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KANKAKEE, Ill. — The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an inmate escape from the Jerome Combs Detention Center.
At about 3 a.m. Wednesday, police say the inmate overpowered a correctional officer and took his keys and uniform. The inmate, who has been identified as Kamron T. Taylor then fled the jail and stole the correctional officer’s vehicle.
The vehicle is a 2012 Brown Chevrolet Equinox Illinois registration P506660.
Taylor is considered armed and dangerous and described as a black male 5’9” 170lbs.
He was recently convicted of murder and was awaiting sentencing.
The public is advised to call 911 if they observe Taylor or the vehicle.
Public and private schools in Kankakee and Iroquois counties were notified to put a soft lockdown in place, even though several schools are on spring break.
A mother is demanding answers after a Facebook photo surfaced showing her teenage son brutally beaten and tied up by his neck while serving time at a Georgia prison.
In the jarring photo, 18-year-old Cortez Berry, who was sentenced for a 2011 carjacking and robbery, is seen hunched down with a swollen eye in front of two shirtless young men, one who holds the end of a makeshift leash.
The photo is believed to have been taken by fellow inmates at Al Burruss Correctional Training Center before somehow uploaded to Facebook on Friday.
Students with helium filled balloons with messages for Jennifer Houle written on them gather to mourn her loss. Since Jennifer Houle is still in the river, maybe rocks with messages would have been better....
MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of students, faculty and loved ones gathered Tuesday at sunset in front of the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union to mourn the loss of one of their own.
Wearing purple, the crowd held electric candles and released balloons with written messages addressed to Jennifer Houle on them. The 22-year-old from Lake Elmo fell from a bridge near campus into the Mississippi River early Friday morning.
Houle was a student in the Carlson School of Management and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was last seen near bar close at about 2 a.m. in Dinkytown, a neighborhood dominated by university housing and shops.
Minneapolis police said it has surveillance footage of Houle entering the Mississippi River from atop the 10th Avenue bridge, which runs parallel to the Interstate 35W bridge southeast of downtown Minneapolis. The police did not specify whether Houle jumped or fell the 110 feet from the top of the bridge to the water.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office is leading the search efforts for Houle, who is presumed dead.
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant.
Odessa police say Michael Chico was arrested after an off-duty officer spotted a truck with law-enforcement trappings. Cpl. Steve LeSueur (luh-SWEER') says Chico's vehicle looked like an unmarked police vehicle.
The officer who saw the truck cut in line Saturday thought the driver, who was wearing a uniform, was a volunteer firefighter and followed Chico to some apartments.
LeSueur says that when confronted, Chico said he wasn't an officer and also used the lights and sirens to get through traffic lights.
Chico was freed Sunday on $15,000 bond. Online jail records don't list an attorney for him.
A Kane County judge sentenced convicted child molester Armando Vega to 37 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for assaulting a young child he knew, prosecutors said.
"The greatest tragedy here is that this child was victimized by an adult who should have been caring for and protecting her. Mr. Vega is now in a place where he is no longer a threat to children," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said.
Vega, 51, of the 300 block of Shiloh Lane, Elgin, was convicted in February by a jury of four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, each a Class X felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, according to a Kane County State's Attorney's office press release. He was sentenced late Monday by Associate Judge Clint Hull.
An ambulance driven by a man with three indefinite license suspensions drove through a stop sign Tuesday and hit a school bus, injuring 12 students, Porter County sheriff's police said.
In all, 15 people were hurt in the crash involving a Valparaiso school bus and a Superior Ambulance around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Union Township.
Out of the 59 children and three adults on the school bus, 12 students received minor injuries, said Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the sheriff's department. All of the students were fifth-graders at Memorial Elementary School.
Both Superior Ambulance employees in the ambulance and their patient were injured. The severity of their injuries is unknown, LaFlower said. All three were transported to area hospitals.
Through the first three months of 2015, homicides in Chicago have risen over the same period last year, though they have remained close to levels from four years ago, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel was elected.
Most of the violence continued to affect large swaths of the South Side and West Side, even as the city went through a cold and snowy winter.
Executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds have since 2011 poured more than $600,000 in contributions into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign operation and political action committees (PACs) that support him, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times. These contributions appear to flout federal rules banning companies that manage pension funds from financing the campaigns of officials with authority over pension systems, say legal experts.
The contributions also potentially conflict with an executive order Emanuel himself signed in 2011 prohibiting city contractors and subcontractors from making campaign donations to city officials.
