Police: One Charged In Brutal Sex Assault On Northwest Side

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — The man charged this weekend in last month’s brutal sexual assault of a Belmont-Cragin teen faced similar charges in a separate case last summer, but the judge dismissed the earlier case.

Chicago Police say Luis Pantoja, 25, who is hearing-impaired and goes by the nickname “Silent,” is responsible for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl who was on her way to school when she was attacked Dec. 17 — three months to the day after authorities said he left the Cook County jail.

The girl was assaulted about 5:25 a.m., not 6 a.m. as investigators first thought, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said at a Sunday afternoon news conference where he discussed the arrest and charges against Pantoja. That also means the girl was bleeding in the snow 35 minutes longer than originally suspected. A resident found the girl in his backyard about 8 a.m. in…

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Families Of Cops Who Were Killed Or Injured Get Visit From Santa

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or badly injured are getting special visits this weekend, as the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation carries out the 7th annual Operation Santa, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

Santa and Mrs. Claus stepped out of a limo at Macy’s where employees were lined up with gifts to be loaded into vans and a police motorcade.

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“What is so important is that these families realize we have not forgotten them and that is what this is all about,” Phil Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy thanked Macy’s and the foundation.

“It’s really, really special what they do and you see the turnout that we get for this it is a great day,” said McCarthy.

Police…

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Suspect Held After Decapitated Body Found In Northwest Side Apartment

CBS Chicago

(STMW) — An 18-year-old man was taken in to custody after police found a decapitated man early Christmas morning in the Northwest Side Hermosa neighborhood.

Officers responding to a homicide call found the decapitated 41-year-old man about 2:05 a.m. inside a basement apartment in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, police said.

Police said they also found a knife on the scene.

An 18-year-old man standing outside the building was taken in to custody, but his relationship with the dead male was not immediately known, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death, but it was withholding the man’s identity, pending notification of his family.

Charges are expected against the 18-year-old, police said.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Joking About Being A ‘Serial Killer’ Gets Man Fired, Arrested

CBS Chicago

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) — At what point, exactly, does gallows humor go beyond the pale? Michael M. Romanenko might know.

The 42-year-old South Elgin man lost his job as an Internet technician and is facing trial, after allegedly boasting to two Naperville women that he’s a serial killer, the Naperville Sun is reporting.

Romanenko is free on bond and scheduled to appear Tuesday in Wheaton Field Court, charged with two counts of disorderly conduct/breach of peace, according to court records.

A Naperville police report showed Romanenko was arrested following an Oct. 10 incident at a woman’s home. Her address had been redacted.

The 32-year-old homeowner and a 23-year-old neighbor told police Romanenko came to the older woman’s home for a maintenance appointment.

At one point, he called out in Russian to the homeowner’s dog, the report stated. The homeowner, “who is fluent in Russian, was very surprised at (Romanenko’s) proficiency…

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Police: Man Found Shot To Death In Chatham

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man died after he was found shot Thursday morning in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, was found shot in a gangway in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue about 8:45 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sullivan said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Police: Man Found Shot To Death In Chatham

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man died after he was found shot Thursday morning in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, was found shot in a gangway in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue about 8:45 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sullivan said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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3-Year-Old Child Abducted, Then Returned In Mundelein

CBS Chicago

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (CBS) — A 3 year-old girl was abducted steps away from her door in Mundelein and then returned.

Police believe the suspect was passing out candy in the 500 block of Deepwoods Drive.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports investigators are working to match a suspect with a name and a motive.

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A mother goes into her apartment house with groceries and for just a moment, leaves het nine and three year old daughters outside. In that moment a man in a car pulls up to the girls. It is a black mid 2000’s Hyundai Accent with custom wheel rims.

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“There was a short conversation with the girls then the offender grabs the three-year-old, picks her up and carries her back to his car which was parked a short…

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New Bill Would Allow Officers To Cross Town Lines For Arrests

CBS Boston

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BOSTON (CBS) — More than 100 police chiefs from all over the state were at the Statehouse Wednesday to show their support for a bill that would allow them to cross city and town lines if they suspect illegal activity.

Right now, the law states that an officer has specific limits when it comes to pursuing a suspect over a city or state line.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

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Any evidence seized after the officer crosses the lines, would even be inadmissible in court.

That, says many members of the law enforcement community, is a big problem.

Now, a bill is being discussed on Beacon Hill to change that law.

The new bill would give departments the authority to stop a motorist for a violation they…

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Girl, 12, Lured Into Van, Sexually Assaulted On NW Side

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man lured a 12-year-old girl into his van at a bus shelter, then sexually assaulted her last week in the Northwest Side Jefferson Park neighborhood.

The girl was standing in a CTA shelter in the 5300 block of North Milwaukee Avenue on Sept. 18 when the man lured her into his van, which was parked in a lot outside an auto parts store, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man drove the girl to an area near the 5400 block of North East River Road, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

The attacker was described as a Hispanic man 35-40 with a medium complexion, shaved head and long goatee, police said. He was 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds with a “pot belly.”

He was wearing a black hat, black shirt and black pants.

The vehicle was as a green conversion van…

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Video Offers Tips On Surviving “Active-Shooter Event”

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – The video shows a man wearing sunglasses and head-to-toe black clothing, carrying a backpack, walk into a busy office lobby and without saying a word shoot a security guard and a woman to death at close range.

As others in the office start screaming and diving for cover, a deep voice intones “If you’re ever to find yourself in the middle of an active-shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan”.
It’s a six minute long video produced by the city of Houston but recently linked to the homepage for the St. Louis County police department.


“It really is a shame that (law enforcers) have had to do something like this,” county police chief Tim Fitch tells KMOX News. “But we do think it’s important to get this out there because this is the world that we live…

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