Bus Sideswipes 13 Vehicles 

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

August 8, 2022

CHICAGO – On Saturday afternoon a party bus sideswiped 13 vehicles on North Broadway causing mayhem on the Northside.  

According to police, around 2:55 pm, the bus, owned by Indiana based Black Label Limos, sped out of control southbound in the 3500 block of North Broadway.  An eyewitness video captured the menacing bus slamming into parked cars without any regard to the safety of pedestrians and possible passengers.  Police were able to stop the bus near North Recreation Drive and North DuSable Lake Shore Drive.  The 45-year-old driver was taken into custody.

Photo: Warren Williams

Lake In The Hills Not To Fine UpRising Bakery For Code Violations

By H. Douglas, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2022

LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL – Lake in the Hills made an agreement with a local bakery to allow the hosting of events after threatening to fine the business due to zoning laws.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the agreement allows UpRising Bakery and Cafe to reschedule the “drag brunch” that was canceled after the establishment was vandalized.  Lake in the HIlls has also allowed UpRising to hold other events in the future.

Lake in the Hills officials had first threatened to fine UpRising since entertainment events were considered a violation of zoning laws and would cite the business with multiple code violations.

“We are elated to have come to a mutual agreement with the Village of Lake in the Hills,” the owner of UpRising Bakery said in an ACLU statement.

In July, UpRising planned to host a “drag brunch” designed for juveniles.  The announcement of the event caused an outlash from members of the public.  UpRising received multiple insults, threats, and vandalism which caused the event to be canceled.

Lake in the Hills later threatened to fine UpRising $750 per day and suspend business and liquor licenses after they received complaints from angry citizens in addition to the event being considered a violation of zoning laws.

According to UpRising, past community events held at the bakery never brought this much pressure nor threats of fines from Lake in the Hills.  The ACLU accused Lake in the Hills of violating UpRising’s rights and being retaliatory in their actions.

“Today’s agreement ensures an equitable and fair resolution moving forward, and recognizes that violent extremists cannot dictate the discussion in our society,” Kevin Fee, an ACLU attorney said in a statement.

Evanston: Teen Found Intoxicated With Loaded Handgun

By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

August 4, 2022

EVANSTON, IL – A teen was arrested Monday after allegedly being intoxicated and in possession of a loaded firearm.

According to police, officers responded to a call of a male passed out in the Tot Lot located at Clyde-Brummel Park around 10:45 am.  On scene, officers discovered a 17-year-old male that appeared to be under the influence and unresponsive.

In an effort to identify the teen, officers searched his belongings which led to the discovery of a loaded firearm.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and were able to awaken the teen who then identified himself to police.  The teen was later treated and taken into custody for unlawful use of a firearm.

Man Charged In Shooting Death In Bronzeville

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

August 3, 2022

CHICAGO – A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man in a Bronzeville shoe store in April.

According to police, Keantae Martin, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder for the murder of Damonte Robinson in the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

On April 23, Robinson’s girlfriend was driving him home when he abruptly asked her to pull over so he could confront someone over money.  Robinson, 23, exited the vehicle and entered the Bronzeville store around 1 pm and proceeded to confront the individual who owed him money.  Martin, a friend of the person who was arguing with Robinson, attempted to intervene by brandishing a weapon.  When Robinson attempted to exit the store, Martin allegedly shot him in the back.

On scene, police found Robinson facedown on the cement with two gunshot wounds in his back.  Robinson died at an area hospital.

Martin was later identified by surveillance video and a police officer that was familiar with his record.  Martin was taken into custody on Monday in Crown Point, Indiana and is being held without bail in Cook County.

St. Charles: Two Juveniles Charged In Torching Of Pheasant Run Resort

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 2, 2022

ST. CHARLES, IL – Two male juveniles have been charged with starting a three-alarm fire at the former Pheasant Run resort on North Avenue.  Two additional male juveniles have been charged with trespassing at the resort.

According to St. Charles police, on May 21, 2022, at 4:40 pm St. Charles police and the St. Charles Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a fire at the former Pheasant Run resort located at 4051 E. Main Street.  On scene, authorities discovered large sections of the structure engulfed in flames.  As the fire grew out of control, hundreds of firefighters from more than twenty-five fire departments were marshaled to fight the blaze. 

An investigation into the fire by the St. Charles Police Department, the St. Charles Fire department, the State Fire Marshall; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that four juveniles allegedly entered the former resort.  Once inside, two of the juveniles allegedly ignited papers on fire at two separate locations and then fled the scene without extinguishing the fire.

“For days, one hundred and seven firefighters from twenty-six fire departments put their lives in danger to control and ultimately extinguish a massive fire that heavily damaged the former Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles.  It is alleged that the actions of these juveniles progressed from misdemeanor trespassing and vandalism to much more serious and potentially deadly felony criminal charges.  Thankfully, no one sustained serious injury while battling the fire allegedly set in this case.  The investigation into what happened at Pheasant Run was extremely thorough and I commend the St. Charles Police and Fire Departments along with the State Fire Marshall and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their painstaking and collaborative efforts which allowed us to file today’s charges.  I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Alyssa Rabulinski and Nick Catizone for their outstanding efforts the past two months on this case.”  DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.

The charged juveniles appeared at a detention hearing on July 27 with their parents where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that the two charged with starting the fire be detained, while the other two be placed in the custody of their parents on home detention. The detained juveniles have each been charged with one count of Arson, one count of Burglary, one count of Criminal Damage to Property, and three counts of Criminal Trespass to a Building. The two boys placed in the custody of their parents have each been charged with two counts of Criminal Trespass to a Building. The boys range in age from fourteen to seventeen years old.

Aurora: Man Murders Brother

by Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

July 30, 2022

AURORA, IL – A Warrenville man has been charged in the shooting death of his brother during a heated argument in Aurora.

According to police, on July 25, 2022, 19-year-old Gabriel Garcia and his 21-year-old brother David were arguing when Gabriel allegedly brandished a handgun and shot David.

David was hit in the chest and was later pronounced dead.

Gabriel has been charged with first-degree murder and his bail has been set at $3 million.

Gabriel next court appearance is set for August 12, 2022.