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Man killed, two teens wounded in Near West Side shooting

A man was shot to death and two teens were wounded Tuesday night in the 200 block of South Western Avenue on the Near West Side, authorities said.


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20-year sentence in Wicker Park choking, stabbing case


A man with a history of sexual offenses was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder for choking and repeatedly stabbing a Wicker Park flower shop employee.

2 men, woman stabbed in Aurora home invasion


Three people were stabbed during a home invasion early Tuesday in Aurora. Aurora Police said five people, including a child, were in the home in the 700 block of Fifth Street about 4:35 a.m. when four masked suspects forced their way inside through a back door.

Owner of dog killed by cop happy he got fired


Nicole Echlin says “we got justice” because the Hometown Police officer has been fired. And she’s reconsidering the protest rally that’s planned for Sunday outside the police station because she has hired a lawyer for a possible lawsuit.

Man dead, off-duty police officer wounded in Bucktown shooting


A man was killed and a Chicago Police officer was shot and wounded in a confrontation in the Bucktown neighborhood early Monday, officials said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue.

Despite DUI convictions, ex-deputy keeps job, could retire with full pension


He’s had a revoked driver’s license for more than 20 years. He’s been convicted twice of DUI. And he’s facing trial for a third DUI. He’s Alberto Aguirre, 57, a former Cook County sheriff’s deputy who lost his power to arrest and carry a gun. But he hasn’t lost his $70,500-a-year job.

Teen charged in murder of 16-year-old boy in Chicago Lawn home

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy last week in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Darren Foggey, 16, was shot about 9:25 p.m. July 23 in the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

State Police: Ald. Rey Colon pulled over on Ike, accused of DUI


Colon wouldn't discuss the circumstances of his arrest, nor would he say where he was coming from, how much he had to drink or whether he took a Breathalyzer test.  

City to pay $1.2M to family of prep sports star fatally shot by cop

Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer. The settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday and by the full Council on Wednesday, stems from the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris.

Convicted killer’s hearing for new trial pushed back to Friday


Former Orland Park resident Allan Kustok was back in court Monday for a brief appearance related to his request for a new trial, but the matter was continued until Friday when a hearing is expected to be set on the motion. In March, a Cook County jury found Kustok guilty of first-degree murder in the September 2010 death of his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok, in their house in Orland Park. He still awaits sentencing and faces at least 45 years in prison.

Chicago cop wins $540K suit vs. sergeant accused of taunting him

Officer Detlef Sommerfield sued the city and his former boss, Sgt. Lawrence C. Knasiak, in 2008, accusing Knasiak of taunting him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks, according to a federal court complaint. On Monday, a federal jury awarded $540,000 to Sommerfield.

Man charged in Orange Line robbery


Michael A. Taylor, 20, of the South Austin neighborhood, appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown on Sunday, charged with robbery in a stickup about 4:15 p.m. on July 16. Brown ordered Taylor held in lieu of $300,000 bail after Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said Taylor was the man who collected passengers’ belongings during the robbery.

2 charged with attempted murder in shooting of 3-year-old


Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, were charged Sunday with one count each of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force


A former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back. Slawomir Plewa could be back on the streets, even though the Chicago Police Department is fighting the fired cop’s efforts in court.

Addison woman, 2 daughters shot during robbery in Hammond


HAMMOND, Ind. — Two men tried to rob the woman, who was in a car with her two daughters — ages 15 and 12 — about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman tried to flee in the car, and one of the men fired multiple shots, striking everyone in the car.

Man accused of stealing kid’s bike charged with hitting dad

A father confronted a man Saturday who allegedly pushed his 12-year-old son to the ground and stole his bicycle. Now Robert T. Gonzales, 29, of the North Mayfair neighborhood, is charged with robbery and battery. He was held in lieu of $90,000 bail Sunday. Gonzales allegedly pushed the 12-year-old boy to the ground Friday afternoon in the 5500 block of West Edmunds and stole his Diamondback mountain bike.