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Spare Tire Theft

Spare wheel & tire stolen from back of a Jeep Liberty overnight 10/28-10/29.

The past two evenings, we've noticed a man in a red 1996 Firebird with "Ram Air" hood fully reclined in his drivers seat parked outside. We're near the Grayland Metra, so it's not uncommon for people to park on the street and wait there, but this guy would show up around 7 p.m. and still be there when we went to bed (around 9:30—hey, we have a...

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Spare wheel & tire stolen from back of a Jeep Liberty overnight 10/28-10/29.

The past two evenings, we've noticed a man in a red 1996 Firebird with "Ram Air" hood fully reclined in his drivers seat parked outside. We're near the Grayland Metra, so it's not uncommon for people to park on the street and wait there, but this guy would show up around 7 p.m. and still be there when we went to bed (around 9:30—hey, we have a baby). The way he was reclined, it was difficult to tell anyone was in the car. I did not report it to police, but did alert my neighbor, who said he got home around midnight and the red car was gone. We woke up to find the spare wheel had been stolen. Nothing else touched, as far as we can tell.

Not sure if the crime is connected to the guy in the car, but I figure the more info out there, the better. If there are any additional details you'd like to know, feel free to ask. I tried to cover everything here.

Police report re: tire filed online this morning.

  • The guy and car you described sounds like someone I've spotted multiple times (though not for about a month) hanging out on Roscoe. He would park his car early in the day and wait in his car or on a bench in Kilbourn Park near Roscoe and the train viaduct. I never saw him do anything, but his presence--often for 4-5+ hours--made me notice and keep an eye out.

  • They hit North Mayfair about a month ago. Mine was taken from underneath my SUV. They cut the chain and lock that it was secured to. They aren't reselling these on CL, they want the wheels to sell for scrap.

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Garage For Rent - Just in time for winter...

Hey! We've got a brand new private garage bay for rent in Old Irving near Kostner/Grace. Right at the end of the alley for easy access. $150/mo. Available now- let me know if you're interested.
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  • hi dan - we're looking to store a car for the winter. what kind of space is it?

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City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero in Chicago, and Chicago-Main Newsstand, 380 N. Chicago in Evanston, are great resources for hard-to-find magazines and newspapers, but little did you know they also have a pretty good website. Check out their Top Tabloid Headlines of 2003 -- FEBRUARY TO BE CANCELED!

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Biannual publication AREA Chicago is holding a fundraiser at Danny's Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens, tonight from 10pm to 2am. It's free to get in, but 25 percent of the bar proceeds will go to AREA -- so drink up!

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THE2NDHAND celebrates the release of its 15th issue, "LE2EMEMAIN," tonight at Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted, tonight (Sunday). Editors Todd Dills and Jeb Gleason-Allured are joined by Joe Meno and...

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Lynn Ford, who started Lake Effect with Bautz, has left the business, leaving Bautz to run it along with two full-time employees helped by what Bautz called "an army of volunteers" who love Bautz' one-of-a-kind brews made in a 1,500-square-foot space behind a costume store at 4727 W. Montrose Ave.

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Dogs and Neighbors .....

We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has...

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We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has decided to tell us that we need to change our routine in the mornings because our dogs wake them up in the morning. Again we have lived in our home for 35 + years and have been waking up at 5:30am for the same amount of time. When they moved in 5+ years ago - we had all of our dogs. We get up at 5:30am and let the dogs out. All of our pets are vetted and licensed. they are not out for long - and we call them in should they bark. We have noticed a vermin problem in the area ... but is this a good reason that we should have to stop allowing our dogs in our backyard - or is the neighbor being unreasonable? We have tried talking things out, but al they seem to want is for us to change our habits ...

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    Madeline, it sure is nice to know that there are people as diligent as you. I can't tell you how nasty it is to cut my lawn or the parkway and find a pile that someone else left. This is why I love having a private yard for my dogs....

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    Madeline, it sure is nice to know that there are people as diligent as you. I can't tell you how nasty it is to cut my lawn or the parkway and find a pile that someone else left. This is why I love having a private yard for my dogs. with brick and concrete it is simple enough to shovel the mess and hose away and remnants!

    I have been more that patient with these neighbors and I am sure that this is something we are going to continue to agree to disagree on. This has lead to a much larger debate on when we can and can not use our yard. Discussions go nowhere and after speaking to my alderman and the precinct captain, we are in no way doing anything wrong. The dogs are legal, our yard is safe and secure and the neighbors are just going to have to understand that life happens outside of their little bubble and they can not control our lives anymore than we can control theirs. We will try to be peaceful, but one in a while things are going to happen - and all we can do is roll with it.

  • Some of these suggestions are bordering on lunacy. I added my two cents after reading No Chance’s accusation explaining you’re not being responsible and his proposal of taking your pets out the front door. Leashes, collars, and house keys rattling so you could walk the dogs to your parkway and within earshot of these same neighbors?

    Madeline Tucker, I would appreciate it if you would also carry index cards or file folders in the event your dog has the runs. Along with clumping litter. Don’t smear it into the parkway.

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Last call for Irving Park street pole banners!

If you would like your business, organization, school, etc. to be on a street pole banner along Irving Park Road, please contact us by this Friday, Oct 31st with a completed application and check.

Here's a link to the application: http://www.oldirvingpark.com/PDF/2014%20Banner%20Program%20Application%20(2).pdf

Banners will be installed next month by local business Bishop Image Group and stay up until the Fall of 2017. Take a look at these beauties: 6 feet tall, colorful, double sided banners. Many thanks to Beat Studios for designing our banners gratis.

Questions? Contact Lynn JLAnkney@prodigy.net

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