At least 100 city cops to help secure high profile wedding
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com June 15, 2012 12:10AM
Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:41AM
The Errin’ Aisle....
It’s a shocker.
Sneed hears the Chicago Police Department, which is battling a recent rise in homicides and violent crime, has new marching orders this weekend.
Provide security for a private wedding!!!!!
How about them apples!
In the midst of a recent homicide spike and prediction of a weekend weather scorcher, Sneed is told somewhere between 100 to 200 police officers will be dispatched to help “secure the perimeter” of a high-profile wedding in Kenwood.
◆ Translation: The president will be there. Barack Obama and his family will be in town for three days of private, unofficial business — tops of which will be the backyard wedding of senior adviser/inner sanctum best friend Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, Laura.
◆ Further translation: A section of Kenwood will be entirely surrounded. The festivities also will include friends gathering at Obama’s Kenwood home and a backyard barbecue at the home of neighbor Allison Davis.
“The cops will be pulled from all districts in the city,” said a source. “Overtime will not be involved.”
◆ Countered another Sneed source: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out we could be using those cops for something else.”
Sneed is also told the city will not be reimbursed by the federal government for police security.
And it couldn’t come at a worse time.
The city is still reeling from a recent increase in homicide statistics, and the weather this weekend is predicted to hit 93 degrees; a recipe for crime soup.
Ironically, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is apoplectic about crime spikes, not only left town Wednesday on a family trip — but was quoted as stating: “Weekends, we know, have a spike in violence versus the week. Summers, as opposed to the rest of the year, have a spike in violence.
“We are using the strategy for weekends . . . with an emphasis on communities that have been affected by gang violence, to work through a strategy using all the tools that are now available that had not been available or not been deployed.”
The Invite List ...
Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers may not have been on the wedding invite list for the Jarrett wedding, but Sneed hears Rogers is on the invite list for the 50th birthday party of Obama’s First Friend and fellow wedding guest, Marty Nesbitt — on June 23rd in the South of France.
Biden his time ...
It’s gonna be a Lollapalooza Dem presence in Chicago this weekend: Sneed hears Veep Joe Biden is also coming into town Saturday.
Doggy data ...
Dog house at the White House: Fashionista Anna Wintour, a longtime muckety-muck among the swell set, got designer Marc Jacobs into the Obama “Runway to Win” campaign act to design dog accessories.
◆ Translation: Exclusive fashionista pet items like an “I Bark For Obama” T-shirt is available for purchase through the campaign’s online store.
◆ Bark ’em: Hmmmm: Wonder if Obama’s political strategist David Axelrod has one?
Whack ’em ...
She had a tantrum, ruined her makeup, punched two cemetery workers involved in the Tuesday morning exhumation of her father — and ended up in handcuffs.
Ah, just another day for VH1 reality show “Mob Wives Chicago” star Nora Schweihs, the daughter of a reputed prolific killer of the mob’s enemies — and her “quest” to ensure it’s actually her father in the grave.
Schweihs, one of the stars of the show chronicling the lives of women related to Chicago mobsters, obtained a Cook County court order last week to have her father, mobster Frank “The German” Schweihs, exhumed from his plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park.
A source at the cemetery tells Sneed Schweihs’ “breath had a strong odor of alcohol” when she arrived at the cemetery to find her father’s body already disinterred and moved to a crematorium.
A distraught Schweihs “lifted up the plywood covering the grave and started screaming, ‘What did you do with my dad? They stole my father! They are part of the FBI conspiracy!’ ” said the source.
She then “took off running half a football field to the cemetery office like a nut, where she began striking two cemetery employees, who were able to deflect the blows,” said the source.
The source claims she even tried “to hit a cemetery director when he rolled down the window of his car.”
“It was absolutely crazy,” said the source, who claims a police report was filed although no formal complaint was made.
“There were no cameras following her, they weren’t allowed in the cemetery. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a microphone on her and several long lenses,” the source added.
The Police Blotter ...
Thank goodness for Google . . . and the perseverance of two Chicago cops who didn’t know just how dangerous the man in the back of their squad car was Sunday night.
◆ To wit: It turns out the man, Ronnell Jones, 23, was suspected in a double murder in Yonkers, N.Y. But the cops had no idea when they approached Jones — who was sitting in a parked car near 69th and Western — to question him about a nearby crime.
◆ Upshot: The officers arrested him when they noticed a loaded pistol near his knee.
◆ Backshot: Jones calmly refused to give his name, but said “when you print me, you’ll find out who I am,” said arresting officer Lt. Randall Darlin, who tells Sneed: “I don’t know why he said that. His fingerprints weren’t associated with a criminal record.”
◆ Buckshot: Finally, Jones gave his name in order to bond out of jail Monday. Shortly after, fellow arresting officer Dennis Lanning, on a hunch, called the records office at the Criminal Court House to inquire about the name on his bond — minutes before Jones was to be released. Lanning then Googled the name — and learned Jones had been profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” for the gang-related double homicide and robbery.
Excuse me ...
The World Burping Championship crown just went to Tim Janus in New York for unleashing an 18.1 second belch.
◆ Please note: Guinness World Records lists Italian Michele Forgione with the longest burp ever: 1 minute 13 seconds. It should be emphasized Michele is a man.
Calendar date: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s Pre-Father’s Day Conference June 16 at IIT’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center. Main topic: The Epidemic of Fatherless Children.” . . . Friday’s birthdays: Ice Cube, 43; Jim Belushi, 58; Neil Patrick Harris, 39; Courteney Cox, 48, and Helen Hunt, 49.