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Chicago police boss says they’re doing better

December 11th, 2012 at 5:55 am

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy praised the department’s efforts this year. Earlier in the year, homicides skyrocketed and the department’s crime fighting strategy has been working hard to decrease the murder rate since.

At a news conference at the police headquarters, McCarthy told reporters that although the problem is not completely fixed, the department is doing better and he that needs to be recognized. “I can’t change what happened in the first quarter. What I can do, is to fix it going forward.”

Compared with 2011 at the same time, homicides had increased 66 percent in Chicago by April of 2012. McCarthy shared that that rate had been gradually brought down throughout the year to only about an 18 percent increase from last year.

McCarthy gave credit of the reduction of homicides was given to the city’s decision to demolish more vacant buildings, arrest more gang members, and focus police attention on individuals are individuals that are more likely to commit future crimes. He said that, in general, the city is seeing less overall crime than it has for decades.

Chicago is reported to currently have the lowest crime rate that the city had seen in 30 years, according to McCarthy. The city seems to be in such a good crime position that it may even be in the lead for the whole nation for crime reduction.

Just after McCarthy praised the Chicago Police Department, the department retired the star of Officer Clifton Lewis. He was murdered last December while he was working off-duty as a security guard at an Austin convenience store.

Although crime rates have decreased in Chicago, there is still plenty occurring. If you are in criminal trouble contact the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley. These experienced criminal attorneys can help you today. Contact them or stop by in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

$55 million program to cut violence in Chicago

December 9th, 2012 at 5:49 am

An Illinois state-funded program paid for teenagers across Chicago’s South Side to earn $8.75 this fall passing out flier about non-violence. This program pumped about $55 million into Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods and three suburbs to fight gang violence.

CNN launched a four-month investigation and found that the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) paid teens to hand out inner peace promoting fliers and also paid for the at-risk teens to go on field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor, and attend a yoga class to teach them how to handle stress.

Earlier in the year, state legislators demanded an audit on the program, which is now underway.

Supporters of the program argue that it kept kids off the streets of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods and helped inner city youth become exposed to new cultures, along with encouraging future leaders.

Critics of the program, however, argue that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money, due to the rise in the city’s murder rate since the start of the program two years ago. They have also suggested that it may have been an effort for the governor to buy votes for a tight race.

Pat Quinn became governor of Illinois in 2009, following a corruption scandal that took down his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. After completing Blagojevich’s term, Quinn just barely won the Democratic primary to run for the full term in 2010. Again, he narrowly won governorship against his Republican opponent.

In October 2010, Quinn announced his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, to make an impact at the root causes of violence by creating 3,000 jobs for young people.

The opposing Republican Party questioned the timing of this big announcement and many are concerned about how the program will be funded.

Quinn, however, insisted that the initiative was in direct response to the relentless violence that Chicago experienced in the summer of 2010.

The program’s accomplishments include the creation of more than 3,484 jobs, counseling for more than 3,100 children, and help to more than 1,175 ex-cons, as reported by the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority.

The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is still a new program and has kinks still being worked out, but many kids and young adults are being kept out of criminal trouble because of it. If you are in some kind of legal trouble, contact an Illinois criminal attorney for help. The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley can help you this holiday season.

Man charged for fatally shooting his son

December 7th, 2012 at 5:36 am

A judge has denied bail for a 73-year-old Albany Park man, who is facing murder charges for shooting his son during a fight. The incident happened at the family’s home on the Northwest Side, according to authorities. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on this murder case.

Tim Gilbert, 73, appeared in court on November 27, and the judge ordered that there will be no bail for Gilbert, the Cook County sheriff’s office said. According to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Robert Perez, Gilbert, who lived on the 4900 block of the North Whipple Street in Chicago, was charged with murder in the killing of his son.

The victim in the fight that led to the shooting was 24-year-old Bryan Lopez. According to News Affairs Officer Perez, Lopez was shot on November 15 during a physical fight with his father, Gilbert.

Lopez was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center within an hour of the incident. According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the cause of death was a gunshot to the head.

Gilbert has a former conviction for felony burglary back in 1988, and he was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for it, according to records.

The victim, Lopez, was a ward of state, but Gilbert had had custody for many years, Perez said.

Murder is, of course, the most serious of all criminal charges, but none are to be taken lightly. If you are facing criminal charges or need the help of a criminal defense attorney for a loved one, contact an experienced defense attorney in your area. Our offices provide services for many counties in Illinois, so if you need a criminal defense attorney and your area is one that we take clients in, contact us as soon as possible.

