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2013-11-15 10:26:50

A new study of gun violence in Chicago, led by Yale sociologist Andrew Papachristos, reveals that a person's social network is a key predictor in whether an individual will become a victim of gun homicide, even more so than race, age, gender, poverty, or gang affiliation. "Risk factors like race and poverty are not the predictors they have been assumed to be," said Papachristos, "It's who you hang out with that gets you into trouble. It's tragic, but not random." The study, co-authored...

2012-11-13 12:20:29

DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The New York City Police Department, through a GSA purchase, recently acquired four M.U.S.T. (Mobile Utility Surveillance Towers) from TerraHawk, LLC - a Dallas-based manufacturing company. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121113/CG11835) TerraHawk, LLC , is the only company in the world that owns a patent to manufacture this unique 25 foot- high surveillance platform mounted on a scissor lift that extends out of the top of a...

2012-09-25 06:24:32

Plan includes increasing manpower, new gang units, and hard prison time for offenders CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chicago Crime Commission is strongly urging two practical responses to address the daily deadly gang violence that continues to plague the city of Chicago. The Chicago Crime Commission proposes that the city move immediately to increase the number of sworn police officers by 1,400 and work to prosecute armed gang members to the fullest extent of...

2011-08-23 12:57:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With Labor Day approaching and the end of summer drawing near, more drivers across America will head to the streets in cars versus a leisurely stroll to the local hot spots. With this comes an increase in traffic leaving the local watering holes after last call. Pete McMurray, veteran morning show host for Chicago's 97.9 The Loop and NBC Chicago's "24/7" television show, rises to the call of educating listeners as to the true effects each alcohol...

2010-12-22 07:00:00

CHICAGO, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, Hillard Heintze, a leading national provider of strategic security services, has announced the appointment of two widely acknowledged law enforcement executives to the Hillard Heintze Senior Leadership Council: Rob Davis, retired Police Chief of San Jose, and Dr. Alexander Weiss, former Director of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. The Hillard Heintze Senior Leadership Council supports the ability of mayors, police...

2009-05-18 15:25:59

A Chicago police dog that ran off during a thunderstorm was found four days later by a man who recognized the animal from the news, authorities said. Canine Unit Officer Rick King, Bear the dog's handler, said the 2 1/2-year-old German shepherd was outside relieving himself during a lull in thunderstorms Wednesday night when he was spooked by a clap of thunder and jumped a fence to flee King's yard, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday. King said he barely slept while Bear was missing and...

2009-04-25 11:24:40

Evidence against Playboy model Crystal McCahill in her Chicago court case over an alleged drunken driving incident should be suppressed, her lawyer says. McCahill's attorney, whose identity was not reported, filed a motion Friday in a Richard J Daley Center courtroom to suppress evidence related to the Playboy playmate's Jan. 7 arrest on charges of driving under the influence, the Chicago Sun-Times said. Chicago Police allege McCahill, who served as Miss May 2009 for the men's magazine, had a...

2008-12-19 18:51:44

Suburban Chicago police said a thief apologized as he stole money from a woman at an ATM outside of a bank. Police in Midlothian said the man, who was dressed in dark clothes, grabbed three $20 bills from the woman as she was taking them from the Harris Bank drive-through ATM, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday. I'm sorry, investigators quoted the man as saying to his victim during the incident last week. But I've got kids at home, and I really need the money. Officers said a second man...

2008-10-24 21:00:15

The mother and brother of Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in Chicago Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Hudson, a former "American Idol" contestant, is best known for her roles in the movie musical "Dreamgirls" and the film version of "Sex and the City." She recently released her first solo album. The bodies, discovered Friday afternoon in Hudson's mother's South Side home, have not been officially identified, the newspaper said. The home...

2006-07-19 12:31:18

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Using electric shock, beatings and suffocation, Chicago police tortured criminal suspects into giving confessions during the 1970s and 1980s, the authors of a report said on Wednesday. But the abuse inflicted on suspects by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge -- who has since been fired, lives in Florida and receives a full pension -- and detectives under his command occurred too long ago to pursue criminally, a four-year investigation concluded. "We have...