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Sunday, October 31, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago cop shot on Near West Side

Chicago Breaking News

A Chicago police officer was shot in the leg late this afternoon near Damen Avenue and the Stevenson Expressway, officials said.

The officer was reportedly taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, but details of the shooting weren't immediately available.

Check back for more details.


Be ghoulish but please BE CAREFUL. Enjoy the day and the dark of night. Watch out for flying objects other than the occasional witch (eggs, tomatoes, the usual). Hope it is a quiet and enjoyable day for all and hopefully I won't have to much to post afterwards.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

UNION: Prospect Hts.: We have tentative agreement with cops; union says no

UNION: Police layoffs averted in Prospect Heights?

--This is a classic political move by an administration attempting to control the police department by the "Management By Chaos" theory. They make a public statement like this one making it sound as if the union went ahead without talking to them and made a deal. This divides the members and gets everyone into an uproar and the administration does whatever they want without any fight from the union because they to busy fighting with each other. This is a classic Northlake tactic.--

Daily Herald

By Deborah Donovan

Prospect Heights officials announced Friday they have a tentative agreement to postpone layoffs and reinstate furloughs for the city's police force, but union leaders say the only deal is to keep talking.

The city issued a news release Friday morning saying they believe union negotiators are taking the tentative agreement back to their membership for a vote next week. However, union attorney Jerry Marzullo said there is no tentative agreement and no vote planned.

“I'm not exactly sure what we would be voting on at this point,” Marzullo said. “I met with the membership yesterday and then I met with the new village administrator just to discuss preliminaries and what her mandated authority is to begin discussing negotiations between the parties.”

Mayor Dolly Vole said if the union does not agree to furloughs next week, six officers will be laid off.

“We don't have the money to continue this way,” Vole said. “The deadline is at (City Administrator Anne Marrin's) discretion. We want them to keep their jobs. We don't have anything else to negotiate or talk about.”

The confusion, which comes two days after longtime police chief Bruce Morris' abrupt resignation, started with the city's announcement that a tentative agreement was in place.

“Continuation of furloughs through the fiscal (2010-2011) was discussed. Union members are scheduling a meeting to vote on moving forward. Agreement is pending their official vote next week,” the release states.

Union representatives discussed furloughs with Marrin at a short meeting Thursday, but did not agree or disagree to them, said Rick Tracy, secretary of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police.

He said negotiating teams from both sides agreed to get together as soon as possible.

“Once we do get to an agreement we would like to bring that back to our membership,” Tracy said. “That's as far as I remember it,”

The layoff talks come in the wake of an arbitrator's ruling last week that the union's collective bargaining agreement does not permit the city to furlough police officers. The union filed a grievance after the city began requiring all employees to take 30 furlough days a year beginning in July 2009.

“Hypothetically speaking furloughs could be negotiated,” Marzullo said. “They would have a finite future and not be precedent setting and not affect the contract because they would be a side letter in the interest of the economy.”

Vole said continuing the furloughs would save the jobs.

“What other vote would they have?” she said. “The arbitrator said we have to do layoffs. The council is trying to work with them. They came to us.”

NEWS: (Chicago) Recruits rail at police department's age limit

--There is just nothing left to say about Jody Weis. I am tired of calling him a putz, an idiot, a know-nothing leader that it is really getting kind of boring. The problem is this - Daley can never admit he is wrong (actually, no politician can) so he will not fire Weis. Daley is also afraid of Weis - if he were to fire him or ask him to step down he is afraid that Weis has had access to inside information that he would turn over to his friends in the FBI to go after Daley. So the citizens of Chicago are just stuck with this moron until after the election when he will be gone.--

Chicago Sun-Times

Prospective cops under 25 want an exemption

October 30, 2010

BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter /

Jason Quaglia says he graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in administration and management and a dream.

It wasn't to become a businessman, though. Instead, the 23-year-old Chicagoan planned to join the Chicago Police Department.

