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    Look at the cities he worked for and that should answer that question.

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    I didn't even have to read the article. When I saw Markham, Harvey, and Robbins in bold, I could imagine what it entailed.

    Right when I was thinking "Phoenix isn't involved in this", I saw where he's an assitant fire chief. How come with all those towns, the police chiefs, fire chiefs, mayors, and administration all hold several important jobs in several towns?
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    Too bad Ford Heights lost it's PD, this jagaloon could be the chief.
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    Where is the guy here that always jumps in to defend Harvey and say how great it is?
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    I would never work in any of those underminded forces. It's set up for failure, too many corrupt drug dealing officers/thugs. They are on the news every month. Botched DNA collections, busted by DEA, disbanded FHPD, etc.... It's simply stupid to hire a convict on parole, give him a badge, gun, and give him police powers for years!!! If you ask me law suits should show up for all of the prior arrests he made, tickets issued, the whole 9 yards. Stay away from those dumping grounds of the southern pds!!! Career suicide I tells ya!!! You're better volunteering for Illinois Police Reserves...LOL

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    Oh yeah.....Parole comes and checks his employer....RPD, good standing, next 101 cases. LOL!!!

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    Is this the same K-9 officer who was fired from MARKHAM a while back because I have never known Robbins to have a dog....correct me if i'm wrong.

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    Like was said, Harvey, Markham, Phoenix, Robbins. What else is new? Guess he's a no-go for Dixmoor since this hit the papers.

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    Just did a little research, Charles Smith is the same K-9 officer from MARKHAM that was fired because his FOLD card was revoked and Robbins does not have a canine! Also why does Markham have a officer who pleaded guilty and sent to prison for abusing his police powers still employed by the Markham Police Dept? Maybe he got it expunged lol but it gets even better....This Markham officer Kenneth Muldrow aka "MOJO" was also featured on the tv show "SPEEDERS" which airs on TRU TV.

    ARTICLE
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...ines-sentenced
    SPEEDERS VIDEO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxfgoVzit98
    (If you pause it at 8 seconds you can clearly see his name tag)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chitowndet View Post
    like was said, harvey, markham, phoenix, robbins. What else is new? Guess he's a no-go for dixmoor since this hit the papers.
    lol!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackwellcm View Post
    Just did a little research, Charles Smith is the same K-9 officer from MARKHAM that was fired because his FOLD card was revoked and Robbins does not have a canine! Also why does Markham have a officer who pleaded guilty and sent to prison for abusing his police powers still employed by the Markham Police Dept? Maybe he got it expunged lol but it gets even better....This Markham officer Kenneth Muldrow aka "MOJO" was also featured on the tv show "SPEEDERS" which airs on TRU TV.

    Good work blackwellcm. Look at the professionalism he portrays...fat, messy, and very lazy when making contact. Good for a cheesy show like "speeders...." not "C.O.P.S." material. Look at his Ford escape...lol, I thought universities use them for parking enforcement. What a joke. Oh yeah, damn crack head residents, they seem to be missing their teeth??? Ask "MOJO," he might be related to them.
    ARTICLE
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...ines-sentenced
    SPEEDERS VIDEO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxfgoVzit98
    (If you pause it at 8 seconds you can clearly see his name tag)

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    Markham police suspend officer over invalid FOID card


    A Markham police officer has been suspended for not having a valid state firearm owner’s identification card, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.

    The state revoked his FOID card because he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in 1997 in Virginia, the source said. Markham requires its officers to have the card, which allows them to possess a handgun.

    The Chicago Sun-Times previously reported that Robbins Officer Charles Smith was charged Sept. 1 with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Smith, who was convicted of mail fraud in 1998, had two handguns even though his felony conviction barred him from getting a FOID card, Cook County prosecutors said.

    The Markham officer disclosed his conviction on his application before he was hired about four months ago. At the time, he possessed a valid FOID card, but the state later revoked it after discovering his conviction, a source said.

