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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Grieving Widow Helps Catch Mugger

Grieving Widow Helps Catch Mugger

Purse snatcher strikes elderly woman at her lowest moment. She would not let the crime go unanswered.
FBI Joins Chicago Police In Going After Violent Gang Members

FBI Joins Chicago Police In Going After Violent Gang Members

Chicago police, federal agents and Illinois State Troopers will be assigned to surge teams in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods.
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.
Creepy Guy Tries Luring Girl Twice -- Including In Front of Mom: Cops

Creepy Guy Tries Luring Girl Twice -- Including In Front of Mom: Cops

Man approached 9-year-old girl at Hamlin Park, 19th District police issue community alert, cops say.
Poncho-Clad Bandit Robs Lake View Bank: FBI

Poncho-Clad Bandit Robs Lake View Bank: FBI

Suspect fled with undetermined amount of money, FBI says.
Red-Light Ticket Protesters Say Police Trying to 'Bully' Them

Red-Light Ticket Protesters Say Police Trying to 'Bully' Them

More than 16,000 red-light citations now up for review. Why did protesters capture police attention for the first time in two years?
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 crime-n-shame.
A Record of Chicago Gun Violence

A Record of Chicago Gun Violence

As reported by news media and curated by the Red Line Project, the latest news on shootings throughout the city of Chicago.
5 Men Charged, 2 Cops Hurt in Montrose Beach Fight

5 Men Charged, 2 Cops Hurt in Montrose Beach Fight

Two police officers were injured after bottles were thrown at them Sunday as they tried to break up a fight in the 4400 block of North Simmonds Drive.
Police Schedule Roadside Safety Check Friday in Rogers Park

Police Schedule Roadside Safety Check Friday in Rogers Park

Chicago Police will be checking for impaired or distracted driving Friday evening through Saturday morning on Western Avenue. Patch has your back.
'You're Not F--- American,' Cop Shouts as Kneeling, Cuffed Woman is Smacked in the Head

'You're Not F--- American,' Cop Shouts as Kneeling, Cuffed Woman is Smacked in the Head

Shocking security camera footage is part of a federal lawsuit filed against the city of Chicago, claiming excessive force and a hate crime took place during a 2013 police raid.
FEDS: Ex-City Official Took Bribes in Exchange for Steering Red Light Camera Contract

FEDS: Ex-City Official Took Bribes in Exchange for Steering Red Light Camera Contract

John Bills, 52, charged with one count of federal program bribery.
North Side Woman Turns Self In After She Tried Suffocating Daughter, Cops Say

North Side Woman Turns Self In After She Tried Suffocating Daughter, Cops Say

Woman charged with attempted murder after she tried suffocating 4-year-old daughter with plastic bag, police say.
Priest Won't Be Alone With Kids During Re-Opened Child Sex Probe

Priest Won't Be Alone With Kids During Re-Opened Child Sex Probe

Rev. Michael W. O'Connell agrees not to be alone with children at Chicago parish while undergoing second investigation for alleged child sex abuse, Archdiocese says.
Witness to Alleged Priest Sex Abuse: 'Did I Help That Kid Enough'

Witness to Alleged Priest Sex Abuse: 'Did I Help That Kid Enough'

New allegations of child sex abuse against Chicago priest, by witness who claims he saw priest abusing boy at south suburban gym 15 years ago.
Sex Abuse Probe of Chicago Priest Opened Again

Sex Abuse Probe of Chicago Priest Opened Again

Cook County Sheriff's Department looking into new information as a young man comes forward to talk about what he saw.
MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Domingo Padilla?

MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Domingo Padilla?

Every Monday Patch highlights one of Cook County’s most wanted fugitives.
Woman Assaulted in Daylight Attack in Alley

Woman Assaulted in Daylight Attack in Alley

Attacker warned victim, "I know where you live," after he assaulted her in garage, Chicago Breaking news reports.
Archdiocese of Chicago Clears Priest's Return to North Side Parish

Archdiocese of Chicago Clears Priest's Return to North Side Parish

Investigations determine allegation of sexual misconduct against North Side priest that took place in suburban parish to be unfounded, Archdiocese of Chicago says.
MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Jose Garcia?

MANHUNT MONDAY: Have You Seen Jose Garcia?

Every Monday Patch highlights one of Cook County’s most wanted fugitives.