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City Stats: Theft, Battery Most Prevalent Crimes In Northcenter, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square

By Sam Charles

The five police beats in Center Square Journal’s coverage area saw nearly 300 reported incidents from late September through late October. According to stats supplied by the city, residents in beats 1713, 1911, 1912, 2031 and 2032 reported 299 total crimes to police between Sept. 25 and Oct. 25, up slightly from the 291 total incidents reported in Read the Rest…

Despite Reports, Area CAPS Meetings Still On Schedule

By Sam Charles

Despite reports from the Chicago Reader that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to eliminate the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, CAPS, budget in 2013, scheduled meetings in the 19th and 20th districts are still going to be held, according to CAPS representatives from both districts. “I haven’t heard anything yet, but [meetings] should be [held] until Read the Rest…

Despite Reports, Area CAPS Meetings Still On Schedule

By Sam Charles

Despite reports from the Chicago Reader that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to eliminate the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, CAPS, budget in 2013, scheduled meetings in the 19th and 20th districts are still going to be held, according to CAPS representatives from both districts. “I haven’t heard anything yet, but [meetings] should be [held] until Read the Rest…

Albany Park Gets City’s First Murder; Mell Calls Emergency Meeting

By Mike Fourcher

Early Monday morning Albany Park became the unfortunate host of Chicago’s first murder of the year, as a 19-year old Harold Washington College student was gunned down in an alley of the block of 3200 W. Lawrence Ave. According to police reports, the 19-year old, later identified as Nicholas Camacho, was a passenger in a Read the Rest…

Center Square Burglary Stats by District

By Laura Pearson

Center Square Journal obtained statistics from the Chicago Police Department showing the total number of cleared burglaries (forcible entry) in Districts 17, 19, and 20—the three districts in our coverage area. The graph shows the number of burglary incidents for 2008, 2009, and through May of 2010 (representing the most recent statistics available for this Read the Rest…

Crime on Brown Line Among Chief Concerns at Beat 1713 CAPS Meeting

By Laura Pearson

Yesterday four police officers and 15 residents met outside in Ravenswood Manor Park for the monthly Beat 1713 CAPS meeting. Between June 24 and July 22, 42 arrests were made in the area that covers Wilson to Foster and Kimball to the Chicago River. The same number of arrests were made during the previous evaluation Read the Rest…

Beat 1724 CAPS Meeting Addresses Theft, Graffiti

By Laura Pearson

Beat 1724 has been relatively quiet in comparison to other beats, said Chicago Police Sgt. Kristin Barker in a monthly CAPS meeting last night at Horner Park Field House. Barker told those present?six residents and one other officer?that the city average is 100?125 incidents per beat per month, but last month Beat 1724 (covering Ravenswood Read the Rest…

Blackhawks Revelry Stays Relatively Peaceful

By Laura Pearson

Last night, celebrations following the Blackhawks’ Game 6 Stanley Cup win were enthusiastic but more or less tame. Much of the hoopla was concentrated in Wrigleyville, at the intersection of Clark and Addison streets, where revelers danced, cheered, crowd-surfed, and partied into the wee hours. Police from the Belmont (19th) and Town Hall (23rd) Districts Read the Rest…

Ronan Park Assault Never Happened – Ald. Mell Tries To Quell Crime Fears in Ravenswood Manor

By Mike Fourcher

About 80 residents of the 33rd Ward turned out last night for a special CAPS meeting with Ald. Richard Mell and 17th District Police Commander Michael Mealer at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall, 4432 N. Troy. The two-hour meeting, organized by Ald. Mell following a recent increase of reported violent crime in Ravenswood Manor, Read the Rest…

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