Tag: Chief Talley

Maywood Signals That It Will Green-light New Housing Development

Friday, September 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 9/8/17

During a Sept. 5 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees gave the village’s attorney and staff the go-ahead to put together a redevelopment agreement that would dictate the construction of a 68-unit, 5-story apartment building on the site of a vacant lot at 800-820 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, which is currently owned by the village.

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Funeral Arrangements Set for 14-year-old Shooting Victim

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 9/7/17

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 12.36.54 AMFuneral arrangements have been announced for a teenager who was fatally shot on Aug. 30 on the 600 block of 11th Ave. in Maywood.

The victim, who has been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 14-year-old Michael Jones (pictured, left, at a younger age), of Maywood, was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

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14-year-old, Shot in Maywood on Aug. 30, Dies

Thursday, August 31, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A juvenile who had been in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center after an afternoon shooting in Maywood on Aug. 30 has died, according to authorities.

The shooting happened at around 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 on the 600 block of 11th Ave. in Maywood, said Maywood Police Chief Val Talley, who added that this is the village’s ninth homicide of 2017.

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Maywood to Restrict Bikes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Photo: Getty Images

At a regular meeting on Aug. 15, the Maywood Board of Trustees will likely approve a code amendment that prohibits anyone over the age of 12 from riding bicycles, hover boards, skateboards and other wheeled devices on sidewalks in the village’s downtown area, which is considered the stretch of 5th Ave., from Quincy to Lake. Wheelchairs will be exempted from the new ordinance.

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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 To Lyft/Uber Drivers: ‘Show Your Emblem or Get Fined’ | Police Beef Up Noise, Tobacco Enforcement

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Drivers who contract with transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft now face fines if they don’t display those companies’ distinctive emblems, or what’s known in the industry as trade dress, while driving customers through Maywood.

At a May 2 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously passed an ordinance requiring drivers to display the trade dress or face fines of at least $100 for the first offense, at least $300 for the second offense with a year and at least $500 for a third or subsequent offense within a year.

Numerous large cities across the country, including Chicago and New Orleans, have enacted comprehensive regulations on companies like Uber and Lyft. Maywood’s new ordinance, however, is much more limited in scope than those in larger cities.

The ordinance was introduced at the urging of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who said that it would help his department fight narcotics trafficking.

“It’s not that the companies that engage in that behavior, but some individuals use the services [of Lyft and Uber] to engage [in drug trafficking],” Talley said during an April 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting where the measure was discussed.

“The services are used to defeat the village’s ability to capture individuals trafficking narcotics and from seizing their properties as assets,” Talley said. “They’re not like taxi cabs or livery cabs, where we can ID them by license or registration.”

Talley said that “Lyft is kind of like Facebook” in that it is not often cooperative with law enforcement’s efforts to fight crime.

“When you try to get information from them by search warrant they don’t want to be very compliant or helpful to our efforts,” Talley said.

“This ordinance requires these different companies to make sure [drivers have] placards. Normally, that’s a regulation [enforced by] the companies, but a lot of these drivers fail to put their placards up.”

Maywood police beef up noise enforcement with purchase of new sound meters

instrumartAt the request of Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley presented recent noise statistics to village board members at an April 26 LLOC meeting.

Weeks earlier, Perkins said that she had been getting complaints from some residents about noise levels and a lack of police enforcement of the village’s noise regulations.

Talley said that his staff responded to 80 service calls related to noise from January 1 to April 13.

“The incident listings will reflect we took action and we still plan to put [an officer] out to address noise offenses as we enter into the summer months,” Talley stated in an April 18 memo.

In order to enhance noise enforcement in the summer months, Talley said that he directed a police intern to research sound meters, with the department eventually purchasing two portable devices at around $600 each from a company called “Instrumart.”

Maywood passes ordinance requiring tobacco purchasers in village to be at least 21 years old

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During a May 2 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees passed an ordinance that raises the minimum age required to buy tobacco products in the village from 18 to 21 years old.

The proposed ordinance was introduced at the urging of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who said that the measure would help deter the sale of tobacco products to minors and young adults, “which often leads to loitering concerns around retail tobacco establishments,” according to a village memo.

“Proviso East stands next to two gas stations and we found that 18 year olds capture [tobacco] products from those gas stations, bring them into school and sell them,” Talley said.

The village has a partnership with the health advocacy organization Proviso Partners 4 Health, which is affiliated with Loyola University. Representatives with PP4H have been advocating for a new ordinance as a public health measure.

Talley said that if the measure passes, then retail establishments who sell tobacco products to minors would face a range of penalties,  including the revocation and suspension of their business licenses, that are similar to those for illegally selling alcohol.

Other municipalities that have raised the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old include Oak Park, Chicago and Evanston. VFP

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