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  • Illinois Band Says "Boom Boom Pow" Stolen by Black Eyed Peas

    No doubt you've seen Will-I-Am and Fergie, the two "front people" for the musical group Black Eyed Peas, and no doubt you've heard their music. But, did you know that an Aurora, IL band, Phoenix Phenom just filed a suit in Federal Court accusing the Peas stealing the hit Boom Boom Pow from them?

    According to the Aurora Beacon News, Manny Mohr and Ebony Latrice Batts, aka the Phoenix Phenom, co-wrote a song in 2007 that the members from the Peas stole the song. The law suit names each one of the Black Eyed Peas individually as well as Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, & the publishing companies that claim ownership in the Peas' latest CD, The E.N.D.

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  • Serial Rapist and Fugitive Sentenced

    James Fuller, a convicted serial rapist and one-time fugitive from justice was sentenced to life in prison early this week. Fuller, now 44, was labeled as a habitual criminal due to a series of crimes that began in Kansas in 1981. An Illinois State law, much like the 3-strikes law, states that habitual criminals are subjected to life in prison according to the Peoria Journal Star.

    Fuller, along with another inmate, escaped from Peoria County jail last November, but both were caught within the next day.

    Fuller was convicted by jury in December 2009 for a series of rapes in Peoria in 2006. He also had a rape conviction in Kansas, and two armed robbery convictions in his past. Which kinda makes you wonder why he was out of prison in the first place...

    Judge Michael Brandt ruled that certified copies of his former convictions were legitimate, which mandated the life sentence. Fuller read a statement while in court, blaming the police and others for framing him for the 2006 assaults. He said that he was a likely suspect because the police didn't have any leads on the rape crimes, and so they conveniently conspired to choose him. Although quiet in court during the sentencing, Fuller has a history of dramatic court appearances, claiming that devils were about and that his attorney was secretly in league with the prosecution to put him in jail. Other times, he never showed up to his hearings due to his failure to participate. He has also been removed from court due to outbursts.

    Fuller claimed that DNA evidence found under the fingernails of one victim, as well as the DNA from three other victims were "planted" by the police after initial tests showed that he was not a match.

    The prosecution noted that his earlier crimes, and the fact that evidence led police to believe that Fuller had raped at least nine women, was enough to hand him the maximum sentence. He had changed other's lives forever and had to pay for his actions.

    We're sure to hear more from Fuller; he is coming up for trial in April on another sexual assault (surprise) and also faces charges for breaking out of jail.

  • Another Brainiac: Points Gun at Police, Rams Car into Cruiser

    I think that we do a pretty good job of pointing out that often the best way to avoid crime is to outwit the criminal. While this probably isn't the first thought that comes to mind if you're involved in an altercation as a victim, being aware of your situation and location at all times will help you at least prepare your mental reaction. The biggest thing to overcome when the victim of a crime is the shock; however, if you've prepared yourself by at least knowing your surroundings, location, and any possible problems you may encounter, that shock will be lessened.

    Anyway, I digress. Back to the desperate, soon-to-be-convicted felon. His name is Jason Shelley, age 29, from the far South Side of Chicago; he pointed a gun at officers and then took his vehicle and smashed it into their police car. This happened in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Shelley was fleeing from, of all things, a traffic stop. Nice.

    The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect's vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers' squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

    The traffic stop has turned into a felony charge plus a couple misdemeanors for Shelly, who once lived on West 111th Street. He is being charged with felony criminal damage for the police car crash as well as two misdemeanor chargers of aggravated assault. One for pointing the weapon at the officers, and the other for hitting their car. He was also given tickets for driving on a suspended license and without insurance.

    The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect's vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers' squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

  • Priest Attempts Suicide Following Sex Abuse Investigation

    Reverend Alejandro Flores was critically injured when he jumped from a balcony inside a closed church in downtown Joliet. The police have ruled out foul play, believing that Reverend Flores attempted to commit suicide stemming from an investigation by Kane County authorities into allegations of sexual abuse.
    Joliet Deputy Chief of Police Mike Trafton stated that the investigation is leaning toward a suicide ruling and expects the investigation to be closed soon. Kane County investigators will be handling the sexual abuse investigation.

    Although the church is closed, Reverend Flores apparently was able to access the building. He suffered severe head injuries after taking a 20-foot plunge from the church balcony. Prior to becoming a Vicar, Flores was a deacon at St. Elizabeth Seton in Naperville. He was ordained in November 2008.

    Flores was put on administrative leave last Monday after church officials learned that a 13-year-old had made sexual abuse allegations against Flores.

    Flores, 37, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of criminal sexual assault after being accused of molesting the minor in a West Chicago church. The abuse victim, a 13-year-old St. Charles boy, had allegedly been molested from January 2005 to January, 2010.

  • Hey...uh, that Glass is Bullet-Proof

    I haven't been in Chicago for very long, but I think that Chicago has a crime problem. Some of the criminals are caught, others break free of police, and like any major city, some are never caught. Those that are, for better or worse, depending on how you look at it, don't seem to be the brightest lights on the planet. Some of them should get nominated for Darwin Awards. Sometimes you just have to sit back, scratch your head, and wonder.

