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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NEWS: (Chicago) City’s Restrictive Gun Laws Are Rarely Enforced

N.Y. Times

August 28, 2010

By MICK DUMKE and DAN MIHALOPOULOS

Mayor Richard M. Daley has long insisted that the city’s restrictive gun laws — including the handgun ban that was essentially nullified recently by the United States Supreme Court — have been a key crime-fighting tool.

But court records show that relatively few people were convicted of violating the laws, and even top city officials have questioned how useful they are in deterring crime.

Since 1982, when the city tightened its gun ordinances to include the handgun ban, there have been just 2,201 convictions under the laws, according to data obtained by the Chicago News Cooperative from the office of the Cook County Circuit Court clerk. That works out to an average of about 79 convictions a year.

Jody Weis, the police superintendent, has said that the police have little reason to try to prosecute under the city laws because state and federal gun regulations carry much more serious penalties. The city ordinance carries a maximum sentence of three months in prison for first-time offenders, compared with three years for violation of commonly-used state gun-possession statutes and five years under federal laws.

“Those are much heavier hits than we’d have using the city ordinance to try to combat and to try to serve as a deterrent against this gun violence,” Mr. Weis said Aug. 16 at a news conference.

Yet Mayor Daley has repeatedly said it is essential for the city to have tough gun laws. “When the wrong people have access to guns,” he said in June, “needless violence is likely to happen.”

The flow of firearms into the city continues to frustrate law-enforcement officials, despite the Daley administration’s defense of the firearms ban that was effectively overturned by the court in June, just when Chicago was in the midst of a number of highly publicized shootings.

From January through mid-August, the police department recorded 1,168 incidents of aggravated battery with a firearm, virtually the same as last year for the same period, the department’s most common categorization of shootings, according to a department spokesman. During that time, the police recovered 5,195 illegal guns, also roughly the same as last year.

Both police and city officials say the ordinance has not been the primary means for getting violent offenders off the streets.

In June, Mara Georges, the city’s top lawyer, told reporters the law was rarely invoked to put criminals behind bars. But later, Jennifer Hoyle, Ms. Georges’s spokeswoman, sought to clarify her boss’s remarks.

“We do bypass our ordinance because the penalties are more serious under state laws,” Ms. Hoyle said. “But there’s this idea that we didn’t really enforce the ordinance, and that’s just not true. We prosecute people all the time.”

Those prosecutions, however, rarely result in convictions, according to the data from the clerk’s office. While the police have made 12,967 arrests since 2000, city attorneys have won just 2,068 convictions.

Gun owners in Chicago are required to register their weapons with the police department, to acquire a state identification card and to keep their guns in their home. Starting in 1982, Chicago also prohibited the registration of handguns, but two years ago, opponents of the ordinance filed suit in federal court, asserting that the ban infringed on their right to defend themselves.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that cities and states could not pass laws that superseded the right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Ms. Hoyle said the city spent $90,000 on outside counsel to defend the ordinance before the court, including $20,000 covered by a grant from the nonprofit Joyce Foundation. In addition, she said, six city attorneys, who earn $57,000 to $149,000 a year, worked part time on the case as it proceeded through the courts.

Charles Boesel, director of communications for the Joyce Foundation, said in a written statement that the city’s gun ordinance was worth defending regardless of how often it was enforced, because a decision to apply the Second Amendment to states and municipalities “could have profound implications for current and future gun policy in Chicago and nationwide.”

On July 2, four days after the court ruling, the City Council amended the gun ordinance at the mayor’s behest. Handguns are now allowed within the city limits under strict regulation: Owners must undergo classroom and firing-range training by certified instructors; there is a limit of one handgun registration per person per month and only one handgun can be assembled in the home at a time; no handguns can be taken from the home, even onto a front porch, unless they are disassembled.

When someone is picked up with an illegal weapon, the Chicago police and the Cook County state’s attorney — and sometimes federal law-enforcement officials — decide whether to bring felony charges, which fall under federal and state laws. Violating a city ordinance is not a felony.

Records show that while some arrests for violating gun laws have been made for violent offenders, others were made for failure to follow the registration rules. But the police have rarely arrested anyone solely for violating the city’s gun ordinance. From 2005 through 2009, there were fewer than 100 arrests a year, on average, in which a violation of the ordinance was the most serious charge, according to the police department.

It is far more common for the police to bring both city and state charges against someone caught with a gun. In February, Timothy Johnson, 23, was arrested on the South Side for allegedly threatening his mother with a loaded .38-caliber handgun. He was charged with aggravated assault and possessing a weapon without a valid state identification card, both state charges, as well as violating the city’s handgun ban. The case is pending.

The city ordinance has also been used to keep guns from citizens who try to register them legally. Gun owners rejected for registration violations have the right to appeal the decision and have an administrative hearing.

In 2009, Niles Sherman’s effort to register a handgun was denied, even though he had been allowed to register the weapon and four others since before the handgun ban went into effect. Mr. Sherman, 81, an alderman of the 21st Ward from 1979 to 1987, is supposed to be exempt from the handgun ban because he had been a Chicago police officer. But last year he was told that the city had no evidence that he was collecting a police pension.

Mr. Sherman said that was because his police pension was wrapped into the pension he got from his time on the City Council. Presented with further documentation, a hearing officer reversed the police department’s decision.

“The whole thing was so much you-know-what,” Mr. Sherman said. “I earned the right to have those guns, I bought them and, last but not least, if need be, I can use them.”

Mr. Sherman said he recently tried to register under the new ordinance, along with 255 others as of mid-August, a police spokesman said, adding that 156 applications have been approved. Mr. Sherman’s was not one of them; he was told he had to undergo a new round of training on a shooting range.

The original intent of the handgun ban was to make it more difficult to get a firearm in Chicago. Now, Mr. Sherman said, weapons are so much easier to obtain illegally that the gun laws only make it more cumbersome for citizens to register firearms.

“Why don’t I just do like these punks on the street have done,” he said, “and put my guns away and pull them out and use them when I want?”

NEWS: Ex-cop to Canada: Keep out man who shot me

Chicago Sun-Times

1969 CRIME | Man who lived in hiding in Toronto for decades called a 'terrorist'

August 31, 2010

BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter / fmain@suntimes.com

A former Chicago cop has written to Canadian authorities to plead with them to bar the man who shot him from being allowed to return to Canada.

In a letter to Canadian government officials, the former officer, Terrence Knox, called Joseph Pannell a "very dangerous terrorist" and a "racist."

"I am convinced that the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Canadian police officers and their families are in support of my request that you do not allow him back into Canada," Knox said in the letter, dated last Wednesday.

Pannell shot Knox in 1969 in the right arm, causing permanent nerve damage. He then fled to Canada, where he changed his name to Gary Freeman and became a librarian near Toronto.

Earlier this year, Pannell was living in Washington after completing probation in the case.

Pannell has declined to comment, but, on his website, has said he is being barred from returning to Canada on grounds of "serious criminality" and for being a national-security threat -- and he urged supporters to petition Canada to let him return.

Last week, his website said Toronto public library workers have written to immigration minister Jason Kenney, asking that Pannell be granted a temporary resident permit. Several members of the Canadian parliament also have written letters on his behalf, he said.

The police in Chicago tracked him to Canada in 2004, using fingerprint records. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in 2008 and, thanks to an unusual sentence, served just 30 days in jail. He also agreed to give $250,000 to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and he completed two years of probation.

NEWS: (Chicago) Weis' sit-down with gang members angers aldermen

--I find it amazing how long Daley has stuck with Weis. He has dumped people for a lot less a whole lot faster. Weis must have some good audio tapes in his back pocket of Daley from when he ran the Chicago FBI office. Why else would Daley, who is a public relations nightmare in his own right right, allow this embarrassment to go on.--
Duke

Chicago Sun-Times

'DESPERATION TACTIC' | Say top cop's meeting with gang leaders like a surrender

August 31, 2010

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/fspielman@suntimes.com

Police Supt. Jody Weis was accused Monday of "negotiating with urban terrorists" when he met secretly with West Side gang leaders at the Garfield Park Conservatory Aug.17 to pressure them to stop the bloodbath on Chicago streets.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), who is mulling a race for mayor, and Ald. Joe Moore (49th), one of Mayor Daley's most outspoken critics, said the secret session disguised as a routine parole meeting was tantamount to waving the white flag.

"I can't believe we're sitting down and negotiating with urban terrorists who are killing our kids with guns and drugs on the streets," Fioretti said.

"These are not people the superintendent ought to be negotiating with. They've now been elevated to equals. They're not equals. They belong in jail. It's an admission that the Police Department can't control the streets."

Fioretti ridiculed Weis' threat to use federal racketeering, commonly known as RICO statutes, to throw the book at gang leaders if the killing continues.

