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    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers arrested for an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett recounted for Chicago police how the ex-“Empire” actor orchestrated the hoax, telling them via text message to meet him “on the low,” paying for supplies and holding a “dry run” in downtown Chicago, the lead investigator testified Tuesday. Taking the stand as prosecutors began their case against Smollett, former Chicago police detective Michael Theis said he initially viewed the actor as a victim of a homophobic and racist attack and that police “absolutely” didn’t rush to judgment as Smollett’s defense attorney alleged during opening statements Monday. Theis said roughly two dozen detectives clocked some 3,000 hours on what they thought was a “horrible hate crime” in January 2019. He said they were excited when they were able to track the movements of two suspected attackers using surveillance video, and cellphone and rideshare records. “The crime was a hate crime, a horrible hate crime,” Theis said, noting Smollett — who is Black and gay — reported that his attackers put a noose around his neck and poured bleach...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Customers were pushed and shoved this week as a group of thieves ransacked the Burberry store on the Magnificent Mile – in the latest hit in a number of similar mass-thefts at high-end Chicago stores. CBS 2’s Tara Molina asked Tuesday how the crime is affecting the holiday shopping season. READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Lead Detective In Investigation Explains On Witness Stand How Smollett Went From Victim To SuspectThat shopping season is now in full swing. The Magnificent Mile decked out and lit up for the season, and so are the city’s other prime retail districts – with garland, holly, and festive lights. The concern is that the retailers on Michigan Avenue and elsewhere will not see the same crowds they have in years past – because of these continued crimes. You may have seen this recent video from the Oakbrook Center Mall. Fourteen people stormed into the Louis Vuitton store and grabbed everything they could – knocking over chairs and shoving mannequins askew in the process. Days before, a crew hit another...
    ABC's "Good Morning America" has yet to report on the Jussie Smollett trial which started on Monday. The trial against the former "Empire" actor began in Chicago as Smollett was brought in for jury selection. Smollett has been accused of lying to the police regarding an alleged racist and homophobic assault against him in January 2019. The crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison. Smollett pleaded not guilty to the crime and insisted that he was the victim of an assault by violent Donald Trump supporters. However, investigators later uncovered that Nigerian siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked with Smollett on "Empire," were the perpetrators. The Osundairo brothers claim that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. CNN WOMEN REMAIN SILENT ON CHRIS CUOMO AMID OUTSIDE CALLS FOR NETWORK TO FIRE EMBATTLED HOST  Actor Jussie Smollett arrives Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — Three people were rushed to the hospital Tuesday afternoon following a crash involving a car and a Freightliner truck on Route 59 in Naperville. One of the accident victims suffered life-threatening injuries. READ MORE: Cook County Surpasses 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994At 1:08 p.m., Naperville police and fire crews were called to Route 59 at Platinum Avenue for the crash, which involved a silver Dodge Charger driven by a 42-year-old Chicago man, and a white 2015 Freightliner driven by a 42-year-old Chicago man. Police said the Charger was headed south on Route 59 when it crossed over the median and slammed into the Freightliner truck. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Mild Start To DecemberThe driver of the Dodge Charger was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, while a passenger in the Charger and the driver of the Freightliner were each taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Following the crash, northbound Route 59 was closed between North Aurora and Brookdale roads for an investigation. The road remained closed as of the...
    The lead investigator in the faux hate crime case against former Empire star Jussie Smollett testified on Tuesday that Smollett gathered resources for a "dry run" of the hoax in downtown Chicago two days earlier. Former Chicago Police Department Detective Michael Theis said the two brothers originally arrested and charged with the alleged attack on Smollett said Smollett had texted them to meet him to go over the plan, the Associated Press reported . JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN CRIMINAL TRIAL OF JUSSIE SMOLLETT, THE ACTOR ACCUSED OF STAGING HATE CRIME ON HIMSELF “This was horrible. I mean, the crime was a hate crime, but a horrible hate crime. There was a noose. There was bleach,” Theis said, according to the Chicago Tribune . “It was local news. It was national news, international news. Everyone wanted to know what happened, from the mayor on down." Theis explained the case attracted widespread attention because law enforcement initially assumed it was a real hate crime after Smollett, who is black and gay, told police he was attacked by...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Thieves swarmed the Burberry store on Michigan Avenue Monday, making off with several designer purses.Police said four men went into the store in the 600-block of North Michigan Avenue at around 4:20 p.m., stealing multiple handbags from the dislays.SEE ALSO: 14 thieves take $120K in merchandise from Oak Brook mall Louis Vuitton in grab-and-run, police sayEMBED More News Videos Thieves stole items from an Oak Brook Louis Vuitton store Wednesday. Police said 14 suspects fled the scene at Oakbrook Mall. While the thieves were fleeing the store, police said a 23-year-old employee tried to close the doors and was pushed away. A 66-year-old tourist was also hit by a door. Both refused treatment at the scene.No suspects are in custody and Area Three detectives are investigating.
