Stories by Matt Masterson

Man Who Suffered ‘Extensive’ Burns in South Austin Building Explosion Dies

Chicago firefighters respond to a building explosion at West End and North Central avenues, Sept. 20, 2022. (Chicago Fire Media / @CFDMedia)

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed Friday that one male victim, who had suffered “extensive" burns in the blast, died from his injuries.

Cook County Judge Charged With Domestic Battery Placed on 'Restricted Duties'

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Sixth Municipal District Judge Carl Boyd, who was arrested this week on allegations of domestic battery, has been placed on restricted duties, the chief judge’s office announced.

At Least 8 Injured After Building Explosion in South Austin Tuesday, Fire Officials Say

Chicago firefighters respond to a building explosion at West End and North Central avenues Tuesday morning. (Chicago Fire Media / @CFDMedia)

The fire department tweeted the explosion occurred at West End and North Central avenues sometime Tuesday morning. At least eight people have been hospitalized, with three in "serious to critical" condition.

3-Year-Old ‘Not Likely’ to Survive After Aunt Pushed Him Into Water at Navy Pier, Prosecutors Say

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Victoria Moreno, 34, was ordered held without bail Wednesday following her arrest on charges of aggravated battery and attempted murder, though prosecutors said additional charges may be filed later if the victim succumbs to his injuries.

COPA Publishes Videos of Pilsen Shooting That Led to Charges Against Police Officers

Video published by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows the July 22, 2022 shooting that led to two Chicago police officers being charged with aggravated battery and other charges. (Civilian Office of Police Accountability)

The civilian oversight agency tasked with investigating police misconduct published video Tuesday showing the July shooting in Pilsen that led to a Chicago police sergeant and an officer being arrested on felony charges last week.

More Than 60 People Shot, 9 Fatally, in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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According to Chicago Police Department data, 63 people were shot in 47 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.

R. Kelly Guilty on Child Pornography Charges, Acquitted on Some Other Counts

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

During the monthlong trial, jurors heard from R. Kelly’s goddaughter “Jane” and three other accusers — each of whom testified using a pseudonym — who described being sexually abused at the hands of the singer while they were underage.

2 Killed, 7 Wounded in Washington Park Shooting After 'Personal Altercation'

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Chicago police Deputy Chief Fred Melean said there was a “personal altercation” between two groups in the park at around 7:45 p.m Tuesday before “multiple shots were fired.”

As Deliberations Begin, R. Kelly’s Attorney Asks Jurors To Do the ‘Impossible’ and Judge Solely on Evidence

Jury deliberations got underway Tuesday afternoon

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

“You can think he’s the most amoral, unethical person on the planet,” R. Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean said, “and that has nothing to do with whether the government has met its burden on the charged offenses.”

R. Kelly Used Fame and Influence to Abuse Goddaughter, Prosecutor Says as Closing Arguments Get Underway

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense prepared to deliver their final statements to jurors in the trial of R. Kelly and his former employees, Derrel McDavid and June Brown.

4 People Killed, 26 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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According to Chicago police, 30 people were shot in 26 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Four of those victims died.

Defense Teams for R. Kelly, Co-Defendants Rest Case in Federal Trial

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Derrel McDavid, who worked for Kelly for more than two decades, spent Friday morning back on the witness stand at the Dirksen Federal Building under cross examination during his third-straight day of testimony.

Chicago Teen Charged in Fatal Shooting During Meetup to Sell Firearm, Prosecutors Say

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Alexsandro Hernandez, 19, has been ordered held without bail after he was charged Thursday with one count each of attempted robbery and felony murder following the fatal Aug. 1 shooting of 18-year-old Irving Ibarez in Galewood.

R. Kelly Co-Defendant Testifies About Early Allegations Made Against R&B Singer

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Derrel McDavid testified he didn’t believe early allegations that the R&B singer had sexually abused minors in the 1990s, stating he thought such claims were not only false, but were the “cost of doing business” in the entertainment industry.

Longtime Music Journalist Jim DeRogatis Asks Judge to Quash Subpoena to Testify at R. Kelly Trial

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Music critic Jim DeRogatis and his employer, The New Yorker, filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to quash a subpoena filed by Kelly’s co-defendant Derrel McDavid, citing it as “unduly burdensome, unreasonable and oppressive.”

9 People Fatally Shot, More Than 40 Others Wounded in Chicago Over Labor Day Weekend: Police

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According to Chicago police, 55 people were shot in 47 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Chicago Police Announce Safety Plans For Busy Labor Day Weekend

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Chicago police leaders are adding patrols in neighborhoods, high-traffic areas and along the CTA during the Labor Day weekend, officials announced Friday.

More than 93% of CPS Students Showed Up For First Day of Classes, District Says

CPS on Friday announced that 93.4% of its 300,000-plus students were in their classrooms for the start of the new school year on Aug. 22. That’s the highest percentage since the 2019-20 school year, the district said.

R. Kelly Says He Won’t Testify in His Own Defense at Chicago Trial

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Kelly told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on Thursday that he would not be testifying in his own defense at his second federal trial in as many years. One of his codefendants, however, is planning to take the witness stand.

448 People Killed in Chicago This Year, But Homicide Rate Remains Down From Last Year

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Sixty-six people were killed across the city in August, new department data shows, which brings the total number of homicides in 2022 up to 448. That’s below the pace set in each of the last two years, but the total is more than 100 homicides higher than the first eight months of 2019.

Ex-CPS High School Dean Charged in Sex Abuse of Underage Student

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Brian Crowder, 40, has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an underage female student over the course of multiple years.

Two More R. Kelly Accusers Testify About Alleged Abuse at Hands of R&B Singer

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

A second alleged victim who claimed R. Kelly sexually abused her while she was a minor in the 1990s, told jurors Monday that she lied during an investigation into the R&B superstar’s past child pornography allegations to conceal her own involvement with him.

9 People Killed, 26 Wounded in Shootings Across Chicago Over the Weekend: Police

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Thirty-five people were shot, nine of whom died, in weekend shootings across the city of Chicago, including an 18-year-old killed outside a home in Chatham and a 50-year-old killed inside a Humboldt Park restaurant.

Man Charged in Connection With Fatal Road Rage Stabbing in River North

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Alan Perez, 25, was charged with first-degree murder Friday afternoon stemming from the killing of 36-year-old Jeremy Walker, who died following an altercation at Dearborn and Ohio streets.

9-Year-Old Bit Man to Escape Kidnapping Attempt Outside West Ridge Grocery Store, Prosecutors Say

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Terran McKethan has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and indecent solicitation stemming from the Aug. 17 incident at the Cermak Fresh Market in the 6600 block of North Damen Avenue. He’s also been accused in another incident near that same store.

CPS Officials Says They’re Working on Busing Issues, as Hundreds of Kids Have 90-Minute Trips or No Ride at All

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The average bus trip districtwide is 39 minutes and over 80% of rides are under an hour, according to CPS CEO Pedro Martinez, but 365 diverse learners currently have rides lasting more than 90 minutes each day.