ANOTHER JUVENILE ACCUSED OF BURGLARY AND THEFT OF HIGH-END VEHICLE WILL BE DETAINED

DuPage County State’s Attorney

June 17, 2021

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brian King announced that on June 16, 2021, a second juvenile charged with burglary and theft of a high-end vehicle from two Hinsdale auto dealerships will be detained until at least his next court date of June 23, 2021. The juvenile, who is fifteen years-old, has been charged with six counts of Armed Violence (Class X Felony), three counts of Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), two counts of Burglary (Class 2 Felony), one count of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony) and two counts of Criminal Damage to Property (Class 4 Felony). 

On May 17, 2021, at approximately 2:21 a.m., Hinsdale Police Department patrol units responded to an activated burglar alarm at Land Rover/Jaguar of Hinsdale Auto Dealership, 336 E. Ogden Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers found a broken window in an overhead garage door with glass inside. While investigating at the Land Rover/Jaguar dealership, officers were dispatched to another alarm at Continental Motor Sports, 420 E. Ogden Avenue. At Continental Motor Sports, officers found a broken window at the dealership and a running 2018 red Ferrari convertible, valued at more than $250,000, driven outside of the service bay into the rear lot allegedly by the juvenile. It is alleged that when officers encountered another individual with a crowbar next to the padlock on the rear gate, the individual ran to and entered a nearby car and fled the scene. It is alleged that a Hinsdale squad car made contact with the fleeing vehicle and disabled it at which time three individuals fled the vehicle on foot. It is further alleged that one of the fleeing men exited the vehicle with a gun in his hand. After a brief foot pursuit, this individual and another individual, RaJohn Stewart, 24 (d.o.b. 1/9/1997) of the 100 block of Williamsburg Road, Country Club Hills, were taken into custody. Following a search of the area, officers located a 9 mm pistol and a thirty-round extended 9 mm magazine. It is further alleged that a fourth individual was in the rear lot of Continental Motor Sports and fled on foot when the officers arrived. An investigation into the matter also found that the vehicle in which the men allegedly fled the scene was reported stolen out of Chicago on May 9, 2021. The juvenile was taken into custody on June 15, 2021, at approximately 2:20 p.m. from a residence in Chicago. An investigation into the matter continues. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Hinsdale Police Department at (630) 789-7089.           

“At the young age of fifteen, the juvenile charged in this case is now facing multiple serious felony offenses,” Berlin said. “The identification and apprehension of this juvenile demonstrates the Hinsdale Police Department’s commitment to seeing a case through from beginning to end. I have no doubt that thanks to their efforts anyone allegedly involved in this crime will be held accountable. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Alyssa Rabulinski for her efforts in preparing strong cases against these defendants.”       

“The identification and arrest of the individuals responsible for these crimes is a priority for the Hinsdale Police Department, King said. “We appreciate the partnership and support we receive from the DuPage County States Attorney’s office.”  

On May 18, 2021, Stewart appeared at a bond hearing where bond was set at $250,000 with 10% to apply. He posted $25,000, or 10%, the same day and was released from custody. His next court date is scheduled for June 23, 2021. The first juvenile, from Cook County, allegedly involved in the crime remains in custody.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.          

DuPage County States Attorney

POLICE ALERT: VIOLENT BIKE ROBBERIES IN THE LOOP

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 19, 2021

CHICAGO — Two violent bike robberies occurred in the Loop on Wednesday, prompting police to issue a warning.  According to a community advisory from Chicago Police, perpetrators approached a lone, unsuspecting victim on the street and grabbed the victims’ bicycle with force.

According to authorities, both incidents occurred in the late evening.  The first occurred around 11:20 p.m. on the 100 block of North Wabash Avenue, and the second occurred at 11:35 p.m. on the 100 block of North Dearborn St.  According to authorities, the robbers are characterized as black men between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

CPD advises citizens to follow these guidelines:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lit areas
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals loitering in the area
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • If you are confronted by an assailant, remain calm
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any physical/clothing identifiers in addition to any vehicle description and license plate information
  • If approached by a witness to an incident, request they remain on scene when possible or obtain contact information
  • Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police

Anyone with information on the bike robberies should contact the Bureau of Detectives Area 3 Detective Division at (312) 744-8263. 

PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $3.3 MILLION TO FIRST RESPONDERS ACROSS ILLINOIS

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker

June 18, 2021

Springfield, Ill- The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 million in funding for this grant period.

“First responders put their lives on the line every single day to do the critical work of protecting Illinois’ communities. I am pleased to award $3.3 million in small equipment grants to 149 fire departments and EMS providers throughout the state, providing critical funding that will enable the purchase of new firefighting and ambulance equipment,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “On behalf of all Illinois residents, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to first responders for the work they do and their ongoing efforts to maintain the safety of our families and communities.”

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 each for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. This program is an innovative approach to a problem that has long caused difficulties for the fire departments and not-for profit ambulance services in Illinois, particularly those that have hardships in generating the necessary revenue for small equipment. The purpose is to allow eligible applicants the opportunity to purchase small equipment that they may otherwise not be able to purchase.

“Departments have had to make tough financial decisions, especially this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring our first responders in Illinois have properly functioning lifesaving equipment they need to perform their duties safely, while protection their communities, is our top priority. The Small Equipment Grant Program helps reduce the burden on smaller departments/districts while replacing aging and sometimes failing small equipment,” says Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. 

“The funding we received from the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Small Equipment Grant Program will help our department replace aging turn out gear. Like numerous other departments across the state, finding sources of funding has been tough. The new gear will allow our firefighters to operate safely on the firegrounds and provide them peace of mind while they are protecting the community,” says McLeansboro Fire Chief Jim Morris.

“Over the past several years, our hand-held radios have been consistently failing on the fireground, where they are most needed.  This was putting our firefighters in great danger, since it was likely that they would not be able to communicate using these radios in an emergency situation.  With the high cost to replace the defective equipment, coupled with operating on a tight budget, it was uncertain when (or if) they would be replaced.  Now that we have been awarded the Small Equipment Grant from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, our radios will be replaced with new radios that meet the NFPA standards for functioning during fireground operations. This will have a tremendous impact on our department, both directly through the purchase of new radios, and by allowing department funds to be used on other necessary safety and life-saving equipment.  We are very grateful to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal for selecting our department to receive this grant,” says Rock Falls Fire Department Captain Kyle Sommers.

“This grant award means a great deal to our department as we are a smaller district with a smaller budget. It is imperative that we actively seek grants for equipment purchases and replacements due to skyrocketing cost of fire equipment and related insurance costs. Building, grounds and apparatus upkeep are so very expensive and often our fire districts tax supported budget alone cannot support some of our needs which are necessary to protecting the citizens in our area. We are so very grateful to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal in choosing our agency this year and for recognizing the needs of the fire service throughout Illinois,” says South Wheatland Fire Protection District Chief Thomas Williams.    

Most Illinois fire departments, fire protections districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply. All fire departments, fire protections districts and township fire department applicants were required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying.

Grant recipients and awards are listed below:

Adams:
Clayton Fire Protection District- $25,962
Liberty Fire Protection District- $25,885

Alexander:
Horseshoe Lake Volunteer Fire Department- $26,000
McClure-East Cape Girardeau Fire Protection District- $23,757.50

Bond:
Shoal Creek Fire Protection District- $25,909

Brown:
Brown County Fire Protection District- $26,000
Mount Sterling Fire Department- $26,000

Bureau:
Mineral-Gold Fire Protection District- $24,627
Neoponset Fire Protection District- $21,760
Spring Valley Fire Department- $19,950

Carroll:
Thomson Fire Protection District- $23,783.90

Cass:
Virginia Volunteer Fire Department- $10,948.30

Champaign:
Carroll Fire Protection District- $16,376.76
Gifford Fire Protection District- $9,350
Savoy Fire Department- $10,982
Tolono Fire Protection District- $18,226

Christian:
Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District- $23,698.75

Clark:
Martinsville Fire Protection District- $26,000

Clay:
Xenia Fire Protection District- $20,175.20

Cook:
City of Country Club Hills Fire Department- $4,125
Ford Heights Fire Department- $25,982
Garden Homes Fire Protection District- $23,450
Midlothian Fire Department- $26,000
North Riverside Fire Department- $25,732
Park Forest Fire Department- $22,725
South Chicago Heights Fire Department- $26,000

Dekalb:
Sycamore Fire Department- $13,363.98

DeWitt:
Kenny Fire Protection District- $25,112
Wapella Community Fire Protection District- $26,000

