Police report four weekend incidents in which people were beaten in Evanston.

About 11 p.m. Friday night a man said a group of people, some of whom he knew, beat him near the intersection of Church Street and Hovland Court.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday a man said a number of teenage boys jumped him from behind and struck him in the face near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Davis Street.

About 90 minutes later a man told police someone he didn’t recognize stabbed him near the intersection of Emerson Street and Dodge Avenue after he refused to give him cigarettes and a light.

Finally, about noon Sunday a shopkeeper at 835 Main St. said a man he confronted about shoplifting punched him in the head.

No arrests have been reported in any of the incidents so far.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Here we go again — Evanston as failure
    Crime in Evanston is out of control. Look at the list of crime reports on this site. People who live all over the Chicago region are asking me if I still feel safe in this city any more. I feel for these latest victims representing all parts of our city.

    Now, we’re in the Chicago Tribune again for our financial folly. Everyone in Evanston is embarrassed once again. We look like colossal idiots who can’t supervise $200,000 in taxpayer dollars.


    Please, please — sell this building at 1817 Church so that we can recoup some of the money for the account funded by HUD. Or we run the risk that HUD will reduce Evanston’s CDBG grants.

    Why must the City of Evanston always look like we can’t pour water out of a boot, even when we are told that the instructions are on the heel? The incompetence in this town is mind boggling, from both the City of Evanston to the District 65 schools.

    Somebody with some business sense needs to run this town and District 65 so we get decent value for our money in terms of police protection, safety, education and grant money handed out without strings.

    1. Ineptitude abounds
      I agree. Not sure though whether it is perception or fact. But continued perception becomes reality often times.

      Ineptitude at all levels of government has seemed to take a stranglehold on common sense governing.

      On a positive note, the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. of 2012. Just saying.

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