    CHICAGO -- The twists, turns and oddities of the legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett's claim in 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago have culminated in an actual trial, which enters its first full day of testimony Tuesday.Initial charges brought in February 2019 that accused the former "Empire" actor of faking the assault were soon after tossed. But in February 2020, after a special prosecutor looked into the case, a new six-count indictment was filed.Here's a look at the charges Cook County jurors will hear testimony about:WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?The 39-year-old is charged under Illinois' disorderly conduct statute, which encompasses a wide range of offenses, from making prank 911 calls to placing harassing calls as a debt collector.He faces six counts of disorderly conduct under a subsection of the law that prohibits false reports to police. Some states don't categorize false police reports as disorderly conduct.The charges are listed as class 4 felonies, which are among the least serious felonies in Illinois. But convictions can still carry potential prison time of up to...
    CHICAGO -- Testimony is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of ex-"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who prosecutors say staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago but whose defense attorney says is "a real victim" of a "real crime."Special prosecutor Dan Webb told jurors during opening statements late Monday that Smollett recruited two brothers, who worked with him on the TV show, to help him carry out a fake attack in January 2019 because he believed the television studio didn't take hate mail he had received seriously.Smollett then reported the alleged attack to Chicago police, who classified it as a hate crime and spent 3,000 staff hours on the investigation, Webb said. The actor told police he was attacked by supporters of then-President Donald Trump - igniting political divisions around the country."When he reported the fake hate crime that was a real crime," Webb said.What to expect from Jussie Smollett trialEMBED More News Videos ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer discusses what to expect from the Jussie Smollett trial. Defense attorney Nenye Uche said the two brothers attacked Smollett because...
    EMPIRE actor Jussie Smollett is on trial after he was accused by Chicago Police of paying two men to attack him in a bid to boost his career. The court hearing, where the TV star will face the reinstated charges started on Monday, November 29, 2021. Here are some of the key details. 2Jussie Smollet is on trial in Chicago Why is Jussie Smollett on trial? In February 2020, a special Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago Police. It came a year after the same charges had been dropped by authorities as the actor signalled his plans to sue. Smollett has always maintained his innocence to the new indictment, pleading not guilty. The charges were reinstituted after a special prosecutor was assigned to look into the entire case - after a judge found “unprecedented irregularities” in how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case. FOX News caught up with Smollett moments before entering the courthouse, referring to the proceedings he was about to participate in as a "dog...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Mercedes Benz taken during a carjacking and being pursued by Illinois State Police crashed into a Chicago police vehicle Tuesday morning on the South Side, police said.Two juvenile suspects were in the Mercedes Benz SUV when they were observed by a CPD helicopter and were being pursued by state troopers, police said.The Mercedes then rear-ended a marked CPD vehicle in the 4800-block of South Wells Street just after midnight, police said. The two officers inside the vehicle were not injured.SEE ALSO: Police arrest 11-year-old boy in Chicago carjacking, investigate his role in several othersThe suspects fled from the SUV in the 6700-block of South Union Avenue and were taken into custody after a brief foot chase, police said.Area One detectives are investigating and charges against the suspects are pending.
