Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OVERNIGHT: Robbery At Knifepoint On Belmont

A victim was robbed at knifepoint at 909 W. Belmont, the address of Ann Sather Restaurant, overnight. Officers on patrol were flagged down near Clark and Belmont shortly after the hold-up at 2:20 this morning. CPD case HX232452

As we reported on Sunday, the 900 block of Belmont was the most robbery-plagued block in the Wrigleyville and Boystown area last year, with 27 hold-ups reported. This morning's incident was the first on that block in 2014.

Crib Notes

Things are hopping at The Crib youth shelter lately. Police were called to the shelter's location twice Sunday evening.

At 8:30PM, a 911 caller reported a large group of males and females associated with The Crib were fighting in the middle of the street at Addison and Reta. Officers resolved the situation and no report was taken because the participants "became friends again."

About a half-hour later, police were again called to The Crib after a man who is barred from the shelter kept pounding on the door in an effort to get in. Officers moved the man along.

Last week, Crib workers called police after a client refused to leave the premises when service hours ended.

We contacted The Night Ministry, which operates The Crib, to see if they could shed light on the incidents and to ask if The Crib has adopted a more proactive approach to police matters. A representative replied that "we don’t comment on individual police calls."

Bogus

Quick heads up to local businesses: At least four reports of counterfeit currency have been made over the past few days in the immediate area.
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22 comments:

  1. I've noticed in increase in vagrants or chronically homeless types roaming the neighborhoods. A few seem mentally unstable. Are there any new shelters in the area?

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    1. Possible reasons: The city has shuttered many of its mental health services. It's also worth noting that the Abbott Hotel, the Hotel Chateau, and the Diplomat Hotel have all been closed. Diplomat is now housing for Thresholds. The other two will become rental properties.

      http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mayor-emanuel-closes-city-mental-health-clinics/Content?oid=9145051

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    2. the situation is this: most of the area shelters wont take the majority of the homeless with behavioral issues because a lot of them have been banned from coming back to one shelter or another, which basically leaves them with one alternative which is Pacific Gardens at 11th and Canal, which most of them wont go to because they say it is terrible there and full of the worst of the worst. hence you have them all wandering around our neck of the woods pursuing their individual brands of existence. some are truly in need but most are just hustlers/addicts that are not above departures from lawfullness or civility. the vast majority though, used to be serviced by city/state facilities before they were shut down by the manling/gov. potatohead. thanks guys, maybe we should encourage this disenfranchised group to set up a "tent city" on Hermitage between montrose and sunnyside?

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    3. "maybe we should encourage this disenfranchised group to set up a "tent city" on Hermitage between montrose and sunnyside"

      Fabulous idea, Anonymous. Helen Zatterberg Park is about three doors north of the mayor's house at 4228 N. Hermitage.

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  2. "Things are hopping at The Crib youth shelter lately."

    Well it's Spring. I always say, in the winter the homeless youth stay home.

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  3. The Crib, my ass. That place is nothing but trouble. Wow!! A thugging in front of Tiny Tommy Tunney's business! I guess he'll downplay it, and his bud Vulgaris will just say we are perceiving crime to be happening in the 'hood. Should be one hell of a CAPS meeting coming up in May. *EVERY* resident of this district and ward needs to attend. Spread the word!!!

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  4. Just wondering if the blog is aware of the super secret transfer order that came out yesterday??? 019 lost at least one more body on that order

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    1. Yes but wasn't a lost to the watch at all.
      If more left like him it would not matter at all.

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    2. Thanks for the info. We've not seen the "super secret" transfer. Much appreciated.

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  5. "A victim was robbed at knifepoint at 909 W. Belmont, the address of Ann Sather Restaurant, overnight."

    Tom? *taptap* Is this thing on? *taptap* *puff*

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  6. Iraqi Information MinisterApr 23, 2014, 9:12:00 AM

    There are no incidents in front of the Crib!