    Under state law, no one can possess an Illinois FOID card if they’ve been convicted of domestic battery in another jurisdiction in 1997 or later.

    The state didn’t inform Markham of the revocation. Instead, the police department independently discovered the problem while doing a routine check to see if its officers’ FOID cards and driver’s licenses were valid, the source said, adding, “this is a wake-up call for every department.”

    The Markham officer, who is not being identified because he has not been charged with a crime, could be fired if he’s unable to persuade the state to restore his card. He and Markham’s police chief couldn’t be reached for comment.


    BY FRANK MAIN Sun-Times Media September 14, 2011 8:21PM
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    Markham has had it's share of scandals over the years. They had a code enforcement guy that was arrested on a sex charge with a summer intern that they tried to push through the academy, but the State wouldn't take him, had an ex CPD gal that was "cozy" with a Police-Fire Commissioner, and promised Sgt. for her "troubles, this thing that's posted, they have an "interchangeable relationship" with Harvey. Ex-Harvey guys / bosses end up there and visa versa. Very political town. Markham, Harvey, and Phoenix are like the "Unholy Triangle," with Cal Pk. coming in a close 4th.

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    Investigation of part-time Country Club Hills cops reveals questionable backgrounds


    Suspended driver’s licenses, theft convictions, lengthy traffic records, charges of driving stolen cars and possessing unregistered guns.

    That may be expected from some of the riff-raff Country Club Hills police officers introduce to handcuffs. A SouthtownStar review of the city’s 11 part-time police officers hired last year, however, shows some have had similar issues with the law.

    One Markham man is claiming an officer, who is also a relative, in 2006 convinced him and his wife to give a $75,000 loan to Police Chief Regina Evans, who organized the program and hired the officers.

    Many of the officers’ job applications did not list their brushes with the law, the newspaper analysis found. They also bypassed the city’s police and fire commission which tests, interviews and investigates all police officer and firefighter candidates.

    Instead, former city inspector general and Regina Evans’ husband, Ronald Evans, initialed documents saying he investigated some of their backgrounds — long after they were selected and trained, according to police documents. Payroll records show the officers, who carry guns and drive city cars, have made about $336,000 since June 2010.

    Now, the city is paying Lansing consulting firm REM Management to review the program. Seven days after Evans went on sick leave in August, the city hired the firm for $8,540 to determine whether the background checks were actually conducted, among other things, according to a contract the SouthtownStar obtained. The report is due back next month.

    Ald. Vincent Lockett (2nd) is promising changes if any wrongdoing is found.

    “If there is some foul play with this, everyone ... involved should go immediately,” Lockett said. “You just don’t want bad people running around with guns.”

    Mayor Dwight Welch, who hired Evans in 2009, said she did not run the city’s part-time police program “up the flag pole with fire and police commissioners.” The commissioners are supposed to interview and investigate police and fire applicants.

    Instead, Welch said, Evans picked the part-time police officers, had them trained and brought them on the force.

    Ed Noyes, the head of the police and fire commission, said it’s unlikely the officers would have made it past his commission.

    “We were mad because we have high standards,” he said. “This is not the way to go about it. Somehow it all went through. They got their credentials from their schools and went to work.”

    Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police training committee chairman Ray Cordell said histories containing theft convictions and suspect driving records would typically “raise a red flag,” during typical police officer background checks.

    “It definitely does not sound good,” Cordell said.

    Welch, a former cop, said he’s never seen anything like it.

    “A normal police department, and your talking to a cop’s cop, would never accept this,” Welch said. “This is an embarrassment.”

    The SouthtownStar’s review of court and driving records shows many of Country Club Hills part-time officers have marks on their records. Here is what the review found:

    Part-time officer Keland E. Bassette, 39, of Chicago, was convicted in 1993 of misdemeanor theft, given six months court supervision and fined $90, according to court records. Bassette admitted stealing two vehicle security systems from UPS.

