Pumpkin’s Place, 1426 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, where a raid early Thursday morning took place in apartments above the business. Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said the business gets a bad reputation because of the violence in the area.
An early morning raid conducted July 28 by law enforcement officials with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force above Pumpkin’s Place, 1426 S. 5th Ave., resulted in the arrest of two individuals, said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.
Talley said that a man and a woman were arrested in the raid. Onassis Lloyd was arrested on multiple drug charges, unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence by a felon. Police also seized undisclosed amounts of heroine and cocaine. The woman,who wasn’t identified, was later released, he said.
Talley confirmed that the raid had no relation to Pumpkin’s Place, the business below where the police action was conducted. If anything, Talley said, the popular establishment should be lauded for its patience.
“That restaurant gets a bad reputation because of the location,” Talley said. “I’m happy we have a business partner we can work with there and that they’ve been patient enough to allow us to develop cases and act on them.”
Talley said that the area around the corner of 5th and Quincy has experienced a lot of narcotic-related problems, including two shootings in the past two years. The most recent one occurred two weeks ago, he said.
“There are a lot of businesses in the area and I’m glad all of them have been patient with us as we work to make sure that they don’t have to fear crime at all,” Talley said.
One Maywood police officer participated in the task force raid. Talley said that he thought it was necessary to place one of his officers on the task force because the collaboration benefits the community. VFP
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Rep. Welch’s 4th Annual Back to School Health Fair, July 30
On Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I will present my 4th Annual Back to School Health Fair at Proviso West High School in Hillside located at 4701 W. Harrison Street. This is a fun filled event for the entire family. A variety of vendors will be in attendance with resourceful information regarding health and more. (Photo above is provided by Tara Gray-Mister of Feel this Moment Photography from last year’s event.)
We will have entertainment that includes music, an inflatable jumpy house, face painting, and free raffle prizes. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Rho Zheta Lambda Chapter will be providing food fresh off the grill, and beverages will be provided by Pepsi-Cola, all free of charge. Of course, officials from Westlake Hospital and the office of Dr. Nabil Saleh will be on hand to perform health physicals. We will also have dental exams performed by the Children’s Clinic of Oak Park and River Forest, haircuts provided by Erskine Reeves Barber Academy, and school supplies for kids of all ages provided by Tenet Hospitals, the West Suburban Teachers Union Local 571, and the Chicago Public Schools. Kids can also come out to touch a fire truck provided by the Village of Hillside.
For a ride to the event, please feel free to use to rideshare company LFYT, and when they arrive, give them the special event code WELCHB2S to receive a $20 discount on your ride. In most cases, your ride will be free. I hope you will join us.
Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s Annual Back-to-School Fair, July 31
Maywood police to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 2
Maywood Police officers clean up after a 2014 National Night Out event in Maywood. | File
The Maywood Police Department will be in Fred Hampton Park, 300 Fred Hampton Way (Oak Street), on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to celebrate National Night Out.
The event takes place nationwide each year and is designed “to raise Crime Prevention Awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirits and unity, and Community-Policing Partnerships,” according to a flyer circulated by the department promoting the event.
This year’s entertainment will include a youth tumbling team, an outdoor screening of the movie “Zootopia,” and free food, t-shirts, gifts and balloons.
Free Outdoors Music Concert, Aug. 3
Youth Takeover Maywood, Aug. 6
Rebirth of Jazz in Maywood, Aug. 6
13th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway & Picnic, Aug. 14
Maywood Old Timers Picnic, Aug. 20
It’s time again for the Maywood Old Timers Picnic, one of Maywood’s most anticipated community-wide events that was started as a way to reconnect the village’s present with its past.
“I was running into people at funerals and visitations I hadn’t seen in years and we would sit and talk,” said Marilynn Jefferson, a longtime Maywoodian, now retired and living in Georgia, who helped establish the first Old Timers Picnic.
“I finally said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice where we had time we could all be together and it would not be a sad occasion?’” Jefferson reminisced during an interview at last year’s event.
Since its founding, the event has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.
This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).
Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.