Monday, December 31, 2012

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New LogoFraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7
Current Update
December 31, 2012
Springfield Pension Rally Postponed
President Shields urged members to participate in a Springfield Pension Rally in his January Newsletter article. We have received calls regarding details for the rally. We appreciate your involvement in this important issue.

Unfortunately, the Lodge has been informed by our lobbyist and legislative director that the House cancelled its session on the dates that were proposed for the rally. Therefore, the lodge has postponed rallying in Springfield until further notice. We will need your help in the future. Please continue monitoring the FOP site and your email inbox for Current Updates.
Delta Dental Reps Available
It has come to the Lodge's attention that retirees that participate in the dental/vision insurance program experienced an increase in monthly premiums.  This increase was based on the MetLife plan through Source 1, whom we are no longer doing business with.

Members were charged a higher premium rate than they should have been and members will receive a credit on their January pension checks.
Starting in February, the new lower premium will be deducted from retirees' pension checks.

There will be two Delta Dental representatives available at the Lodge on Wednesday, January 2, 2012 to answer your questions. Stop by or call 312-733-7776.
KMA Training - LEO Self Defense
This is a repost as the link in the original post was not working. 

Normal pricing is $ 129.00 / month - unlimited training, we run 15 classes per week, our schedule is posted on our website.

FOP members get a rate of $ 75.00 / month - unlimited training.
In addition, all Krav Academy students get LEO free!! Otherwise the cost is $25.00 per class. Leo will run every Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.. There will will at least 3 trainers in every class to assist. All trainers are licensed and certified.

Civilian training is much different that LEO, however, we encourage all Law Enforcement to participate in both to fully learn and understand Krav Maga and its place in the "real world"

Conditioning is a very large part of what we do as well. We work all core systems averaging around 1,300 calorie burn per class (validated through calorie
counting devices). Please visit our website or view our flyer for more information.

Hot Cougar Betty Hubka and her sex stud Carl Nietupski arrested in Lyons tied to dozens of thefts

Photo: Betty "Michael's Magic Touch" Hubka and Carl "More tha 4 hours" Nietupski.

A Lyons man stopped on suspicion of breaking into a car in the southwest suburb was arrested in a truck stolen from Chicago and is suspected along with his fianceee in dozens of other thefts of items including car radios, tools, and even a child’s bike from as far away as central Wisconsin, police said today.
Carl Nietupski, 50, faces felony possession of a stolen vehicle and felony motor vehicle burglary charges, as well as multiple misdemeanor stolen property possession charges and traffic citations, according to a release from Lyons police. Nietupski, of the 8000 block of Ogden Avenue in Lyons, and his fiancee, Betty Hubka, who faces multiple misdemeanor theft charges, were scheduled for a bond hearing today in Cook County’s Bridgeview Branch Court today.

Detectives warn of North Side salon robberies by armed illegal Mexican

Detectives issued an alert this afternoon, warning of armed robberies to two hair salons in the Lincoln Park area in recent days.
The robberies happened about 5:40 p.m. at a salon in the 1200 block of West Fullerton Avenue on Saturday, and about 5 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Fullerton on Sunday, according to an alert from Chicago Police Area Central detectives.
In both robberies, a man entered the salon, put a duffel bag on the counter, and shown a handgun. He then announced a robbery and fled on foot after getting cash, according to the alert.
Police described the man as Hispanic, with a light complexion, standing between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7 and weighing between 150 to 165 pounds. He was wearing a red jacket and a gray skull cap.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.

The State of Illinois doubled the state income tax, tolls on the tollway doubled, tobacco taxes skyrocketed but wait... Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois fees to rise in 2013

As the uncertain income-tax implications of the so-called federal fiscal cliff spread angst across the country, Illinois residents know for sure how much financial pain they will absorb from local tax, fee, fine and fare increases in the new year.

In Chicago, water bills will rise significantly, property taxes will go up, parking meter rates will jump yet again and speed cameras will start fining led-footed drivers near schools and parks. Across Cook County, smokers, gun buyers and some businesses face tax increases as well as some new charges.