    In 1999, he was charged with felony possession and receipt of a stolen vehicle, court records show. The charges were dropped the next month when the witness didn’t show up.

    Court records also show Bassette has been ticketed 29 times since 1989 for various traffic offenses, and 17 were dropped or dismissed.

    On Bassette’s job application, he said he was never convicted, never appeared in court and never questioned by police. He admitted to being arrested for “disturbing peace.” He could not be reached for comment.

    Part-time officer Frank L. Menzies, 44, of Country Club Hills, was charged in October 1990 with carrying an unregistered gun. The charge was dropped the same month.

    Menzies also has been convicted eight times for various misdemeanor traffic violations including blowing stop signs, making illegal turns, speeding, and improper passing. Menzies has paid $1,336 in tickets and court fees.

    Menzies said in his application that his license has been suspended for an “application processing discrepancy.” But he said he was never required to pay a fine of more than $25 and only lists one traffic citation. He doesn’t mention the gun charge.

    “You don’t know me from Adam, but you called me on my personal phone to put me on blast with this,” Menzies said. “I did everything I was supposed to do, and I’ve served my town the best I know how.”

    According to driving records, part-time officer Malachi Baker, 40, of Chicago, had his driver’s license suspended from December 2004 through February 2005 after getting three traffic tickets in 12 months. Records show Baker was ticketed in July 2004 for speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was ticketed again for speeding two days later.

    Baker’s license also was suspended from February through August 2007 for another three speeding tickets, records show. Unless he pays off all of his Chicago parking tickets by Dec. 8, Baker’s license may be suspended a third time, records show.

    On his application, Baker said his license was suspended once because he had to pay for an accident and at the time didn’t have a job.

    “I don’t have anything that’s keeping me from being a police officer,” Baker said.

    Sean Girard Charles, 32, of Somonauk, Ill., pleaded guilty to retail theft in February 2001, according to his job application. He said he stole from Wal-Mart, was put on 24 months of probation and fined $2,300.

    He also said he was ticketed for speeding in 2003 and in 2005. Driving records show he was convicted of speeding in July 2008.

    According to a memo from city attorney John Murphy, Charles said during his polygraph test that he has smoked marijuana 100 times. He then said he had smoked marijuana more than 500 times.

    Charles said during the test that he last smoked pot on Feb. 10, 2010, six months before he applied for the job. He claimed smoking marijuana helps him sleep.

    According to the memo, Jason Edwards, 30, of Chicago, said during his polygraph test he has committed several minor thefts over the years. Edwards did not return a call seeking comment.

    Officer Ashley Renee Simon, 31, of Steger, had her driver’s license suspended in 2008 due to speeding tickets, records show. That suspension was extended due to a subsequent speeding ticket.

    On her application, Simon said her license was suspended for a short time for an “unpaid traffic ticket.” Simon started as a part-time officer in June 2010 and became full-time that December. She said she didn’t know anything about a suspended license and declined further comment.

    Guiveda Francois, 26, of Chicago, said on her application that her license was suspended once after she crashed her vehicle and didn’t have insurance. Francois did not return calls seeking comment.

    Another officer is caught up in a dispute with a cousin over money that was loaned to Evans, the police chief.

    Markham resident Lance Stewart claimed part-time officer Tiffany Burrell, 39, of Chicago, convinced him and his wife to loan $75,000 to Evans in 2006. Burrell is his Stewart’s wife’s cousin.

    Stewart claims Burrell told him the money was for a 30-day loan to help her open a pizzeria at the New Regal Theater, a building Evans owned and later defaulted on. Stewart, however, said they transferred the money to an account number Burrell gave them that turned out to be Evans’. Burrell didn’t respond to multiple messages.

    Stewart said Burrell so far has repaid about $40,000.

    http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/ne...ckgrounds.html

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    UPDATE: Country Club Hills demotes part-time cops!

    One day after Country Club Hills officials received a report that said 10 part-time police officers hired last year aren’t qualified to do police work, the city council voted Thursday night to make eight of them community service officers instead.