"What kind of approach is it to say, 'Cut the violence or else we're gonna go after you with everything we have?' What have you been doing for the last three, four, five years?" the alderman said.

"We ought to be working hard with the feds and U.S. Attorney's office to start applying these RICO statutes now instead of giving them a warning that says, 'If you kill somebody.' That didn't help this weekend."

Moore branded the secret session a "desperation tactic" that's "kind of like meeting with terrorists." He argued that it accomplishes nothing other than to embolden gang leaders.

"What would accomplish more is to have a Police Department with good morale that believed in their leadership and believed in their mayor. We haven't had a Police Department with that kind of leadership in 22 years," Moore said.

Even Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), the mayor's City Council floor leader, had grave reservations about the secret meeting.

"When I first read about it, I was thinking you're like legitimizing lawbreakers. It's like warning them if things don't get better, we're gonna enforce the law. Well, why aren't we doing that anyway?" he said.

"If it's basically to tell these guys, 'Here's the ramifications if you continue to do these crimes,' I guess I'm OK with it. I just don't think you want to give the impression we've been laying off them and now, because it's loud and violent, we're gonna get serious again."

The only measure of defense came from Police Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th), who said, "I believe the superintendent's intention was to calm our city. You have to think outside the box and talk to the people who can get the message out."

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that Weis, the FBI, federal and state prosecutors met secretly with West Side gang leaders to warn them their lives would be made miserable if the killing doesn't stop.

Not only would federal officials bring conspiracy cases against gangs that continue the bloodbath. They'll move to seize houses, cars and other assets belonging to gang leaders.

"I said, 'The word you need to remember is RICO ... Go talk to the mafia. They know that word very well," Weis told reporters on Saturday.

"We are focusing on group responsibility. If one of these guys should kill another gang member, we are going to come down on them with all the firepower we have."

Later this week, police officials are scheduled to brief aldermen on the gang problem and upcoming changes in the way police are deployed to ease a severe manpower shortage.

"They had better tell us how they're planning to hire," said Fioretti, who has demanded that Daley hire 1,000 more police officers, adding $70 million to the city's record $654.7 million budget shortfall for 2011.

"There are not enough folks out there to combat 70 gangs and 80,000 gang members. All they're doing is running from call-to-call."

NEWS: Chicago Islamic group sues Illinois State Police

Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit accuses agency of discriminating against imam based on race, religion, national origin

By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter

7:55 PM CDT, August 30, 2010

The Chicago chapter of a national Islamic civil rights group filed a federal discrimination lawsuit Monday against Illinois State Police on behalf of a local Muslim cleric whose appointment as chaplain was revoked last month.

After making the historic first appointment of an imam to serve as police chaplain in Illinois, the state police rescinded the offer to Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, associate director of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, when questions arose about his connection to a charity with ties to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

The lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Chicago chapter alleges discrimination based on race, religion and national origin. The suit also says Mustapha was denied his First Amendment right to freedom of association, which bars the government from imposing guilt by association. It calls for Mustapha's immediate reinstatement.

"From what we can gather, the reasons given for not accepting Imam Kifah as a chaplain didn't make any sense," said Kevin Vodak, staff attorney for CAIR-Chicago. "There was no specific reason given other than that he failed the background check. … All of the other chaplains that went through the same program were accepted."

Shortly after Mustapha's appointment, Steve Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, criticized Illinois law enforcement, calling Mustapha one of more than 300 "unindicted co-conspirators" in the federal government's case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Dallas-based group that was once the nation's largest Muslim charity.

"He is on record raising money for terrorists," Emerson said. "We have a significant problem of radicalization developing in America. It makes no sense to place someone with a documented record of jihad support in a consultative position."

Mustapha, who was never charged with a crime, solicited donations on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation. His lawyer said he believed the money went to support American Muslim causes in the U.S.

"As we learned in the McCarthy era, just being part of being an organization doesn't mean you're engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever," Vodak said. "He was truly engaged in an effort that was support for the Muslim community."

Master Sgt. Isaiah D. Vega, a spokesman for the state police, said the agency has no intention of reinstating Mustapha. In an earlier statement, Vega said the department would continue to contact community groups in hopes of having someone Muslim whom officers can rely on for spiritual support.

Ossama Jammal, vice president of the Mosque Foundation, said that as long as the state police call for nominations, the Muslim community will submit Mustapha's name.

"When you want someone to serve with police in the line of duty … you want the best," Jammal said. "When they ask us to recommend, we have to give them the best we've got. He is our candidate. He will be nominated again and again and again."

NEWS: (Cook County) County sting hits Mannheim prostitution

Pioneer Press

August 30, 2010

By MARK LAWTON mlawton@pioneerlocal.com

A woman wearing a pink top and a jean skirt walks from a bar on the 2300 block of N. Mannheim Road past a restaurant and to a used car dealer. Then she walks back.

The traffic on Mannheim is slow the afternoon of Aug. 27 due to a resurfacing project. It's hot outside and smells like fresh asphalt and exhaust. The woman keeps walking, watching the drivers.

An hour and a half passes. A refrigerated truck pulls up to make a delivery of seafood to the restaurant. The driver stops, exchanges some words with the woman.

Suddenly, a sheriff's squad car and three undercover cars pull up. Two officers get out and hold their badges above their heads, telling the driver to get out slowly.

A man about 5 feet 5 wearing a striped shirt and jeans gets down. He's frisked, handcuffed and placed in the back of the squad car. He's driven two blocks north to the sheriff's substation.

This is not a good day for the driver. He's charged with soliciting a prostitute -- though the woman in pink is actually an undercover sheriff's deputy. The fine is $500 if he pleads guilty, possibly more if he goes to trial and is found guilty.

If it were his vehicle, it would be towed and cost $500 to get out of impound. He's still out of luck, though.

"They'll call the company and say he got arrested and we've got your truck here," said William Leen, a sergeant with the vice squad.

Any day or time, the vice squad might patrol Mannheim Road for prostitutes or their customers. The times aren't predictable.

"We've started at 5 a.m. and gotten a lot of customers," Leen said. "Also when the bars close up."

It's nothing like the TV shows. Customers show up in their own time, not the sheriff's. Deputies sit around in vehicles keeping an eye on the decoy and waiting. And waiting.

Occasionally a voice comes over the police radio. "She's talking to a silver pickup." A minute later the voice says, "disregard."

"Lots of time guys will drive around twice to see if the cops are on them," Leen said. "A lot of times guys are window shopping."

Even the police can get bored. The decoy talks to a man in a maroon car. The deputies watch but nothing seems to be happening.

"She's still talking to him," says the voice over the radio. "I think they're exchanging phone numbers."

"It's a hurry up and wait thing," Leen said.

This is the reality behind a press conference held Aug. 29 at Leyden Township Hall, 2501 N. Mannheim Road. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced 114 men had been cited over the last two months, mostly for soliciting sex.

Some were arrested almost in the shadow of recently erected billboards, which read "Chances are, the women you are about to pick up works for us. Expect to pay."

Prostitution has existed along Mannheim Road in unincorporated Leyden Township for decades. The sheriff's department has caught locals, out-of-staters on their way to O'Hare Airport, semi-truck drivers, utility truck drivers, bus drivers and others.

Some of the action has gone online. Prostitutes advertise on Craigslist and other websites at three times their street rates -- $20 to $50. Sometimes they get it.

Not all the customers are very smart. Some customers assume that any woman walking on Mannheim is a prostitute. That can include students walking to school. Others don't know when to give up.

"A lot of times a second guy will come up while we're arresting someone," Leen said. "Then they come back 10 minutes later."

Some of the prostitutes have worked here as long as 20 years. Leen said he knew one who left, got married, moved to Lake County and was gone for seven years. When the marriage went bad, she returned.

She told Leen, "This is all I know how to do."

In recent years, the sheriff's department has tried some new techniques. In February 2009, The Department of Women's Justice Services formed. It tries to get prostitutes off the streets by offering services including housing, drug rehab, shelters and counseling. They engage former prostitutes to talk to women still on the street.

In December 2008, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a public morals nuisance ordinance. Before that, customers paid $100 bond and usually got sentenced to two to three months' supervision.

Now, between the fine and impound charge, it's at least $1,000. Leen said since the ordinance has been in effect the sheriff's department has not arrested any repeat customers.

Thirty minutes later, the voice comes over the radio in Leen's vehicle again.

"It's a white car on Mannheim, facing south," the voice says. "It's going to be a go."

Monday, August 30, 2010

NEWS: (National) Suspect in killing of Hoonah officers arrested

RELATED STORIES: Alaska officers killed in ambush witnessed by one cop's family

Anchorage Daily News 

By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com

(08/30/10 13:28:00)

A man who troopers say shot and killed two police officers in the Southeast village of Hoonah was captured after leaving his house shortly after 9:30 a.m.

