Parker. 3824 W North Ave.

4:22pm - Vice complaint. On 2523's Beat.

4:52pm - Burglar alarm. 19XX N Monticello.

5:17pm - 1) Loud music disturbance. 27XX N Monticello. 2) Gang disturbance. 26XX N Monticello. Group of them standing on the corner.

5:22pm - Suspicious person. 37XX W Shakespeare. Male White in his 30s with a white t-shirt and blue jeans knocking on the caller's door.

6:21pm - Loud music disturbance. 18XX N Pulaski.

6:34pm - Battery in progress. Altgeld and Kilbourn. Three people fighting in the street.

6:36pm - They're also calling the 6:34pm job in at Kilbourn and Deming.

6:40pm - Beat 2540 is giving a slow down on the 6:34/6:36pm jobs. He doesn't see anything.

6:41pm - 2540 needs 2521 and 2524, the units assigned to the original call, to come over to Wrightwood and Kostner. There's a bunch of them over there.

6:42pm - 2540 needs an ambulance at 26XX N Kostner. Guy got busted in the mouth. Also, his group moved up to Drummond.

7:03pm - Loud music, parker and a disturbance on 2524's Beat after their lunch.

7:11pm - Gang disturbance. 4300 block of W Drummond. Rival gang just showed up on the block.

7:18pm - Oh, they're calling back again at Kelvyn Park. Couple of calls coming in again. There's a group fighting with belts on one call and 20 beating on one on another call.

7:28pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

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

7:48pm - They're calling AGAIN for Kelvyn Park. They're all on the corner, representing. This is gonna be an all night thing, I see....

8:01pm - Disturbance. 36XX W Wabansia.

8:03pm - Battery in progress. Mozart Park. Couple of calls coming in for a gang fight.

8:04pm - Person Shot. Hamlin and Armitage. Male shot.

8:06pm - 2540 wants to know where the victim is. Dispatch says, according to the CFD ticket, in the southwest alley.

8:07pm - An officer is saying that the victim's in the northwest alley.

8:08pm - A slow down is being given on the Armitage incident. It's not a shooting, it's a battery.

8:10pm - Ok, it's a robbery. 2540's relating that the victim said an unknown group of male youths beat him up and robbed him. A group of females were present, too. They fled west towards the park.

8:13pm - Loud music disturbance. 27XX N Monticello.

8:20pm - Wanted from the Armitage incident is a male White named Jason in his mid 30s, tall and stocky, with a long and wide nose, and white t-shirts and blue jeans. His nickname's "White boy". He had a female with him.

8:23pm - A blue Mobile cell phone was taken from the robbery/battery, as well as a wallet.

8:27pm - A unit possibly has Jason at Armitage and Pulaski. They need the victim to come I.D. him, but that won't be happening. Victim's on oxygen. So a witness will need to go over.

8:40pm - They got Jason's female. She had the victim's wallet.

8:42pm - Battery report. OLR Hospital. From the earlier Kelvyn Park gang fight, a 25 year old male is in the ER.

8:43pm - 2535, the paper car on the Armitage incident, is asking the 25th District Desk to look at the POD camera that's near that corner at about 20:00 (8pm) hours.

9:28pm - Assault. 25XX N Kilbourn. Gangbangers in front acting crazy, threatening the caller's son.

9:43pm - Battery. Avers and Armitage. Male White with a striped shirt hit the caller and ran through Mozart Park. Probably Jason again.

9:47pm - Check the well being. 40XX W Wellington. Caller's mom needs to be checked on. Caller lives in the northwest suburbs.

9:53pm - Municipal ordinance violation. 18XX N Harding. They're working on cars, again.

10:14pm - Reckless driver. Cortland and Central Park. Car headed west towards Monticello is driving at a high rate of speed.

10:37pm - Gang disturbance. 3800 W North Ave. They're in front of the liquor store.

11:08pm - Loud music disturbance. Lowell and George.

11:29pm - Parker. 2600 block of N Harding.

12:00am - I'm going to go until tomorrow. I'll see you all then. Good night, everyone.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Loud Group On Parker, Gang Disturbance On Schubert

Good morning, everyone, it's 12am. It's a clear night with temps in the lower 70s. Today will be sunny with temps around 90. Warm, but yeah, it's mid-summer (late July). Anyway, I know I didn't mention this yesterday, but my heart goes out to the victims involved in that massacre in Colorado yesterday, and they are in my thoughts and prayers. I encourage all of you to spend some extra time with your family, and I encourage all of you to be extra cautious these next few days. Such a tragedy that that happened :(. America, we need to pray for our country. That's all I'm going to say on that. I'm monitoring 25 today. Here's crime.

12:06am - 1) Disturbance. 43XX W Parker. Group on the street, loud music. 2) Gang disturbance. 4300 block of W Schubert. They're in a van, need to be dispersed. 3) Loud music disturbance. On 2525Robert's Beat.

12:08am - I'm going to go until the morning. I'll be back in the morning. Good night, everyone, and be safe!

8:49am - I'm back. Good morning, everyone.

