Sunday, April 22, 2018

Eight Mile Crime Spree

  • Police are looking for armed robbery suspects who carjacked at least two people, hit a pedestrian in Lincoln Park and led police on a chase through several city neighborhoods that ended with a crash near Humboldt Park on Saturday morning.
Who did it?
  • Police have recovered two of the cars that were taken in the attacks and are trying to find the third, which is a green 2000 Honda Accord with damaged Wisconsin plates of 218SPG, said Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Saturday afternoon at an unrelated news conference in the Loop.

    Police have some “good leads” on the identities of the suspects, who are possibly juveniles, Johnson said.
Great - who were they?
  • It started Saturday morning with a pair of attempted carjackings by the gunmen, who were behind the wheel of a stolen silver or gray Chrysler van on the Near North Side, police said.
Okay....descriptions?
  • In the first, the victim did not make out a police report and nothing was taken, but about 9:30 a.m., the two robbers pulled up to another person in the 1400 block of North Dayton Avenue, according to police. They tried to carjack the victim but only grabbed cash before driving away in the van.

    The suspects then drove 3 miles north to the Lakeview neighborhood, where they stole a Volkswagen at gunpoint in the 1300 block of West Waveland Avenue and left the van.
For god's sake, who the fuck are we looking for?
  • A short time later, a tow truck driver flagged down a patrol officer after spotting the stolen Volkswagen, and police gave chase. The pursuit continued about 2 miles south to Fullerton Avenue and Halsted Street in Lincoln Park, where the Volkswagen hit and seriously injured a 23-year-old pedestrian, police said.

    Chicago police ended the chase, and the victim, a man who suffered a broken arm, a broken shoulder and a concussion, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized.
For the love of.....
  • No arrests have been made, and police did not immediately have a description of the robbers.
Riiiight. Not a single description from anyone involved, robbed, maimed. Does anyone believe this bullshit any more?

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Interesting

So the Police Board member who drew upon her vast experiences in the field of police work voted with Rahm's preferred recommendations 54% of the time.

The other 46% of the time, she didn't even show up to vote. Great work if you can get it.

Here's her People's Gas profile.

And speaking of interesting, there's a parking spot in the back of COPA labeled "COPA Supervisor/Director." This car was parked in it:


It seems COPA Supervisors are so well paid for their "work" they have to drive for Uber to make ends meet.

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Nice School Cleaners Rahm

  • Chicago Public Schools officials have agreed to give $259 million in additional work to a company that couldn’t keep city schools clean, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

    Aramark will be handed control of all facilities work at most of Chicago’s schools on July 1, according to its contract, which CPS officials tried to keep under wraps.

    The company, based in Philadelphia, is being given all oversight for cleaning the schools, pest control, landscaping and other tasks that in the past typically have been overseen by a school’s engineer — what CPS calls an integrated facilities-management model.

    Since 2014, it has managed the cleaning of hundreds of Chicago schools — including all 125 that CPS inspected from December to February and found rife with problems. Just 34 of the schools passed those cleanliness examinations, the Sun-Times reported last month, prompting Mayor Rahm Emanuel to say he was “beyond outraged.”
But not outraged enough to stop a contract worth over a quarter of a billion dollars.

And just who is doing the cleaning? (click for larger version)


No Durg Test - that's a plus.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Preventable

  • Weeks after Mike Beedle was stabbed to death outside a River North bar, the slain software entrepreneur’s fiancee on Thursday made an impassioned call for changes to a criminal justice system that let his accused murderer roam the streets of Chicago despite a history of arrests and mental health issues spanning more than three decades.

    “Our babies lost their father, and I think someone has blood on their hands,” Barbara Misiur said during a press conference with their toddler Urszula on her lap. “To know that this could have been prevented makes me so angry,” she said.

    Gino Bassett, 56, is charged with first-degree murder. Cook County prosecutors say he suffers from schizophrenia and takes numerous medications for mental illness. Bassett stalked Beedle as he stood outside the bar early on March 23 in the 400 block of North State, then shoved him into an alley, stabbed him in the neck with a 5-inch knife and took off with Beedle’s cash and credit cards, authorities said. Bassett’s arrest after the slaying was his 99th on a lengthy rap sheet, according to community activist Andrew Holmes.
If someone gets arrested 99 times, the police are doing their jobs. Someone else isn't.

