Sunday, February 23, 2014

SMASHING: Windows Shattered At Boystown Costume Shop; Five Arrests In Wrigleyville Overnight

Two display windows were intentionally shattered at a popular Boystown costume shop and 19th district officers racked up at least five arrests in two hours along the Wrigleyville bar strip overnight.

Manequins peer out from behind a shattered window at Beatnix
this morning. Image: CWB reader "R"

Halsted Damage

At 1:45AM, two men were reportedly breaking out display windows as they walked northbound on Halsted from Roscoe Street. Piles of broken glass lie on the sidewalk and two windows are boarded up at Beatnix, 3400 N. Halsted, this morning.

The offenders, described only as men, were last seen westbound on Newport. One wore a red hat and dark jacket, the other wore a striped red hat. 

Another window that was broken at Beatnix costume shop overnight.
The entrance to Roscoe's Tavern can be seen at left.
The Beatnix incident came moments after its neighbor, Roscoe's Tavern, reported that a man who had apparently been kicked out an hour earlier returned and was attempting to break a window. That offender was described as male, black, wearing a black hat and red jacket.

All of Roscoe's windows are intact this morning. It is not clear if the glass has been replaced or if the offender was unsuccessful in his attempt to cause damage.

Beatnix's windows were also targeted in a major street fight that broke out at Roscoe and Halsted during last year's Pride Fest weekend.

Somebody better get that mopped up. The Northalsted Merchants Alliance's first annual "Winter Fest" gets under way at noon and we can't be having broken windows at the epicenter of Boystown.

"Entertaining"

Meanwhile, the Wrigleyville and Boystown bar strips sucked up more of our precious resources when the lightly-staffed entertainment detail had to call for regular beat cars to help with the drunken mess. 

11:14PM — Man says he was threatened by three men near Newport and Halsted.

12:51AM — Man says he was "thrown out into the street" by Roscoe's Tavern employees.

12:58AM — Fight near Sluggers bar at Clark and Eddy.

1:06AM - Fight at Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark. One "combative" offender is arrested.

1:46AM - That guy who said he was thrown into the street by Roscoe's employees has returned and "broke the window."

1:46AM — The Beatnix damage reported above takes place.

2:30AM — Disturbance at Rockwood, 3466 N. Clark.

2:37AM - Fight at Rockwood.

2:37AM - Someone trying to kick in the door at Einstein Bagels, 3455 N. Clark.

2:37AM - Fight at Clark and Cornelia

2:39AM - Entertainment detail calls for more cars at Slugger's, 3540 N. Clark

2:40AM - Paddy wagon called to Clark & Eddy to hold an arrestee

2:41AM — Fight in front of Sluggers' "Dueling piano" sign.

2:45AM - Fight at Rebel Bar, 3462 N. Clark

2:46AM - Paddy wagon called to Rebel to hold two arrestees, one of whom is combative with officers.

2:49AM - Entertainment detail sergeant asks for any available 19th district cars to patrol Clark Street. Two beat cars are stationed on the north end of the strip because the dwindling detail officers are "all on the south end with these fights down here."
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36 comments:

  1. seems like every weekend the same stupid drunken nonsense. Why do they have an extra hour every Saturday to just drink more?? And why are there still 4am bars in the city with all the violence and bad accidents that come from all the more drinking, so the bar owners can make more money? Close all the bars at 2am every day even on Saturday. When will this ever end Mr Mayor???

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    1. It worked fine for years, but the police department has not kept up with the flood of bars and "restaurants" that are really just bars that the city has allowed to enter Wrigleyville.

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    2. boris the blade.Feb 23, 2014, 8:16:00 AM

      this is nothing, sportsfans, wait til it gets warm,........

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    3. Then why did the cops close the bars down early during Pride? It was to cut off the alcohol and disperse everyone before it got WORSE. Those bars do NOT need to be open that extra hour, nor til 5am. I understand CWB is pro-business but the bars are just as responsible for the aftermath as the police.

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    4. The Pride situation was near riot status, that's why.

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    5. Those bars have had late hours for a very, very long time and that has never been a problem until recent years. We need to figure out what has changed in the neighborhood dynamic, and I think we all know the answer: the Clark Street strip has been transformed from a neighborhood entertainment center in the new Division Street with most of the customers coming in from outside of the area...and those people have no respect or regard for the residents or the neighborhood. Halsted Street has become the hangout for the crowd that the social service agencies are luring in. Add to that the disastrous lack of police presence, and we've got a major problem.

      Halsted Street may be faltering, but Clark Street is booming. those business owners are delighted with the situation. I hate to say this, but it's going to take a major violent incident involving a family going to a Cubs game for the harsh light of any real media attention to be shined on this mess.

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  2. I'm more worried about the thugs that have taken over the streets than the drunks that get in fights. If the bars close at 8:00 p.m. it will do nothing to chase away the thugs.