9:23am - Criminal damage report. 24XX N Lowell. Someone broke out the caller's window.

10:54am - There's two small dogs running around the area of Deming and Kilbourn, running into traffic and what not, per Beat car 2521. This is just FYI.

10:59am - Criminal damage report. On 2523's Beat. No address given, but it's near Ridgeway and Oakdale, because Dispatch just told 2523 that there were calls of "Shots Fired" at Ridgeway/Oakdale around 5am this morning.

11:32am - Fire. Wrightwood and Central Park. Building, two people still in there.

11:37am - Beat car 2535 is on the scene at the 11:32am job. It's bona fide. Traffic control needed.

12:13pm - Suspicious person. 23XX N Monticello.

12:15pm - I'm getting off my computer for a while. I'm not having a good day and I just need some time to myself.

12:44pm - I'm back. I might go again sometime this afternoon because I don't feel all that much better.

1:27pm - They're calling back on the 12:13pm job.

3:09pm - Loud music disturbance. 1800 block of N Harding.

3:50pm - Again, I'm going to go for a little bit.

4:10pm - I'm back. I feel a LOT better now :).

5:32pm - Some call in the area.

6:13pm - Loud music disturbance. 29XX N Springfield.

6:26pm - Some call on Lawndale, on 2524's Beat.

8:04pm - Loud music disturbance. 2472 (I think they meant 27XX) N Monticello. Gangbangers having a loud party in the backyard.

8:34pm - Battery. 25XX N Keeler. Several males beat up the caller's son in a fight and there was a crowd cheering them on.

8:53pm - Shots Fired. 25XX N Lawndale.

9:28pm - Battery in progress. 28XX N Springfield. Neighbors fighting.

9:56pm - Shots Fired. Wrightwood/Central Park. Several heard in the area.

10:01pm - Shots Fired. Lawndale and McLean. Six shots heard.

10:38pm - Shots Fired. 29XX N Ridgeway. Five heard.

10:58pm - Shots Fired. 26XX N Monticello. Several heard, gangbangers loitering outside.

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

Friday, July 20, 2012

Person Down @ Armitage/Oakley, Accident @ Humboldt/North Ave.

Good morning, everyone, it's 6am. It's a cloudy morning with temps in the mid 70s. It's going to gradually clear up with temps getting into the lower to mid 80s. I'm listening to 14 from now until 8am, then I'll come back with 25 after 2pm. Well, that's all I have to say. Here's crime for today.

6:03am - 1) Person down. Armitage and Oakley. On the sidewalk. 2) Traffic accident. Humboldt and North Ave.

6:16am - The Armitage/Oakley job is a 19Boy per Beat car 1431. No one's out there.

7:41am - Disturbance. 23XX W Medill. Noise in the alley.

7:42am - Beat 1410 needs a Polish translator at 17XX N. Albany, for something regarding construction permits before 8am. I think it's a citation. Beat car 1421 is also being asked to come over. 14 has no Polish speakers, and neither does 25. Dispatch is asking Zone 1 now.

7:44am - After a minute or two of struggle, they found a Polish speaker. Up in 17. Beat car 1722 is on the way.

7:50am - Beat car 1414 is writing some parking citations on the 3000 block of W Palmer for the festival this weekend.

7:52am - Parker. On 1434's Beat.

8:00am - I'm going to go. I'll be back this afternoon. Have a good day, everyone.

2:00pm - I'm back. Good afternoon, everyone.

2:53pm - Person w/ a knife. 2638 N Pulaski. At the Public Storage. Male in a orange shirt has a knife.

4:02pm - 1) Missing person report. 24XX N Ridgeway. 13 year old son is missing. 2) Some disturbances on 2524's Beat.

5:19pm - Burglary report. 24XX N Hamlin.

5:52pm - Beat car 2524 has a bona fide burglary from the 5:19pm job.

7:02pm - 1) Disturbance. 36XX W Oakdale. 3) Suspicious vehicle. 30XX N Davlin. 4) Disturbance. 3724 W Fullerton.

7:11pm - Missing person report. 16XX N Avers. Gangbanging son is missing.

7:29pm - EMS run. Mozart Park. 14 year old kid hit his head and is bleeding.

7:30pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:42pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

8:06pm - 1) Loud music disturbance. 18XX N Lawndale. 2) Missing person report. 16XX N Central Park. 13 year old ran away.

8:11pm - Gang disturbance. 29XX N Ridgeway. Six to seven of them loitering, drinking and they have cars doubled parked. Allegedly, they're Deuces.

8:42pm - 1) Disturbance. 40XX W Barry. 2) Parker. 28XX N Ridgeway.

8:48pm - 1) Disturbance. Kelvyn Park. 20 to 30 people in the northeast end of the park. 2) Disturbance. On 2524's Beat. 3) Narcotics. On 2524's Beat.

9:31pm - 1) Burglar report. 29XX N Springfield. 2) Traffic accident. Springfield and Belmont. Several parked cars hit.

9:52pm - EMS run. 36XX W McLean. 21 year old son is hostile, he's got some medical issues going on.