Throughout the state, car owners and strip club patrons will pay higher fees. And many Chicago-area commuters will be hit with increased fares and tolls.


Elgin Police Officer Phillipp D. Brown says he was picked on because he was brown...and also named brown!

When you're black and can't handle your job...Call in the RACE CARD!

An Elgin police officer is suing the city and two Police Department employees, claiming a racist culture exists within the department, with racial slurs tolerated, the Ku Klux Klan celebrated and black officers treated unequally.
Phillipp D. Brown, an officer since 1996, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the city of Elgin, Lt. Sean Rafferty and professional standards officer James Barnes.
The lawsuit claims the city failed to address racial discrimination in the Police Department against employees and citizens. The complaint also states officers were allowed to routinely use racial slurs against Brown and other black officers. It alleges incidents dating back more than 10 years. Brown also claims he lost opportunities at work due to his complaints of discrimination.

Chicago Bears fire Lovie Smith!

Chicago Sun-Times: Rahm Emanuel’s police deployment shuffle - end resulted in less police officers per district and NOT more as promised by the mayor

Despite promises of staffing increases, the Chicago Police Department has fewer beat officers in patrol districts across the city than before Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of city data has found.
Days after he was sworn into office last year, Emanuel announced the start of what he described as a major shift in how the police department assigns officers across the city. He promised to fulfill a campaign pledge by assigning 1,000 more cops to high-crime areas without reducing the police presence in other parts of the city.
Don't forget to stock up on your ZOMBIE AMMO... You'll be needing it in Chicago!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chicago CTA executives wonder why white transits riders are decreasing.... I wonder why?

Many are asking for you to Boycott the Christmas release of this violent movie - Django Unchained

Looks like another blame WHITIE movie and it will flare up the inner city by showing black slaves being whipped, beaten and murdered by the white man! Screw HOLLYWOOD!

Bloodshed City products are all 40% till the end of the year due to Chicago hitting the 500 homicide mark

San Diego Police officer seriously hurt in collision with alleged drunk driver

An on-duty San Diego, CA police officer was seriously injured early Sunday in a traffic collision with a suspected drunk driver, authorities said.
The officer's vehicle, a marked patrol car, was hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Route 125 in the city of Santee at 2:28 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The collision pushed both vehicles off the road. The police vehicle was struck on the driver's-side door by the pickup truck, which was being driven "at a high rate of speed," according to the Sheriff's Department.
Fire Department personnel were forced to use cutting equipment to pry open the car and rescue the officer, who was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, authorities said.
The driver of the pickup truck, who was not seriously injured, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving involving an injury, authorities said. He was booked into county jail.

Looks like the black unemployment rate is going up! MORRISSEY: Time for Bears to move on — without Lovie Smith

DETROIT — I’d like to thank the Vikings for putting the Bears out of my misery.
The thought of another three hours spent watching this offense attempt to transport an oval object into an end zone was almost too much to handle. When the Bears sent away the woeful Lions 26-24 Sunday, it left open the possibility of more stalled drives and 20-yard field goals by Olindo Mare in the postseason. Some of us started sizing up our wrist veins.

Chicago Homicides continue to roar in.... 1 dead, 2 in custody after cops find shooting victim, pursue attackers

Two people were in custody after a man was believed shot to death in the Washington Park neighborhood this evening and suspects fleeing the scene caused a traffic crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway, authorities said.
Officers patrolling the area either heard or saw a man shot in the 200 block of East 51st Street about 5:10 p.m., and followed suspects in a vehicle onto the Dan Ryan Expressway, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
Although a person was shot in the area, no one was taken to an area hospital from the shooting scene via Chicago Fire Department ambulance, and the victim was believed to have died, authorities said. The Cook County medical examiner's office had not been notified of the shooting as of about 6 p.m.

