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16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood

About 9:10 p.m., the teenager was sitting on a front porch with several females in the 2200 block of North Kilbourn, when a male walked up and opened fire, Chicago Police said. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.


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Denied musical instrument, racist prisoner plays world’s smallest violin


Convicted of plotting to murder a Chicago federal judge, white supremacist leader Matthew Hale styles himself “Pontifex Maximus of the former World Church of the Creator.” Now the blowhard racist wants to adopt a hobby appropriate for a cartoon supervillain — playing the violin in his cell at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

Probation officer suspended after teen’s assault on CSU student

Rose M. Golden, director of the Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department, said in a news release that electronic monitoring procedures weren’t followed when Aaron T. Parks, 17, allegedly sexually assaulted the 24-year-old pregnant woman in the 9800 block of South Indiana on Sept. 10.

15-year-old boy shot, critically injured in West Garfield Park

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest Tuesday evening in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The teenager was shot about 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of North Karlov, police said.

Gold Coast boutique hit by burglars


Police say robbers may have driven into the front door of Moncler on Oak Street. Several racks of coats were taken. No estimate on the value of the stolen goods was available, but on the website for Moncler, a Milan-based clothing line, coats are priced at up to $3,000.

Jury finds man guilty of killing girl in Indian Head Park


John L. Wilson was found guilty on all counts Monday in the 2011 stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Park Home. The verdict came just two hours after closing arguments wrapped up in the case.

Hundreds pay homage at slain Merrillville officer’s funeral


MERRILLVILLE — Images of Merrillville Police Officer Nickolaus “Nick” Schultz flickered past on the screen at the Star Plaza Theatre — as an apple-cheeked toddler playing in the bathtub, a boy preparing to launch a throw in a Little League game, a teen excelling at football, hockey and golf, hanging out with family, friends and his girlfriend, and celebrating graduation with a cigar.

Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder


A man who was shot and wounded by Chicago Police has been charged with attempted murder in a crash that injured a police officer Saturday night on the Near West Side.

94-year-old jailhouse lawyer reflects on life of crime


If the mood strikes, Thomas “Jeepers” Jefferson leaves his assisted living center on West Side and hops on a bus to go to Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California, where the former self-described “stickup man” says he can comfortably reign over the “thugs, thieves and crooks,” and perhaps dispense some of the legal advice he honed as a “jailhouse lawyer,” advising and helping to free men incarcerated decades ago. “I like criminals, because that’s who I was. Where else can I go to find my peers?” Jefferson said.

Pedestrian struck, killed by Wheeling police officer’s vehicle

The on-duty officer struck a 20-year-old man about 5:45 a.m. on McHenry Road, just west of Cedar Run Drive, police said in a statement. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:26 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Machete victim fought to protect brother: ‘I had to do something’


The victim of a machete attack at a Brown Line stop in Albany Park said Saturday he was cut with the machete when he tried to take it from a gang member holding it to the throat of his teenage brother. “I was just making sure my little brother was OK,” said Jose Sierra, 26, who grabbed for the weapon and ended up with cuts to his head. “I had to do something.”

17-year-old shot to death in Bronzeville

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed Saturday afternoon on the South Side in what the police said was a gang-related shooting.

Registered sex offender held on bond after allegedly loitering near school


A registered sex offender was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 bail Friday for allegedly loitering near a South Side Catholic School.

Karl Trujillo, a married father of two, told the principal of St. Renee Goupil that he had a child enrolled at the school …

Man charged in beating death held on $2 million bond


A Chicago man was ordered held on $2 million bond Friday after allegedly taking part in the beating death of a man whom his girfriend believed had disrespected her.

S. Carolina dad accused of killing his 5 kids an ex-con from Illinois


Documents released by the Department of Social Services on Thursday said his children seemed happy and well-adjusted despite occasional spankings, and the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach. Authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away, but the documents show that Timothy Jones, a single father and computer engineer, was struggling to raise his children.

New DNA tests ordered in murder of Shaun Gayle’s girlfriend


In prison for killing Rhoni Reuter, the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle, Marni Yang is hoping new DNA tests will exonerate her. On Thursday, Lake County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Stride signed an order for the testing of shell casings from the bullets used to kill Reuter, 42, of Deerfield, who was seven months pregnant when she was killed in 2007.