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By Chicago Tribune | March 3, 1991
CHICAGO -- A British police officer on a tour of Chicago's police headquarters left the building's crime lab saying, "I didn't know there were that many weapons in the world."Constable Ian Yarham, who doesn't carry a gun on the job, said there were "shotguns, rifles, all the handguns you could think of. It's incredible."Constable Yarham was one of four British "bobbies" who visited police headquarters recently and left with the impression that a police officer's lot was very different here from in Britain.
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By Chicago Tribune | October 28, 2008
CHICAGO - Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson helped positively identify the body of her young nephew yesterday, hours after he was found with gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle on Chicago's West Side, authorities said. An autopsy was scheduled to be done on the body of 7-year-old Julian King today at the Cook County medical examiner's office, where Hudson and other relatives went to help identify the remains yesterday afternoon. A law enforcement source told the Chicago Tribune that the boy had been shot multiple times in the back of the white Chevrolet Suburban.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 12, 1998
CHICAGO -- John Wayne Gacy was executed in 1994, but Chicago police are preparing to find out whether he went to his death with a secret.They are making plans to dig up a small pie-shaped area behind a Northwest Side home, based on a ground radar survey indicating that human remains may be buried there.A former Chicago police detective once ran into Gacy in an alley there, holding a shovel, a recollection that along with the computer data from the radar is responsible for opening the new investigation.
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By Chicago Tribune | September 5, 2008
CHICAGO - This is what 24 hours in the life of Michael Phelps look like these days: (These days being the aftermath of the Beijing Olympics, in which Phelps went from a very good swimmer whom few knew to an even better swimmer whom the country has made the celebrity du jour.) The Rodgers Forge native flew from New York to Chicago on Tuesday night on a six-passenger jet loaned to him by CitationShares, a company that sells fractional ownership in aircraft. He spent Tuesday night in an Imperial Suite at the Hilton Chicago.
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By New York Times News Service | March 30, 2008
CHICAGO -- Perhaps it's not fair, given all the temptation on the beat from deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs (that's with pickles and tomatoes) and with vast parts of the city smelling of chocolate thanks to a downtown candy factory. But the skinny on the officers of the Police Department here, at least according to the new police superintendent, is that some have, let's say, fitness issues. The superintendent, Jody P. Weis, a former FBI agent, came in last month as a reformer vowing to clean up the nation's second-largest police force, and he has already diversified the ranks and bolstered community relations.
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By CARLOS SADOVI AND BOB SECTER and CARLOS SADOVI AND BOB SECTER,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 20, 2006
CHICAGO -- Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge directed a pattern of torture against criminal suspects for two decades, coercing dozens of confessions with fists, feet, radiator burns, guns to the mouth, bags over the head and electric shock to the genitals, special prosecutors charged yesterday. Concluding a four-year investigation, the prosecutors painted a portrait of a criminal justice system where top officials in a position to stop Burge - among them Mayor Richard M. Daley when he served as Cook County state's attorney - appeared to have blinders on. But, the prosecutors concluded, it's too late to pursue charges against Burge or any of the other officers involved.
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By Chicago Tribune | February 25, 1991
CHICAGO -- A British police officer on a tour of Chicago Police Headquarters left the building's crime lab saying, "I didn't know there were that many weapons in the world."Ian Yarham, who doesn't carry a gun on the job, said there were "shotguns, rifles, all the handguns you could think of. It's incredible."Yarham was one of four British "bobbies" who visited city police headquarters recently and left with the impression that a police officer's lot is very different here from what it is in Great Britain.
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September 13, 1990
CHICAGO -- A mysterious "murder" film turned out to be no mystery at all when police discovered the evidence was really a rock music video.The film, found in a movie camera lying in a Michigan cornfield last year, shows Trent Reznor, lead singer for the Cleveland rock group Nine Inch Nails, lying face up in an ally on Chicago's North Side.Chicago police Detective Hal Ardell said Tuesday the rock group made the film last September using 8mm movie cameras held aloft with helium balloons for some of the scenes.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 15, 1994
CHICAGO -- In the brutal pecking order that passes for childhood in the Ida B. Wells housing projects on Chicago's South Side, Eric Morris already had three strikes against him the night he died. He was 5 years old, he was too weak to fight back, and he wanted to do the right thing.On Thursday night, Eric Morris plunged to his death, dropped from the window of a 14th-floor project apartment by two older children angered because the boy would not steal candy for them.Chicago police said yesterday that the two older youths, just 10 and 11, dangled their tiny captive out of the window ledge, fighting off a rescue attempt by the boy's older brother.
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By Steve Chapman | August 1, 2005
CHICAGO - On Thursday, July 21, four bombs placed on subway trains and a transit bus in London failed to detonate as planned. By Friday, police had released photos of four suspects captured by security cameras. By Monday, police had released the names of two of them. By today, I'm guessing, there are still people who object to the use of video surveillance cameras, but they wouldn't fill a Mini Cooper. For years, privacy advocates have raised warnings about the risks and costs of putting streets, subway stations and other sites under constant electronic monitoring.
