2 bodies found in house under construction in Lockport

LOCKPORT, Ill. — Two bodies have been found in a house in Lockport, Illinois.

Police say the home where the bodies were found is under construction.

Investigators are treating the situation as a double homicide.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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Firefighter injured in Chinatown blaze

CHICAGO — A firefighter was injured battling a blaze in Chinatown Monday.

The Chicago Fire Department arrived at the scene of the townhouse fire at 250 W. 25th just before 11 a.m.

The firefighter was transported in stable condition to Mercy Hospital. No other injuries have been reported.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates, click on http://wgntv.com/2016/11/21/firefighter-injured-in-chinatown-blaze/.

Park Forest police warn of home invasions, robberies: Suspect breaks in, ties up victim

PARK FOREST, Ill. —  Homeowners in suburban Park Forest are being alerted to a series of home invasions and robberies.

Police say twice in October and twice in November, a man broke into homes, tied up the people inside, then stolen family valuables. He usually strikes in the early evening.

All of the victims have been women. The invader overpowers them, and in at least one case he beat his victim.

Police say the women haven’t been able to give a clear description of the invader. Authorities are urging Park Forest residents to report anything suspicious, such as a strange car in the neighborhood.

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Charges pending after boy, 2, killed by vehicle in Jefferson Park

CHICAGO — Charges are pending against the driver who struck and killed a 2-year-old boy, and injured a woman, in the city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood.

The vehicle was turning onto Central from Giddings Street just after 4:10 p.m. Sunday, when it hit them.

The child died on the scene. He’s been identified as Noah Katz.

The 39-year-old woman was rushed to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Witnesses say the driver had to be forced to stay until police arrived.

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Inequality in Chicago: How housing segregation contributes to crime and violence

The crime statistics are staggering. More than 3,000 people have been shot in Chicago, this year. But numbers alone do not paint the full picture of what is happening in our city.

In this 3-part WGN News Special Report, Gaynor Hall looks at the root causes of violence from housing segregation to employment and education.

“If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, Chicago is only as strong as its most under-resourced community,” said Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City.

Photojournalist Michael D’Angelo, producers Pam Grimes, and Afua Owusu contributed to this report

Tune in to the WGN News at Nine on Thursday for Part 2 of this series looking at efforts to increase economic opportunity in struggling communities.

To get more news and details click on:http://wgntv.com/2016/11/09/inequality-in-chicago-part1/

 

Woman texts dad, calls Chicago police for help in last moments of her life

CHICAGO — In the last moments of her life, Julia Martin tried saving herself after she was repeatedly stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself.

Martin’s ex had come over to her apartment Friday night to pick up the engagement ring Martin wanted to return to him.

According to police, he forced open the door to her apartment in the 3000 block of South King Drive and stabbed her repeatedly. He then jumped to his death from the apartment.

Martin, 27, who is from Detroit, attempted to save her own life by grabbing her phone, calling police, and asking them to send an ambulance, according to the Chicago Tribune. She then called and texted her father, Derrick Martin.

The text message read: “Call me ASAP.”  But he didn’t see the text message from his daughter until it was too late.

“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this,” Derrick Martin told the Tribune. “She was calling everybody, saying that she wanted help. She called another friend and she was panting over the phone, trying to get her breath. He thought it was a prank and he hung up on her. He feels so bad.”

Martin was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

As of Monday, the ex-boyfriend had not been identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Derrick says there was no indication Julia’s ex-boyfriend was dangerous. He says she had recently told her ex that she had started dating again.

She was with her ex-boyfriend for about three years, and called it off with him about six months ago.

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Judge tosses $40M excessive-force suit against Ferguson police

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $40 million suit that claimed police in Ferguson, Missouri, used excessive force against protesters after police fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014.

U.S. District Judge Henry Autry dismissed the case on Monday, report NBC News, the Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Courthouse News Service.

Autrey’s decision (PDF) said the protesters who sued had ignored repeated warnings to disperse, and the police officers were entitled to qualified immunity. The officers “acted without malice or bad faith; they clearly had arguable probable cause to arrest any individuals who refused to comply with the orders to disperse,” Autrey said.

Excessive force claims by the plaintiffs couldn’t be proven or were undercut by contrary evidence, Autrey said. One plaintiff who alleged he was subjected to a “gruesome” beating by five or six officers had told paramedics he was shot with rubber bullets and subjected to tear gas after failing to heed orders to disperse, and his X-rays and CT scans were normal.

Another woman said she was arrested inside a McDonald’s and police officers rushed her “like something out of a movie.” But videos showed she was arrested a block away, Autrey said.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal.

One of the lawyers for the protesters, Gregory Lattimer, commented on the ruling in an interview with the Post-Dispatch. “It’s unfortunate that the Constitution has such a rough time in Missouri, but I think that the court of appeals will look at this and make a determination that … the judge’s refusal to allow these cases to go forward was not consistent with applicable law,” he said.

“This is summary judgment and a jury should have been able to decide whether or not these actions were OK,” Lattimer said.

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