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Monday, April 30, 2012

8th District pulls up to 10 in a dead heat for second place

Chicago Homicide Derby 2012 (Live broadcast)



In the lead-      7th District- Englewood- 17
Second Place- 10th District Ogden- 15
Second Place- 8th District-Chicago Lawn- 15
Third Place-   3rd District- Grand Crossing- 12
Trailing- 6th District- Gresham- 10
Trailing- 5th District- Calumet- 9
Trailing- 11th District- Harrison- 9
Trailing- 4th District- South Chicago- 7
Trailing- 15th District- Austin-7

Man shot in chest on West Side UPDATE: Man fatally shot inside car on West Side

A man suffered a gunshot wound to his chest this evening in a shooting on the West Side in the city's Austin neighborhood.
The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the 400 block of North Lawler Avenue.
The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Update:
Killed was Luprentice Mathis, 26, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the 400 block of North Lawler Avenue.
Mathis was sitting in a parked car when three men walked up to the vehicle and opened fire, striking him multiple times.
Mathis, of the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police believe the slaying was gang related, noting that Mathis had a gang affiliation

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Man dies 8 days after being shot in Brighton Park

A 26-year-old man died eight days after he and another man were shot in the in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
The shooting occurred on April 21 at 1:21 p.m. as John Cepeda, of the 2300 block of West 35th Place, was sitting in a van with another man.
The men were sitting in a minivan on the 2400 block of West 34th Place when a man came up to them and began shooting.
Cepeda was pronounced dead Sunday at 8:12 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital..
An autopsy conducted today determined that Cepeda died from bronchopneumonia and a gunshot wound to the head. The other man was struck in the leg

Police warn of ice pick robberies on West Side

Police are warning West Side residents about robberies in the Lawndale neighborhood in which the robber brandishes an ice pick as a weapon.
Police said the robber approaches victims and threatens them with an ice pick before taking their property. The robber usually takes the victims' cell phones.
The two robberies took place in the morning and afternoon hours on the 1800 block of South Lawndale Avenue and the 1700 block of South Kostner Avenue.
The robber was described as a male between the ages of 16 and 19. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs between 120 to 150 pounds.

Police warn of attempted child abduction on Far South Side

Police issued a community alert today warning about an attempted child abduction last week on the city's Far South Side in the Roseland neighborhood.
About 11 a.m. last Wednesday, an 11-year-old girl was walking on the 10400 block of South State Street when a man driving a dark 4-door vehicle began to follow her.
The man offered the girl money and a cell phone, trying to lure her to his vehicle. The girl refused and the man drove off as a teacher approached.
Police described the man as white about 40-years-old with dark eyes and black hair. He was wearing a white shirt.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Area South Detective Division at 312-747-8271.

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Police fatally shoot burglary suspect

Chicago police shot and killed one man and wounded two others this morning when a team of burglars tried to run over the Officers with a stolen auto crashing through a steel door and striking a Police Officer in the city's Little Village neighborhood.
No officers were wounded in the police-involved shooting that occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue.
The chaotic incident began with Ogden District officers responding to a burglary-in-progress call at an electronics store on Western Avenue.
After spotting three men inside, officers surrounded the business, announced their office and knocked on the doors, trying to coax the men to turn themselves in.
Instead, the men got into a car belonging to the store's owner that was parked inside the business and plowed through a metal overhead door.
The swerving vehicle struck one officer and struck a squad car before racing toward several officers. Those officers opened fire on the speeding vehicle.
One of the men inside the car was dead at the scene. The other two were taken to Stroger Hospital for their wounds. Their exact conditions weren't known.
The injured officer was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital to be treated for non-serious bruises and contusions.
Police recovered a cache of stolen electronics and other goods inside the stolen getaway car.



Wounded man dropped off at West Side hospital

 The victim, a 23-year-old man, was dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital at about 11 p.m. Sunday after the man was wounded in the 3600 block of South California Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
The victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the left side and was listed in critical condition.
Authorities didn't offer a motive and hadn't made any arrests.

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Wrong-way driver crashes, kills motoriston Bishop Ford

A motorist driving the wrong way on the Bishop Ford Freeway this morning struck another vehicle, killing one person.
State police received several calls about a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lanes just before the 4:30 a.m. collision near 122nd Street.
Early reports indicated that the wrong-way driver struck another vehicle, killing that driver. State troopers remained at the scene nearly two hours later still trying to iron out details
State troopers on the scene of the fatal wreck were then alerted to another motorist driving the wrong way several miles south. A state trooper was able to stop that driver near 130th Street without incident. This is at least the sixth wrong way expressway fatal accident in the Chicago area this year.
UPDATE:
The 24-year-old driver's black 1998 Chevy Malibu hit a black 2003 Honda Accord driven by Ronnie Head, who then careened into a tanker truck. The Accord came to rest in the left lane of the freeway.
State police said alcohol was a factor in the crash. No charges had been filed as of 9:30 a.m..
Head, 54, of Dolton was pronounced dead at 5:34 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Medical examiner determines that dead man on SW Side had bullet in his head

A 20-year-old man who was hospitalized after being found apparently having a seizure in the Beverly neighborhood died Saturday and was later found to have a bullet in his head, police said.
Police are investigating after Brian Jones of the 3800 block of West Cermak Road was pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
On Friday, Chicago Fire Department paramedics were called to an alley on the 9000 Block of South Western Avenue for a "person down" at the location.
Initially, crews believed that Jones had suffered a seizure and took him to the hospital for treatment.
On Saturday, after the man was pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m. officials from the Cook County medical examiner's office informed police that the man was found to have a bullet in his head.
An autopsy conducted today determined that Jones died as a result of the shooting and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's.