Douglas:
Tuscola Fire Department- $24,412.50

Fayette:
Brownstown Fire Protection District- $15,700

Franklin:
Coello Volunteer Fire Department- $26,000

Fulton:
Cass-Putnam Rescue Service- $25,839
Copperas Creek Fire Protection District- $17,000

Gallatin:
Equality Fire Department- $26,000

Greene:
Roodhouse Fire Protection District- $22,831
White Hall Fire Protection District- $24,500

Grundy:
Gardner Fire Protection District- $17,480
Verona-Kinsman Fire Department- $10,477.60

Grundy/LaSalle:
Seneca Fire Protection and Ambulance District- $2,500

Hamilton:
McLeansboro Fire Department- $25,031.92

Hancock:
Nauvoo Fire Protection District- $26,000

Hardin:
Rosiclare Fire Department- $25,151.18

Henderson:
Biggsville Fire Protection District- $21,225

Iroquois:
Buckley Fire Protection District- $26,000
Danforth Township Fire Protection District- $22,610

Jackson:
Carbondale Fire Department- $6,771.41
Murphysboro Fire Department- $8,388
Vergennes Fire Department- $25,990

Jefferson:
Jefferson Fire Protection District- $25,638

Jersey:
Jerseyville Fire Department- $25,698

Jo Davies:
Apple River Fire Protection District- $26,000
East Dubuque Fire Department- $23,934

Johnson:
Cypress Volunteer Fire Department- $25,868

Kane:
Burlington Community Fire Protection District- $26,000
Montgomery & Countryside Fire Protection District- $6,565

Kankakee:
Bradley Fire Department- $25,825
Grant Park Fire Protection District- $24,520
Limestone Township Fire Protection District- $26,000

Kendall:
Newark Fire Protection District- $26,000

Knox:
Williamsfield Fire Protection District- $26,000

Lake:
Village of Libertyville- $25,974
Winthrop Harbor Fire Department- $12,924

LaSalle:
Oglesby Fire Department- $21,995
Sheridan Community Fire Protection District- $26,000
Tonica Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.- $25,528

Livingston:
Dwight Fire Protection District- $21,885
Fairbury Fire Department- $26,000
Odell Fire Protection District- $25,720

Logan:
Emden Fire Protection District- $15,520
Middletown Fire Protection District- $25,729.45

Macon:
Hickory Point Fire Protection District- $21,837.95
Mt. Zion Fire Protection District- $25,670
South Wheatland Fire Protection District- $23,165.18

Macoupin:
Brighton Betsy Ann Fire Protection District- $24,144.89
Bunker Hill Fire Protection District- $12,750.95
Girard Fire Protection District- $25,256

Madison:
Alhambra Community Fire Protection District- $25,103
Collinsville Fire Department- $20,000
Cottage Hills Fire Protection District- $26,000
Edwardsville Fire Department- $9,554
Olive Fire Protection District- $11,836
Saint Jacob Fire Department- $22,600
South Roxana Fire Protection District- $26,000
Village of East Alton Fire Department- $25,367.25
Worden Fire Protection District- $26,000

Marion:
Kell Community Fire Protection District- $25,752.18
Salem Fire Protection District- $14,580

Marshall:
Lacon-Sparland Fire Protection District- $25,820

Mason:
Havana Rural Fire Protection District- $10,460
Mason City Fire Department- $25,811.80

Massac:
Brookport Fire Department- $26,000

McHenry:
Marengo Fire Protection District- $26,000

McLean:
Allin Township Fire Protection District- $8,865
Bellflower Fire Protection District- $5,741

Mercer/Rock Island:
Reynolds Fire Protection District- $25,974

Monroe:
Hecker Fire Protection District- $21,178.80
Valmeyer Fire Protection District- $21,770

Montgomery:
Fillmore Community Fire Protection District- $26,000
Nokomis Area Fire Protection District- $16,773

Morgan:
South Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department- $20,636

Moultrie:
Dora Township Fire Protection District- $24,830
Sullivan Fire Protection District- $26,000

Ogle:
Oregon Fire Protection District- $24,500

Peoria:
Akron-Princeville Fire Protection District- $25,751.02
Elmwood Fire Department Inc.- $26,000
Peoria Heights Fire Department- $25,660

Perry:
DuQuoin Fire Department- $25,300
Pinckneyville Fire Protection District- $26,000

