Friday, November 07, 2014

CITY RECORDS: Rival Tags Not Uncommon Around LVHS

Spanish Gangster Disciples tag, 4000 block Greenview. #3 on map.
Many were surprised to hear about an attempted gang shooting in a normally-quiet section of Lake View on Monday.

But, CWB has learned, one of the arrestees in that incident told police that he came to the area specifically because he knew that rival gang members frequent Warner Garden Park, located just two homes from where bullet casings were found on Monday.

And, a CWB search of city graffiti removal requests has found significant gang tagging activity in the immediate area of Lake View High School in recent months.

This map shows the locations of eight now-removed tags, which represented at least 3 different street gangs.

City-provided photos of the tags follow.

ABOVE: #1. Latin Eagles. 4200 N Ashland.

ABOVE: #2. 4100 block of Paulina.

ABOVE: #4. 1400 block of Cuyler.
ABOVE: #5. Latin Eagles. 3900 block of Ashland.
ABOVE: #6. Latin Eagles in the 3900 block of Marshfield.
ABOVE: #7. Latin Eagles in the 1600 block of Byron.

ABOVE: #8. 1600 block of Byron.
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35 comments:

  1. WOW. Not sure what the author wants to make you think but no tags were on the school. Using his logic, number 1 and 2 tag must be related to the Ravenswood Elementary. Haven't you bashed the school enough? Go get a teaching degree and make a difference.

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    1. Uh oh. Somebody's head got pulled out of the sand.

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    2. This blog is making a difference and it has personally taught me a lot about what's going on in my community. Thank you CWB!

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    3. Must be a mad gang member because we are pointing these out.

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    4. Well, as the opening paragraph states, "Many were surprised to hear about an attempted gang shooting in a normally-quiet section of Lake View on Monday." The story then goes on to explain that, perhaps, the situation should not have been so surprising.

      We appreciate that some readers are new to CWB with this story. Many of them have deep emotional connections to this because their children go to Lake View or are considering it.

      We have presented and will continue to report what we learn from sources we've worked with on stories far, far more serious than this one as well as court records.

      If you have a problem, email us. contactingcwb@gmail.com

      We will not be publishing any more comments of this sort.

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    5. I think some of the parents are hyper sensitive about LVHS because their kids did not get into one of the magnet schools and they want to make is seem that LVHS is just as good as the magnets.

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  2. I agree with Anonymous above. And how does the number of requests for graffiti removal compare to other areas in Lake View, Ravenswood, etc? That would be a much more useful statistic.

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  3. Good lord, I hate to say this, but gentrification can't come quickly enough. Armitage & Sheffield used to be the HQ for the Latin Kings back in the 1970's, but no longer. Begin the teardowns. And I'ma liberal guy, but I don't condone people going out of their way to shove bad behavior in our faces.

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    1. Have you walked down Greenview across from Lake View High School lately. One million dollar home after another.

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  4. CPD at park tonight. 15 or so Latino HS aged kids run off by CPD. They scattered like roaches. They were literally jumping over the rails. This article is right on. Had CPD not shown up, there would have been more. The lighted park doesn't matter the these young urban terrorists.

    We live by the park and see the LVHS kids congregate all the time. There is nothing in this story that is not right on. If you lived here, you would know. It has been going on for a while as the LVHS "want to bees" are recruited every new school year. Remeber when the apartment building at Irving and greenview had the whole building tagged? These pictures are nothing compared to the, however, we've never had the shoot out at the el OK coral.

    If you see people in the park that don't belong, call CPD. If they are doing nothing wrong, they have nothing to worry about. As tonight proves, they ran off for a reason. They were up to no good.

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    1. Glad someone else saw it. I called it in around 8-9 kids. The numbers were growing as CPD rolled up. Which was about 6 minutes after my call.

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  5. CIB refers to itself as "we". Who exactly is "we". How come you don't identify yourselves and where your office is located? Why don't you man up (or woman up) and publicly stand behind your writing? Are you professional journalists? What are your qualifications? Your curriculum vitae? Or are you someone who was once mugged and now sit in mom's basement in your underwear typing stories against people and things that are "wrong" in a attempt in your mind to get even? Some of your "followers" seem to be the same people commenting over and over because the style of writing has the same silly retorts, grammatical errors, etc. But as you say, you won't be publishing "any more comments of this sort". Not surprising.

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    1. This blog has the most reliable reporting on crime in this area. They have solid sources and good information. I have followed up any questions I have with CPD and found the stories to be accurate - more accurate than CPD would prefer. The City would rather not have this kind of information out there because it makes the tax paying citizens uncomfortable. The purpose of the blog is to bring attention to crime in an effort to solve the problem and they have achieved results. It is definitely a bummer when your eyes are opened to the problems in the area, but don't shoot the messenger.

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    2. Wow David Lee! I don't get what your issue is. Here we have an source for accurate and verifiable criminal activity in the neighborhood that no one else is reporting. Thanks to CWB we are informed and can make decisions and/or take action as we residents see fit. There's no bashing going on heret except for he heads of residents and visitors who are regularly beaten and robbed by criminals. If anything the CWB bias is more toward the Politically Correct.
      I think the question should be, "who are YOU and why are you finding fault where none exists?"

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    3. Dear CWB,
      Please ignore this bitter idiot David Lee - he probably works for Rahm.
      CWB, you do a great job and provide a valuable service.

