Friday, September 23, 2016

Police Manpower Dips, Rahm's Promise Unfulfilled

Newly-received Chicago Police Department documents show that manpower in our 19th district has slipped to 369 officers in September, down five since last month and 99 cops short of the force that protected our area in late 2011.

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney said last year that 35 officers would join our district's decimated force in 2016. Tunney said he secured the modest increase in exchange for voting in favor of Chicago's record-breaking property tax increase.

"I have been assured that 35 additional police officers will be assigned to the 19th District in 2016," Tunney wrote hours after casting his vote, "including 25 in the first quarter and another ten during the rest of the year."

As it turns out, the 25th officer didn't arrive until May and we're still waiting for the remaining balance.

The 19th district ended 2015 with a force of 341 officers, so the "promised" manpower level is 376 officers.

Of course, 376 is still far short of the number of cops who should be (and who used to) patrol the district, which stretches from Fullerton Avenue to Lawrence Avenue and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.
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Cops Investigate Gunfire In Lakeview, Lincoln Park

Police this week sought surveillance video after gunshots rang out during a fight near Windy City Gyros, 3932 North Broadway, early Monday. No injuries were reported.

Residents and witnesses reported hearing between three and nine gunshots around 1:30 a.m. and cops soon determined that the incident took place in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Witnesses said that a large group began fighting in the lot when one participant pulled out a gun and fired.

The person with the gun fled north on Broadway in a red vehicle, police said.

More Shots In Lincoln Park

Meanwhile, more shell casings found last weekend in Lincoln Park indicate fresh gunfire near the area where residents found casings on September 30.

A resident called police around 12:30 p.m. Saturday after finding three spent casings in the park near the intersection of Arlington Place and Lakeview Avenue. Gunshots had been heard nearby the night before, but no one was reportedly injured.

On September 30, several residents in the 2500 and 2600 blocks of North Stockton and North Lakeview found bullet holes in vehicles and car windows shot out. Two residents found shell casings on nearby Stockton Drive.

Police believe that a man who showed up at St. Joseph’s Hospital with a gunshot wound that morning was likely struck by the gunfire. The “uncooperative” victim claimed that he had was shot in Logan Square.

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Death Investigation After Man Apparently Falls From Lakeview Apartment Building

Chicago police have launched a death investigation after a passer-by found a man bloody and unresponsive in a Lakeview gangway early Friday.

Officers found the man, who appeared to be in his 20’s, unconscious between two apartment buildings in the 700 block of West Briar around 2:10 a.m., police said.

The man was later pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Detectives believe the man may have accidentally fallen from his third-floor apartment or the building’s roof, according to a source. Police were unable to find witnesses who could help them pinpoint the timing of the man's injuries.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Called A "Serious Danger To The Public" By Feds, Chicago Man's Charged In Lakeview Shooting

A three-time convicted felon who federal prosecutors called “a serious danger to the public” is charged with shooting and critically wounding a Lakeview man during a robbery near Belmont and Racine on August 1. And it's the second time he's been charged with shooting someone during a robbery in Chicago!

Burch (Chicago Police Dept)

Lakeview Charges Filed

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Nickolas Burch, 27, with armed robbery, aggravated battery-firearm, and two counts of aggravated battery of a police officer. A judge ordered him to be held without bond.

Burch was on federal parole for a weapons violation when he met the victim through a mutual friend and agreed to buy a couple of watches from the Lakeview man, prosecutors said yesterday.

The victim told police that he ran into Burch on the night of the shooting as he was taking out some garbage. At some point, the victim looked away. When he turned back, Burch was pointing a gun at his face, according to court records.

The gun fired as the 27-year-old victim slapped it away. One bullet passed completely through the victim’s neck and lodged in the rear of a nearby home, police said.

Police inspect a nearby home on the night of the shooting. 
While the victim nearly bled out on the pavement, Burch rifled through the man’s pockets, taking his wallet and two watches before running away, prosecutors said.

CWB Chicago reported exclusively on the night of the shooting that the victim was found without a wallet or identification, leading investigators to believe robbery as the motive.

Police say Burch battered two cops who tried to place him in custody during a street stop at the BP gas station, 1600 West Van Buren, on Wednesday morning.

