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Center Square Area Crime Up Six Percent From 2011

By Sam Charles

Though the year is not quite over, Center Square Journal’s coverage area has seen more than 200 additional reported crimes in 2012 than it did in 2011, according to statistics from the city’s data portal. In 2011, the five beats that compose CSJ’s coverage area–1713, 1911, 1922, 2021 and 2032–reported 3,134 incidents. In 2012, between Jan. 1 and Read the Rest…

City Records: Prostitution, Other Offenses in Area Massage Parlors Date Back to 2010

By Sam Charles

Recently obtained documents from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection detail more than a dozen instances of various violations at the five area massage parlors investigated by Brown Line Media last month. Violations reported in the documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, ranged from prostitution to unlicensed “therapists” to illegal Read the Rest…

Customer Reviews Say Sexual Favors Allegedly Offered In Neighborhood Massage Parlors

By Sam Charles

Six massage parlors in Lincoln Square, Northcenter, Roscoe Village and West Lakeview allegedly provide paid sexual favors, according to a highly sophisticated and well-organized website created to collect customer reviews of prostitution. The businesses in Center Square Journal’s and Roscoe View Journal’s combined coverage areas were cited by different websites as establishments where patrons could Read the Rest…

City Stats Show Theft Up, Burglary Down

By Sam Charles

The coverage area of Roscoe View Journal saw 176 reported incidents between Oct. 15 and Nov. 18, slightly up from the 144 total incidents between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14, according to data from the city. Theft and burglary, once again, were the most commonly reported crimes in Beats 1911 and 1912, with 72 and 31 Read the Rest…

City Crime Stats: Area Battery Up, Theft Down

By Sam Charles

Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 18, the Center Square Journal‘s coverage area saw 226 reported crimes, with 43 of those leading to arrests. In that period, beats 1713, 1911, 1912, 2031 and 2032 saw 48 battery incidents, 44 thefts, 25 incidents of criminal damage, 24 motor vehicle thefts and 24 burglaries. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 25, Read the Rest…

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…

Theft, Burglary Most Common Area Crimes, City Stats Show

By Sam Charles

Police beats 1921 and 1922, which that encompass Roscoe Village and West Lakeview, saw 144 total reported incidents between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14. In that time, the most common incidents were: 55 thefts, 23 burglaries, 20 batteries, 17 incidents of criminal damage and nine motor vehicle thefts. The area also saw three assaults, three Read the Rest…

CAPS Meeting: Property Crime Tops Area Incidents

By Sam Charles

Since the last meeting for Police Beat 1922, theft and burglary have been the most common crimes within the area, with 24 and 14 respective reported incidents since the last meeting on Sept. 19. The latest CAPS beat meeting, held on Oct. 17 at Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Rd., brought out only a 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…

Woman Stabbed at Roscoe Village Bar

By Geoff Dankert

Chicago police are interviewing someone they call a “person of interest” in connection with a stabbing early Sunday at a bar in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Police News Affairs spokesman John Mirabelli tells Roscoe View Journal that someone stabbed the woman around 4:53 a.m. at the Bluelight Bar, 3251 N. Western Ave. The bar is Read the Rest…

Police Say New Gang Graffiti in Hamlin Park Designed to Taunt Rivals

By Geoff Dankert

Chicago police say a new appearance of gang graffiti around the pool deck at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., is likely designed to “taunt” rivals, leading some neighbors to fear an escalation in violence around the park. Neighbors say the latest example of “tagging” appeared after midnight on Sunday on the outside of the Read the Rest…

Shrine Appears at Citgo Shooting Site

By Geoff Dankert

As Chicago police continue to search for suspects in a shooting earlier this month at an Ashland Avenue gas station, a fence bordering the property has turned into a memorial for one of the victims, who died a day after the shooting. Around 3:40 a.m. on May 9, a man walked up to a parked Read the Rest…

Marchers Shut Down Montrose, Take NATO Protest to Rahm’s Front Door

By Patty Wetli

The choppers were back. Was Blago released from prison already? With hundreds of NATO and Occupy protestors gathered in Horner Park Saturday afternoon, congregating at the corner of Irving Park and California, news helicopters once again buzzed overhead, hoping to capture what? A riot that never materialized, as the marchers peacefully hoofed their way down Read the Rest…

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