A former chief of staff to President Obama, Emanuel, a Democrat, was elected Chicago mayor three years ago with a substantial boost from financial services executives. Since 2011, at least 31 executives at firms that harvest fees by managing city pension funds have contributed to his campaign and associated PACs. That list of donors includes Kelly Welsh, a Northern Trust executive who was recently appointed by President Obama to the top legal position in the U.S. Commerce Department. (See related story here.)
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the latest lawmaker to get caught up in allegations of insider trading while a member of Congress.
Then-Rep. Emanuel reportedly sold up to $250,000 in Freddie Mac stock on February 21, 2003 days before it dropped by 10 percent — and weeks before it was publicly revealed that the entity was under criminal investigation for inflating earnings. The allegations are revealed in Peter Schwiezer's new book "Throw Them All Out," which will hit bookshelves tomorrow.
A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.
The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and assault.
Ricky Shawatza Hall of Baltimore was identified by the FBI on Tuesday as the driver of an SUV that police fired on after it refused to yield to orders from officers to stop at the entrance to Ft. Meade, Md.. U.S. officials have said that Hall and a passenger, who has been identified at Kevin Fleming and is being treated at an area hospital, were both dressed as women.
etroit man says his business is being held hostage by a group of teenagers who continually loiter inside and out of his gas station.
"There's a lot of good people around here," said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren't coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city's west side.
"This is a Bad Crew gas station," said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, "If you don't know, I can't even tell you."
Surveillance video obtained by FOX 2 shows as many as a dozen teens hanging out inside the store, smoking cigarettes, sitting on countertops and even spitting into sinks.
The owner says as many as 40 teens can be hanging out in front of the station at any time. "Destroying my store. Destroying my business," said the owner.
He says his clerks are too frightened to take action against the teens and he's worried that the loitering could lead to violence.
Detroit police have been called numerous times to the store, but the owner says right after officers disperse the crowd and leave the scene, the teens returns to their normal posts.
Leslie Cunningham, who lives nearby the station, says members from Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church have recently been to the station to talk to the young people. "It's out of hand," said Cunningham. "We try to raise young people around here that they would be concerned and care about their area and this is what we have to contend with."
The owner, and father of four, says he would walk away from his business if he didn't owe so much on it.
Meanwhile, he keeps working and keeps hoping that the teens decide to leave.
Detroit police tell FOX 2 they'll continue to respond to calls from the station. The owner says he may hire an off-duty officer to help keep his business secure during peak hours.
The grandson of J. Paul Getty was found dead Tuesday and TMZ has learned his ex-girlfriend is currently being detained as a possible witness/suspect. Cops tell us they are handling this as a death "under suspicious circumstances."
We're told he suffered a traumatic injury to the rectal area and paramedics found significant bleeding.
Andrew Getty was found in the bathroom of his L.A. home at around 2 PM. Law enforcement sources tell us the ex-GF called 911 to report cardiac arrest.
Our sources say Andrew and his ex-girlfriend have a storied history with the LAPD. Cops have been to his residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances. Our sources say they have both frequently been under the influence of drugs during the police visits.
We're told the drugs cops found in the past were prescriptions.
As for their relationship, we're told he has a restraining order against her and she has been placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold in the past, after injuring cops when they responded to the house. We're also told she's allegedly broken into Andrew's house on numerous occasions.
Andrew's dad, Gordon Getty, is one of the richest men in the U.S. Forbes put Gordon's wealth at $2.1 billion ... the family was listed as the 54th richest ... worth an estimated $5 billion.
Northwestern University student told officials she was sexually assaulted in her dorm room Monday evening at the school’s north suburban campus in Evanston.
The student reported the assault happened between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in a university residence hall, according to a Northwestern University security alert.
The recent one from UIC turned out to be a dropped charges situation. If they have so little information as this they really should hold off reporting until charges are filed. That's not victim shaming, either, that's being a responsible news outlet.
The student said she previously talked to the attacker and met him at a CTA station in Evanston. They then went to her dorm room where the assault occurred. No weapon was displayed in the incident, according to the alert.
The attacker is not believed to be affiliated with Northwestern, and no detailed description of him was available, according to the alert.
Northwestern officials urge community members to report suspicious activity. Anyone who believes they or someone else is at risk should immediately call Northwestern University police at 847-491-3456.
ChicagoMayorRahm Emanuelhas engaged in some interstate payback by attempting to lure Indiana companies over the state’s newly signed religious-freedom bill, but what he doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has a similarlaw.In a Friday letter,Mr. Emanuelcited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by IndianaGov. Mike Penceas a reason to “look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century,” referring to Illinois.