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Police issue warning after man tries to lure 2 kids in McKinley Park

Chicago police issued a community alert after a man attempted to lure two children into his vehicle in the McKinley Park neighborhood Sunday morning.
The incident happened at about 10:29 a.m. at the intersection of 37th Street and South Paulina Street.
A 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy were approached by a man who offered the children candy and tried to lure them into his vehicle. The two ran home where they told a relative who called police.
The man is described as white, between 20 and 30 years of age, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and driving a blue 4-door car. He is also described as having a tear drop tattoo under his left eye.
Police are asking anyone with information to call police at (312) 747-8380.

There's a change in the leaders board as 10th District comes out of nowhere to take 2nd

Chicago Homicide Derby 2012 (Live broadcast)

In the lead- 7th District- Englewood- 17
Second Place- 10th District Ogden- 15
Third Place-   8th District-Chicago Lawn- 14



Trailing- 3rd District- Grand Crossing- 12
Trailing- 6th District- Gresham- 10
Trailing- 5th District- Calumet- 9
Trailing- 11th District- Harrison- 9
Trailing- 4th District- South Chicago- 7
Trailing- 15th District- Austin-7

One dead, one wounded in West Side shooting

One man died and another man was wounded this morning in a West Side shooting incident that Chicago police investigators are still trying to make sense of.
Both men were brought by friends to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park at about 3:20 a.m.
One of the victims, later identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Tyrone Morris, 21, of the 500 block of Leamington Avenue, was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was shot four times, three times in the chest and once in the armpit.
The second man, 20, suffered a wound to the elbow and a graze wound his back. He was listed in good condition, police said.
Investigators were able to determine that the shooting happened in the 5100 block of West Kinzie Street in the South Austin neighborhood, but little else because the 20-year-old man wouldn't cooperate
UPDATE:
One of the victims, later identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Tyrone Morris, 21, of the 500 block of Leamington Avenue, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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22-year-old man shot in Woodlawn

 At about 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man was also shot in the leg, telling police that he was walking in the 6500 block of South Langley Avenue, when he heard a gunshot and suddenly felt pain.
That victim was also treated and released from the University of Chicago
 
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16-year-old boy shot in Woodlawn

At about 9:30 p.m. a 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded in the leg in the 6700 block of South Langley Avenue. The teen was treated and released from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
 
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Masked gunman robs South Side pizza restaurant

Chicago police said that a masked gunman held up a South Side pizza restaurant nearly two hours before its scheduled closing hours.
No injuries were reported for the holdup at the Pizza Hut restaurant near the intersection at 89th Street and South Stony Island Avenue on Saturday night.
The gunman, described as a man in his 20s wearing a camoflage ski mask and hooded sweatshirt, walked into the restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. pulled a handgun and announced the robbery, demanding money from the cashier.
The robber fled the store with an unknown amount of cash

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The 3rd District pushes hard on the heels of 8 after recording another homicide in the Chicago Homicide Derby

Chicago Homicide Derby 2012 (Live broadcast)

In the lead-      7th District- Englewood- 17
Second Place- 8th District-Chicago Lawn- 14
Third Place-   3rd District- Grand Crossing- 12
Trailing-        6th District- Gresham- 10
Trailing-        5th District- Calumet- 9
Trailing-       11th District- Harrison- 9

Man found shot dead in Woodlawn

A 21-year-old man was found fatally shot on a South Side street, police said late Saturday.
Officers discovered the man lying on the street in the 6300 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue in the city's West Woodlawn neighborhood with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The man was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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9 arrested in West Side heroin-dealing investigation

Nine gang members were arrested Saturday as Chicago police moved to shut down an open-air heroin market in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.
CPD First Deputy Superintendent Al Wysinger said residents’ complaints about violence at the intersection of Hamlin and Ohio streets prompted a two-month investigation of drug sales there, leading to the arrests, $6,700 in cash and several grams of heroin worth about $3,000 on the street.


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Three people shot in Park Manor

Three people were hospitalized after a shooting incident about 3:23 a.m. outside a lounge in the 500 block of East 75th Street in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side. The ages and conditions of the three victims were not available, but police said one was taken to Stroger hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a second was taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hand.
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28-year-old shot in Heart of Chicago neighborhood

A 28-year-old is in critical condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after being shot in the back about 1:04 a.m. this morning while walking in the 2300 block of South Leavitt Street in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the Near Southwest Side. The shots were fired from a passing light-colored vehicle

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22-year-old shot in Washington Park neighborhood

At 12:38 a.m. this morning, a 22-year-old man was in serious condition at Provident Hospital of Cook County after being shot in the abdomen on the 5800 block of South Martin Luther King Drive in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side

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Weather slows Chicago Slaughter. Let's hope our good fortune holds

Friday, April 27, 2012

27-year-old man shot in Back of the Yards

At 11:10 p.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 700 block of West 48th Street. The victim was standing on the street when a man began shooting in the man's direction striking the victim.
The man was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in where his condition had stabilized.


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20-year-old shot in Logan Square

The shooting happened at 9:40 p.m. on the 2100 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue when a 20-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to his his wrist.
The man was on Kilpatrick when a man went up to him and began firing shots in his direction. The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical center in good condition.
After the shooting, police were able to arrest a man who was identified by the victim as the shooter. Charges are pending.


