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  • Lyft driver sexually assaulted passenger in 2 Chicago suburbs, police say

    CHICAGO — A Lyft driver is accused of sexually assaulting a passenger at two separate suburban stops on the same trip last week. Alexander Sowa, 34, is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual assault. Police allege Sowa picked up a woman who requested a ride using the Lyft ride-sharing app about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. She wanted to go from suburban Elk Grove to Des Plaines. Sowa drove the passenger, who had been drinking, to a parking lot near Busse Road […]

  • 1 body found, 2 more believed dead in Waukegan plant explosion

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A massive explosion at a Waukegan silicone plant is believed to have killed three people. Fire officials recovered one body Saturday, and said two other missing people were presumed dead. The explosion happened about 9:30 p.m. Friday at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in the 3700 block of Sunset Avenue in Waukegan. The north suburban blast was felt as far away as Wisconsin. Four people were hospitalized Friday night. Details about their conditions were not immediately available. […]

  • Massive explosion at Waukegan silicone plant rocks northern suburbs

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — At least four people were hospitalized following a massive explosion at a Waukegan silicone plant Friday night. The blast went off about 9:30 p.m. Friday at AB Specialty Silicones, a silicone plant housed at an industrial facility in the 3700 block of Sunset Avenue, according to Waukegan fire and police officials. Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said four people were hospitalized following the explosion, which caused heavy damage that decimated the building. Details on people’s conditions were not […]

  • Limo driver sexually assaults woman in Gold Coast: police

    CHICAGO — A man driving a black stretch limousine sexually assaulted a woman in the Gold Coast after offering her a ride Sunday, police said. The woman was walking in the 1200 block of North State Street about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when a man in a limo offered her a ride, according to the Chicago Police Department. The woman got into the man’s limo, where he requested payment and sexually assaulted her, police said. Authorities described the driver as a […]

  • Off-duty Cook County sheriff’s investigator killed in Chicago Ridge crash

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. — An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s investigator was killed Saturday in a high-speed crash in suburban Chicago Ridge. It happened just after midnight in the 10100 block of Virginia Avenue. Investigator James Koch was returning to his Chicago Ridge home after a shift when his 2002 Chevrolet was struck by a 2015 Nissan being driven by a 16-year-old boy, according to the Chicago Ridge Police Department. Koch was unresponsive when first responders arrived, and needed to be […]

  • 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 […]

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