Category: Policing

Sun-Times: Ex-Melrose Park Cop Caught Selling Drugs Bragged About His Crimes

Greg SalviFriday, July 14, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a July 13 Chicago Tribune article, Gregory Salvi, a former Melrose Park police officer who admitted to selling drugs that were stolen from his department’s evidence room, could serve more than 10 years in prison.

“But with his sentencing hearing approaching later this month, the feds say they also caught Salvi bragging about stealing power tools from the department, and about helping a drug trafficker’s associate walk away from a drug deal without paying,” the Sun-Times reports.

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Otlewski made the allegations in a memo this week that asks U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to put Salvi away for 14 years.”

The Sun-Times reports that Otlewski said that “Salvi bragged about selling drugs stolen from the police department before. And he alleged Salvi told a federal informant he conducted a fake arrest to help the associate of a marijuana trafficker get out of a drug deal without paying.”

Read the full report here. VFP

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Maywood Police Warn Public of Attempted Child Luring That Happened on July 2

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Burton Park, at the corner of 15th Ave. and Washington Blvd., where a 9-year-old girl was almost abducted, according to reports. | Google Earth

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Police Department is requesting information on a recent case of attempted child luring.

According to a police statement released today, on July 2, at around 1:43 p.m., a man pulled up in a black four-door sedan whose make and model is currently unknown, and parked next to Burton Park, located at the corner of 15th Ave. and Washington Blvd.

The man — described as a black male, between 40 and 50 years old, of medium complexion, no facial hair, his head of hair cut low with graying around the temples —
“pointed at a 9 year old female and then pointed at the bag of candy,” according to police.

“It was reported the juvenile then started walking away from the vehicle and the [black male] driver backed down the street and fled the area,” the report notes.

Maywood police are currently investigating this incident. They’re urging anyone with any information to contact the agency “in reference to this event or similar suspicious activity.

“Any agency having or needing further information is asked to contact Det. Zimmerman or Lt. Diaz at (708) 450- 4471, ddiaz@maywoodpolice-il.org or dzimmermann@maywoodpolice-il.org.” VFP

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Melrose Park Man Charged With Reckless Homicide, DUI in Connection to 2016 Crash in Maywood That Killed One

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Cory Steffen was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in connection to a vehicle accident last year in Maywood that resulted in the death of Giselle Marchan. | Cook County Sheriff’s office. 

Monday, July 3, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood police announced today that they’ve secured felony charges against a 30-year-old Melrose Park man who crashed his vehicle in Maywood last year, killing a woman.

Cory Steffen was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after what police say was a yearlong investigation into the crash by the Maywood Police Department Investigative Unit.

On Aug. 31, 2016, Steffen crashed his vehicle at the corner of 9th Ave. and Madison St. Giselle Marchan, a passenger, was ejected from Steffen’s vehicle. She was transported to Loyola University Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries.

On June 1, Maywood police transported Steffen to the Circuit Court of Cook County 4th Municipal District, where a preliminary hearing date is scheduled for July 5. His bond was set at $300,000. VFP

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Theft on the Rise in Bellwood, Broadview Maywood, Melrose Park, Says Police Chief

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Saturday, June 10, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Crime is decreasing overall in Maywood and surrounding communities, but instances of theft are becoming more frequent, said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

The chief provided the information during a regular crime update he delivered at a June 10 regular breakfast meeting of the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance, held at Freedom Baptist Church in Hillside.

“[The increase in theft] is expected,” Talley said. “It’s summer.”

The chief, however, added that, so far, this summer has been marked by more reports of theft than this time last year.

“Some of you are getting checks back from the IRS,” he said. “If you get a new television, cut the box up. If you bought that 72-inch plasma TV and you put the box out, I can almost guarantee that somebody is going to break into your house.”

Talley said that the there was a 100 percent difference in the number of theft reports logged in May 2016 versus those logged in May 2017. In Bellwood and Melrose Park, there were close to 20 thefts reported in each village during the month of May, Talley said.

“Melrose Park usually has zero around this time,” he said.

In Maywood, 34 thefts were reported, double the amount reported in May 2016, Talley said.

Maywood-Broadview 911 consolidation moving along

Talley also provided a brief update on the consolidation of Maywood’s and Broadview’s dispatch centers.

A new law that went into effect last January requires municipalities with populations of less than 25,000 to consolidate their 911 dispatch systems. The law also revokes the authority of local governments to collect surcharges from telecommunications and wireless carriers while enacting a uniform statewide surcharge.

Village attorney Michael Jurusik said at the time that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration “is all about consolidating these multiple municipal governments, so they looked at all these public safety access points, or PCAPs. These are your dispatch centers. They said, it’s too many of these things out there; let’s get everybody to consolidate.”

Jurusik also noted that part of the state’s motivation for the bill was the lack of quality emergency dispatch systems in rural areas largely concentrated downstate.

“The idea behind the legislation was to get everybody to a basic floor,” he said. “Most towns in metro Chicago are at the ceiling with good technology and good 911 systems; but other parts [like rural areas and much of downstate] didn’t have any 911 [dispatch centers].”

Since those talks last year, Broadview and Maywood have moved closer to combining their respective dispatches into a single dispatch system called Ike Communications, Talley said. The dispatch operation will be housed in Broadview, which is expanding and modernizing its dispatch center.

