Sauk Village Crime
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1927 Jun 30, 2008
16yr Reaident once again hits the nail on the head. The police in Sauk Village are overworked, undermaned, and are tired of dealing with the trash on the streets that is common in Sauk Village today. For example, consider these two excerpts from recent reports on the Jeremy Robinson shooting.

"Police said a squad car had been stationed there earlier in the night in response to two or three reports of fighting and arguing between the two groups. That squad car left shortly before the shooting occurred to respond to another incident."

Then there was "Sauk Village Police Dispatch radioed neighboring departments for assistance with crowd control at about 8:45 P.M." 15 minutes after Jeremy Robinson was shot.

It's becoming ever so apparent that there are not enough police on the streets of Sauk Village to adequately protect the 10,400 residents and almost 4 square miles of property in it. And by the time you wait for an officer to "become available" you could be forced to a split second decision. Which 15 year sounds like he will be able to make accordingly.

What bothers me the most, is how Sauk Village Police thought they had enough police on the street to "station" a car near the area where problems had already occurred. Why didn't Sauk Village Police declare disturbance of the peace, and order the group dispersed, or moved to the rear yard area of the home or residence in the interest of keeping the peace? If a problem had already occurred where they were called to intervene and keep the peace, they already had enough "cause" to order it to be done, or face ticketing and if necessary, arrest.

Things could have certainly been done differently in light of the information being reported by the news reports in the papers. And perhaps a 19 year old could have had his life spared.

Though I have to credit Sauk Village Police with the quick arrests of the two being held on alledged charges of mob action and unlawful discharge of a weapon, but not yet murder, I would wonder how differently this could have come out if the gathering were dispersed when problems were apparent, or if there were enough police present on duty to remain in the area of the shooting. Jeremy Robinson very well may have been able to smile today.

For now, we will never know. Instead of putting out the fire and sifting through the ashes, it's time to prevent the fire in the first place.
abc123

South Holland, IL

#1928 Jun 30, 2008
well noone should have to feel unsafe where they live. and it sux that some officers do have attitudes. they should be proffesional and have proffesional attitudes. and it wasnt a shitty little town when i was growing up here either, but that is what it has become. and what i wrote wasnt directed towards people that have legitamate problems with the pd. it was directed more so at the people who the police are being called on who feel they have been wronged by the police. sorry for the misunderstanding. do you still live in sauk village?
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1931 Jul 1, 2008
I like how "Someone" flags my posts nuts and clueless, when all I am doing is posting things that everybody else has already read in the newspapers. I would appear I have "Someone's" attention.

Just like "them" to keep flagging posts as inappropriate and nuts and clueless to cover up the TRUTH about Sauk Village.

