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  • Man charged with raping, robbing woman on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man has been charged with raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint on the Far South Side. Police said Michael Eldridge, 18, turned himself in Wednesday evening after the Chicago Police Department released surveillance photos of Eldridge earlier that day. According to authorities, a 21-year-old woman was sitting in her car in the 10100 block of South Parnell Avenue about 11:20 p.m. June 9 when an armed man entered the vehicle and forced the woman to […]

  • Woman raped, robbed at gunpoint on Far South Side: police

      UPDATE: Police have charged an 18-year-old man in this attack. Read an update here. CHICAGO — A 21-year-old woman was raped and robbed on the Far South Side by a man who climbed into her car at gunpoint, police said Wednesday. The attack happened about 11:20 p.m. June 9 in the 10100 block of South Parnell Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department. The woman was sitting in her car when an armed man walked up and got into […]

  • 5 ways to keep your pet cool during a heat wave

    CHICAGO — As the Chicago area braces for extreme heat this weekend, county officials are reminding pet owners to take special precautions to protect their furry friends. Staffers at Cook County Animal and Rabies Control shared these five tips: Do not leave your pet in a hot car: Even with the windows rolled down, temperatures inside a car can be 15 degrees higher than outside. Weekend forecasts place Cook County temps. in the high 90s. Consider a haircut: Dogs with thick coats […]

  • No signs of trauma on bodies of 2 West Side women found dead, police say

    CHICAGO — Chicago police on Thursday said the bodies of two missing women from the West Side who were found dead showed no signs of trauma. Shantieya Smith, 26, and Sadaria Davis, 15, were both found dead just weeks after they disappeared. Smith was found dead and decomposing in a West Side garage after going missing May 25. Davis was found dead in an abandoned building in early May after being reported missing April 27. At a meeting with local activists […]

  • Man exposed himself on CTA Brown Line train, police say

    CHICAGO — Police on Thursday released surveillance photos of a man who touched himself inappropriately on a Brown Line train. The incident happened about 5:30 a.m. May 8 on a Brown Line train as it approached the Francisco stop, according to the Chicago Police Department. A woman said a man stood across from her and touched himself. It is not clear why police only released photos of the suspect more than a month after the incident. The man can be […]

  • Scathing report released on Metra: Are commuters’ safety at risk?

    Metra to stop selling monthly passes, 10-ride tickets at 15 stations

    CHICAGO — Starting June 20, Metra will no longer sell monthly passes or 10-ride tickets at its 15 non-downtown stations on the Electric Line. The move comes after Metra reported losses following a series of fraudulent charges at ticket vending machines. Scammers are using stolen credit cards, officials said, causing Metra to lose “legitimate sales.” The impacted stations have no ticket agents; customers rely solely on vending machines. According to Metra, customers can still buy one-way tickets at the machines […]

  • Top cop says social media claims about West Side serial kidnapper not credible

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Wednesday said people on social media are spreading misinformation about a series of missing-person cases on the West Side. Since March, at least six women and teenage girls were reported missing. Two were later found dead, police said, and the other four had been reported safe as of Wednesday afternoon. “Right now,” Johnson said, “there is no credible information that we have a serial kidnapper going around in the black community, pillaging. […]

  • Teen dies after falling backward from River North bridge, police say

    CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man died after falling from a bridge in River North. The man was sitting on the railing of a crossover bridge in the 400 block of North Rush Street about 10:20 p.m. Monday when he fell backward to the sidewalk below, according to the Chicago Police Department. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with head trauma, police said. He was later pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified the man […]

  • Man, 50, killed in Park Manor shooting

    CHICAGO — A 50-year-old man died after being shot in the Park Manor neighborhood. According to the Chicago Police Department, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a minivan about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a “male offender” fired shots in the first block of East Marquette Road. The victim was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he later died. He had been shot in his head, chest and arm. No one was […]

  • Shooter at large after ATF agent wounded in Gary sting, authorities say

    GARY, Ind. — Two people are facing federal charges after an ATF agent was critically wounded in a shootout Thursday during an undercover operation in Gary, Ind. A third suspect is in custody; a fourth was fatally shot. One of the two charged — Bernard Graham, 25, of Calumet City — is still at large. Officials said he is armed and dangerous. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to his successful capture. The ATF can be reached at 1-800-ATF-GUNS […]