But the department's decision, announced this week, to raise the minimum application age to 25 will bar Quaglia from taking the Dec. 11 entrance exam.

So Quaglia has created a Facebook page, called "The Chicago Police Minimum Testing Age Will Destroy My Career."

"I have all sorts of friends my age waiting in line to take the test," Quaglia said. "This doesn't make any sense."

Another group of under-25-year-olds -- the 29 men and woman in the police department's cadet program -- also are frustrated with the new age requirement. One of them, Paloma Sandoval, 24, said she hopes to persuade police brass to exempt cadets from the age requirement.

"I don't understand how they can mentor and train us, and then tell us we can't become officers because we're not 25," she said.

Department officials met with cadets Friday to hear their concerns. But the department is unlikely to back away from the new requirement, which is designed to attract a more mature crop of candidates than in the past, a top police source said. Many police officers in Chicago started their careers at suburban departments, the source added.

Police Supt. Jody Weis is allowing armed service veterans with at least three consecutive years of military experience -- or one year of experience and at least 30 semester hours of college credit -- to take the test when they're as young as 21. The rationale is that military veterans already have undergone substantial training in weapons and tactics.

NEWS: Guilty plea in slaying of Metra cop

Chicago Tribune

October 29, 2010 10:38 PM

Pamela Cook caressed the diamond pendant around her neck as she stood outside the Markham courthouse moments after a Gary man pleaded guilty on Friday to the murder of her husband, Metra police Officer Thomas Cook.

"I got it after he was killed," Cook said of the pendant as she squinted in the low afternoon sun. "I kind of put the journey (necklace) on today because this is the journey, you know, that you go through to make sure that this is all done."

Jeremy Lloyd, 22, pleaded guilty to murder for acting as a lookout in Cook's slaying in September 2006. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for his involvement in a shootout with a Harvey cop earlier that same day.

Cook was sitting in his squad car outside the 147th Street Metra station in Harvey late at night when he was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range. He was killed instantly, and his .357-caliber service weapon was stolen.

The assailants were after Cook's gun -- they needed a replacement for two weapons lost in a shootout with Harvey police Officer Alex Gbur that morning, Assistant State's Attorney Joe Kosman said at Friday's hearing.

Gbur had responded to a volley of gunfire in the 15200 block of South Loomis Avenue in Harvey when he was flagged down by group who said two men had driven past them and opened fire. The officer pursued the car with the gunmen in it. Lloyd and another man opened fire on Gbur and then fled, eventually ditching both their car and guns.

That night, Lloyd and his accomplice got a gun from another man, then went to rob a Metra police officer to get his gun, leading to Cook's murder, Kosman said.

Lloyd was arrested and charged in October 2006 with attempted murder for shooting at Gbur, but no charges were filed in Cook's death until Lloyd was charged in January 2009.

Also charged in the shooting involving Gbur was Jemetric Nicholson, 23.

As part of his plea agreement, Lloyd agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against his accomplice in Cook's murder. In return, he will be sentenced to a 20 years in prison for each crime, to be served consecutively. Lloyd faced a potential sentence of life in prison because the murder victim was a police officer.

"This is a step forward, and it was the right thing to do," Pamela Cook said of Lloyd's guilty plea. "He took responsibility for what he did, and that's what I'm happy for."

Cook, a father of two young children, had been with the Metra police for three years after serving a decade with the Riverdale Police Department. He took the job because he thought it the railroad police work would be safer than his position in the rough south suburb.

His son and daughter, now 12 and 11, remind their mother daily of her husband, she said.

"My daughter will tell jokes just like my husband would sit and tell jokes all the time," she said. "My son will sit and watch the Military Channel for hours and my husband would do the same thing. I'll say, 'Wow, your dad used to do the same thing,' and then there's the smile on their face. So that makes them feel so good."

The family talks about their late father and husband often, a way to keep their memories fresh.

"The pictures are still around the house, the things that he did are still around the house, the toys that he bought for the kids are still around because the kids remember playing with him," she said. "So that gets us through every day."

