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Saturday, May 19, 2012

3 out of state whities update:


Three out-of-state men arrested in a Bridgeport apartment raid days before the NATO summit considered hitting President Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house and police stations with "incendiary devices," prosecutors charged in court documents.
The trio -- Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla. -- are charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device.
They were ordered held today on $1.5 million bail each during a bond hearing.
Betterly, with shaggy blonde dreadlocks, appeared in a brown leather jacket and gray T-shirt with a skull on it and the word "MISFIT." He shook his head while the charges were read and occasionally looked at the ceiling.

Church was wearing an army green flak jacket. He clasped his hands behind his back and showed no reaction.

Chase, dressed in a gray T-shirt with shaved head, also had no visible reaction as prosecutor Matthew Thrun read the allegations.

More than a dozen sheriff's deputies stood around the defendants during the 10-minute hearing.

A defense attorney said the case amounted to "entrapment" by undercover police officers who encouraged and pushed the defendants into bomb-making. "They are young people who are here to peaceably protest" he said. "This is just propaganda to create a fear in this city."
The arrests were the result of a month-long investigation into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails — crude bombs usually created by filling glass bottles with gasoline, according to law enforcement sources and police records obtained by the Tribune.

But the National Lawyers Guild, which is representing the men, said they were simply NATO protesters who had beer-making equipment when the apartment they were staying at was raided overnight Wednesday.

The men also were in a car that was stopped by police a week ago, leading to a YouTube video of the stop that has prompted protesters to complain Chicago Police were harassing the occupants, said Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer with the guild.

She called the charges "an attempt to continue this intimidation campaign on activists. Charging these people who are here to peacefully protest against NATO for terrorism, when in reality the police have been terrorizing activists in Chicago, is absolutely outrageous."

Chase's uncle, Michael Chase of Westmoreland, N.H., said he was shocked to learn of the charges against his nephew, who he said quit his job as a cook at a Boston restaurant in the fall to join the Occupy movement.

"He can be confrontational," Chase said of his nephew. "If he's pressed, he tends to lash out. I really can't envision him doing this on his own, coming up with an idea to do something that radical."

Police earlier Friday released from custody — without charging — six of the nine people who were swept up in the late-night Wednesday raid of a Bridgeport apartment building. Several are affiliated with the Occupy movement and had arrived in Chicago in recent weeks from California, North Carolina, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Details of the investigation remain murky. Police and Cook County prosecutors have declined to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the arrests in the 1000 block of West 32nd Street even as the conduct of officers has come under criticism from those involved in the raid.

Witnesses described police officers armed with battering rams and guns drawn swarming into the building, conducting warrantless searches and refusing to tell them what was going on. However, court records show that Cook County Judge Dennis Porter signed a search warrant Wednesday night.

Adding to the mystery, two other individuals were detained in separate arrests Thursday. A 24-year-old man was arrested at his Northwest Side home for allegedly conspiring to build Molotov cocktails, while a 28-year-old West Side man, who is on probation for a 2011 conviction for the aggravated battery of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly attempting to possess an explosive device, according to sources and police records.

Darrin Annussek, 36, one of those released Friday, said he was handcuffed and shackled for 18 hours in an "interrogation room."

Hours before the charges were announced, two of the other six men were released from the police station without charges.

One of them, identifying himself as Robert LaMorte, 21, of South Carolina, said he had been in Chicago for less than an hour when he was arrested. He said he was never told what he was being held for and that police simply released him with little comment.

He said he had hitchhiked from New York to Gary and received a ride from a friend to Chicago. He was staying at the Bridgeport apartment with friends who were protesters, he said. He said he was never told what he was held for.

Following his release, LaMorte, 21, said "I'm leaving here first chance I get. I don’t want to deal with any more problems."

Before the other three men were charged, a group of about 40 supporters held an hours-long vigil outside the police station, sometimes singing in an attempt to cheer up the men inside.

Only about 15 were still outside when Gelsomino came out of the station and told them about the charges. They soon left.

Gelsomino said lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild will represent the men in bond court Saturday, and she encouraged their supporters to attend the hearing.

"The charges are extremely serious and extremely upsetting at this point for us," Gelsomino said.

Gelsomino told reporters at the station of the connection between the men and the YouTube traffic stop video that some protesters have been talking about for a week during street protests leading up to the Sunday-Monday gather of world leaders.