Additional charges for alleged murderer awaiting trial

December 5th, 2012 at 5:36 am

Kidnapping, rape, robbery, and carjacking are among the charges filed against a man, who is already in jail awaiting his murder trial. According to authorities, the man has been in jail awaiting his trial for slaying a woman since 2009. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the man and the impressive list of charges against him.

The new charges that Melvin Fagan is facing are not connected to his previous charges for slaying the woman, who was found strangled in a vacant building.

Fagan is now accused of kidnapping a woman and sexually assaulting her for more than two days. The alleged sexual assault took place in March of 2010. In addition to these charges, he is charged in the robbery and carjacking of an elderly man, 76, in December 2011.

Fagan, 38, had been serving a misdemeanor sentence when he was charged for the strangulation, which he is awaiting trial for. This happened back in December 2009, when police were called to a building where they found a body that was almost frozen.

These are not the first charges against Fagan, who has an arrest record going back to 1994. He has been in prison for unlawful use of a weapon, armed robbery, and drug charges.

Any criminal charge you or a loved one are facing is serious, and you should always get an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you. A conviction can change the rest of your life, so these are not matters you should take lightly. Contact our Rolling Meadows, Illinois defense attorneys when you need help with criminal charges.

Elderly Woman Slain Before Her Home Burning

November 30th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Investigations regarding the death of an 89-year-old Crest Hill woman continue, as police suspect the woman was slain before her home was torched. The case is being looked into as a homicide after an autopsy, according to police. The story was reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Dorothy Dumyahn, 89, was found dead in her burning home on November 18. Crest Hill Deputy Police Chief Ed Clark said police are investigating the case as homicide based on an autopsy report from Nov. 19. According to Clark, the fire was set deliberately, and it was an attempt to cover up the murder.

Dumyahn’s one-story home on Caton Farm Road burned well enough for people to smell the ashes days later. With the windows and doors boarded up and piles of debris at the site, the burned down building is a sad reminder of what happened there.

According to Dumyahn’s neighbor, she was a nice old lady.

Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Paul Hertzmann said there was heavy smoke coming from the building when firefighters got to the scene. Crews found the 89-year-old Dumyahn inside and brought her out of the fire, but they were not able to resuscicate, according to Hertzmann.

The fire itself was put out in about thirty minutes.

Both arson and murder are extremely serious charges. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges of any kind, your best choice is to find a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in your area. For an experienced criminal defense attorney in Illinois, contact our law offices.

Bartender Stabbed Chasing a Man

November 28th, 2012 at 11:54 am

A bartender in the Magnificent Mile heard a chilling scream and saw a man run through the Westin Hotel and to the streets, and reacting on pure instinct, he ran after the man. The chase ended in the bartender getting knifed, but he survived the incident. The Chicago Tribune reported a story about the chase that took an ugly turn.

Bradford Burner, 35, who was tending the bar at Westin Hotel Grill when he heard the scream said it was ”bone-chilling.” Burner pursued the subject on the streets, closing in on the man near some shops at the Hancock building. He said the man displayed a knife when Burner got closer.

“Someone yelled something. The gentleman turned around (and) saw me coming toward him,” Burner told the Chicago Tribune.

The next thing Burner knew was that the man was coming at him with a knife. Burner was cut on his chest, and he fell to the sidewalk after getting knifed.

According to police and prosecutors, Jimmy Harris had tried to rob an Oak Brook doctor in the restaurant bathroom. Harris had stabbed and struck the doctor, Mir Jafar Shah, before fleeing. Harris, 56, is a parolee with 60 prior arrests, and he had just been released from prison eight days before the stabbing.

Harris is being held no charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Chicago as soon as possible. Criminal charges are always serious, and they can have life-altering consequences. Do not hesitate before contacting our Illinois law offices.

Silent Witnesses makes Police Job Harder

November 23rd, 2012 at 6:39 am

It is not unusual to hear the saying “snitches get stitches” around the streets of Chicago. While it may sound like a child’s rhyme, it is a serious and threatening statement that witnesses to criminal acts. This can be especially daunting when someone witnesses a crime of violence.

Most people believe that it is the job of the police to solve the rising crimes and there is very little community trust in the police. Residents of high crime areas do not feel that the police are there to serve and protect and would rather not make their jobs easier by telling what they have seen. This reluctance to tell is just what police say makes it even harder to solve crimes that happen every day in these communities.