    One officer recently was fired and another resigned, Mayor Dwight Welch said.

    The officers are to turn in their guns and badges, effective immediately. They will remain part-time employees and will be paid the same as they were as police officers.

    “The council felt it was fair because they have families and didn’t create the program,” Welch said.

    One of the officers, Derrick Singleton, is the husband of Ald. Cynthia Singleton (1st Ward), who was the only alderman to vote against the measure.

    As community service officers, the employees will have to go through background, polygraph and physical fitness tests, a process that could take six to eight weeks, Welch said. They also will have to be approved and interviewed by the city’s police and fire commission, which wasn’t the case when they were hired as police officers.

    They will be on duty as community service officers in the interim.

    Welch, who was the city’s public safety director when the hirings took place, said it wouldn’t have been fair to fire the officers.

    “You don’t knee-jerk in the government or the private sector,” he said. “You knee-jerk, and you’ve got problems.”

    The report, by Lansing consulting firm REM Management, said the part-time officers do not understand their roles and don’t know whether they are prepared to perform police work.

    It said background investigations of the officers were incomplete, the officers are not properly trained, and that three of the officers said their favorite part of the job is “the fact they can now carry a firearm.”

    “The Country Club Hills part-time officer program, as it exists, is a failure due to the lack of proper management by the (former) chief of police,” the report said.

    The report recommended that the city council end the part-time police program. Welch said after Thursday’s meeting the city will look into hiring REM to develop a new part-time police program and review the entire police department.

    The report was issued about two weeks after the SouthtownStar revealed that many of the part-time officers have questionable backgrounds. They have been arrested for everything from theft to driving a stolen car.

    Many of the officers’ job applications did not list their brushes with the law, the SouthtownStar analysis found. They also bypassed the city’s police and fire commission, which tests, interviews and investigates all full-time police officer and firefighter candidates.

    Instead, former city inspector general and police chief Regina Evans’ husband, Ronald Evans, initialed documents saying he investigated some of their backgrounds — long after they were selected and trained, according to police documents.

    Payroll records show the officers, who carry guns and drive city cars, have made about $336,000 since June 2010.

    According to the report, Evans, who went on sick leave in August, did not respond to REM Management. She created the program and controlled all aspects of the hiring process with little or no help from anyone else.

    Welch said he was not involved in the hiring process, but records show he, Evans and city treasurer Michael Gleason signed a document for a federal grant that covered the hiring of three of the officers.

    The report states that there was no record regarding the job description, selection, testing and interviewing of the officers.

    Documentation of the polygraph tests for five of the 10 part-time officers was missing, the report states. No application records were provided for three officers.

    Part-time officer Sean Girard Charles, 32, of Somonauk, had been fired from his prior three jobs and this was never investigated, the report stated. It says that the admission of drug use by several officers in their polygraph tests is “troubling.”

    Most of the officers have not been provided with training for “pursuit driving, use of force, and juvenile training,” among other city or department policies, the report says. Their lack of training could put the city in legal jeopardy, the report said.

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    Top cop of Country Club Hills resigns amid controversies

    The embattled police chief of Country Club Hills is resigning after a series of controversies, including an attorney general suit to recover nearly $1 million in job-training grants.

    Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch said the south suburb's lawyers are working on paperwork to make the resignation of Chief Regina Evans official this week. The former Chicago police lieutenant was hired in 2009 and has been on disability leave since August.

    The Tribune reported last month that the Illinois attorney general is suing a nonprofit run by Evans that secured a $1.25 million job-training grant to help restore a historic theater on Chicago's South Side.

    The lawsuit accuses We Are Our Brothers Keeper of using the grant money to rent space from the theater — which Evans also owned — for $12,000 a month, violating a conflict-of-interest rule.

    The nonprofit also spent money on items not covered by the grant and didn't turn over adequate financial and program records, the suit says. Evans paid back part of the grant, but the state is seeking the rest: nearly $1 million.

