Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Highland Park woman gets 5 years for killing 5-year-old girl ]]> Lead story image

Carly Rousso, 20, who was high on computer cleaner when she ran over Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, apologized during a tearful statement in court: “I just wish it could have been me instead of Jaclyn,” she sobbed. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:23:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8-year-old boy shot in face in Auburn Gresham neighborhood ]]>

The boy suffered a graze wound to his face about 8:42 p.m. in the 7700 block of South Loomis. Police said two of his older male relatives were involved in a domestic dispute when the gun accidentally discharged. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Salami-smuggling mob enforcer gets 15 years for gun rap ]]> Lead story image

Mob enforcer Mario Rainone once bribed a jail guard to smuggle salami and pasta into his cell — just like the wiseguys in “Goodfellas.” If he ever wants to enjoy the garlicky smack of fine Italian dining again, it’s a trick he’ll probably have to repeat. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:23:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman allegedly fatally smothered rival after dispute over money ]]> Lead story image

A woman with a history of mental illness allegedly smothered a rival to death with her body after the two fought over money over the weekend. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Appeals court to decide if Beanie Baby billionaire got off easy ]]> Lead story image

Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday morning on whether to scrap the original sentence of probation and open the possibility of a prison term for convicted tax cheat and billionaire Beanie Baby magnate Ty Warner. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:44:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:48:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Denied musical instrument, racist prisoner plays world’s smallest violin ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:17:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:48:11 -0500 <![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