Monday, August 22, 2011

Another shooting...

in broad day light @ Shelly and Butler. The victim went to Methodist in a private vehicle. Police are searching for the shooter(s) who were on bikes.

Remember this incident in the same location in mid-July:

Two men shot in South Peoria; one in 'grave' condition
One man suffers gunshot wound to the head.

Posted Jul 15, 2011 @ 09:50 PM

PEORIA — Police were investigating the shooting of two males Friday night near the corner of South Shelley and West Butler streets.

One victim was shot several times, at least once in the head. He was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and police described his condition as grave Friday night. The second victim arrived at St. Francis in a private vehicle. Police said his wounds did not appear to be life threatening.

The shooting was reported at 8:11 p.m. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots and seeing a male on the ground who was not moving.

At the scene of the shooting, police blocked off most of Shelley between Butler and Kettelle streets with crime scene tape as they investigated for several hours. Officers with flashlights searched the lawn of one home and placed yellow cones on the street in front of it.

No information was available late Friday about a shooting suspect or suspects.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Is you is, or is you ain't...

Just yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, praised Superintendent Grenita Lathan for working with different sectors of the community.

At just about the same time that LaHood was co-signing Dr. Lathan's $10,000 bonus, other members of the community were saying and feeling just the opposite...

Groups Want to Connect With Dist. 150
Despite a busy first year on the job some members of the local community say they feel a disconnect with District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan. They say collaboration with the administration has taken a backseat.

Peoria Park District Board Vice President Robert Johnson says neighborhood children were denied access to basketball courts over the summer at Glen Oak and Harrison schools after the basketball rims were taken off the backboards He says young people pack the courts to play pick up games but now cannot do so. Johnson says after a conversation with Dr. Lathan he was told the maintenance workers were tied up at another school and that union issues had to be worked out before the rims could be replaced.
"I don't understand the reasoning, we should be trying to engage our young people so that they can have active things to do and that's basically what it is and all of us would have a good quality of life in our city," Johnson said.
East Bluff Serenity Neighborhood Association President Jim Combs says he was thrilled about Glen Oak Learning Center which was built on some property his family once owned. Combs says a year after the school's opening he's disappointed.
"That building and the grounds around that building were supposed to be shared by the community and I got the feeling and I think a lot of us do in leadership around here feel that that isn't the case," he said.
Combs is talking about space that was supposed to be reserved inside the school for a community learning center for adults where computer or G-E-D classes could be held or other neighborhood programs, a vision he says was shared by former District 150 school superintendent Ken Hinton.

Superintendent Grenita Lathan was not available for an interview, but a district 150 spokesman says budgetary constraints, staffing and other educational issues have taken priority for the administration.

Combs says he understands that more pressing challenges may be the focus for the district. But says with similar goals in mind of strengthening families and communities partnerships with the administration are important.

"It's sort of a sadness, it's like a dissolution on our part. We thought something was going to happen that didn't," he said.

But combs says that won't stop his group from finding another location for their community center. He just hopes the school district will be a partner. Source

Friday, August 5, 2011

Harrison Homes was HOT last night

Check this out...

Apparently there were two very large fights that popped off in the Harrison Homes Housing Project last night.

The first fight allegedly started with girls fighting over a cigarette, which escalated to a large group fight.

The second incident was allegedly when some white guy came down to buy some weed - he got his money taken and didn't get the drugs. So, the white guy left and came back with reinforcments (his crew). Again, a large fight broke out.

I'm told that Police had Montana and Trewyn streets blocked off for hours and the chaos continued well into the morning (3:00 a.m.). A check of the local newspaper's "police, fire and courts" page did not reveal any information regarding either incident.

What about Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) Security?
After talking to several people about the mythological thing referred to as "Peoria Housing Authority Security", not one person who I've talked to has EVER seen a PHA security person or a PHA security camera, or a PHA security car. So, that leads me to believe that there is no such thing as security in the PHA.

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