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Testimony begins Tuesday in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett, nearly three years after he was accused of lying to Chicago police when he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. CBS 2 is told a Chicago police officer will be taking the stand. READ MORE: Weather: Slightly Warmer Day AheadBy late Monday afternoon, a jury of six men and six women was empaneled. Opening statements began afterward. Special prosecutor Dan Webb began by laying out his case for the jury – saying Smollett’s story about a racist and homophobic attack was all a hoax. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Would-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In RoselandIn his opening statement, defense attorney Nenye Uche said Smollett really was attacked – and placed the blame on brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, whom police accuse Smollett of paying to stage the attack. Smollett is facing six felony counts of disorderly conduct, accused of orchestrating a phony hate crime against himself in January 2019. Smollett, who is Black and openly gay, had told police he...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Testimony is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of ex-“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who prosecutors say staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago but whose defense attorney says is “a real victim” of a “real crime.” Special prosecutor Dan Webb told jurors during opening statements late Monday that Smollett recruited two brothers — who worked with him on the TV show — to help him carry out a fake attack in January 2019 because he believed the television studio didn’t take hate mail he had received seriously. Smollett then reported the alleged attack to Chicago police, who classified it as a hate crime and spent 3,000 staff hours on the investigation, Webb said. The actor told police he was attacked by supporters of then-President Donald Trump — igniting political divisions around the country. “When he reported the fake hate crime that was a real crime,” Webb said. Defense attorney Nenye Uche said the two brothers attacked Smollett because they didn’t like him and that a $3,500 check the actor paid the men...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Teachers, police, and neighbors gathered for a discussion Monday night in the wake of a shooting that killed 14-year-old Kevin Tinker Jr. in Roseland this month – and another shooting that killed his mother a matter of days later on the very same block. The meeting was held at a gym at Kevin’s school. Participants talked about violence, and solutions. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Would-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In Roseland“The most important thing is for us to give up these people who are shooting in our community; who have people afraid in their house,” said Chicago Director of Community Policing Glen Brooks. At 5:09 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Kevin was shot multiple times and killed in the 200 block of West 110th Place, off Wentworth Avenue. Early this past Wednesday morning, Kevin’s mother – Delisa Tucker, 31 – was shot in the chest and killed while visiting the spot where her son was killed. Tucker was a mother of six. She was laying a candle for her son at the time. On Thursday,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic assault and told police he was the victim after the television studio where he worked didn’t take hate mail he had received seriously, a prosecutor said during opening statements in the ex-“Empire” actor’s trial Monday. Smollett has maintained he was attacked in downtown Chicago in January 2019 by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, a report that ignited political and ideological divisions around the country. But special prosecutor Dan Webb said the actor recruited two brothers to help him carry out the fake attack, then reported it to Chicago police, who classified it as a hate crime and spent 3,000 staff hours on the investigation. “When he reported the fake hate crime that was a real crime,” said Webb, who was named as special prosecutor after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office dropped the original charges filed against Smollett. A new indictment was returned in 2020. Cook County State’s attorney Kim Foxx speaks with reporters and details the charges against R. Kelly’s first court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse...
    CHICAGO (KABC) -- Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Monday that an 11-year-old boy is now in custody for a Chicago carjacking earlier this month, calling it "a sad state of affairs.""Unfortunately, this 11-year-old has been arrested before, and he is considered a prolific carjacker in our city," Brown said.The 11-year-old is now charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.The crime took place on Nov. 14 in the parking lot of a Jewel Osco in the 4700 block of North Cumberland at about 7:45 a.m. Police sources told WLS-TV that the victim was a Chicago police sergeant's wife who was robbed at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle, a 2021 BMW SUV, was located several hours later on the city's South Side."The 11-year-old seems to be driving these carjackings," Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. "So he's not just there, I guess, along for the ride with other individuals."Mayor Lori Lightfoot also reacted to the news of such a young child arrested in connection with such a serious offense."I'm going to be meeting with the...