Piatt:
Cerro Gordo Fire and Rescue- $25,000
Monticello Fire & Rescue Department- $22,398

Pike:
Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District- $16,622

Pulaski:
Olmsted Fire Department- $25,795.47

Putnam:
Magnolia Fire Protection District- $25,640

Randolph:
Sparta Fire Department- $26,000
Steeleville Fire Department- $21,000.88

Richland:
City of Olney Fire Department- $25,618.44

Sangamon:
Divernon Fire Protection District- $22,500
Williamsville Fire Protection District- $25,900

Schuyler:
City of Rushville- $17,538.40

St. Clair:
Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department- $19,095
French Village Fire Department- $20,282.28
The East St. Louis Fire Department- $26,000

Stephenson:
Freeport Fire Department- $12,950
Orangeville Fire Protection District- $20,260
Rock City Fire Protection District- $23,745

Tazewell:
Cincinnati Fire Protection District- $24,774.76
North Pekin Fire Department- $21,741
Schaeferville Fire Protection District- $24,130.30

Union:
Ware-Wolf Lake Protection District- $25,972

Vermilion:
Westville AFPD- $26,000

Wabash:
Allendale Rural Fire Protection District- $25,651.44

Warren:
Central Warren Fire Protection District- $24,823.80
Monmouth Fire Department- $25,348

Washington:
Addieville Community Fire Protection District- $25,723.92

Wayne:
Bedford Township Fire Protection District- $25,990
Fairfield Fire Department- $24,134

Whiteside:
Rock Falls Fire Department- $26,000

Will:
Beecher Fire Protection District- $26,000
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District- $25,650

Williamson:
Energy Fire Department- $22,700
Hurst Fire Department- $25,550.80
Lake Egypt Fire Protection District- $25,979
Williamson County Fire Protection District- $26,000

Winnebago:
Blackhawk Fire Protection District- $26,000
New Milford Fire Protection District- $26,000
Win Bur Sew Fire Protection District- $22,008

Woodford:
Deer Creek Fire Protection District- $26,000
Secor Fire Protection District- $16,640

Office of Governor J. B. Pritzker

GOLD COAST: MAN SHOT DURING ATTEMPTED CARJACKING

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

June 18, 2021

CHICAGO — During an attempted carjacking in Gold Coast on the North Side on Thursday night, a 35-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded.  The man was standing on the sidewalk with his girlfriend in the first block of East Chestnut Street at 10:20 p.m. when a man with a gun approached him and demanded the keys to his vehicle, according to Chicago police.  According to authorities, the armed male then shot the 35-year-old in the neck and escaped in a Honda SUV.  The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

FAMILY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT ON THE MAG MILE

by: James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

June 17. 2021

CHICAGO – Tuesday night, two armed robberies occurred along the Magnificent Mile.

The first was held at Michigan and Grand, while the second was held at Superior and St. Clair.

A family of four was walking down Grand Avenue at 10:44 p.m. when they were approached by a dark vehicle.  Four individuals exited the vehicle and robbed the family at gunpoint of their wallets and cell phones.

CPD then reported that a group of males in a stolen black Honda Civic robbed a victim near Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

The robbers are characterized as young men in their teens or early twenties, dressed in all black and wearing masks.  Armed robberies have happened in various parts of the South Loop, including Old Town.  The increase in crime is leaving many suddenly concerned about safety in places where they would normally be unconcerned. 

In recent celebration of Chicago’s return to “normal” from pandemic restrictions, Mayor Lightfoot said, “. . . I think the city is open, people are enjoying themselves in every neighborhood, not just in the downtown area and our goal and our mission is to make sure that they can do that safely and peacefully and that’s what we’re doing.”

CPD has no further information on the suspects at this time.

3.8 MAG EARTHQUAKE IN INDIANA

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 17, 2021

INDIANA — On Thursday, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake rocked western Indiana near the Illinois border, according to the US Geological Survey.  The quake struck at 3:18 p.m., about 2 miles west of Bloomingdale in Parke County, according to the federal agency.  The quake struck at a depth of around 1.9 miles beneath the Earth’s surface, according to the USGS.  Residents in the northern, central, and southern parts of Indiana reported feeling the tremor on the USGS website.  Residents in Illinois and southern Michigan said they felt the tremor as well.  Residents in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the state’s northeastern border, also reported feeling the tremor.