NYC Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner accused of owning 'Newtown'-style assault rifle

Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner was busted on possession of two illegal assault weapons, including the same type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown massacre, authorities said.

Ramsey, NJ, police said they took a total of 10 weapons from Haner after his wife asked for a temporary restraining order.

The 41-year-old cop, who works at the George Washington Bridge and made $175,000 last year, also had eight legal guns, including two handguns, Ramsey police said.

But Haner’s .223-caliber Bushmaster and Chinese-made Norinco rifle were fitted with accessories including flash suppressors that made them illegal assault weapons under New Jersey law, police said.

e was charged on Dec. 21 with two counts of possessing an assault weapon without a permit, police said. The maximum penalty for each charge is five years in prison.

Haner was also charged with one count of possessing high-capacity magazines, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in prison.

A source familiar with Haner’s case said he bought the guns more than 15 years ago and they were stored in a locked case.

Haner did not return a call seeking comment.

Bobby Egbert, a spokesman for the Port Authority PBA, said Haner had an “impeccable 19-plus-years career” with the department.

“It’s our hope that he is treated fairly,” he said.

Haner joined the PA force in 1993. He was among the officers who responded to the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and worked on the pile to remove debris, according to a written account by a PA sergeant.

Haner’s salary is $90,000 and, as of Sept. 30, he had earned $48,198 in overtime this year. Haner’s 2011 salary, overtime and other benefits came to $175,798, PA records show.

The PA suspended Haner without pay, making him the eighth such officer this year.

Additionally, at least three other officers were suspended with pay. A trio of PA cops who worked at the Holland Tunnel were suspended for fudging truck inspections to show they were more produ

As previously predicted on TRUE NEWS USA - Hillary Clinton WILL NOT TESTIFY UNDER OATH about the Benghazi Attack

Secretary Hillary Clinton in hospital with blood clot stemming from concussion
and if you buy that...then Bill Clinton is a virgin too!

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital in New York with blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained earlier this month.
Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants. She was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.
Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton's condition, "including other issues associated with her concussion."
Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.
Clinton was also forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report found that serious failures of leadership and management in two State Department bureaus were to blame for insufficient security at the facility. Clinton took responsibility for the incident before the report was released, but she was not blamed.
Lawmakers at the hearings -- including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Clinton -- offered her their best wishes.
The former first lady and senator, who had always planned to step down as America's top diplomat in January, is known for her grueling travel schedule. She is the most traveled secretary of state in history, having visited 112 countries while in the job.
Doctors will continue to monitor Clinton's condition to determine if further action is necessary.

Latin Lover Husband charged in slaying of wife who was found dead after Oak Forest fire

When we got married we said till death do us part... So I killed her! 

PHOTO: Erica L. Rodriguez, a 40-year-old nurse and mother of three, was found dead by firefighters in her Oak Forest home. 

The husband of a woman found strangled after he set their Oak Forest home on fire is being charged with murder and arson in the slaying, police said.
Martin Rodriguez, 48, is still being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after emergency crews found him outside the burning home in the 15200 block of Central Avenue in the southwest suburb about 9 a.m. Dec. 18, according to police.
Rodriguez, who had his throat slashed and suffered severe burns when crews found him, is charged with the murder of his wife, Erica L. Rodriguez, 40, and arson in the fire that was set after she was strangled, according to a release from Oak Forest Police.

Another Chicago Murder! Body of shooting victim found in Roseland alley

A black male body found was found in an alley this morning in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said.
The victim was found about 11:30 a.m. in an alley in the 500 block of East 109th Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said the victim, younger than 20, was apparently shot to death. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:50 a.m. and is from Chicago.
Further information about him was not being released because his family has not been notified, the spokeswoman said.
Sullivan, citing preliminary information, said the victim appeared to be in his early 20s.

BIG FAT MEXICAN LADY IDENTIFIED IN NYC MURDER - Illegal Mexican Erika Menendez, 31, charged with "murder as a hate crime" in fatal subway pushing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman suspected of shoving a man to his death in front of an oncoming New York subway train was arrested on Saturday and charged with "second-degree murder as a hate crime" in the second such fatality this month for one of the world's busiest transit systems.

