Stories by Matt Masterson

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Chicago Man Charged in Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault of Postal Worker

Cesar Ramirez, 44, was ordered held without bail Wednesday following his arrest on numerous felony charges stemming from an incident Saturday.

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Pregnant Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of Man After Argument in Austin Home

Keshia Golden, 33, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder after she allegedly killed a 30-year-old man inside the home they shared in the 5100 block of West Augusta Boulevard.

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City Colleges Teachers, Faculty Set Nov. 2 Strike Date

The Cook County College Teachers Union said its contract expired in July, but negotiations on a new deal began last October, with teachers pushing for smaller class sizes, greater access to remote learning and student support, increased wraparound services and fair salary increases.

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Ex-AT&T President Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Tried to Illegally Influence Michael Madigan

Paul La Schiazza, 65, entered the plea through his attorneys during a brief hearing Friday morning, one week after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy and other crimes.

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7 Chicago-Area Residents Charged in $16M COVID Relief Scheme

Feds allege they used shell companies to draw CARES Act funds

According to a 33-count indictment, the defendants paid to have previously dissolved businesses reincorporated in order to use them as shell companies through which they could apply for small business loans and grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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Chicago Police Warn of Numerous Armed Robberies Stemming From Online Marketplace Scam

According to a community alert issued by Chicago police, there have been 19 such robberies reported — many of which have occurred in the 6700 block of South Elizabeth Street — between July and October.

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)

Acquitted at Trial, R. Kelly’s Ex-Business Manager Seeking $850K to Cover Attorneys Fees

Derrel McDavid on Monday filed an 18-page motion through his attorneys seeking a court order that would grant him the fees following what his attorneys called a “vexatious, frivolous, and bad faith” prosecution.

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Clerk Killed During Attempted Robbery at Far North Side Store: Police

A 66-year-old man — identified through Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office records at Salim Khamo — was killed after he was shot once in the chest inside a store in the 6300 block of North Western Avenue.

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Chicago Teen Charged With Attempted Murder After Alleged Shootout at Green Line Station

Ohday McCamury, 19, was held without bail during a hearing Monday afternoon following his arrest on the attempted murder charge, as well as two additional counts of robbery and a misdemeanor count of obstructing identification.

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2 Teens Among 8 People Killed in Chicago Shootings Over the Weekend: Police

Chicago police said 31 people were shot in 26 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Two more people were killed in separate shootings early Monday morning.

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AT&T Illinois Charged With Attempting to ‘Unlawfully Influence’ Michael Madigan, Agrees to Pay $23M

U.S. Attorney John Lausch’s office on Friday announced AT&T Illinois entered into a deferred prosecution agreement after prosecutors filed a one-count criminal information charging the company with using an interstate facility to promote legislative misconduct.

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No Bail For Chicago Woman Charged in Landlord’s Killing After Dismembered Remains Found in Freezer

Sandra Kolalou, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the death of Frances Walker.

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Teen Charged in Fatal 2021 Shooting of 15-Year-Old Simeon High Schooler

Kentrell McNeal was one of two Simeon students killed in separate shootings just hours apart

A Chicago teen was arrested this week on a murder charge, more than a year after he allegedly killed a 15-year-old boy and wounded a 14-year-old in a shooting outside a Hyde Park gas station.

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Security Guard Accused of Killing Co-Worker Outside Downtown Chicago Club

Devontrell Turnipseed, 23, was ordered held without bail Tuesday following his arrest on a single count of first-degree murder following the early Sunday morning shooting of a 38-year-old colleague.

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30 People Shot, 2 Killed in Holiday Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

Twenty-eight people were wounded and two killed by gunfire in shootings across the holiday weekend.

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8-Year-Old Seriously Wounded in Highland Park Mass Shooting Returns to School

Three months after he was seriously wounded during the Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park, 8-year-old Cooper Roberts has returned to school, his family said in a statement Monday.

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Chicago Man Charged With Killing Friend During Attempted Robbery in Rogers Park, Prosecutors Say

Isaias Salas, 20, was arrested this week and charged with first-degree murder, murder via other forcible felony and armed robbery stemming from the May 3, 2022 killing of 21-year-old Julbert Hernandez.

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Chicago Police Shoot Man Inside West Side Police Station

The shooting occurred inside the CPD’s 10th District Station located at 3315 W. Ogden Ave. No officers were wounded, but one person was struck and and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police spokesperson Tom Ahern said.

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Chicago Man Charged in Sunday Shooting That Wounded 7-Year-Old Boy

Kentrell Gayden, 22, was ordered held without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon following his arrest on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from the Sunday morning shooting.

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Murder Charges Filed Against Woman Accused of Pushing 3-Year-Old Nephew Into Water at Navy Pier

A spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Tuesday said it has modified the attempted murder charge filed against 34-year-old Victoria Moreno into a charge of first-degree murder after her 3-year-old nephew Josiah Brown died of his injuries.

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Federal Judge Handling Chicago Police Consent Decree, Ed Burke Cases Leaving Court

Judge Robert Dow will be stepping down from his role before the end of the year to take on a new position with the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

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3-Year-Old Among 5 People Killed in Chicago Shootings Over the Weekend: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 34 people were shot in 28 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.

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Teen Charged With Murder in Crash That Left 55-Year-Old Woman Dead

Juan Vazquez, 17, appeared in adult bond court Friday where he was held without bail following his arrest on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated fleeing and eluding stemming from the death of 55-year-old Dominga Flores.

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Woman Killed in Little Village Crash With Alleged Carjackers: Police

Charges are pending against multiple suspects, according to Chicago police, following a crash in the 3100 block of South Kedzie Avenue that left a 55-year-old woman dead.

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CPS Board Narrowly Approves Steps Furthering Near South High School Plans

Despite concerns from the public and elected officials, the board at its monthly meeting voted 4-3 in favor of a trio of motions to help Chicago Public Schools acquire land and take additional steps toward building the new school.

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Chicago Man Charged With Killing Brother Inside Northwest Side Home

Zack Park, 34, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder stemming from the Saturday afternoon killing of 18-year-old John Park inside their family’s North Park neighborhood home.