Someone like Kim Foxxx and her predcessor. Someone like Dart and Prickwrinkle. Someone like those who report to Tim Evans. And someone who closed how many mental health facilities like Rahm.

Actually, there's no "like" about it - those are exactly the people to blame. But no one is listening.

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Qualified How?

So can anyone explain what actual qualifications Eva-Dina Delgado has for judging police work? How many agencies she's worked for, how many arrests and court proceedings she might have participated in? What papers she's published or commissions she's served on?

How about evidence interpretation? Ballistics? Crime scene processing? Simple physics?

Anything?

And why aren't the FOP and PBPA making a bit more noise over this extraordinary lack of qualifications for judging an incident that went down in something measured in mere seconds?

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Failed Carjacking

  • Carjackers targeted a black BMW in the Ashburn neighborhood Friday morning, but what they didn’t know was the driver of the SUV was an armed off-duty Chicago police officer.

    The officer exchanged gunfire with the suspects, but they got away.

    Witnesses said the off-duty officer was stopping at his regular barbershop at 79th and Hamlin to get a haircut, but before he could get out of his car, three suspects jumped in.
No one hit as of last report, but stay aware ladies and gentlemen - it's everywhere.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Decision Shortly (UPDATE)

  • A single, randomly-selected Police Board member has decided the fate of Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo and the decision will be announced at Thursday night’s Police Board meeting.

    “An announcement of the reviewing Board member’s decision regarding the disciplinary recommendation relating to the shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones is planned for this evening’s Police Board public meeting, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Chicago Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue,” the announcement states.
Is the Department mobilizing Tact teams? Incident teams? Gas teams? If none of this is happening right this very minute, you can probably assume the fix is in and Rahm's personal-9.5-fingered-pick has telegraphed the decision to City Hall.

And then you can officially bury the corpse and coffin of police work.

UPDATE: And the railroad job continues:
  • A Chicago Police Board member has ruled that Officer Robert Rialmo will face potential firing by the full board for the fatal 2015 shooting of a teenager carrying a baseball bat and an innocent bystander.

    The decision by Eva-Dina Delgado comes after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson disagreed with the finding by the city’s police disciplinary agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, that the shooting was unjustified and that Rialmo should be fired.

    Delgado, who works in government and community relations for Peoples Gas and was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Police Board in 2016, could have sided with Johnson and ended the disciplinary case against Rialmo.

    Her decision means that the Police Board — a nine-member panel that includes eight Emanuel appointees — will take on a divisive case that has stirred strong emotions among both police reform advocates and the department’s rank-and-file.
It's all an act - theater - and Rahm is the puppetmaster.

UPDATE: Post moved from 1631 hours yesterday to the top of today's menu due to importance.

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There She Goes

  • In 2007, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown explained her landslide loss to then-Mayor Richard M. Daley by saying voters did not “understand the magnitude of the crime and corruption” that had occurred on Daley’s watch.

    With Brown poised to enter her second race for mayor, black elected officials and political pundits are making similar claims about her.

    They can’t understand why she’s running for mayor instead of running for cover four years into a federal grand jury investigation into alleged job- and promotion-selling in her office that has already bagged two targets.
It sure looks like she's been promised something, though what we have no idea.

Now we just need an Hispanic to complete the charade. Who is Chewy pushing? Is Gutierrez coming out of the closet woodwork?

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Whack Job

  • Community activist Ja'mal Green launched his campaign for mayor of Chicago Wednesday, but not without some controversy.

    The 22-year-old's announcement was temporarily halted when administrators at Roosevelt University cut his mic.

    They said they thought Green was only speaking on the legacy of Harold Washington and didn't endorse his announcement.
So Rahm has someone running for the following categories:
  • the "fired outsider" for the angry ethnic white city workers;
  • the "returning reformer" for the not as angry city workers of all stripes;
  • the "nutty uncle" for black voters not to enthralled with either McCarthy or Vallas;
  • the "crazy whack job" to sew up the angry-black-guy vote.
If only there was a reasonably well-spoken black woman who many un-informed people recall as a supposedly capable member of the Machine, but somehow completely miss the stink of continuing Federal investigations running in and out of her office on a near daily basis to split the black vote three ways......

UPDATE: See post above.

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Rahm Ain't Afraid!

  • Mayoral challengers Willie Wilson, Garry McCarthy and Paul Vallas have forged a mutual nonaggression pact. They’ve agreed to lay off each other, attack Rahm Emanuel and unite behind whoever forces the mayor into a runoff.

    If Emanuel is feeling ganged up on, he’s not about to say. He’s too busy executing his Rose Garden strategy of ignoring his opponents to avoid putting them on equal footing with the two-term incumbent mayor of Chicago.
Of course, if he wasn't really afraid, he wouldn't be paying everyone and their illegitimate children to run in the open election.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Those Pesky Bail Jumpers

  • Two of the four adults charged with beating and stealing money from a man in River North on April 6th have already gone AWOL by skipping court dates, according to Cook County court records. And they are just the tip of the iceberg. Of the 232 on-going criminal cases being monitored by CWBChicago editors, 36 defendants were AWOL as of Friday afternoon.

    Other recipients of “affordable bails” who are in the wind include a man charged with receiving a $66,000 methamphetamine delivery; a man charged with 10 burglaries in Lakeview; and a man accused of having a sawed-off shotgun in a car.
The only real Investigative Journalism is being done by far too few bloggers, mostly for free, and mostly unseen. Imagine if an actually well-funded group got behind this effort.

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Second Coldest April

  • Chicago area residents may wake up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather’s grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.

    And if those early morning walks to the bus or train stop weren’t convincing enough, forecasters say this is the second-coldest start to April across Chicago in 130 years.
As McCompStat told everyone, weather has nothing to do with decreased crime stats - it's all the fantastic fancy computers, shot-spotters, reduced police districts and detective areas.

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Another GREAT Description

  • One of four people suspected to be involved in the bump-and-run Saturday afternoon carjacking of an Oak Park woman has been arrested, Oak Park police said Tuesday.

    Police said Tuesday that the stolen vehicle was spotted at about 5 p.m. Monday by North Riverside police near North Riverside Park Mall. Police said the car was pursued to the 4700 block of Gladys Avenue in Chicago. There were four people in the stolen car, and all four then got out and ran, police said.
The description which appeared in the paper was as follows:
  • Two males with black hair.
That was it - black hair - and even that description disappeared before the day was over.

What pillars of the community the media must feel like, providing that extensive description to the public at large in order to keep everyone informed and aware of the dangers of people (or folks) with "black hair."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Old Tricks Aren't Working

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to get Chicago cops and firefighters to spread out into the city’s struggling neighborhoods has yet to draw much interest.

    Six months after the mayor dangled a monetary carrot to try to get them to purchase homes in high-crime parts of the South and West sides, just two police officers have taken advantage, according to the city Department of Planning and Development. And both closed on houses in the South Side Chatham neighborhood that’s already known as a favorite landing spot for first responders and other city workers.

    Emanuel’s program offers $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters to buy a home in certain more violent areas of the city. If they stay for at least 10 years, they don’t have to pay the city back. It’s an idea employed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in previous decades that Emanuel restarted last year.
It's almost like cops don't want to live in the shitholes they patrol. Or maybe the young coppers aren't going to be sticking around long enough to raise a family or something. If the northsiders stick around long enough and alderasshole Arena gets his way, Jefferson Park will be on the list of shitholes eligible for the loan.

Maybe Rahm can take the $3 million set aside and use it to fund pensions? Medical coverage for retirees?

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Escamerit Sucking Up

Anywhere there's a camera....and a mayor....and a billionaire:


The Ghost of the 025 Gallows lives on:


Hilarious.

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That Time of Year Again

  • Chicago police are looking for a team of smash-and-grab thieves who rammed a stolen vehicle though the entrance of a GameStop store.

    The incident happened at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of North Cicero in the city's North Austin neighborhood.

    Burglars drove their car through the front of the store, and stole cash and merchandise. The suspects then fled the scene, leaving the stolen car behind.
Remember, crime is down! (in the midst of the coldest April in a century.)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Parking Scandal Again?

  • A high-ranking Chicago Police officer and a lieutenant working under that deputy chief were accused Monday of providing a “preferential treatment scheme to reserve and provide free-parking at the United Center” for off-duty cops, their family and friends.