"All three of these guys, interestingly, were in the car about a week ago that was stopped and harassed by the Chicago Police Department," Gelsomino said. "They then posted that video online in an attempt to expose that police misconduct. Each of those three are now being charged with these crimes. That's as much as we know."

The police department issued the following statement after the complaints about the traffic stop: "During the course of patrol, police officers routinely conduct investigative stops if there is reasonable suspicion to do so. The individuals that were stopped were never handcuffed and were free to go after speaking with the officers."

Chase lived in a tent for a time after joining Occupy and traveled with other members of the movement to Rhode Island,Washington, D.C.and Miami before arriving in Chicago last month, his uncle said.

"I'm not surprised that he's in the protest movement because he's been with it for awhile, but it's a whole different aspect when you start talking about committing acts of terror using anything, and it's really not his style," Michael Chase said. "He's had brushes with the law in the past and bumping heads with the police and so forth.

"It would not surprise me if during an arrest he was charged with resisting arrest, but it's shocking to me that he would be charged with planning to commit an act of terror using any kind of device that would create the kind of havoc that a Molotov cocktail (would cause)."

Chase was not politically active before joining Occupy, so his decision to leave his job for the movement came as a surprise, his uncle said.

"He wasn't involved in any of that stuff before," his uncle said. "He complained about the economy like everybody else, but certainly he wasn't active about doing anything about it. I was a little surprised because he obviously had to quit his job to spend time in the tent, so to speak, and I had to give him a hard time because I thought that was the wrong move."

Michael Chase said his nephew had mentioned Church in recent phone conversations, but not Betterly.

Chase's Facebook page, verified by his uncle, includes a link to a news story about a May Day protest in Chicago with a photo of protesters blocking the entrance to a bank in the Loop. Chase writes on the page that he is pictured in the photo.

In another post, Chase writes that the building where he was staying in Miami with other Occupy members was raided by the FBI and police. The post says he was the only person put in a police car and ends with, "(expletive) you pigs."

Sarge's Mail: Thanks Lt. I'll pass it on

This is from Lathrope 1 who has informed me of some anti gunn shit in Florida. Lathrope 1 is correct lets stand together and fight these tree hugging liberal bastards.

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott has caved to the anti-gun lobby.

The gun-grabbers demanded he "review" Florida's Stand Your Ground Self-Defense Law, and he wilted under the pressure and established a "task force" that may recommend gutting the law.
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Even worse, if the anti-gunners succeed in shredding Stand Your Ground Self-Defense in a pro-gun state like Florida, they'll move on to other states and work to gut pro-gun laws there.

You and I must stand together to send Rick Scott a message.

So please, click here to sign your Petition to Rick Scott demanding he publicly oppose the weakening of Stand Your Ground Self-Defense.

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-- Dudley

Shooting in Grand Crossing leaves a 22 year old with a new ass hole

According to Chicago Police Reports Demitrios Hunter 22 Years of age was exiting a store and was caught in the cross fire. Hunter was taken to Christ Hospital in good condition. No one in custody at this time

3 out of state white men face terrorism charges stemming from pre-NATO raid but the nigger gang bangers and drug dealers get away with doing this shit on a daily basis and nothing gets done with them fucking lazy Anita Alverez

Three out-of-state men arrested in a Bridgeport apartment raid days before the
Released from custody
NATO summit were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device, their attorney and police said early Saturday.

The arrests were the result of a month-long investigation into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails — crude bombs usually created by filling glass bottles with gasoline, according to law enforcement sources and police records obtained by the Tribune.

But the National Lawyers Guild, which is representing the men, said they were simply NATO protesters who had beer-making equipment when the apartment they were staying at was raided overnight Wednesday.

The men also were in a car that was stopped by police a week ago, leading to a YouTube video of the stop that has prompted protesters to complain Chicago Police were harassing the occupants, said Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer with the guild.

She called the charges "an attempt to continue this intimidation campaign on activists. Charging these people who are here to peacefully protest against NATO for terrorism, when in reality the police have been terrorizing activists in Chicago, is absolutely outrageous."

The three men being held at the Harrison District police station were charged late Friday night and were scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday afternoon, said Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa. He identified them as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla.

Chase's uncle, Michael Chase of Westmoreland, N.H., said he was shocked to learn of the charges against his nephew, who he said quit his job as a cook at a Boston restaurant in the fall to join the Occupy movement.

"He can be confrontational," Chase said of his nephew. "If he's pressed, he tends to lash out. I really can't envision him doing this on his own, coming up with an idea to do something that radical."

