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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

Hamlin Shooting: ‘It’s All on Film’

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Police 19th District Executive Officer Capt. Mike Ryan insists on equipping the squad cars under his command with video cameras. In the early hours of Sept. 11, one of those cameras captured officers in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. “A person in the car reaches out, fires two shots,” said Ryan. “You see it–’bang, Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Gets CPD Roll Call

By Geoff Dankert

The woman in the long purple dress and matching hat looked perplexed as she approached the brace of Chicago Police Department officers lined up in the service lot of Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne. “What’s going on?” she asked loudly. “Is the mayor here?” He was not, but she could be forgiven some confusion. She’d Read the Rest…

New Commander Named for 19th Police District

By Patty Wetli

In a move apparently announced via the Twitter feed of Ald. James Cappleman (46th), Commander John Kenny has been replaced by Elias “Eli” Voulgaris as the head of the 19th Police District. The switch was otherwise circulated quietly. “I don’t know if they even let the community know,” said a spokesman for Chicago Police News Read the Rest…

Teenager Dies in Fall at Vacant Ravenswood Hospital, Residents Shocked But Not Surprised

By Patty Wetli

A 16-year-old boy, Jose Morales, died Monday from injuries suffered in a fall after trespassing with friends inside the vacant Ravenswood Hospital, 1930 W. Wilson. “The general feeling is shocked, but not completely surprised,” said Jeff Gawel, president of the West Ravenswood Neighbors Association. Gawel has lived within blocks of the hospital for the past Read the Rest…

Crime Drops Around Hamlin Park, House at Center of Gang Activity Remains Trouble Spot

By Geoff Dankert

As Chicago’s Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., prepares for an increase in visitors brought on by warmer weather and the end of the school year, a Roscoe View Journal analysis shows a decrease in reports of criminal activity near the park since the most recent shooting less than two months ago. At the same Read the Rest…

CAPS Meeting: Police Provide New Details About March Shooting

By Geoff Dankert

Chicago police officers appear to be focusing on a single house in the 3100 block of North Hoyne Avenue in their effort to remove a persistent gang element from the neighborhood around Hamlin Park. In the meantime, more details are emerging about the March 16 shooting in the area, which mobilized neighbors to demand action Read the Rest…

Police Commander Promises Beefed Up Patrols Around Hamlin Park

By Geoff Dankert

People living around Hamlin Park should soon see increased police patrols and a dedicated presence during the coming summer youth baseball season, based on assurances from the man in charge of enforcement in the neighborhood. Chicago Police 19th District Commander John Kenny laid out the department’s plan for increasing presence around Hamlin Park during Monday Read the Rest…

Congress, Streetfest and Wrigley Concerts at WLVN Meeting

By Mike Fourcher

Last night’s West Lake View Neighbors meeting stretched over two hours as the group heard a report from neighbor and Cong. Mike Quigley (D-5), got an update on plans to host the off-and-on-again Rock Around The Block streetfest, learned details about upcoming concerts at Wrigley Field among other updates.

Supt. McCarthy Addresses Police District Consolidation Concerns

By Patty Wetli

With Mayor Emanuel’s budget all but guaranteed city council approval, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had no need to sell residents on his proposal to consolidate several police districts, including the 19th and 23rd. Despite petitions and complaints, the closings and mergers were in effect a done deal. Instead, his appearance at a community forum Tuesday Read the Rest…

Calm Response From Center Square Neighbor Groups On Police District Merger

By Mike Fourcher

Neighbor groups in Lincoln Square and Northcenter are taking a decidedly calm tack to the proposed merger of the 19th and 23rd Police Districts. The local attitude is in sharp contrast to the proposed merger of the 13th District in East Village into the 12th District, where neighbors have rallied and already held a protest Read the Rest…

Neighbor Groups Respond To Proposed Police District Closure

By Mike Fourcher

Leaders of neighborhood organizations in Lakeview and Roscoe Village are expressing concern today about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed closure of the 19th Police District, 2452 W. Belmont Ave. This morning the Mayor released his proposed 2012 Chicago budget, which includes a reduction of 1,300 personnel in the Police Department, 10 positions from the CAPS Implementation Read the Rest…

Report: Emanuel Would Close 19th Police District

By Mike Fourcher

The Sun Times is reporting this morning that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2012 city budget will recommend closure of the Belmont Police District, also known as the 19th District. The closure would be part of a broader belt tightening that proposes closure of two of police districts, the 13th, which is just south and west Read the Rest…

Crime Alert: Criminal Sexual Assault 1400 Block of W. Wrightwood

By Mike Fourcher

Yesterday afternoon the Chicago Police Department detective division issued a Community Alert for an incident that occurred in the 19th District. If you have any information that might assist the department in solving this crime, please contact the detective division at (312) 744-8261 with reference number HT387728. From the Chicago Police Department: “On Saturday, July Read the Rest…

National Night Out Next Tuesday

By Mike Fourcher

Hot on the heels of last Tuesday’s gang drive-by shooting in Roscoe Village, the 19th Police District is hosting an anti-crime rally and youth forum next Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the 19th District station, 2425 W. Belmont Ave. The rally is part of National Night Out, a nation-wide effort to “Strengthen neighborhood Read the Rest…

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