John Marvin Jr., 45, is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

The arrest ended a standoff that forced school officials to call off classes and led authorities to vacate surrounding houses as Marvin barricaded himself in his home, residents said.

"It's over," interim city administrator Bob Prunella said this morning.

Peters wouldn't provide details about the arrest, saying only that Marvin "exited the residence and we took him into custody." No one was injured, she said.

Neighbor Nino Villarreal saw what looked like smoke, or fog, pouring out of a broken window shortly before Marvin came out of the house, he said.

Marvin is accused of shooting officers Sgt. Anthony Wallace, 32, and Matthew Tokuoka, 39. Gov. Sean Parnell ordered state flags lowered to half-staff today for the slain officers.

The officers had arrested Marvin in a violent encounter as recently as 2009, court records show. In that case, police drew their guns on Marvin and used a Taser to subdue him as he fought arrest, according to a Hoonah police affidavit.

It's unclear what led to Saturday's shootings.

Charla Wright, chief administrator for Hoonah City Schools, lives maybe a block away from Marvin's home, she said. Authorities had surrounded the house and she could hear people talking over a loudspeaker through the night, she said.

"They had cordoned off the streets for a block ... in all directions," Wright said.

Trauma teams are expected in the village as early as today to provide counseling to residents, Wright said. A cruise ship that was expected to arrive in the village of 850 people was re-routed, she said.

The school will reopen tomorrow, Wright said.

The shootings led the Coast Guard to close the port in Hoonah for more than 24 hours, forcing the ferry LeConte to bypass the village Sunday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Tokuoka was off duty at the time of the shooting. His wife and young children witnessed the violence as it began, as did the mother of the other officer, said Prunella, the city administrator.

Troopers said they were alerted to the shootings around 11 p.m. Tokuoka's father-in-law, Hoonah resident George Martin, said he lives nearby and heard the gunfire.

Tokuoka was in his car with his wife, Haley, their 6-year-old son and their 2-year-old daughter, Martin said. They stopped to talk to Wallace, the officer on duty, who was standing outside the vehicle. Wallace's mother, a nurse who was visiting from Florida, was nearby and saw her son shot, Prunella said.

"The regular officer went down first. In fact, my daughter and the kids were in the car. Matt wasn't actually on duty yet," Martin said. "The shots rang out, you know, and they hit Tony. I guess they hit them in the leg first. And then Matt told my daughter, he said to get the kids out of here. 'Get out of here!'" he said.

"He went to help Tony and I think that's when he got it."

Prunella said Tokuoka tried to get other people to safety.

Wallace's mother, Debbie Greene, had been in Hoonah only a few days and was riding along with her son on patrol, said Jamie Brothers, a family friend.

"It was her first visit to Alaska," Brothers said.

BREAKING NEWS: (National) Suspect Captured in Utah Deputy's Killing

RELATED STORY: R.I.P.: Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris

Officer.com 

Posted: August 30th, 2010 12:23 PM EDT

The Associated Press

KANAB, Utah --

The suspect in the shooting death of a Utah sheriff's deputy was captured early Monday near the Utah-Arizona border after a resident reported an armed prowler, authorities said.

Law officers arrested Scott Curley, 23, shortly shortly before 1 a.m. MDT near Kanab, said Jim Driscol, chief deputy of the Coconino County Sheriff's Department in Arizona.

"A caller advised that a suspicious person was trying to get into his home," Driscol said. "He was awakened by dogs and looked out the window and saw a person with a rifle slung over his shoulder."

Seventeen law enforcement officers responded and quickly located Curley, who surrendered without resistance, Driscol said at a news conference held at Kanab.

Curley is accused of shooting Kane County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Harris Thursday during a foot chase.

Authorities allege that Curley hid beneath a tree in the small town of Fredonia, just south of the Utah border about 10 miles from Kanab, and waited for two pursuing lawmen to get closer, opening fire from between 40 and 150 feet away and killing Harris.

The suspect then vanished into the rugged wilderness that surrounds the border area and wasn't seen again by authorities until early Monday.

Deputies said that at the time of the arrest Curley was in possession of the rifle suspected to have been used in Harris' killing.

Authorities said he faces a first degree murder charge in Arizona.

The arrest came less than a day after authorities announced they were adding more law enforcement teams to hunt the fugitive down.

On Sunday, authorities asked residents in the Fredonia and Kanab areas to open their homes and outbuildings to searches by officers in tactical gear.

About 100 officers were in the field Sunday, and three helicopters were aiding in the search, according to a statement from Coconino County deputies.

Curley was suspected of trying to burglarize Fredonia High School and holding a janitor at gunpoint on Wednesday night. The janitor was unharmed, and Curley avoided authorities until Thursday.

Authorities said Curley suffered from depression and had few friends, but was familiar with the rugged countryside near Fredonia and searchers could pass 10 feet from him and never see him in hiding.

The U.S. Marshals Service has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Curley's capture. There was no word on the status of that reward early Monday.

Curley was being questioned by deputies early Monday. The Coconino County Sheriffs Office said it would seek his extradition from Utah.

Harris left behind his wife Shawna, 13-year-old daughter Kirsten, 10-year-old daughter Kristina, five brothers, a sister, and his parents.

His father Bruce Harris, 72, said his son most enjoyed saving people and animals as part of his job, and was the one lowered from helicopters during rescues.

"He figured there was nobody better than him to put it out on the line," Bruce Harris told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

He said that among his children, Brian was the toughest to raise because of a rebellious side, and "he wanted to do things his way.

Yet he and his son grew closer than ever after he joined the Army, served in the Gulf War and returned to Utah to be a deputy.

"He and I had the most conflict when he was young, and the way it worked out he's the one I depended on for about everything," Bruce Harris said. "He was our go-to guy in the family, and he was a pillar of the community."

NEWS: (Red Light Camera) Cook Co. red-light camera ultimatum seems to lack legal weight

Daily Herald 

By Ted Cox | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/30/2010 12:02 AM

Cook County Commissioner Timothy Schneider believes he has seized the initiative to turn back a red-light-camera program with the legal finding that the county can't arbitrarily impose it on municipalities.

County Board President Todd Stroger and Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, both Chicago Democrats, have pushed the program by insisting that the county could press the responsibility for maintaining an intersection on any municipality that rejected placing a red-light camera there. High maintenance costs would all but force local governments to accept the controversial cameras wherever the county wanted to place them. Both Stroger and Moreno said they had the legal backing of the Cook state's attorney's office on that opinion.

Yet Schneider received a letter earlier this month from Deputy State's Attorney Patrick Driscoll Jr., liaison to the county board, stating that "no such opinion exists."

Schneider hopes the legal opinion stops the proposed county-run red-light cameras in their tracks, though the issue could come up again before the county board as soon as Tuesday.

"The written opinion only restated what we already knew, what I thought to be the case, that it did require a joint decision between the county and the local municipality to either trade roads or give up any roadways," said the Bartlett Republican. "The fact of the matter is, they had no legs to stand on."

Schneider didn't accuse Stroger and Moreno of outright lying on the issue, but he did call it "a reckless decision they came to that had no basis in fact or law."

Stroger spokesman Chris Geovanis, who originally stated the opinion that the county could compel participation by threatening to force maintenance for contested intersections on local governments, has since said that was just an advisory opinion on a proposed amendment.

"President Stroger's administration remains committed to working within the spirit of Cook County law, and we continue to review options for next steps as we work to move ahead with this pilot safety project," Geovanis said.

Moreno did not return a call for comment.

Many Cook localities, such as Schaumburg, which has already tried and rejected its own red-light-camera program, were briefly up in arms over the county ultimatum.

"In the end," Schneider said, "all it did was cause a great deal of anguish with many of the municipalities and in some cases the expense of taxpayer money to explore the legal aspects of it."

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson confirmed he had Village Attorney Jack Siegel working on the matter, and Siegel determined "in any case where there's a difference in ordinances between a county and a municipality, the municipal ordinance will prevail."

Larson said he figures the Stroger administration "was just misinformed." But, he said, "If I have to rely on a legal opinion, I'd prefer to rely on Jack Siegel's knowledge of the law rather than Todd Stroger's."

Larson has already joined with state Rep. Mark Walker, an Arlington Heights Democrat, in calling on Stroger to take a more moderate approach to imposing red-light cameras where they aren't wanted.

"The initiative behind this has as much to do with lobbyists for red-light cameras as it does with Cook County," Larson said. "They're pushing it because for every town that rejects red-light cameras, there's less revenue for the folks who provide that service."

"It reduces the revenue aspect of the red-light camera program substantially, which I still maintain is the only reason these red-light cameras were installed," Schneider said. Although Stroger and Moreno have both insisted it's a safety issue, Schneider added, "In the back room, it's all about the money (and) far less to do about safety.

