Friday, May 09, 2014

HELLMONT: 5 Arrests In "Huge" Brawl At CTA Station

It was in the air last night. That vibe that has set in for 6 months of the year around here lately.

Hookers hanging out at Clark and Belmont side-by-side with babies in strollers. At midnight, of course. There's no sense having the young ones out before midnight, right?

Piles of people unloading from hoopty vans and brand new Escalades like clowns from circus cars. Just coming here to make sure our sidewalks are functioning, it seems.

SUVs with the doors propped open, people gathering around drinking "juice" out of plastic cups.

Then, at 1:20AM this morning, bedlam.

Five people were taken into custody at the Belmont Red Line station after CTA employees called in a "mob of males" beating on a lone victim. When the first unit arrived minutes later — Because, who could've predicted that cops might be needed at Belmont and Sheffield? — they immediately called for the cavalry.

In the end, two women and three men, some highly combative, were hauled away.

Smaller skirmishes broke out on Halsted and along Belmont throughout the overnight hours.

1:13AM - Five calls of a large group fighting in the 7-Eleven parking lot, Roscoe and Halsted.

1:48AM - 25 men fighting and arguing on Belmont west of Clark.

2:09AM - A man beating a woman at Sheffield and School

2:28AM - Lots of people "still milling around" Belmont and Clark, per an officer.

3:01AM - Large groups harassing customers at the Halsted/Roscoe 7-Eleven and kitty-corner outside Roscoe's Tavern.

3:03AM - Police are flagged down "right in front of Alderman Tunney's office” on Sheffield north of Belmont for a "fiasco."

3:26AM - Battery at Sheffield and Belmont. Ambulance goes to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a victim who suffered bite wounds (from a human).

To think, it was only Thursday. Same shit, different year.
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48 comments:

  1. I don't live in Chicago anymore, but enjoy following this website. As it seems each year the city of Chicago spirals a bit further out of control, both in terms of behavior of certain citizens and the finances of the city, I have a very simple solution - stop voting for the people running the show. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different result. I'd say that about sums it up for the city of Chicago and politics. Get rid of the "leaders" you have and start demanding more of the new people you vote in to office. I'm sure I'm not the first person to have this thought, and the trend may already be in place for all I know. Good luck, Chicago, you deserve better!

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    1. I sorta did that. I *voted* with my feet. I prefer to watch the train wreck from a distance.

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    2. I have a friend who made a brilliant analysis of our voting patterns... If we analysed politicians like we did football draft picks we might actually vote in someone good...

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  2. This sucks. I moved out of Lakeview, and I refuse to patronize any business there until they figure out a way to get this shit under control.

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  3. Welcome back, summertime. We've missed you.

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  4. Forget Tunney and the police. Someone with expertise in marketing and PR should aim this ghastly problem squarely at the Cubs and the Ricketts family. THIS mess is where the Ricketts family would like you and your family to come in and enjoy yourself. Attach this like a ball and chain around the the Cubs and the Ricketts expansion plans, and before long they'll be screaming to high heaven at the Mayor. Hookers, gang bangers, drug dealers, brawls, robberies, assaults...this is what the Ricketts want you to bring your family to. That's the campaign someone should put together. and I'll tell you, THAT would get a reaction.

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    1. It's pretty stupid to blame this on the Ricketts, they have had nothing to do with the thugs ruling the streets. It's a shame that the typical liberal now always quickly blames someone in business for themselves as the enemy, no matter what the problem is or where the root cause is associated.

      This is a problem of the voters voting in the same clowns that lie and do nothing to keep themselves in office, simple as that.

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    2. How the hell is this Rickett's fault? That makes no sense.

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    3. I think what Michael means is that anyone with as much power and clout as the Ricketts' family who willfully turns a blind eye to the mayhem and danger bears responsibility. The more capacity to exact change the more culpability they bear.
      Would they allow their children and grandchildren to frequent these parts after a night game? If not, with any good conscience, they ought either inform those they draw to their business or help create a safe environment! They can pressure the city to get more police around here...or, at a minimum, hire some of their own security.

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    4. Excellent comment. I, too, wonder why the Ricketts aren't DEMANDING more police protection for their clients. They have the $$$ and clout to demand it. Unfortunately, the tax-paying citizens won't be listened to by King Rahm & McCarthy...

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  5. Thank God I moved last month - I lived at Sheffield and Belmont.. I now live in Old Town - the grass IS greener away from the red line/boystown.l

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  6. They should arrest everyone for drinking in public/public intoxication and tow their cars all the way to the downtown tow lot under Wacker Drive.

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    1. They should have had a grip on this at least 5 years ago. The whole "Broken Windows" thing. It's WAY too late now.

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  7. Why is this news NOT in any paper today---or will it be any day?
    No other listing on internet of what happened except this site.
    Keep up the good work of keeping us informed about what really goes on in Chicago.