Flag all you want. I will not go away..
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1932 Jul 1, 2008
No I will not go away..
NWI from SV wrote:
HERE'S TO PRIDE AND PROGRESS SAUK VILLAGE! SAUK VILLAGE NEEDS MORE POLICE PROTECTION!
KILLED April 2008, in Sauk Village 15 year old Brashai Griffin whose body was pulled from Plum Creek Behind a Daycare Center and a Junior High School, strangled and left partially clothed in a creek.
KILLED June 15, 2008 in Sauk Village, 24 year old Robert Kuntz, in an apparent home fire/arson where 20 year old Christina D. Stone was charged with murder in connection of the crime.
KILLED June 22nd, 2008 in Sauk Village 19 year old Jeremy Robinson shot and killed at about 8:30 P.M. while standing and socializing with a group of about 20 friends on 217th street in an apparent drive by shooting.
Sauk Village police radioed other departments for help with crowd control around the shooting at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of 217th Place.
His friend, Michael Walton still had his friend¹s
blood on his jeans.
Suddenly, he said, a car and other people on foot from two different directions pulled up on the gathering. Someone fired shots into the crowd from about a half-block away, Walton said, fatally wounding Robinson in the head.
Known Sauk Village Gangs
Vice Lords
Insane Vice Lords
Latin Kings
Four Corner Hustlers
Latin Counts
Mickey Cobras
"I'm sorry M'am/Sir, but we don't have any officers available at the momemt, but as soon as one is available, we will send an officer over."
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is
investigating the shooting.
A Sauk Village police official said closed-door interviews were being conducted Monday but would
not discuss any details of the case.
Sauk Village police offered no information Monday.
Video of teenagers on a violent rampage in the suburbs is aiding cameras were rolling when a group in their investigation into events terrorizing a quiet residential neighborhood in Sauk Village. of teenagers vandalized a house overnight, and residents are now calling for action. Neighbors believe the same teens are responsible for several recent incidents of vandalism in the area. The homeowner suffered major property damage, but no injuries were reported.
Sauk Village Police Chief Tom Lacheta offered a more calming theory. He thinks the incidents are the result of a dispute between two families and not some overall attack on the community.
"We're not having bricks thrown through windows randomly in our community at all," he said. "What we have here, what I believe we have here, is two families that are having difficulties and I believe that's a result of that. That's what we're looking into.
"I'm afraid, because basically I'm here by myself, and it never used to happen. It really started happening over the past three weeks," neighbor Lillian Ross said.
"I'm tired of wondering if my car's going to have a bullet in it like it did several years ago,"
neighbor Susan Hodges said.
"I'm ready to put my house up for sale. I'm ready to move. Something needs to be done. These kids are nothing but punks," neighbor Susan Dovzeniecki said.
"I feel afraid. I had to pack up my family and walk out of my house last night, and bring my family out at 4 in the morning and I'm tired," said neighbor Carla Bennett.
The Peterson Avenue neighborhood where several incidents have occurred found a visible police presence Friday morning after what was a very disturbing night for residents.
By most accounts, this used to be a fairly quiet neighborhood. But not now, Tutman said
"There are an increasing amount of youth in the area," one resident said. "I'm not sure all of them live on the block, but there is an increasing amount and they are very loud and disruptive."
Censor and flag this post all you want. I will repost it. I promise!
princess aurora

La Porte, IN

#1934 Jul 3, 2008
why doesn't the sauk village police just ask for outside help?obviously the so called gang bangers are not scared of them .the county came in east heights a little bit ago?and come on how did lacheta get to be cheif???he was an idiot back when i knew him all he did back then is cheat and lie Helevis would have been better i've known what kind of person he is for years and he's an up standing person.they need to help the village .
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1935 Jul 3, 2008
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR SAUK VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD (Vol. 5)

Suspended license - Remono Mays, 28, 2866 Nichols Drive, Sauk Village, was charged with driving on a suspended license after being stopped June 23 at 14th Street and Schilling Avenue, Crete police said.

Suspended license - Joseph Young, 58, of Sauk Village, was charged with driving while license suspended and driving without insurance after a traffic stop June 16 at Illinois 394 and Steger Road, Crete police said.

License Suspended - Parrish Maull, 36, of Sauk Village, was charged with driving while license suspended and driving without insurance after a traffic stop June 20 at Steger Road and Illinois 394, Crete police said.

License Suspended - Excell Sanders, 25, 21907 Jeffrey Ave., Sauk Village, was charged with driving on a suspended license and without insurance after being stopped June 9 at 24th Street and Chicago Road, Chicago Heights police said.

Retail theft - Patrick Dorsey, 36, of 1807 Reichert, Sauk Village, was charged June 8 with retail theft and reckless driving after he stole items from Super Kmart, 17550 Halsted St., fled the store in a vehicle and was later arrested in Thornton, police said.

WARRANT ARREST Shunda R. Isom, 20, 275 Park Terrace, South Chicago Heights, was arrested on a Sauk Village warrant during a traffic stop June 25 at Claire Boulevard and Springfield Avenue, police said.
PATTY

Cicero, IL

#1936 Jul 3, 2008
I HAPPEN TO KNOW THE FAMILY OF THIS YOUNG MAN.I WORK WITH HIS SISTER AND SHE IS VERY DEVASTATED.AS WELL AS HER WHOLE FAMILY.ALL BEACAUSE SOMEONE CHOSE TO END HER BROTHERS LIFE WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE.BUT BE ASSURED THEY WILL HAVE TO ANSWER ONE DAY TO A HIGHER POWER.THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN DECIDE ON ONES LIFE IS GOD.REST IN PEACE JEREMY.
Higher power

AOL

#1937 Jul 3, 2008
His life ended because it was his time to go.....for whatever reason. Who are you to say that his own actions did not cause the unfortunate circumstances?
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1938 Jul 4, 2008
A Fourth of July reminder for all Sauk Village Residents:

Under Illinois Compiled Statutes 425 ILCS 30, 425 ILCS 35, in summary, the following Consumer grade rating fireworks are SPECIFICALLY PERMITTED:

Sparklers, snake/glow worm pellets, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, and plastic or paper caps.

SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED:
Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, and bombs, certain fountain displays and cones, twirling and rotating displays whether fixed or mounted, handheld roman candles, roman candles, or any explosive or explosive report projectiles.

And of course discharging of firearms outdoors. Let's rewind back to New Years Eve when Sauk Village sounded like a battlefield fight in Viet Nam at Midnight. Gary Indiana managed to make 3 arrests for discharging of firearms out of doors inside city limits, while Sauk Village arrested ZERO.

Noise ordinance is in most areas is 10:00 P.M. and anything past 11:00 P.M. is clearly disturbing the peace. Make sure to call Sauk Village Police and report any illegal explosives, or unsafe fireworks, and call 911 to report any illegal discharge of firearms that you see.

With common sense and cooperation, July 4th can be safe and fun for all residents.
LLLZZZZ

Chicago Heights, IL

#1939 Jul 4, 2008
what time is the firework show
yeah right

Chicago Heights, IL

#1940 Jul 4, 2008
?
you can do better

Chicago Heights, IL

#1941 Jul 4, 2008
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Riverdale and Sauk Village, Illinois
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NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1942 Jul 4, 2008
Well Yea Right, LLLZZZ, you can do better, Nice to see you finally decided on a name. But I think I can help you out.

According to the Sauk Village Website Events Calendar, I guess Sauk Village isn't having one. The Events Calendar simply state July 4 is a Federal Holiday. I checked the archives of Sauk Talk, the Sauk Village newsletters mailed out bi-monthly to Residents and the last one available there is November, 2007, so that wasn't much help either.

As far as hiring cops goes, that's nothing new. As I said in an earlier post, Sauk Village is always hiring because we don't pay talented law enforcement professionials enough to retain them, so Sauk Village is their "training ground" where they stay an average of 12-18 months, then move on to a higher paying, neighboring community to advance their careers. No secret there. Not too sure about Riverdale, but they probably have the same issues as Sauk Village.

Oh, and have a safe, healthy and happy 4th of July.
yeah right

Chicago, IL

#1943 Jul 5, 2008
Wrong again. It's not the pay.
NWI from SV wrote:
Well Yea Right, LLLZZZ, you can do better, Nice to see you finally decided on a name. But I think I can help you out.
According to the Sauk Village Website Events Calendar, I guess Sauk Village isn't having one. The Events Calendar simply state July 4 is a Federal Holiday. I checked the archives of Sauk Talk, the Sauk Village newsletters mailed out bi-monthly to Residents and the last one available there is November, 2007, so that wasn't much help either.
As far as hiring cops goes, that's nothing new. As I said in an earlier post, Sauk Village is always hiring because we don't pay talented law enforcement professionials enough to retain them, so Sauk Village is their "training ground" where they stay an average of 12-18 months, then move on to a higher paying, neighboring community to advance their careers. No secret there. Not too sure about Riverdale, but they probably have the same issues as Sauk Village.
Oh, and have a safe, healthy and happy 4th of July.
NWI from SV

Tinley Park, IL

#1944 Jul 5, 2008
Well there Yea Right, if you have information that proves the contrary, please feel free to post it here to show how wrong I am, and share with the rest of the people in this forum what the facts are. Now try to post the facts, but before you do, why not scroll back a couple pages here, and you will find someone here named SV Cop that actually ADMITS it is. Now I'm sure there are an entire plethora of issues that make officers leave Sauk Village, but pay is probably one of the larger considerations.

Oh, and by the way, South Holland is currently hiring also for a Lateral Officer position. Their starting range of base pay is $47,112 -$58,344 and you can go to their website and see the actual posting for the position if you like. Since not alot of Municipalities are hiring right now anyways, because of the horrific financial state of affairs in Illinois, Cook County and most of the departments under a hiring freeze until the Governor finishes the budget, hiring is pretty much to replace exiting employees at this time, and not for additional personnel.

