Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Gold Coast boutique hit by burglars ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jury finds man guilty of killing girl in Indian Head Park ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hundreds pay homage at slain Merrillville officer’s funeral ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:09:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 94-year-old jailhouse lawyer reflects on life of crime ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:12:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:06:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Machete victim fought to protect brother: ‘I had to do something’ ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:51:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Registered sex offender held on bond after allegedly loitering near school ]]> Lead story image

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 but he does not, Cook County prosecutors said. When he came to the school in the 6400 block of New England Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, Trujillo was approaching children with money and saying “bang, bang,” Assistant State’s Attorney Alexandra Molesky said. An off-duty Chicago Police officer who was present called 911 and followed Trujillo as … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:09:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged in beating death held on $2 million bond ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:09:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ S. Carolina dad accused of killing his 5 kids an ex-con from Illinois ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:01:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ New DNA tests ordered in murder of Shaun Gayle’s girlfriend ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite tough talk, curfew citations plummet under Emanuel’s watch ]]> Lead story image

In 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first half-year in office, police wrote 21,500 curfew citations. That was followed by a steady drop to 18,527 in 2012; 14,233 in 2013; and just 8,855 through Sept. 5 of this year, police records show. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:17:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-church choir member gets 40 years for sexually abusing 2 girls ]]>

Edgar Hernandez, who played guitar in a Catholic church choir in Pilsen, was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing two underage girls and videotaping the encounters on his cellphone. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged in beating death of guy who argued with girlfriend ]]> Lead story image

A married father from the suburbs is accused of beating a man to death because he disrespected his girlfriend. Antwon Williams promised his 21-year-old girlfriend he would “check” Raphael Watts after she complained about the argument she had with Watts on the night of Sept. 4, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Colleen Rogers said. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:15:19 -0500