Judge Cuts Notorious Chicago Gang Leaders Sentence

A federal judge cut in half the prison sentence of a notorious Chicago street gang leader. Chicago gang leader Alex Somarriba has learned the valuable lesson that when dealing with federal prosecutors, it sometimes pays to play. When Somarriba was arrested in 2014, he offered up some information about some of the dozen murders that…

Father Murdered Twin Daughters and Wounded His Wife

Police in suburban Chicago have released a chilling 911 call on which a father tells a dispatcher that he had just shot dead his twin daughters, wounded his wife and was about to kill himself. When officers with the St Charles Police Department responded to a luxury condominium complex from which the emergency call came…

Gang Shooting at Bedford Park Walmart Leaves 2 Wounded

Police were investigating a shooting outside a southwest suburban Walmart Monday afternoon following an incident that left two people hurt. Police responded to the area surrounding the Bedford Park store at 7050 S. Cicero just before 12:30 p.m. Authorities said the occupants of two vehicles traveling on Cicero Avenue were allegedly displaying gang signs to…

Three Found Shot to Death in Car in Gresham Alley

Three people were found dead in a car illegally parked in a South Side alley in the Gresham neighborhood early Monday, officials said. Chicago police were called to the 8600 block of South Throop Street shortly before 8 a.m. to check on a report of a person found unconscious and not breathing, according to officials.…

Bloody Chicago, 5 Killed, 14 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

Five men were killed and at least 14 other people were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when two men were killed and another was wounded in an Edgewater neighborhood attack on the North Side. Quentin Payton, 28,…

Bloody Chicago, 3 Dead, 11 Wounded in Shootings on Saturday

Three men were killed and at least 11 other people were wounded in Chicago shootings from Saturday morning to early Sunday, police said. About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a man was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting in Edgewater. The men, ages 27 and 32, were on the sidewalk in the 6300 block…

Twin Girls Shot, Killed in St Charles Identified

A middle-aged man stood silently near a memorial of flowers, candles, Teddy bears and handwritten notes before walking up and dropping to one knee. Wiping tears from his eyes, he briefly put a hand on one of the three wooden crosses that were placed on the ground. A few moments later, he stood up and…

Tenant Murders Brighton Park Couple Then Flees in Uber

Prosecutors say a man renting a room in a Brighton Park woman’s apartment shot her and her boyfriend to death on Super Bowl Sunday and then fled after calling a Uber driver, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Days before the Feb. 5 murders, Pricilla Gloria Reyes, who often found tenants on Facebook, told a friend…

Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Friday Shootings

A man was killed and at least five people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon, according to Chicago police. The homicide happened about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the South Side Chatham neighborhood, where a 34-year-old man was shot in the head and a 34-year-old woman in the abdomen. An acquaintance…

Bloody Chicago, 4 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday

At least four people were shot in separate attacks on Thursday in Chicago. The two latest shootings happened on the South Side. About 10:30 p.m. in the Gresham neighborhood, a 58-year-old man got into an argument in the lobby of an apartment building in the 8200 block of South Ada with someone who shot him…

Chicago Top Cop Pushes Lawmakers for Tougher Gun Laws

A proposal to toughen the state’s gun laws on repeat offenders is one step closer to becoming law. Today it got a big push forward from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson was in Springfield Thursday and made an urgent plea for help from state lawmakers. He’s been arguing for tougher sentences for repeat gun…

Unknown Vice Lords Targeted in State, Federal, Drug Raids in Chicago

Federal prosecutors in Chicago say dozens of alleged street gang members have been arrested on state and federal charges connected to the sale of drugs that resulted in fatal overdoses. Authorities said the arrests early Thursday were the result of a joint investigation called Operation Sweet Dreams by the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Drug…

Suspect Sought in Two Armed Robberies in Burbank

Police in southwest suburban Burbank say a pair of armed robberies this week might have been related. About 1:30 p.m. Monday, a man walked up to a victim in the 8300 block of Mansfield Avenue, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at his head and demanded cash, according to Burbank police. A similar robbery happened about…

Mass Shooting in Auburn Gresham Leaves, 4 Wounded

Police said four people were shot in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood Tuesday night. The shooting happened near West 72nd Street and South May Street. Police said the victims were outside when a white vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire. Police said a 56-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 40-year-old man…

Deadly Mexican Drug War Reignites in Vacuum left by El Chapo

MEXICO CITY Gangland-style murders are a daily event in Culiacán, the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, where businesses close early, schools suspend classes and people must take precautions to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. The extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States in January was supposed to curb…

Bloody Chicago, 4 Dead, 5 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

Four people were killed and five others were wounded in shootings Monday and early Tuesday, police said. About 3:10 a.m., a man was shot multiple times in the 1100 block of West 76th Street in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, Chicago police said. Officers responded to a call of a person down and…

Chance the Rapper Throws $1Million Dollars Down CPS Rat Hole

The donation was a nice gesture Chance, unfortunately you just threw a million dollars down a proven rat hole that has a decades long history of mismanaging funds. You would have been better off piling the money up in your back yard and burning it, at least then you would have gotten warmth from your…

Chicago Police Use of Force Policy Falls Short

Pulling back on proposed rule changes that upset some rank-and-file officers, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has proposed a new use-of-force policy that is less restrictive than the one he floated five months ago. A draft policy released in October drew complaints from both officers and police reform advocates. Some officers said the draft policy was…

Bloody Chicago, 6 Wounded in Shootings on Saturday

At least six people including a 14-year-old boy have been hurt in separate shootings from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday, police said. The boy was shot in the arm about 4:10 p.m. when someone opened fire from a vehicle in the 1500 block of East 70th Street. He went to Jackson Park Hospital in good…

Garbage Man Finds Body of Woman Stuffed in Trash Can

A woman was found dead in a garbage container in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side Friday afternoon, authorities said. A city worker who was dumping garbage discovered the body in an alley in the 7300 block of South Kenwood Avenue and called 911 immediately about 12:45 p.m., police said. The woman, who…

Dan Ryan Shooting Suspect Accidently Released Captured in Georgia

A man charged with murder for a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway in 2012 – who was mistakenly released last week – has been apprehended. U.S. Marshals captured Garrett Glover just before 11 p.m. Friday, as he slept on the floor in the apartment of a relative’s girlfriend in Lithonia, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb,…

Bloody Chicago, 4 Days without a Murder in the City

(Sun-Times Media Wire) – Four men were wounded in separate shootings on the South and West sides of Chicago on Thursday. The end of the day marked more than 109 hours without a reported homicide in the city, the longest such stretch so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. The last fatal shooting…

Monster of a Grandma Guilty of Torcher Murder of 8 year old girl

Gizzell Ford, a straight A student, was seen by almost everyone who crossed her path as a blessing, a lovely, bright, smart girl. The 8-year-old, in her diary, expressed a desire to have a fulfilling relationship with her paternal grandmother nourished with deep conversation and love. But all Helen Ford gave Gizzell was hell. Tying…

Civil Rights Violator Now Faces Federal Gun Charge

A man who went to prison a decade ago for the brutal beating of a 14-year-old heart patient in Beverly Park is facing a new federal gun charge. A Cook County judge sentenced Micha Eatman in 2007 to seven years in prison for the July 2006 beating of Ryan Rusch, who’d had three heart valve-replacement…