“We have to have something in place by December 30 of this year,” Talley said, adding that by December 30, 2018, all dispatch systems in municipalities of less than 25,000 that haven’t been exempt from the state law will go dark.

“Broadview is an excellent partner to be with because we have the same union, the Fraternal Order of Police, the same … computer systems,” and other similarities, Talley said.

He added that two additional dispatchers could be brought on to shore up the staff of the consolidated system. Maywood currently has eight tele-communicators and Broadview has three. VFP

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned that Bellwood and Maywood were consolidating dispatch centers. 

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Man Sues Maywood, Alleges He Was Arrested, Cited for Taking Photos of Police Station

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Friday, June 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

One man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the village of Maywood in relation to an incident that happened last summer.

The village’s administrative hearing department, enforcement department, community development department, the Maywood police chief and two police officers (a commander and a sergeant), and a former administrative hearing officer are specifically listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in February, the plaintiff, Patrick Swenie, claims that on August 29, 2016, he was arrested without probable cause by Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, Commander Theodore Yancy and Sergeant Daryl Fairley.

The lawsuit states that Swenie “was lawfully located on a public sidewalk” outside of the Maywood police station, 125 S. 5th Ave., when he was approached by Talley, who requested that he provide identification. Swenie had been taking pictures of the station’s exterior.

“When Talley demanded Plaintiff’s identification a reasonable person in Plaintiff’s position would not have felt free to leave and thus he was seized,” the federal complaint states.

“Talley did not have reasonable suspicion for this seizure. When Plaintiff did not produce identification Talley told Plaintiff that taking photographs of the exterior of the Maywood Police Department was Illegal,” the complaint continues. 

“Taking photographs of the exterior of the Maywood Police Department from a public sidewalk was not illegal, and was protected activity under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution [sic].”

When Swenie refused to provide Talley with his identification, the police chief, assisted by Yancy, placed him under arrest and escorted him into the police station, where Fairley confirmed Swenie’s arrest, the complaint states. Swenie eventually turned over his identification to Fairley, who served him a disorderly conduct citation.

According to Maywood ordinances, disorderly conduct entails “Making, aiding or assisting in making any improper noise, riot disturbance, breach of the peace or diversion tending to a breach of the peace.”

On January 6, Swenie appeared at an administrative hearing, where he defended himself against the allegations in the citation.

According to the complaint, “immediately before his hearing,” Fairley served him with a second disorderly conduct citation, claiming that Swenie knowingly “caused a breach of the peace by photographing officers [and] civilians going in and out of the police station.”

Swenie is seeking payment from the defendants for “punitive and exemplary damages in a sum to be ascertained,” legal fees and other payments that the court “may deem just and proper.”

When reached by phone on Friday, Swenie’s attorney, Garrett Browne, declined to comment on the specifics of the case. He did, however, indicate that the case is currently in the discovery phase, with both sides gathering evidence.

Attorneys with Maywood’s contracted law firm, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, are representing the defendants.

Contacted by phone Friday, Talley said that Swenie’s actions seemed designed to “bait us into doing something.” He said that Swenie had been standing outside of the station taking photographs of people going in and coming out of the facility.

When he asked Swenie why he was taking the photographs, Swenie didn’t say anything and was not responsive to officers’ concerns, Talley said, adding that the man’s actions were suspicious and constituted a possible threat to public safety.

Talley said that Swenie lives in Chicago and may have a history of provoking police encounters with officers from other agencies.

“Why would he come all the way from Chicago just to take pictures of the police station?” Talley said. “This was around the time of other incidents involving violence against law enforcement, such as the police shootings in Dallas [that happened on July 7, 2016].” 

Talley said that he believes federal case law will find that the actions that he and his officers took were justified. VFP

Maywood Police Arrest Two, Recover Six Semiautomatic Guns in Multiple Raids

Police LightsThursday, June 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Maywood police carried out two raids on May 30 that resulted in the seizure of numerous semiautomatic guns and narcotics, and two arrests, according to a statement released by the department earlier this week.

On Tuesday, at around 5:20 a.m., the Maywood Police Tactical Unit, Maywood investigators and the Chicago Police Area North Gang Enforcement Unit entered the front door of 706 S. 6th Ave. in Maywood, according to the statement.

Donny Jamerson, 42, of Maywood — the target of the raid — was arrested and taken into custody. Authorities recovered 103 grams of cocaine, four ounces of cannabis and 4 semiautomatic handguns during the operation, police said.

The same day, at around 5:08 p.m., authorities from the Maywood tactical unit and the Cook County Sheriff’s department, arrived at 1301 S. 9th Ave., and rounded up several suspects who had been selling drugs to undercover police officers for the past several months, police said.

Police arrested Bobby Williams, 36, of Maywood, and four other people. They recovered an undisclosed amount of cocaine and a semiautomatic handgun, the police statement read. VFP

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Breaking: One Man Killed on 19th Ave. in Maywood, May 12

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Friday, May 12, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

One man was murdered last night on the 400 block of South 19th Ave, according to Maywood police.

Marquis Pritchett, 36, was found shot in an alleyway in Maywood at around 12:59 a.m., police say. So far, no suspects are in custody. Police are still investigating this case.

According to Maywood police, this is the village’s seventh homicide this year. More as this story develops. VFP 

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