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Police Continuing to Investigate January Shooting in Darien

The incident happened Jan. 15 near Cass Avenue and Plainfield Road.

Darien Police Chief Robert Pavelchik has confirmed officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Jan. 15 near Cass Avenue and Plainfield Road.

The information about the investigation was released after mayoral candidate Kevin Monaghan questioned the Police Committee about the incident Thursday.

Pavelchik declined to comment further because of the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

"There was never any danger in the community, and this was an isolated incident," Pavelchik said. "We are only commenting now as information was released in a public meeting."

Concerned Resident March 04, 2011 at 11:04 PM
HMMM , shooting at a major intersection on a Saturday in Darien? No danger to the public? This may be everyday news in CICERO but this is DARIEN!! Im glad were saving that $23,000.00! Darien residents , its time to GET INVOLVED in your town.
Mark Kiwiet March 05, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Why do we read about vandalism, retail theft, DUI arrests and burglaries routinely in the police blotter - but not this? What was the reason to not publish in the blotter? I smell political rats on this one ....
Lauren Williamson (Editor) March 05, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Hi Mark, The Darien Police Department did not release information on this incident until a question at Thursday's Police Committee Meeting prompted its release. As a policy, Darien Patch publishes all reports it receives in the police blotter, except for cases of domestic abuse where the victim's safety may be compromised by the publication. Darien Patch published the information about the Jan. 15 shooting as soon as the Police Department released it. Any other questions, please let me know. Thanks, Lauren Williamson Darien Patch Editor
Bob Smid March 06, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Lauren, I don't think Mr. Kiwiet is addressing the patch, but rather how some sensitive information that makes Darien look like not such a nice place to live is being withheld from the public. This tends to happen often enough that some residents feel there is some sort of manipulation going on. The news is supposed to be unbiased, but my feeling is that some newspapers will work within some constraints so that they remain in the city government's favor. Your publication is still relatively new and I am wondering how much negative, but truthful, press you will publish before you become a toned down media as the others. Time will tell. Do some investigative reporting and pull some FOI requests and you too will see how our government will backlash in very hurtful ways with intimidation and harassment.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) March 07, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Hi Bob, When I reread Mark's comment, I realized that I did likely misinterpret it. However, this dialogue does present a good opportunity for me to reiterate my role as a journalist. My job is to present all sides of an issue as fairly as possible so readers can come to their own conclusions. My job is not to further anyone's agenda, whether they be elected officials, city employees, candidates for office or any other Darien citizen. Sincerely, Lauren Williamson Darien Patch Editor

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