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Man, 26, charged with murder in killing of Gary police officer

Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield’s fiancee minced no words when it came to the fate of his alleged killer: She wants him to get the death penalty. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Thursday announced that Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. had been …

 

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Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover

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A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday.

Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen

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A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.

1 dead, 7 hurt in shootings Thursday

One man was killed and seven people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.

Prosecutor: Man argued with prep athlete before having him killed

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Kenneth Jackson didn’t like the alleged comments Simeon High School football player Michael Flournoy made to his daughter. So, he recruited his two friends and came back to the South Side store where he argued with Flournoy earlier, Cook County prosecutors said.

Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday condemned the senseless act of violence that deprived an innocent, 11-year-old girl of her chance to grow up and realize her dreams.  “There are too many guns easily available and too little values…around to guide people,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.

Deacon kisses girl, gives her copy of the Kama Sutra: prosecutors

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A 66-year-old man Cook County prosecutors described as a “member of the clergy” allegedly gave a minor a copy of the Kama Sutra and said he kissed her because she was “shy” and he “wanted her to be more confident.”

Charges filed in April shooting death of Simeon football player

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A man has been charged with the shooting death of a Simeon Career Academy sophomore and football player who was gunned down two miles from his Chatham home in April. Kenneth K. Jackson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, murder, and mob action, all felonies, …

Man free after 20 years in prison for murder he didn’t commit

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Rodell Sanders spent two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, a jury determined this week. Finally tasting hard-won freedom on Wednesday, he said it felt good to be surrounded by his children, his grandchildren and his extended family after so long. “It’s a beautiful feeling. At the same time, it’s somewhat frightening and scary to step out into the world again,” said Sanders, 49, of Chicago Heights.

Person of interest questioned in shooting death of 11-year-old; family seeks donations for funeral

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Chicago police are questioning a person of interest in the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, slain last week during a sleepover on the West Side

Con man: Release me from prison to fix mess from crime I committed

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Serial con man John Thomas has been locked up for two months since he pleaded guilty to a $370,000 scam that ripped off Riverdale taxpayers and left the south suburb’s blighted marina in ruins. But now the 52-year-old former federal mole and real estate developer says he’s the only person who can fix the mess he made — so he’s asking a judge to temporarily release him from prison.

Grieving mom files second suit against father-in-law Chicago cop

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A grieving suburban mom whose home was raided by the DEA just days after her 8-year-old daughter died of cancer has filed a second lawsuit against her former Chicago cop father-in-law, who she says helped her grow marijuana to medicate her dying child, then maliciously ratted her out.

Track coach at Simeon faces sexual assault charges involving students

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Gerald L. Gaddy allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl repeatedly in his Simeon Career Academy office, telling her he “liked to see her struggle.” The assistant girls’ track and field coach also squeezed another girl’s buttocks and fondled a third student who he had asked to be his girlfriend, Cook County prosecutors said.

Suspect in Joliet double-murder scheduled to go on trial Aug. 4

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A Will County judge set a new trial date Wednesday for one of the four people accused of participating in a grisly 2013 double homicide in Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, is now expected to go on trial Aug. 4 for the January 2013 strangling deaths …

Prosecutors: Man brags about ‘Fat Man’ tattoo during alleged rape

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A South Side man who raped a woman during a home invasion bragged about his “Fat Man” tattoo during the attack and repeatedly asked the victim if she’d be his girlfriend, Cook County prosecutors said.

Driver appears in court on charges in fatal I-55 crash

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JOLIET — The driver of a semitrailer involved in a crash on Interstate 55 Monday that killed four people, including an 11-year-old girl, is being held on $1 million bond.

Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., appeared in Will County bond court Tuesday afternoon. …