Chicago Police Department statistics state that arrests have been made in approximately 30 percent of shooting homicides and over 70 percent of nonfatal shootings continue to go unsolved. Not only are witnesses unwilling to talk but often times the victims themselves are unwilling to tell even when they know the perpetrator of the crime. These numbers are astounding. Police are afraid that when the perpetrators go unpunished, they will continue to victimize other people.

Chicago has a very deeply entrenched gang culture that gives even more reason for people want to keep quiet. Many residents believe that if the police cannot control the city’s gangs, how can they protect the residents who may want to step forward and report what they have seen going on?

If you or a loved one have been charged with a violent crime in Chicago or the surrounding area, you need to have an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at your side to make sure that not only your interests are represented, but also to ensure that your rights are protected.

Ceasefire Impact Unknown

November 20th, 2012 at 6:33 am

According to the Sun Times, there is little known about the impact of the ceasefire within the city. There may be significant changes in the gang related killings of the area, but there may not be depending on the time frame and how they are doing it.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says it’s still a work and progress and an anonymous person said it may take two weeks or more in order to find out if this kind of solution is really working in the community.

Tio Hardiman believes it’s working in helping with the crime rate in areas that are being worked with in this pilot program. He thinks that this will help with the crime and that it will also make things easier for everyone if the program works for this city. He understands that some officers are reluctant to do the program because it includes ex-convicts to help with the program. He also believes it’s a two way street and that the police departments also need to communicate with them so they can see how well the program is working for them.

He believes that the program is going to work to save lives, but it needs time to work. He thinks that the program can really help with the crime and the city if it’s just given a chance to work.

If you are trying to put together a program that can help with crime in the area you’re living in or you want to help, there are people that can help you. A good option is to look into lawyers in the Chicago area to help you get what you need done and to help you fight any flack you might get from the city. What are you waiting for, call now.

Man Charged with Murder of Missing Woman

November 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The 42 year old live-in-boyfriend of a missing Calumet City woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide. Although the body of Gena Chiodo has not been located, police say there is enough evidence to support the charges against Donal Clark, a man who has a reported history of domestic violence.

According to the Chicago Tribune, friends of Chiodo, many of who reported seeing the victim with bruises on her arms and throat during her 18 month relationship with Clark,  became concerned when she didn’t show up for work or answer calls. The police were contacted and sent to the couple’s home. They found Clark at home, and he claimed he didn’t know where she was.

Police also found a bloody scene inside the home, leading to the first-degree murder charge. There was blood was splattered on the walls, a desk and a treadmill in a weight room on the first floor. The bathroom had a strong smell of bleach and police found blood around the toilet bowl. There was no shower curtain in the bathroom, but police did find one outside in the garbage, covered in blood. One bedroom had a blood soaked pillow; another bedroom had a shattered mirror. Police also found a pool of blood on a carpet inside the backdoor landing.

Bloodied lingerie and a shower curtain, a necklace, two cell phones with missing memory cards and picture frames, all broken, were recovered from the trash outside Chiodo’s house. Prosecutors report that Clark made incriminating statements while in custody. He allegedly told his brother he “woke up and she was in his arms covered in blood” and that he tried to give Chiodo mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He also talked about telling police where the body is if he “could get a deal,”Clark is currently being held without bail.

If you are accused and arrested for a violent crime, you need to make sure all your rights are protected. Consult an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to represent you.

Father Faces Charges after Accidently Shooting Son

November 13th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

CBS Chicago reports that Charles Johnson faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon after his 17 year old son was accidentally shot on October 20th.

Johnson was apparently arguing with his son and they were struggling for control of the weapon when the gun discharged and the son was shot in the head. The dispute came about after Johnson found the gun in his son’s room. Johnson confronted his son about having the weapon and was trying to take it from him and that is when the argument ensued. The 17 year old is reported to be in critical condition at Saint Francis Hospital which is located in Evanston.

It is currently undetermined if Johnson will face additional charges because he is a convicted felon and is therefore legally disallowed from being in possession of a handgun. The penalty for a felon possessing a handgun can be up to ten years’ imprisonment.

Gun violence is not a new thing in the Chicago area. In fact, it has been a problem that has plagued the city and surrounding areas for decades. For this reason, the courts can be especially hard on cases involving firearms. If you find yourself in a situation where you are charged with a firearm offence, you need to have an aggressive and knowledgeable Illinois criminal defense attorney by your side to defend you. All cases are not open and shut cases and the outcome cannot be easily predicted. Your attorney can assist you from the bond hearing all the way to the trial, if there is one. It is the prosecution’s responsibility to prove the case against you. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and your attorney will make sure that all of your rights are protected through the judicial process.