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  • Rolling Meadows men charged in Mt. Prospect drive-by shooting Nov 19, 2014 6:09 PM
    Two Rolling Meadows men were arrested on charges related to a driveby shooting earlier this month in Mount Prospect. A Cook County judge set bail at $300,000 for 21-year-old Julio Avila, and $150,000 for co-defendant Eduardo Castro who face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the class X felony.

  • Study: Naperville is safest city in U.S. for women Nov 20, 2014 10:41 AM
    Naperville has been ranked the safest city in America for women. A data analysis company’s study of state and local statistics about violent crimes against women and stalking found Naperville to be the safest among 285 cities with at least 100,000 residents. “We are very pleased and proud of the No. 1 rating. Our community outreach efforts and preventative programs speciality designed to ensure women’s safety are just some of our keys to success,” Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said.

  • Man pleads not guilty in shooting at Aurora restaurant Nov 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    Prosecutors say Chase West is eligible for up to 75 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder. West is one of three men accused of attempted murder in the shooting of three workers during an armed robbery Sept. 4 at a KFC restaurant in Aurora.

  • Ex-Bear sentenced to 18 months in prison for repeat DUI Nov 19, 2014 4:18 PM
    It’s third and 18 months to go for a former Chicago Bears quarterback who pleaded guilty Wednesday to his third DUI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. DuPage County prosecutors said Bob Avellini, 61, entered court unannounced and pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated DUI. He had been scheduled to go to trial on the charge next month, but Judge Daniel Guerin instead accepted his plea and sentenced Avellini.

  • Illinois man gets 60 years in child sex case Nov 18, 2014 6:24 AM
    A previously convicted sexual predator has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for attempting to sexually assault a 5-year old boy in central Illinois. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports 39-year-old John Miller of Magnolia was sentenced in Marshall County court after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He was initially charged with assaulting the boy, but that charge was dismissed in the plea deal. Miller could have faced life in prison if convicted of the heavier charge in a bench trial that was scheduled for Monday afternoon. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for assaulting a 4-year-old in Livingston County in 2002. He will have to serve at least 51 years in prison under the agreement.

  • Police: Illinois man assaults boy on school bus Nov 18, 2014 6:24 AM
    Police have charged a southwest Illinois man who they say assaulted a 6-year-old boy on a school bus for allegedly bullying his daughter. Collinsville Maj. Rick Wittenauer said 33-year-old Malvin Crain of Granite City turned himself into police Monday. He was arrested and charged with battery and aggravated assault after police say he got on the bus Monday morning and grabbed the boy by his jacket. Witnesses tell police that Crain pulled out a belt and threatened to strike the boy if he didn’t stop bullying his daughter. Police say the bus driver and a monitor ordered him off of the bus and he left without further incident. No injuries were reported. It’s unclear what school the children attend. It wasn’t immediately clear if Crain has an attorney.

  • Illinois man accused of killing wife skips trial Nov 18, 2014 6:25 AM
    A man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife has opted not to participate in his trial. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the decision Monday means no one will be sitting at the defense table for 47-year-old Clarence Thomas, who is acting as his own attorney. The jury has only heard the state’s version of the case alleging he stabbed Martha Thomas 38 times in January 2010 while a 5-year-old girl and the couple’s 1-year-old son were present. Thomas told the judge Monday he wasn’t ready to go to trial, but prosecutors and the judge said he should have been preparing for the case in jail. Prosecutors went through opening statements and six witnesses without Thomas present. They included a friend of Martha Thomas and the girl, who is now 10 years old.

  • Illinois man gets 12 years for exploiting minors Nov 18, 2014 6:17 AM
    A former central Illinois school bus driver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting minors. The State Journal-Register reports 44-year-old James Owens of Owaneco was ordered Monday to remain on supervised release for 20 years after his imprisonment. The former Taylorville school bus driver pleaded guilty in federal court in February to enticing individuals under the age in 18 to engage in sexual activity between 2012 and 2013. He has been in custody since his arrest in May 2013. The case was investigated by the FBI, Illinois State Police and Christian County authorities as part of a nationwide initiative to limit child sexual exploitation.

  • Man convicted of 2 southwestern Illinois holdups Nov 18, 2014 6:19 AM
    A southwestern Illinois man faces a possible life sentence after being convicted of two robberies that included a pawn shop holdup that left the owner paralyzed.

  • Fox Valley police reports Nov 18, 2014 5:54 PM
    Dakota R. Beu, 19, of Gilberts, was charged Monday with manufacture/delivery and distribution of a substance he believed to be LSD, according to an Elgin police report.

  • Tri-Cities police reports Nov 18, 2014 5:05 PM
    Nicole B. Cunanan, 19, of St. Charles, was charged with retail theft at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Von Maur, 3810 E. Main St., according to a police report.

  • 10 years in prison for third suspect in Villa Park home invasion Nov 18, 2014 4:23 PM
    The third of five suspects has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison in the Feb. 12, 2013, home invasion that unfolded after one of the victims arranged to meet a prostitute at his home. Sabas Torres, 27, of Chicago, pleaded guilty, Tuesday, to one count of home invasion in exchange for prosecutors dropping 10 other charges. Torres was then sentenced to 10 years in prison and agreed to testify against the two remaining suspects if their cases go to trial.

  • Palatine man pleads guilty to unlawful restraint Nov 18, 2014 6:50 PM
    A 20-year-old Palatine man pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint Tuesday. In exchange for his guilty plea, Cory M. Bucy was sentenced to 24 months probation.

  • Mount Prospect man charged with child pornography Nov 18, 2014 6:50 PM
    A 19-year-old Mount Prospect man faces charges of child pornography after authorities recovered 200 images and 10 videos containing child pornography on a laptop they say belongs to him. Fernando Devegas was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

  • Second man charged in Wheeling home invasion Nov 18, 2014 6:51 PM
    The second defendant in a Wheeling home invasion last August was arrested on a warrant Tuesday. Steve Chung, of Des Plaines, was ordered held on $100,000 on charges of home invasion, with other charges possible. Co-defendant Martrell Robinson, is also charged with home invasion with a firearm. He is in custody on $125,000 bond.

  • Murphysboro alderman gets 9 years for sex abuse Nov 18, 2014 7:07 AM
    A Murphysboro alderman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for battery and sexual assault. Ronald Nolan pleaded guilty Monday to charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery for holding a 20-year-old Carbondale woman against her will inside his vehicle in September 2013. The 47-year-old sexually abused the woman as he drove around Jackson and Union counties. Nolan was charged with trying to escape from his cell at the Jackson County Jail a month after his arrest. Six charges against him were dropped in exchange for his plea. He will serve two years of mandatory supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens says the city is moving forward with removing Nolan as an alderman.

  • West Chicago man gets 30 years for raping 12-year-old Nov 18, 2014 6:57 PM
    A 32-year-old West Chicago man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing the 12-year-old daughter of a friend. Javier Rocha-Sosa pleaded guilty late Monday to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and was sentenced by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.

  • Report: Lake County Sheriff official pulls over school bus to give son lunch Nov 18, 2014 8:38 PM
    A Lake County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation for making a traffic stop on a Johnsburg High School bus late last week in order to deliver lunch to his son, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

  • Chicago man resentenced in 2010 Wheeling rape Nov 18, 2014 7:43 PM
    Matthew Schaffer, 35, whose 2011 rape conviction was overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sexual assault. In exchange for his guilty plea, Schaffer, who originally was sentenced to 30 years for rape and home invasion, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

  • 18 years for Chicago man who pointed gun at Bensenville police Nov 17, 2014 4:42 PM
    A Chicago man accused of pointing a gun at a Bensenville police officer and pulling the trigger multiple times, before being shot himself, was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison. Namar Davis, 25, of the 900 block of North LeClaire Street, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of armed violence. In turn, prosecutors dropped other charges, including attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint charges.

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