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  7. The Crib is purely an extension of the Center on Halsted, and all of the issues associated with that establishment are just moved a few blocks south once it closes for the night. The Night Ministry and the Lakeview Lutheran Church refuse to take any accountability for the disruption it has caused to the neighborhood, despite YEARS of meetings with local neighbors, the alderman, and the police. Tunney was supportive of the neighbors at first, but more recently has changed his tune completely and is now 100% supportive of the Night Ministry. Unfortunately, it has become evident that the neighbors are powerless to demand any kind improvement since the Night Ministry and Church have zero accountability to the neighbors or the police, apparently (obviously I will be voting for anyone but Tunney and Rahm come election time). I am dreading the warmer weather as it is a gaurantee that these types of incidents will continue with zero repurcussions to either of these organizations. There was a stabbing last year, and the swat team was also called when a Crib visitor broke into a neighboring apartment building and baricaded himself on the roof, and not one thing was changed in how they operate. If those two incidents alone do not warrant change, I don't think anything will. It's pretty discouraging, especially knowing the amount of money I pay in property taxes every year.

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    1. Check out the article in Windy City Times. An interview with Paul W. Hamann, president of Night Ministries. He wants to work with the communities, so I suggest start by calling him. "Homeless agency looks at increasing needs"
      by Matt Simonette
      2014-04-16

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    2. I suggest everyone call him and start out by asking what his salary is.

      Those places are in business to make a few people money. That's it. It's all a con job.

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    3. "I suggest everyone call him and start out by asking what his salary is.'

      This is public information and disclosure required by the IRS to maintain an organization's tax-exempt status. Going to Guidestar and looking up Night Ministry shows that in 2012, Paul Hamann was paid $135,780 in W-2 Compensation in 2012 (the most recent year reported), and $10,710 in "other compensation".

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    4. I know it's public information, and we've known for some time what the salaries of top NM employees. We also know that NM isn't doing well financially. He should be confronted in person over and over and be painted into a corner to explain the money and where it's going before he has the luxury to bash the tax payers of the neighborhood.

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    5. Social Justice Warrior CEOs should be paid a comfortable wage to run their agencies. Not Wall Street money

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  8. That article was extremely telling. Mr. Hamann clearly has no idea what goes on at The Crb, as evidenced by his comments that he faces "inhospitable neighbors". I assume if someone came to his home and used his property as a bathroom, a place to do drugs and have sex, he might also be slightly inhospitable. I would also imagine if he were harassed on his walk home by people waiting to get into The Crib, he'd probably also be upset. It is quite clear to me that those youths that actually do need assistance and could benefit from true social services do not stand a chance as long as he is the CEO of that organization. He has no clue what actually happens there and how grossly untrained his staff is. Quite a shame, as I believe there is a need. Unfortunately, after attending dozens of meetings over the last three years, I am not going to continue to waste any more of my time or energy attempting to reason with people who truly have no clue what goes on in the organizations they are leading.

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  9. Everyone working for these bullsh*t social services should be REQUIRED to live on the block they work.....end of story..

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  10. The biggest supporter of these so called agencies is Rahm
    Emanuel and his north shore friends. Let them go to his ward. Vote him out.

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  11. Here’s the passages from the article where this poverty pimp dumps on Lakeview residents:

    “kably different from the response to adult homelessness and as a country we're just not there yet. We're still trying to put a square peg in a round hole."
    One difficulty The Crib and other social-service agencies have encountered in recent years has been hostility from the neighborhoods in which they are located.
    "We have been asked by the city to provide these services, but agencies are sometimes working in areas where there are not hospitable neighbors or a hospitable alderman," Hamann said. "Some of the drop-in centers have had horrific times trying to find locations. The mayor has made this a priority and now we have to make sure that this priority gets shifted down to other levels as well."
    He admitted that agencies have rarely had the resources to be proactive in their relationships with their neighbors, and he is going to try to dedicate some staff time to building more cordial relations with the neighborhood. "I think in the ideal world we would have the resources and the personnel available to be continually working so they know us and know what we're doing. Often times it's a matter of education—you have to invite them in to see what you're doing and take the mystery away from it," he said.
    Hamann said the rapid gentrification of the neighborhoods poses another serious problem for impoverished Chicagoans.
    "Individuals are feeling pushed out as other individuals are coming in and claiming the neighborhood as their own, when really there are others who have been living there for a much longer time," he added. "The biggest challenge is the lack of affordable housing and lack of places to put affordable housing. When you take an expensive city like Chicago, even someone who's making minimum wage cannot afford to live here anymore."

    He is a socialist in sheep’s clothing. He is implying a re-distribution of wealth and an entitlement to private rental property.

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