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Ex-con who robs bank to go to jail gets 3.5-year sentence

An aging ex-con who deliberately got caught robbing a bank so that he could go back to prison had his wish fulfilled Thursday by a federal judge.


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Feds arrest former mole in Rezko, Carothers cases


Federal authorities gave long-time government mole John Thomas a Good Friday surprise, arresting him at his home early Friday morning, the Chicago Sun-Times was told.

Part of man’s ear bitten off by underage girlfriend’s brother


A South Side man who twice impregnated a minor teen had part of his ear bitten off by his young paramour’s brother, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

15-year-old held on $950,000 bail in shooting

A 14-year-old boy was standing on the front porch with his cousin Wednesday when another teenager, who was accompanied by two others, allegedly asked him if he was a “GD.”

City sends bike cops into high-crime neighborhoods


The Chicago Police Department is deploying bikes for use by patrol officers in 20 targeted zones that have had a history of high rates of violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Friday.

12-year-old boy shot in Altgeld Gardens neighborhood

The boy was shot in the leg about 8:45 p.m. after he walked past two males in the 13100 block of South Corliss Avenue, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Teen shot in the face in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood

The 18-year-old was walking in the 8900 block of South Justine Street about just before noon when two males in a silver SUV drove up and fired shots, striking him in the face, according to Chicago Police.

Boy, 15, charged with shooting 14-year-old in West Pullman

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged Wednesday after police said he shot a 14-year-old boy in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

14-year-old boy shot in West Pullman neighborhood


A 14-year-old boy was shot in his legs and arm Wednesday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. Three males, one of whom opened fire in his direction, approached the boy about 6:35 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue, police said.

Feds nab another associate of ‘El Chapo’

Another of Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s alleged henchmen has been arrested and is facing federal charges in a Chicago court

Truman College instructor accused of sexually assaulting former student


An associate English professor at Truman College sexually assaulted a former student he had recently began dating, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. Max Gulias II attacked the woman at his residence in the 1500 block of South Sangamon after the two met up at a bar on March 20, Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Griffin said.

Lake Shore Drive reopens after package forces closure


Chicago Police shut down a North Side stretch of Lake Shore Drive for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon, after the report of a suspicious package in the area. The package turned out to be a harmless duffle bag along the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Police said later.

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.”

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.”