The district attorney for the New York City borough of Queens said Erika Menendez, 31, who was seen pacing the subway platform and muttering to herself before the attack, had told investigators that she pushed the victim, Sunando Sen, 46, on Thursday because "I hate Hindus and Muslims."


Chicago the Sanctuary City - 20 Illegals displaced in single house fire

Ten adults and ten children were displaced by a fire in a home in the Little Village neighborhood Saturday night. 

Initial reports indicated that people were trapped in the building, on the 2400 block of South Drake Avenue, but everyone was able to get out, fire officials said. No firefighters or residents were injured.

The fire was confined to the attic. Responding firefighters cut holes in the roof as part of their effort to extinguish the flames. 

Fire equipment and police cars blocked traffic a block in each direction from the intersection of 24th Street and Drake Avenue. 

It's not clear what caused the fire. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chicago Police fire at man who pointed gun during traffic stop

Police fired at a man who pointed a gun at an officer following a traffic stop on the South Side tonight, but no one was wounded.

The man was pulled over about 6:30 p.m. near 57th Street and Prairie Avenue, and during the traffic stop pointed a gun at police, who fired in response, according to Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. No one was hit, and the officer was not injured.

The man tried to flee and was taken into custody nearby. A weapon was recovered, O'Brien said.

Police were continuing the investigation and no information was available immediately on charges.

Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing.

"The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 — the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963.
About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its 500th homicide for 2012."


Cops: Woman, 50, Battered Boyfriend, 32, Because Six Came Before Nine

A Florida woman is jailed on a battery rap for allegedly striking her boyfriend after he “finished first and stopped pleasuring her” during a mutual oral sex session late last night in the victim’s home, police report.

Jennie Scott, 50, was booked into the Manatee County lockup on a misdemeanor charge stemming from the 11 PM encounter in the Palmetto bedroom of Jilberto Deleon, 32. Scott has dated Deleon “for the last 5 years on and off,” according to a sheriff’s report.

Deputies were summoned to Deleon’s home by a witness who heard the couple arguing and saw Scott (seen at right) atop Deleon “punching and scratching him.” She also allegedly struck Deleon with a stick and threatened to hit him with a wrench before the tool was taken from her hand by the witness.

When questioned by a cop, Scott explained that she and Deleon “were giving each other oral pleasure in the bedroom” when Deleon “finished first and stopped pleasuring her.” Scott added that she “became upset and they began arguing.”

A deputy noted that Scott said that she was also mad at Deleon because she had “heard [him] having sex with another woman over the phone earlier in the day.” Scott struggled with deputies before being placed in a police cruiser, where she kicked a window until being warned that she would be maced unless she stopped.

Bail has yet to be set for Scott, who deputies described as “extremely intoxicated.”

Robber who broke into hair salon is beaten by its female black-belt owner and kept as a sex slave for three days... fed only Viagra

Photo: Teaching a lesson: Olga Zajac, 28, allegedly held 32-year-old would-be robber Viktor Jasinski captive for three days in a back room of her hair salon, feeding him Viagra and having sex 'a couple of times'

A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days.
Viktor Jasinski, 32, admitted to police that he had gone to the salon in Meshchovsk, Russia, with the intention of robbing it.

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(Overseas in U.K.) Scandal of 23,000 police who have two jobs: Officers face new curbs on moonlighting as figure soars by nearly 20% in a year

  • Mail on Sunday investigation found a priest, a pole-dancing teacher, four pallbearers and even an ice-cream salesman
  • More than one in 10 officers are boosting their salaries with extra work
  • MPs call for a clampdown as Home Affairs Select Committee promises to investigate
Police are facing new curbs on taking second jobs after a Mail on Sunday investigation found that more than 23,000 officers and staff are moonlighting in their spare time.
The figure has soared by almost 20 per cent in a single year – meaning more than one in ten officers in England and Wales now supplement their income with extra work. It raises serious questions about whether officers’ outside interests conflict with their police duties – and has prompted a near tripling of the number of investigations into potential breaches of the rules.