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5 wounded in South Shore shooting

Five people were wounded as they were apparently waiting for a CTA bus this afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.
The shooting happened in the 7900 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.
Preliminary reports stated the victims were standing at the corner when someone approached on foot and opened fire, striking them. The gunman then fled in a minivan.
One of the victims, a 19-year-old woman, suffered a gunshot wound to her right side and her back and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern .
A 16-year-old boy was shot in his chest and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Two 17-year-old boys were wounded. One suffered a graze wound and was taken to South Shore Hospital where his condition had stabilized. The other boy was shot in his upper thigh and was taken to Stroger.
A 20-year-old man walked to South Shore Hospital. He was shot in his hand.
Police recovered the minivan a short distance away from the shootings. A gun was found inside of the van, Zala said.Police believe the shooting was possibly gang-related


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Put your money down folks! Remember if your not in it, you can't win it! Chicago's annual Homicide Derby....Yes....


Here's the odds
1st District 100-1
2st District 50-1
3rd District 4-1
4th District-5-1
5th District 3-1
6th District 3-1
7th District 1-1
8th District 3-1
9th District 15-1
10 District 20-1
11th District 3-1
12 District 90-1
13 District 90-1
14 District 75-1
15 District 75-1
16- District 70-1
17 District 60-1
18 District 60-1
19 District 75-1
20 District 90-1
22 District 75-1
24 District 70-1
25 District 75-1

3 shot in Hanson Park neighborhood

Three people were shot this evening in the Hanson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
Paramedics were called to the 2300 block of North Lorel Avenue at about 9 p.m. this evening for a report of three people shot.
Two of the three people were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the third person was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said preliminary information indicated that a man sustained a gunshot wound to his back and a woman sustained a gunshot wound to one of her legs.
The third person shot was a man who was also shot in the leg. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The 3rd District moves into 3rd Place all by itself with the 6th District falling slightly behind in the Chicago Homicide Derby


Chicago Homicide Derby 2012 (Live broadcast)

In the lead-      7th District- Englewood- 17
Second Place- 8th District-Chicago Lawn- 14
Third Place-    3rd District- Grand Crossing- 11
Trailing-         6th District- Gresham- 10
Trailing-         5th District- Calumet- 9
Trailing-        11th District- Harrison- 9

Court: Parents of disabled woman can sue Chicago police for neglect

A federal appeals court today ruled that a mentally ill California woman can sue the Chicago Police Department for releasing her into a violent neighborhood (Wink, Wink black nieghborhood) where she was raped and nearly killed.

“They might as well have released her into the lions’ den at the Brookfield Zoo,” (Wink, Wink animals in a black
neighborhood) Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in the opinion from the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the only way to sort out whether officers violated Christina Eilman's rights is to have a trial.
In the appellate ruling, Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote that police knew Eilman was suffering a bipolar breakdown and that responsibility for the sexual assault and injuries she suffered after police released her into a high-crime neighborhood the night of May 8, 2006 has to be decided in a trial.
The city's appeal had asked the court to dismiss the case against 10 police officers accused of negligence, arguing the police had no responsibility to take care of Eilman, a 21-year-old former UCLA student who had been arrested after creating a disturbance at Midway Airport.
The appellate ruling left most of the police defendants in the case, but the judges excused two officers whose role in the case didn't involve responsibility for making decisions about whether Eilman needed care. Decisions about the status of two other officers were sent back to U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall to evaluate.
In reciting the narrative of what happened that night, Easterbrook suggested the police showed little regard for the danger they were putting Eilman in when they released her.
"She was lost, unable to appreciate her danger, and dressed in a manner to attract attention," Easterbrook wrote. He added, "she is white and well off while the local population is predominantly black and not affluent, causing her to stand out as a person unfamiliar with the environment and thus a potential target for crime."
(No winks from the judge needed here)Eilman, who was thrown or fell from the 7th floor of a public housing building after being assaulted



Body found in gangway of Woodlawn building

The body of a man believed to be in his 20s was found in a gangway behind a building in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.
A woman found the body in the 6400 block of South Greenwood Avenue this morning when taking out garbage.
The Cook County medical examiner's office said it was notified around 9 a.m.
The man is believed to be in his mid to late 20s
UPDATE:
Roberto Atkins of the 6300 block of South Champlain Avenue death was ruled a homicide after autopsy results revealed he died of strangulation,
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Body of man pulled from Chicago River in Avondale neighborhood

The body of a man in his 40s was pulled from the Chicago River in the Avondale neighborhood this morning.
A resident out walking a dog spotted the body near Roscoe and California avenues around 7 a.m. and called 911.
The body was recovered by police and fire crews and brought to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The body was clothed, and the man is believed to have been in his early 40s.

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Chicago's homicides in pictures (That little piggy might have went to market, but these little piggy got shot dead)






Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Operation Devil's Playground nets 12 suspects

Twelve people have been charged after a three-year investigation into sales of guns, cocaine and methamphetamine in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Devil's Playground, involved the FBI and the Chicago Police and targeted drug and gun trafficking by the Satan Disciple gang.
The investigation focused on an area near 59th and Richmond streets where 11 firearms and more than $15,000 was recovered.
Five of the 12 were named in federal criminal complaints charging them with selling guns and drugs: Ranulfo Valadares, 30; Luis Castaneda, 29 of Berwyn; Jaime Reyes, 35 and Refugio Avila, 31, the FBI said. Juan Castaneda, 27, is wanted and the subject of a manhunt.
If convicted, Valadares and Juan Castaneda face a sentence from 10 years to life in prison. Reyes and Avila face a 10-year sentence and Luis Castaneda faces a 20-year sentence,.
The other seven charged are Gerardo Gomez, 22; Myra Perez, 25; Sergio Banderas, 29; Steven Buegel, 32; Lawrence Winston, 35; Marcus Gordon, 28 and Jessie Talavera