--Matthew Walberg

HALLOWEEN Trick or Treat hours

Addison: 3-7 p.m.

Aurora: 4-7:30 p.m.

Batavia: 4-7 p.m.

Berwyn: 2-6 p.m.

Bloomingdale: 2-7 p.m.

Broadview: 2-6 p.m.

Brookfield: 3-7 p.m.

Burr Ridge: until 9 p.m.

Carol Stream: 3-7 p.m.

Clarendon Hills: 3-7:30 p.m.

Downers Grove: Noon-dusk

Elburn: 4-7 p.m.

Elmhurst: 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Forest Park: 3-7:30 p.m.

Franklin Park: 3-8:30 p.m.

Geneva: 3-7 p.m.

Glen Ellyn: 3-7 p.m.

Glendale Heights: 2-7 p.m.

Hanover Park: 3-7 p.m.

Itasca: 1-6 p.m.

La Grange: 3-7 p.m.

La Grange Park: 3-8 p.m.

Lisle: 3-8 p.m.

Lombard: 3-7 p.m.

Maple Park: 3-6 p.m.

Maywood: 3-6 p.m.

Melrose Park: 2-6 p.m.

Montgomery: 4-8 p.m.

Naperville: No set hours.

North Aurora: 4-8 p.m.

Northlake: 2-7 p.m.

Oak Brook: 3-7 p.m.

Oak Park: 3-7 p.m.

Oswego: 3:30-8 p.m.

Plano: 5-8 p.m.

River Grove: 2-8 p.m.

Riverside: 3-7 p.m.

Roselle: 4-8 p.m.

Schiller Park: Noon-7 p.m.

St. Charles: 3-7 p.m.

Sugar Grove: 4-8 p.m.

Villa Park: 3-7 p.m.

Warrenville: 3-7 p.m.

West Chicago: 3-7 p.m.

Western Springs: 3-8 p.m.

Wheaton: 3-7 p.m.

Willowbrook: 2-6 p.m.

Winfield: 3-7 p.m.

Wood Dale: 2-7 p.m.

Woodridge: 3-7 p.m.

Yorkville: 4-7 p.m.

UNION: Aurora police union faces salary cuts or layoffs

--I have to side with the union here. They bring up one one of the best points I have seen. Villages using their discretionary spending on aesthetics rather than needs. Seems they are afraid to say they can't make a park a prettier but they have no problem in saying we are cutting 20 police officers from your police department. If they received grant money for some of these projects then they need to say we can't do this project as planned and give the money back and reapply for it if needed.--

Daily Herald

By Marie Wilson

Aurora officials are offering their police union a painful choice: either take more than $2 million in cuts to salaries and benefits or accept between 20 and 25 layoffs.

City officials say they want to cut 10 percent from personnel costs for each group of employees as part of efforts to offset a projected $18 million budget deficit for 2011.

For the city’s patrol officers in the Association of Professional Police Officers union, that translates into the option of layoffs or pay cuts.

The union opposes both choices, said President David Schmidt, a second shift patrol officer.

“They made it clear that this was basically take it or leave it and we told them we’re not going to take it,” Schmidt said Friday.

The union agreed to about $875,000 in concessions for the 2010 budget year by halving pay for uniform stipends and in-service time before shifts, according to union and city officials. Schmidt said the union was told this year’s concessions were a one-time fix.

“Last year, when we were looking at the budget situation, there was a hope that it would get better,” said Carie Anne Ergo, Aurora’s chief management officer. “To my knowledge, at no time did anyone say ‘OK, you’re never going to have to make a concession again.’”

Union representatives sat down Thursday with Chief Greg Thomas and the city’s chief administrative services officer, Alex Alexandrou, to begin negotiations concerning possible concessions, Schmidt said. The union and the city also are in the process of renegotiating the APPO contract, which expired in March.