    Last year, Inspector General Joe Ferguson unmasked a similar preferential parking scheme at Bulls and Blackhawks games executed by eight supervisors and traffic control aides working at the city’s 911 emergency center.

    The new scheme accuses a deputy chief and a lieutenant, neither of whom were identified by name, of engaging in and supervising a similar system of playing parking favorites.
Well, there are only eighteen Deputy Chiefs and the stadiums fall under the purview of only two or three of them, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out which politically connected asshole figured they were above the rules again, even after being explicitly banned from doing exactly this.

And once again, that third layer of "connected discipline" comes into public view.

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Blago to Rot

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning decided NOT to hear the appeal of defrocked Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption case. The court's refusal to hear Blagojevich's appeal effectively puts an end to his conventional legal options.

    "Rod, Amy, Annie and I could not be more disappointed in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court" said Blagojevich's Patti in a written statement released late Monday morning. "From the beginning we've had faith in the system and have felt the court would bring Rod back to us. Now, with the judiciary no longer an option, we'll have to put our faith elsewhere and find another way."
Political corruption deserves harsh sentences as it undermined the very foundations of government, so we can't say we're displeased with the Supreme Court decision. However, we are still of the opinion that Blago was sentenced solely for going against the Machine that spawned Sparklefarts.

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Family Connection

Some law firm in Park Ridge decided to fly the flag upside down the other day:


Normally, we would just write this off as a mistake or a misguided protest, but it was interesting to see who worked there:


That's alderasshole Arena's brother, and that makes us wonder.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Serial Stabber?

  • Chicago police have released video footage of a man parking his SUV before grabbing a woman and stabbing her as she walked to the Fullerton Red Line station Tuesday night in the Sheffield Neighbors community.

    The 21-year-old woman was walking east around 10:50 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Webster Avenue when the man grabbed her neck and put her in a choke hold, Chicago police said in a community alert.

    After the man stabbed her several times in the upper body, video shows her attacker fleeing west to Wayne Avenue and leaving heading north in a dark colored Cadillac SRX, police said. Earlier surveillance video shows the man parking the SUV.
So he drives into the neighborhood, finds a likely victim, strikes, then flees the neighborhood?

From what we've read about serial killers, they work their way up to killing via different paths. Assaults, rapes, animal torture, etc., often near home but oftentimes just somewhere they're "comfortable," i.e. where there isn't much danger of being stopped, i.e. Chicago.

This sounds like a serial killer working up the nerve to do some real damage. And unlike in previous decades, everyone can watch the progression unfold via surveillance cameras - after the fact.

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Bats? Again?

  • Robbers armed with a handgun or baseball bat have robbed people at least three times in recent days on the Northwest Side, Chicago police said.

    The first robbery happened Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Windsor Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, police said in a community alert.

    A second followed Thursday around 8:55 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Grace Street in the Portage Park neighborhood, the alert said.

    Also in Portage Park, a third robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 6000 block of West Grace Street.
A gun we can understand. But as the mayor's ass-kissers have been telling everyone for over a year now, bats are not dangerous. At all. And if you confront someone who is misusing a bat, you better be prepared to feel the full brunt of the mayor's anger.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dart Wins in Landslide (UPDATE)

Is this the only guy running against Dart?
  • Off topic but important. Dominic IZZO who is running for Cook County Sheriff needs to go! Now we are in a real bad spot here. We have to two canidates for Sheriff, Dominic IZZO and Little Tommy Dart. I think we all know how we feel about DART but let me tell you a story about IZZO that has been making its way through the grapevine lately.

    So I guess its Confirmed that IZZO got a CR number recently on a CPD officers. The officer, a female got into a facebook disagreement with him and she then called him a... well, to keep it PG she called him another word for the female genitalia that starts with P and ends in Y. Ok, so a disagreement about politics gets heated and words fly.

    So IZZO gets butt hurt, calls COPA... Yes, COPA, and gets a CR number on her and provides the facebook argument to COPA. Just the other day, the officer got called down to COPA to give the official statement. IZZO also signed the affidavit for it. So here he have IZZO, cant take any criticism and gets CR numbers after he posts about how corrupt COPA is yet he runs to copa with his thumb in his mouth because a little girl insulted him.

    Don't be fooled by this idiot.
Is this guy taking lessons from Alderasshole Arena?

