Tag: Lt. Dennis Diaz

One Arrested During Another Morning Raid in Maywood on Sept. 19

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

A Maywood man was arrested during a raid carried out by a Maywood Police drug tactical unit and members of Cook County’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force early on Sept. 19.

Law enforcement authorities arrested Jamal Howlett, 32, at his home on the 1600 block of South 8th Ave. in Maywood on early Tuesday morning, said Maywood Lt. Dennis Diaz.

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Two Men Arrested During Raid in Maywood on Sept. 16

Monday, September 18, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Two men were arrested in a raid that happened Saturday, Sept. 16 in Maywood, according to Maywood police.

After obtaining a search warrant, members of Maywood’s tactical unit conducted a raid at 619 S. 4th Ave., where 29-year-old Cordell Brown lives.

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Maywood Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident on Sept. 2

Sunday, September 3, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 4.21.56 PM.pngA Maywood man has died after a tragic motorcycle accident that happened on Saturday evening, according to authorities.

Demetrius D. Talley, 32, of Maywood (pictured), was traveling south bound at 17th Ave. and Maywood Drive in Maywood on Sept. 2, when he struck the side of a vehicle, according to Maywood Police Lt. Dennis Diaz.

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Oak Brook Man Shot to Death in Maywood on Sunday, Jan. 8

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An Oakbrook Terrace man who had been sitting inside of a parked car on Sunday afternoon was shot to death, Maywood police said in a Jan. 10 Chicago Tribune report.

Rommell Harris, 20, was sitting in a car on the 400 block of 14th Ave. when another car drove up and fired multiple shots, Maywood police Lt. Dennis Diaz told the Tribune.

“Diaz said Harris, who was a passenger in the front seat, and his friends were parked outside the home of another friend,” the Tribune reports. “He said two other people sitting in the vehicle with Harris were not injured.”

Harris was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide, the Tribune reports.

So far, police don’t have a motive for the shooting. They’re asking anyone with information about the case to call (708) 450-4470.

To read the full Tribune report, click here.  VFP

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Briefly: Man Who Shot Himself Outside of Beggar’s Pizza Won’t Face Charges, Maywood Detective Says | Meet Maywood’s New HR Coordinator | More

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Beggar’s Pizza, 621 W. Roosevelt Rd. | Google Earth

Friday, December 2, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A man who shot himself outside of Beggar’s Pizza, 621 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Maywood, won’t face charges, according to Maywood Det. Dennis Diaz. The incident happened Monday evening, police said.

The man, who’s identity hasn’t been confirmed yet, is a concealed weapon carrier who had just ordered food from Beggar’s.

“He was in his own car in the parking lot and was reaching for his keys when the gun discarded in his pocket,” Diaz said.

The man, he said, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to nearby Loyola University Medical Center. His condition isn’t known, but police say the gunshot wound wasn’t fatal.

“It happened while officers were in a MAPS [Maywood Alternative Policing Strategies] meeting,” said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley. “We were giving a presentation when the guy was shot. My staff had to run out and see what happened.”

Talley said the unfortunate accident illustrates why he isn’t a supporter of some concealed carry language.

“You’re supposed to keep your gun in a holster and a lot of people don’t,” Talley said.

Maywood HR coordinator installed 

Banks.jpgIn January, we reported that the village had terminated HR Coordinator Wilhelmina Dunbar that month.

Since then, the village has installed Dunbar’s replacement, LaSondra Banks, whose LinkedIn profile notes that she’s been in the position since July.

Banks, who holds a master’s degree in human resources management, is also an adjunct professor in that area at Triton College, her profile indicates.

Before being brought on as HR coordinator with the village, Banks was program director for the Maywood Park District, where she’d been since September 2013. She also served a stint as a program manager for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) for Maywood from March 2011 to December 2012.

Chicago Tribune wants state to investigate D88

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board wants the Illinois State Board of Education to investigate Bellwood District 88 in light of a Tribune report that indicates the district went into a no-bid contract with a local cab company to transport homeless and special education students to and from school.

“People Cab Co. has been paid $605,000 since 2011 to shuttle homeless and special education students to and from school,” the Editorial Board notes.

“That’s far more than what neighboring school districts pay. In 2015, the combined taxi cost for Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 and Berkeley School District 87 was $47,000. Bellwood’s tab that year: $192,000. And get this: The Maywood and Berkeley districts had more homeless students that year — a combined 88 students compared with Bellwood’s 42 students. Bellwood also had a smaller share of special needs students than Maywood or Berkeley.” […]

“The Illinois State Board of Education has yet to look into Bellwood. We’ve asked why not.”

Read the ISBE’s response in the full Tribune editorial here. VFP

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Victim in Fatal Aug. 24 Car Crash Was 75-year-old Bolingbrook Veteran

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Firefighters work to extinguish a smoldering fire coming from a rolled over SUV after it hit numerous street poles and fatally hit a pedestrian during an Aug. 24 crash near 9th Ave. and Roosevelt Rd. in Maywood. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews UPDATED: 11:33 a.m.