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Police warn of robbers targeting elderly on South Side

Police have issued a community alert about a group of men who have been targeting the elderly on the South Side, gaining their confidence, entering their homes and then robbing them.
The robbers claim they are utility workers, tree cutters or construction contractors and say they are there to make repairs to electric wires, water lines or something else on the property, according to the alert.
Once inside, one of the robbers distracts the victim while the other searches for things to take. Sometimes there have been two robbers, other times three.
The robbers are described as Hispanic, 30 to 50, with heavy builds and dark hair.
The robberies occurred in the afternoon hours in the 10500 block of South Talman Avenue; the 12200 block of South Loomis Avenue; the 8700 block of South Euclid Avenue; the 7700 block of South Throop Avenue; the 3400 block of West 115th Street, the 13100 block of South Escanaba Avenue; and the 11500 block of South Avenue H.
The vehicles used in the robberies were described as a black SUV, a minivan and a pick-up truck.
Anyone with information should contact Area South Detectives at 312-747-8273.

Bail set at $125K for man accused of punching, robbing man, 79

A Gresham man was ordered held on $125,000 bail, accused of robbing a 79-year-old man last month and punching him so hard he had to undergo surgery.
In court today, Judge Laura Sullivan set bail at $125,000 for Dominic Johnson.
Johnson, 18, of the 7500 block of South Normal Avenue, was charged Tuesday with one felony count of robbery of a senior citizen after he was identified by the victim.
The attack occurred March 27 in the 400 block of West 79th Street when the victim saw Johnson gambling behind his property. When the elderly man told him to leave, Johnson pushed him against his truck and punched him in the abdomen.
While the man was lying on the ground, Johnson went through his pockets and took $1,000.
About a week after the attack, the victim began having extreme pain from the beating and was admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he underwent

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Staffer bound as currency exchange hit by robber posing as postal worker

Two men, including one posing as a postal worker delivering a package, robbed a Ravenswood currency exchange this afternoon.
It happened about 2:30 p.m. at the Montrose Ravenswood Currency Exchange at 1808 W. Montrose Ave..
When the female worker was signing for the package, which was addressed to the owner of the business, the man dressed as a postal worker and another man forced their way inside past a secured door.
The robbers ordered her to the floor and she was bound with tape.
One pulled a gun and demanded to know where the safe was, before they grabbed an unknown amount of cash from a drawer in the back room and some CTA bus passes and fled out the front door

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And....There off..... In the 30th running of the Chicago Homicide Derby

Their out the gate with the 7th District jumping to an early lead with 17 Homicides, the 8th District is a close second with 14, following behind neck and neck is the 6th and 3rd Districts with 10 Homicides each. On their tails are the 5th and 11th Districts with 9 Homicides each...This is shaping up to be one hell of a race folks!


This years game betweem the Shot Guys and the Dead Guys moves into the second period with the score

19-year-old man shot in Roseland

The first shooting occurred at about 3:15 p.m., when a 19-year-old man was shot in the body in the 10400 block of South Wabash Avenue, police said. The victim was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in good condition

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25-year-old man shot in South Shore

 Just before 9 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 7000 block of South Jeffrey Boulevard in the South Shore neighborhood. The victim was taken to nearby Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center in stable condition

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20-year-old man shot in Garfield Park

At about 10:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the forearm in a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of North Hamlin Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.
The shots were fired from a dark-colored sedan that fled after the shooting. The victim was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital in good condition.

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42-year-old man shot in Galewood neighborhood

In the Galewood neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side a 42-year-old man was inside a tattoo shop in the 1600 block of North Mobile Avenue, when a male and female entered at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The male pulled a handgun and opened fire, striking the victim multiple times.
The victim was Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and was expected to survive his wounds

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25-year-old man shot in Marquette Park

Just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday Chicago Lawn district officers responded to a 25-year-old man shot in the arm and leg at the rear of a home in the 6900 block of South Rockwell Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood.
The victim was taken to Christ Medical Center in stable condition, police said. Authorities were searching for a light-colored Nisaan or Saturn that the gunman was believed to have fled in.


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26-year-old shot dead in Wrightwood

A fatal shooting happened at about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday in the 7900 block of South Campbell Avenue, police said, citing early reports. It occurred just a block away from St. Rita of Cascia High School.
Officers found the 26-year-old man dead on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head.

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49-year-old man shot in Chatham

A 49-year-old man sitting in a car with two others was shot and wounded during an attempted holdup just before 2:30 a.m. this morning in the 8000 block of South Michigan Avenue in the city's Chatham neighborhood.
The victim was struck in the back and forearm and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in "stable condition,".
The gunman fled and hadn't been apprehended

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stroger Hospital worker kills himself after attacking a co-worker and ex-girlfriend

A Stroger Hospital worker who killed himself after attacking a co-worker and ex-girlfriend had tried unsuccessfully earlier in the day to reconcile with her.
Ramon Washington, 38 and the woman he attacked had been in a relationship, but the woman had broken up with him about a month ago. On Monday, Washington had made several unsuccessful attempts to talk to her.
Around 2:25 p.m. Monday, Washington followed the woman into a hallway and hit her in the head, knees and hands with a hammer.
He then pulled out a box cutter and told the woman, "My friend told me I should have ended this whole thing,". Washington began stabbing the woman until co-workers grabbed the woman and dragged her to a locker room.
Washington fled the scene as hospital police locked down the building. Around 4 p.m., another co-worker went into a walk-in cooler and found Washington in a pool of blood, a knife lying by his wide and his throat slit.
The Cook County medical examiner's office said Washington, of the 10800 block of South Calumet Avenue, died of multiple stab wounds and ruled his death a suicide.