Work carried out by off-duty officers and staff ranges from a counter-terrorism specialist working as a vicar to a personnel assistant teaching pole-dancing. There are also four pallbearers, an undertaker, an assistant coroner, a ski instructor, an ice-cream salesman and a medium.

Dozens more officers cash in on their skills, offering training in self-defence or firing Taser guns. The disclosures come as the police, who are clashing with politicians over cuts, endure intense scrutiny over the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair.
Last night, politicians from all parties called for a clampdown, and Labour’s Keith Vaz announced that the Commons Home Affairs Committee, which he chairs, will investigate.

He said: ‘I am very surprised by the large number of police with second jobs. It would be quite wrong if chief constables are turning a blind eye to this. Second jobs should not create a conflict of interest or result in police neglecting their duties in protecting the public and catching criminals.’


Add 4 more homicides to the Chicago total - Officials: Lawndale fire that left 1 dead, 3 very critical was an arson set fire

A woman died and three other people were badly burned, including two children 3 and 9, when someone started a fire in a home in the Lawndale neighborhood, possibly pouring accelerant on some of the victims, officials said.
The woman suffered burns over 80 percent of her body and was first taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and then to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where she died, officials said. She was identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Taniya Johnson, 33, of the 4500 block of West Harrison Street, and was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. at Stroger.
A girl, whose grandmother said was 3 although officials initially had listed her age as 5, was taken to Stroger hospital with burns over her entire body, officials said. A 9-year-old boy was also brought there, suffering from burns to 35 percent of his body, fire officials said. They were both listed in critical condition. Johnson was the mother of the two children, officials said.

Illegal Border Crosser 17 Year Old Jose Sanchez dies from his gunshot wounds by female Will County Deputy Sheriff after he slashed the officer in the face with a butcher knife

PHOTO: Jose Sanchez's bullet ridden body will be sent back to Mexico "Via" the air mail cannon
An autopsy was scheduled today on a 17-year-old youth shot Dec. 20 in unincorporated Crest Hill by a Will County sheriff's deputy.
The youth, identified by the Will County coroner's office as Jose Sanchez, was pronounced dead at 3:29 p.m. Friday at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Sanchez, previously identified by Will County sheriff's police as Jose Chavez, was shot in the chest around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at a home on the 2300 block of Gaylord Road after allegedly slashing the deputy in the face with a kitchen knife.

Reward hiked in Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis' slaying to $40,000.00

The reward for information related to the death of a Chicago police officer last year has been increased, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced today.

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction, as police continue to search for at least one other individual they believe was involved in the fatal shooting of Officer Clifton Lewis on Dec. 29, 2011. 

The reward previously had been set at $33,000.

Lewis, 41, an eight-year veteran of the Police Department, was working off-duty at a convenience store in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard when armed offenders entered the store, intending to rob it.

During the incident several shots were fired at Lewis, killing him.
Police said Saturday two men, Edgardo Colon and Tyrone Clay, were arrested earlier this year in connection to the death, but at least one more suspect remains at large.

The announcement was made in honor of the one-year anniversary of Lewis’ death, in an event at the police district headquarters in Austin on Saturday.

Members of Lewis’ family and police colleagues  were present.

“We feel that it’s an opportunity to advertise a little bit more that we’re still pursuing this case,” McCarthy said. “When you do put some more money on the table, sometimes people step up.”

A Southwest Side warehouse partially collapsed during a 4-11 alarm blaze this afternoon that also caused the Chicago CTA to shut down the Pink Line.

