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Highland Park woman gets 5 years for killing 5-year-old girl

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.


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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.

Salami-smuggling mob enforcer gets 15 years for gun rap


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.

Woman allegedly fatally smothered rival after dispute over money


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.

Appeals court to decide if Beanie Baby billionaire got off easy


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.

16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood


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.

Denied musical instrument, racist prisoner plays world’s smallest violin


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.

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.

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.

Gold Coast boutique hit by burglars


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.

Jury finds man guilty of killing girl in Indian Head Park


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.

Hundreds pay homage at slain Merrillville officer’s funeral


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.

Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder


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.

94-year-old jailhouse lawyer reflects on life of crime


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.

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.

Machete victim fought to protect brother: ‘I had to do something’


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.”