January 16, 1998 |
Three times a day, gathering on a housing project commons where even police move with caution, men wearing orange armbands have stood their ground this week to watch out for the children. They have been there on unbearable mornings when "the hawk"--Chicago's infamous lakefront winter wind--roared past the eroding brick towers like an invisible subway. And they have returned twice each afternoon, when the cold burns off just enough for the neighborhood's gun-toting teenagers to settle old scores.
May 10, 1997 |
Gangster Disciples chief Larry Hoover, compared by prosecutors here to 1930s mobster Al Capone, was convicted Friday on federal conspiracy charges that could bring a mandatory life sentence. Such a sentence, authorities hope, will derail his direction of a narcotics empire and a political action committee. Hoover, 46, showed no surprise at the verdicts. Six others, including Hoover's vice chairman, Gregory Shell, also were convicted. No sentencing date has been set.
March 24, 1997 |
On street corners from "the Hundreds" to "the Hole," Larry Hoover was known in this city's cocaine markets as the Chairman of the Board. He may have shared a nickname with singer Frank Sinatra, but prosecutors here say he had far more in common with mobster-bootlegger Al Capone.
March 2, 1997 |
A gang member who pumped three bullets into an 11-year-old boy to keep him from talking to police about a gang killing was convicted of first-degree murder. Cragg Hardaway, 18, convicted Friday, faces up to 100 years in prison when he is sentenced April 1. His brother, Derrick Hardaway, 16, was sentenced to 45 years for his role in the slaying. In August 1994, Robert "Yummy" Sandifer was being sought by police in the slaying of a 14-year-old girl, a bystander in a botched gang shooting.
October 8, 1995 |
Some of the city's most notorious street gangs are infiltrating the Police Department here, and officials can't do much about it. Until gang members in blue break a law, they are protected by their union contract and the right to associate with whomever they please, officials said. In the last three years, at least 15 police officers have been charged with crimes, forced to resign or investigated for membership in a street gang, the Chicago Sun-Times said in its Sunday editions.
September 1, 1995 |
Federal authorities moved Thursday to dismantle the leadership of one of the nation's most highly structured street gangs, Chicago's Gangster Disciples--a narcotics powerhouse that allegedly financed a political action committee that sponsored huge downtown rallies and at least two City Council candidacies. Armed with indictments from a federal grand jury, police and federal agents made arrests throughout the city's South Side and suburbs, as well as within the state prison system.