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  • Tom Dart sues deputy who accused him of domestic violence

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is suing one of his deputies and the man’s wife for accusing Dart of domestic violence. Dart filed a $300,000 defamation lawsuit claiming Deputy Howard Denham and his wife, Nicole, used a Yahoo email address to spread claims that Dart had attacked his wife last fall at their South Side home. The emails also claimed Dart was involved in an extra-marital affair and that police were called to Dart’s home on several nights. […]

  • Teen riding bicycle critically wounded in Little Village shooting

    CHICAGO — A 16-year-old boy was critically wounded early Saturday in a Little Village shooting. The teen was riding his bicycle in the 2500 block of South Trumbull Avenue when someone in a white Honda opened fire about 2 a.m. Saturday. The boy was shot multiple times in his torso and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Medical Center. No one was in custody.

  • Only 1 charged so far after most violent weekend in 2018: report

    CHICAGO — Police have charged only one person so far in the most violent weekend this year in Chicago. Seventy-five people were shot the first weekend of August. Rick Franklin, 27, faces gun charges in the shooting of a man at the corner of Pulaski and Madison. The Chicago Tribune reports this solo charge is a snapshot of the Chicago Police Department’s low record for solving homicides, or clearance rate. Only about 17 percent of homicides were solved in Chicago […]

  • Children can be influenced by robot peer pressure, study finds

    Robots are increasingly able to do more things like humans. They pack boxes, clean a room and even make conversation.  And now, a new study  says they can exert peer pressure on children. In the “Science Robotics” study, children were given a task and asked questions with a robot in the room.  Right or wrong, 74 percent of the time, the children answered the questions exactly like the robot did, word for word. When adults did the study, the robots […]

  • Detectives take the stand as men accused in killing of Hadiya Pendleton stand trial

    CHICAGO – The trial of two men charged in the killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton continued for its second week Monday in Chicago, with detectives involved in the case set to take the stand. In 2013, Pendleton had just returned from performing with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration when she was shot and killed in a Chicago park. Defendants Michaeil Ward and Kenneth Williams are accused of opening fire on Pendleton and her friends as they […]

  • Second person charged in head stomp attack streamed on Facebook Live

    CHICAGO — A second person has been charged in a violent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. Donyell Austin, 23, is accused of stomping on a man’s head outside a gas station near Roosevelt and Independence last week. He was on parole for drug charges. Austin is now also charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery.  He was denied bail. Dontae Decatur, 21, faces identical charges as well as charges for armed vehicular hijacking. The victim has severe […]

  • New microchip scanner program will bring lost pets home more quickly

    CHICAGO — A new donation to the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Animal Care and Control can help bring lost pets home more quickly and easily. Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Farm Foundation have donated 60 mobile microchip scanners to both CPD and CACC. The mobile scanners allow police officers and animal control officers to scan a pet’s microchip, which contains the pet’s home address, while they’re out in the field. Then the pets can be returned immediately without […]

  • 3 men shot in North Lawndale

    CHICAGO — Three men are hurt after shots were fired on the West Side. It happened just after 8:30 a.m. Friday in the North Lawndale neighborhood in the 2800 block of West Flournoy. The men were sitting on crates near a sidewalk corner when two men in a dark-colored Dodge Charger rode up and opened fire.  Two others were in the car. One of the wounded men, a 22-year-old, drove himself to Mount Sinai Hospital.  He’s in critical condition with […]

  • 85-year-old lifeguard keeps watch in Florida

    BRADENTON, Fla. — A lifeguard in Florida is taking the term “experienced” to a new level. Richard Steinfirst is 85 years old and still saves lives on the job. He’s four times older than most of the lifeguards in Bradenton.  But after you watch him in action, you realize he’s the real deal. Steinfirst has taught thousands of people how to swim, but he doesn’t plan on hanging up his whistle just yet. He says he’ll probably work for another […]

  • Man killed in fiery car crash

    CHICAGO — A fiery crash takes the life of a man on the South Side. It happened in the 5100 block of S. Payne. The man was driving a Ford Thunderbird around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, when he crashed into a tree.  The car became engulfed in flames. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to be the only person in the vehicle.