Police earlier Friday released from custody — without charging — six of the nine people who were swept up in the late-night Wednesday raid of a Bridgeport apartment building. Several are affiliated with the Occupy movement and had arrived in Chicago in recent weeks from California, North Carolina, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Details of the investigation remain murky. Police and Cook County prosecutors have declined to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the arrests in the 1000 block of West 32nd Street even as the conduct of officers has come under criticism from those involved in the raid.

Witnesses described police officers armed with battering rams and guns drawn swarming into the building, conducting warrantless searches and refusing to tell them what was going on. However, court records show that Cook County Judge Dennis Porter signed a search warrant Wednesday night.

Adding to the mystery, two other individuals were detained in separate arrests Thursday. A 24-year-old man was arrested at his Northwest Side home for allegedly conspiring to build Molotov cocktails, while a 28-year-old West Side man, who is on probation for a 2011 conviction for the aggravated battery of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly attempting to possess an explosive device, according to sources and police records.

Darrin Annussek, 36, one of those released Friday, said he was handcuffed and shackled for 18 hours in an "interrogation room."

Hours before the charges were announced, two of the other six men were released from the police station without charges.

One of them, identifying himself as Robert LaMorte, 21, of South Carolina, said he had been in Chicago for less than an hour when he was arrested. He said he was never told what he was being held for and that police simply released him with little comment.

He said he had hitchhiked from New York to Gary and received a ride from a friend to Chicago. He was staying at the Bridgeport apartment with friends who were protesters, he said. He said he was never told what he was held for.

Following his release, LaMorte, 21, said "I'm leaving here first chance I get. I don’t want to deal with any more problems."

Before the other three men were charged, a group of about 40 supporters held an hours-long vigil outside the police station, sometimes singing in an attempt to cheer up the men inside.

Only about 15 were still outside when Gelsomino came out of the station and told them about the charges. They soon left.

Units on zone 8 units in 4 car crash claims a life on 95thstreet

One person died and two were hurt when a car hit a pole near a South Side intersection about 8:30 a.m. today, according to authorities.

Two others in the car were injured, Chicago Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva said. One was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center and one in fair-to-serious condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital, he said.

Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said the accident was at 95th and Paxton Avenue in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood and that the department's Major Accidents Investigations Unit was investigating the crash.

It was the second fatal crash Saturday morning in Chicago – four people were killed when their car hit a pole in Little Village about 1 a.m.

Check back for more information.

World leaders arrived today with his I am not a U.S. Citizen Obama

No major demonstrations are planned today in Chicago, a day after a peaceful rally at Daley Plaza and scattered marches through the Loop. There could be some traffic challenges on the Kennedy Expressway from O'Hare International Airport to downtown as President Barack Obama and world leaders arrive. Today is also the first day of severe restrictions on Metra trains and the closure of sections of Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway. Among some protests planned is a march to the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Check back through the day for updates.

Click HERE for maps on how the NATO summit will affect getting around.



Click HERE for gallery of protest photos.

C.P.D. Stop M.E. at 57th Street because some stupid ass left his carryon on the train

Trains were stopped for an hour and a half on the Metra Electric District line on the South Side this morning while authorities investigated a suspicious package that turned out to be an empty suitcase, authorities said.
Two inbound trains, numbers 114 and 116, were stopped around 115th Street about 8:20 a.m. while other inbound and outbound trains were halted near 53rd Street as canine units checked the package, according to Metra. Passengers who were waiting on the platform were moved away from the tracks, officials said.
Police cleared the scene at 10 a.m., Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said. The suspicious package was an empty suitcase, he said.
Tom Mahlum said police stopped him from getting to his hair salon because of a suspicious package they found. He said about two dozen police cars were at the scene. Police cordoned off the area between Blackstone and Stony Island avenues along 57th Street, he said.

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Stay tuned to see who wins the cup best out of 6 games

Here is the story on why they only play 6 games in the cross town classic.
In 1906 World Series featured a crosstown matchup between the Chicago Cubs, who had posted the highest regular-season win total (116) and winning percentage (.763) in the major leagues since the advent of the 154-game season; and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox, known as the "Hitless Wonders" after finishing with the worst team batting average (.230) in the American League, beat the Cubs in six games for one of the greatest upsets in Series history. The teams split the first four games; then the Hitless Wonders exploded for 26 hits in the last two games. True to their nickname, the White Sox hit only .198 as a team in winning the series but it bettered the .196 average produced by the Cubs.

