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Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Jail Officer Suspended After Penning ‘Graphic’ Letters To Inmate

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has suspended a high-ranking jail officer who kept up a secret relationship with a female inmate awaiting trial for the alleged murder of her 6-year-old daughter

09/10/2013

A Cook County sheriff's officer walks off with a confiscated gun. (CBS)

When Gun-Owner Cards Are Revoked, Sheriff’s Police Go After Weapons

More than 5,000 Cook County residents are illegally holding guns after their firearms ownership cards were revoked. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

08/22/2013

Christopher Plouffe (Cook County Sheriff)

Colorado Man Charged With Meeting Chicago Girl For Sex

Christopher Plouffe, 31, of Grand Junction, Co., was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three counts of indecent solicitation of a child, grooming and traveling to meet a minor.

08/22/2013

These evidence kits were found inside the Robbins Police Department.  Some of the kits used to collect evidence after sexual assaults sat unprocessed since the 1980s.

Pursuit For Justice After Robbins Failed To Pursue Hundreds Of Rape Cases

A total of 200 rape kits that Robbins police either never sent to the crime lab or never fully investigated have now been analyzed, and authorities say there are known suspects walking the streets.

08/20/2013

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Sheriff’s Officers Take Over Midnight Shift In Dixmoor

In 2008, Sheriff Tom Dart took over patrols in south suburban Ford Heights after that village disbanded its police department because of budget woes. The sheriff’s office also has a regular police presence in south suburban Dolton.

08/06/2013

A total of 20 guns were taken from a person who had a revoked FOID card. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff’s Deputies Seizing Guns From People With Revoked Permits

A new team from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has launched an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose state gun permits have been revoked.

07/26/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Summer Jail Crowding Not As Bad As Feared

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart predicted several months ago that summer would bring a dramatic increase in the population of the jail, and that’s come true, but he said they’re managing so far.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

Larry Ankum and Denzel Edwards (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff Dart Hails Online Crime Tips As “Wave Of The Future”

Cook County Sheriff’s police credited a new online crime tips feature with helping solve the murder of a college student.

WBBM Newsradio–07/23/2013

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Cook County Jail Guard Remembered A Year After Fatal Hit-And-Run

A memorial service was held Thursday morning for a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was crossing the street to go to work exactly one year ago.

WBBM Newsradio–07/18/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dart Slams 30-Day Deadline For Concealed Carry Background Checks

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said his department doesn’t have the manpower, the time, or the money to properly conduct background checks for those who want to carry concealed weapons within the time required under a new state law.

07/10/2013

Nathan Hiatt (Cook County Sheriff)

Lockport Man Hit Sleeping Boy With Fireplace Shovel: Authorities

Nathan Hiatt, 29, allegedly struck the sleeping boy with the utensil about 1 a.m. Saturday in a home in the 15100 block of 131st Street in an unincorporated area near Lemont.

07/08/2013

Vincent Peterson (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Charged With Stealing Cemetery Vases

A man has been charged with stealing dozens of grave markers from Chicago area cemeteries.

06/21/2013

Cook County Sheriff's police handcuff a man suspected of being a deadbeat dad. (CBS)

Sheriff’s Police Go After Deadbeat Parents Before Father’s Day

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department targeted a group of deadbeat parents who collectively owe $1 million in back child support. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

06/14/2013

A cotton swab used for DNA testing is placed in a protective wrapper before being sent to a lab for testing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Cook County To Begin Collecting DNA Samples After Supreme Court Ruling

Some Cook County Jail inmates and others arrested in the county will soon have to give DNA samples, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that taking such samples after an arrest does not amount to an “unreasonable search.”

06/04/2013

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Will Investigate Corruption In Dolton

Newly elected Village President Riley Rogers said Dolton is essentially broke. It made payroll and insurance payments this week only because it raided a tax-increment financing (TIF) fund.

05/31/2013

Steven Soden (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Gacy Probe Leads To Break In Unreleated Missing Person’s Case

A 41-year-old New Jersey missing person’s case has been solved as a result of an ongoing investigation to identify the unnamed victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

05/14/2013

Cook County police arrest a domestic-violence suspect during a series of sweeps this week. (CBS)

Sheriff’s Police Arrest 65 In Domestic-Violence Sweep

Up rickety stairs, in narrow gangways and alleys and in houses and apartments, the sheriff’s department was on a mission this week. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

05/10/2013

This is one of the abused and neglected dogs police discovered during a Harvey eviction, the Cook County Sheriff's Office says. (Cook County Sheriff)

Harvey Man Due In Court For Animal Cruelty Charges

A 37-year-old Harvey man was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, after police found one dead dog and seven other abused or neglected dogs while enforcing an eviction at his home in south suburban Harvey.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2013

This is one of the abused and neglected dogs police discovered during a Harvey eviction, the Cook County Sheriff's Office says. (Cook County Sheriff)

Eviction In Harvey Uncovers Animal Cruelty: Sheriff

A south suburban man has been charged with animal cruelty after eight dogs — one of them dead — were allegedly found inside his home during an eviction Thursday morning.

05/09/2013

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Sheriff Dart Proposes Concealed Carry Ordinance

Dart said he’s worried about a stalemate in the General Assembly on a law to license people to carry concealed guns. If legislators don’t meet a June 9 court deadline to pass such a law, anyone with a state firearm owner’s identification card could legally walk anywhere in public with a concealed weapon.

05/06/2013

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