Schmidt said union members believe Mayor Tom Weisner and his staff are contributing to the budget crunch by using money for unnecessary projects such as reconstruction of the Wood Street bridge and improvements to Phillips Park.

“Obviously we don’t want to take layoffs,” Schmidt said. “What we’re saying is the mayor needs to stop doing the discretionary spending because he’s creating the problem.”

Ergo said Wood Street bridge reconstruction was an important public infrastructure project, paid for with $2.8 million of federal funds and $720,000 in city money. Phillips Park improvements, including a skate and BMX park and a dog park currently in the works, were funded with $400,000 in state grant money, and a matching amount from the city’s general fund and Ward Three funds, she said.

“The city is audited every year. Every year the auditors have never found an indication of misappropriation of funds,” Ergo said. “What the city spends is public record every year and it’s not up to just a whim or discretion of the mayor’s office. It’s balancing needs across the city.”

And maintaining a police force that can effectively protect the community is one of those needs.

“Having to reduce any number of officers is going to be a concern for us,” Ergo said. “So, certainly, it will have an impact. The goal of the mayor and the goal of the police chief is going to be minimizing that impact.”

The police department is authorized to employ 247 patrol officers. Schmidt said the department has been operating with 234 officers after 13 positions were eliminated through attrition. That gives the department a ratio of about 1.5 officers for every 1,000 Aurora citizens, while the national average is about 2.5 officers for every 1,000 citizens, he said.

But Ergo said city figures show the department is operating with 236 patrol officers after 11 positions were eliminated through attrition. She added the department has only five fewer officers on street patrol duties because six officers were removed from security patrol at Hollywood Casino and reassigned.

“If people realized how few officers are out on the street to answer calls, they’d be appalled,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said police union members will meet Tuesday to discuss their next step in protesting the salary and benefit cuts or layoffs the city says are necessary.

R.I.P.: Police Officer Paul Dittamo


Police Officer Paul Dittamo
Metropolitan Police Department
District of Columbia
End of Watch: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 4 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Officer Paul Dittamo was killed in an automobile accident on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, while responding to a call at 1:30 am.

The patrol car he was driving struck a utility pole, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. His partner sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

Officer Dittamo had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for just over one year.

Agency Contact Information

Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-4383

R.I.P.: Deputy Sheriff Dean Miera


Deputy Sheriff Dean Miera
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department
New Mexico
End of Watch: Friday, October 29, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 237

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, October 29, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Dean Miera was killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Gibson Boulevard and Carlisle Boulevard SE in Albuquerque. His unmarked vehicle was involved in a crash with two other vehicles.

Deputy Miera had served with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department for nine years and was assigned to the Judicial Operations Division. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

Agency Contact Information

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department
400 Roma NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 468-7100

Friday, October 29, 2010

NEWS: Four Chicago Police officers relieved of arrest powers

--Four more officers stripped with no explanation of the facts? Is this Weis' end game. On his way out the door highlight the questionable incidents? Maybe his way of saying "See, I tried to fix it but see how bad it is." He is so lost in how to run a police department.--

Chicago Sun-Times

October 29, 2010

Four Chicago Police officers have been stripped of their arrest powers during an internal investigation, sources said Thursday.

The department would not say what the officers are accused of or their unit assignment.

Earlier this month, a sergeant and six officers were stripped of their police powers after the sergeant was accused of beating a handcuffed suspect on the South Side near 79th and Vincennes.

Two of those officers were cleared after records showed they were not present during the incident. They have sued the city.

Frank Main

NEWS: (Chicago) Police raise minimum age to 25 for new recruits

Chicago Sun-Times

Department will give preference to military veterans

October 28, 2010
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter

The Chicago Police Department has raised the minimum age for becoming an officer to encourage a more mature force — and is offering a new hiring preference for military veterans, officials said Thursday.

But the department is not scrapping a requirement that applicants complete at least two years of college — something the chairman of the City Council’s Police Committee had sought to “level the playing field” for minorities.

Police Supt. Jody Weis announced the department will administer a written entrance exam on Dec. 11 — the first test in four years. The department will accept applications through Nov. 26.