The blaze was reported in a 100-by-300 foot, 2-story warehouse at 2444 W. 21st St. about 1:12 p.m., and as of 1:20 p.m. evacuations were underway, according to Fire Media. The 3-11 alarm was called at 1:40 p.m., and the 4-11 alarm followed soon after. The 4-11 alarm was struck out at about 3:47 p.m.
At about 2:43 p.m. Fire Media reported the building was starting to collapse.
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed the building was in the process of collapsing. The masonry warehouse was not abandoned but it was not immediately known what it was being used for or what exactly was burning.

The blaze was so intense firefighters had not yet been able to search inside, he said about 3 p.m.
An Emergency Medical Services Plan 1 had been called, sending six ambulances to the scene, and a Level 1 Hazardous Materials Alert was in effect. But by about 2:05 p.m., the EMS Plan was secured and no injuries were reported. The Level 1 hazmat was secured when the 4-11 alarm was.

Associated Press article about this year's 500 CHICAGO MURDERS, it has generated over 12,000 comments from around the nation

Tony Williams, 43, arrested after attacking Chicago police officers on city's Southeast side

A South Side police officer had his head smashed against the pavement and briefly lost consciousness after he and his partner tried to stop someone fleeing an area where police were investigating a shots fired call Friday night.
Tony Williams, 43, of the 2700 block of East 77th Street in Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and felony resisting arrest.
Police said Williams slammed one officer's face into the ground several times after he and both officers fell to the ground about 7:06 p.m. Friday, with Williams landing on top of the officer whose face he is accused of smashing.
Police had tried to turn him around after ordering him out of the car because he made "furtive movements" toward his waistband, according police.

5 arrested after 5 people were stabbed in South Bend, IN home invasion

Not the same South Bend your pappy use to know!

SOUTH BEND — A home invasion left a South Bend couple seriously injured and three others hurt. Now, five suspects are behind bars.
It's still unclear if this particular home was targeted or if it was a random attack, but we do have more details on what happened just before 10 Thursday night...who the suspects are, and what neighbors think.
It's like scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.
"It's been a lovely neighborhood. At least this block here has been great for the kids. They play in the summertime up and down, riding their bikes so it seemed really safe and family friendly," said Ryan Madison, who lives in the neighborhood.
But that sense of safety was broken Thursday night when police cars arrived near Madison's home in the 1000 block of North Michigan Street.
"I heard the police officers, shouting,” he said. “I didn't know what it was at the time so I came out just to see what it was and I saw the policemen with their guns yelling at the people in the house to come out."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Stephanie Pater indicted in $260,000.00 theft from Chicago Tribune

Stephanie "A Cups" Pater indicted in theft of cash - None of which was spent on a boob job!

A federal grand jury has accused a 39-year-old woman of defrauding Chicago-based Tribune Co. during its lengthy bankruptcy. Stephanie Pater, the company’s former real estate director, was accused of bilking Tribune out of $260,000.

UPDATE: McCarthy admits to 500 HOMICIDES! - Supt. Garry McCarthy: We are NOT at 500 HOMICIDES.... only 499

Chicago reached “a tragic number” today, according to Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy: Its homicide total for the year hit 500, the highest annual total since 2008.

Hours after Chicago police listed the shooting death of a West Side man as the city’s 500th homicide of the year, the department backtracked and said the city has yet to reach the grim milestone.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy had told the Tribune Thursday afternoon that the homicide count stood at 499. Hours later, Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40, was gunned down outside a store in the Austin neighborhood and the department confirmed Friday morning that his death was the 500th homicide. 

But then the department issued a statement calling reports of the tally inaccurate, saying the number remained at 499.  Asked for clarification, a spokeswoman for the superintendent said one of the homicide cases from earlier this week has been reclassified as a death investigation.


