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Luis Gonzalez, 33, of the 5500 block of South Kolin, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm; reckless discharge of a firearm; and vehicular invasion, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s office. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged with battery; police say he threw baby from vehicle, beat girlfriend and boy ]]>

A man was taken into custody early Monday after he allegedly beat his girlfriend and her son, then threw her 18-month-old daughter from a moving vehicle, which then ran the baby over in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:15:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three dead, at least 37 hurt in Labor Day weekend shootings ]]>

Three men were killed and at least 35 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city over Labor Day weekend. . . .READ MORE ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:52:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police: Murders down 7.5% through August 2014 ]]>

Chicago Police announced Monday that August murders declined for the third consecutive year. Police reported 46 murders in August, an 8 percent decrease from the 50 killings in 2013 and a 16 percent decrease from the 55 slayings in 2012. There were only 35 murders in August 2011.   ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:24:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2nd man charged in murder of mother of 3 ]]> Lead story image

A second man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a mother of three in May on the Far South Side. Marsharra Tate, 19, was charged with one count of first-degree murder; one count of attempted first-degree murder; and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, police said Sunday morning. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:12:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-cop convicted of protecting crooks is back on public payroll ]]>

In 1990, Clarence Wilson was found guilty of taking bribes to protect drug dealers and other criminals while he was a Chicago cop. Wilson’s felony conviction — part of the so-called Wentworth police scandal — landed him a 3-1/2-year prison term, of which he served roughly two and a half years. But the case didn’t end public-sector employment for Wilson in the crime prevention arena. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:13:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homeless man beaten to death in Logan Square ]]> Lead story image

Two males got out of a vehicle in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway at 10:50 p.m. and beat the 59-year-old man with their hands and feet, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man in custody after shooting at forest preserve in Oak Forest ]]>

A man was in custody Sunday night after a shooting in a south suburban forest preserve. The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. after a soccer game at the Bachelor Grove Woods forest preserve at 147th and Ridgeland in Oak Forest, according the Cook County Sheriff’s office. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:42:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 more charged in Operation Crew Cut racketeering case ]]> Lead story image

The two felons join five other defendants in a major racketeering case targeting an Outfit-connected crew accused of home invasions, armed robberies, burglaries, insurance fraud, prostitution, arson and a plot to murder a witness. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:40:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutors: Man in CTA stabbing permanently disfigured ]]> Lead story image

A commuter was permanently disfigured after another CTA passenger slashed him in the face with a hunting knife, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday. Kevin Lee, 55, allegedly took the knife out and slashed the man from the mouth to the nose on a CTA bus near 79th and State about 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Prosecutors said the attack was unprovoked and that the two men were strangers. A police report indicates Lee is a reputed gang member. The victim, a 36-year-old South Side man, underwent reconstructive surgery but will be permanently disfigured, prosecutors said. He also received 20 stitches. Police … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:28:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alvarez: Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun ]]> Lead story image

Cmdr. Glenn Evans was released without having to post bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” a suspect’s throat and held a Taser to the man’s groin while threatening to kill him. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case  ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charges filed against trucker in I-55 crash that killed five ]]> Lead story image

Charges have been upgraded to reckless homicide against an Indiana truck driver accused of causing a crash that left five people dead and three others injured last month on I-55 near Channahon. Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., has been indicted on 15 counts of reckless homicide, according to a statement from the Will County state’s attorney’s office. Authorities allege Espinal-Quiroz was speeding through a construction zone northbound on I-55 at Arsenal Road near Channahon on July 21 when he abruptly changed lanes, causing a chain-reaction crash involving two cars and a van. Five people were killed in the crash, … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Garage owner gives alibi to man accused of killing cop ]]> Lead story image

It’s more than six years since alleged cop killer Jason Austin took his 1996 Buick to mechanic Gustavo Granados’s West Side body shop. But Granados did more for Austin than fix a couple of dents. On the stand in federal court Thursday, he gave Austin the closest thing he has to an alibi. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:24:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man killed in North Lawndale drive-by shooting ]]>

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Antonio Hobson, 34, was sitting in a garage in the 1800 block of South Fairfield about 9:45 p.m. when a car drove by and someone inside fired at him, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hobson, of the 1600 block of South Komensky, was shot multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m., authorities said. Police said the man was a documented gang member. … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Cook County worker charged with fraud in grant program ]]>

Barry Croall, 45, a former Cook County employee, swindled at least $330,000 from a federal flood grants program he was paid to manage, prosecutors say. The $10.3 million federal grant was meant to help residents affected by 2008’s severe floods. But working as a program manager in the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Croall arranged between 2010 and 2011 for three contractors to overbill for their services, prosecutors say. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:20:16 -0500