Evanston police responded to gunshot reports early today at Hinman Avenue and Grove Street. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Criminal Trespass

1919 Dempster

Lambert C. Sayles, 18, of 2325 Lee St., was arrested at 1900 Dempster St. at 8:51 p.m. yesterday and charged with trespass to a vehicle as well as a traffic violation. He is due in court on June 1 at 9 a.m.

Shots Heard

Hinman at Grove

Gunshots were reported at Hinman Avenue and Grove Street between 1:30 and 2 a.m. today. Police checked out the area but found nothing.


2485 Howard

Jeff M. Switkin, 62, of 9045A Keating Ave., Skokie, was arrested at 2485 Howard St. at 10:54 p.m. yesterday and charged with retail theft. He is due in court on June 6 at 9 a.m.

Incidents listed appear among the official reports of the Evanston Police Department. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt, which can only be determined by a court of law. Court appearances take place in Cook County 2nd District Circuit Court in Skokie.  

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Shots heard

    Seems to be a lot of those lately. I know it’s costly but 

    why does the city not invest in shot  detecting cameras 

    1. Or rescind its weapons ordinance

      A better question: why doesn’t Evanston rescind it’s weapons ordinance that obviously doesn’t stop criminals and only burdens the law abiding people.

    2. Gunshot detection systems

      I asked Evanton Police Chief Richard Eddington about gunshot detection systems. He says,

      “The system is very expensive and not mobile. I do not see the system being used in Evanston in the near future.”

      He also notes a recent Wall Street Journal report that says Chicago has spent $6.8 million to set up such systems in six neighborhoods, with mixed results. A Sun-Times story says Chicago is leasing the systems for under $1 million in first-year costs to cover 13.5 square miles.

      A Huffington Post story in 2012 said the systems cost about $100,000 to provide coverage over a roughly 1.5 square mile area. Issues about the cost and effectiveness have also been raised in Hartford, ConnecticutCincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and Miami, Florida,

      — Bill

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