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  • Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy process Oct 21, 2014 5:53 AM
    Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. But determining whether others have fallen prey to Darren Vann, 43, a former Marine convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009, could take years, a former high-ranking agent at the FBI’s Chicago office said.

  • Cicero man gets 122 years in girlfriend’s death Oct 20, 2014 5:47 PM
    A Cicero man has been sentenced to more than a century in prison for a shooting that left his 15-year-old girlfriend dead and injured her mother outside their Romeoville home in February.

  • Truck driver’s statements can be used in trial on I-88 crash Oct 20, 2014 6:47 PM
    Statements a Hanover Park truck driver gave police just hours a January crash along I-88 in which he is accused of killing Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injuring a state trooper can be used against him should his case proceed to trial, a DuPage County judge has ruled..

  • Zion teen sentenced to 23 years for killing infant son Oct 20, 2014 6:41 PM
    A Zion teen was sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing his 5-month-old son when the child wouldn’t stop crying. Victor Salinas-Corona, 18, must serve 100 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt DeMartini said Monday.

  • Lombard doctor guilty of defrauding insurance companies Oct 20, 2014 5:28 PM
    A Lombard dermatologist was found guilty in federal court of defrauding insurance companies by billing cosmetic treatments as pre-cancerous lesions on the skin, officials said.

  • 8 years for Aurora home invasion, hammer attack Oct 20, 2014 4:59 PM
    An Aurora man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home in July 2013, injuring her and stealing her cellphone and cash. Angelo M. Parra, 24, also struck the woman and another person with a hammer, prosecutors said.

  • Police: Indiana suspect in 7 deaths hints at more killings Oct 20, 2014 7:22 PM
    Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.

  • Tri-Cities police reports Oct 20, 2014 4:54 PM
    Joslynn F. Nelson, 18, of South Elgin, was charged with retail theft and obstruction of justice at 12:38 p.m. Oct. 13 at Walgreens, 2100 W. State St., according to a police report.

  • Fox Valley police reports Oct 20, 2014 4:55 PM
    Joslynn F. Nelson, 18, of South Elgin, was charged with retail theft and obstruction of justice at 12:38 p.m. Oct. 13 at Walgreens, 2100 W. State St., according to a police report.

  • Crime prevention seminar: Oct 20, 2014 6:16 PM
    The Gurnee Police Department will host a crime prevention seminar at Computer Systems Institute, 5330 Grand Ave., Gurnee, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Gary mayor says suspect in 7 deaths is sex offender Oct 20, 2014 11:47 AM
    he mayor of Gary, Indiana says that a man who confessed to killing one woman and led police to the bodies of six others in northwestern Indiana had been convicted of sex crimes in Texas. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson tells The Associated Press that the 43-year-old man in custody directed investigators to sites where bodies were found Saturday and Sunday.

  • Antioch man apologizes, pleads guilty to killing wife, mother Oct 20, 2014 1:57 PM
    An Antioch man apologized Monday for savagely killing his wife with a machete and suffocating his mother in their garden apartment nearly one year ago. Billy Varner, 55, was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder in front of Lake County Judge Mark Levitt.

  • Police: Elgin woman starved dog on apartment balcony Oct 20, 2014 2:09 PM
    A 24-year-old Elgin woman is accused of leaving two small dogs on her apartment balcony for a week, causing one of them to die of starvation. Tyquence M. Jude faces anywhere between probation and up to three years in prison for felony animal cruelty. Jude told police she "forgot" about the dogs while she went to Chicago for a week in early October.

  • Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Thieves broke through a fence between 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and 6 a.m. Oct. 6 at a construction site on the 2000 block of South Clearwater Drive in Des Plaines, broke into a tool container and stole several saws, drills, cable cutters, grinder, torch sets and wobble lights. Thieves also stole scrap copper and scrap condensers. Loss was estimated at $17,680.

  • Carpentersville man charged in Palatine with public indecency Oct 18, 2014 3:38 PM
    A Carpentersville man has been charged with public indecency in Palatine, police said Friday. Palatine police arrested and charged Pedro Rodriguez, 36, of the 1800 block of Center Drive, with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency, according to a news release.

  • Aurora man gets 90 years for sexually assaulting relative Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Kane County judge has sentenced an Aurora man to 90 years in prison for sexually assaulting a relative, officials said. Jose Mendoza-Sosa, 46, of the 300 block of Spring Street, was sentenced Friday by Associate Judge Clint Hull, according to a news release from Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon. In addition, Mendoza-Sosa also must register as a sex offender for life, although the judge noted during the hearing that he likely would die in prison.

  • Investment adviser convicted Oct 17, 2014 7:54 PM
    A federal jury on Friday found a Chicago investment adviser guilty of defrauding an Oak Brook-based bank and two clients, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. Robert J. Lunn, 64, of Chicago was convicted on five counts of federal bank fraud. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count, the news release said.

  • Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers Oct 17, 2014 5:42 PM
    State lawmakers crafting legislation that would govern the use of body cameras by police officers got a glimpse Friday of a complicated debate as proponents of the devices in and out of law enforcement raised questions about issues ranging from privacy to cost to public trust.

  • Chicago residents charged with baggage thefts Oct 17, 2014 5:19 PM
    Two people from Chicago have been charged with taking 18 bags from Sea-Tac Airport valued at more than $45,000.

  • Accused of torturing cousin, man arrested in southwest Michigan Oct 17, 2014 9:25 PM
    A 27-year-old man accused of locking his cousin in a cage, throwing hot wax on him and burning him with a lighter near Des Plaines has been arrested in Michigan.

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