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Widow of Cop Who Staged His Own Suicide Indicted

Melodie Gliniewicz faces 6 felony charges

(Newser) - The widow of Joe Gliniewicz, the embezzling police lieutenant who staged his suicide to make it look like he was killed in the line of duty, has been indicted on charges that she participated in her husband's theft of money from a group dedicated to getting kids interested in... More »

Missing Teen's Last Message Was 'Help'

Illinois woman vanished almost a week ago

(Newser) - A southern Illinois teenager has been missing since Monday and authorities are extremely worried by the last text message she sent to her family: "Help." The Monday evening message was the last time anybody heard from Delia Ann Stacey, 18, who left her home on foot that morning... More »

Rare Winter Flood Kills at Least 18 in Missouri, Illinois

It's shaping up to be the second-worst flood on record

(Newser) - A rare winter flood pushed swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights Tuesday, sparking widespread evacuations. Inmates were transferred from an Illinois state prison, and Missouri's governor activated the National Guard to help divert traffic away from submerged roads. The US Army Corps of Engineers said water from... More »

Christian Prof Suspended After Wearing Hijab

She's doing it to show support for Muslims

(Newser) - A tenured Christian professor at Wheaton College in Illinois has been placed on administrative leave after she started wearing a headscarf as a show of solidarity with Muslims, the Chicago Tribune reports. Larycia Hawkins says she plans on keeping the hijab on until Christmas as part of her Advent worship,... More »

Firefighter Dies in Elevator Shaft Fall

Daniel Capuano couldn't see opening through smoke

(Newser) - A Chicago firefighter died early Monday after falling two stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a smoky blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side. Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, was searching for the source of the blaze on the second floor, but he couldn't see because... More »

Feds: U of Chicago Threat Linked to Laquan Shooting

Suspect in custody allegedly vowed to execute 16 white males

(Newser) - Federal authorities say an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago's... More »

Chicago Cop Charged in Laquan Killing Posts Bail

Jason Van Dyke pays $150K, hits the streets

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has paid his $150,000 bond and walked out of jail, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A judge set bail for officer Jason Van Dyke at $1.5 million earlier in the day. Meanwhile, authorities have released the dashcam video that... More »

U of Chicago Cancels Classes After Threat

Faculty, students told to avoid campus

(Newser) - The University of Chicago canceled all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus following an online threat of gun violence passed on by the FBI. The university said in a statement Sunday night that an online threat from an unknown person mentioned the campus quad, a popular... More »

Black Friday Protest Takes Over Downtown Chicago

'Let them just feel the empty cash registers'

(Newser) - Instead of shopping, thousands of demonstrators in Chicago are taking to the streets on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, as well as the way the city has handled the case, Reuters reports. According to the AP , the largest group... More »

Cops: Here's Why Chicago Boy, 9, Was Executed

He was killed in retaliation for murder of suspect's brother: cops

(Newser) - A man has been charged with murder in the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago. The Cook County state's attorney's office identifies the boy's alleged killer as Corey Morgan, 27, per the Chicago Sun-Times . The Chicago Tribune calls him "a reputed member of the Terror... More »

New Videos Showing Laquan McDonald Released

Like the first, they include no audio of officers

(Newser) - A disturbing dashcam video isn't the only footage authorities have from the scene of Laquan McDonald's shooting in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. The Chicago Tribune has acquired videos from four additional police vehicles—including the one that carried Officer Jason Van Dyke before he shot the 17-year-old... More »

Chicago Cop No Stranger to Complaints

Jason Van Dyke has had at least 18 lodged against him

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald was the subject of at least 18 citizen complaints before the October 2014 incident, reports WLS . Jason Van Dyke was accused of excessive force in 10 of those incidents over his 14-year career, including two when he... More »

Here's How Officers Found Gliniewicz

They weren't far away when they heard 'muffled' gunshot

(Newser) - The three Fox Lake officers who found Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Sept. 1 were closing in on the cop when he took his own life , according to a police report. While walking on a gravel road heading to assist Gliniewicz—who had said he was checking out three suspicious... More »

Sources: Crooked Cop Had Son Marry His Mistress

Scheme earned woman $500 a month, says source

(Newser) - Officials are reportedly looking into another alleged bizarre scheme tied to disgraced Illinois cop Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. A day after revealing that the officer discussed putting a hit on an administrator, a source tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Gliniewicz arranged for his son, DJ, to enter a sham marriage with... More »

Crooked Cop Sought Hitman Before Staging Suicide

Detective says Lt. Gliniewicz was looking to put a hit on village manager

(Newser) - Months before an Illinois police officer staged his suicide to make it seem like he died in the line of duty, subjecting his community to an expensive and fruitless manhunt, he apparently sought a hit man to kill a village administrator he feared would expose him as a thief, a... More »

Texts Show How Desperate Crooked Cop Had Become

Source: Gliniewicz's wife, son are now under investigation

(Newser) - Illinois police on Wednesday confirmed police officer Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz orchestrated a " carefully staged suicide " after stealing money from the Fox Lake Police Department's Explorer program over seven years. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander George Filenko says the probe points to "criminal activity... More »

Ill. Cop's Death 'Carefully Staged Suicide': Cops

Joe Gliniewicz stole, laundered money from youth training program: county police

(Newser) - The Illinois cop found shot to death in September, setting off a statewide manhunt for three suspects he had told dispatchers he was chasing, actually orchestrated a "carefully staged suicide," George Filenko, the commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said in a press conference Wednesday,... More »

Sources: Illinois Cop's Shooting Death Was Suicide

Gliniewicz investigators set to make stunning announcement

(Newser) - After popular police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death on Sept. 1, a huge manhunt found no trace of the three suspects he had told dispatchers he was pursuing. It now looks as if they never existed. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune and the AP that at... More »

Feds Rule in Transgender Locker Room Dispute

Illinois school district has 30 days to comply

(Newser) - A Chicago-area high school district that wouldn't let a transgender student use the girls locker room violated her civil rights and federal law, according to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The department has told Township High School District 211 that it has 30 days to... More »

Guy Applies for Job, Sends Naked Pics to HR: Cops

He did not get the job

(Newser) - An Illinois job applicant either has terrible follow-up skills or terrible texting skills, but either way, he's out of a new gig. Elmhurst police say they took in a report on Aug. 14 from the HR manager of a St. Charles company that alleged one of the candidates for... More »

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