A crossdresser, a cab and a knife

08/08/2012

A 23-year-old Kentucky resident told police he hailed a cab outside a McDonalds at 36 W. Randolph St. at 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 only to find a man dressed like a woman holding a knife in the back seat.

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You have the right... to show gang signs?

08/01/2012

An 18-year-old alleged gang member claimed his arrest Monday, July 30, for throwing gang signs on a CTA platform violated his First Amendment rights.
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New leader joins West Loop and Near West Side police station, but shakeup looms

A fresh command

08/01/2012

When Ron Pontecore was growing up on the South Side, he watched his dad, a Chicago firefighter, go to work every day, like clockwork. He'd head off every day dutifully from their homes in Brighton Park and later, Gage Park, to the fire station at 24th and Whipple streets. Finally, at age 63, his dad hit the mandatory retirement age and had to leave the department.
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Driver rams bicyclist in Loop

07/25/2012

A 24-year-old Chicago man was accused of using his car as a weapon in an attack on a bicyclist at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, July 22, in the 100 block of East Randolph Street. Police said the bicyclist, a 53-year-old Chicago man, had witnessed Joshua Payton, of the 900 block of West Lawrence Avenue, strike a 19-year-old woman during a traffic altercation on Randolph Street July 22 and when he yelled for him to stop, Payton allegedly drove his car onto the sidewalk and struck the victim’s bike with his car, causing him to fall to the ground and cutting his forehead.
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Samurai stopper

How a CTA manager subdued a sword-wielding man on the 'L' tracks

07/25/2012

Roman Alvarado is lucky to be alive. Last week, the CTA manager was honored by his bosses at the top of the agency for going above and beyond his duties as a CTA transportation manager, for doing a task that wasn’t in his job description: taking down a sword-wielding man in the middle of the CTA tracks, a man who was intent on killing someone.
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Basketball player's home invaded

07/18/2012

A 6-foot-9 professional basketball player was pistol-whipped and robbed in a home invasion at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15 in the 700 block of South Financial Plaza. Police did not say how the two offenders entered the apartment, but once inside, they attacked the 37-year-old athlete and broke his nose and cut open the left side of his head.
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Alleged bank robber doesn't get far

07/11/2012

An off-duty Chicago policeman captured a suspected bank robber at 10:15 a.m. Monday, July 9 after he allegedly robbed the Bank of America branch at 135 S. La Salle St. Police charged Robin C. Hagan, 28, of the 8000 block of South Pulaski Road, with aggravated robbery after he allegedly entered the bank at 10:15 a.m. July 9 and handed the teller a withdrawal slip for $500,000 and then demanded $50,000.
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Flasher at lingers Jamba Juice

07/03/2012

A man dropped his pants in front of three employees at Jamba Juice, 166 N. State St., at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29. The man, who was standing on the sidewalk just outside the entrance to the store, then came into the store and made crude remarks, police said, before fleeing. The man was described as five-foot-two, 140 pounds, between the age of 25 and 30, with tape wrapped around his calf, wearing big frame glasses, an American flag t-shirt and a blue knit cap.
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Hooligans harass CTA riders

06/27/2012

It was a bad week for riders on CTA trains downtown. A 33-year-old Chicago man riding the Red Line with three women was kicked and punched by four offenders after he stuck up for the honor of the women at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Police said the offenders were making offensive and inappropriate sexual comments to the women before the man said “that’s enough” and engaged in a verbal altercation with the offenders.
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Child abuse and slapping a cop

06/20/2012

Police responding to a report of child abuse in the 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue later charged the mother of a one-year-old child with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer Monday, June 18. Police said the father of the child had reported the abuse and when police responded to the address they were met by the child’s nanny, who told police she thought the baby was in danger because of the mother’s behavior.
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