June 23, 1990 |
Mayor Richard M. Daley, top police officials and prosecutors gathered on a South Side street corner one morning earlier this month to watch as a wrecking crew began dismantling a weathered two-story building. It was the former headquarters of the El Rukns, the city's most notorious street gang, an organization that after 24 years of dealing in extortion, drugs, weapons and murder had finally been decimated by prosecutions.
May 16, 1990 |
Police arrested two youths Tuesday in the death of a 6-month-old baby who was hit in the head by a bullet apparently fired at random as her mother walked her in a stroller.
May 11, 1990 |
Stepping up the government's war on drugs, prosecutors said here Thursday they would seek the first test of a controversial 1988 law that established a federal death penalty for certain drug-related murders. If such a sentence were carried out, it would be the first federal execution since the 1953 electrocution deaths of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were convicted of slipping atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
April 21, 1990 |
Three Chicago cab drivers have been shot to death since the city increased cab fares 30% six weeks ago, leaving cab drivers and city officials wondering whether the fare increase has sparked an increase in violence. "There is speculation that the murders came as a result of robbery attempts," which in turn may have been spurred by the belief that the drivers were carrying more money, said Carolyn Schoenberger, the city consumer commissioner.
February 8, 1990 |
Twenty men whom the Justice Department alleges are among Chicago's top mob figures were charged with crimes ranging from murder to extortion and from loan sharking to bribery in a 42-count grand jury indictment made public Wednesday. The indictment, coming after eight years of investigation, is believed to be the first round in a massive federal investigation of organized crime and its influence in the Chicago government and the Illinois courts.
December 27, 1989 |
A retired Chicago policeman who allegedly killed his crippled wife on Christmas Eve, saying he feared he would not be able to care for her after he undergoes heart surgery, was released on bond Tuesday. He faces first-degree murder charges. Gerald Williams, 67, shot his wife of 44 years in the head with a .38-caliber revolver as she sat in her wheelchair and then called police to confess and turn over the murder weapon, authorities said.
August 24, 1989 |
U.S. Parole Commission examiners have recommended that Tylenol extortionist James W. Lewis serve his maximum 20-year prison sentence because they believe that evidence indicates he was responsible for the unsolved Tylenol murders in Chicago seven years ago, his lawyer said Wednesday. Although he was convicted only of writing a letter demanding $1 million to stop the killings, law enforcement officials have suggested privately that Lewis was a suspect in the murders.
August 20, 1989 |
Cook County Sheriff James O'Grady on Saturday pressed for the firing of two of his officers as a newspaper reported allegations that the department had suppressed investigations of mob murders and internal corruption for years. The two officers, who are accused of robbing a drug dealer, were suspended Friday after reporters sought comment from O'Grady for an article on the alleged corruption published in early Sunday editions of the Chicago Tribune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1988
Two teen-agers from Chicago, where the father of one boy was shot to death, were captured Tuesday by sheriff's deputies in Valencia, officials said. Roger Tracy Braun, 15, and Mark Whigam, 16, were taken into custody after they drove Braun's father's car up to an apartment complex in the 23600 block of Magic Mountain Parkway, a half block from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station, Lt. Jeff Springs said.