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    1. All you have to do is take a walk down any street around there. Anytime of day or night will enlighten you.

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    2. Because as much as it annoys the hell out of is, it's not really newsworthy crime.

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    3. Why not, indeed?!
      Why not ABC?
      Why not CBS?
      Why not NBC?
      Why not WGN?
      Why not Chicago Tribune?
      Why not Chicago Sun Times?
      Why not DNA Lakeview "news"?
      Who did I miss? Are these media outlets or not? Is this not HUGE news?? Especially because it happens ALL THE TIME!! If they don't report this then the rest of their reporting is suspect.

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    4. Right Riz. Just like this homicide. Not really newsworthy, right? Happens all of the time.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/04/death-investigation-man-found-dead-on.html

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    5. Beg to differ Riz. The body count south & west isn't real crime news, it's just keeping score in an going game amongst death cults.

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    6. Why is crime not reported by the media? Because the media is complicit in the fraud perpetrated by our elected officals. They've abetted for far too long to change now.

      And anyone who discounts the work of this new-site or any other you have confidence in needs to be reminded who the first bloggers in this country were... Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison. If you population were to have listened to those that governed and their puppet media we'd likely be drinking tea and eschewing proactive dental care.

      Keep up the truly important work CIWBT!!!!

      (have you folks ever considered providing technical support and training to other capable citizens interested in reporting the catastrophes occurring in other neighborhoods? This blog has done it right from the beginning and could really be a model for others with the skills and motivation but without the particular knowledge you've now developed.)

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  8. When will they add more police officers? When will the police be able to take back the streets?
    Why do they let this happen day after day night after night??
    What a joke it is here now, a once nice place to live, taken over at night by animals who do whatever they want then jump on the train and head back to where they all live after a night of crime on the north side..

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    1. One read of DNAinfo or similar boards will tell you when. A very significant percentage of our neighbors (and aldermen) believe unless one accepts a baseline level of mayhem, one is an "elitist" and must be ostracized or sent "back" to their Mennonite colony.

      This is the pathology.

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    2. A few weeks ago there was a very glitzy gala for Center On Halsted at Union Station. It was fascinating to see the list of big-wigs who were on hand. Some of them you would think would be very concerned about their business on Halsted.

      I agree. There is a mindset (and unfortunately it's monied and well-connected mindset) that believes exactly the way you stated.

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    3. Never. The toothpaste is out of the tube and there isn't enough $ to put it back. I really hate "slippery slope" as it's often applied out of laziness but we are on one right now. Unless current problems are addressed aggressively the result will create more dramatic problems. The natural consequence will be a downward spiral and fundamental change to a city that means a great deal to many of us.

      I'm afraid without massive resources and diligent leadership the malignancy of crime, corruption and do-nothing politicians is already anchored deep in our foundation. We as a city are still walking and talking but our death is likely already assured.

      Sadly all that's left could be the losing battle and the devastation caused by watching something you love disintegrate before your eyes.

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    4. And most tragically, this generation of Chicago refugees will be ultimately destroyed by political correctness.

      Anything, including being robbed/beaten or shot is preferable to being labeled an "ist". Lakeview s story is but a microcosm of a national phenomenon.

      It's self immolation pure and simple. To my neighbors that share this mindset, I truly hate you.

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    5. Fresh to the list of "ist" and "ism" is "Adultism."

      "The oppression of young people by adults, enforced by rules, regulations, & language created without the consultation of young people."

      By the way, do NOT Google "Adultism" at work.

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    6. Well remember the immortal words of the Night Ministry, "We don't discipline them because they don't respond well to rules."

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    7. The first time I hear the new word "adultism" said around me, I know I am going to laugh out loud! I am laughing (and gagging) right now! Pu-leeze!

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  9. "All you have to do is take a walk down any street around there. Anytime of day or night will enlighten you."

    Night is MUCH more enlightening.

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    1. Like rats in the dark, this scum seems to be much more comfortable out in public once the sun goes down.

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  10. Tunney has publicly blabbed repeatedly that "Lakeview welcomes ALL people." That is code for welcoming the violent thugs, rapists, perverts, and criminals invading the neighborhood.

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    1. It might be nice if the neighborhood welcomed more police officers interested in the job and not the inside of a car until retirement.

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  11. I work in a nursing home in the near suburbs, and some of our more, um, immature staff members have been bragging about brewing fights at Belmont Red, with glee in their eyes, as they are the sort of people who really enjoy seeking out fights and "Maury Povich" type of behavior.
    I'm quitting soon.

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  12. #1 where was the special employment CTA car(s) supposed to be at the belmont el stop? #2 that area is not important, Clark street is. Go ask the cmdd.

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    1. Good luck if you ever see the Belmont special employment P.O.'s ever get out of the car.
      Cuz they don't. And I see them every morning I come home from work.

