Recent Logan Square crime news includes a murder-suicide, an armed robbery and a fire that consumed a furniture store north of Logan Square.
SWAT Team Called Following AT&T Store Robbery
An armed robbery at AT&T (2787 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Tuesday at 11 a.m. continued with the suspect hiding in a residential area at Milwaukee and Spaulding Avenues. The standoff continued with a SWAT team and closing traffic on Diversey between Kedzie and Spaulding Avenues, DNAinfo reported. The story was still developing at the time of publication.
Woman Shot Dead Just Outside Goethe School; Suspect Killed Himself Hours Later
A 22-year-old woman was shot on the 2500 block of Lyndale Street, just steps from the main entrance of Goethe Elementary School (2236 N. Rockwell St.) on the afternoon of June 4, a Sunday. She was taken from the scene by ambulance a few minutes after the shooting and later died at Stroger Hospital.
The Sun-Times reported the woman, Shantae Nevith of West Garfield Park, was shot in a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Charles Torrence Jr.
Police immediately sought Torrence, also of West Garfield Park. He was found around 7:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of West Carroll Avenue in West Garfield Park, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Avondale Furniture Store Closed Following Large Fire
Famsa Furniture (2945 N. Milwaukee Ave.) was consumed by a large fire and subsequent roof collapse June 1, and is now in danger of full collapse, DNAinfo reports. The fire required more than 150 firefighters to extinguish. The cause of the fire is unknown. Famsa was located just over the northern border of Logan Square, at Milwaukee and Central Park Avenues.
New Ordinance Would Create Grace Period on Illegal Private Parking
Ald. Joe Moreno (1st Ward) has proposed a city ordinance that would create a 10-minute grace period for unauthorized private parking, DNAinfo reports. Drivers who park in private lots without a sticker or tag would not immediately be subject to a boot, as they currently are. This would allow for drivers to quickly run in to businesses without punishment. The ordinance does not appear to affect street parking.
Moreno’s ordinance also adds the 1st Ward to the list of wards where booting is allowed. Currently, 24 of the 50 wards in the city allow booting; among Logan Square’s wards, only the 32nd Ward allows the practice. Moreno’s 1st Ward would join it. There is no set date for the ordinance’s hearing in the Committee on License and Consumer Protection.
Legislators Approve Bill Increasing Sentences for Multiple Offenders of Gun Possession
The Illinois House approved a bill this week that encourages judges to increase the sentences of people convicted of illegal possession of firearms multiple times, WGN reports. The law instructs judges to give longer terms within current sentencing guidelines for criminals who have been convicted of illegal firearm possession more than once. The goal is to reduce gun crime and gang violence. The guidelines were previously three to 14 years; they are now seven to 14 years, unless the judge writes an explanation for their decision.
The bill also provides for a diversion program for first-time offenders to try to reduce the number of multiple offenders.
It is now in the Illinois Senate. There is no set date for its next hearing.
None Hurt as Window Falls from Top Floor of Twin Towers
A window fell from the 12th floor of one of the MiCA development buildings — commonly referred to as the Twin Towers — at 2733 W. Belden Ave. along Milwaukee Avenue early May 15. No one was hurt as the window shattered in place on the 12th floor and fragments fell to the ground.
The cause of the break was unclear, DNAinfo reports. Crews were working on the roof at the time, and developer Rob Buono told DNAinfo that a safety harness from the crews might have swung over the edge of the roof and struck the window. A spokesperson for Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) mentioned an exterior impact that might have caused the break.