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By New York Times News Service | March 30, 2008
CHICAGO -- Perhaps it's not fair, given all the temptation on the beat from deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs (that's with pickles and tomatoes) and with vast parts of the city smelling of chocolate thanks to a downtown candy factory. But the skinny on the officers of the Police Department here, at least according to the new police superintendent, is that some have, let's say, fitness issues. The superintendent, Jody P. Weis, a former FBI agent, came in last month as a reformer vowing to clean up the nation's second-largest police force, and he has already diversified the ranks and bolstered community relations.
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By David Heinzmann and David Heinzmann,Chicago Tribune | August 27, 2006
Chicago -- Hour after hour, Christina Eilman threw herself at the bars of her cell at a South Side police lockup, shrieking threats one moment and begging for help the next, pleading that she was ill. Even the women in adjoining cells, many of whom were used to the chaos of lockup, were alarmed at Eilman's unremitting distress. Many of them joined in, calling out to guards on Eilman's behalf. "I heard that girl screaming for her life, `Take me to the hospital. Call my parents,'" Tamalika Harris, 26, said in a recent interview.
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By CARLOS SADOVI AND BOB SECTER and CARLOS SADOVI AND BOB SECTER,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 20, 2006
CHICAGO -- Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge directed a pattern of torture against criminal suspects for two decades, coercing dozens of confessions with fists, feet, radiator burns, guns to the mouth, bags over the head and electric shock to the genitals, special prosecutors charged yesterday. Concluding a four-year investigation, the prosecutors painted a portrait of a criminal justice system where top officials in a position to stop Burge - among them Mayor Richard M. Daley when he served as Cook County state's attorney - appeared to have blinders on. But, the prosecutors concluded, it's too late to pursue charges against Burge or any of the other officers involved.
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By Steve Chapman | August 1, 2005
CHICAGO - On Thursday, July 21, four bombs placed on subway trains and a transit bus in London failed to detonate as planned. By Friday, police had released photos of four suspects captured by security cameras. By Monday, police had released the names of two of them. By today, I'm guessing, there are still people who object to the use of video surveillance cameras, but they wouldn't fill a Mini Cooper. For years, privacy advocates have raised warnings about the risks and costs of putting streets, subway stations and other sites under constant electronic monitoring.
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By Steve Chapman | July 18, 2005
CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department has a new weapon against prostitution: a Web site that regularly posts the names, addresses and photos of those arrested for trying to purchase such services. Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the new tool a few weeks ago with some harsh words for anyone thinking of paying for sex. "In Chicago, if you solicit a prostitute, you will be arrested, and when you are arrested, people will know," he declared. It requires a leap of faith to think that a guy who is not deterred by the risk of being arrested and fined and losing his car will be deterred by the fear of being publicly shamed.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 17, 2005
CHICAGO - A Chicago police officer of 14 years was charged with murder in connection with a contract killing of a driver for a funeral home owned by the officer's family, the police said Friday. The officer, Edward Leak Jr., 42, had opened a $500,000 life insurance policy for the victim, Fred Hamilton, 35, naming himself as the beneficiary, the police said. Two other people, who prosecutors say were the gunmen, have been charged with murder. Telephone records and a confession from one of those men led the police to Leak, officials said.
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By Chicago Tribune | April 30, 1991
CHICAGO -- There was a basic lesson of law enforcement to be learned at the Chicago police officer's exam:Don't drive a stolen car, and if you do, don't park it illegally.Arthur Gloria, 20, really wanted to be a cop, police say, but he just didn't have a way to get to the exam Saturday.So when a friend offered to lend him a stolen car, they say, he apparently thought it was worth the risk.In his rush to get to Chicago Vocational High School, where the exam was being given, police say, Mr. Gloria parked the 1983 Oldsmobile on a street corner, blocking a crosswalk.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 4, 1999
CHICAGO -- The FBI joined in the search yesterday for a gunman who, apparently targeting minorities, swept across three suburbs on Chicago's northern fringe Friday, killing black former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, wounding six Orthodox Jews, and firing at two Asian-Americans in a car.Police say a white male between the ages of 25 and 30, driving a blue, four-door sedan, fired on at least 10 people at six different locations within...
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
For 11 years, the case of a Linthicum woman raped by a gunman in her bedroom had gone unsolved. The arrest of Gary William Pescrillo, 44, in Chicago was the first unsolved case in Maryland in which police were able to match a previously unknown suspect with DNA found at the crime scene, state police said. "It's remarkable that we could take old evidence, determine a suspect and take him off the street," said Lt. Joseph E. Jordan, a spokesman for the county police. "Hopefully, this will be one of many cases we will be able to go back and solve."
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 4, 1999
CHICAGO -- The FBI joined in the search yesterday for a gunman who, apparently targeting minorities, swept across three suburbs on Chicago's northern fringe Friday, killing black former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, wounding six Orthodox Jews, and firing at two Asian-Americans in a car.Police say a white male between the ages of 25 and 30, driving a blue, four-door sedan, fired on at least 10 people at six different locations within...
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