"Whether the state's attorney's opinion was enough to put the nail in the coffin of those who think they can bully these municipalities into forcing them into a red-light-camera program they don't want, I don't know," he said. "But I think they're going down a road where they don't have any legal backing. They should just let it go at this point."

The red-light cameras gained the approval of a majority of the county board as a one-year pilot program for 20 or 30 intersections, but Schneider was out to nip it in the bud.

"Once this pilot program, they see how this goes, and get all the bugs worked out, they're going to expand this program countywide," he said. "So you're not going to see 20 cameras, you're going to see 200 or 300, and I want to stop that from happening."

NEWS: (Illinois) Being broke costs state $550 million

Chicago Sun-Times

BAD BOND RATING | Borrowing money has gotten a lot more expensive
August 30, 2010

BY DAVE McKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief

SPRINGFIELD -- The state's miserable bond rating has driven up borrowing costs for state government by more than $500 million since last year, a government watchdog group says.

The nonpartisan, Chicago-based Civic Federation analyzed the near-record borrowing that the state has undertaken since last September and looked at similar borrowing during the same period in other states that have higher bond ratings than Illinois.

The result was a staggering $551.3 million extra that state taxpayers are having to devote to support the state's thirst for debt because of a series of rating downgrades, the group says in a report being released today.

"This is an actual quantification of what the cost of the state's fiscal irresponsibility has been because of the Illinois General Assembly and governor's failure to stabilize state finances and to allow our credit rating to drop so low we are now the lowest credit-rated state in the country, with California," said Laurence Msall, the Civic Federation's president.

Since September 2009, the state has borrowed $9.6 billion, which is the second-largest borrowing spree in state history. The most borrowed during any 12-month period in Illinois history came under ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who signed off on a $10 billion borrowing plan in 2003 to shore up the state's underfunded retirement systems.

Illinois' credit rating has been downgraded four times by one bond-rating agency in the past 18 months because of the state's record budget deficits, its underfunded pension liabilities, revenue shortfalls, spending jumps and debt increases.

"If the state had acted appropriately when the Great Recession began and we saw revenues decline, and if we'd have cut spending to match revenues, it's likely we wouldn't have had so many downgrades, and in this one year, we'd saved over $550 million in borrowing costs," Msall said.

Because of the way the $9.6 billion is spread over three decades, the state won't pay all $551.3 million in one year. But $72.9 million will have to be paid in 2011, while $301.2 million of the overall amount will have to be paid over the next five years, the group said.

"The failure of Illinois government to stabilize its finances means Illinoisans will be forced to pay more for their government while it delivers fewer services," Msall said.

NEWS: (Chicago) Five dead, 25 wounded during violent 50 hours

--All this violence on the weekend that the story broke about the super secret meeting two weeks ago between Weis and the gang leaders where he told them they will be held accountable. Well, start rounding them up because besides being a tragedy this is a slap in your face Supt. Weis. Not only do you not have any trump with your troops but you really have no trump on the streets.--
Duke 

Chicago Sun-Times

August 30, 2010

Sun-Times Media Wire

Three men and two teenage boys were killed -- and at least 26 other people suffered violent injuries -- during an especially bloody 48-hour period. Both boys were shot and killed while attending block parties.

Three of the murders, and many of the shootings, were on the West Side -- an area the Chicago Sun-Times reported top police officials are targeting gang members. Police confirmed Sunday that at least two of the West Side shootings were gang-related.

The Sun-Times reported Sunday Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis and other top law enforcement officials met with reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs as part of the Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.

When one of those gangs is involved in a killing, sources said, authorities plan to make their leaders' lives miserable, doing everything from towing their cars for parking violations, to ramping up parole visits, to pulling them over repeatedly for traffic stops.

The murders started shortly after midnight Saturday when two men sitting on a porch in the 7000 block of West Grand Avenue were shot. A 24-year-old man -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Edward Ramos -- was killed and a 22-year-old man was initially hospitalized in “stable” condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Thomas Moorer, 39, of the 200 block of North Leamington Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting early Monday, according to police News Affairs.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 23-year-old Wesley Taylor, of 822 N. Leamington Ave., was fatally shot at 4411 W. Wilcox St. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said Taylor was walking down the street with a 33-year-old man when an unidentified gunman shot them about 6:30 p.m. The other man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

At 8:39 p.m. Saturday, 15-year-old Darrell McKinney was fatally shot at 956 N. Harding Ave. An autopsy determined he died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said a gunman might have been chasing and shooting at somebody else and accidentally struck the teen -- who was sitting in a chair.

CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond said McKinney was “an exemplary student and athlete” at Orr High School.

About 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot at a block party in the 5800 block of South Campbell Avenue. Adolfo Guijardo-Soria was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medial examiner’s office.

At 7:37 p.m. Sunday, Cicero-resident David Johnson, 31, was shot and killed at 1542 W. 51st St., according to the medical examiner’s office. Police could not immediately provide further details Sunday night.

At least 18 other people were suffered violently injuries -- including an alleged armed robber shot by an off-duty police officer after an exchange of gunfire -- beginning early Saturday.

At 2:20 a.m. Saturday, an unidentified gunman shot a pair of 22-year-old men sitting on a porch in the 2200 block of South Kolin Avenue, police said. Both men suffered gunshot wounds to the left leg and were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At 3:09 a.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was shot in his left leg in the 1600 block of North Whipple Street, police said. He was initially taken in “stable” condition to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, a 50-year-old man was shot during an argument in the 6800 block of South Prairie Avenue, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and drove himself to the Grand Crossing District police station, where he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old woman walking to the store was shot in the knee in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue, police said. She was initially taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.

At 6:41 p.m. Saturday, a 19-year-old woman was talking with a friend in the 700 block of East 80th Street when she was shot in the left foot, police said.

At 8:46 p.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the arm at 15 W. 107th St. and was taken in “stable” condition to Roseland Community Hospital, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

At 11:10 p.m. Saturday, an off-duty Chicago Police officer inside a restaurant in the 1400 block of West 79th Street shot a man armed with a handgun trying to rob other patrons, according to a police News Affairs statement. The robber fired several shots and the officer returned fire.

The robber was taken in serious to critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said. Another robber fled and is not in custody, according to the statement.

At 12:02 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the 8400 block of South Manistee Avenue, Baety said.

At 12:40 a.m. Sunday, a man in his 20s was shot in the groin area near South Laflin and West 51st streets, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was initially hospitalized in serious condition.

At 2:18 a.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the 4400 block of South Kedzie Avenue and was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Baety said.

At 2:58 a.m., a male -- of an unidentified age -- was shot in the shoulder in a gang-related shooting in the 200 block of South Marshall Boulevard, Baety said.

At 5:40 a.m. Sunday, a 21-year-old man standing on the sidewalk in the 2700 block of West Iowa Street was shot in the head during a gang-related drive-by, Perez said. It was not immediately known if the victim was a gang member, but the gunman yelled gang slogans before opening fire from a small black vehicle.

At 11:12 a.m. Sunday, a 28-year-old man stabbed a man and woman at the 95th Street Red Line station, Perez said. The man suffered a stab wound to the abdomen area and the woman was stabbed in the arm. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in an unidentified condition.

At 11:19 a.m. Sunday, a gunman chased and shot a man multiple times in the lower body in the 1000 block of North Springfield Avenue, Perez said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.

At 6:23 p.m. Sunday, a male walked into Loretto Hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, Baety said. Further details were not immediately known.

At 9:52 p.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the right side in the 12100 block of South Eggleston Avenue, police said. He was listed in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn Monday morning.

At 9:56 p.m. Sunday, a family -- with dad in the driver’s seat, mom in the passenger seat, and two kids in the back seat -- was driving in a Mercedes sedan going north in the 8800 block of South Kenwood Avenue when a Chevrolet Malibu sedan pulled up from behind them and a gunman in the rear driver’s side opened fire, South Chicago District police said.

The 12-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter were both shot once in the leg, police said. They were treated and released from Advocate Trinity Hospital, police said.

At 11:34 p.m. Sunday, a 32-year-old man was shot in his elbow and ankle in the 2700 block of North Kedzie Avenue, police said. He was in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

At 11:56 p.m. Sunday, a 21-year-old who was arrested after running from the scene after shots were fired in the 6500 block of South King Drive was found to have a gunshot wound to his shoulder, according to a Grand Crossing District police lieutenant. The man was in police custody at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center where he was in good condition early Monday, police said. He was found with a gun and charges are pending.

At 2:13 a..m. Monday, a 41-year-old man was sitting in a car in the 500 block of West 87th Street with a female when suspects approached on both sides of the vehicle and order the female to run, police said. The suspects demanded the man’s chain and shot him in his left side.

