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.


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.