And yea, usually it's not the pay. When Sgt. Mark DiSanto left, he took a job in Beecher for Chief Of Police. So that was both a better position, AND better pay. A double dip of chocolate mint if you will. Though no longer Chief in Beecher, I'm sure wherever he went, he knows Sauk Village is not where his career would be doing anything in a positive direction.

But PLEASE do share your view of what it is, in fact or opinion as you are free to express it here. Just don't say someone is wrong because you think they are, back it up with some facts.
Toni

Lansing, IL

#1946 Jul 13, 2008
Come on folks, enough is enough. We all talk on the site about what is wrong, but so far, nothing has changed. Something needs to be done. Some of us have tried to legally do things in a court of law, but it is extremely expensive to hire attorneys, most of us don't have the finances. It is time WE TAKE BACK THE TOWN! Someone with brains needs to research the crime stats and the police stats of Sauk Village, and don't rely on what the Chief of police will tell you about the stats, I've been told, they aren't exactly correct. This will take time to research, you have to check your facts with many different departments, you need to do comparrisons, this takes a lot of leg work and time. Next, we need to draft a petition to get help from the state. Then, a community meeting needs to be held, volunteers will be needed to go door to door to have the petitions signed. Once that is done, the peitions need to be copied and sent to every agency, State Senator, Representative, and media outlet with cover letters asking for help. Then, protests need to be staged, because petitions and letters alone are not going to be enough. The word has to get out from the ENTIRE community--WE NEED HELP! The police can't help anymore, it is out of control! They are putting unarmed, unprotected people in vehicles to patrol the streets on the weekends! Yes, these people volunteer, but without fully realizing the danger they are in. The Village of Sauk Village won't even protect their own employees! There is misuse of funds, there is illegal firing of personnel who speak out, there a lack of police patrol, there are so many things that need to be addressed, WE NEED TO GET THE TOWN INVOLVED AND LET THEM TAKE BACK THE TOWN AND MAKE IT SAFE! When questioned in open board meetings, the police chief skirts around issues, our elected board says the chief of police is doing a great job. If such a great job, answer this: Why did crime go UP AFTER he took the position? Why is overtime UP AFTER he took the position? Why are stores putting bars on their windows AFTER he took the position? It doesn't take Einstein to figure this one out--CRIME IS WAY UP! Some of your are saying, "well elections time is nearing, it'll change" NO IT WON'T! We all thought that the last election, the one before that, the one before that and the one before that. It will not change. Our elected officials claim their hands are tied! They are scared to go up against the police chief, the Village Manager and the Mayor. It has been that way for year after year after year. As long as you agree with the Mayor, it's all good, but disagree or take matters further and you are chastised. WE HAVE TO DO THIS, NOBODY CAN HELP-NOT THE ELECTED TRUSTEES, NOT THE MAYOR, NOT THE VILLAGE MANAGER, NOT THE POLICE CHIEF--NOBODY BUT US! There will need to be a fund set up for expenses, if we all contribute $10.00 to save our town, we can do it! The first step is someone to volunteer their yard for a town meeting, secondly, a full page ad in the newspapers, at least two, STAR & ILLINOIS TIMES-letting people know about the date, time and location. Third, someone needs to spear head this and get it rolling, someone with the time to devote to this. Fourth-ALL of the media outlets need to know about the meeting. From there you keep going, sign up your volunteers to walk with petitions, gather donations, set-up a donation account. Keep going from there, signs to be made to walk down Torrence Avenue during the rush hour, before board meetings, before court is being held at the Village Hall, in the early morning hours, etc. How much more are we willing to loose because of lack of police, whether it be not enough officers, or just blatant unwillingness to help? Are you willing to loose your life? Your child's? Your home? Before you stand up and do something. We can't just talk the talk any longer, we need to walk the talk.
NWI from SV

Chicago, IL

#1947 Jul 14, 2008
Fifteen-year-old Brashai Griffin had been missing for almost two days before her body was found in a Sauk Village creek.

CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports police are still searching for Griffin's killer.

By all accounts, from the number of people that attended her vigil Wednesday night, hers was a life and death that touched a lot of hearts here.