At 2:15 a.m., a 41-year-old man was shot in the right arm while sitting on a porch in the 4900 block of North Sheridan Road, police said. He was in good condition Monday morning at Weiss Hospital.

Additionally, police responded about 4:30 a.m. Saturday to 2847 W. Washington Blvd. and found the body of a burned female in an alley. A Sunday autopsy determined she died of blunt head trauma and assault and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office, which said she remained unidentified Sunday afternoon.

It was not immediately known when the female was attacked or burned, and her death is not reflected in the weekend violence total.

Chicago Police detectives are investigating.

NEWS: (National) Oklahoma police officer ambushed in squad car

KOCO.com 

Officer Shot Has Been Identified

Katie Lawson, 27, In Good Condition At Local Hospital


POSTED: 11:05 pm CDT August 29, 2010
UPDATED: 10:59 am CDT August 30, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City police officer ambushed and shot late Sunday has been identified as a four-year veteran of the force.

Officer Katie Lawson, 27, was struck multiple times but is in good condition at a local hospital.

Tactical teams wearing protective gear are still in a northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood near the area where a police officer was shot late Sunday night.

About 10:20 p.m., Lawson was inside her patrol car after assisting an Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputy with a traffic stop near Northwest 38th Street and Miller Avenue, when a man walked up to the cruiser and began firing, Capt. Patrick Stewart said.

Lawson returned fire and immediately called for help. She was transported to the hospital and is in good condition, Stewart said.

The shooter has not been caught. Roads near the neighborhood are closed while investigators conduct their investigation.

ANALYSIS: Alaska officers killed in ambush witnessed by one cop's family

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OFFICER DOWN NEWS: 2 Alaska officers killed, triggering standoff

R.I.P.: Sergeant Anthony Wallace

R.I.P.: Officer Matthew Tokuoka

 PoliceOne.com

By Lt. Dan Marcou

Sgt. Tony Wallace and Officer Matt Tokuoka were ambushed by a 45-year-old Hoonah resident identified as John Marvin Jr.

The scenic Village of Hoonah, Alaska is a small Tlingit community of 800 — the Tlingit are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast — that lost two of its three full-time police officers to gunfire late Saturday night. In yet another law enforcement ambush, the officers killed in the attack were Sgt. Tony Wallace and Officer Matt Tokuoka, ambushed by a 45-year-old Hoonah resident identified as John Marvin Jr.

Marvin was known to the police from prior contacts, but his motive for the brutal attack is not clear. Hoonah Mayor Windy Skaflestad told KRBD radio that about one year ago Marvin tried to wrestle Sgt. Wallace’s weapon away from the officer. Te mayor speculated, “He picked on the wrong person when he went after to wrestle Tony, because Tony is a wrestler, a state wrestler champ. But they had quite a bit of bump-ins with him for about a month or two about a year ago. So I think that’s what set all this off.”

Matt Tokuoka was off duty at the time of the attack. Matt was with his wife Haley, their six-year-old son and their two-year-old daughter. The family had just left Matt’s father-in-law’s home, where they had spent the evening with his wife’s family. Matt had stopped his car to talk with Wallace, who was on duty. Wallace and Tokuoka were engaged in a conversation, when John Marvin approached and opened fire on Wallace without warning. As Wallace went down, Tukuoka exited his car in an attempt to assist and told his wife to “get away!” Marvin then shot Tokuoka in front of his wife and children.

To add to the outrageousness of this act, Wallace’s mother, who was up from Florida visiting her son, also witnessed the shooting. Sgt. Wallace died while in surgery in Juneau, which is 40 miles to the west of Hoonah. Officer Tokuoka was pronounced dead early Sunday in the clinic in Hoonah.

Two Extraordinary Young Men

Sgt. Wallace was originally from Ohio. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where he attended the National Technical Institute of the Deaf. He wrestled for the university and in 2008 he was inducted in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Wallace did not believe his hearing deficit should prevent him from a career in law enforcement. In a 2009 interview published on the university website, Officer Wallace had this to say about living his dream as a police officer in Hoonah, “I have had tremendous support from my fellow police officers and have gained their confidence by proving every day that a person with my hearing deficiency poses no problems on the job. I have always believed that I could do the job of a police officer and here I am.”

Prior to coming to the Hoonah Police Department Officer Tokuoka was Staff Sergeant Matt Tukuoka of the United States Marine Corps, serving in special operations.

Standoff Continues

As of Sunday evening, Marvin was still barricaded in his home. The Alaskan State Police were on the scene and evacuating homes near Marvin’s. The Juneau Police Department SWAT Team was transported to the scene by the U. S, Coast Guard. Bob Prunella, who is acting village administrator, said of the stand-off, “This could go on for a while. They really want to get him alive.”

Caution

This seems to be the year of the police ambush. Try to maintain a 360 degree awareness at all times, and be careful out there.

OFFICER DOWN NEWS: 2 Alaska officers killed, triggering standoff

PoliceOne.com

08/30/2010
CNN

HOONAH, Alaska — A 45-year-old man allegedly shot two police officers to death in a rural Alaska town before barricading himself and triggering a standoff, authorities said.

As of Sunday, the the incident was ongoing, authorities said in their latest statement.

The Hoonah, Alaska, Police Department on Saturday night contacted the Alaska State Troopers, asking for assistance after Hoonah officers Matthew Tokuoka, 39, and Sgt. Anthony Wallace, 32, were shot in what troopers described as an "ambush." Both officers later died from their injuries.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of John Marvin Jr., police said. Following the shooting, Marvin barricaded himself inside his home, according to Alaska television station KTUU in Anchorage.

State troopers sent Special Emergency Response Teams, and police from Juneau also deployed a tactical team, troopers said. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted in bringing resources into Hoonah, an island about 62 miles north of Sitka, Alaska, and 68 miles west of Juneau by ferry. The Coast Guard also launched a helicopter from Sitka to transport one of the wounded officers to Juneau.

On Sunday, other agencies were assisting, including the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Wildlife Troopers, authorities said.

"We are offering up our condolences and our support to the community of Hoonah however we can," said Col. Audie Holloway, director of the Alaska State Troopers. "Sadly, two police officers lost their lives. We hope to end this standoff without any further tragedy."

The shooting leaves Hoonah, a town with about 800 people, with one officer -- the police chief, KTUU said. State troopers said they would be providing staffing for Hoonah police following the resolution of the standoff.

Businesses in the area were shut down, according to KTUU, and residents were asked to stay indoors and away from the area.

"We heard a gunshot and one of my co-workers looked out the window and he saw one policeman down," witness Dirk Knehr told the television station. "He'd been shot, and another policeman was trying to drag him away and the suspect shot him twice. And then he just took off."

Little was known about Marvin, KTUU said. "The only information we have is that he's had problems with law enforcement in that community in the past, and there were some issues of stability," Alaska State Troopers Capt. Barry Wilson told the station.

The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday (2:30 a.m. ET Sunday), KTUU said.

Wallace began working with Hoonah police in 2008, according to the station.

He was a 2008 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and a former campus police officer at the school.

"Tony, who was hard-of-hearing, proved remarkable at many levels," the school said on its website. After joining campus police, he went on to attend the police academy, where he graduated as class valedictorian. An All-American wrestler, he was inducted into the Rochester Institute of Technology's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

A Rochester Institute of Technology statement quoted from Wallace's interview last year with the university's news department. "I hope that people who are in the same situation as I am see my story and begin to believe that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it," he said. "Anything and everything is possible, it's just a matter of how bad you want it and how far you are willing to go to prove to people that you are worthy of whatever career you want to pursue."

Tokuoka, a former Marine Corps staff sergeant, was a native of Hawaii who had been with Hoonah police since 2009, KTUU said.

R.I.P.: Officer Matthew Tokuoka

 O.D.M.P.
Officer Matthew Tokuoka
Hoonah Police Department
Alaska
End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cause: Gunfire
Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Badge Number: Not available

Officer Matthew Tokuoka and Sergeant Anthony Wallace were ambushed and killed by a lone gunman.

Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty, was in his car with his family when he stopped to talk to Sergeant Wallace who was standing outside his vehicle. Sergeant Wallace was shot first and Officer Tokuoka went to render aid and was then shot. Officer Tokuoka died early Sunday at a local clinic and Sergeant Wallace died during surgery in Juneau.

The suspect fled to his house and barricaded himself inside while SWAT teams from the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department responded to the scene.

Officer Tokuoka was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had worked for the Hoonah Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
 
Photograph: Officer Matthew Tokuoka
Patch image: Hoonah Police Department, Alaska

R.I.P.: Sergeant Anthony Wallace

O.D.M.P.
Sergeant Anthony Wallace
Hoonah Police Department
Alaska
End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cause: Gunfire
Biographical Info
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka were ambushed and killed by a lone gunman.

Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty, was in his car with his family when he stopped to talk to Sergeant Wallace who was standing outside his vehicle. Sergeant Wallace was shot first and Officer Tokuoka went to render aid and was then shot. Officer Tokuoka died early Sunday at a clinic and Sergeant Wallace died during surgery in Juneau.

The suspect fled to his house and barricaded himself inside while SWAT teams from the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department responded to the scene.

Sergeant Anthony Wallace had served for the Hoonah Police Department for four years. He is survived by his mother.
Photograph: Sergeant Anthony Wallace
Patch image: Hoonah Police Department, Alaska

Sunday, August 29, 2010

NEWS: (Cook County) Sheriff: Anti-prostitution billboards target 'johns'

Chicago Tribune

August 29, 2010 2:04 PM

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart rolled out two new billboards today targeting men who solicit sex along a stretch of road where prostitutes are known to gather.

The billboards are a reminder that police are cracking down on those willing to pay for sex, not just those who sell it.

"Dear John, if you're here to solicit sex, it could cost you $2,150. We're teaming up to bust you."

That's the message that adorns one such billboard in the 2300 block of Mannheim Road in unincorporated Cook County, home to a slew of low-budget hotels not far from O'Hare Airport.

It was one year ago that Cook County passed the Public Morals Ordinance, a law designed to go after those who solicit prostitutes and help raise money for women to escape abusive relationships. More than 100 men have been cited under the ordinance, raising nearly $50,000 for women in need, officials said.

"Most of this effort goes toward the John side of it," Dart said. "We're trying to end the demand by making it incredibly difficult for people.

"For anybody who thinks they're just going to go out for a night and access a prostitute and that's going to be their little secret ... it's not going to be a secret, we're going to arrest you. And it's going to cost you thousands and thousands of dollars."

Under the ordinance, police are allowed to simply fine prostitutes or the people they serve, but police still have the option to lodge criminal charges against them, said Steve Patterson, a spokesman the sheriff's office.

He said the steep monetary fines imposed as part of the ordinance seem to be a greater deterrent for customers than criminal charges which under state law tend to be misdemeanors.

Patterson said the goal was not to decriminalize prostitution but rather to assist the prostitutes to get the help needed to leave that life behind.

NEWS: (Chicago) 2 killed, at least 12 wounded in city-wide shootings

--YEP. Getting all those gang leaders in one spot and telling them they will be held accountable sure scared them. See how they are shaking in their shorts?--
Duke

Chicago Tribune

August 29, 2010 4:45 AM

A man was killed and at least 12 other people were wounded in overnight shootings, including a male shot by police.

Starting about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in West Garfield Park, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the 4400 block of West Wilcox Street while a 33-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.

At 8:39 p.m. Saturday in Humboldt Park, a 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the chest in the 900 block of South Harding Avenue, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. Police believe the teen may have been caught in the crossfire between two other men. He was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
At 6:33 p.m. in Chicago Lawn, an 18-year-old woman was shot in the knee in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue. She was taken in good condition to Holy Cross Hospital.

At 6:41 p.m. in Chatham, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the left foot in the 700 block of East 80th Street.

At 8:46 p.m. in Roseland, a 25-year-old man was shot in his upper arm at 15 W. 107th St. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital.

At 11:11 p.m. in Gresham, police shot a male suspect as he allegedly attempted to rob patrons at a restaurant in the 1400 block of West 79th Street. Another male suspect involved in the incident was able to successfully escape.

About 11:45 p.m. in Gage Park, a 17-year-old boy was standing outside during a block party in the 5800 block of South Campbell Avenue when he was shot in the head, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

At 12:01 a.m. this morning in South Chicago, a 22-year-old man was shot in the foot in the 8400 block of South Manistee Avenue.

At 12:39 a.m. in Back of the Yards, a 21-year-old man was shot in the groin in the 5100 block of South Laflin Street and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

At 2:10 a.m. in West Chatham, a 24-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his neck in the 5700 block of South Lasalle Street and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.

At 2:18 a.m. Brighton Park, a 27-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the 4400 block of South Kedzie Avenue, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At 2:35 a.m. in West Garfield Park, two males were shot in the 4600 block of West Maypole Avenue. One suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and the other was shot in his buttocks, said police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.

At 2:58 a.m., a male suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder from a drive-by in the 200 block of South Marshall, Gaines said. No other information was immediately available.

Area detectives are investigating and no one was in custody for any of the shootings.

-- Caroline Kyungae Smith

NEWS: Drew Peterson's son suspended after testifying on dad's weapons

Chicago Tribune

Attorney questions timing of move by Oak Brook police

By Steve Schmadeke and Stacy St. Clair, Tribune reporters

August 28, 2010

Three days after testifying that he let his father, Drew Peterson, hide weapons in his home, Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson was suspended from his job, village officials said.

The Thursday decision was directly related to Stephen's testimony, a source said.

Stephen Peterson, 31, has been suspended at least five times in the six years he's been an Oak Brook police officer, according to state records and prior police statements.

His father, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with murder in the 2004 drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, as well as with owning an illegal gun. Peterson is also the sole suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

On Monday, his son testified that Peterson called him shortly after Stacy disappeared, then brought two bags holding two or three guns into his North Aurora house.

"They were his favorites and he didn't want anything to happen to them," Stephen testified Monday.

Stephen Peterson later turned the weapons over to Illinois State Police, according to testimony from a retired state police investigator.

Oak Brook Village Manager David Niemeyer said Peterson's son was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending the outcome of an internal investigation. He declined to comment on why Stephen was suspended, saying it was a personnel matter.

Drew Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky called the move "pure vindictiveness" and "baseless" and said no new information had emerged during Monday's hearing for Oak Brook to act on. He suggested the move was intended to get at Drew and noted that Stephen was caring for his two younger siblings.

"What's next — they're going to catch (Drew Peterson's daughter) Lacy running across the street and charge her with jaywalking?" Brodsky said.

Stephen Peterson's prior suspensions have been for running improper database checks on 10 village employees, driving an Oak Brook squad car and appearing in uniform before a grand jury investigating Stacy's disappearance, making a rude comment to a citizen and sending an inappropriate message on a police computer, according to past police statements.

He could not be reached for comment.

NEWS: Chicago police arrest dozens in drug sweep

Chicago Tribune

August 29, 2010 11:33 AM

Chicago police made 48 arrests, recovered weapons and seized about $1.7 million in drugs in a week-long sweep targeting illegal activity on the city's South and West Sides, Police Supt. Jody Weis said at a news conference this morning.

Among the arrests was a 27-year-old associate of an area gang found with 10 grams of powder cocaine, five grams of crack cocaine and a loaded AK-47 rifle. Weis said at the time of the arrest, Eric Granger, of the 4300 block of South King Drive, was on parole for aggravated battery with a baseball bat.

Weiss said the arrests and seizures took place in neighborhoods "plagued by drug and gang activity."

"These concerted and consecutive efforts ... truly represent the commitment of the Chicago Police Department to target criminals and eliminate activities associated with the most violent crimes in the city," Weis said.

Included in the drug seizures was approximately six pounds of crystal meth, with a street value of nearly $900,000. It was the largest such meth bust in Chicago this year, officials said.

"We seem to be seizing more meth lately in Chicago, and in bigger quanties," said Nick Roti, chief of the department's Organized Crime Unit.

Roti said Chicago was a major distribution point for meth and other illegal drugs manufactured in Mexico and trafficked throughout the Midwest.

-- Joel Hood

NEWS: (National) Fired Baltimore Officer Speaks Out

--I have said time and time again, these 10 to 30 second video clips do nothing to enhance public knowledge. Their only purpose is inflame public outrage at incidents they have no knowledge about. They always just show the parts where the officer is getting physical, but never the whole incident.--
Duke

Officer.com

Posted: August 29th, 2010 10:46 AM EDT

Story by wbaltv.com

BALTIMORE --

The Baltimore police officer fired three years after a rant toward a teenage skateboarder spoke out Saturday morning, saying he feels devastated and blindsided by the firing.

Officer Salvatore Rivieri, a 19-year veteran, is no longer with the department, officials said in confirming the dismissal.

A video posted on YouTube, apparently shot in the summer of 2007, shows Rivieri putting a youth, Eric Bush, into a headlock and pushing him to the ground. Bush was 14 at the time. The clip received millions of views on YouTube and was picked up by national news channels.

On Saturday morning's Kendel Ehrlich Show on WBAL 1090 AM, Rivieri said of the 2007 confrontation the he warned the boy and his friends that skateboarding at the Inner Harbor is illegal.

Bush has said he did not hear an order that the officer gave him about skateboarding at the Inner Harbor. Rivieri repeatedly got upset at being called "dude" in the video.

