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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sarge's Golden Chevron's go to the Off Duty police officer who is in the right place

A Chicago Police officer who was off duty interrupted an armed robbery of a Near West Side gas station last night – foiling it and catching the culprit, police said.

Donald Davis, 23, of the 7600 block of South Morgan Street, was charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and attempted armed robbery, police said.
Davis was held in lieu of $250,000 bail in bond court today.

Shortly after 9 p.m. the off-duty officer was already inside the Shell at 1160 W. Van Buren St. when the officer saw Davis, who was wearing a black skull cap, a white rag covering his face and red gloves, draw a handgun and point it at a staffer, according to a police report.

Davis then threw a brown plastic bag on the counter and said: “Put all the money in here,’’ the report said.

As the worker began opening the register, the officer informed Davis that he is an off-duty Chicago Police officer and ordered him to drop the weapon, the report said.

As the officer was trying to place him into custody, Davis tried to disarm the officer and escape but the officer was able to keep control of the weapon and detain Davis with the help of the staffer, the report said.

No injuries were reported.

Davis was taken to the Monroe District police station following the incident and police were reviewing video surveillance of the incident, the report said.

Pride parade brings in double

A record number of onlookers gathered along the newly re-routed path of the annual Chicago Pride Parade, officials said.

City officials said this year’s parade drew a record crowd estimated at 850,000.

Delores Robinson of the Office of Emergency Management gave that figure as the crowds continued to disperse. Last year’s attendance was estimated at 750,000. Robinson said no “unusual incidents” had been reported.

The parade kicked off at noon today with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn at the front of the parade as it began its march from the Uptown neighborhood.

Minutes before the parade began, Emanuel, dressed in khaki pants, a blue gingham shirt and tennis shoes, was speedwalking around, shaking hands with police, posing for pictures with parade goers and greeting the throngs gathered behind metal barriers on Broadway and Montrose Avenue.

The final floats were embarking south down Broadway as the parade began to wrap up.

Though the route was reinvented because of crowding concerns last year, the thousands who lined the street saw that the parade's aesthetic was unchanged.

The procession was the usual mix of politics, commercialism and unabashed sexuality, with politicians leading the parade followed by men in hot pants dancing to techno music, women on loud motorcycles and floats branded with the logos of businesses such as Walgreen's and Chipotle.

Marissa Zesinger of Chicago marched for the first time since coming out of the closet in January. Carrying a sign for the Center on Halsted, Zesinger said it was gratifying to see people, gay and straight, supporting one another.

"It makes you feel not alone," she said.

Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer said the event had run smoothly as of 2 p.m. and Chicago police reported no serious disturbances.

Last year, the event was marred by pre-parade vandalism of dozens of floats.

"So far, so good. We just hope the weather holds," Pfeiffer said earlier in the day before gray clouds moved out.

"We'll march rain or shine."

As vendors hawked rainbow flags and observers planted lawn chairs along Broadway, marchers made final embellishments to the floats that were lined along Montrose Avenue.

Instead of stepping off at Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, as it has for the last 20 years, this year's parade started farther north at Montrose Avenue and Broadway and headed south through the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods, wrapping up at Diversey Street and Cannon Drive.

Organizers cut the number of groups in the procession and altered the route to ease the congestion that plagued last year's event, when some 750,000 people turned out.

"Last year, we had some crowd control issues," Pfeiffer said.

The grand marshal is Evan Wolfson. He is founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a national campaign to win gay marriage rights.

Moving the route didn't change the nature of the floats and groups marching, whose causes ranged from politically serious to whimsical or overtly sexual.

Wearing combat boots and camouflage shorts as he practiced twirling a fake wooden rifle, marcher Jason Hess of Chicago said he hoped the parade's revised logistics would make the day a more pleasant experience for everyone.

"It's safer," he said, continuing to practice with the rifle he would carry alongside other members of the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps.

This year the community celebrates a year of landmark LGBT civil rights victories.

Over just the past year and a half, civil unions have become legal in Illinois, President Barack Obama has expressed support for same-sex marriage, the military has done away with its "don't ask, don't tell" policy and two lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois law that bans same-sex marriage.

Religious groups were a notable presence toward the front of the queue. American Baptist pastor David Weasley strummed a mandolin on the grass along Montrose Avenue. He was wearing a clergyman's collar and a t-shirt reading "Queer to the World."

Religious groups' presence at the front challenges the perception of faith organizations as intolerant, he said.

"I'm really proud that the faith community is toward the front," Weasley said. "It's a good opportunity to just be really clear about that."

Today's parade wound past Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, which officials said has been supportive about being along the route. Organizers considered moving the parade to a 10 a.m. start time, but stuck with noon so Mount Carmel could celebrate Masses and get parishioners in and out before the parade, he said.

The CTA's Belmont station had to be closed five or six times last year because of overcrowding. Organizers hoped the extension of the parade north will disperse crowds among the Addison, Sheridan, Wilson and Lawrence Red Line stops.

The old route formed a "V" shape that trapped residents and emergency vehicles, officials said. The new route allowed for viewers to get to the east side of the route with the help of stationed police officers.

Riverdale Animal fights with Neighbor and gets hunted and shot by Police

A Riverdale man was fatally shot by police who were responding to the man's home for a neighbor dispute in the south suburb on Saturday, police said.

Police were called to the 14300 block of Michigan Avenue in Riverdale on Saturday for a dispute someone was having with a neighbor, police said. When police responded, an officer encountered an armed person firing a weapon at another person, Riverdale Police Chief William McHenry said in a press release.

The officer ordered the person to drop the weapon but he refused and the officer, who was fearing for his own safety, fired his weapon fatally hitting the suspect, McHenry said.

The suspect was identified as Michael Moore, 56, of the 14300 block of Michigan Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m. Saturday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the office.

Riverdale police along with members of the Illinois State Police public integrity task force are investigating, police said.