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  • Chicago man in viral police ‘takedown’ video appears in court

    CHICAGO — A preliminary hearing was supposed to be held Thursday for a man who was body-slammed by a Chicago police officer, but instead the state is going to ask a grand jury to indict Bernard Kersh. He is scheduled to be arraigned next month. Kersh, 29, is charged with assault and resisting police. Cell phone video of the arrest was posted on social media. A Chicago police officer body-slammed Kersh, and he can be seen in the video hitting […]

  • Hate crime reports up 60% in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has seen a 60 percent increase in reported hate crimes based on immigration status, sexual orientation and religion. There were 78 reports of hate crimes during all of last year, but with nearly two months to go in 2019 there have already been 77 hate crime reports this year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports political vitriol coming from Washington D.C. is apparently having a spill-over effect in Chicago. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut […]

  • First responders honored for saving 14-year-old shot on the South Side

    CHICAGO — Members of the Chicago police and fire departments were honored Monday for taking quick action to save the life of a 14-year-old victim of gun violence earlier this month. On October 12, the first responders rushed to the 8600 block of South Elizabeth Avenue after a call of two people shot in the area. After arriving, they discovered a 14-year-old boy shot in the chest, bleeding out and barely breathing. Working quickly, they sealed the wound and slowed the […]

  • Council committee approves Sunday liquor sales changes

    CHICAGO — A City Council committee has endorsed a proposed ordinance that would allow about 75 more Chicago supermarkets to start selling liquor earlier on Sundays. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Committee on License and Consumer Protection approved the ordinance at the behest of 47th Ward Ald. Matt Martin. The city code currently limits early-morning liquor sales to supermarkets with at least 10,000 square feet of space. Smaller stores have to wait until 11 a.m. Sundays to start selling booze. […]

  • Burglars carry off ATM machine from Wicker Park tobacco shop

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for three men suspected in an ATM theft in the Wicker Park neighborhood. When police responded around 2:40 a.m. Monday to an alarm at the Smoke Times tobacco shop, 1850 West Division Street, they found the front door smashed in and broken. Inside the shop, the thieves hadn’t just stolen money from the ATM — they took the whole machine. The entire heist is captured on surveillance video. The shop owner said in addition to […]

  • South suburban casino proposed

    EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. — A company that operates casinos on behalf of a native American tribe in Alabama is seeking a license to open a casino south of Chicago. It would be built on a 24-acre site southwest of the interchange of I-80 and Halsted, on property located in East Hazel Crest and Homewood. Officials with Wind Creek Hospitality say the initial phase of the project, estimated to cost $275 million, would include a casino, an entertainment venue for […]

  • Woman charged in Beach Park crash that damaged house

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A woman is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, facing DUI and other charges in a crash that did major damage to a house in suburban Beach Park. A car hit an unoccupied house in the 10000 block of West Yorkhouse Road around 1 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2018. The driver was injured, but was able to walk away from the crash and ask for help. After an investigation, Lake County crash investigators obtained an arrest warrant […]

  • 6 cars damaged in fire; no injuries

    CHICAGO — The Office of Fire Investigations (OFI) is looking into a fire that damaged several cars early Monday. Firefighters were called to a fire at a junk yard parts business in the 300 block of East 115th Street, in the Roseland neighborhood. No one was injured, but half a dozen cars were damaged. The cause of the fire is not known yet. The fire was in the same lot where several cars were damaged by another fire earlier this […]

  • Indiana State Police officer saves driver from choking

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — When an Indiana State Police officer heard horns honking at an SUV that did not move after a traffic light turned green, he realized the driver wasn’t just blocking traffic — she was choking. Sgt. Dan Avitia ran up to the SUV that was stopped Tuesday on Broadway at U.S. 30 in Merrillville. The driver was holding her hands at her neck. Avitia struck the driver on the back a couple of times, clearing her airway. The […]

  • Chicago to ban flavored e-cigarettes amidst rise in teen use, illnesses

    CHICAGO — As e-cigarette use skyrockets among young people in the U.S., Chicago officials say they’re stepping in with a citywide campaign to steer teens away from vaping. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Senator Dick Durbin, and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson announced the new anti-vaping initiatives Monday morning at Crane Medical College Prep on the West Side. “I am committing today to lead an effort to expand the current ban on sales of flavored e-cigs and flavored tobacco products […]

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