Young faces -- more than a hundred of them -- slowly gathered at the spot where Griffin was found murdered last Friday. They came to memorialize the teen taken so violently from them and the entire Sauk Village community.

"We don't know if this the last huge, and I wish I could have one last hug from Brashai," said Griffin's fellow parishioner Lisa Wright.

Griffin was reported missing early in the day on April 3 by her mother. Police began an all-out search for her Friday afternoon. That's when they found her -- partially clothed and in a creek -- near a wooded walking trail. She'd been strangled.

Relatives say police have questioned her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend.

"She had broke up with him, and he kept trying to get back with her and she kept saying no, and the last thing I heard from her was he got real mad," said Griffin's godsister, Courtney Wilson.

Griffin's family, including her grandmother and uncle, are hopeful police will solve the case soon. But they focused Wednesday night on the outpouring of community support.

"It's been very comforting to have the number of people who have called us, talked to us and prayed for us," said Griffin's uncle, Keith Taylor.

And those who called Griffin a friend say her murder has changed the way they look at life.

"It really shoots their dreams down and makes them wonder… it makes them think upon their life," said Denzel Clayton, a member of Griffin's youth group.

Some, though, are questioning the way police initially handled this case.

If she was reported missing early Thursday, some wonder why police failed to issue any sort of public alert until late Friday afternoon, more than a day and a half later.

Police would not answer any questions about that or the case.

(© MMVIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
ItAintWorthIt

Denver, CO

#1948 Jul 16, 2008
A carjacking in Sauk Village Tuesday night led to a chase on the Bishop Ford freeway, shots fired at police and an officer crashing his squad car.
The officer was slightly injured in the crash but was not hit by gunfire, according to police. A press release issued by the police department late Tuesday said the officer was being treated at an area hospital for injuries.
Police responded to the 1800 block of Sauk Trail to investigate a report of a stolen car. When officers arrived, the suspect fled the scene in a car traveling northbound toward Interstate 394.

Officers chased the suspect onto I-394 and in the area of 159th Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway, the passenger of the stolen car shot at police with a long-barreled gun, police said.
The officer crashed his car in an attempt to steer clear of the gunshots.
The stolen vehicle was later recovered in the 1100 block of 82nd Street in Chicago.
The case remains under investigation by Sauk Village police.
Thought it was hard to find good cops before?
anonymous

Wheaton, IL

#1949 Jul 16, 2008
Does anyone know what happened on Saturday night around midnight near Torrence and Route 30? There were many police cars (County and Sauk Village)and a helicopter. The police were walking around the houses in Carlisle with dogs. I guess they were looking for someone, but it would be nice to know why. Was there someone out there that killed someone or something? Till this day (Wednesday), nothing has been in the news about this. Would like to know what was going on.
NWI from SV

Hickory Hills, IL

#1950 Jul 16, 2008
SAUK VILLAGE, Ill.(STNG/WBBM)- A passenger in a stolen car fired shots at Sauk Village police cars as the driver led police on a chase through the south suburbs Tuesday night.

The stolen 2007 Dodge Charger was found abandoned on Chicago's South Side, but the driver and passenger who fired at police remained at large early Wednesday.

About 8 p.m., Sauk Village police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1800 block of Sauk Trail Road. Officers located the car, which then fled north on the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94/394) towards Chicago. One of the suspects in the car fired a long gun -- possibly a rifle -- at police near 159th Street, according to a Sauk Village police dispatcher.

As two Sauk Village police squad cars chased the stolen Charger, the lead police car lost control and crashed near 170th Street just after 8 p.m., according to Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. Joe Stengl.

“One officer was injured as a result of trying to avoid being shot,” the dispatcher said.“He swerved the vehicle and lost control, striking a median barrier.”

The officer was not shot and was treated and released from Saint Margaret Mercy hospital in Dyer, Ind., the dispatcher said.

The police car traveling behind the one that crashed continued north and a passenger in the Charger then fired more shots, striking the squad’s front bumper, Stengl said. Sauk Village police then lost sight of the car, which was later recovered at 1130 E. 82nd St. in Chicago.

At 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, the suspects remained at large, the dispatcher said.

State Police and Sauk Village police are conducting a joint investigation.

Contents of this report and story are Copyright 2008 by WBBM. The STNGwire contributed to this report.

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