The department is raising the minimum age for applicants from 21 to 25. The maximum age is 40.

The department also is creating a new preference for military veterans. A minimum of 20 percent of applicants picked for each class will be veterans — as long as enough veterans apply, the department said. The department will hold three makeup exams for returning veterans unable to take the regularly scheduled pre-employment exam.

Members of the armed forces with a minimum of three consecutive years of active duty can apply even if they are as young as 21 years old and haven't gone to college, according to Weis. In the past, veterans needed four years of active duty to waive the department’s education requirement of 60 semester hours of college credit.

All other applicants must be at least 25 and meet the college requirement.

Chicago will hire as many as 200 more police officers next year — in addition to a 120-member class that entered the police academy last month — to ease a manpower shortage. The city budget includes funding for hiring two new classes of recruits. Each would include 75 to 100 recruits.

A two-year hiring slowdown has left the Chicago Police Department more than 2,300 officers a day short of authorized strength, counting vacancies, medical leave and limited duty.

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Police Committee, unsuccessfully called for the department to drop the requirement that applicants complete at least two years of college to open the door for more minorities to become recruits.

On Sept. 1, a class of 120 recruits entered the police academy to begin six months of training, depleting a 2006 hiring list.

UNION: Police layoffs averted in Prospect Heights?

--Anytime of year is a bad time to get laid off from any job but with the holidays approaching it just seems to make it that much worse. I am not an advocate of people not getting paid but it is good to see that hopefully a deal can be reached with as little financial strife on the officers and on the village as well.--

Daily Herald

By Deborah Donovan

The city of Prospect Heights and the police officers union have reached a tentative agreement to avoid layoffs, one that apparently would continue police furloughs through the end of the 2010-2011 fiscal year, according to a news release issued by the city this morning.

Details are scarce, but the release indicated the union negotiators are taking the tentative agreement back to their membership for a vote next week.

Earlier this week, the city council moved to lay off six police officers, in the wake of an arbitrator's ruling that the police contract does not permit the city to furlough police officers.

The police union filed a grievance after furloughs were initiated for all city employees in July 2009. The arbitrator ruled late last week the union was correct, and because additional negotiations between the city and the union did not produce a settlement, the city had no choice but to lay off several officers.

The police union requested 48 hours before the layoffs were implemented. City Administrator Anne Marrin and members of the union met Thursday afternoon and reached a tentative settlement.

R.I.P.: Police Officer Sergio Antillon


Police Officer Sergio Antillon
San Antonio Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, October 29, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 25
Tour of Duty: 2 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Arrested

Officer Sergio Antillon succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was struck by a drunk driver.

He was still in uniform and had just finished his shift when he stopped to assist another motorist on Loop 410 while heading home. Just as an duty officer stopped at the scene a drunk driver struck Officer Antillon and the motorist.

Officer Antillon was transported to University Hospital where he remained unconscious until passing away.

The driver was arrested and faces charges in connection with Officer Antillon's death.

Officer Antillon had graduated from the police academy only seven weeks before the accident.

Agency Contact Information

San Antonio Police Department
214 W. Nueva
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 207-7579

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Duke's Blotter Live - Tonight (Oct 28) @ 9 pm


Tonight @ 9 pm.

Prospect Heights layoffs and the retirement of the police chief.

Will County - another legal blunder?

Jody Weis being sued by two officers.

Much more...............

R.I.P.: Police Officer Christopher A. Wilson


OFFICER DOWN: San Diego Police Officer Killed in Shootout


Police Officer Christopher A. Wilson
San Diego Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer Chris Wilson was shot and killed assisting officers from the San Diego County Probation Department and United States Marshals Service conduct a compliance check at an apartment in San Diego.

The probation officers and deputy marshals had initially gone to the location and knocked on the apartment door. A man opened it and suddenly slammed it shut when he saw the officers, who then kicked the door in and arrested the subject. The officers then called the San Diego Police Department for assistance after observing another occupant run into a back bedroom.

