Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:20:31 -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 <![CDATA[ Feds want to sentence fleeing former city comptroller ]]> Lead story image

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Amer Ahmad — while Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s convicted former city comptroller remains in a Pakistan jail — because it could take years to extradite him and he may never return to the United States. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:24:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-cop gets curfew, additional random drug tests for allegedly violating probation ]]> Lead story image

A former Chicago Police officer convicted of reporting a false brawl after being stopped for a suspected DUI in Niles was placed on curfew and ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing Wednesday for allegedly violating probation by drinking at a West Town bar and attacking a man in the River North neighborhood. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:30:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPD commander allegedly held Taser to suspect’s groin ]]> Lead story image

One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery for allegedly putting his gun in a suspect’s mouth last year, officials said. Cmdr. Glenn Evans was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:10:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mom of man held in Bali killing raising money for defense ]]> Lead story image

The mother of an Oak Park man detained overseas after the gruesome death of a Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali is raising money online for his legal defense. Kia Walker wrote on the website that her son, 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer, “is potentially facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia.” ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:37:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bad news for violent Hobo gang as member flips for feds ]]>

They made their name robbing NBA stars and slaying federal informants, authorities say. But the Hobos, an ultra violent Chicago “supergang,” suffered a heavy blow Wednesday when a middle-ranking member confessed to his role in five murders — and vowed to help the government convict his former bosses. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds: 100 weapons seized; 14 area residents charged ]]>

A gun-running investigation has seized more than 100 weapons and led to charges against 14 Chicago area defendants, the feds say. Working with three informants, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-led investigation culminated in a Tuesday raid of a home in Gary at which 17 guns were seized. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:45:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Albany Park woman dies after stabbing: cops ]]>

A 38-year-old woman died after a domestic-related stabbing Wednesday morning in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood, police said. She was stabbed about 8:20 a.m. in the 4700 block of North Lawndale. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man found guilty of cutting neighbor’s ear, fingers with chain saw ]]> Lead story image

A Far South Side man was found guilty Tuesday of cutting his neighbor’s ear and fingers with a 14-inch mechanical chain saw after the two friends got into a drunken argument over money. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:12:00 -0500