April 16, 2012 |
Swans have a seemingly placid demeanor, and their monogamous mating habits have long made them a symbol of lasting love. But the creatures -- generally snowy white, with long graceful necks and a black "mask" around their eyes -- are territorial and can be quite aggressive when threatened. This aggression makes them good at driving off geese; it can also lead to tragedy. Anthony Hensley was a 37-year-old married father of two who worked for a company that uses dogs and swans to shoo pesky geese from properties in the area. Hensley had taken to a kayak Sunday morning to check on the swans in a Des Plaines-area pond when one of the larger birds turned on him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported . Cook County sheriff's investigators believe Hensley either got too close to the swan or the swan's nesting area, the Sun-Times said.
February 15, 1988 |
A honeymooner who told authorities that a strong wind blew his wife over the side of a ship cruising 30 miles southwest of San Diego was being held without bail Sunday on suspicion of murder, officials said. Scott Robin Roston, 36, of Santa Monica, was arrested in Long Beach when the luxury liner, Star Dancer, docked Saturday afternoon. He was being held by federal authorities at the Terminal Island detention center and is awaiting a hearing with the U.S.
April 17, 1990
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Monday that comedian Robin Harris, who was found dead in his Chicago hotel room March 17 after performing at a theater there, died of a heart attack. Autopsy results right after his death were inconclusive. Medical examiner spokesman Bill Juneau said his office had awaited results of toxicological tests before announcing that Harris, 36, who portrayed Sweet Dick Willie in the film "Do the Right Thing," had died of natural causes.
September 18, 1997 |
President Clinton on Wednesday declared Chicago and other parts of Cook County, Ill., federal disaster areas, freeing up funds to help the region recover from severe storms and flooding that hit Aug. 16 and 17.
September 19, 1997 |
Printrak International Inc. said it has received a $3.8-million contract from the Illinois State Police and the Cook County Emergency Telephone Systems Board. The company, which supplies public safety identification and information systems, said it will provide computer-aided dispatch and records-management systems for the Cook County agency's 911 service. The state police hired Printrak to increase its systems processing power.
August 20, 1994 |
U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) was indicted Friday on charges that he had sex with an underage campaign volunteer, induced her to recant her accusations and to leave the state, lied to investigators and tried to influence witnesses to lie to the county grand jury. Reynolds also is reportedly facing separate investigations into his handling of campaign finances in 1992.
August 27, 1985 |
The highest-ranking judge charged in the federal Operation Greylord investigation of corruption in the Cook County courts was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for taking bribes and fixing traffic cases. Cook County Judge Richard LeFevour, 54, was convicted last month on 59 counts of mail fraud, racketeering and income-tax violations. During his trial, prosecutors said he had peddled justice "like it was apples" and "spent money like a drunken sailor." U.S. District Judge Charles R.
July 3, 2007 |
Three Chicago police officers accused of beating four businessmen in a bar pleaded not guilty. The incident was one of several videotaped confrontations that have led to criticism of the city's Police Department. Sgt. Jeffrey Planey and Officers Paul Powers and Gregory Barnes entered their pleas during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County state's attorney's office.