Officer Wilson and other officers, including a K9, responded to the scene and began searching the apartment when someone opened fire from behind a closed bedroom door. Officer Wilson was struck and fatally wounded and the K9 was also wounded. Despite being under fire, two other officers were able to pull him from the apartment. He was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he passed away a short time later.

A man and woman in the bedroom were found dead the following morning at the end of the ensuing standoff.

Officer Wilson had served with the San Diego Police Department for 17 years and was assigned to the Southeastern Division.

Agency Contact Information

San Diego Police Department
1401 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 531-2000

NEWS: Prospect Hts. police chief resigns amid layoff talks

Former Prospect Heights Police Chief Bruce Morris waits for the city council to come out of a closed session discussion about possible police layoffs on Monday night. Morris abruptly resigned Wednesday afternoon after 20 years on the force, 12 as chief.
Daily Herald

By Kimberly Pohl

Prospect Heights Police Chief Bruce Morris a veteran of the force since its formation in 1990 abruptly retired Wednesday afternoon.

“I'm retiring today and packing up right now,” Morris said, declining to comment further. “It just seems like a good thing to do.”

A few minutes later, Morris officially announced his resignation through an e-mail to new City Administrator Anne Marrin. Just two days earlier at Monday's contentious city council meeting regarding possible police layoffs, the 57-year-old told a Daily Herald reporter he planned on going about his week as normal.

This has been arguably the most difficult of his 12 years as chief, as the city is threatening to lay off between four and six officers. The entire 22-person force, including Morris, has been patrolling city streets because of reduced staffing, leaving the police station closed to the public.

Prospect Heights had attempted to close a $250,000 budget deficit by forcing employees to take 30 unpaid furlough days a year starting in July 2009. But an arbitrator last week ruled that violated the police department's collective bargaining agreement.

The city council on Monday met in closed session to discuss layoffs targeting the most junior officers, but delayed making a decision. Morris did not participate in the closed session.

Metropolitan Alliance of Police union attorney Jerry Marzullo said he's meeting with officers Thursday.

When contacted by phone Wednesday afternoon, Prospect Heights Mayor Dolly Vole said Morris was still the chief as far as she knew.

Marrin, who's been administrator for about a month, had yet to read Morris' e-mail but said his retirement is completely voluntarily.

“God love him, we wish him well,” she said. “He's one of the original guys, so I'm sure this was a big decision for him.”

Prospect Heights Alderman Richard Hamen hadn't heard Morris had stepped down, but spoke only positively about the chief's service.

“He's worked long and hard for the city of Prospect Heights, and his efforts are greatly appreciated,” Hamen said.

Morris graduated from Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. He started his career as a Chicago police officer in 1980.

OFFICER DOWN: San Diego Police Officer Killed in Shootout

Posted: October 28th, 2010 10:25 AM GMT-05:00

The Associated Press


A veteran San Diego police officer was killed during a shootout inside an apartment where the gunman was believed to be holed up early Thursday, a department spokeswoman said.

San Diego officers were assisting the U.S. Marshal's Service and probation officers in a check on an assault with a deadly weapon suspect and were inside the apartment when the suspect opened fire at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Andra Brown said.

Three officers, including the fatally wounded officer, returned fire and backed out of the apartment in the Paradise Hills area of southeast San Diego.

"There was a hail of bullets," Brown said when asked to estimate the number of gunshots.

Officers carried the wounded officer out of the building and he died at a hospital.

"There was heroic action by the officers," the lieutenant said.

The type of weapon wasn't immediately known. The name of the officer is being withheld. Brown would only say he was a veteran officer with more than 15 years on the force.

A police dog was also wounded.

At least two people inside the apartment with the gunman emerged later. They weren't hurt.

The gunman remained barricaded inside the apartment with a SWAT surrounding the complex. Nearby apartments were evacuated, displacing at least 50 people.

