INGALLS ST MAM AD 728x90px 03 30 21
5-8-2014-12-04-46-PM-2418115

Area shooting puts new cop in crossfire

The April 11 murder of a man in the 8100 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue was among the issues discussed during an 18th Ward crime prevention meeting held May 1 at Bogan High School, where new Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. Jim O’Donnell introduced himself to residents.

O’Donnell became commander on April 20, replacing David McNaughton, who was promoted to deputy superintendent of Area Central.

ÒI know the police cannot be everywhere. I don’t expect them to be,” said Ald. Lona Lane (18th), who hosted the event in the high school auditorium at 3939 W. 79th St. ÒI want to stress that it is our responsibility too (to keep an eye on what is going on around the neighborhood).” {{more}}

The meeting was held in conjunction with the Beat 834 monthly CAPS meeting, held as usual on the fourth Thursday of the month at Bogan. Beat 834 encompasses the neighborhoods of Ashburn and Scottsdale, stretching from Kedzie to Cicero Avenue, roughly between 77th and 87th Street.

Other officials in attendance included Beat 834 co-facilitators Pat Glatz and Earl Boyd, 8th District CAPS Sgt. Randi O’Carroll, beat Ofc. Jim Meehan and Barb Ziegler, coordinator of the 8th District court advocacy program.

O’Carroll described the shooting on Kilpatrick of Andres Cervantes, 22, as a case of mistaken identity by gang members, making finding the gunman Òa top priority” for police.

She said Cervantes, of the 4000 block of West 58th Street, was an innocent bystander in a gang dispute. He was sitting in a vehicle at 2:40 a.m. when a van came toward the car and flashed its lights before someone in the van opened fire. Cervantes was hit in the head and shoulders, and died at Christ Hospital.

It is thought the vehicle he was in was mistaken for a gang member’s vehicle.

Residents also asked for a progress report on the investigation into the April 9 shooting of a man in the 8400 block of South Kedzie Avenue. The victim, who survived, was waiting in line at a restaurant to pick up his food order when unknown gunmen waiting across the street opened fire on him and a friend.

O’Carroll said the investigation is ongoing but the victim is not cooperating with police.

ÒWe do have a success story,” she said, explaining how five offenders were caught breaking into cars in the 3700 block of West 81st Street thanks in part to 911 calls from sharp-eyed neighbors.

ÒTwo people called 911,” said Meehan. ÒIf you don’t call, we don’t come,” he added, encouraging residents to call 911 if they are at all suspicious of activity going on around them.

ÒThey’re mostly juveniles,” said O’Donnell, so they likely will get off lightly if it is their first offense. But a 16-year-old has been charged with burglary. Ò(Juveniles) don’t get housed unless it is a serious case, like shooting,” said O’Donnell.”

ÒBut keep calling,” he urged his audience. ÒDon’t get demoralized (by lenient sentences). You are our eyes and ears in the community.”

ÒIt is demoralizing for us sometimes,” said O’Donnell, a 28-year CPD veteran who led tactical teams in the Englewood (7th) District and elsewhere. Most recently he was commander of the 16th (Jefferson Park) District.

ÒEventually, history will catch up to them,” he said, noting that jail sentences are handed out to repeat offenders. He noted that convicted burglars who speak to community groups usually say Ònosy neighbors” rather than dogs or burglar alarms led to their arrests.

Catalytic converters being stolen off cars also was a problem over the last month, and Ziegler said the court advocacy program is monitoring three cases.

The officials explained that thieves are after the platinum in the catalytic converters, which are sawed off mufflers and sold to scrap dealers.

Lane plans to introduce a city ordinance requiring anyone selling catalytic converters to provide documentation.

ÒThey’ll have to have ID, phone number and address. And they won’t be paid in cash. They will get a check mailed to them,” she said, giving time trace thefts.

Responding to audience questions about issues such as prostitution, bicycle patrols and Òbucket boys” at intersections, O’Donnell said he agrees with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s view that prostitutes and shoplifters shouldn’t be in Cook County Jail, since the limited space is needed for violent offenders.

