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Palos Heights man shot, casino winnings stolen in home invasion

Two men confronted the resident, and one hit him with a “blunt object” and demanded money. “He resisted them, and when he did, they shot him once in the abdomen and took the money,” Deputy Police Chief Dave Delaney said. “They ran out the door and left other valuables there. They said, ‘Give us the money that you won.’ So we’re confident it has something to do with the casino.”


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Man who molested, photographed 11 kids gets 50 years in prison


A predatory pedophile who molested 11 children of friends, relatives and co-workers has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by a judge who called the abuse “the most disturbing I’ve ever come across.” Truck driver Bobby Cruz, 34, of Des Plaines, committed sick acts that were “brazen beyond belief” when he photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, the judge said Tuesday.

Gunfire location sensor data show residents fail to call 911


ShotSpotter gunfire location sensors have shown that residents of Oakland, Calif., vastly underreported hearing gunshots, according to a company that provides the same technology to Chicago. The company, SST Inc., identified 8,769 shooting incidents in Oakland in 2012 and 2013, but only 13 percent of them resulted in a 911 call within 30 minutes and half a mile of the incident, said Ralph Clark, president and CEO of the firm. “People don’t want to get involved,” Clark said.

Convicted ex-cop Mandell to judge: I ‘never ever bothered anyone’


Steve Mandell has been locked up in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center for most of the time since the FBI caught him on camera plotting his grizzly kidnap scheme in 2012. He wrote in a letter to Judge Amy St. Eve that was made public this week, “There is NO danger. There NEVER was a danger.” St. Eve last week called the letter “not exactly appropriate.”

Woman sexually assaulted Monday afternoon in Lake View

She was attacked by a man about 4:25 p.m., as she was walking south through an alley in the 3500 block of North Halsted Street, Chicago Police said. After the attack — which occurred about two blocks from the Chicago Police Department’s 19th District headquarters — the man ran off.

Man dies day after he was charged in fatal South Side crash

Glenn Jones, 27, died of injuries he sustained in the crash. He was pronounced dead Monday at 1:34 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been charged with felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer and aggravated fleeing with bodily injury.

Man stabbed in midnight attack on lakefront in Lake View

Two men, ages 45 and 48, were sitting on a bench along the lakefront about 12:15 a.m. in the 3600 block of North Recreation Drive in the Lake View neighborhood. Two people walked up and started arguing with them, police said. The confrontation escalated to a physical fight, and as the two men who had been on the bench tried to leave, the 45-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back.

Angry over 22-cent tax on soda, man pulls out submachine gun in store: police


This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops.

4 killed, 33 wounded in weekend shootings


During the bloodiest weekend of the year, four people were killed and 33 were wounded in shootings, including a 24-year-old-mother of two. Police said Jasmine Martinez was shot twice in the head early Sunday while driving on the West Side. She was clinging to life at Stroger Hospital on Sunday, but doctors told her mother, Myrna Flores, that her daughter was brain dead and there was not much hope.

No bond for driver in crash that killed passenger after police chase

Glenn Jones, 27, of Chicago, was charged with felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer and aggravated fleeing with bodily injury. Jones was driving southbound in the 12100 block of South State Street around 7:15 p.m. Thursday when police noticed his car was missing its front license plate. When officers tried to pull him over, he slowed down for a moment then sped off at more than 20 mph over the speed limit, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors: Doctor said ‘nervous tic’ caused him to fire accidentally into Lincoln Park neighor’s condo


A doctor who had nine unregistered guns in his Lincoln Park high-rise fired one into his neighbor’s condo and later told the police it was an accident caused by a “nervous tic,” Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

Drunk man allegedly beat mother when she tried to take his car keys


A Logan Square man is accused of repeatedly slamming his 72-year-old mother’s head into a sidewalk as she tried to take away his keys because he was drunk, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

South Side man charged in rape of Roseland woman in front of her teenage son

A convicted felon wanted for allegedly breaking into a Roseland apartment and raping a woman at gunpoint in front of her teenage son last year has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Two dead, 14 wounded in weekend shootings

Two people were killed and at least 14 others were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.A 37-year-old man was shot to death in the South Shore Avenue Friday night, police said. The man was shot multiple times in the 2800 block of …

DNA from bandana links man to killing, prosecutors say


DNA evidence recovered from a bandanna that a purported gang member was wearing and dropped after he shot and killed a 64-year-old man four years ago helped lead to his arrest on murder charges this week, Cook County prosecutors said Friday. Anthony Wells, who is …

Man killed woman who kicked him out of apartment, prosecutors say


A Brighton Park man allegedly stabbed a woman to death because she kicked him out of her apartment.