Brown said at 5:15 a.m. Thursday that the SWAT team was preparing "a tactical entry."

Police Blotters October 28, 2010

Click on the town your interested in.

Northlake, Franklin Park

Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park, Stone Park


La Grange, Lagrange Park, Westchester

Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace

Jefferson Park (16th District)

Elmwood Park, River Grove


Maine Township

Norridge, Harwood Heights

Park Ridge

River Forest

Forest Park

Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Schaumburg


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

R.I.P.: Captain George Green


Captain George Green
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 56
Tour of Duty: 31 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, October 25, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Captain George Green succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 97 and Turner Turnpike in Sapulpa.

Captain Green was attempting to turn left from the Turnpike onto the highway when his patrol car was T-boned by the truck.

Captain Green had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 31 years and was six months shy of retirement.

Agency Contact Information

Oklahoma Highway Patrol
3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave
PO Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
Phone: (405) 425-2424

R.I.P.: Lieutenant Jose A. Cordova-Montañez


Lieutenant Jose A. Cordova-Montañez
Puerto Rico Police Department
Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 30 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Lieutenant Jose Cordova-Montañez was shot and killed when he attempted to take action while off duty. He was at a local business on PR-183, in San Lorenzo, when several armed men announced a robbery.

Lieutenant Cordova-Montañez identified himself and attempted to intervene but was shot four times in the chest. The suspects then stole his service weapon and fled the scene.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Lieuteannt Cordova-Montañez had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 30 years and was going to retire the following year. He is survived by his wife, four children, and several grandchildren.

Agency Contact Information

Puerto Rico Police Department
PO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: (787) 792-1234

NEWS: (Chicago) Former cop wounded in restaurant holdup

--First, I am glad the officer is ok and will recover. The reason I am posting this is due to the highlighted part of the article. An officer on disability from Chicago, legally entitled to carry a firearm. We are fighting to get HB 6901 passed in the Illinois Legislature to protect disabled officers from having their right to carry interfered with. Seems that the political system in Chicago applies to their rules for retired officers as well. If one can carry, what about the rest?--

Chicago Tribune

October 27, 2010 6:47 AM

A retired Chicago police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire during an attempted holdup at a South Side restaurant Tuesday evening, police said today.

The 50-year-old former officer, who is on disability and legally entitled to carry a firearm, was hit in the left hand. The would-be robber escaped, police said.

The incident took place about 6:15 p.m. at Big Ray's Grill, 4653 South Halsted St. in the Canaryville neighborhood, after the robber sat down at the counter and placed an order. He  then showed a gun, police said, jumped over the counter and demanded money.

He pushed the employee into a back room, hitting him on the head with revolver. The former officer, who is a friend of the restaurant owner, was also in the back using a computer, police said.

The robber fired on both men, hitting the former officer in the hand, but missing the employee. The former officer returned fire but missed, police said. The robber fled.

No one else was in the restaurant at the time, police said. The former officer was treated at Mercy Hospital.

--Staff report

NEWS: (Video Gambling) Lawmakers quietly pushing post-election gambling expansion

Chicago Tribune

Posted by Ray Long, Monique Garcia and David Heinzmann at 8:55 p.m.

State lawmakers are quietly exploring how to push through a major gambling expansion during next month’s fall session, the political safety zone that will open and shut for a few weeks once they get by Tuesday's election.

The details are evolving, but one version would put a land-based casino in Chicago and new riverboats in Lake County, the south suburbs and downstate Danville. Horse tracks would get video gambling to create “racinos,” and existing riverboats would be allowed to expand. Supporters are dangling the prospect of more than $400 million upfront and hundreds of millions of dollars more as the casinos come online for a state that can’t pay its bills.

Slipping through big-ticket items during lame-duck sessions is nothing new in Illinois. Lawmakers have raised their pay, legalized off-track betting and cut a deal to rebuild Soldier Field into its current saucer-like shape. Legislators who aren’t returning have little to lose in casting controversial votes, creating a deal-making atmosphere inside the Capitol.