    Jussie Smollett "is a real victim" of a "real crime," his attorney said in opening statements at the ex-"Empire" actor's trial Monday, rejecting prosecutors’ allegation that he staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago after the television studio where he worked didn’t take hate mail he had received seriously. Defense attorney Nenye Uche said two brothers attacked Smollett in January 2019 because they didn't like him, and that a $3,500 check the actor paid the men was for training so he could prepare for an upcoming music video, not as payment for staging a hate crime, as prosecutors allege. Uche also suggested a third attacker was involved and told jurors there is not a "shred " of physical and forensic evidence linking Smollett to the crime prosecutors allege. "Jussie Smollett is a real victim," Uche said. Special prosecutor Dan Webb said the actor recruited the brothers to help him carry out a fake attack, then reported it to Chicago police, who classified it as a hate crime and spent 3,000 staff hours on the investigation. Smollett said he was...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers stand at the center of the case that prosecutors will lay before jurors during the trial of Jussie Smollett this week. The former “Empire” actor contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago on a frigid night in January 2019. The siblings, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers. A jury was sworn in Monday in the Chicago courtroom, though an unknown number of alternate jurors were still being selected late afternoon. Judge James Linn, who said he expects the trial to take about one week, was asking potential jurors if they have been the victim of a hate crime, if they have watched “Empire” or TMZ, a program and website about celebrities, or if they belong to any civil rights or pro-police organizations. Cameras are not allowed inside the courtroom and the proceedings are not being livestreamed, unlike in other recent high-profile trials. Jussie Smollett, who arrived at the courthouse with his mother and other family members,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Monday that an 11-year-old boy is now in custody for a Chicago carjacking earlier this month, calling it "a sad state of affairs.""Unfortunately, this 11-year-old has been arrested before and he is considered a prolific carjacker in our city," Brown said.The 11-year-old is now charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.SEE ALSO | Chicago carjacking: Teen shot, killed while fleeing carjackers in Pullman, family says EMBED More News Videos William McGee was just shy of graduating from Excel Academy when he was shot and killed during a Chicago carjacking in Pullman, his family said. The crime took place on Sunday, Nov. 14 in the parking lot of a Jewel Osco in the 4700 block of North Cumberland at about 7:45 a.m.Police sources told the I-Team that the victim was a Chicago police sergeant's wife who was robbed at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle, a 2021 BMW SUV, was located several hours later on the city's South Side."The 11-year-old seems to be driving these carjackings," Chicago Police Chief...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The twists, turns and oddities of the legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett’s claim in 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago have culminated in an actual trial, which enters its first full day of testimony Tuesday. Initial charges brought in February 2019 that accused the former “Empire” actor of faking the assault were soon after tossed. But in February 2020, after a special prosecutor looked into the case, a new six-count indictment was filed. Here’s a look at the charges Cook County jurors will hear testimony about: WHAT ARE THE CHARGES? The 39-year-old is charged under Illinois’ disorderly conduct statute, which encompasses a wide range of offenses, from making prank 911 calls to placing harassing calls as a debt collector. He faces six counts of disorderly conduct under a subsection of the law that prohibits false reports to police. Some states don’t categorize false police reports as disorderly conduct. The charges are listed as class 4 felonies, which are among the least serious felonies in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is reeling over their beloved dog, Ruby, who was killed when someone fired six shots into their car as their pet was in the backseat. The Friday after Thanksgiving, they were driving back home to Chicago. It all started on the Bishop Ford Freeway at 115th Street, but ended at the emergency vet, where the couple was forced to say goodbye to Ruby. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Wound-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In RoselandNow Illinois State Police are asking for your help tracking down the shooter. Loving, energetic and loyal; not even 3 years old; brown-eyed, rescued border collie mix, Ruby, was more than a dog to her people, Joan Levergood and Doug Johnson. “She was a family member,” Joan said. A family that celebrates Thanksgiving together; so Ruby was along for the ride to and from Michigan for their celebrations. Ruby snuggled between them after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day; the last picture they have together. “She was a good, good pup,” Joan said. A memory, that only makes looking...
    Jury selection for Jussie Smollett's disorderly conduct trial has commenced in Chicago, but as of Monday, cameras and members of the press are not allowed inside the courtroom.  According to a Fox News reporter on the ground, the court is now "working with the media" to strategize how the press "will fit inside the courtroom." According to the reporter, the press is sitting in the hallway and can see inside the courtroom, but the audio is hard to decipher. Judge James Linn is presiding over the case. Because of guidelines present to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Judge Linn decided that seating within the courtroom must be reserved for potential jurors.  However, the courtroom will reportedly keep its doors open to provide some insight to the public as to what’s going on inside, provided that does not become a disruption. It’s expected that, once the jury is selected, there will be more room for reporters and cameras to film or stream the proceedings.  JUSSIE SMOLLETT TRIAL: JUDGE ORDERS NO CAMERAS, PRESS IN COURTROOM DURING JURY SELECTION Smollett contends he...