    It was the latest in a trail of lawsuits, foreclosures and bankruptcies for Evans and her husband. Ronald Evans was the inspector general of Country Club Hills until the position was eliminated this past summer amid political upheaval on the council.

    Regina Evans, 48, has also recently come under fire for management of a part-time police force in the suburb.

    Welch said Evans gave no reason for her resignation. He said the city's former chief, William Brown, will take her place.

    "(Evans) did a wonderful job on the street," Welch said. "I wish her luck."

    Evans couldn't be reached for comment Monday night. Her husband previously told the Tribune she was "very ill."

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...p-ronald-evans

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    Ex-Country Club Hills cop charged with money laundering linked to Regal Theater rehab



    Regina Evans retired from the Chicago Police Department with a vision to resuscitate a grand old Chicago theater.

    She would train kids, women and minorities to work there, they would learn trades and she would help them get GEDs, using a $1.25 million state grant in February 2009 for her nonprofit, We Are Our Brother’s Keeper.

    The historic and endangered New Regal Theater, a landmark South Side stage graced by the likes of Nat “King” Cole, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder when it was called the Avalon, would rise again.

    Only now, Evans, 49, is indicted on federal fraud charges.
    Prosecutors said Friday in the federal courthouse in Springfield that the former Country Club Hills Police chief used almost half of the grant for the mortgage on the Regal building and payments to her friends, family, associates and for herself between February 2009 and June 2010.

    The indictment alleged Evans used $275,000 of the grant to make payments on a delinquent mortgage she had for the Regal, which was facing foreclosure in Cook County Circuit Court at the time the job-training money was made available.

    The indictment also accused her of diverting $135,000 of the grant to her personal bank account and using it “for cash withdrawals and personal and other expenses, including the repayment of additional indebtedness.”

    Evans, who spent 22 years with the Chicago Police Department before retiring in 2007 as a lieutenant, channeled an additional $50,000 in grant funds to her “family members, friends and associates,” the indictment alleged.

    It did not specify who allegedly received the money.

    A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis, the top federal prosecutor in Illinois’ central district, declined to comment on the indictment.

    Within months of getting the grant, and already plagued with financial problems, Evans was hired as police chief in Country Club Hills, the first African-American woman to head a south suburban department.

    Her husband would follow her, also hired by Mayor Dwight Welch, as inspector general to investigate complaints against the police department headed by his wife. They earned more than $200,000 together, courtesy of taxpayers in the city of 16,000.

    But the theater faltered.

    So did Evans’ other businesses, including another entertainment venue in Dolton and a limo company that subcontracted with Country Club Hills. And the theater building, 1641 E. 79th St., was sold at auction in September to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after going into foreclosure.

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued We Are Our Brother’s Keeper in July 2011. Sun-Times Media and the SouthtownStar reported extensively that month about the Evans’ financial and legal troubles, including personal and corporate bankruptcy. The papers’ investigation also revealed problems with part-time police officers Evans hired using a federal grant.

    In August, Ronald Evans’ job was eliminated, and Regina Evans went on medical leave. In October, she was fired as chief. In November, the Evanses’ bankruptcy case was closed. A U.S. trustee determined they had no assets.

    Evans has pleaded not guilty to the charges *— one count of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering — part of a sealed grand jury indictment made public Friday. She was released on a $10,000 bond.

    Her lawyer, Larry Beaumont, said she did not misspend state dollars.

    “I expect the evidence will show we used the money for exactly what we intended to use the money for, which was to create opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the community in connection with this theater,” he said.

    “We certainly disagree with the allegations as set forth in the indictment. We think when all the evidence settles, the record will be clear,” Beaumont said.

    Welch said: “I feel very sorry for her and her family. She did a good job for us while she was here and it’s unfortunate it happened. Does a criminal charge in America equate to being guilty? I’m not going to sit there and say anything negative about her. She did a good job while she was here and I wish her the best of luck.”

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