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Oct 31, 2014

Three Illinois siblings killed in crash before Halloween parade

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three siblings on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and their mother and brother seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday night in Vandalia, a town of roughly 7,000 people located about 70 miles northeast of St. Louis, just minutes ahead of a Halloween parade that draws many visitors, said Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray.

Oct 30, 2014

Illinois man ordered freed after serving 15 years for murder

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A man who had served 15 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Thursday after a judge dismissed charges at the request of prosecutors amid doubts over the man’s confession in a controversial 1982 case that helped lead to Illinois abolishing the death penalty.

Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the conviction of Alstory Simon, the second of two men to be charged in the double murder, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. The judge ordered that he be released, she said.

Oct 29, 2014

Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with ‘cracking cards’ bank fraud scheme

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as “cracking cards,” which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago’s South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said.

Oct 25, 2014

Neighbors in custody following murder of Indiana boy, 13: police

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A 13-year-old Gary, Indiana boy was shot multiple times and killed, and a man and woman from his neighborhood are in custody, police said on Saturday.

Kobe Jones died of gun shot wounds in Gary on Friday evening, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.

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.