"I'm not 'man.' I'm not 'dude,' I am Officer Rivieri," he told the teen. "The sooner you learn that, the longer you are going to live in this world. Because you go around doing this kind of stuff and somebody is going to kill you."

On Saturday, Rivieri said the video does not show him and Bush shaking hands after the confrontation.

Rivieri was suspended and sent back on the streets in November 2008. Earlier this month, the city police trial board dismissed the most serious charges against him but found him guilty of failure to submit a police report and recommended a six-day suspension without pay; however, days later, Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld overruled that decision and fired him.

Rivieri is appealing the case. Bob Cherry, head of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, said Wednesday that the union is outraged by the firing. Cherry said the officers in the FOP have supported Rivieri's actions.

The Police Department has declined comment citing a personnel matter.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

NEWS: (Illinois) State cracks down on Internet child pornography

Daily Herald

Associated Press
Published: 8/28/2010 12:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is launching an effort to track down the state's most prolific traders of Internet child pornography.

Madigan's investigators will search for known images of child porn and track down people who are trading them through their Internet protocol addresses, her office said Friday.

By searching for the unique identifiers of obscene images, investigators were able to determine that more than 8,000 Internet addresses transmitted still photos and videos in the past month.

Madigan said the new style of investigation has yielded one arrest so far. But she said child-porn trafficking is escalating, particularly because of its ease of transmission online.

"We know who you are," Madigan said in a prepared statement. "If you are dealing in child pornography, you need to ask yourself, 'Is today the day I will be arrested, the day I will be handcuffed and taken from my home?'"

Madigan aide Cara Smith said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children maintains a huge database of confiscated obscene images. Each has a unique identifier and investigators can search for those identifiers to find porn as it moves across the Web.

The attorney general's office can use Internet protocol information to track users to specific locations. They are identified through Internet service providers, and search warrants give detectives access to computers.

The effort is a departure from traditional law enforcement tactics, including responding to complaints or acting when porn is found in the course of other investigations, Smith said.

She said research indicates those who view child porn are more likely to become child sex offenders.

Madigan said there are nearly 24,500 sex offenders registered in Illinois. More than 81 percent of those are child sex offenders.

Chicago: You gotta love this!!!!

From Jack Higgins. If this doesn't truly describe the state of the Chicago Police Department's leadership, nothing will.

I.R.O.C.C.: Good news for all disabled officers in Illinois

From Disabled Illinois Police Officer's Safety Group

Good News Brothers & Sisters,
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Illinois Rep. Greg Harris [13th], our gun legislation, HB6901, has been submitted before the Illinois General Assembly for approval. If passed, this legislation will give Illinois LEO’s that are on put on duty, occupational and ordinary disabilities, the same firearm rights and privileges as active duty officers.

This common sense and long overdue legislation could very well mean the difference between life and death to our brethren on disabilities. Greg Harris is an ardent supporter of the police, and an important ally to every LEO in the state of Illinois. I’m a firm believer of taking care of those that take care of us, so please remember this fine man at election time. Furthermore, let’s make sure we remember those political hacks that are supposed to be representing us, and chose to vehemently oppose this legislation. Anyone that chooses to put their own political advancement above the life safety of our police officers, is devoid of a soul and cannot be trusted.

We must make it a point to remove them from whatever positions they hold.


You can track the status of the bill here ---->> {{HB6901}}

NEWS: Cops: Man killed after shooting at police, stealing squad car

Chicago Tribune

August 28, 2010 11:41 AM

What began as a hit-and-run incident ended in the shooting death of a Plano man who fired on police, stole a squad car and led them on a chase Friday night in and near the Kendall County village, officials said.

Bjorn Roland, 40, of the 200 block of Keller Street in the Kendall County village, was declared dead at a local hospital after the chase and shooting, which began after a hit-and run about 8:38 p.m., according to the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.

The initial crash happened in an unincorporated area close to Plano, near U.S. Highway 34 and Eldamain Road, according to a release from the sheriff's office. Roads in the area were finally open by late this morning. They had been closed for more than 12 hours as Illinois State Police investigated the shooting.

Roland fled the crash on foot. A Kendall County Sheriff's deputy responded and was searching the area near the Fox Valley Family YMCA at 3875 Eldamain Rd. in Plano, when Roland fired shots at the deputy, police said.

The deputy fled his squad car to take cover, and Roland then got into the running, unlocked car and fled north on Eldamain Road.

As Roland was driving north, he hit a Plano Police squad car that was responding to the scene of the shots fired on the sheriff's officer. Roland continued to flee north in the stolen squad car and then turned west on Faxon Road, police said.

Roland then exited the squad car on Faxon Road west of Eldamain Road outside Plano and confronted police officers there. He threatened the officers and they shot him, the release said.

Roland was taken to Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich, where he was pronounced dead, the release said. Several officers were injured, but all were treated and released.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office, Plano Police Department and Yorkville Police Department were involved. Illinois State Police Joliet District 5 are investigating.

A Kendall County Sheriff's spokesman said late this morning that no further information about the shooting was expected to be released by his office until Monday.

-- Caroline Kyungae Smith

PENSION: Follow-up Park Board meeting set in Highland Park

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PENSION: Highland Park residents vent over sky-high park pensions

August 27, 2010

By CHARLES BERMAN

The Park District of Highland Park has scheduled a special meeting for Monday night to allow further public comment on the district's festering pay-and-pension controversy.

The meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the West Ridge Center, also will provide commissioners time to discuss the Aug. 19 public hearing in which dozens of residents unloaded their frustrations on the three current Park Board members who approved the exorbitant payouts between 2005 and 2008.

Highland Park residents have been unyielding in their demands for Board President Lorry Werhane and commissioners Stacy Weiss and Nancy Rosenbaum to step down.

Werhane reiterated Thursday that he will not resign, and the newly scheduled meeting will allow commissioners a chance to further answer questions residents posed last week.

The meeting also will provide an opportunity for the Park Board to detail its plans going forward, Werhane explained. He reported that District Executive Director Liza McElroy has been reviewing minutes from the Aug. 19 public meeting, and commissioners will then be better suited to specifically address all outstanding issues Monday night.

"Everyone will be informed as to what our steps are or will be," Werhane said.

Outraged residents are organizing their efforts as well, and have reported plans to rent out the West Ridge Center's multi-purpose room Tuesday night to hold a community meeting to discuss their options. The West Ridge Center is located at 636 Ridge Road.

"I just don't see this community letting this go like that," said resident Lori Flores Weisskopf, who announced plans last week to run for the Park Board next spring. "We want to get to the bottom of this. They need to be held accountable and they need to do what's right so we can move on.

"People aren't resting here," she continued. "This is not a bunch of people kicking and screaming at one meeting."

Flores Weisskopf reported that she and several residents are still looking for answers regarding the reasons behind the six-figure payouts and ballooning salaries that have created lasting pension obligations.

"I'm really proud of how this community has come together," she added. "We have every right to be upset, but we have to stay focused on the task at hand, get to the bottom of it and clean up this mess to salvage our community's reputation."

NEWS: (Chicago) Cops to gangs: Stop the killing -- or else

--I wonder whose bright idea this was? Let's get all the gang leaders together, threaten them and offer them jobs when not even the law abiding citizens in this country can find jobs. Trying more band-aids on the shotgun wound. They will just not admit what needs to be done nor can they accept the fact that they have been called out publicly on their mistakes. If they want to save face on this, maybe they should make these gang leaders give up the killer(s) of Officer Bailey immediately as a sign of a good faith effort to work on this solution.--
Duke

Chicago Sun-Times

SECRET MEETING | Weis, top aides warn leaders that heat will be intense if violence continues

August 28, 2010

BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter/fmain@suntimes.com

When Labar "Bro Man" Spann rolled into Garfield Park Conservatory in his wheelchair, he thought he was headed to a routine parole meeting.

Then, he saw Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, other top law enforcement officials and the reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs.

The meeting, it turned out, was anything but routine.

The lawmen were there to deliver a message.

"They said they would get us if we don't stop the killing," Spann said.

A police spokesman declined to comment on the under-the-public's-radar gathering, which was part of something called the Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.

"Every law enforcement agency was there to show we're on the same team," one law enforcement source said. "It's a new approach. We're telling these guys: 'You got to cut the violence -- or else. The first gang that kills somebody, we will go full barrel after your whole gang.' "

When one of those gangs is involved in a killing, sources said, authorities plan to make their leaders' lives miserable, doing everything from towing their cars for parking violations, to ramping up parole visits, to pulling them over repeatedly for traffic stops.

But there's also a carrot to go with that stick: The authorities also plan to help gang leaders by getting them information about jobs, the source said.

The Aug. 17 meeting was the first in what's supposed to be a series prompted by continuing street violence but also by the succes of the approach in Boston and other cities, sources said.

