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2 charged with attempted murder, kidnapping in Harvey standoff

A convicted murderer who was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole was one of two men charged late Thursday with taking six children and two women hostage after a shootout with Harvey Police this week.


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Boy fatally shot after running off because he couldn’t have cupcake: mom


Brandi Murry’s little boy just wanted a cupcake. Antonio Smith, her outgoing 9-year-old son, called to ask for the treat Wednesday afternoon. When she denied his request, he got upset and fled the house, Murry said. Twenty minutes later, Chicago police found Antonio behind a home in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. They said he had been shot multiple times.

Enough is enough: Another senseless child slaying in Chicago: Mitchell

Their names and faces are etched in our minds: Blair Holt; Hadiya Pendleton; Endia Martin; Shamiya Adams; Heaven Sutton; Tanaja Stokes; Starkesia Reed; Tsarina Powell; Jonylah Watkins. This time a 9-year-old is dead — shot multiple times in the backyard of an apartment building in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. The preteen is now a number in a staggering tally of innocent children killed on the streets of Chicago.

Drug dealer’s testimony: ‘It was kill or be killed’


A convicted drug dealer testified Thursday in federal court about an ongoing blood feud that led to a gang leader accidentally shooting to death a Chicago cop and his friend when he thought he was killing his rival.

Bali police say motive not established for killing of Chicago woman found in suitcase


Indonesian police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman’s mother at a resort hotel on Bali said Thursday the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established.

Heather Mack …

Ex-CPS worker found guilty of sexually assaulting student

A former Chicago Public Schools employee was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting and sending suggestive texts to a 14-year-old student who attended the South Side school where he worked.

Attorney indicted on charges of soliciting perjury in drug case


Just two years ago, lawyer Beau Brindley stood at one of the peaks of his brilliant young career — representing drug dealer Alexander Vasquez in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. But on Thursday, Brindley’s status as a rising star of Chicago’s criminal defense bar …

Man gets 5-year sentence after throwing chair at cop

A black plaintiff who threw a courtroom chair at a white Joliet cop after he lost a civil rights trial was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison for “assault with a dangerous weapon.”

2 women accused of setting up night club promoter for robbery, murder

A popular night club promoter’s lover and her best friend lured him to a home on the Far South Side where he was robbed and murdered last year, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

South Loop man accused of biting 2 people at Lollapalooza


A South Loop man was ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bail Thursday for allegedly biting a man’s arm and another’s shin during Lollapalooza.

Sergio Vicenteno approached one victim from the back, put him in a chokehold and threw him on the ground during the …

Man charged in 2009 Back of the Yards killing


A Wisconsin man was ordered held without bail Thursday for a 2002 Back of the Yards shooting that left one victim dead and another injured.

Amin Williams didn’t pull the trigger, but he was with his friend Shaunte Robertson when Robertson shot two men for …

Harvey standoff over; hostages rescued, two men in custody


A 20-hour police standoff ended Wednesday morning in south suburban Harvey when police stormed a home, freed four hostages and arrested two gunmen. Concerned about the lack of progress in negotiations, police raided the house about 9 a.m. and found the hostages and gunmen in a second-story bedroom. The men fired shots at members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team as they rushed into the home.

9-year-old boy was fatally shot after running off when he couldn't have cupcake, mom says


Antonio Smith was found shot in the backyard of an apartment building in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.

Feds try to tie convicted drug dealer to cop slaying


He’d told relatives that his pal had been acting “wild” like “He-Man” the night he killed a Chicago cop, the feds say. Troy Davis had repeated that story to police, telling them he was an eyewitness who’d seen “four muzzle flashes” as drug dealer Jason “J. Rock” Austin allegedly fatally shot Det. Robert Soto and Kathryn Romberg at point-blank range on the West Side in 2008. But Davis was between “J. Rock” and a hard place. And when prosecutors put him in front of a Cook County Grand Jury, his story suddenly changed.

Court records shed new light on teen linked to mother’s death in Bali


Heather Mack was a handful. Long before her mother’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a Bali resort, and before police began making regular visits to the family’s Oak Park home, her father James L. Mack put it politely. “My daughter is very active,” James L. Mack said.

Teen dies after being crushed by concrete walls at closed contruction company in Alsip


One of three teenagers who were trying to steal metal rods at an Alsip construction business died early Wednesday when 34,000-pound concrete and brick panels fell and pinned him, police said.