Ironically, the Lakeview shooting happened almost directly behind another BP gas station at 1200 West Belmont.

“A Serious Danger To The Public”

Burch has a long, violent history of robbery, battery, and shootings according to federal court filings reviewed by CWB Chicago.

Burch's 2011 mugshot
In February 2008, he received a 139 day sentenced for punching a Chicago man repeatedly in the head and stealing his phone, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Two months later, Burch was charged with attempted murder after a man who was standing outside of a bar got beaten, slammed with a trash can lid, shot, and robbed in Chicago. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery and received a six-year sentence, the memorandum says.

Then, in May 2011—just two months after being paroled for the shooting—Burch was a passenger in a car that Chicago cops tried to pull over in the Edgewater neighborhood. The driver sped from the cops and Burch bailed out, dropping a handgun while cops chased him down.

Federal prosecutors took the case because Burch had felony convictions and the gun “had traveled in interstate commerce,” according to court records.

Burch faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the Edgewater case. He wound up getting 57 months, a $100 fine, and a lifetime ban on possessing weapons.

“Truly…A Wake Up Call”

Burch’s federal public defender laid out his story in her sentencing memorandum to the court:
[Burch] has a bullet lodged in his chest from a wound that he sustained after being shot in 2007.
His father left shortly after he was born and apart from a brief period from 2005-2006, he has had no contact with his father.  
There was no father figure or positive male model in Mr. Burch’s life for him to look up to, seek advice from, or learn from.
He has three brothers and all of them have been incarcerated at some point in their lives.  
This is the first time that Mr. Burch has been charged with a federal crime and it has truly been a wake up call for him. We can do better than to write Mr. Burch off. 
It is clear that steps must be taken to change so that he does not appear before this Court or any in the capacity of a defendant again. 
Yes, indeed.

Burch’s current home address was not immediately available. He lived in a Streeterville high-rise when federal charges were filed against him in 2011.

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Boystown Burglar Busted With Trove Of Electronics

McCune
The 24-year-old man who was arrested after trying to break into a Boystown woman’s apartment this week was carrying a bag full of expensive electronics, jewelry, and other items that detectives believe were taken in other recent burglaries or auto break-ins around Lakeview, according to a police department source and documents reviewed by CWB Chicago.

Police inventory records say Delvon McCune was carrying the following items when cops arrested him in the 800 block of West Aldine on Monday:
• 1 Macbook Air
• 1 iPhone
• 2 Macbooks
• 1 iPad
• 2 iPad chargers
• Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card (not his)
• Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (not his)
• Ventra card
• Zenefits card
• Illinois Driver’s license (not his)
• Gold butterfly pendant
• Blue and black metal bracelet
• 20 small bags of suspected marijuana.
He had no cash.

He's being held on $200,000 bail.
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Boystown: Man Charged With Burglary Attempt

Attempted burglary charges are filed against an Englewood man who was caught trying to break into a Boystown apartment on Monday, police said.

McCune
24-year-old Delvon McCune is charged with one felony count of attempted residential burglary for trying to break through the rear door of the victim’s home in the 800 block of West Aldine around 7:20 p.m., police said.

A woman who lives in the building called 911 after seeing McCune on her fire escape, we reported early Tuesday.

Cops arrived quickly and arrested him nearby after he tried to break into the building, according to prosecutors.

McCune’s bail is set at $200,000.

In 2014, McCune was charged with theft and criminal trespass to vehicles in the 3100 block of North Clark. The dispositions of those cases were not immediately available this morning.

Also Monday, police apprehended another burglar in the 1700 block of West Melrose. Parolee Kaavar Venson was charged with burglary in that case yesterday.

More Break-Ins

Despite the two high-profile arrests, more home burglaries are being reported this week.

A first-floor apartment in the 3700 block of North Lakewood was reported burglarized Tuesday evening.

Also Tuesday, two apartments in the 2800 block of North Cambridge were forcibly entered and burglarized, according to police records.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Melrose Burglar Was Released On Parole One Month Ago

Nope! That's not Coolio. It's Venson.
A 22-year-old South Side man, released one month ago on parole, has been charged with Monday’s burglary of a home in the 1700 block of West Melrose, according to Chicago police and state records.

