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February 15, 1988 | ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writer
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 | Reuters
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 | Dow Jones
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.
March 16, 2008 | Susan Kuczka and Andrew L. Wang, Chicago Tribune
More than 100 family members and friends attended Ari Squire's memorial banquet and signed his online condolence book, mourning a man they said was kind, selfless and gentle. But the charred remains of the man found under Squire's truck, ostensibly killed when a jack slipped, weren't Squire's. He was alive and well, police say, and his wife knew it. The congenial man, "the most kind, spirited and giving person ever," as one friend wrote, allegedly was involved in a bizarre tale of desperation, deception and murder -- all in an effort to collect a $5-million life insurance policy and start over with a new identity.
On the evening of March 21, 1997, a 13-year-old African American boy pedaled his bike west, beneath the Dan Ryan Expressway and across an invisible line that separates the largely black neighborhood of Bronzeville from largely white Bridgeport. For his transgression, three white teens kicked Lenard Clark into a coma. The crime was brutal enough to make national headlines but not unusual enough to keep it there.
July 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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