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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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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...
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Illinois Change in ‘Felony Murder Rule' Left Some Behind

CHICAGO (AP) — Gerald Berry is serving a life sentence for murder, even though he didn’t kill anyone. On Dec. 27, 2001, Berry said he and three friends drove to Country Club Hills, Illinois, in Chicago’s south suburbs, to case a house that they planned to burglarize later. Berry, then a certified HVAC technician, was 20-years-old and married with three children. He often hung around with an older friend, Loree Scott Young, 35. Berry said sometimes Young suggested ways for them to make quick money.

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.

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...

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.

Illinois State Trooper Killed Wife, a Pre-K Teacher and Mother of 2, in Murder-Suicide Just Before She Planned to Leave Him for Good: Family

An Illinois state trooper shot and killed his wife before killing himself earlier this week in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities say. According to the Illinois State Police, 30-year-old ISP Trooper Antonio Alvarez and 31-year-old Amanda Alvarez were found dead inside of a “non-department issued” car just before 1:30 p.m. on Monday.