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  • R. Kelly released from Cook County Jail: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

    CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly was released Saturday from Cook County Jail after paying more than $161,000 in back child support. Robert Kelly, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to pay $161,663 in child support to his ex-wife. He spent three nights at Cook County Jail, 2700 S. California Ave., before someone wishing to remain anonymous posted money on Kelly’s behalf Saturday. “I promise you we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” the singer told reporters outside […]

  • Chicago officer, 34, shot while executing warrant in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer was in critical condition Saturday night after being shot in the shoulder while executing a search warrant in Humboldt Park. The tactical officer, 34, was trying to enter the back door of a home in the 2700 block of West Potomac Avenue when someone inside fired a single shot through the door about 7:20 p.m. Saturday, according to Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson. The officer was shot in his shoulder and taken in critical […]

  • R. Kelly to spend another night in Cook County Jail after failing to post bond

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly spent Saturday night in Cook County Jail and will be there at least one more night after he failed to post 10 percent of his $1 million bond Sunday. The R&B singer is charged with sexually abusing a woman and three teens from 1998 to 2010. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said the singer is being held in the medical section of the jail, away from other inmates, because it’s easier for sheriff’s deputies. Greenberg met with […]

  • R. Kelly met underage victim at 2008 child pornography trial, prosecutors say

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge Saturday set bail at $1 million for R. Kelly, the Chicago R&B singer charged with sexually abusing a woman and three teenage girls. Prosecutors at the Leighton Criminal Court Building laid out their case against Kelly on Saturday — detailing abuse allegations that span 12 years and involve four separate victims. Kelly met one of the victims at her 16th birthday dinner, prosecutors said. Another, also 16, asked for his autograph outside a court […]

  • R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing 4 victims, including minors

    CHICAGO — R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 14 and 16. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx alleges the incidents happened between 1998 and 2010. — SCROLL TO READ THE FULL INDICTMENT — Kelly, 52, turned himself in to Chicago police at the 1st District station, 1718 S. State St., about 8:15 p.m. Friday. The singer, clad in a puffy […]

  • ‘I’ll remember him forever’: Vigil held in honor of Aurora shooting victims

    AURORA, Ill. — Hundreds attended a prayer vigil Sunday afternoon in remembrance of five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in suburban Aurora on Friday. Crosses were put up in memory of Vicente Juarez, Trevor Wehner, Josh Pinkard, Clayton Parks and Russell Beyer, as family members, friends and strangers gathered to remember the victims. “It just means a lot that it doesn’t matter what banner you’re under but that we can all be one family,” attendee Diane […]

  • 5 employees dead, 5 officers wounded in Aurora shooting; gunman killed by police

    AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]

  • Victims identified in Aurora shooting; gunman had prior felony conviction

    AURORA, Ill. — Police have identified the five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in Aurora on Friday. The shooting began at 1:24 p.m. at Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Police said gunman Gary Martin, 45, likely brought his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to work because he knew he was being fired from his job of 15 years. Martin, who […]

  • Jason Van Dyke’s wife says former Chicago officer was targeted in prison attack

    CHICAGO — Jason Van Dyke’s wife on Thursday said she believes her husband was targeted in a prison attack last week “for being who he is.” Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer who was convicted last year of murdering Laquan McDonald, was recently transferred to a federal prison in Connecticut. His attorneys alleged a group of fellow inmates, all black, entered Van Dyke’s cell Feb. 7 and attacked him, leaving him bruised with facial injuries. “They are punishing him […]

  • Jason Van Dyke beaten after being transferred out of Illinois prison

    CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, has been moved out of an Illinois prison and taken to Connecticut. Van Dyke, 40, is in the low security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., about an hour outside of New York City, as he serves his six-year and nine-month sentence for the fatal shooting. Those close to Van Dyke said he was beaten up at the Connecticut facility. Sources […]

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