Spann, 31, is a Four Corner Hustlers member who has been a leader of the gang and who now uses a wheelchair because he was wounded in a shooting, according to police. He's on parole for armed robbery, communicating with a witness and bringing drugs into a penal institution.

Spann said his parole agent strongly suggested he attend the meeting -- but didn't say he was going to be meeting with Weis and other local and federal officials.

"It was a gimmick," said Spann. "They told us we had to go to a meeting because of our parole."

Spann insisted that he's not a gang chief. And he bristled at the warning that Weis and the others delivered, saying, "They want to lock us up for something we didn't do."

Jettie "Bo Diddley" Williams, a reputed gang leader, also attended the meeting. Williams, also a parolee, stood up at one point and said "he will not pay for what other people do," according to Anthony Spann, who drove his nephew Labar Spann to the conservatory.

Williams, 50, who couldn't be reached for comment, is listed by the Chicago Crime Commission as a leader of the Traveling Vice Lords gang. His rap sheet includes convictions for attempted murder and armed robbery.

"There were five or six leaders of the West Side gangs," Anthony Spann said. "They told them that, 'If one of the Gangster Disciples come up dead by the Four Corner Hustlers, we will come after you.' That don't sound like justice."

Some law enforcement officials, speaking on the condition they not be identified further, wondered whether the gang members in the meeting have the power to stop violence. The gang leadership structure on the streets of Chicago has broken down with the federal imprisonment of top leaders over the past 20 years, they said, and young gang members with guns often don't respect elders like Williams and Spann anymore.

"They don't even respect their own parents," Anthony Spann agreed. Older gang members, he said, "don't have total control on the streets no more."

He said his nephew isn't active in the gang any longer. "He is sitting back. He tells guys, 'I am not putting my life out there for none of ya'll.' I don't know if it's wisdom or his being older and spending years in jail."

But law enforcement authorities said they believe Labar Spann is still active in the gang and was a top leader when he was behind bars. He was paroled last October.

R.I.P.: Chief of Police Paul Jeffrey Fricke

 O.D.M.P.

Chief of Police Paul Jeffrey Fricke
Hawk Point Police Department
Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, August 27, 2010
Cause: Automobile accident

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Chief Paul Fricke was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 47, near Highway U, at approximately 10:30 am.

It is believed that Chief Fricke's patrol car went off the right side of the roadway, and that he over-corrected, causing his patrol car to cross the highway and strike a utility pole on the left side of the road.

Chief Fricke served as Hawk Point's part-time police chief and also served as a full time deputy with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, August 27, 2010

NEWS: FBI, ATF squabbles are hurting bombing inquiries, Justice official says

--Even the feds can't get along with the feds--
Duke

Washington Post

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 26, 2010; 6:29 PM

A long-standing battle between the FBI and the ATF over who controls investigations of bombings is a serious problem that has caused law enforcement delays and duplication of effort, according to a top Justice Department official who is trying to resolve the dispute.

Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler, in an internal memo, said it is "critically important" that the two agencies share information so key intelligence is not lost. He designated the FBI as the lead investigator for explosives cases linked to terrorism, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will control all other bombing inquiries.

But the Aug. 3 memo - which highlights a rift in which FBI and ATF agents have occasionally battled over jurisdiction and evidence, and even threatened to arrest each other at crime scenes - has triggered new resistance within ATF. The memo creates broad categories of explosives cases presumed to have terrorist links, such as those targeting courthouses, schools, shopping malls or any "tourist attraction."

The result, some ATF agents fear, is that the FBI will grab high-profile investigations by claiming a terrorism nexus and marginalize the ATF's explosives expertise.

"It's very disheartening," said one ATF agent, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters. "They won't hesitate to throw that memo in our face."

Other agents said there will be further delays as the FBI decides whether bombings are terrorism-related - and then hands over some cases weeks later to ATF agents who must retrace the FBI's steps. The agencies use different techniques to investigate bombings.

"Everyone will have to wait for the FBI to make a decision," said one ATF agent. "This gives one agency - the FBI - the ability to control everything."

Top officials at both agencies said they supported Grindler's memo and are working together to implement it. They said relations have improved in recent years, especially since the Justice Department's inspector general found last year that agents were clashing at crime scenes "throughout the country."

"ATF is diligently working with the FBI to implement the recommendations and requirements set forth in his memorandum," said ATF Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson. He said Grindler's guidance "will enhance law enforcement's capabilities nationally, and ensure safer communities."

T.J. Harrington, the FBI's associate deputy director, praised Grindler's "leadership" and said "both the FBI and ATF are committed to providing their very best in service to the American public. The Deputy Attorney General recognized the unique strengths of our two organizations, and he has reaffirmed our common commitment and goal of 'One-Team One-Fight' - keeping the country safe."

The ATF will probably retain lead-agency jurisdiction over the vast majority of explosives incidents, officials said, since federal figures show that more than 90 percent are not related to terrorism. Such incidents can range from minor pipe bombings to the recent attempted terrorist bombing in New York's Times Square.

Turf battles are nothing new in Washington. But FBI-ATF squabbling poses particular dangers in the post-Sept. 11 era, experts said, because cooperation is more vital than ever to prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

"It is absolutely critical that they get along, particularly in the terrorism context," said McGregor Scott, a former U.S. attorney in Sacramento who teaches national security law at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. "If you're a local sheriff or police chief, the last thing you want to see is two agencies within the Justice Department fighting each other."

Grindler makes similar points in his memo. Although the FBI and ATF work well together in most instances, he said, "there nonetheless have been disputes in some cases where both agencies have asserted lead jurisdiction" over bombing investigations.

The conflict is "a persistent problem" that has caused "unfortunate confusion" among local law enforcement officials and "duplication of effort between ATF and the FBI," Grindler wrote. He said the situation "must be remedied . . . so that there is never an incident where actionable intelligence does not get into the right hands because of concerns about which agency will be the lead."

The FBI and ATF have distinctive cultures that have bred mutual suspicion. Some ATF agents, many of whom are former police or military officers, have long resented their FBI counterparts, who until the mid-1990s were usually higher paid.

The ATF's transfer from the Treasury Department to the FBI's home at the Justice Department after Sept. 11, 2001, was supposed to eliminate tension and coordinate the fight against terrorism.

But it created more competition by expanding the ATF's role in domestic terrorism cases, bringing that agency into conflict with the core mission of the post-Sept. 11 FBI. It also added the word "explosives" to ATF's name, which had been the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department's inspector general, reported last year that battles were flaring at crime scenes from Baltimore to Houston, delaying witness interviews and impairing the government's ability to spot trends in bombings.

NEWS: Cook Co. gets grant to fight sex trafficking

Daily Herald

Associated Press

Published: 8/27/2010 11:25 AM

The Cook County state's attorney's office is among four agencies nationwide to receive federal funding to work against the sex trafficking of children.

The Department of Justice grant is $300,000 over two years. The money will be used for training and programs.

That includes specialized training to help state's attorneys identify potential human trafficking victims when they come to court for what may appear to be unrelated cases.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says the funding will help the agency in its efforts to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking of minors

The other grant winners are the City of Boston, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in California, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

NEWS: Bloomingdale replaces DARE program

--At least they are making an effort to keep the cops and kids connected. I was never a great big fan of DARE but I do believe the interactions between the officer and the kids made a difference for some of them. Nice to see a budget problem being addressed rather than just kicking the whole program to the curb.--
Duke

Daily Herald

By Elisabeth Mistretta | Daily Herald Staff

Published: 8/27/20 8:43 AM

Despite eliminating its DARE program, The Bloomingdale Police Department still plans to have officers in local schools frequently throughout the year.

Chief Frank Giammarese said the new program that began this month will decrease department costs while also increasing interactions between officers and students.

"We recognize how important the students are in the community, and the program that was presented in the past," he said. "We are trying to continue the message and step up day-to-day interactions to still build this rapport."

Formerly, the 11-week DARE program put community relations Officer Dawn Odoi in fifth-grade classrooms for one hour per week, per class at several Bloomingdale-area schools.

Deputy Chief Randy Sater told a village board committee earlier this summer that DARE's setup requires a large majority of Odoi's payroll hours, as she prepares lessons and grades papers. DARE also creates additional costs with giveaways and T-shirts that officials hope to reduce.

The department's new program format will have a rotating group of officers spending shorter amounts of time at the same schools more frequently at various grade levels. The program will also include two or three assemblies each year on topics like drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, bullying and social networking concerns.

Giammarese said the assemblies will ideally match topics targeted at appropriate grade levels.

Village President Bob Iden instructed the police department to keep track of feedback on the new program, which does not have a name or acronym. Giammarese said it is possible that officers will solicit ideas from students in the future to name the new program.