Teen asks for cigarette then snatches iPhone (That will teach you to give a cigarette to a 16 year old)

A 16-year-old boy is accused of snatching an iPhone as a woman held it in her mouth while searching her purse for a cigarette.
The boy had approached the woman in her early 20s around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of North State Street and asked her if she had a cigarette.
She said she did and placed her iPhone in her mouth so she could use both hands to search her purse, police said. The teen then shoved her in the face and grabbed the iPhone, then ran south on State Street and east on Randolph Street.
Responding officers saw the woman and a witness chasing the boy south on Garland Court and were able to catch him and recover the phone, which the woman said was worth $800. The teen was charged as a juvenile with robbery.

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Driver questioned after woman, infant struck by truck on Southwest Side

A woman and an infant were seriously injured when they were struck by a passenger truck in the Brighton Park neighborhood this morning.
The woman was crossing the street with the infant when they were struck by a vehicle in the 4400 block of South California Avenue about 11:07 a.m.
Fire Department rescue crews responded to the call of a woman and infant struck by a truck at that location and took a woman and infant to Mount Sinai Hospital about a half hour later, both in serious condition.
The driver fled the scene, but was apprehended not long after the accident, and was being questioned by police

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Man charged in hit-and-run accident in Brighton Park

A 31-year-old Chicago man was charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a 49-year-old woman dead in the Brighton Park neighborhood Saturday evening.
Juan C. Cortez, of the 2200 block of West 50th Place was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury and the death of a pedestrian in the roadway. He was arrested on a warrant.
Cortez was the driver of a vehicle that struck Cynthia Hoff at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday on the 4200 block of South Western Boulevard. Hoff lived less than a mile away, on the 4300 block of South Honore Street. She was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at midnight.
Police had been seeking the Nissan involved in the crash and the driver

Girl, 12, shot in South Shore neighborhood

A 12-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet in the South Shore neighborhood.
The girl was hit in the left shoulder just after 8 p.m. Monday in the 7700 Block of South Phillips Avenue.
The girl was taken to Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago in serious condition.
Police said the girl was standing on the sidewalk with a 15-year-old male relative when two gunmen walked up and fired at another person but struck the girl.

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Man charged with stabbing father in Hegewisch neighborhood

A Hegewisch man was charged this morning in the fatal stabbing of his elderly father inside the far Southeast Side home they shared. Miltiadis Douzopoulos, 31, faces first-degree murder charges in the Sunday night slaying of his father Nikolaus Douzopoulos at their home in the 12900 block of South Manistee Avenue.
Officers found the elder Douzopoulos dead in the home's basement with multiple stab wounds to his chest and arms.
Police said the stabbing occurred during an altercation between the father and his son, but didn't say what sparked the dispute. Afterwards, Miltiadis Douzopoulos called 911 and confessed to a police dispatcher.
The fatal stabbing was the first homicide in Hegewisch in nearly a year.
Douzopoulos is expected to appear before a judge later today.

Webb named special prosecutor in case involving Daley nephew (Now with free bonus posts)

Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney in Chicago and famed defense attorney, has been appointed special prosecutor to look into the investigation of the 2004 death of David Koschman in a drunken confrontation with a nephew of then-Mayor Richard Daley.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin, who ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor, named Webb to the post this morning.
In his written order, Toomin said that he was directing Webb to investigate the homicide and determine whether "from 2004 to the present, employees of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney Office acted intentionally to suppress and conceal evidence, furnish false evidence, and generally impede the investigation."

Just in case you missed them the first time around here are some past posts on the Honorable Mayor Daley...

'Bozo' producer dies at 82, wait a minute hasn't he been dead for a long time?
 'Fat Rat' captured in Alabama
'Bozo's organ headed for museum

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week end's game between the shot guys and the dead guys final score


Oh..... and him



Man, 71, fatally stabbed in Hegewisch neighborhood

A 71-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Sunday during a quarrel with his adult son inside his Hegewisch neighborhood home.
The dead man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was found unresponsive in the basement of his home in the 12900 block of South Manistee Avenue at about 10 p.m.
The man had an apparent stab wounds to his chest and arms and was dead at the scene.
Police said the elderly victim was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with his 31-year-old son.
Officers arrested the victim's son at the scene, but no charges had been filed, as detectives continued their investigation.
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Logan Square shooting leaves 2 men injured

Two men were seriously injured in a shooting in the Logan Square neighborhood this evening.
The men, ages 27 and 53, were both shot in the leg about 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of West North Avenue.
Both victims were taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, though their conditions were later stabilized.
Police said both victims were standing on the corner when they were struck by shots coming from a dark-colored sedan traveling east on North Avenue

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

This week end's game between the shot guys and the dead guys is going into the 9th inning with the score


Oh..... and him

Man slain in South Side drive-by shooting

A man was shot to death in what was believed to be a drive-by shooting in the Englewood neighborhood early this afternoon.
The man, 23, was declared dead at 12:45 p.m. on the scene in the 1400 block of 72nd Place, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. The victim was later identified as Brian O'Neal, of an unidentified address.
The man was shot multiple times in what was believed to be a drive-by attack. A man was seen fleeing the area in a van following the shooting

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West Englewood woman charged with exploiting elderly