    Here's a perfect example.

    Travis Copeland, 19, from Zion, IL, ran out of a Lake County felony courthouse earlier this week. He made his way to the skyway that connects the courthouse to the jail, passing over a street that lies below. The fleeing teen decided to make a hasty exit when he realized that the Lake County Sheriff's Deputies were right behind him, and his escape route was taking him back to the jail.

    He stopped in the breezeway, and one of the Deputies drew down on him with his pistol. At this point, Travis decided to make a headlong run into a window, hoping to break through, fall two stories, and make good his escape. Luckily for him, his plan did not work and he didn't get shot in the process.

    Surrounded, Copeland took a running start and hit the glass on the walkway with force, bounced off, staggered, and then layed on the deck. He was handcuffed and taken back to court where his bail, previously $50,000, was raised to $1.5 million.

    It's almost a shame that his plan didn't work; Copeland is being tried for aggravated battery of a police officer.

  • CPD Officer Charged in Shooting

    File this one under "Hmm."

    A CPD Officer, whose identity is being withheld due to union restrictions, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on other officers following a shooting in his home. The Chicago Police Department has not released much information regarding the case, and it's unclear whether Officer "Johnathon Doe"  committed, or witnessed, the crime. The off-duty officer was reportedly intoxicated when police arrived. The officer's home is located in a Southwest Side neighborhood called Mount Greenwood.  Police responded to the call at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

    The officer has been removed from duty, but is free on a $100 cash bond for assaulting fellow officers.

    A female police sergeant, the first responder, cited that the off-duty policeman was drunk, agitated, and combative. According to police, he allegedly  began to swing his arms in the sergeant's direction. Fearful that she'd be assaulted, other officers who'd arrived on scene tackled the drunk man and placed him under arrest.

    The police were alerted when the off-duty officer called 911 to report a man had been shot in the head inside his home.

    The victim was rushed to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He's reported to be in critical condition. Although not confirmed, there are rumors that the victim may have shot himself in an attempted suicide. Police officials indicated that the officer's weapon was used discharged in the shooting.

    Calumet detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are conducting an investigation into the matter.

  • Drew Peterson Heads to Court; Media Fights for Open Proceedings

    The media in Chicago are going to court to fight for open court proceedings so that they can be in the court room later this month when Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Salvio.
    A combined effort between the Sun-Times, AP, and the Chicago Tribune have joined forces to deny the Peterson defense team motion to keep the hearing closed.

    The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was charged for the 2004 murder after the body of Salvio was exhumed. He's also a suspect in the disappearance, and assumed murder, of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who went missing in October 2007.

    Although close friends and Stacy's family believe Peterson killed her, her body has never been found.

    Drew Peterson gained a weird celebrity-status during the case, never refusing reporters and even tried to draw attention to himself. He booked shows on both local TV and radio programs, and the media, never to miss out on an opportunity, covered the trial, his day-to-day exploits, and even his dating life. Peterson got engaged to a woman nearly 1/3rd his age in the midst of the media hoopla.

    Now that the case is in court, it seems that Peterson has changed his tune.

     

  • Craigslist Prostitution Ring Gets Nailed

    Seven people were arrested by police in the Aurora area for allegedly running an online prostitution ring. The sting occurred last Wednesday after undercover officers submitted responses to advertisements in the erotic section of Craigslist and Backpage.

    All those caught were arrested and charged with sexual solicitation. The name of the hotel was not released, but a police statement said that it was cooperating with the investigation.

    According to NBC Chicago:

    Charged were: Gordon Luedtke, 48, of Wayne, IL; Rafael Medrano (aka: Sandra Medrano), 34, of Aurora; Kathleen Szarowicz, 23, of Grandville, MI; Nicole Deuchler, 29, of  Aurora; Victoria Clausen, 20, of  Romeoville; Heather Kroner, 21, of Van Buren, AR; and Wendy Negron, 34, of  Lombard.

    Last year, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart took Craigslist to court weeks prior to the Craigslist murder investigation of Philip Markoff, a Boston-area medical found guilty of killing a prostitute he'd found on the site. Dart's case was thrown out of court.

  • Calumet City Police Kill Chicago Man

    During an arrest in Calumet City, police officers shot and killed a Chicago man when he attacked the officers during the arrest.

    Prince Alim Bantu Akbar, a Chicago performance artist, was running in and out of a school district building yelling and screaming, and then running back out. When the officers arrived on the scene, the 265-pound Akbar began to beat the first officer. They tried non-lethal force, including tasers, and were unable to subdue the 6'1" suspect.

    While the second officer was trying to subdue the officer, he was nearly knocked unconscious. Akbar returned to beating the first officer around the head and face. The second officer, regaining his senses, fired two shots at the assailant, mortally wounding him. Akbar died at the scene.

    The two officers were sedated and remain in the hospital with severe head and facial injuries, including possible broken bones.

  • A Camera for Every Occasion

    Nanny Cams. Helmet Cams. Security Cams. Red Light Cameras. Traffic Cameras. Dash Cams. There is truly a camera for every occasion.

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