Cook County is doomed.

UPDATE: You'll have to search for it on his Facebook page. We aren't connected, we aren't going to link to it or post the paragraphs where he names the officer more than a few times. We do find it amusing that if you put yourself out there as a "public figure" that you're surprised when you get criticized and then complain about it, especially in a profession that is judgemental in the extreme.

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Texas Exports Crime?

  • Five days after inexplicably leaving their Fort Worth home, Cook County prosecutors said a Texas man fatally shot his girlfriend in the neck on the city’s West Side.

    Kendrick Owens, who was briefly hospitalized after his arrest, wasn’t present at Saturday’s hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, where a judge denied bail for the Thursday morning shooting death of Tiwaconda Williams, 36.

    Owens, 38, faces first-degree murder charges and is expected to make an appearance in court next week.
He won't be facing a death penalty here.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Off Duty Shot At

  • A person opened fire on an off-duty police officer Friday morning on the city’s Northwest Side.

    The officer was dropping someone off in an alley near Keeler and Roscoe.

    A driver behind him got angry over having to wait.

    The officer tried to calm him down, but as he returned to his car he heard gunfire.

    The car was hit four or five times, but the officer wasn’t hurt.

    No one has been arrested.
Let's call it what it was - attempted murder. Don't downplay it.

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Arm Teachers With....

  • A Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats to defend themselves and students against potential gunmen in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

    Officials from the Millcreek School District in Erie, Pennsylvania distributed 16-inch baseball bats to its 500 teachers as a "last resort," district Superintendent William Hall, told Erie News Now.

    Teachers received the bats, which cost the district about $1,800 to buy, after they attended a training day on how to respond to school shootings.
So a few weeks ago, it was a bucket of "river rocks" that school administrators were expecting first-graders to be able to hurl at gunmen with unerring accuracy while under fire.

Now it's baseball bats - not even real bats, but 16" souvenir bats - which (as every one in Chicago knows) aren't even real deadly weapons, even if they're full sized and wielded by mentally ill individuals intent on mayhem.

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Here's What Gets You Shot

This is one thing:


This, too, when you make a habit of it:


Not the bullshit that the Slum Times is claiming. Perhaps if you acted like civilized human beings, you wouldn't have half the problems you manage to bring upon yourself.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Future of Policing

  • In my April 6 column here on PJ Media, I mentioned the legislative effort in California to address police shootings and change the legal standard by which they are judged. Assembly Bill 931, bearing the Orwellian title of Police Accountability and Community Protection Act, would make it unlawful for a police officer to use deadly force unless it was “necessary.” It sounds reasonable, of course. After all, don’t we want police to refrain from shooting people unless it’s necessary?

    But the question then arises: Necessary to whom? At their April 3 press conference introducing the legislation, the bill’s authors and other speakers made it clear. If a police officer’s use of deadly force is deemed to be unnecessary to them and to people who share their beliefs, that officer can expect to be prosecuted and, if not imprisoned, run through a years-long ordeal that will ruin him physically, emotionally, and financially. And this, they promise, will protect the community.

    It will not.
Jack Dunphy (LAPD) outlines how "progressives" are drafting this legislation with absolutely ZERO input from the law enforcement professionals, circumventing US Supreme Court decisions along with settled law, and discarding nationally recognized standards in order to fire, jail and/or bankrupt officers based on the political winds of the day.

Go read it all.

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Random?

Sure - because picking someone out of a group, all of whom were handpicked by the mayor - is the epitome of "fair:"
  • A randomly chosen member of the Chicago Police Board will decide if an officer will face potential firing for a controversial 2015 shooting that killed a teenager who carried a baseball bat and an innocent bystander.
Any bets on how this portion plays out? Choo choo! All aboard!

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Knives Again

It's almost like if people are determined to injure or kill, they'll find a way regardless:
  • A woman was walking to the Fullerton Red Line station Tuesday night when a man grabbed her from behind and stabbed her repeatedly, Chicago police said.

    The 21-year-old woman was walking east around 10:50 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Webster Avenue in the Sheffield Neighbors neighborhood when the man grabbed her neck and put her in a choke hold, police said in a community alert.

    He stabbed her several times in the upper body, police said.

    The woman was stabilized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
And once again, the description of the offender is sorely lacking.

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