Kaavar Venson was arrested at 10:40 p.m. Monday less than a block from the home he allegedly burglarized, as CWB Chicago reported the next morning. A judge this afternoon set Venson’s bail at $300,000.

Additional burglary charges are possible, according to a law enforcement source.

Venson was released from the Lawrence Correctional Center on parole August 17 after serving a fraction of two 6-year sentences that he received for a 2012 armed robbery and harassing a juror or witness. He was also serving a 3-year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the robbery, court records show.

Other news outlets have misspelled Venson’s first name due to a typographical error in a Chicago Police Department press release.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday: Cops Bust Two Burglars In Three Hours

With burglary reports up over 87% in Lakeview and over 100% in our immediate area this year, there is finally some good news about break-ins.

Actual criminal may vary.
Yesterday evening, Chicago police caught two burglary suspects in less than three hours—one in Boystown and the other in Roscoe Village.

The arrests come after several residents found themselves face-to-face with burglars in their homes.

Police arrested one suspect in the 1700 block of West Melrose at 10:50 last night, moments after a nearby apartment burglary.

The Melrose burglary victim was able to identify a computer in the man’s bag as their property.

Police drove another victim to the arrest scene and she, too, identified property in the man’s bags. Her apartment in the 3600 block of North Janssen had been burglarized earlier in the evening.

On Janssen, the burglar “pulled a big commercial dumpster from the alley up to the side of the building, stood on top and accessed a first-floor window to break in,” a neighbor told us early today.

The suspect and evidence are being processed as we post this report.

Also Monday, police arrested another burglar in the 800 block of West Aldine in Boystown just before 8 p.m.

In that case, a woman called 911 after seeing a man on her fire escape. The man tried to enter an apartment in her building moments later. Officers are hoping to secure felony charges for the attempted break-in.

Detectives will be working to connect the two suspects with other area burglaries, including one in the 1100 block of West Grace yesterday.

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At least a half-dozen Lakeview residents have come eye-to-eye with home intruders over the past two weeks.

• At 7:40 p.m. yesterday, two women called police after an unknown man climbed through their apartment window in the 1100 block of West George.

• A man walked in on a burglar who escaped by threatening to shoot the victim before punching him and sprinting out a rear door in the 3600 block of North Wayne last Wednesday. Police had yet to decide if the incident will be recorded as a home invasion when we last checked on the case. (UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22: The incident has been classified as a robbery.)

• Last Tuesday, a woman reported that a man kicked her back door in around 11 a.m. in the 3900 block of North Southport. She says the burglar was a tall black man with cornrows who was wearing a white tank top and a blue hoodie around his waist.

• In the 1400 block of West Wolfram, a burglar used patio furniture to enter an apartment’s side window on Sunday. He “ransacked the apartment, apparently looking for cash or credit cards,” according to a post in the popular and influential Taking Back Lakeview Neighbors group on Facebook.

• Another member of the Facebook group reported that their home was burglarized while they slept this weekend in the 3700 block of North Lakewood. “They entered through the main level window….Thank god we were not hurt. They took a laptop and a camera bag. Be careful and use your alarm,” the homeowner wrote.

The List

Other burglaries that have been confirmed recently by our 19th district officers include:

Date of ReportBlockType of BurglaryLocation
August 21, 20163700 N PINE GROVE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
August 23, 20161300 W MELROSE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
August 24, 20161100 W WRIGHTWOOD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 24, 2016800 W CUYLER AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 24, 20164100 N CLARENDON AVEHOME INVASIONAPARTMENT
August 25, 2016900 W BUENA AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
August 26, 20161700 W HENDERSON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
August 26, 20163100 N SHEFFIELD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYDAY CARE CENTER
August 27, 2016900 W BELMONT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYCONVENIENCE STORE
August 27, 20163700 N FREMONT STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 27, 20162200 W OAKDALE AVEHOME INVASIONRESIDENCE
August 27, 20161100 W WOLFRAM STFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
August 28, 20163900 N FREMONT STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 29, 20161000 W BELMONT AVEATTEMPT FORCIBLE ENTRYBUSINESS OFFICE
August 29, 20161000 W NEWPORT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 29, 2016800 W LILL AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
August 29, 2016700 W BELMONT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYCHURCH
August 30, 20164500 N DAMEN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
August 30, 20163300 N LAKE SHORE DRUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
August 30, 20161200 W FULLERTON AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYOTHER
August 31, 20163600 N DAMEN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 1, 20161400 W BYRON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 2, 2016800 W CUYLER AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 3, 20164700 N ROCKWELL STFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
September 3, 20163700 N LAKEWOOD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 3, 2016900 W CORNELIA AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 4, 20163600 N SHEFFIELD AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESTAURANT
September 6, 20162600 N HERMITAGE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 6, 20163700 N CLARK STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 6, 20161300 W MELROSE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 6, 20164300 N WOLCOTT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 6, 2016900 W OAKDALE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 7, 20163300 N OAKLEY AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 7, 2016800 W LILL AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 8, 20162600 N LAKEWOOD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 8, 20161200 W DRAPER STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 9, 20162200 W MELROSE STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
September 9, 20161400 W HENDERSON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 10, 20161900 W NEWPORT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 10, 20163300 N SEMINARY AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 10, 20161200 W NEWPORT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
September 10, 20163100 N SOUTHPORT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYCONSTRUCTION SITE
September 11, 2016400 W BELMONT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 11, 20163300 N CLIFTON AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
September 11, 20161800 W LARCHMONT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
"Forcible entry" means the offenders forced their way in, typically by breaking through a door or window. "Unlawful Entry" means that no force was used--a door left unlocked or a window air conditioner pushed in, for example.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Teen Who Mugged Rahm's Son Heads To Prison For Crack Distribution, Stolen Auto Possession

The Uptown teen who pleaded guilty to robbing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son outside of the family's home at Christmastime 2014 has been shipped off to prison after pleading guilty to narcotics and motor vehicle theft charges this week.

Payne's IDOC intake photo
Phillip Payne, now 19, received juvenile probation for beating up Zach Emanuel and taking his phone steps from the mayoral family’s front door on December 19, 2014.

But, as CWB Chicago reported, Payne continued to have run-ins with the police.

The big hit came just one month after he pleaded guilty to robbing Emanuel.

On Easter Sunday 2015, cops following up on a complaint of “non-residents” in a CHA building entered an apartment and say they found Payne hunched over a coffee table with ”several small blue baggies and a clear plastic bag containing a white substance.” While other "non-residents" fled the scene, Payne allegedly threw a bag containing a white substance out of the apartment window.

Payne, center row at left, in a Facebook profile pic
He was slapped with a Class X felony charge of manufacture-delivery of 15 grams of cocaine on public housing property and manufacture-delivery of cocaine.

This week, Payne pleaded guilty to one cocaine distribution charge and a separate count of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. He received four years for the narcotics charge and three years for the auto possession.

Payne arrived at Stateville Correctional Center on Friday.

In April 2015, Payne’s brother, 27-year-old Boshaun Jackson, was shot dead in the 4800 block of N. Lake Shore Drive.

Police say Payne is a member of the Black P Stones street gang who runs with the Uptown “Hoolagang.”
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Man Robbed At Gunpoint In South Lakeview Saturday


It’s not what most people expect to see when they peer out of their front window in Lakeview.

But with robberies up 68% this year, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.

A man who lives in the 2800 block of North Paulina told police that he looked out his window at 10:15 Saturday night and saw a man getting robbed at gunpoint by two offenders. According to a neighbor, the offenders held a gun to the victim's back and then took his valuables.

Incredibly, a witness chased after the armed robbers, but the two managed to slip away in a 4-door silver Hyundai that was last seen heading the wrong way (west) in the 1800 block of West Wellington.

The victim and witnesses described the two primary offenders as black men in their late teens or early 20’s. One wore a white tank top with gray underwear sticking out of saggy jeans. The other wore a dark shirt and gray pants.

One witness said the vehicle’s rear passenger side tail light is burnt out and the getaway driver is a white man.

No one is in custody.

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