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    4. David Lee, please challenge the information not the disseminators of the the information. If you can find specific errors in reporting, please present them here. Revealing the authors' identity would/could shift the focus (or attacks) to their personal lives as opposed to the information they are sharing with their neighbors. This would be a distraction as I, for one, want them to keep the focus on the ever-increasing crime in Lakeview (and beyond).

      I have been reading this blog daily for 15 months and have yet to read anything that resembles exaggeration or anything that has been proven to be untrue. They have done us a great service! Thank you Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown bloggers.

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    5. Dear washed up former lead singer of Van Halen,

      Before casting grammatical stones, check your own.

      "Who exactly is 'we'."

      Hope your glass house isn't caught in the crossfire.

      Meanwhile, I'll continue to read CWB and appreciate the lively, constructive, valuable conversations added to the effort of keeping our neighborhoods safe. And, will continue to enjoy posts like yours and so many others on message boards that make me realize, I don't need a Stuart Smalley moment to tell myself I'm smart. Thank you! And cheers! Heard that Kool-Aid you've been drinking is totally bitchin'!

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    6. I think "we" just found Miss Tunney's alias.

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    7. How can David Lee be so opposed to an unbiased, timely and authoritative source for crime news in our communities?
      This information surely isn't being disemminated by the daily news media outlets.
      And, the CPD doesn't happily issue any crime information.
      David Lee must be quite enamored of Rahm's media blackout of crime reporting.

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    8. Lighten up Francis. Journalism should be a verb - anyone can do it. You don't need credentials to do it. CWB does a good job in providing lots of information - the fact that they get even numbers for arrests and have detailed information makes up for any issues I may find with grammar or spelling. I really don't care who they are (unless they're pretty single ladies, then that's different - but I digress) because they put out a good product. It's a high visibility blog that is relatively evenhanded in its coverage.

      Some of the city's best crime blogging is done by anonymous folks. The person behind heyjackass.com has amazing stats, @spotnewsonIG on twitter/Instagram has great photos of crime scenes and monitors scanner traffic. I really don't care who they are, but I like that they do hard work that our media should be doing but doesn't.

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    9. Let me guess... David Lee has kids who go to LVHS, or David Lee works at LVHS.

      How far off am I?

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    10. I still say 'David Lee' is Miss Tunney.

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  6. The school covers tags every morning. There were pitchforks and crowns on the back entrance all summer as well. They also replaced the signage surround the school fit the first time in five years and those were littered with tags. The playground is full of small tags. Stick your head in the blue tunnel. The buildings off the alley on belle plaine get tagged every other week. Open enrollment...

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  7. I live across the street. I have made at least 7 removal requests on my building alone in the past year.

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  8. I've come to really appreciate and check in on what CWB is reporting. They are timely, concise, and just snide enough to keep it real. IMHO CWB is doing us a valuable service. They provide factual information; unlike the rhetoric Rahm, McCarthy, and the alderweasels spew.
    What does it matter who or where they are?
    What does curriculum vitae have to do with aggregating and disseminating facts?
    Do you question every Google news or Chicago Daily Law Bulletin feed?
    The reality of it is that LVHS gets tagged a lot. There are tags and a turf war going on all around the community. You can see some of the same Latino gang tags along Montrose and behind the alley of the Montrose/Clark strip mall. I've called the alderman, and submitted online to graffiti blasters 2x this year. It was worse on the Montrose end last year.
    Further East down Montrose/Malden it becomes a 3 way African American turf war centered on the scattered-site housing around Sunnyside. This has leaked throughout Uptown.
    You'd be surprised at how many parents I've enlightened at my child's school regarding the difference between graffiti and gang tags. Tagging is symptomatic of a much greater problem. A problem which our local officials have only been able to craft a reactionary response.
    Face the facts, it's all around us. It's about how WE as a community choose to deal with it. A great start is being informed; and not to stick your head in the sand, or berate those who are trying to make a difference.
    Hey angry guy, you live in the murder capital. Why wouldn't you want to inform yourself?
    Why would you want to stay hostile, ignorant, and emotionally unclad in your own Freudian basement?

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    1. Two thumbs up for this writer!!!

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  9. FWIW, talking someone at an alderman's office on Tuesday after the Monday shootout on Warner. Told 'em what CWB said and the response was "they got it right."

    So, I will continue to read this blog, communicate with the authors, and contribute when I can.

    I appreciate the local source without the media spin.

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    1. I can confirm that my ward office also confirmed this too.

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  10. I used to live right there; the reason I moved away about 3 years ago was feeling unsafe due to altercations on the sidewalk with young people who were claiming gang membership.

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  11. Thank you, CWB. You are providing a valuable service to residents of the area. Too bad our mayor, alderfools and local media cannot - or will not - report the truth.

    Don't forget to vote OUT our worthless alderfools who keep voting for whatever Rahm wants....including a budget that does not allow for hiring more cops.

    P.S. Thank you CPD for all that you do

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  12. Great job (again) CWB.
    And...per usual...you got the facts 100% right. Quite unlike the rubbish we get from the city and especially from the official channels at CPD.
    Keep up the great work.
    If you're not pissing off some people some of the time, well then you're just scribbling on the funny pages.
    Thanks.

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  13. The city can barely keep up with requests to remove graffiti. It is everywhere. The gangbangers and vandals are even defacing stop signs.

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  14. The Latin Eagles were involved in the shooting at Tai's Til 4 last spring, which left an innocent bystander shot in the eye. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140512/lakeview/lakeview-shooting-happened-during-gang-memorial-for-man-killed-2-years-ago

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