This week's local crime and court updates from The Southern Illinoisan.
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Authorities have identified the victim in last week’s fatal stabbing in West Frankfort as the owner of a local construction company.
Unlike a courtroom acquittal scene that has played out many times throughout the U.S., Derek Chauvin — the white former Minneapolis police officer whose fatal encounter with George Floyd was caught on video last year — was found guilty Tuesday on all counts by a jury after a two-week trial.
The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley.
The 7-year-old girl killed Sunday afternoon while with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru was a first grade student who attended a Chicago public school in Humboldt Park and Chicago detectives are investigating her fatal shooting as possibly targeting her father, according to police.
A Friday single-vehicle crash has left one woman with significant, but non-life-threatening injuries.
An Eldorado man has been arrested after allegedly murdering another man in rural West Frankfort last week.
A day after Cook County prosecutors partially disavowed statements they made in court about the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, the office declined to elaborate on what exactly went wrong and why.
The girl and a 29-year-old man were each wounded around 4:15 p.m. at the restaurant in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road in the city’s Homan Square neighborhood, police said, citing early reports.
A 29-year-old Chicago man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for hijacking a woman's car as she sat in the parking lot of a suburban shopping mall before work, prosecutors said.
The pastor of a west suburban church has stepped aside due to allegations that he sexually abused a minor three decades ago, the archdiocese of Chicago has announced.
A civil lawsuit against the city of Springfield and the Springfield Police Department alleges that six officers desecrated the ashes of a 2-year-old who died of neglect and starvation in Decatur in 2019.
On April 14, 2001, Luther Casteel entered JB's Pub with two shotguns, two handguns and at least 200 rounds of ammunition. As he shouted, "I am the king!" a torrent of bullets killed two people and wounded at least 16 others.
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans said Friday that preliminary autopsy results indicate that Rodney J. Johnson, 51, died of "medical-related issues."
A high-ranking member of the Cook County Sheriff's Department has quit after allegations surfaced that he'd made unsolicited sexually suggestive comments to a co-worker eight years ago, the office said on Saturday.
A prosecutor who implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun the instant he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer was placed on leave a day after a video showing the boy's hands were empty was released to the public.
After a police officer chased a 13-year-old boy into an alley and shot him to death, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded a new policy that would protect officers, suspects and bystanders in what she called one of the most dangerous actions an officer can take: a foot pursuit.
This week's release of Chicago body camera footage of the March 29 shooting was another test for news organizations weighing how much graphic material they should show now that video of police confrontations is becoming commonplace.
Hundreds of people gathered in Logan Square Park on Friday evening to demand justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo and all victims of police violence, according to organizers.
Several legal experts said Friday that they don’t think the officer could be charged under criteria established by a landmark 1989 Supreme Court ruling on the use of force by police, though another said prosecutors might see enough evidence to justify an involuntary manslaughter charge and let a jury decide guilt or innocence.
The release of troubling video of 13-year-old Adam Toledo being fatally shot by a Chicago police officer rocked the city from the mayor’s office to the streets of Little Village, but also left it in an all-too-familiar place.
The second in command of the Norfolk Police Department’s internal affairs unit donated to the white man accused of shooting and killing protesters last year and whose case has become a rallying cry for right-wing activists.
A 21-year-old Chicago man allegedly used a “large machete” to slash his co-worker to death at an auto body shop before stuffing the body in the trunk of a Cadillac on the city’s Northwest Side, prosecutors said Friday.
Indianapolis police said they have not made a positive identification of the gunman who killed eight people before taking his own life late Thursday at a FexEd facility in Indianapolis.
FedEx prohibits employees from having their phones with them while they are working, a policy that came under scrutiny in aftermath of a mass shooting at one of the company's Indianapolis facilities.
A 54-year-old New Berlin man appeared in court Thursday to hear the criminal charges against him for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a state senator from Chicago and threatening the lawmaker while the two were driving cars March 15 in Springfield.
The scene of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death was marked by quiet displays of sorrow Thursday after the release of body camera video of a Chicago police officer shooting him.
The Adams County state's attorney's office on Wednesday accused Steven Homan, 47, of placing his arm around the neck of Jazzpher Evans, 19, of Joliet and dragging her for 20 seconds.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday released the following statement after the release of video showing the fatal shooting of Adam Toledo, 13, by Chicago police.
Anyone with information or possible video of this incident is encouraged to contact the police department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS.
A Peoria man was sentenced to just shy of five years in federal prison for having a handgun while riding a motorized scooter in a Peoria Walmart.
In an interview with the FBI a few weeks later, Adams admitted entering the Capitol grounds with a friend, but said he thought at first they were lawfully occupying a public building to protest, according to the affidavit.
A man was arrested Monday in Carbondale after allegedly shooting a gun at a house and later fleeing on a bike.
Were it not for the quick thinking of a Carbondale officer, Sunday’s shooting that injured three people could have very easily resulted in a fatality.