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Oct 21, 2014

Indiana police search vacant houses after arrest of suspected killer

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Indiana police used a dog trained to hunt for cadavers to search more than 90 vacant houses in the city of Gary on Tuesday, following the discovery of the bodies of six women who may have been victims of a serial killer.

Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, a convicted sex offender, was charged in Lake County on Monday with murder and will make his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Oct 21, 2014

Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades

By Mary Wisniewski

HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) – A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday.

Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in Lake County with one of the seven murders, according to online court records. He was being held in custody, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond.

Oct 20, 2014

Indiana police say more victims possible after seven bodies found

By Mary Wisniewski

HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) – Police in northwestern Indiana said on Monday they could be dealing with a serial killer with victims going back as far as 20 years after a man suspected in one woman’s murder led them to six more bodies over the weekend.

Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was in custody and police were seeking murder charges against him, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond.

Oct 20, 2014

Indiana police investigate deaths of seven women

By Mary Wisniewski

HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) – Police are holding a convicted sex offender in the murder of one of seven women whose bodies were found in abandoned houses and a hotel in northwestern Indiana in what officials said may be the work of a serial killer.

A 43-year-old man from Gary, Indiana, was arrested Saturday in the strangulation of Afrika Hardy, 19, whose body was discovered the day before in a Motel 6 in neighboring Hammond.

Oct 18, 2014

More young mourners showing love, remembrance with ‘RIP’ shirts

CHICAGO (Reuters) – At the crowded funeral of 13-year-old Demureye’ Macon, who was shot on a Chicago street, older mourners wore sober suits and dresses in beige and black.

But Macon’s peers came dressed in colorful tributes to the seventh-grader, sporting T-shirts, jackets and bandanas bearing the deceased’s photo, his birth and death dates and messages including “Long Live the King” and “RIP Demureye.”

Oct 16, 2014

Chicago guns and bullets to be melted down, made into jewelry

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Guns and bullets seized from Chicago-area crimes will be melted down and turned into jewelry by a company that pledges to give part of the profit to at-risk children, company and government officials said on Wednesday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office collects about 1,500 guns a year, along with ammunition, said Sheriff Thomas Dart. If the guns are no longer needed in an investigation, they are destroyed.

Oct 5, 2014

Chicago pedicabs run into rough headwinds from City Hall

5 (Reuters) – T.C. O’Rourke has encountered
plenty of nasty weather in his years as a Chicago pedicab
operator – rain, snow and steamy summer heat.

But he has never pedaled into a headwind as rough as this
year’s blast from City Hall, which has imposed some of the
toughest rules in the nation against the foot-powered tricycle
taxis.

Oct 2, 2014

Nearly 500 flights canceled in Chicago due to weather, fire issues

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Incoming stormy weather and operational problems caused by a fire last week at a Chicago-area air traffic control facility forced the cancellation of nearly 500 flights on Thursday at Chicago airports.

More than 250 flights at O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, have been canceled, and other flights were experiencing delays of about 30 minutes, according to the city’s department of aviation.

Sep 30, 2014

Among Chicago’s black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city’s February election.

Emanuel easily won the majority of voters in every African-American ward in 2011 to become mayor of Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. Since then, a persistently high murder rate, the closing of 50 public schools and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch have hurt his position and invited a bid from Karen Lewis, president of Chicago’s teachers’ union.

Sep 29, 2014

Man accused in Chicago air traffic disruption appears in court

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A man accused of setting fire to an air control facility in Chicago on Friday, causing an outage that continues to disrupt flights, appeared in federal court on Monday to hear the charges against him and was ordered held without bond.

Brian Howard, 36, of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and was charged with damaging an air navigation facility, interfering with its operations and endangering the safety of aircraft in flight.