Category: Policing

Bellwood Man Gets 22 Years In Prison For 2014 Bensenville Murder

Thursday, June 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Kenneth Bardlett, of Bellwood, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a 2014 murder. | DuPage County Sheriff’s Office  

A Bellwood man was recently sentenced to prison on June 12 for his part in the murder of a Bensenville tobacco store owner.

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Maywood Has A Small Part In Chicago Crime Commission’s Gang Book

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The cover of the 2012 Gang Book, published by the Chicago Crime Commission. | Good Reads 

On June 12, the Chicago Crime Commission released the 2018 Gang Book, the first one that the anti-crime body has published since 2012. The book, which is roughly 400 pages, lists 59 active gangs and more than 2,400 gang factions — many of which are expanding into the suburbs, the commission explains.

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Area Police To Hit The Streets June 9 For Special Olympics Torch Run

Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Law enforcement officials, along with Special Olympics athletes, participate in a torch runs across the country each year. This one is in Virginia. | Virginia Special Olympics 

Commuters taking Roosevelt Road on Saturday afternoon may want to prepare for the possibility of a slight holdup. The employees of local police departments, and their relatives, will hit the street on Saturday for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

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Maywood Swears-In New Police Officer, A Proviso East Alum, And Promotes 2

Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Officer Chris Fuqua with Maywood Board of Trustee and Board of Fire and Police Commission members on June 5. | Courtesy Mike Rogers 

During a regular meeting on June 5, members of the Maywood Board of Fire and Police Commission conducted a ceremonial swearing-in for the police department’s newest officer and he’s homegrown.

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Cook County Sheriff Creates Carjacking Database, Maywood Joins Effort

Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

In an effort to address the recent uptick in carjackings across the city and suburbs, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has created a database that it hopes will help law enforcement agencies investigate and solve the crimes.

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Gang Burials A Problem In West Suburbs

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 || By Tim Inklebarger/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Nhemya Ward, a funeral director and embalmer, left, and Ilene Johnson, general manager, funeral director and embalmer inside of Johnson Funeral Home in Chicago on May 25. | Alexa Rogals

As the director of Smith & Thomas Funeral Home in Maywood, Ilene Johnson has participated in countless funeral processions, and in every one she sees the same thing — motorists attempting to get past the long line of cars, so they don’t have to be held up.

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Village People: Pirsia Allen, Retiring From The Force But Keeping The Faith

Friday, April 27, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Retiring Maywood Community Resource Officer Pirsia Allen reads to Garfield Elementary students during Black History Month. | Courtesy District 89 

Rev. Pirsia Allen, a veteran Maywood police officer of roughly two decades, will retire on May 10. Most recently, Allen was the department’s community resource officer. Although he’ll be off of the force, the 60-year-old minister said he will still be a presence in the community.

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