| Sep 21, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Johnny Dudek had piercing blue eyes, swooping bangs and a perfect grin — thanks to the braces that came off not long ago. Soon to turn 16, he was excited about getting the white Grand Am his grandmother left him before she died, though his parents...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:11 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel all but acknowledged that people will be able to legally buy guns in Chicago later this year, announcing Thursday that he has chosen not to fight a federal court ruling that struck down the city's gun shop ban.
Instead, City Hall will...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:27 PM
Just a few weeks ago, Chicago police brass, prosecutors and federal authorities summoned gang members to Gage Park to deliver a message: If the violence continued, law enforcement would be targeting the gang responsible.
The meeting on the Southwest...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:33 PM
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Dysheka Bibbs sees the Rogers Park neighborhood as a "heaven" for gang members, but a temptation her 17-year-old brother resisted.
That only sharpened the loss after her brother, Markeyo Carr, was shot dead when a masked gunman opened fire in the parking...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Of the ideas for reducing violence in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's State of the City address, the one with the greatest potential for immediate impact on Baltimore's skyrocketing homicide rate is her commitment to fully pursuing a set of crime...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Twenty four people were arrested in a citywide gang enforcement operation in Pomona, police said.
The sweep ran from 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday and included compliance checks on individuals on probation or parole, police said.
Three guns, 23...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Officers Keith Linton and Otis Swift stopped their patrol car, rolled down a window and motioned to a hoodie-wearing teenager. In this part of South L.A., such encounters can be tense — or worse.
"Hey, Linton. Hey, Swift," the teen said. "How y'...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 3:32 PM
An Allegany County jury has convicted an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in the fatal beating of his cellmate.
Corgiss Ross, 45, was found guilty in the November 2012 murder of Malcolm Jerrod "Rod" Pridget, a prosecutor said Monday. Pridget...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:17 AM
At 1:30 p.m. on a sunny December weekday, just down the hill from prestigious City College high school, shattered glass and blood stained the street.
Neighbors and passersby gathered on the fringes of the crime scene and watched as police officers began...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Laveta Richardson never wanted to end up like those grief-stricken mothers on television who express sorrow and anger toward the loss of their children to Chicago’s gun violence.
But on Thursday, relatives consoled the mother of three through...