Belmont Central

Francisco Panuco lived in Belmont Cragin for 18 years before ICE detained him on May 31. Friends and supporters have since rallied to keep him in Chicago.
James Gardiner faced several scandals in his first term on the City Council; Jessica Gutierrez is poised for a runoff to replace Ariel Reboyras after falling 300 votes short in 2019.
Police said the woman’s car caught fire after crashing in the 2700 block of North Pulaski Road.
It should be a neighborhood with more clout considering its size and its being home to the largest Hispanic population in Chicago. But adding to the confusion for residents, Belmont Cragin is divided among multiple wards and state representative districts, meaning residents living near one another can have different representatives in the City Council or state Legislature.
Ald. Nick Sposato infuriated his Black colleagues by questioning Mia Wright’s claim that she and her friends, who lived in North Lawndale, had chosen to shop in Belmont Cragin on a chaotic day of rampant looting.
The settlement is on the agenda for Thursday’s Finance Committee meeting. Mia Wright claims the violent actions by Chicago police in May 2020 left her blind in her right eye, possibly ending her dream of becoming a paramedic.
In two of the three attacks, the assailant fled in an older model, light-colored Toyota Camry.
Why are criminals randomly shooting seniors and children?
Serenity Broughton, 7, died from the gunshot wounds she suffered to her chest and torso in Belmont Central Sunday. Her sister, identified by family as 6-year-old Aubrey Broughton, was “fighting for her life” at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said.
In each incident, someone was approached by up to three people who flashed a gun.
“There is probably a couple thousand pounds of weight sitting on it right now,” one homeowner said of his roof. “It’s a lot of weight and I don’t want it to cave in.”
Shelves in Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Belmont-Cragin remained stocked with groceries and essentials like toilet paper — which became scarce during the initial lockdown in March — were limited to one or two per person.
In each case, a man pulled up in a black vehicle, pointed a flashlight at the victim and demanded the person’s ID or wallet, according to Chicago police.
Hugo Tecomateco was found unresponsive on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his head and back in the 2100 block of North Parkside Avenue, authorities said.
The 17-year-old was pumping gas in the 5500 block of West Diversey Avenue when someone fired shots from a black SUV, according to Chicago police.
The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm as flames spread between four homes and a coach house.
Eight burglaries happened in late June in Portage Park, Belmont Central, Belmont Heights and Schorsch Village.
Police canceled a missing person alert Friday.
Fernando De Leon, 34, was shot twice in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in his buttocks, while an 18-year-old woman was shot in her head.
Daniela Astudillo was last seen Friday in the 2300 block of North McVicker Avenue.
Police cancelled the alert about 2:25 p.m. Saturday, saying she had been located.
Police cancelled the alert about 10:10 a.m., saying Benedict had been safely located.