Bail was set at $70,000 Saturday for a West Englewood neighborhood woman who is accused of financially exploiting an 83-year-old woman while she was supposed to be cleaning the victim's home.
Kim Brownlee was booked into Cook County Jail Saturday after a judge set her bail at $70,000.
Brownlee was employed by Help at Home, Inc. and was assigned to clean an 83-year-old woman's home in the 6700 block of South Keating Avenue in the West Lawn neighborhood. In the home, Brownlee got access to the victim's checkbook and made out eleven checks to herself, signed the victim's name, and cashed the checks, totaling $1,400, from Nov. 1, 2011 to Dec. 27, 2011.
Brownlee, 36, of the 5600 block of South Marshfield Avenue, was charged with one count of financial exploitation of the elderly. She was arrested at her home at 9:40 a.m. Friday and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 27

Tourist robbed in Gold Coast, construction workers help nab suspect

A man who grabbed a $7,000 camera from a California tourist in the Gold Coast was chased down by the tourist and two construction workers and caught by security guards and police.
Allen McCrone, 26, of the first block of Boxwood Court in Springdale, Ohio, remains in Cook County Jail today, charged with robbery. A judge Saturday set bail for McCrone at $60,000 and he is slated to appear for a preliminary hearing on Friday.
On Friday about 1:30 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue for a battery in progress and spoke with the victim, a man from California, who said McCrone pushed him, ripped his $7,000 camera off his shoulder, and took off on foot.
As the victim ran after him west on Chestnut Street, two construction workers joined in, leading McCrone to throw the camera to the middle of the 100 block of East Chestnut Street.
The victim grabbed his camera and continued running, as officers from nearby Loyola University and Chicago police arrested McCrone in the 800 block of North Rush Street.
The tourist's wife and sister helped identify McCrone and he was arrested. Paramedics were called and the victim was treated for bruising to his shoulder

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2 charged in weekend DUI crashes that killed 1, injured 8

Two drivers face drunken driving charges in separate crashes on Chicago’s South Side that injured a total of eight people and killed a 28-year-old woman.
In the fatal wreck in the Englewood neighborhood, driver Gloria A. Smith, 28, remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon as Cook County Judge Laura Marie Sullivan ordered her held on $150,000 bond.
Smith, of the 7000 block of South Claremont Avenue, has no driver’s license and she’s charged with aggravated drunken driving, driving without insurance and other traffic charges.
Smith was the driver of a Pontiac sedan that collided with an oncoming car about 2 a.m. Friday in the 7000 block of South Halsted Street. After the crash, Smith’s blood alcohol content was gauged at 0.195, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Officers believe the other driver was also drunk and steered over the center line, but the investigation continues.
The accident killed 28-year-old Laquesha Simmons, a passenger in Smith’s car, and sent another passenger from one of the cars to the hospital along with the driver of the other car, a 24-year-old man.

Five more people were hurt around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a car crossed the centerline and plowed into a taxi in 5600 block of South Kedzie Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood.
The car’s driver, 19-year-old Lethanniel Barajas, was charged with aggravated drunken driving and other traffic charges. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.093.
On Sunday, Sullivan ordered Barajas of the 1800 block of South Springfield Avenue held on $50,000.
No fatalities had been reported in that crash as of Sunday afternoon, but five people were taken to area hospitals, three in serious-to-critical condition, police said. Injuries included blunt trauma to the head and bruises, and one passenger lost several teeth

Man in his 20s shot in McKinley Park neighborhood

Early Sunday, a man in his 20s was shot near the intersection of Damen Avenue and 33rd Street in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
He was shot in the shoulder about 1:20 a.m. and is in good condition at Stroger Hospital.

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23-year-old man shot dead in Lawndale

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed near Western Avenue and Grenshaw Street just before 3 a.m. Sunday on the Near West Side.
He was shot in the chest repeatedly and found on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

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Woman killed in Brighton Park hit-and-run

A 50-year-old woman died after being hit by a vehicle on the 4300 block of South Western Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Police didn't have a vehicle description and weren't able to provide any other details about the victim.
She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she was pronounced dead

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Woman shot in Englewood

A woman in her 20s was shot in the neck and arm on the 400 block of West 75th Street about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
She was shot in the neck and arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. Her age and condition weren’t available

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1 dead, 1 seriously injured in crash on Dan Ryan Expressway

One person died in a single-car crash on outbound Interstate 94 near 47th Street about 11:05 p.m., according to Illinois State Police.
Officers in the area are looking for a man who ran from the scene -- police said he may have been the driver.
The dead person was a passenger in the car.
Police said the car was speeding when, for an unknown reason, it hit the outside wall of the local lanes, crossed traffic, climbed the embankment at the 47th Street exit, hit a traffic control box and came to rest next to a bridge.
Another person was taken from the scene to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook Countyin serious-to-critical condition.

Rare bird spotted in North Lawndale -- 7,000 miles north of home


From the Chicago Tribune
On a quiet, cool Saturday afternoon in Douglas Park, about a dozen bird watchers stood under a large, bushy tree, peering through binoculars to search its leafy branches for an ornithological version of treasure dropping from the sky.
There, in North Lawndale of all places, sat what appeared to be a White-crested Elaenia, perched amid the neighborhood sounds of sirens and a nearby basketball game some 7,000 miles north of its natural habitat.

The American Birding Association has yet to conclusively identify that the bird is, indeed, an Elaenia. But if the find is confirmed, it would be only the second sighting of an Elaenia bird in the United States. The first was also a White-crested Elaenia in South Texas in 2008. The rare bird was last seen flying further south toward the Englewood neighborhood.
UPDATE:
The rare bird was again spotted at 6100 South Racine in Englewood where it was promptly shot my a member of the Black Disciples .
 

