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The latest on local crime and public safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five Dogs Locked in Car While Owner Partied for Hours In Bucktown Bar: Cops

Five Dogs Locked in Car While Owner Partied for Hours In Bucktown Bar: Cops

Police say dogs did not have heat, food or water. Owner charged under state Humane Care for Animals Act.
Shady Bandit’s Boyfriend ‘Didn’t Know She Was Robbing Banks': FBI

Shady Bandit’s Boyfriend ‘Didn’t Know She Was Robbing Banks': FBI

Alleged bank robber had "extra money" but her boyfriend didn't know she was robbing banks.
Scar-Faced Ruse Burglar and Accomplice Moving Through North Side

Scar-Faced Ruse Burglar and Accomplice Moving Through North Side

Chicago Police Area North detectives say six incidents occurred in one week on North Side.
'Benchwarmer Bandit' Strikes Fourth North Side Bank, FBI Says

'Benchwarmer Bandit' Strikes Fourth North Side Bank, FBI Says

FBI believes same man is responsible for robbing four Chicago banks in past two weeks.
ARRESTED: Police Charge Man and Woman in String of North Side Robberies

ARRESTED: Police Charge Man and Woman in String of North Side Robberies

Couple who robbed five restaurants and business were arrested after six-day crime spree, cops say.
Pair Threatens to Blow Up Pizzeria, Robs 7-Eleven in Near West, Lincoln Square Robberies

Pair Threatens to Blow Up Pizzeria, Robs 7-Eleven in Near West, Lincoln Square Robberies

Chicago Police issue community alert about alleged bomb-toting, shotgun wielding male-female duo that robbed two businesses Thursday and Friday.
Sheriff Busts Dad Who Owes $500,000-plus in Child Support

Sheriff Busts Dad Who Owes $500,000-plus in Child Support

This guy has had a warrant out for his arrest since 2008, but a tip finally led cops to him.
Doc Who Wanted to Feel Good Traded Drugs for Sex on Craigslist

Doc Who Wanted to Feel Good Traded Drugs for Sex on Craigslist

Tripped up by a police sting, former Rush University Medical Center doc could be headed to federal prison for 9 to 11 years.
Chicago Corruption Probe Leads to Billionaire Ukrainian Oligarch

Chicago Corruption Probe Leads to Billionaire Ukrainian Oligarch

Dmitry Firtash posted a record-setting $174 million bail after the FBI sought his arrest in Austria.
Plea Deal Instructs Man to Stop Spitting on Others

Plea Deal Instructs Man to Stop Spitting on Others

Also in this week's OMG PD, a car is towed for owing thousands in parking tickets and a cabbie gets battered by his fare.
Someone Doesn't Like Laz Parking Meters

Someone Doesn't Like Laz Parking Meters

Chicago Police report that 13 meters have been vandalized on North Side.
DUI Suspect Bites Off Booking Room Camera, Police Say

DUI Suspect Bites Off Booking Room Camera, Police Say

Also in this week's OMG PD, a man is arrested for screaming at a snowplow driver.
Family Time: Mom, Dad, Daughter Shoplift $7M Together

Family Time: Mom, Dad, Daughter Shoplift $7M Together

A look at weird crime in the Chicago area.