Sunday, June 15, 2014

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP: Belmont Violence Continues Unabated; Wrigleyville Tame

No seat for you! When the sun goes down, the Subway restaurant
at 901 Belmont 
strips its dining room of
furniture and loose objects. 
(Bob Zuley)
Wrigleyville's bar strip has been relatively tame this weekend, allowing our officers to actually patrol neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday nights.  Pretty rare stuff, so don't get used to it.

On the other hand, it seems that the city has essentially surrendered Belmont Avenue between Halsted and Seminary. Again.

For reasons that cannot be understood by the common man, our police department more or less abandons that stretch of Belmont every summer until a major incident forces them to devote resources. Last year, that incident happened on June 23rd, which means we're just about due.

Here's the Friday/Saturday fight clock:

Friday
11:29PM - 911 says a bar manager has reported two 30-year-old white guys fighting on the street at Clark and Eddy. The Clark Street police detail says they don't see anything.

Saturday
2:23AM — Men fighting on the street, 3721 N. Clark. Resolved by police.

3:32AM - Big City Tap calls 911 to let police know that they just saw "some guy all bloodied up" get into a Yellow Cab and leave the area of 1010 W. Belmont.

3:44AM - Fight outside the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont.

3:57AM - Four men fighting inside the Subway restaurant, 1020 W. Belmont. A robbery report is taken in case HX302753.

4:21AM - Two "women" fighting on the street in the 700 block of Roscoe. Resolved by police.

5:47AM - Two men fighting in the street at 934 W. Belmont.

5:51AM - Two men fighting on the sidewalk, 930 W. Belmont. Another 911 caller says "20 people" ran into a nearby alley "ready to fight."

5:55AM - Battery in progress at the Belmont Red Line. 4 to 5 people fighting outside the station.

Sunday
2:07AM - Callers are "lighting up the board" at Chicago's 911 center, reporting a major street fight around the Belmont Red Line station. Various callers reported: Fighting at Belmont and Wilton; fighting at the Belmont L Station; another fist fight at Belmont and Wilton; 20 to 30 people fighting in the middle of Belmont under the train tracks; a group of "women" fighting under the train tracks; and "a big ol' street fight" at 945 Belmont.

Officers arrive at 2:09AM and report that everyone is scattering: "It's going to be an all night problem."

3:53AM - 24-year-old man battered outside of Berlin nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. An ambulance takes the victim to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

4:59AM - A passer-by calls 911 for a man who says his phone got snatched in the 1000 block of Belmont. The victim is last seen chasing the offender northbound on Sheffield.
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20 comments:

  1. Ahhh, summer. And a telling observation ... the "alderman" for Ward 44, one Thomas Tunney as I believe he is known, owns a business right in the middle of where all of this crap took place .... the 900 block of Belmont. Granted, said stickybuns business might not be open during these evening and wee morning hours (well, if you consider 5 A.M. "wee") but his business is there, nonetheless. So the obvious question must be posed: not to mention the violence and mayhem and shenanigans throughout "his" ward, what is he doing about the issue right there on the very street, the very block, where he has a business, an investment, inventory and capital outlay? Surely he realizes (or maybe he doesn't, since he does do a good bit of blankly staring off into space) that the nighttime violence will eventually (if it hasn't already) impact his daytime stickybuns sales. I thought he was going to be "all up your butt" with these types of issues? Or was that buttness confined only to the Wrigley dilemma? Message to Thomas Tunney: GET OFF YOUR FUCKING DUFF AND DO SOMETHING before the whole neighborhood has violence like at the Belmont Red Line station. Many would postulate that we are well on our way already. Halsted was an absolute shit-hole this morning until the sun came up, and actually a good bit beyond that I need you to ACT, Tommie, and show your constituents you are successfully battling the issues in ward 44. But hey, I'm "just one person" and I guess I'll "shut up! shut up!" now, Tommie.

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  2. Tunney and Rahm have no respect for anyone in this community. They think they could buy this upcoming election because they have the media in their pocket.

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    1. I seriously doubt Rahm can be bothered to spend the time reading (and learning) from a news source such as CWB, but what about Tunney? Surely he reads it. Or maybe not. Maybe he's just "looking into it" or something. What a lackluster alderman. If he is re-elected, ward 44 deserves everything that happens going forward. Someone PLEASE come forward and run against this "alderman."

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  3. It's only the perception of crime that becomes more obvious when the Morlocks invade the area after dark.
    Good thing the new Super 19th District didn't lose police personnel after the merger.

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  4. Why do you put "women" in quotation marks but not "men"?

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    1. Because none of the participants were described as women dressed as men.

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    2. So just call them women minus the quotes. The quotes are a bit disrespectful and removing them would not alter the message that a crime occurred.

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    3. I'm not worried about "respecting" the derelicts that come to our neighborhood to wreak havoc on polite society.

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    4. Really anonymous? You really are worried about disrespecting thugs that come to rob and beat the citizens of this community? You do realize these thugs dress as "women" (quotation marks intentional) so they can commit crimes, hide, change appearance and get away? Not because of lifestyle, because of crime... Get off the righteous superhighway and join reality...

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  5. Little lesson to those who decide to go out there... Those fights are mostly staged to divert your attention... Then robbing the crowd is all the more easy....

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  6. I'm glad they go to Subway and stay the hell out of Nookie's.

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  7. truly - why is that subway 24 hours? i don't understand. there is no way that the business they do from midnight - 6am outweighs this bullshit.

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    1. Again blaming the businesses. How is this Subway's fault?

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    2. Not blaming the business. Wondering how the businesses justifies the labor and expenses involved in operating 24 hours a day when it apparently has safety concerns and limited revenues overnight.

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    3. exactly - thank you anonymous (#2).

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    4. Subway should not be 24 hour there, Starbucks used to be but they realized it wasn't worth it and it actually endangered their employees. One reason crime is up is because the urchins have a place to legally hang out... I mean really if you are a normal person who stops into that subway at 3 am, you should have your head examined

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  8. Are these thugs even buying anything at Subway? Or are they going in there to use the bathroom and throw furniture around?

    I know us tax-payers are totally ignored by the mayor & alderfool....but don't the business owners have any clout at all? Seems they do not. It's as if the thugs have won.

    I wonder how much longer I'll stay around here. Seems the entire city is turning into a craphole. Very sad.

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  9. A lot overnight workers need places to eat.

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  10. On the southside, the Subway stores have placed bullet proof glass in front of the area where the employees make the food to protect them from gunfire, people punching and throwing things at them. Might be a good idea to do the same to protect the workers on Belmont.

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    1. I'd be pretty scared to work there.

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