1906 World Series Score Board
1October 9Chicago White Sox – 2, Chicago Cubs – 1
2October 10Chicago Cubs – 7, Chicago White Sox – 1
3October 11Chicago White Sox – 3, Chicago Cubs – 0
4October 12Chicago Cubs – 1, Chicago White Sox – 0
5October 13Chicago White Sox 8, Chicago Cubs – 6
6October 14Chicago White Sox –8, Chicago Cubs – 3,


So it was this that sparked the rivalery between North Side and South Side.

City Wide Shootings left 14 dead


A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday night and 12 others were wounded in shootings that stretched into the early morning hours across the city, Chicago police said.
The boy was shot in the back just before 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of West 37th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said, citing early reports.
The boy, identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Alejandro Jamie, of the 2900 block of West Pershing Road, was pronounced dead before 10 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital.
No details of the shooting were available, and the investigation was being conducted by Area Central detectives.
In other overnight shootings:
-- At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, someone stepped from a gangway in the 11600 block of South Peoria Street and opened fire at five people on a porch celebrating a birthday. Three men and two women were wounded, police said.
The men, ages 26, 25 and 32, were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. A 37-year-old woman was taken to Stroger Hospital and the other woman, 35, refused treatment at the scene after suffering a graze wound to her upper back.
-- Just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, a 32-year-old man sitting in a van in the 600 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood was shot in his side, police said. He was taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and his condition was stable, police said.
-- About 9:20 p.m., a woman walked into Weiss Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, police said. She was shot near the intersection of Southport Avenue and Irving Park Road, police said.
-- About 10 p.m., a man and two women were wounded in the 5600 block of South Winchester Avenue, police said.
A 26-year-old man who was shot in the arm and leg was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said. A 19-year-old woman shot in the abdomen was also taken to Stroger, in serious condition. A 23-year-old woman who was wounded in the arm was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
-- At about the same time, a 27-year-old man was shot twice in an alley in the 3200 block of North Keeler Avenue by a gunman in a passing vehicle, according to police and the Chicago Fire Department.
The victim, who suffered gunshots to the groin and the arm, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where police said his condition stabilized.
-- At about 11:50 p.m., police said a 20-year-old man was wounded in the arm in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue, police said. He was taken to Stroger in stable condition.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.

Stupid ass jumps into Chicago River filled with awaiting Police

A man suspected of burglary jumped into the South Branch of the Chicago River this evening while fleeing police, but was quickly picked up by the Chicago Police Marine Unit, authorities said.
The man, who was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment after he jumped into the river near the 2200 block of South Lumber Street, south of Cermak Road, about 8:15 p.m. while being pursued by police, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines. The man was in good condition after being taken out of the water, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva.

Officers were chasing the man on suspicion of burglary when he jumped into the river, authorities said.

The Police Marine Unit was called to the scene, and officers pulled the man from the water, where he had been clinging to a retaining wall.

The man was expected to be treated and released into police custody. Charges against him were pending.

Franfort Fire Vs. Popo





A former Mokena firefighter who was arrested and charged with public intoxication while celebrating his marriage engagement is suing a Frankfort police officer and the village for allegedly costing him his job.
Justin Haskett, 26, proposed to his girlfriend at her Frankfort home in front of friends and family last June. During the celebration, Haskett’s sister called village police to report that her parked car had been damaged, according to the federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

When Justin Haskett criticized how the responding officer was handling the situation, the officer arrested him under a public intoxication ordinance the village adopted in February 2011, Haskett’s attorney Richard Dvorak said.

“This officer really took a personal grudge and turned it into a criminal arrest without any probable cause and this essentially destroyed my client’s life,” Dvorak said.

Haskett was in his first probationary year of employment as a firefighter-paramedic in Mokena, Dvorak said. The Blue Island resident was fired after his bosses saw the arrest notice in a local newspaper, Dvorak said.

“Once they found out about the arrest, they immediately fired him,” Dvorak said.

In November, the Will County judge hearing the ordinance violation case found that prosecutors hadn’t proved their case and dismissed the charges, according to Dvorak and records.

The lawsuit against Frankfort and the officer alleges that the village’s public intoxication ordinance, which carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine, is “clearly unconstitutional.”

Haskett is now working part-time as a firefighter-paramedic in Country Club Hills. The couple, trying to save money after he lost his Mokena job, have delayed their wedding until next year, Dvorak said.

Frankfort’s village administrator said today that he couldn’t comment and hadn’t yet seen the lawsuit.