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Illinois state trooper, beloved teacher found dead in apparent murder-suicide, officials say

An off-duty Illinois state trooper and a beloved teacher were found dead in Chicago on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide, officials have said. The bodies of Trooper Antonio Alvarez, 30, and Amanda Alvarez, 31, were found in a parked vehicle with visible gunshot wounds just before 1:30 p.m., the Illinois State Police said in a statement published on Monday. The Associated Press described the pair as husband and wife. State police have not confirmed that.
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Illinois State Trooper Fatally Shot Wife Before Killing Self: Autopsy Report

An autopsy report released on Tuesday determined that an Illinois state trooper fatally shot his wife and himself. According to police, a witness found the bodies of 30-year-old Antonio Alvarez and his 31-year-old wife, Amanda Alvarez, inside a parked vehicle on Monday afternoon in Chicago. The car did not belong to the police department, and Antonio Alvarez had been off duty.

16-Year-Old Boy, 27-Year-Old Xavier Guzman Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega

By Tara Molina, Jackie Kostek, Mugo Odigwe, and Yolanda Perdomo CHICAGO (CBS) — A 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man are charged in connection with the shooting death of eight-year-old Melissa Ortega over the weekend. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the teen was “charged with one felony count of first degree murder and felony count of attempted first degree murder and two felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in occupied vehicle.” Police said Melissa and her mother were walking down the street in Little Village on Saturday, when the 16-year-old got out of a car parked in an alley, and...

Cook County Sheriff’s Data Reveal Most Popular Cars Targeted By Carjackers, Most Common Methods

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 1,800 people were victims of carjackings in Chicago last year, but the crisis is not only in the city. Suburban Cook County is also dealing with a spike in thefts and carjackings. So we wanted to know – are certain cars more likely to be targeted? CBS 2’s Tara Molina looked at the county data for answers. It turns out Jeep is one of the top makes targeted, with the top model targeted being the Grand Cherokee. The purpose here is not to worry anyone, but to inform – since there is information available about how you can best...

Former Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem sentenced to 53 years in prison for "execution" of boyfriend during sexual fantasy

A judge sentenced a former Northwestern University professor to 53 years in prison Tuesday for the 2017 stabbing death of his boyfriend as part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom. Cook County Judge Charles Burns called the killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau "cold-blooded" and an "execution" as he sentenced Wyndham Lathem, 47, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in October.

Historic Jeopardy! Streak Came To An End On Wednesday

For the first time in a long time, Jeopardy! officially has a new champion. On Wednesday night, Amy Schneider’s 40-game winning streak came to an end. The new champion, Rhone Talsma, spoke to the Chicago Tribune about being the one to snap Schneider’s impressive winning streak. “I am,...

Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way With 6 To 8 Inches Possible In Some Areas; Winter Storm Warning Issued

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Winter Storm Warning has now been issued for central Cook County, including Chicago, as well as for northern Cook County and Lake County, Illinois. The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to noon Friday. Estimated snow totals have been revised up to 4 to 8 inches. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday for southern Cook County and all of DuPage County Lake County, Indiana. Lake effect snow will increase for areas near the lake Thursday night, and then expand to the southwest suburbs during the early morning hours...

16-year-old arrested in Chicago shooting that killed 8-year-old girl

Two people have been charged in a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl as she held her mother’s hand on a Chicago street over the weekend, police said Wednesday. A 16-year-old accused of firing the fatal shot that killed Melissa Ortega and the 27-year-old driver of the vehicle involved were arrested this week, police said.

Chicago man who spent nearly 20 years in prison for murder released after twin brother confesses to crime

A convicted felon who spent nearly 20 years in prison for murder was released after his identical twin brother turned himself in for the crime. Kevin Dugar was released from Chicago's Cook County jail on Wednesday after a motion for bond was granted. In 2003, Dugar was convicted for a gang-related murder in Chicago. His twin brother, Karl Smith, confessed to being the culprit 10 years later in a letter he wrote to Dugar.