Feds want Chicago cop Alex Guerrero to serve 19 years for Latin Kings case

Federal guidelines call for a former Chicago police officer to serve life in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy as an accomplice of the Latin Kings street gang but federal prosecutors recommend he serve 19 years.
The government filed a sentencing memorandum on Alex Guerrero Wednesday, saying that he received 43 points in the federal sentencing guidelines, which is equal to life in prison. However, Guerrero’s plea agreement with the government called for prosecutors to request that he instead serve 19 years in prison.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez demands black school board president Kenneth Williams with felony conviction resign

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is demanding that the president of a south suburban school district step down because of a felony conviction.
On Dec. 21, the office sent a letter to Kenneth Williams, the board president of Thornton Township High School District 205, giving him until Jan. 15 to resign, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. If he doesn’t resign or respond to the letter by the deadline, the state’s attorney will file a lawsuit seeking his removal, Daly said.
The state’s attorney’s office is acting on a complaint that Williams has a felony conviction.
Cook County prosecutors confirmed he was convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985. The Illinois election code makes Williams ineligible to hold elected office as a member of a school board because of the felony, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Williams, who is up for re-election April 9, could not immediately be reached for comment. Calls to his south suburban home were not returned.

Wisconsin retirees could face 13 percent pension cut

Retired public employees in Wisconsin could see their monthly pension payments decrease by as much as 13 percent starting in May, the last in a series of reductions caused by the most recent recession, the Department of Employee Trust Funds warned Friday.

Pension payments are based on the performance of funds managed by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, as well as other actuarial factors like the number of retirees entering and leaving the system.

Payments to retirees invested in the Wisconsin Retirement System's Core Fund are smoothed over a five-year period, and the declines are the result of a 26 percent loss in investments in 2008


International Breaking News: 'Whitney Houston was murdered': Private investigator Paul Huebl claims he has video proving singer was killed by drug dealers

Former police officer says 48-year-old died after racking up debts

  • Medical examiner ruled she accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub
  • She had taken cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs
  • Paul Huebl believes troubled star was targeted by 'high powered' dealers
  • Says they sent thugs to collect $1.5million debt she owed for drugs
  • He claims marks on her body look like defensive wounds

  • Whitney Houston was murdered by drug dealers and a new surveillance video proves it, a Hollywood private investigator is claiming
    Paul Huebl says he has turned over evidence to the FBI that shows the 48-year-old singer was killed over a drug debt in February. 
    The medical examiner ruled that she drowned in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel after taking a cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and several legal drugs.

    Chicago settles with Bensenville church over cemetery in O'Hare expansion - In the deal the dead will be able to still vote even after the burials are moved

    Price tag for cemetery, parcel pegged at $1.3 million, concluding 5-year court battle

    A lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago to acquire a small cemetery for the O'Hare International Airport expansion project — an action that sparked a five-year court battle and eventually resulted in almost 1,500 reburials — has been settled.
    Earlier this month, the city agreed to pay St. John United Church of Christ in Bensenville $1.3 million for the 5-acre parcel on the west side of the airport, which included a 2-acre burial ground established by the church in 1849. The city said it needed the land for a new runway as part of the $8 billion O'Hare Modernization Program.
    "The lawsuit is completely finished," Richard Friedman, an attorney with Neal & Leroy, said Thursday. The city hired the Chicago firm to pursue the eminent domain suit, which was filed in 2007 in DuPage County, to force the church to sell the land.

    Trial date set for Illegal Alien Yashesh Desai living in Woodridge accused of killing dad with weed whacker

    Yashesh Desai - I was only trying to trim his bikini line and back hair! It was an accident!

    A Woodridge man is scheduled to stand trial next month on charges that he allegedly beat his father to death with a weed trimmer.
    DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman on Thursday set Jan. 14 as the trial date for Yashesh Desai, 22, charged with the August 2011 murder of his father, Sanjiv J. Desai.
    The proceeding will be a stipulated bench trial, which means both DuPage prosecutors and defense attorneys will agree in writing about what investigators discovered the night Desai, 47, was murdered. That will leave the judge to decide the main remaining issue: the mental state of the accused at the time of the alleged crime.
    Both sides have had psychologists conduct evaluations of Desai, and both reports concluded that he was insane when he allegedly killed his father, Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas said.
    Desai was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 2011, outside the family’s Plover Court home after Woodridge police received a panicked 911 call from a family member.