Man dies 11 days after being beaten in robbery at senior building

A 62-year-old man has died 11 days after he was beaten in a home invasion at a senior building in Old Town.
The death Thursday night of Harold Howell, of the Evergreen Tower II apartments, 1343 N. Cleveland Ave., was declared a homicide after an autopsy that determined he died from multiple injuries following an assault.
Howell was declared dead at 11:12 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering multiple rib fractures and head trauma

Police were called to Howell’s apartment about midnight April 8 after he was attacked sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.
Officers discovered Howell in the doorway of his apartment, suffering multiple beating injuries.
Before he had to be taken to Northwestern, Howell was able to tell officers he had been beaten up and robbed in his apartment, and several items taken.
But because Howell had to be sedated due to his serious injuries, detectives were unable to interview him to get more details about the attack


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3 Men shot in South Shore

About 1:30 p.m., three men apparently were shot and went to South Shore Hospital after being attacked in the 2400 block of East 75th Street. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear, but the shooting took place about a block from where the man was shot on Kingston Avenue earlier today

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Two males were shot in Brighton Park

About 1:20 p.m., two males were shot in the 2400 block of West 34th Place. One was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, and the other was taken to St. Anthony Hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh

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Man in his 20s shot in South Shore

A man in his 20s came into Advocate Trinity Hospital about 7:20 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the thigh after being shot earlier in the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue.
The man told police he was standing on a sidewalk on Kingston when a four-door, blue sedan drove quickly past and one of the three or four men inside fired shots at him. The man told police he is in a gang and his attackers might be members of a rival gang

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Off-duty sheriff's officer scares off, shoots at burglar

An off-duty Cook County Sheriff's officer, awakened by an alarm, fired shots at a burglar while chasing him from the officer's garage early today.
The officer, 41, was awakened about 3:10 a.m. when an alarm went off in his home in the 6000 block of South Justine Avenue.
The alarm showed that someone might be in his garage, so the officer went out to his garage and interrupted a man who was apparently stealing tools.
The officer told the burglar that he was a sheriff's officer, but the burglar took off running. At some point nearby, the burglar turned and pointed something at the officer, and the officer fired his gun, but the burglar apparently wasn't hit and got away.
After the burglar escaped, the officer was able to tell police that some of the tools in his garage were missing.
The burglar is described as a black man with a dark complexion, standing between 5 feet 10 inches and six feet tall. At the time of the burglary, he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark blue pants

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Even with the colder weather Chicago starts off week end with 18 shot and 4 DOA ***UPDATED***

2 dead, 2 wounded outside Calumet City club

Two people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting outside a Calumet City club early Saturday morning.
Police exchanged gunfire with an offender and it's not yet clear if that individual was one of the two killed by gunfire.
An argument inside the What's Up Bar & Grill at 735 S. Torrence Avenue spilled outside and the four were shot between 1:30 and 2 a.m..
A woman survived the attack and was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret hospital in Hammond with a gunshot wound to her leg, Gilmore said. Another man was shot multiple times and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn


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20-year-old shot in Garfield Park

At about 10 p.m, a 20-year-old man was shot in the arm on the 2800 block of West Madison Street in East Garfield Park on the West Side. He's in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital

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18-year-old boy shot in Back of the Yards

At about 9 p.m. in Back of the Yards, an 18-year-old boy was shot in the leg near 45th Street and Hermitage Avenue. He's in good condition at the University of Illinois Hospital

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17-year-old shot, 20-year-old shot dead in Back of the Yards neighborhood

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the stomach and a 20-year-old man was shot in the head about 9 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of West 48th Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Someone got out of a car and shouted gang slogans before shooting at the pair with a handgun. The shooter then got back in the car, which fled west on 48th Street and south on Damen Avenue.
The older of the two died at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was identified as Alexander Mendoza.
Police said Mendoza is affiliated with a local gang and had an arrest history.
The teen is in stable condition at Stroger

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Man shot, killed on West Side

A 30-year-old man was killed on the West Side Friday afternoon in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Andre Myrick was shot on the 1400 block of North Keeler Avenue and pronounced dead about 5:50 p.m.. He lived on the 1800 block of South St. Louis Avenue.
Two people approached Myrick and both shot at him, according to police. The two suspects then ran north up the block, got into a dark-colored van and fled south on Keeler Avenue

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Police issue alert after girl, 16, attacked on West Side

Chicago police officials are asking for the public's help to nab a man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the West Side.
The attack happened on April 10, at 7:30 a.m. as the girl was walking to school on the 3900 block of West Ohio Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, according to a community alert issued today.
As the girl was walking a man walked past and started talking to her, police said. The man asked the girl her age and her phone number.
But when the girl refused to answer, the man grabbed her by the arm and side and pulled her into a lot between two parked trucks and then sexually assaulted her,.
The man was described as black, between the ages of 20 and 23, 5-feet-10 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, according to the alert.
The man had a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.
The man also told the girl that his name was "Lil C."
Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263 and refer to case: HV242337

Man dies after jumping off Clark Street bridge

A man who was pulled from the Chicago River this morning after he jumped from the Clark Street bridge.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead at 1:25 p.m.
The Chicago Police Marine Unit and the Chicago Fire Department received a call shortly after 10 a.m. that someone had jumped into the river.
About 10:30 a.m., the man was rescued near the 300 block of North Clark Street

Man charged in fatal shooting witnessed by police

 30-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Burnside neighborhood handy man earlier this week.
Michael Jones was ordered held without bail Friday by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Edward Harmening in the fatal shooting of his neighbor, 58-year-old James Reddick.
Chicago police officers assigned to the Gresham District were responding to a call of an unrelated armed robbery when they heard gunshots in the 700 block of East 87th Place just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
As the officers arrived, they saw a man fire three shots at Reddick while he was on the ground.
The officers immediately attempted to detain Jones, who fled on foot and dropped a 9mm handgun on the ground.
They said the gun was eventually recovered.
Reddick suffered about eight gunshot wounds to the torso, head and arms.
During his arrest, they said, Jones was found with a small bag of marijuana in his possession along with $1,500 cash.
Authorities said Jones, who lives across the street from the victim, has a street gang affiliation but officials didn't offer a motive for the slaying.

