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  • R Kelly facing bribery charges possibly related to 1994 marriage to Aaliyah

    NEW YORK — Singer R. Kelly is facing new bribery charges that appear to be related to his 1994 marriage to a teenager. A revised indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn accuses R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a “fraudulent identification document” for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” on Aug. 30, 1994.  A day later, R. Kelly married 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah D. Haughton in a secret ceremony. The marriage was annulled months later […]

  • Stranger helps family get out of SUV stuck on tracks as oncoming train approaches in La Grange

    LA GRANGE, Ill. — A woman helped a family escape from their SUV that was stuck on the tracks just moments before it was hit by an oncoming train. Betsy Buckley, a special education coordinator at Glen Ellyn School District 41, was on her way home Tuesday evening when she saw a car on the track near Shawmut Avenue in La Grange. She got out of her car to investigate, and noticed a  freight train was approaching — that’s when […]

  • Schools tackle trauma to help students graduate

    CHICAGO — Helping young people deal with trauma and getting them on track to graduate. Ombudsman Educational Services now has four locations for Chicago public school students. For many, it’s their last chance at a high school diploma. “We have to address the challenges and traumas they’ve experienced before they can truly be successful,” Sue Fila, vice president of center operations for Ombudsman Educational Services, said. Since the first Chicago locations opened six years ago, more than 1,000 students have […]

  • 2 Illinois child welfare workers sued over 5-year-old AJ Freund’s death

    CHICAGO — The estate of the 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave this year has filed a lawsuit contending that two state child welfare workers ignored clear signs that the boy was being abused months before his death. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday asserts that Department of Child and Family Services worker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, Andrew R. Polovin, either didn’t investigate allegations that Andrew “AJ” Freund had been abused […]

  • Suspect in shooting of Chicago officer in custody after being shot by police

    CHICAGO — The suspect wanted in a shooting of a Chicago police officer, and an earlier shooting of a woman in the Fulton River District, was shot by police Saturday afternoon after a manhunt that started in West Englewood. The officer was on the 1900 block of West 65th Street around 8:40 a.m. Saturday when he and his partner came into contact with the gunman and a “physical struggle” ensued, followed by an armed confrontation, according to CPD Supt. Eddie […]

  • Surveillance video leads police to test plastic container for missing mother’s DNA

    CHICAGO — Troubling surveillance video and DNA tests may finally tell a South Side family what happened to a missing mother. 43-year-old Chaunti Bryla disappeared back in March and police now confirm they suspect foul play. Her family is frustrated and they don’t understand what’s taking so long to make an arrest.  “We all think about her every day,” Eileen Sterling-Ross, aunt, said. “I used to talk to her everyday and now nothing. And now that I got her son, […]

  • Chicago high school student fatally shot outside Dolton convenience store

    DOLTON, Ill. — A Chicago high school student was shot and killed in Dolton Tuesday night. Police said the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. outside the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor store at 142nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The 16-year-old girl, identified as Akeira Boston, was sitting inside a parked car, when someone in another vehicle pulled up slowly and opened fire as her friend was returning from the store. She was shot twice in the abdomen. Boston was […]

  • Man climbs on roof, throws bottles at police in River North

    CHICAGO — A SWAT team responded after a man climbed onto a roof and threw bottles at police in River North Saturday afternoon. Around 12:04 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance call at a retail store in the 600 block of N. Clark St. where a man was wanted for theft and property damage. Officers relocated to the Chinese Consulate building in the 100 block of W. Erie Street where the man climbed up the roof of a building. The […]

  • Suit accuses 2 Evanston high school security guards of sexually abusing students

    EVANSTON, Ill. — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in Evanston had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators. The 22-page suit says school officials knew or should have known the staffers posed a risk at the 3,600-student Evanston Township High School campus. The lawsuit was filed on the eve of a new school year beginning Wednesday, and months after the school settled […]

  • Missing Indiana girl found safe in Arkansas, FBI says

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — Officials canceled an Amber Alert issued for a 16-year-old Indiana girl believed to be in extreme danger Sunday after she was found safe in Arkansas, according to the FBI. The Amber Alert was issued after a car belonging to Madison Elizabeth Eddlemon was found abandoned in Crown Point, IN, with some of her belongings inside and the windows cracked. Family members said they had last seen in the car around 9 p.m. Friday. Officials said they believed […]

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