Wednesday, February 04, 2015

BLOTTER: Center On Halsted Draws Action After Weeks Of Calm

After a few relatively quiet months, things have picked up at the Center on Halsted (COH), 3656 N. Halsted.

Love Lost

Police responded to the COH on January 22 after receiving multiple reports of a woman “pulling on a male’s privates” outside a third-floor basketball game there. The alleged “pulling” was apparently not the friendly variety.

They arrested Tatiana Love, 19, for allegedly biting and scratching a man who broke up with her earlier in the day. When a COH security guard intervened, Love allegedly punched him in the face and fled the building. Cops caught her on nearby Waveland Avenue.

Love, who lists The Crib youth shelter as her home address, is charged with one count each of domestic battery and battery.

That's What You Think

Uptown resident Brian Conner, 22, is charged with criminal trespass and two counts of assault in connection with a January 20 incident at the Center.

Security told police that Conner was “passed out…for an extended period of time” inside the COH. When they woke him up and asked him to leave, Conner allegedly “became enraged…lunged forward” and warned, “if you touch me, I’m going to come back and kill you.”

Conner was detained by the guards until police arrived. They have not been killed.

Update

A convicted robbery offender charged with battering a COH case worker last October was let off the hook when the victim failed to show up in court. At the time of his arrest, the convict was also living at The Crib youth shelter.
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14 comments:

  1. Wasn't the Center on Halsted supposed to be for the gay community? Almost as soon as it opened it filled with heterosexual transients and gang members. Crime in the area adjacent to the center skyrocketed. I'm confused how the gay community and those responsible for the center could allow this to happen. Chicago is a joke.

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    1. That's a good question to pose for our ward 44 alderthingy, who himself was elected to office (and will likely be re-elected to office in a couple of weeks) simply on the coattails of being a gay person. Go back and review all the hundreds of photo-ops adorning all news media since the opening of the CoH several years back, and review how Tunney trumpeted loudly from that mountainside that this was the greatest thing to happen to gay (mostly) men since sliced bread and the invention of the wheel. Then ask Tunney why the clientele of the CoH is now mostly (majority) heterosexual thugs and troublemakers. Ask him also about the voluminous crime reports generated from that address at at the CoH, the addresses of offenders ("youth" up to the age of, oh 40, it seems) being other local neighborhood "agencies," as well as southside addresses 15 miles away, and why this was allowed to happen.

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    2. Community centers like the COH will always have issues like those listed above. The Center does seve a need for the community. There are good people(me) that have used the COH programs. I do think though that the center has gotten the message that the community will only put up with so much BS. From what i see things are getting better @ COH. Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water.

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    3. The real problem with COH and other places like it is the mindset of those who work there. There' s a disturbing consensus that manifests itself out of political correctness that the behavior of these youth is normal. People who could be in the position to influence these kids positively and change their course in life instead encourage them to continue on the criminal path as a form of multicultural expression. When I think about how much is squandered and how much the community loses, I get sick. In essence, these community leaders have themselves become gang leaders.

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  2. Center on Halsted and the Crib should have "programs" where anyone who wants free services there has to shovel a block of a side street first.

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    1. instead of them doing community service, we as the community have to do service to them. COH, have them pitch in a little bit, do something, anything, to feel and be part of the neighborhood.

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    2. That's a good idea. Also, anyone who violates these programs rules should do comunity service if they are deserving of a second chance. Obviously, some offenses don't deserve a second chance.

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  3. Are you aware that Center on Halsted has installed locked doors on the second floor.
    What used to be a public space is now guarded like Fort Knox.
    I was told by an employee of the Center that a few incidents happened on the second floor that were
    "more serious than theft of wallets, purses, cell phones"
    So the Center has invited criminals into our neighborhood but has used taxpayer dollars to
    protect (security doors) those people who invited the criminals into the neighborhood.

    I'm wondering if CWB could obtain police reports of batteries at COH
    or civil lawsuit records for 2014.

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    1. Center not only has installed security doors leading to the second floor hallway, but now the second floor reception desk is staffed to ensure better security and also to enforce a strict "no loitering" policy that applies to the whole second floor (the goal is to have that reception desk staffed at ALL times, and that will eventually happen). From what I've seen, staff are very aggressive about policing this area, and these new security precautions are starting to work ...

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  4. What would it take to MOVE or CLOSE the COH? Is that still the 44th Ward with the new alignment? If so, I wonder if Mark Thomas and the other candidate have linked the centers to the crime.

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    1. According to that little Puffy Marshmallow guy who appeared at a CAPS meeting a couple of summers ago, and I quote, "None of our clients at the Center are responsible for any crimes in Boystown" or some equally idiotic statement.He was stifled after those remarks, and come to think of it, hasn't been heard from since then. There is a definite correlation between some CoH "clients" (as well as "crib" residents) and crime in the area.

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    2. With a little renovation, the CoH could be converted to an OUT hotel.

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    3. I'm pretty sure that whole OUT Hotel proposal is dead now, no matter the location.

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