Chicago police reports overnight raids ended with 81 arrests

Posted on February 25, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says it conducted a number of overnight raids that resulted in the arrest of 81 people and the seizing of drugs and several guns. Anthony Riccio, chief of the department's organized crime unit, says one of the guns taken off the street was capable of firing up to 50 bullets in seconds. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on Friday said 62 of the people arrested were convicted felons, and 14 were on ...

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Second man charged in shooting death of 2-year-old

Posted on February 24, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say a second man has been charged in a shooting that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman. Dionel Harris was charged Friday with first-degree-murder in a shooting on Valentine's Day that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and Lavontay's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins. The shooting in a West Side Chicago alley was partially captured on a Facebook Live video being streamed by the ...

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University of Illinois veterans help Danville fire victims

Posted on February 24, 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire in Danville that killed one veteran and displaced others. The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2lC03nN ) reports that 75-year-old David R. Singleton was killed in the fire at a veterans' group home Feb. 2. University of Illinois student and Marine veteran Jason Sakowski contacted Veterans Affairs officials at the Illiana Health Care campus in ...

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Former Lake County coroner pleads not guilty to perjury

Posted on February 24, 2017

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury. Rudd entered the pleas Friday in Lake County Circuit Court. The 70-year-old is accused of having nominating petitions with signatures of people who were dead or who later claimed they didn't sign when he was seeking re-election in 2016. Rudd dropped out of the Democratic primary after it was determined he didn't have enough valid ...

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Baby born premature dies after mother shot dead in Chicago

Posted on February 24, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A baby girl has died about five months after she was born prematurely when her mother was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago. The Cook County medical examiner's office said Friday that 5-month-old A'Miracle Jones died Thursday evening at a downtown Chicago hospital. The baby's mother, 19-year-old Parasha M. Beard, was killed Sept. 18 when she was shot in the head. Police say Beard was in a parked car when another vehicle ...

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The Latest: Dakota Access pipeline could be operating soon

Posted on February 24, 2017

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local): 7:15 a.m. The Texas-based company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks. Energy Transfer Partners says in court documents that it has finished drilling under Lake Oahe in North Dakota and will soon be laying pipe under the Missouri River reservoir. It's the last stretch of the 1,200-mile pipeline ...

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12 Chicago police SWAT members disciplined after standoff

Posted on February 24, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials say 12 Chicago police SWAT team members were suspended for a day without pay after they failed to fully clear a house following a December standoff. The standoff began late Dec. 1 when shots were fired at a Chicago police supervisor who was driving an unmarked car in the city's South Chicago neighborhood. No one was injured, but the supervisor spotted someone run into a nearby home. The SWAT team responded and police ...

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Warmer weather puts dent in maple syrup production

Posted on February 24, 2017

MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) - Unseasonably warm weather in southern Illinois this winter is putting a dent in maple syrup production. The Southern Illinoisan reports (http://bit.ly/2mcePDn ) the temperatures have affected the amount of sap collected from trees at Southern Illinois University's Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Makanda. Environmental Education Program Coordinator Steve Gariepy says sap was collected a couple times, but "this long ...

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Fungus infecting landscape shrubs found in southern Illinois

Posted on February 24, 2017

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2l53yzv ) that the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the find Wednesday. Officials say the Boxwood blight was first found in Illinois near Chicago last year. Agriculture authorities now say a landscape company owner near Breese found it in his shrubs. The ...

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Trump puts moderate GOP governors in awkward spot

Posted on February 24, 2017

By BEN NUCKOLSAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - These should be heady times for Republicans as the nation's governors prepare for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. But there's a sense of unease for GOP governors in Democratic-leaning states. They criticize President Donald Trump gently, picking their spots to appease the Democratic and independent voters they need to remain in office. At the same time, they don't want to alienate Trump ...

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