The notion of more gambling became an immediate issue in the governor’s race.

“I don't think that's a good idea, the massive expansion of gambling,” Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said after speaking at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton.

Even so, Democrats view Quinn as more amenable to increasing gambling than his Republican challenger, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington. Last year, Quinn wasn’t pleased with legalizing video poker, but signed the legislation because it helped pay for a massive statewide construction program.

Brady said he’s “never been a proponent of solving the state's fiscal crisis by an expansion of gambling,” and he’s worried Democrat-controlled legislature would ram it through if Quinn loses the election.

“There are a lot of dangerous things that you always fear in a lame-duck session when one party loses power,” Brady said. “They should wait until the newly elected people of the state of Illinois can weigh in on it.”

A spokesman for Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, played down the notion that the legislation was being negotiated with an eye toward a potential vote in the post-election veto session. The Senate approved a major gambling bill a year ago, Senate Democrats pointed out.

“It's not like the Senate hasn't taken this issue up in public or hasn't taken this issue up before,” said John Patterson, Cullerton spokesman.

Others on both sides of the issue weren’t as sure.

“It's a very dangerous time, and we're very concerned,” said Anita Bedell, the state's leading voice against gambling.

“Next Tuesday will tell us how accelerated our effort needs to be,” said Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, a longtime point man in the House on gambling issues.

One big question is how many lawmakers will be lame ducks, the defeated and rejected cast-offs in Tuesday's election who still will be able to vote until they leave office in early January. The votes of several retiring lawmakers already are in play.

The odds of reaching a major gambling deal in Illinois are always hard to calculate because everybody wants a big piece of the pie, ranging from horse-racing and riverboat interests to the lawmakers who want to have more money to spend. The deals frequently collapse of their own weight.

The House advanced a proposal last spring to allow the state’s six racetracks to install slot machines. The goal was to pump up winnings for horse racing in Illinois while also generating a pile of new cash for the state. Lawmakers were looking for new money to make up for the delay in getting video poker machines up and running at bars, truck stops and some restaurants.

Lang, Democratic Rep. Will Burns of Chicago and Republican Rep. Mark Beaubien of Barrington Hills worked on lining up support for that plan. On Tuesday, Burns questioned whether a bigger push to add casinos would be successful.

Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, who sponsored a similar large-scale gambling expansion that passed the Senate last year, cautioned that details now are in flux. “This thing is moving by the hour,” he said.

One change being discussed is whether to allow the state’s current riverboats to operate on land.

Lang said the key to getting major legislation passed is persuading both Democrats and Republicans to vote for slots at tracks, more positions at riverboats and a new land-based casino in Chicago.

“If we have a core of people who will support that, then all other things are simply details,” Lang said.

NEWS: (Chicago) Fire chief blasts suggestion to cut number of firefighters per truck

Chicago Tribune

Posted by John Byrne at 9:10 p.m.

More Chicagoans could be hurt or killed in fires if aldermen follow a cost-saving suggestion to reduce the number of firefighters staffing each truck, Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff said today.

Testifying at a City Hall hearing on the city's 2011 budget, Hoff said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's suggestion to reduce the number of firefighters on each engine or truck from five to four would inevitably slow them down at fire scenes as they try to get blazes under control and search buildings for people trapped inside.

"In basic terms, it means lives could be lost, that of civilians and firefighters," Hoff said after the hearing. "Property damage – fires are going to grow faster because we're not getting water on it fast enough – property damage is going to skyrocket."

Ferguson's office released a report Monday, detailing options for the city to close its yawning budget deficit. Cutting the size of fire crews would save the city $66.6 million a year, the report states.

But aldermen have criticized the timing and the contents of Ferguson's report. That drumbeat continued Tuesday, after Hoff testified Ferguson did not consult with fire department officials before making his recommendations.

"How can you make an educated decision about the department that you know nothing about, without talking to the people who are running the department?" asked Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, chairman of the City Council Police and Fire Committee.