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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Pepper-Sprayed Partier Escapes from Cops at the Hospital

Pepper-Sprayed Partier Escapes from Cops at the Hospital

A 32-year-old man arrested on an obstruction of justice charge in Ford Heights fled from sheriff's police at St. James Hospital Saturday.
Teen-Ager Dies in Sauk Village Shooting

Teen-Ager Dies in Sauk Village Shooting

Three others wounded in Thursday afternoon gunfire.
Mom Dies, 5 Kids Injured in I-57 Crash Tuesday

Mom Dies, 5 Kids Injured in I-57 Crash Tuesday

Passenger of car struck by the mom's van also in critical condition.
SUV Crash Lands on Dealer's Row: OMGPD

SUV Crash Lands on Dealer's Row: OMGPD

Tiny jail towels, iPad thief smiles, cigarette ripoff and a hard-to-swallow milk shake in the latest annals of Patch Chicago crime-n-shame.
Chicago Heights Teen Shot to Death in Richton Park

Chicago Heights Teen Shot to Death in Richton Park

The 17-year-old boy was shot in the head while sitting in a friend's parked car Friday night.
Chicago Heights Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge in July Shooting

Chicago Heights Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge in July Shooting

Edward Carter, 35, is being held without bail after being accused of shooting another man 7 times, partially paralyzing him.
Life in Prison for Homewood Man Who Stabbed 3-Year-Old Son to Death

Life in Prison for Homewood Man Who Stabbed 3-Year-Old Son to Death

Gregory Sandifer also raped the boy's mom, stabbed her and threw her out a window before he took the toddler's life.
Accused 'Machete Man' Says All He Had on Him Was a Lighter: OMGPD

Accused 'Machete Man' Says All He Had on Him Was a Lighter: OMGPD

A woman locks up her dog in filth, a suspicious texter and a man with red fingernails this week in the annals of #PatchChicago's crime-n-shame.
Chicago Heights Man Freed after 20 Years

Chicago Heights Man Freed after 20 Years

The jury deliberated for five hours before acquitting Rodell Sanders, 49.
At Least 3 People Shot in Chicago Heights Monday

At Least 3 People Shot in Chicago Heights Monday

Police have not released the names and ages of the victim, or a motive.
Juvenile Electrocuted Climbing on Metra Train in University Park

Juvenile Electrocuted Climbing on Metra Train in University Park

Few details are available about the incident.
Chicago Heights Woman Who Stabbed Disabled Coworker to Death Gets 25 Years

Chicago Heights Woman Who Stabbed Disabled Coworker to Death Gets 25 Years

The two women were both janitors—and once friends—at SouthSTAR services in Chicago Heights.
Sauk Village Man Dies After Chicago Police Tasered Him

Sauk Village Man Dies After Chicago Police Tasered Him

Suspected of theft on the North Side, the man ran from police.
Homewood Man, 33, Dies after Industrial Accident in Chicago Heights

Homewood Man, 33, Dies after Industrial Accident in Chicago Heights

The man died from injuries sustained when struck in the head by steel tubing.
Woman Sues Red Roof Inn Where Bail-Jumper Allegedly Raped Her

Woman Sues Red Roof Inn Where Bail-Jumper Allegedly Raped Her

The woman is suing the Monee Red Roof Inn in connection with the sexual assault allegedly committed by a motel employee last year.
MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Victor Nieto?

MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Victor Nieto?

Every Monday Patch highlights one of Cook County’s most wanted fugitives.
Cop Charged in Beanbag Shooting Death of 95-Year-Old WWII Vet

Cop Charged in Beanbag Shooting Death of 95-Year-Old WWII Vet

John Wrana died after Park Forest police Tasered him and then shot him with beanbag rounds at close range in his senior-living facility.
2 Men Accused of Bilking Ford Heights Church Out of $20,000 Loan

2 Men Accused of Bilking Ford Heights Church Out of $20,000 Loan

The men opened a secret account at a Chicago Heights bank to siphon off the money, according to Cook County sheriff's police.
Attention Deficit: Chicago Man Charged With Phony Matteson PD Bomb Story Was 'Trying to Get Attention,' Says Police Chief

Attention Deficit: Chicago Man Charged With Phony Matteson PD Bomb Story Was 'Trying to Get Attention,' Says Police Chief

A Chicago man hit with felony disorderly conduct charges admitted he was lying about a bomb he said was planted at the Matteson Police Department, the chief said.