“Gov. Pence’s act is wrong. It’s wrong for the people of Indiana, wrong for the individuals who will face new discrimination, and wrong for a state seeking to grow its economy,” said the letter,a copy of which was postedon the Crain’s Chicago Businesswebsite.Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat and former top aide to President Obama, failed to point out that the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law in July 1998. What’s more, Indiana Republicans say Mr. Obama voted for the measure as an Illinois state senator.
Illinois is one of 20 states with a RFRA. Another 11 states have RFRA protection as a result of court decisions, while President Bill Clinton signed the federal RFRA in 1993.
Indiana has been targeted for an economic boycott afterMr. Pencesigned the law, which critics say legalizes religious discrimination against gays. The Republican governor has denied the charge, saying he would not have signed a bill that allows discrimination.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reminisced Monday about the 1978 Marquette Park protest he joined as a teenager to counter a city-sanctioned rally by a group of Nazis led by Frank Collin.
At the time, Emanuel was a skinny, tanned 18-year-old with dark, curly hair and no shirt. He was determined to let Collin know that, even though the Nazis would not be allowed to march in Skokie, the hatred Collin espoused was not welcome in Marquette Park, either.
“My parents taught me a set of values: the values of respect for diversity. These were people marching against Jews, against blacks, against Catholics. They were denied the right to march in Skokie. . . . I said just because they’re not in Skokie doesn’t mean we don’t challenge their hatred, their hateful speech and their bigotry, so I went down there,” Emanuel said.
Alderman Lynne Johnson said she will not step down from the City Council despite the mayor's revelation that she was arrested for retail theft in her ward in August 2013.
Mayor Tom Weisner called for the 10th Ward alderman's "immediate resignation" in a news release Monday afternoon in which his office made public her arrest and subsequent plea of guilty in Aurora branch court.
The Justice Department has indicted a former Ole Miss student on civil rights charges after he allegedly hung a noose on a statue of his university's first black student.
Graeme Phillip Harris, 20, of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students.
The indictment is connected to a February 2014 incident in which a noose and a former Georgia flag, prominently featuring the Confederate battle emblem, were placed on a statue of James Meredith.
PHOTO: Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is like so many blacks...
Blame EVERYBODY but blacks. Let's not address why blacks are responsible for over 90% of Chicago's shootings and murders and how blacks everyday travel miles from where they are living to go to WHITE NEIGHBORHOODS to victimize WHITE PEOPLE and their property.
The injustice that results in the disproportionate confinement of minority and low-income people is an issue about which I am very passionate and have raised serious concerns about for many, many years. I would never do anything to exacerbate this crisis, and I am for any measure that would stem the mass incarceration of minorities and the poor.
The fact is, state law mandates that the clerk of Circuit Court collect 10 percent of bail amounts, and then remits 10 percent of the collected amount to the county’s general revenue fund, where it is used to cover bail bond costs. “Bail bond costs” include the services of the judiciary, sheriff, state’s attorney, public defender and court clerk, from processing the defendant into the County Jail, transporting him or her to bail bond court, holding the bail bond hearing in court, transporting the defendant back to jail, and processing him or her out of jail; as well as the pre-trial services staff that help judges make decisions for setting bail. I am confident that Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey and the County Board will find a way to cover these bail bond costs, as he said he would; thereby, this new legislation should not affect the county’s budget.
The real issue is the fact that minorities and low-income individuals are arrested and jailed at disproportionate rates in the first place. For instance, although African-Americans are only 25 percent of the population of Cook County, they comprise nearly 73 percent of arrestees in the county, and 67 percent of the daily population of the Cook County Jail.
Real change has to begin with training law enforcement officers to not discriminate in their arrest methods, which is a measure that is being considered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board, of which I am a member. Additionally, the Cook County chief judge is leading an effort, on which I and other criminal justice stakeholders are collaborating, to increase the number of defendants who are released on their own recognizance or to electronic home monitoring, by using a new risk of re-offending assessment tool that would alleviate the need for low-risk offenders to post bail bonds at all.
I am for establishing criminal justice system measures that will ensure the administration of equal justice for all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status.
Dorothy Brown is the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
PHOTO: First Lady Michelle Obama, left, speaks while standing on stage with Making A Difference award winners, from left, Kaya Thomas, Chental-Song Bembry and Gabrielle Jordan during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark.
NEWARK, N.J. — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls....