| Apr 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Carlos Canino cut his teeth as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, in an era when violent crime was hitting record highs.
It was the summer of 1991, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had transferred Canino to the Los Angeles...
| May 21, 2014
Cook County probation officers have for years quietly teamed up with law enforcement to go into probationers' homes without warrants, looking for guns, drugs and information and leading to questionable and illegal searches, the Tribune has found....
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:45 PM
Two of three men charged with the 2011 slaying of 13-year-old Darius Brown, who was shot dead by gang gunfire while playing basketball on the South Side, have been convicted of his murder, authorities announced today.
Jamal Streeter, 21, and Aramis...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:16 PM
Spencer Davis was chatting up tourists on the Venice boardwalk when police officers pulled up in front of his display of plastic alien heads.
Had Davis seen a man threatening people with a chain saw, they asked?
"Not today," he quipped with a smile,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:09 PM
Shot in the back while washing her dogs outside her father’s Englewood home in 2009, 9-year-old Chastity Turner’s death became another gut-wrenching symbol of the violence plaguing the South Side neighborhood.
On Wednesday, Cook County...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 6:28 PM
For the second time this month, the Orange County Model Engineers group has reported major vandalism at its ridable train setup in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park.
Six park tables at Goathill Junction, which is what the nearly 40-acre rail attraction is...
| Apr 4, 2014
Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski is not the kind of man who lives in the past. He's happiest while working on motorcycles in the garage of his house in Berwyn, where he lives with his wife and two children, or working as a counselor for high school students...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Two men were convicted Friday of randomly firing into a group of young people, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three others in an attempt to "send a message" to their East Baltimore neighbors.
In May 2011, prosecutors said, Danyae Robinson, 31,...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 8:46 PM
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Wednesday said the number of shootings, particularly gang-related ones, has dropped sharply in the first 2 ½ months of 2014.
At a news conference at a police station in the Englewood neighborhood, one of...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:28 PM
Two gunmen opened fire on 12-year-old Sean Johnson and his friends in 2011 to "send a message" to their East Baltimore neighborhood, prosecutors said Thursday at the start of the trial of the alleged gang members accused of killing Johnson and wounding...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Los Angeles police Officer Andre Dixon lowered the passenger-side window and aimed his flashlight at a darkened living room window guarded by white bars.
Click-click … click-click … click-click. Dixon's light snapped on and off.