Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Man dead in police-involved shooting in Riverdale ]]> Lead story image

Calumet District officers responding to a tip about an armed bicyclist in the area saw a male riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forestville about 9:35 p.m., according to a statement from police News Affairs. The officers approached him to conduct a field interview, at which point he reached into his waistband and pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, police said. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:40:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman found dead in Bali got $840,000 in a cruise line settlement ]]> Lead story image

The estate left behind eight years ago by James L. Mack, whose wife was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali last week, didn’t amount to much — at first. Mack left behind a $150,000 Chicago condo and a bank account worth about $1,800 when he died in 2006, according to court records filed by his now-deceased widow, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. The windfall came about five years later, when a Cook County judge in February 2011 approved a $1.5 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit between the couple and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. They sued the cruise line before Mack, … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:17:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged in murder of 8-year-old daughter dies in jail hospital ]]> Lead story image

An ailing West Side man charged with the brutal murder of his 8-year-old daughter died of an apparent heart attack at Cook County Jail on Tuesday, authorities said. Andre Ford died shortly before 11:30 a.m. at the jail’s Cermak Hospital, according to Cara Smith, the jail’s executive director. Since Ford, 29, was accused of mandating the sadistic punishments and vicious beatings that led up to Gizzell Ford ’s strangulation last year, he has bounced between Stroger and Cermak hospitals, officials said. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:17:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elderly man, woman die in Bridgeport murder-suicide: cops ]]>

A man and woman, both thought to be in their 80s, died in what police called a “domestic-related murder-suicide” Tuesday night in Bridgeport. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police: Man kills wife and wounds her sister before killing himself ]]> Lead story image

A 37-year-old man shot and killed his wife, then shot and wounded her sister before turning the gun on himself late Sunday in the Roseland neighborhood, Chicago police said. The murder-suicide occurred in the 400 block of West 104th Street, said police, who responded to a report of shots fired at about 9:55 p.m. James Sterling and his 29-year-old wife, Amy Holmes-Sterling, were both pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 p.m., authorities said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office listed Holmes-Sterling’s home address in the 300 block of East 53rd Street. A 26-year-old woman, identified as Holmes-Sterling’s sister, was … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:30:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Park police reports describe girl biting and punching mom who was later killed in Bali ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase last week on Bali described a reign of terror by her daughter to Oak Park police in the years before her death. But according to police, Sheila von Wiese-Mack repeatedly told officers not to arrest her daughter, Heather Mack, 18, now in custody in Indonesia after von Wiese-Mack’s death. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:26:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ $1M bail set for 2 men in fatal crash after police chase ]]> Lead story image

Two men were ordered held on $1 million bail each on Sunday for their roles in a police chase that ended in a fatal crash. Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail after prosecutors described how Gabriel Johnson, 18, and Dontrell Reese, 20, tried to outrun police but quickly spun out and crashed into a light pole last Thursday evening near 80th and Lowe. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:15:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ $450K bail for Dolton woman charged with attempted murder ]]>

The woman allegedly lured a man to a botched armed robbery by sending him racy text messages. Dakota Fitzhugh, 21, sent sexually suggestive messages to the man and arranged a rendezvous outside a Dolton senior center, prosecutors alleged in court. But when Fitzhugh stepped out of the man’s vehicle and her boyfriend climbed in with a loaded handgun, chaos ensued. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:15:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 charged in attack on correctional officer near jail: police ]]>

Two people were charged with battery after allegedly attacking a sheriff’s correctional officer Saturday night near the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. The officer fired his weapon three times but no one was wounded, police said. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:28:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ 18 taken to hospitals after pepper spray attack on S. Side ]]>

Eighteen people were taken to various hospitals after someone sprayed pepper spray during a party Saturday night in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:27:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alleged ringleader in Joliet double-murder could go on trial Sept. 22 ]]> Lead story image

The alleged ringleader behind the strangling deaths of two men on Hickory Street in Joliet last year could go to trial late next month. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney scheduled Joshua Miner’s murder trial for Sept. 22 during a court appearance Thursday for Miner, 26, and Adam Landerman, 21. But the trial could be postponed if a pending evaluation of Miner’s sanity at the time of the killings is not complete. A spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has said the county’s top prosecutor will personally handle the case, whenever it goes to trial. Miner and Landerman were … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:30:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 killed in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening ]]>

A 16-year-old girl was shot to death in West Englewood and a man was shot and killed a block from Chicago Police Department headquarters on the South Side in a 90-minute span late Friday and early Saturday. ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mentally ill man held on $100,000 in vandalism of Soldier Field suite ]]> Lead story image

A homeless man with a history of mental illness was ordered held Saturday on $100,000 bail, accused of burglarizing and setting fire to a suite at Soldier Field earlier this month. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:28:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man escapes sheriff’s police custody outside Chicago Heights hospital ]]>

A man taken into custody by the Cook County sheriff’s police after being pepper-sprayed at a house party in Ford Height escaped police custody outside a Chicago Heights hospital early Saturday, authorities said. ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:34:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gang order to shooter: ‘Wet that T-shirt up’ ]]> Lead story image

When 15-year-old Denzel Burke received an order from an older Conservative Vice Lord to shoot at a rival they spotted on a sidewalk in Rogers Park, he and his teenage pal dutifully got out of the car they were traveling in and chased their prey, Cook County prosecutors alleged Friday. “Wet that T-shirt up,” Eric Vaughn allegedly told Burke, encouraging him to wound the 19-year-old target before handing Burke a loaded gun on the afternoon of July 12. Passersby also heard Burke’s friend, Michael Phillips, 17, further embolden Burke as the two chased after the other teen in the 1300 … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:10:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police sergeant accused of sexually assaulting girl ]]>

A Chicago Police sergeant allegedly licked his co-worker’s 9-year-old daughter after asking her to kiss him and tried to sexually assault the child while she watched a movie, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday. ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:52:31 -0500