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Man dead, off-duty police officer wounded in Bucktown shooting

A man was killed and a Chicago Police officer was shot and wounded in a confrontation in the Bucktown neighborhood early Monday, officials said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue.


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Teen charged in murder of 16-year-old boy in Chicago Lawn home

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy last week in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Darren Foggey, 16, was shot about 9:25 p.m. July 23 in the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

State Police: Ald. Rey Colon pulled over on Ike, accused of DUI


Colon wouldn't discuss the circumstances of his arrest, nor would he say where he was coming from, how much he had to drink or whether he took a Breathalyzer test.  

City to pay $1.2M to family of prep sports star fatally shot by cop

Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer. The settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday and by the full Council on Wednesday, stems from the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris.

Convicted killer’s hearing for new trial pushed back to Friday


Former Orland Park resident Allan Kustok was back in court Monday for a brief appearance related to his request for a new trial, but the matter was continued until Friday when a hearing is expected to be set on the motion. In March, a Cook County jury found Kustok guilty of first-degree murder in the September 2010 death of his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok, in their house in Orland Park. He still awaits sentencing and faces at least 45 years in prison.

Chicago cop wins $540K suit vs. sergeant accused of taunting him

Officer Detlef Sommerfield sued the city and his former boss, Sgt. Lawrence C. Knasiak, in 2008, accusing Knasiak of taunting him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks, according to a federal court complaint. On Monday, a federal jury awarded $540,000 to Sommerfield.

Man charged in Orange Line robbery


Michael A. Taylor, 20, of the South Austin neighborhood, appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown on Sunday, charged with robbery in a stickup about 4:15 p.m. on July 16. Brown ordered Taylor held in lieu of $300,000 bail after Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said Taylor was the man who collected passengers’ belongings during the robbery.

2 charged with attempted murder in shooting of 3-year-old


Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, were charged Sunday with one count each of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force


A former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back. Slawomir Plewa could be back on the streets, even though the Chicago Police Department is fighting the fired cop’s efforts in court.

Addison woman, 2 daughters shot during robbery in Hammond


HAMMOND, Ind. — Two men tried to rob the woman, who was in a car with her two daughters — ages 15 and 12 — about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman tried to flee in the car, and one of the men fired multiple shots, striking everyone in the car.

Man accused of stealing kid’s bike charged with hitting dad

A father confronted a man Saturday who allegedly pushed his 12-year-old son to the ground and stole his bicycle. Now Robert T. Gonzales, 29, of the North Mayfair neighborhood, is charged with robbery and battery. He was held in lieu of $90,000 bail Sunday. Gonzales allegedly pushed the 12-year-old boy to the ground Friday afternoon in the 5500 block of West Edmunds and stole his Diamondback mountain bike.

Man accused of trying to gun down murder witness

A man from south suburban Riverdale was held without bail Sunday after prosecutors accused him of trying to gun down a witness to a murder — one in which the Riverdale man is a suspect.

$2 million bail for man charged in fatal shooting of cabdriver

A Marquette Park man boasted that robbery turns him on before he joined in on a holdup that ended with the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old cabdriver on the South Side. Gregory James, 29, of the 6400 block of South Richmond, was charged with murder in connection with the March 14, 2013, shooting that ended with the death of cabdriver Edwin Obazuaye.

Prosecutor: Shooter knew rival wasn’t in crowd but fired anyway


Even before Tevin Lee fired at a group of boys in West Garfield Park, a friend told Lee the rival he hoped to punish wasn’t there, Cook County prosecutors said.

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Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover


A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday.

Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen


A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.