Monday, March 25, 2013
Sheriff Tom Dart says CHIProperties has been issuing "highly illegal" notices to a number of Cook County residents.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart directed a Chicago-based property management company to immediately cease and desist from providing tenants in Cook County, who reside in properties that are the subject of foreclosure proceedings, with illegal notices that contain threats and misleading, inaccurate information. CHIProperties of Chicago has been posting notices telling rental residents they are considered trespassers and must call immediately to make arrangements to move out. The posting also says an eviction process has started—even if an eviction suit has not yet been filed in Circuit court. “This notice is illegal, highly deceptive, and amounts to a constructive eviction in apparent violation of various federal, state and local laws, …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
County President Toni Preckwinkle is asking 1,500 inmates be transferred to home-monitoring, to prevent an overcrowding crisis, ABC7 reports.
Cook County Jail is nearly full to bursting. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking the detention center to reduce its 10,000+ population by 1,500 because there is not enough money to pay for them, ABC7 reports. At its current rate of admissions, the prison is poised to exceed its 10,150-prisoner capacity "within days." "The population I had today is what I'd normally have at the worst time of the year," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told ABC7. "You can't sustain that. My overtime budget is exploding right now, absolutely exploding. I'm already close to going through what I was supposed to do for the whole year." To prevent overcrowding, Preckwinkle proposes that by mid-summer, 1,500 prisoners be transferred to home …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
There are hundreds of warrants out for the arrest of accused criminals in Chicago Heights. Patch highlights a few of them today.
Oscar Zuno, 31, is wanted on a DUI charge. Bail was set at $1,180. His last known address was on the 100 block of E 23rd Street. Robert Yonan, 55, is wanted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $8,500. His last known address was on the 2100 block of 217th Street in Sauk Village. Kathryn Nardella, 45, is wanted on a DUI charge. There is no bond. Her last known address was on the 18600 block of Morris Ave. Francisco Ypez, 34, is wanted on a DUI charge. There is no bond. His last known address was on the 2700 block of S Commercial. Albert Witvoet, 81, is wanted on a charge of animal complaints. Bail was set at $100. His last known address was on the 3000 block of Glenwood-Dyer Rd. Wendell Winfield, 45, is …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Elderly victims cleaned out of $170,000 collectively in south suburbs from UK lottery scam.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Saturday, December 29, 2012
If you didn’t buy a lotto ticket in the United Kingdom lottery but are getting badgered with emails and phone calls that you’re a winner, contact your local police department immediately. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warns residents not to be fooled by recent scams where “winners” are being told they are entitled to a large lottery cash prize without ever having purchased a ticket. Read more senior crime prevention tips on avoiding of becoming a victim of ruse burglars. During the last six months, an 80-year-old victim lost $90,000 and a 74-year-old victim lost $82,000 in the lottery scam. Both victims are from the south suburbs. Scammers have been contacting victims, mostly senior citizens, by phone, fax, email and letter—telling them …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Local fugitives nabbed in sting with promise of cash and free flat-screen TVs.
The lure of free electronics and cash helped net more than 100 wanted fugitives in a sting organized by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Tuesday. The fugitives thought they were coming to a Southwest Side warehouse to test new home electronics. Instead, county sheriff’s police arrested them. “Operation C.W. Marketing” was a two-week effort that targeted fugitives wanted for violent felonies, misdemeanor traffic offenses, unpaid child support and contempt of court charges, Dart said in a press release. The sting resulted in 102 arrests, with 106 warrants cleared, including 15 felonies, 72 misdemeanors and 15 from civil courts. The county also netted more than $5,000 in towing fees as part of the operation. Investigators from the Cook…
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Officers find him living in filth, and several animals on his property were diseased and neglected, according to the sheriff's department.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, April 23, 2011
A south suburban woman—accused of beating an elderly relative with a stick and letting him live amid animal feces, urine and trash—has been arrested by the Cook County Sheriff's Department. Denise Thomas, 49, of the 20900 block of South Cottage Grove in Ford Heights is charged with one count of domestic battery to a person over 60, according to the sheriff. A friend of the elderly victim called police after learning the victim had been struck by Thomas and that the two were living in unhealthy conditions, according to police. Patrol officers visited on the home on April 15 and found that there was no running water or heat. Officers also found that the food in the refrigerator was spoiled because there was no electricity. The victim told …