10:09pm - Beat car 2525 needs a taser just in case at the 9:52pm job. 2524 is heading over, as well as 2520.

11:28pm - Person down. 31XX N Davlin.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Apartment Fire On Altgeld, Follow-Up On Wrightwood

Good morning, everyone, it's 11:14am. Sorry I'm late. I was having some technical issues with my computer (yet again) but got the issue resolved. It's a cloudy day with temps in the upper 70s, and it looks like it's going to remain cloudy with temps getting into the mid 80s. In fact, it's supposed to storm today. I'm monitoring 25 today and will monitor 14 tomorrow from 6am to 8pm, then 25 all day after 2pm. I'm also heading to CAPS Beat 1431's meeting this evening over at Haas Park on Washtenaw, but I'll have my microphone set up to record while I'm gone. Here's crime for today.

11:45am - Fire. 42XX W Altgeld. First floor apartment.

12:20pm - Beat 6559George is doing a follow-up on the 4300 block of W Wrightwood. Event number is 07559.

12:23pm - Battery in progress. Armitage and Central Park. Group fighting and throwing bottles.

12:28pm - Beat 2561 is on scene at the 12:23pm job, giving a slow down. No one's out there.

12:41pm - 1) Disturbance. Koz Park. Guys drinking, passed out on a bench. 2) Disturbance. 2200 N Hamlin. At the Mozart school. People throwing rocks at the school's windows.

1:13pm - I think there was a call in the area, but I didn't catch it.

1:38pm - 1) Disturbance. 4012 W Armitage. 2) Municipal ordinance violation. 18XX N Pulaski. 3) Prostitution. Hamlin and Armitage. Female Hispanic with a white shirt, blue jeans and a purse with flowers on it is heading towards Avers, solicting.

1:53pm - They're calling again at Koz Park about these guys.

5:22pm - Recovery. 40XX W George.

5:25pm - Fire. 16XX N Harding. Light pole.

6:55pm - Narcotics. Fullerton and Lawndale. Four male gangbangers selling drugs.

7:09pm - Recovery. On 2523's Beat.

7:51pm - Assault. 39XX W Dickens. Tenant threatened to kill the 80 year old landlord.

8:44pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

8:55pm - I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

9:20pm - 1) Assault in progress. 22XX N Karlov. 2) Disturbance. 40XX W Barry. 3) Disturbance. 36XX W Oakdale.

9:27pm - Gang disturbance. 16XX N Avers.

9:34pm - Information for the CPD. On 2525's Beat.

10:13pm - I'm going to go for the night. I'm really tired. I'll see you all at 6am tomorrow with 14. Good night, everyone.

11:24pm - I'm back, temporarily.

11:41pm - Okay, I'm gone for real this time. Good night, folks!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Traffic Pursuit Involving Motorcycle In 25

Good morning, everyone, it's 9:41am. It's a cloudy morning with temps in the 80s. It's supposed to remain cloudy and in the 80s, and actually, we're supposed to get storms. Slight risk of severe weather. Anyway, I'm monitoring 25 today. Tomorrow, I'll be attending the CAPS Beat meeting for Beat 1431. Here's crime for today.

11:48am - Not sure where this traffic pursuit started, but the officers in 25 just had a traffic pursuit on the south end, on 2535's Beat, involving a motorcycle. The pursuit ended on the 1300 block of N Lawndale, where a foot chase was given. I'm assuming the offender's in custody.

11:59am - Gang disturbance. 2001 N Pulaski.

1:32pm - Some call in the area.

3:35pm - Disturbance. 36XX W Oakdale. Vagrants loitering in the alley.

4:42pm - Gang disturbance. Diversey and Harding. They're shouting slogans on the corner.

5:27pm - Gang disturbance. On 2525's Beat.

6:37pm - Disturbance. 3919 W Fullerton. At the Fullerton Hotel.

7:09pm - Parker. On 2523's Beat.

7:11pm - Residential alarm. 44XX W Montana.

7:20pm - Suspicious vehicle. 28XX N Ridgeway. Male Hispanic in a red SUV followed the caller (my sister) for several blocks and said sexual, obscene things to her, then fled the wrong way down Ridgeway. Yep, this involves my family.

8:13pm - Sex offense. 39XX W Dickens. Two people having sex in a U-Haul truck.

8:44pm - Vice complaint. On the 20 sector of 25.

9:03pm - Municipal ordinance violation. On 2535's Beat.

9:18pm - Assault in progress. 39XX W Barry. Group of eight males arguing with a stick.

9:25pm - Person w/ a gun. Pulaski and North Ave. Group of a dozen 21 year old gangbangers are representing on the corner and the one with a gun is a male Hispanic with a gray shirt and blue jeans. He's got the gun in his waistband.

9:40pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

9:57pm - And I'm back. Good evening, everyone.

10:33pm - Gang disturbance. 16XX N Springfield.

10:42pm - Traffic accident. 2400 N Pulaski.

11:04pm - I'm going to go for the night. I'm really tired. I'll be back tomorrow. Good night, everyone.