This week's local crime and court updates from The Southern Illinoisan.
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The woman known as the “serial stowaway,” accused of sneaking through airport security and onto flights, will remain in custody as her latest cases are pending, a Cook County judge ruled Monday.
Authorities tonight say they have reopened Sheehan Bridge Road after a man found a grenade when he pulled up his fishing line on Clarks River bridge this afternoon.
The gunshot detection system that set in motion the recent fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago routinely reports gunshots where there are none, sending officers into predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods for "unnecessary and hostile" encounters, community groups argued in a court filing Monday.
Attempted murder charges have been filed against the driver of a pickup truck who allegedly drove onto a median because he was angered by a group of “yuppies with dogs” having a picnic in Logan Square on Saturday, Chicago police said.
A 57-year-old motorist apparently angered by “yuppies with dogs” allegedly yelled anti-Asian comments before slamming into group of friends enjoying a birthday picnic, seriously injuring a woman in Logan Square, witnesses and officials said.
More than 2,600 people have been in custody at the Cook County Jail or at home on electronic monitoring for more than a year as a massive backlog of felony cases has piled up at the Cook County Circuit Court.
The guidelines being studied essentially call for officers to make more careful decisions about chasing suspects, especially without backup, and only when they have legal justification to stop or arrest a person.
A judge Saturday set bail at $500,000 for a 28-year-old Plano woman who was charged with aggravated battery to a child in connection with dropping her 5-year-old daughter off a six-story parking garage, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney office.
Statistics included in a news release from the Chicago Police Department reveal that a troubling rise in gun violence this year shows little sign of slowing down. The city had five fewer homicides this April than last April, but the number of shooting victims increased to 299 from 225.
One of two shooters opened fire “not once but twice” at a car in a McDonald’s drive-thru, killing 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams and wounding her father on the West Side earlier this month, prosecutors said Friday.
A suburban Chicago man and a juvenile have been charged in connection with a violent carjacking that left a mother of two paralyzed.
MARION — Bryan Lee, Carbondale's high school football coach, is pressing charges after he was hit in the face and tackled following the final game of the season last week, according to Williamson County County court documents.
A state ethics commission has found a former Exelon lobbyist sexually harassed one of his female colleagues on two separate occasions in Springfield, in violation of the Lobbyist Registration Act.
The Carbondale High School football coach is pressing charges after he was hit in the face and tackled following the Terrier’s final game of the season April 23.
The cause of death is pending following an autopsy, authorities said.
A 28-year-old man is in custody in connection with a Wednesday night burglary.
Convened by the Women’s Justice Institute, the task force report includes 250 recommendations, ranging from eliminating prison charges for basic needs, like email access and tampons, to mass commutations for women where a history of gender-based violence was not initially considered by the court system.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday said the city is considering ways to incentivize residents to get coronavirus vaccines, including potential passes that could lead to preferred seating and admission to events for those who have gotten shots.
Graphic police video of Anthony Alvarez’s death was released Wednesday by authorities, who are investigating whether Officer Evan Solano violated Chicago Police Department rules when he fatally shot Alvarez last month.
State and local law enforcement authorities are investigating a bomb threat made to the city’s high school Wednesday.
The ongoing Northwestern Juvenile Project focuses on the mental health of delinquent juveniles, and newly released data examines what happens to youths who enter detention with psychiatric disorders.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is adjusting his statewide mask mandate to align with new, looser federal guidelines.
Prosecutors have filed charges against a 21-year-old man who they allege was involved in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams when she was in a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father on April 18, Chicago police and court records say.
The Secret Service is investigating six threatening letters sent to the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago that mention President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Obama family, among others, according to the museum.
A woman who sent sexually explicit photos of another woman to family and friends to show why her marriage was called off was found guilty in McHenry County Monday of violating the state law against so-called revenge porn.
The city of Chicago on Monday sued a northwest Indiana gun store alleging it has sold hundreds of guns to straw buyers that wound up in the hands of felons or at crime scenes in the city, some within days of purchase.