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  13. This whole thing just makes me so sad. I actually cried after reading the above and realizing what has become to our beloved Boystown. I'm a Chicago native. Lived in Bucktown practically my entire life and now reside in Jefferson Park. I came out in the 80's and remember all those amazing bars: "Showcase One", "Windy City Bar", "Paradise", "Cheeks"...goes on and on. Loved going out till the wee hours and not thinking about any danger. It was joyous and exciting and everyone just wanted to relax and have a great time. Going out alone was fun, and there was never a problem venturing solo on the side streets after 2 AM. Being accosted or held up or stabbed was the furthest thing from my mind ---neither was worrying if I was going to make it to the corner alive. What has happened? I can't see myself going to Boystown anymore. My heart aches for those glory days. Now, it is all a distant memory, and I mourn every time I read "Crimes in Boystown." Yet, I am glad I had those memories of a better time, and they will always remain in my heart.

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    1. Glenn, I have posted several times in the past and stated exactly what you just wrote. I moved to Chicago in 1982 and for fifteen years it was the greatest city and safest for this former New Yorker.
      Went anywhere,walked anywhere anytime even to the Golden Ox, right in the heart of Cabrini Green
      and never ever felt threatened. Ann Sathers on Belmont rocked for breakfast and it was THE place
      to go. Tom Tunney, not the alderman, was a stellar host and owner. I moved last year from Chicago because of the fear factor, a fear I hadn't experienced since my early days in NYC. I'm in Austin TX
      and have stated that owning a gun means I can defend myself AND no one knows if I have one or not.
      Forget adding more police and forget blaming politicians. It's a bit late in my opinion and reason for this rampant crime splurge is so easy to pinpoint.
      You brought some great memories back Glenn. Thanks.

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    2. I lived in the heart of Boystown from 2003-2007. Even as recently as that time period our neighborhood didn't have ANY of these problems. My partner and I would think nothing of walking back to our apartment from the Halsted strip during the wee hours because there weren't assorted thugs and cracked-out "female" hookers looking to roll you.

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  14. Does anyone have an idea as to what is drawing all the gang activity to the Boystown area? It can't just be the Center On Halsted alone, can it?

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    1. Well this is just my theory...A handful of years ago when all this trouble had recently begun to happen I was at a CAPS meeting, and a woman standing at the back of the room added her opinion which was (and I remember what she said word for word), "We all need to come together to solve this...the Alderman, the police, the Center, the youth, the South side, the West side." I pointed out that the only people she left out of that equation were the residents, home owners and tax payers of the neighborhood. Her response to me was, "This isn't about YOUR property value." After the meeting I questioned who she was and was told that she was involved with the Center, and that she goes around the South and West sides posting fliers encouraging people to come to Lakeview to utilize the Center...POSTING FLIERS. So we are definitely having a big problem with the Center, the reckless way they administer their "programs" and the people who flock there...but there has been another crowd that has swept in on that wake, and they're the ones described in the post above. Posting fliers is casting a very wide and indiscriminate net. They were invited, and they came. Now they're entrenched in a neighborhood with a worthless alderman, a toothless and depleted police presence. So we have the Center crowd causing trouble and a second wave that followed them up.

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    2. Plain and simple reason? Becuase the gang people, the thugs and the thugettes, just want to ruin everything for everyone else. There is no other reason.

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    3. great post. thank you

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    4. The criminals go where the victims are. When you have people walking around with $600 smart phones and no street smarts the criminals come in. Like wolves after sheep. The criminals like easy targets and this neighborhood is full of them.

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  15. 27% cut in police attracts thugs and gangs like a magnet.

    McCarthy couldn't lead a troop of Eagle Scouts and cannot learn from NYC and Bratton, by ignoring crimes lesser than homicides, not holding precinct commanders accountable for anything other than budget, cooks crime numbers, and transit police are an unknown concept, hence we have Belmont "L" station and surrounds being what it is.

    Emanuel is an aloof, crooked, stupid CEO masquerading as mayor, or least is mayor of only the Loop. Gold Coast Limo Liberals will keep him there. He can run Presidential campaign with an iron fist, but cannot do nothing else but schmooze with donors. Voter turnout at primaries is low and is the only opportunity to get rid of them. Republicans, which is basically the Tea Party now, are simply unelectable and will do nothing but introduce social wedge issues.

    Chicago is simply too crooked and incompetent to ever come back, and the constituents are 50% to blame..

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    1. Voting in any other party would be better than keeping in the status quo. Maybe it would make them shake in their boots and actually do something.

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    2. And meanwhile Tunney glazes his cinnamon buns, Voulgaris orders more toilet paper, and Rahm thumbs his nose in the national media at everyone.

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    3. And meanwhile Tunney glazes his cinnamon buns. Stay Alert and Protect. There is no leader ship near by.

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  16. The neighborhood will only be better when Rahm and Tunney are out. While he remains the city will never be safe. We don't need cops we need Divvy. Crime is down say the Emanuel Chicago media.

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