Champaign police issue arrest warrant for 18-year-old in deadly U of I shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Police say an arrest warrant for a first-degree murder charge has been issued for an 18-year-old man in the deadly shooting at a party on the University of Illinois campus.

Police said Wednesday that they’re looking for Robbie Patton, of Champaign, and believe he’s still in the area.

The early Sunday shooting came during at a fight at an apartment in the campus’ main commercial district. George Korchev, a 22-year-old from Mundelein, was killed and three others were wounded. None of the victims was involved in the altercation.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Patton pleaded guilty in April to aggravated discharge of a firearm in a December shooting incident.

A judge sent him to boot camp instead of to prison over objections from prosecutors, and Patton completed boot camp three weeks ago.

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Former Illinois National Guardman, cousin sentenced in terror plot

CHICAGO — A former Illinois National Guard soldier who pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Hasan Edmonds was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Earlier, his cousin, 30-year-old Jonas Edmonds, received a 21-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Hasan Edmonds planned to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters. They claimed Jonas Edmonds planned to wear his cousin’s uniform as a disguise during an attack at an armory southwest of Chicago.

Hasan Edmonds pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

In court Tuesday, Jonas Edmonds said he dropped Hasan Edmonds at the airport to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters. But Jonas Edmonds denied he would have attacked the military armory in Joliet.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspect in both NYC, NJ bombings, in custody

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, is now in custody after a shootout with police, sources said.

The shootout happened Monday in Linden, New Jersey, a local and federal law enforcement official said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police have connected the New York City and New Jersey shore town bombings and say the same man is being sought for questioning in both.

New Jersey State Police say that information comes from the FBI.

Authorities are seeking 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan.

His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where the FBI executed a search warrant on Monday morning.

An explosion in Manhattan on Saturday injured 29 people. A pipe bomb also exploded Saturday in Seaside Park ahead of the race for Marines and sailors, but no one was injured.

The apartment search began after one of five devices found at the nearby Elizabeth train station exploded while a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it. No one was injured.

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Abducted woman’s 911 call leads to discovery of 3 bodies

ASHLAND, Ohio — A woman whispered “please hurry” to an Ohio police dispatcher while her alleged abductor slept just feet away. Having freed herself from ties, the woman remained on the phone, slowly creeping out of the bedroom.

“I’m afraid he might hear me and catch me and he’s strong,” she told the dispatcher, according to Tuesday’s 911 audio released by Ashland police. She said the man was armed with a Taser.

Ashland police officers came to the victim’s rescue more than 20 minutes later, busting in the abandoned house where she was held, the audio reveals. The 911 call led to the discovery of three bodies, authorities said.

Shawn M. Grate, 40, described as homeless, was arrested on the scene.

Grate allegedly kidnapped the woman, forcing her to engage in sexual activity since Sunday, according to court documents.

When asked whether she was bleeding, the woman answered, “Not anymore.”

Ashland officers later uncovered the remains of two women in and near the house where Grate was allegedly holding the kidnapped woman.

Grate is charged with kidnapping and two counts of murder. He was being held Thursday in the Ashland County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing set for 3 p.m. ET Friday. It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney and CNN was unable to reach anyone in his family.

Stacey Stanley, from Greenwich, Ohio, has been identified as one of the deceased victims, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said in a press release. The other body has yet to be positively identified.

Stacey Stanley was known to be missing since last Thursday, September 8. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay her funeral costs.

The unidentified woman was killed between August 16 and September 13, according to court documents.

Grate led police to a third body in nearby Richland County, that was found near the rubble of a burned home, prosecutors said. The body has not been identified. Charges have not been filed in that case.

Ashland is a rural city about 60 miles southwest of Cleveland.

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Man charged in fatal shooting of 80-year-old retired pastor

CHICAGO — A man has been charged with fatally shooting a retired pastor.

Police say Ted Merchant, 67, shot 80-year-old Allen Smith after an argument.

The shooting happened early Monday morning at the Senior Suites of Rainbow Beach in the 2800 block of East 77th Street.

The two men were on the back patio of the senior housing complex when Merchant pulled out a gun and shot Smith. Merchant then fled in his motorized wheelchair, but was later arrested.

Merchant faces one count of first degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in Cook County bond court today.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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13 killed, 51 hurt in shootings across Chicago over Labor Day weekend

CHICAGO — Thirteen people were killed across the city over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Chicago Tribune reports another 51 people were injured in shootings since 9 p.m. Friday.

Most of the violence occurred in the last 24 hours.

The most recent shooting killed two people and injured three others in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. The five young men were standing on the sidewalk in the 2700 block of West Lexington Avenue when someone in a minivan opened fire towards them.

Two 22-year-old men were pronounced dead at area hospitals after being shot in the chest. The other victims, ages 16, 17 and 20, remain hospitalized in serious and critical condition. No arrests have been made in this shooting.

Another shooting in Ogden Park left two people dead as more than 100 people celebrated the Labor Day holiday. A 47-year-old man was shot in the chest while walking his dog, and a 24-year-old man was also shot in the chest as he took off running after hearing the gun shots. Both victims later died at area hospitals. No word on any arrests in this shooting.

In another shooting, a pregnant woman and her boyfriend have been hospitalized after they were wounded in a shooting on the South Side. 23-year-old Crystal Myer and 27-year-old Albert Moore were shot near 53rd and Sangamon around 3:30 p.m. Monday in the city’s Back of the Yard neighborhood. Crystal did deliver a nearly full-term baby boy at an area hospital, but remains in critical condition.

Police say the surge in violence at the end of the weekend is from retaliatory acts after a weekend of parties and tense encounters.

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Man charged in shooting involving state police

CHICAGO — Authorities have charged a man in connection with a shooting involving state police on Chicago’s South Side last week.

25-year-old Jonathan McIntosh has been changed with two counts of Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon.

McIntosh and another 23-year-old man were in the back seat of a taxi cab last Thursday near 77th and Vincennes when the driver of the cab flagged down state troopers.

Authorities say the cab driver told the troopers that the two passengers in his backseat were refusing to pay him for their fare.

While speaking with the passengers them, troopers “observed what appeared to be a gun in one of the suspect’s pockets,” Illinois State Police said in a statement.

“The suspect did not listen to any of the Trooper’s commands and then pulled out a gun from his pocket,” the statement said.

Troopers told the suspect to drop the weapon and the suspect refused.

“A trooper fired two shots at the suspect who was holding the gun,” the statement said.

McIntosh was wounded in the lower torso.  The second passenger received an injury to his toe.

Both were taken to the hospital.

No troopers were injured in the incident.

McIntosh is being held on a $450,000 bond and remains in police custody at Stroger Hospital.

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