O’Donnell said that while he is Ònot a big fan” of bicycle patrols, because cars will get officers to crime scenes quicker, their use may be expanded in the 8th District Òbecause my boss likes them,” he said, referring to Supt. Garry McCarthy.

Local News

Karen Sala

Check your smoke detector batteries

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] It’s October. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors. I woke up to the unpleasant chirping of one of my smoke alarms the other morning at about 4 a.m. Thankfully I had a 9-volt battery, so I was able to change it and go…

Mary Stanek

Día celebrations coming this month

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated especially by people of Mexican heritage. It is a joyful celebration, rather than mourning. Family and friends pay respects to those who have died. Traditions include building altars…

Peggy Zabicki

Room to grow at new dollar store

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I finally went to the new Dollar Tree at 8444 S. Pulaski. It is a very big store and parking lot. It has the usual fun and useful dollar store items. Everything is still $1. There are lots of empty shelves and room for…

Kathy Headley

Unique collection in need of a caring home

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 As you may remember, shortly before the pandemic began, St. Rita of Cascia Parish invited Myra Kathryn Richardson to showcase some exhibits from her Mary Eve Thorsen Museum collection in the parish hall. Items from the Dick and…

Mr. Vondrak

A ‘businessman with a heart’

Colleagues pay tribute to Jim Vondrak By Joan Hadac In a business world frequently competitive to the point of being harsh and even cruel, James C. “Jim” Vondrak stood out as a businessman with a heart. The scion of a Southwest Side newspaper family, Mr. Vondrak owned and operated a chain of community newspapers led…

Officer Maureen O’Neill in her final days on the job at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Lorena Paredes

She bleeds blue

Officer Maureen O’Neill retires after 38 years By Tim Hadac If things appear a little unglued in the commander’s office at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station, it’s because Officer Maureen O’Neill recently retired after serving in the district for 38 years, 7 months and 1 day. “It’s fair to say that in some…

GSWNH_PurpleForAPuurpose_102221

Purple for a purpose

Taking a momentary break from tying purple ribbons around trees and fenceposts at West Lawn Park last Saturday are CPD Officers Sarai Trevino, Maria DeLaTorre, Raymond Tracy and Jose Supulveda, and Shari Grassmuck and Nancy Arroyo. The group made the park go purple in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM has been a national…

GSWNH_HoubyParade_102221

Scouts march in Houby Parade

  Members of Boy Scout Troop 1441, sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Holy Name Society, participated in the annual Houby (Czech word for mushroom) Parade, held in suburban Cicero earlier this month. Scouts enjoyed food vendors, live music, games and a carnival. Any boys ages 11 to 17 from any school interested…

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st)

Rush wants lower phone rates for inmates

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) this month continued his push for his Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act (H.R. 2489) in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The bill would ban the commissions that prisons and other confinement facilities receive from communications providers, which are the primary cause…

pancakes110721

Scouts set pancake breakfast fundraiser

From staff reports Boy Scout Troop 465 and Cub Scout Pack 3465 will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at Five Holy Martyrs Church’s Abramowicz Hall, 4327 S. Richmond. Meals will consist of pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Meals are priced at $8…

Neighbors

CRR NH Evergreen Window Door House Ad
CRR NH Niego Real Estate House Ad
CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session's second week

CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session’s second week

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the Health Care Right…

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced an executive order Friday that will add day care personnel to the list of professions that must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The governor’s office said it expects the order to affect 55,000 individuals in the state,…

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects. The Cook County gun tax, which took effect in…

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of the public got their first chance to speak directly to state lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed set of new congressional district maps, and most of those who did were critical of the plan. Democrats in the General Assembly released a proposed new map Friday…

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the…

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the legislative redistricting plan that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June – before official 2020 U.S. Census numbers were available – was unconstitutional because the population variances among districts violated the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine.…

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age…

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s…

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any…

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…

CRR NH American Family Insurance Garcia
Regional Papa Joes House Ad