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Darren Vann (Credit: Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Office)

Suspected Serial Killer Due In Court Wednesday; Police Search For More Possible Victims

A convicted sex offender was expected in court Wednesday, charged with killing one of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend.

10/21/2014

Selena Strong

Mom Pleads Not Guilty In Brutal Death Of Gary Toddler

Selena Strong, 26, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, two counts of neglect of a dependent, and battery in the death of Brandon Dillon, who was found dead Sept. 30 on an air mattress in the apartment where he lived with Strong, her husband, Bernard Dillon, 37, Brandon’s twin sister and infant sister.

10/21/2014

Billy Varner (Lake County Jail booking photo)

Antioch Man Who Fled State After Killing Wife, Mother Pleads Guilty

A north suburban man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the deaths of his wife and mother.

10/20/2014

Darren Vann (Credit: Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Office)

Convicted Sex Offender Charged In Murder Of Woman In Hammond, Suspected In 6 Other Deaths

A convicted sex offender who allegedly confessed to at least seven murders in northwest Indiana has told police his crimes date back as long as two decades.

10/20/2014

Murder victim Nailah Franklin (supplied photo)

Seven Years After Murder, Victim’s Family Still Waiting For Justice

Reginald Potts was arrested just three months after the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Nailah Franklin in 2007. He’s yet to go to trial. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

10/17/2014

Jake Tate, Daniel Morris and Todd Cooper. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Three Charged With Murder Of Man Found In Dumpster

Three men have been charged with murder for the death of a still-unidentified man found beaten and strangled in a Dumpster on the Northwest Side on Tuesday morning.

10/17/2014

John "Fuzzy" Atkins. (Family provided photo.)

Suburban Mother Afraid She’s Being Targeted By Son’s Killers

A year after her son was murdered, a south suburban woman still lives in fear. She’s afraid two of his killers are targeting her.

10/15/2014

John Wilson Jr. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Ex-Con Gets 160 Years For Murder Of Suburban Teen

A jury in September found John Wilson Jr. guilty in the murder of Kelli O’Laughlin. Prosecutors said the 14-year-old Lyons Township High School freshman interrupted Wilson as he was burglarizing her Indian Head Park home.

10/10/2014

(Credit: Eliot Schechter/AFP/Getty Images)

Man Found Dead In Vacant West Garfield Park Home

About 10:50 p.m., officers found the 37-year-old lying face-down in a pool of blood inside the home in the 4300 block of West Lexington Street, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

10/09/2014

Clarence Sams (Credit: Chicago Police)

Second Man Charged With Murder Of Elderly Barber

Clarence Sams, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery, in connection with the death of 88-year-old Arthur Hearn.

10/08/2014

Joshua Miner (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Second Defendant Convicted In Joliet Double Murder

Joshua Miner, 26, was charged with the murders of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, whose bodies were found by police Jan. 10, 2013 on the second floor of a home at 1121 N. Hickory St. His sentencing is set for Nov. 12. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison.

10/08/2014

Dahvie Holmes (Credit: Chicago Police)

Second Suspect Charged In South Shore Murder

Dahvie Holmes, 20, of the 7600 block of South South Shore Drive, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Sept. 30 shooting death of 16-year-old Camerion Blair, authorities said.

10/08/2014

Dzevad Avdic (top left), Jeremy Ly (top right)  Myles Hughes (bottom right) and  Nicholas Smith (bottom right)

Skokie Police Release 5th Suspect In Student’s Slaying

Skokie police have released the person they say pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting of a Niles North High School student last month. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office did not think there was enough evidence at this time to charge him, according to Skokie police officials.

10/07/2014

Antoine Reynolds (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Englewood Man Charged With Killing Teen In 2011

Antoine Reynolds, 28, of the 5600 block of South Shields, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Devonta Childress, records show.

10/06/2014

Anthony Davis is charged with killing 16-year-old Cortez Rivers in the West Garfield Park neighborhoood on Sept. 20, 2014. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Charged With Killing Teen In West Garfield Park

Anthony Davis, 33, of the 4300 block of West Flournoy Street, is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 20 shooting death of 16-year-old Cortez Rivers in the West Garfield Park neighborhoood, authorities said.

10/04/2014

Robert Smith is accused of killing Camerion Blair on Sept. 30, 2014. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In Fatal South Shore Shooting

Robert Smith, 21, of the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 30 shooting death of 16-year-old Camerion Blair, authorities said.

10/04/2014

Samuel Higgins (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In Murder And Robbery Of Elderly Man

A 29-year-old man has been charged with the murder and robbery of an 88-year-old barber, described by those who knew him as a pillar of the community.

10/04/2014

Sheila von Wiese-Mack (Credit: Caxton Club)

Police: Racial Slur Sparked Grisly Murder Of Chicago Woman In Bali

Indonesian police investigating the death of a Chicago woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase say the woman’s daughter told them her boyfriend killed her mother after she used a racial slur against him.

10/03/2014

Tyrik Knight / photo from State Police

Man Charged With Murder In Girlfriend’s 2009 Death

The boyfriend of a Chicago woman found strangled in a south suburban waterway in 2009 is now charged in her death, authorities announced Wednesday.

10/01/2014

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

No Bond For Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend, 7-Year-Old Daughter

A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said.

09/30/2014

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