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    1. The reason we report these laundry lists of drunken BS every weekend is to show how the "entertainment district" sucks away manpower that should be focusing on law enforcement in the rest of the massive 19th district. On the surface, fights seem unimportant. In the big picture, they contribute to a target-rich, low-risk environment for people who want to commit much more serious crimes in our neighborhood.

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    2. The reason we report these laundry lists of drunken BS every weekend is to show how the "entertainment district" sucks away manpower that should be focusing on law enforcement in the rest of the massive 19th district.

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      AMEN! And if not for you, we wouldn't know 1/4th the truth. So thank you very much..for your unrelenting dedication to shining the light on the abysmal decisions made by this stubbornly resistant mayor and his police supt lackey.

      Think of the possible really serious 911 emergencies that could've been left to linger injured, dangerously home invaded, or God forbid dead as this intentionally skimpy force was depleted to handle bar fights and drunken mayhem. The odds of our luck holding much longer without a deadly outcome crime in this situation are not good. Wake up, CPD!

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  3. Rush and Division has had an entertainment detail for many years. 10-16 Officers in that small block. Why does your roucous street of Clark that spans 3-4 blocks and branches out with its drunken patrons only have a 6-8 Officer entertainment team. Also almost every district has a burglary mission team all of whom took the example set by the original 019 district Burglary team, when other districts had questions they called the 019 burglary team! Yet your burglary team is gone. Wake up citizens fo more than write here! Goto all beat and community meetimgs make your voice heard! Write many letters to Aldermen, Mayor and Superintendent, even initiate a Legal protest/walk like they do in "higher crime" areas. Only u as high tax paying residents can make any change with your votes and voices. Also GET YOUR MEDIA INVOLVED!!

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  4. Roscoe's seems to appear in these reports way too often. Aside from the fact that the neighborhood is a total mess, someone needs to perhaps look into this establishment specifically. I've seen stuff go on in there that is ... well, unlawful, to put it mildly. And they have some of the rudest employees on all of Halsted.

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    1. I was just about to make the same comment. When the name of one establishment keeps cropping up over and over as a source of trouble that needs to be looked into.

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    2. I prefer sketchy urban places like Roscoe's...much more fun than some suburban bar. If you don't like it, why are you in there? Go to Schaumburg.

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    3. Roscoe's is your idea of "sketchy"? Lou Reed is rolling in his grave.

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    4. Roscoe's is situated at ground zero on the Halsted strip. It's also one of the most popular bars in the area. Naturally things are going to occur in and around it. The focus needs to be on the criminal element that has invaded the area in the past few years, not the established businesses that have been operating here for decades.

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  5. VOTE WRIGLEYVILLE AND BOYSTOWN DRY!!!

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  6. I had a group of drunks run by punching my windows last night. I'm so tired of the uncontrollable drunks around here. They almost bother me more than the thugs.

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  7. That costume store creeps me out.

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  8. A few points. 1) It's a police manpower issues for Halsted and Clark. 2) This stuff has gone on for years you are just being made more aware of it via blogs and the digital age. 3) I was out on Halsted and never encountered any of these incidents. Thank god. 4) People today get thrown out and they get all thugish about it. 5) It's people that were not raised right from a child that are causing these problems. 6) None of the bars want these problems but they can't discriminate on patrons. They charge a cover hoping to weed out trouble makers. Society is much more violent, spoiled and full of entitled people today.

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    1. One of the best comments ever on this board. Bravo.

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    2. A-men! A lot of the calls on midnights are from over served patrons who have been thrown out and call the police to try and use them to get them back into the bar which never works anyway. A complete time waster that jeopardizes legitimate victims

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    3. absolutely, goddamn right! People arent just being shitheads, they are completely wallowing in their own shitheadedness and forcing the experience on us. too bad we cant vanish them off the planet.

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  9. I agree. Vote it dry, too many drunks, and drunks are angry people....Open up pot stores instead...VERY few fights I imagine..

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    1. How about not drinking and no pot? I hate the smell of pot.

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    2. The day an area around Wrigley is voted dry will be the day the sky turns red. I mean, really, folks.

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    3. "I hate the smell of pot" Try eating it ; )---

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  10. Why do you list it as a costume shop when it is really a alternative lifestyle clothing store?

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    1. What is the difference between a costume and alternative lifestyle clothing?

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    2. "Alternative lifestyle." Loaded phrase.

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    3. You may want to tell Beatnix to change their one-page website, Anonymous. It uses the word "costume" three times. No mention of alternative or lifestyle. ;)

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    4. "Alternative lifestyle clothing store?" Oh boy.

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    5. Turbo - seriously. Someone's in the wrong neighborhood.

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  11. Get ready for more manpower to be taken off midnights !!!!! The powers that " Be or NOT TO BE " ! , have decided to remove 7 more officers from the " ENTERTAINMENT DETAIL " and have them address " DAYTIME BURGLARIES" ! Wait a minute, they had officers for that before ! Where's the . management skills ?!!!! This is ridiculous ! You're absolutely right rest in peace Wrigleyville ! More cops will leave soon !

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