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  • Girl, 10, kicks man in groin after he attempted to grab her on South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a man tried to grab a 10-year-old girl as she walked home from school. It happened near 71st and East End Avenue Thursday afternoon in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. The man offered to take her to a candy store, but the girl ignored him. He then followed her, and grabbed her arm. She kicked him in the groin, ran home with the man chasing her, police said. The girl found her father, and the […]

  • Hammond police seek armed robber targeting fast food restaurants

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Police in Hammond say one man is responsible for a series of fast food restaurant robberies. A surveillance camera got a picture of him. Investigators say they believe he’s the man who held up a KFC restaurant last Saturday afternoon, then a Burger King and a Subway Tuesday evening. In each case he displayed a gun and handed a cashier a note demanding money; twice, he was successful. No one was injured in the holdups.

  • USA Gymnastics bans Westmont coach for alleged sexual misconduct

    WESTMONT, Ill. — A gymnastics coach in Westmont has been banned by USA Gymnastics, over allegations that he had sexual relations with an athlete. Todd Gardiner ran the Illinois Gymnastics institute for 40 years until evidence of sexual misconduct surfaced. No criminal charges were filed against Gardiner, and there has been no civil complaint. But, Gardiner is now banned for life from coaching gymnastics, though he has the right to a hearing to try to restore his eligibility.

  • Woman fills California home with 800 Nativity scenes

    MODESTO, Calif. — A woman in California is celebrating the true spirit of Christmas, by filling her home with nativity scenes — 800 of them. It took Toni Conway a month to set up the entire collection at her house in Modesto. Now, she’s letting guests walk through and view her treasures. There are scenes involving pets, cowboys, even the peanuts characters. It took Toni 56 years to assemble her collection; and she keeps a detailed personal log, listing where […]

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    Attempted kidnapping reported near Brighton Park elementary school

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have issued a community alert about an attempted kidnapping in Brighton Park. It happened Nov. 16 outside Davis Elementary School on West 39th Place A man approached a boy and grabbed him by the arm, but the boy was able to get away and run to his mother’s car. Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

  • 2 men freed after being wrongly-convicted for Englewood murder

    CHICAGO — Two men were freed Monday after serving more than 23 years behind bars for a rape and murder they said they did not commit. Nevest Coleman and Darryl Fulton were convicted of the 1994 murder of Antwinica Bridgeman in Englewood, after confessing to a team of detectives with a history of misconduct. Recent DNA testing suggests they did not commit the crime; so a judge ordered their convictions overturned last Friday. They’re free on their own recognizance, but […]

  • New Chicago FBI boss promises crackdown on gun violence

    CHICAGO — The incoming head of the Chicago FBI office says he intends to tackle the city’s gun-violence crisis from the moment he takes office. Jeffrey Sallet’s first day is next Monday. He arrives from New Orleans, where he led the FBI’s field office. Sallet’s history includes two narrow brushes with terrorism. He was just a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center when it was attacked in 2001, and he was running the Boston Marathon in 2013 when […]

  • Police try to identify body of teenager found in South Shore

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are trying to identify the body of a teenager found on the city’s South Side. The discovery was made Monday near 80th and Cole in the South Shore neighborhood. Investigators say the dead teen is African-American, 5’7,” 140 pounds, with light skin, wearing a Starter jacket with red sleeves and the word “Chicago” in red letters. He also wore a gray windbreaker hoodie.

  • Man charged in shooting at Taco Burrito King in Greektown

    CHICAGO — A man is due in court Monday to face charges in a shooting at a restaurant in Greektown. Chicago police say DeShaun Carter, 26, was one of several people who got into a fight before Carter opened fire, injuring a man and a woman. It happened early Saturday morning at the Taco Burrito King near Jackson and Halsted. A man was shot in the chest and critically wounded. The woman’s injuries are less serious. Carter also shot himself […]

  • Man, 21, killed when his truck gets intentionally rammed off the road

    CHICAGO — One man died after someone intentionally rammed his truck, forcing him off the road. The crash happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the Gage Park neighborhood near 57th and Kedzie. A red truck crashed into a tree and police said the crash was intentional. Police said the red truck was forced off the road after being repeatedly rammed by another truck and dragged for nearly two blocks. The driver of the red truck was Eduardo Pena, […]