18 charged in drug busts on West, South sides

Eighteen people have been charged with selling cocaine and heroin on the city’s South and West sides after investigations by the FBI and Chicago police.
A three-year investigation into drug sales in the Englewood neighborhood resulted in the arrests of eight people and the seizure of five weapons, more than a kilogram of cocaine and about 500 grams of heroin.
A separate two-month investigation in the Ogden District on the West Side led to eight other arrests and the recovery of drugs, a semi-automatic pistol, cash and two stolen vehicles.
The FBI said in a statement that its investigation is an “ongoing operation” with Chicago police aimed at drug sales and gang violence.
The Englewood police district – which covers the Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods – ended 2011 with a 50 percent rise in homicides over the previous year. From the start of 2012 through April 1, the district had 15 homicides compared to eight during the same period last year.
The two-month Ogden District investigation was started in February after a homicide in the area of 1900 S. Troy Street and focused on a drug market controlled by New Breed gang members.
Those arrested in the Englewood operation are Valdemere Collier, 27, of the 6400 block of South Peoria Street; Terrance Elane, 40, of the 0-99 block of East 9th Street; Derrick Green, 33, of the 6400 block of South Morgan Street; Denitra Harris, 37, of the 6300 block of South Sangamon Avenue; Kalvin Harris, 34, of the 6600 block of South Wolcott Avenue; Eddie Hill, 54, of the 6600 block of South Normal Street; Marvic Johnson, 37, of the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue; Clarence Jones, 39, of the 6200 block of South Langley and John May, 39, of the 6400 block of South Peoria Street.
Those arrested in the Ogden District operation are Rodney Feagin, 25; Earl Hopson, 25; Louis Poole, 17; Lionel Caldwell, 54; William Robinson, 50; Elijah Mims, 27; Kelsey Garner, 24; Jeffery Rice, 29 and Eugene McGee, 54.
Police are still searching for Jarret Watson, 26, who is wanted on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.
All 18 were charged with possession or distribution of a controlled substance and are being held without bond.

Man stabbed to death in North Lawndale

A 39-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday in the North Lawndale neighborhood after he fell while running away from his attacker.
Dorsey Liberty, of the 800 block of North Avers Avenue, was pronounced deat at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday afternoon.
Liberty was with a friend on the 3500 block of West Douglas Boulevard when the friend got into an argument with a third man.
The two tried to run but Liberty fell and the man stabbed him repeatedly.
The friend escaped and came back with a couple other people, who found Liberty and dropped him off at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Liberty died during surgery

52-year-old man shot in Englewood

In West Englewood, 52-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 2100 block of West Marquette Road about 2:30 p.m. He was taken in good condition to Holy Cross Hospital

15-year-old shot in Englewood

About 5 p.m., a 15-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the chest on the 6200 block of South Paulina Street in Englewood. Police didn’t release any other information about the shooting, including the boy’s condition.

16-year-old boy shot in Kenwood

 A 16-year-old boy was shot in the right bicep on the 1000 block of East 41st Street in the Oakland neighborhood about 6:35 p.m.
He was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital

18 year old shot in Grand Crossing

A male, possibly 18 years old, was shot near the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and 75th Street about 9:30 p.m. in the Greater Grand Crossing community. The man stepped out of a car near a bus shelter and was shot multiple times in the leg, police said. His girlfriend drove him to the University of Chicago Medical Center but he was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he's in good condition

Man robbed of phone on Near North Side

A man was robbed of his Android phone and hit in the head early Friday morning on the Near North Side.
He was heading east on Erie Street near Dearborn Street, talking into his phone, when someone snatched the phone and another person hit him in the head.
The man told police he thought he was hit with a brick.
The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital because he needed stitches

9 charged with dealing heroin, cocaine in Englewood

Nine people have been charged with selling cocaine and heroin in the Englewood neighborhood after a three-year investigation that employed wiretaps and video surveillance.
The suspects were arrested Thursday. Five weapons, more than a kilogram of cocaine and about 500 grams of heroin were seized.
The FBI said in a statement the investigation is a "ongoing operation" with Chicago police aimed at drug sales and gang violence.
The Englewood police district -- which covers the Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods -- ended 2011 with a 50 percent rise in homicides over the previous year. From the start of 2012 through April 1, the district had 15 homicides compared to 8 during the same period last year.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is scheduled to announce more drug arrests in a separate drug investigation on the West Side later this morning.
Those arrested in the Englewood operation are Valdemere Collier, 27, of the 6400 block of South Peoria Street; Terrance Elane, 40, of the 0-99 block of East 9th Street; Derrick Green, 33, of the 6400 block of South Morgan Street; Denitra Harris, 37, of the 6300 block of South Sangamon Avenue; Kalvin Harris, 34, of the 6600 block of South Wolcott Avenue; Eddie Hill, 54, of the 6600 block of South Normal Street; Mavric Johnson, 37, of the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue, Clarence Jones, 39, of the 6200 block of South Langley and John May, 39, of the 6400 block of South Peoria Street