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  • Armed carjacker hit construction worker, ran over officer in Oak Forest: police

    OAK FOREST, Ill. — Police are looking for a man who carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, hit a construction worker and ran over a suburban police officer. It all started about noon Thursday with an armed carjacking in Orland Park, according to the Oak Forest and Orland Park police departments. That attack happened in a restaurant parking lot in the 7800 block of 159th Street. A man and woman were exiting a 2016 Dodge Charger when the carjacker walked up, […]

  • Car stolen with 2 babies in back seat; boys found in alley strapped to car seats

    RICHTON PARK, Ill. — A car with two infants in the back seat was stolen in Richton Park on Friday, police said. The boys were found safe in an alley in Riverdale two hours later; they were strapped into their car seats. Police said there was no indication they’d been hurt. Temperatures in the Richton Park area hovered around the high 30s and low 40s Friday afternoon. It was not clear how long the boys had been outside. The car […]

  • Drunken driver killed pregnant mother of 4, prosecutors say

    STREAMWOOD, Ill. — A Schaumburg man has been charged with DUI in a Streamwood crash that killed a pregnant mother of four on Monday. Hinigo Olvera, 67, of the 100 block of Barrett Lane in Schaumburg, is charged with aggravated DUI causing death. During a hearing Wednesday in Rolling Meadows, Cook County Judge Joseph Cataldo set bail at $1 million. Police said Olvera was driving a 2001 Toyota pickup truck that rear-ended a 1994 Oldsmobile being pushed by two people near […]

  • Van Dyke moved to jail in Quad Cities to await sentencing

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer convicted of murdering Laquan McDonald has been moved to a jail three hours west of Chicago to await sentencing. Jason Van Dyke “was transferred to Rock Island County [Jail] this morning after it was determined this was the best housing assignment for him and the jail compound as a whole,” said Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “There were absolutely no incidents of any nature that prompted this decision. […]

  • Jury finds Jason Van Dyke guilty of 2nd-degree murder

    CHICAGO — A jury has found Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald, guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He was found not guilty of official misconduct. The verdict was read around 1:50 p.m. Friday. The next court date is Oct. 31. Van Dyke faces four to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder; probation without prison time is also an option. Each count of aggravated battery carries […]

  • Jury sequestered in Van Dyke trial; deliberations to continue Friday

    CHICAGO — Jury deliberations will continue Friday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Twelve jurors and three alternates will be sequestered until a verdict is reached. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan told the jurors to stop deliberating for the day about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Jurors on Thursday afternoon requested a transcript of testimony from Joseph Walsh, Van Dyke’s partner the night of the shooting. Two other jurors asked for a cigarette […]

  • Closing arguments set for Thursday in Jason Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday morning in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday. Prosecutors then called one rebuttal witness at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave. Returning to the stand was Adam Murphy, a Cook County sheriff’s officer who previously said on Sept. 18 that he responded to 41st Street and Pulaski Road shortly after McDonald was shot […]

  • Jason Van Dyke testifies: McDonald was ‘advancing at me’

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer charged with murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald took the stand Tuesday to testify in his own defense. Jason Van Dyke said he repeatedly shouted “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” before opening fire on McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014, shooting the teen 16 times. Van Dyke said McDonald advanced at the officer before raising a knife: “He had no expression. His eyes were just bugging out of his head. He’s huge — wide eyes … […]

  • In Van Dyke trial, court adjourns early Monday due to sick juror

    CHICAGO — Before any witnesses could take the stand Monday in the Jason Van Dyke trial, Judge Vincent Gaughan announced court would adjourn for the day about 9:30 a.m. due to a sick juror. Court is expected to resume Tuesday morning at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave. Van Dyke, 40, is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Defense attorneys last week called their […]

  • Van Dyke ‘was taught to shoot rapidly,’ police instructor says

    CHICAGO — A former police training academy instructor testified Thursday that Jason Van Dyke was taught to shoot rapidly and to reload his weapon immediately. Van Dyke, 40, is the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident. He shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Two defense witnesses established Thursday that McDonald had taken PCP shortly before he was killed, and that at least two people had called 911 […]