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POLICE BLOTTER: Kids Sitting In Circles, Congregating, Not Doing Anything Wrong

LaGrange Police reports, April 11-12.

SATURDAY APRIL 12

Yelling and Screaming


Police dispersed a large group of kids who were at Cossitt school allegedly yelling and screaming around 9:55 p.m.


FRIDAY APRIL 11

Corner Check


A resident kept calling 911 to have police check a corner where kids were hanging out around 2:20 p.m. Police sent them on their way.

'Deja Vu All Over Again'

A group of about 50 kids were congregating at the corner around 9:11 p.m. Police said it was the same group from the previous call. They were not doing anything wrong.

Playing in Parking Lot

Police investigated a call of possible mischievous conduct at Cossitt School at 115 Cossitt Avenue around 8:38 p.m.. When police arrived they discovered kids playing in the parking lot. Police advised the kids to remove themselves from the premises.


Kids Sitting In A Circle

Police responded to a report of “20 kids sitting in a circle” on Ogden School property at 501 W. Ogden Ave. The officer found six kids sitting in a circle "not doing anything wrong," the report said. Another group ran towards Brewster. The kids were sent on their way.


reverened mother April 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM
What is this world coming to when children can't even SIT and talk without people calling the cops? Honestly, folks, get a life. If it bothers you to see young people sitting and enjoying themselves, without harming anyone or causing problems, then SHUT YOUR BLINDS AND CURTAINS! I can see if it was 2:00 a.m. and they were talking loudly or disturbing the peace, breaking curfew, etc. - but they're TALKING in a group. Leave the kids alone and mind your own damn business! Now, I'm not a huge fan of kids/teens/young adults overtaking the street corners and not having the common courtesy to move to the side so as not to block the sidewalk, or entrances/exits of business establishments. That's just bad manners and perhaps a nuicance for pedestrians and shop keepers, but nothing to call cops over. Residents should be thankful that the kids "sitting in circles" are doing just that. Let them be. If you need something to watch, turn on your TV.
Joshua Soich April 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM
It's a shame that the town of La grange has allowed these punk kids take over the town. After nearly 4 years of operating our business, we are getting the hell out. Countless calls from our staff to the useless police dept... night after night of screaming profanity, dealing drugs, sexual assaults, theft etc...bunch of over privileged trash raised by trash!! Not the business owners job to babysit your mistakes... Just ask around why people wont shop in La grange, number 1 answer EVERY time. The "KIDS"... SHAME!!
Nora April 20, 2014 at 03:30 PM
These articles also stir up comments...after a conversation w the LG police around the kids downtown I learned it's vans full of these kids being dropped off every weekend by non-LG residents.
Casey B May 01, 2014 at 09:29 AM
OK, let's be serious here. The kids in this articles were simply sitting and talking. There was nothing that said they were "scream profanity, dealing drugs,......". I know that the downtown area can tend to have lots of teens hanging out on Friday and Saturday night. My son and his friends often walk downtown to get something to eat, see a movie or just be together. We keep a very close eye on where they are and how they behave. They are also very aware that it "takes a village". If our son were to do something wrong, chances are there would be someone there who knows him and who would not hesitate to say something to him and to let us know. These kids are not "trash raised by trash". Many are good students, serious about sports, music and other activities and pretty darn nice kids. And let's not forget, this population frequents many of our businesses and spend a good deal of money in our town. For some, the number of kids using the downtown area can be off putting. Some, however, like it that the kids of our community are visible. The big problem seems to be that we do not have a police presence. I was told by the police chief that they do not have enough officers to patrol the downtown area due to budget cuts, retirements and sick leave. It seems like this is a case of bad planning and something the village board needs to address. A friendly police presence could go a long way in ensuring that everyone using the downtown area, adults and teens alike, are behaving in a safe and respectful manner. In response to Mr. Soich's comments, I am sorry that he has had a bad experience in our community. I was curious as to what business he owned so I did a Google search on his name. The first thing that comes up is his Facebook page. Looking at some of the things posted, I am not sure if he is in the best position to comment on other's "mistakes". Actually, I showed his page to my son as a good example of what you post online coming back to haunt you and damaging your credibility. Maybe it would be best if he took his business elsewhere.

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