Maywood police have identified the man who died in the Aug. 24 car crash that happened near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Roosevelt Rd. as 75-year-old Edward W. Brandseth.

According to relatives, Brandseth, of Bolingbrook, was a Vietnam War veteran, which is contrary to earlier reports published here that he served in World War II.

Brandseth was walking along Roosevelt Rd. from nearby Hines VA Hospital when he was struck by an SUV driven by an unidentified woman. The vehicle also plowed into a traffic pole and other fixtures in the area. Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said Brandseth was scheduled to have surgery the next day.

Maywood Police Detective Lt. Dennis Diaz said police are treating the crash as a fatal accident, which is why the identity of the driver, a woman who suffered burns to her legs and was rushed to nearby Loyola University Medical Center, has not been released. So far, Diaz said, no charges have been filed. The woman’s current medical condition is not known.

Diaz said the cause of the accident is still under investigation and it will likely be a few months before officials draw any conclusions. A traffic reconstruction team from DuPage County was called to the scene to gather data about the accident, which resulted in the closure of a large strip of Roosevelt Road for several hours.

Diaz said that multiple jurisdictions showed up to the scene of the crash, including emergency and law enforcement units from Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, North Riverside and River Forest. VFP

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With Two January Homicides In Maywood, Police Ramp Up Activity With New Inter-Municipality Gang Unit

Saturday, February 6, 2016 || By Nicholas Samuel || Updated: 4:35 PM

A Jan. 5th morning homicide involving a 40-year-old Broadview man is still under investigation by the Maywood Police Department.

Fredrick Blackwell was found at 10 AM with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley adjacent to a vacant lot in the 100 block of South 14th Avenue.

“There’s not a lot of evidence that suggests he was killed there in the lot or in Maywood,” said Chief Valdimir Talley in a recent interview. “We’re still looking for witnesses.”

The Maywood Police Department is also working to solve 11 murder cases from last year, according to Talley.

For 2016, Maywood has had two homicides so far, including the Jan. 5th homicide and another the following week.

On the morning of Jan. 12th, Maywood police discovered the body of Donnell Willis, 55 of Bellwood, with multiple gunshot wounds in a walkway adjacent to a building in the 1000 block of West Madison Street.

An individual was taken into custody, but has since been released, according to Lieutenant Dennis Diaz.

“The case was reviewed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and is still under investigation by the Maywood Police Department,” Diaz said.

Maywood and surrounding communities are starting to see a rise in crime for criminals that don’t even reside within its borders, according to Diaz.

“Maywood is small, but gets a lot of big city crime,” Diaz said.

In an effort to target criminal trends and gang conflict in the Chicagoland area and nearby suburbs, Diaz formed a partnership with nearby suburban police departments, such as the Cicero Police Department, to create the West Suburban Gang Intelligence Group (W.I.G.) — an intelligence sharing and networking alliance.

“This is a way to share information with other towns and keep tabs on crime,” Diaz said. “If we aren’t connecting with other towns, we’re missing out on information that could possibly solve crimes in our town and vice-versa.”

The W.I.G. has had three meetings so far this year and had more than 150 officers from the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs attend the last meeting on Jan 28.

Besides gang and narcotics officers, the W.I.G. has also had patrol officers, probation officers, state attorneys and representatives from local, state and federal government in attendance at its meetings.

“Not to say they’re all involved, but they’re all in attendance. We’re keeping membership open to anybody,” Diaz said. “We have everyone at every level of law enforcement with different levels of expertise.”

Earlier this year, the MPD was tracking a man that was selling drugs in Maywood during the day and committing burglaries in Arlington Heights at night, according to Diaz.

“If we’re not communicating with other towns, it might look like a random crime spree,” Diaz said.

When gangs start to feel pressure from law enforcement, they bounce around from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, according to Cicero Police Commander Vincent Acevez.

“Their objective is to fly under our radar,” Acevez said.

Diaz said MPD doesn’t have the resources to track down criminals from other districts, and that the W.I.G. is a free way to share and receive valuable information to target the criminals.

“Criminals don’t have boundaries, so there’s no reason law enforcement should have them,” Diaz said.

The W.I.G. will aim to have quarterly meetings throughout the year, according to Diaz. The next meeting will be sometime in April.

Diaz plans to bring in different speakers at each meeting to talk about different topics such as social media, hidden compartments in vehicles, the heroin epidemic and more.

“This has received a lot of positive feedback from attendees and there’s definitely a need for it,” Diaz said. “We’re trying to shrink the territory for criminals.”

For more information on the W.I.G., contact Lieutenant Dennis Diaz at ddiaz@maywoodpolice-il.org or Commander Vincent Acevez at vacevez@thetownofcicero.com. VFP

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