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A male was shot by Chicago Police and seriously wounded Wednesday night after he opened fire at officers in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Teen Shot By Police Charged With Attempted Murder

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after he opened fire at Chicago Police officers and was then shot by police Wednesday night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

11/01/2014

Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Alstory Simon Freed In 1982 Murder Case

In another stunning reversal in a 1982 double murder, Cook County prosecutors have thrown out the conviction of 64-year-old Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession freed Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, approximately 48 hours before Porter was to be executed.

10/30/2014

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

Suspected Serial Killer Pleads Not Guilty In Two Stranglings

A week after he was held in contempt of court for refusing to speak to a judge, suspected serial killer Darren Vann politely answered the same judge’s questions, and pleaded not guilty to the murders of two women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana earlier this month.

10/29/2014

Stacy Peterson (Supplied Photo)

Stacy Peterson’s Family Won’t Have Her Declared Legally Dead After All

Seven years ago Tuesday, Stacy Peterson disappeared from her home in Will County, never to be seen again, and her family said they are now reconsidering a decision to file papers to declare her legally dead.

10/28/2014

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Murder Charges Filed In Shooting Death Of 13-Year-Old Gary Boy

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday evening in northwest Indiana by a neighbor who was upset about his house being burglarized and became enraged when the teen laughed at him. On Monday, the neighbor was charged with murder.

10/27/2014

Cliffon Johnson (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In Fatal Back Of The Yards Shooting

Cliffon Johnson, 28 of the 5500 block of South Washtenaw, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to a police statement.

10/27/2014

Jermaine Powell and Joshua Grayer (Credit: Chicago Police)

Two Charged In Fatal Austin Neighborhood Shooting

Jermaine Powell, 19 of the 5900 block of West Huron, and Joshua Grayer, 19 of the 1200 block of South Saint Louis, were each charged with first degree murder, according to a police statement.

10/27/2014

Afrikka Hardy (Credit: Facebook)

Memorial Service To Be Held For Indiana Murder Victim

The family of Indiana murder victim Afrikka Hardy will hold a memorial service for her next Saturday.

10/26/2014

Darren Vann, suspected serial killer. Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Police Using Suspected Serial Killer’s Cell Phone Records To Track Movements

Investigators in northwest Indiana have begun using suspected serial killer Darren Vann’s cell phone records, in an effort to track his movements before his arrest.

10/23/2014

Kristine Williams with her father Bruce on Thanksgiving in 2012. (Family provided photo)

Father Of Gary Murder Victim Says Pain Will Continue Even If Suspected Killer Gets Death Penalty

As the search for more bodies continues– the families of the identified victims are trying to work through their grief.

10/22/2014

Anith Jones, one of at least seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend. (Credit: Gary Police)

Suspected Serial Killer Charged With Second Woman’s Murder

Wednesday afternoon, 43-year-old Darren Vann was charged with strangling 35-year-old Anith Jones, whose body was among six found in vacant buildings in Gary, Indiana, over the weekend.

10/22/2014

Darren Vann (Credit: Hammond Police)

Suspected Serial Killer Refuses To Answer Judge, Hearing Delayed One Week

An initial court appearance for suspected serial killer Darren Vann was delayed one week, after Vann refused to speak in court on Wednesday.

10/22/2014

Afrikka Hardy (Credit: Facebook)

Families Mourn Gary Murder Victims

Families of the Gary murder victims are showing their grief and their frustration with a police response to a missing loved, reports CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.

10/21/2014

Darren Vann, suspected serial killer. Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Gary Murders Raise Questions About Missing Persons Reports

Part of the search for more victims in Gary includes the tedious process of reviewing past missing persons reports.

10/21/2014

Darren Vann (Credit: Hammond Police)

Darren Vann A Possible Suspect In North Carolina Murder 22 Years Ago

Police detectives in North Carolina tell WBBM they are looking at Darren Vann as a possible suspect in an unsolved murder from 22 years ago.

10/21/2014

Aaron Smith (Credit: Chicago Police)

Suspect Charged With Beating Tennessee Man To Death

Aaron Smith, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 27-year-old Anthony Morris, according to Chicago Police.

10/21/2014

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

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