    At least three people are dead and 26 more wounded after a deadly Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. The city reported 23 shootings over the holiday weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department, with three men dying. CONFESSED CANNIBAL ARRESTED AFTER DECAPITATED CORPSE ALLEGEDLY FALLS OUT OF CAR TRUNK One man was found dead Sunday with gunshot wounds to his legs and back. The second was found alive under a viaduct but in critical condition, and he died shortly after reaching a local hospital, according to police. The third victim also died at a hospital. He had been brought in with multiple gunshot wounds in his shoulder. "It sounded like an automatic weapon going off, probably 20 to 30 shots in very quick succession," a witness of a Sunday shooting in the city's River North neighborhood said. The day before that incident, a 16-year-old boy was wounded by gunfire in a possible drug deal gone wrong, police said. He was allegedly shot in the leg after two unknown men brandished a firearm. Roughly...
    EMPIRE actor Jussie Smollett was accused by Chicago Police of paying two men to attack him in a bid to boost his career. Jury selection in Smollett’s criminal trial is scheduled to start in Chicago on Monday, November 29, 2021. 2 The trial for Jussie Smollett begins on Monday, November 29, 2021 Who is Jussie Smollett? The 39-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox hip-hop musical drama series Empire, for which he received great acclaim. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant as Ricks, and in Marshall as Langston Hughes. He began his career as a child actor in 1987 starring in commercials and films, including The Mighty Ducks in 1992 and Rob Reiner's North in 1994. Jussie came out as gay in March 2015 during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since the alleged attack, Jussie Smollett has not appeared in any new television shows or movies, and has since been dropped from the cast of Empire. Was the Empire star attacked in hate crime...
    Gun violence continued on the streets of Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, with police reporting that three people were killed and 26 left wounded, including a teen trying to buy drugs. There were 23 shootings incidents from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, according to data the Chicago Police Department released Monday morning. CHICAGO MAYOR NEEDS TO DUMP POLICE BOSS IF ‘CRIME PANDEMIC’ ISN'T ADDRESSED, CRITIC SAYS Three men were killed in shootings during this period. One man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, was pronounced dead after police found him around 6:30 p.m. Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds to his back and legs.  A second man was found around 7:30 p.m. with several gunshot wounds underneath a viaduct in Avalon Park. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, while a third man was shot twice in the shoulder on Friday around 10:50 p.m. in West Pullman. Both men later died at hospitals. Three people were killed and 26 others wounded in gun violence that erupted across Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend, authorities said.  (iStock)...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Jussie Smollett case began in January 2019 with a threatening letter and the alleged staged attack in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. Here's a timeline of key events leading up to the "Empire" actor's trial on disorderly conduct charges.January 22, 2019Jussie Smollett receives letter sent to the FOX studio in Chicago which had threatening language and was laced with powdery substance, likely Tylenol.January 29, 2019Smollett claims he was walking in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood at about 2 a.m. when he said two people he didn't know started yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him. He told Chicago police that the attackers yelled "MAGA country."Smollett told police the men struck him in the face with their hands and poured a chemical on him and one of the individuals wrapped a rope around his neck.When Smollett contact police at about 2:42 a.m. he was still wearing the rope around his neck.January 30, 2019Chicago police release surveillance images of two persons of interest. Police said there was no video of an assault.February 14, 2019Chicago police confirm they are speaking with two persons...
    Day one of Jussie Smollett’s trial has officially begun in Chicago with jury selection kicking off Monday.  The former "Empire" actor continues to argue he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago late at night in January of 2019. Meanwhile, siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers. Smollett arrived at the court in a navy blue suit and wool coat to match with a white dress shirt and gray striped tie underneath. He wore a black face mask as he arrived at the building with his arms linked to his family members who were there to support him as he argues his innocence. He looked serious and stoic as he entered the courtroom with his supporters creating a wall around him. His family members accompanied him into the courtroom where they emotionally said goodbye and left him at the defense table to watch the proceedings elsewhere in the building.  Seating within the courtroom is limited to accommodate the jury...
    Actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of Jussie Smollett , a black actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in Chicago only to have authorities allege he fabricated the event. Smollett claimed that in late January 2019, two men wearing ski masks assaulted him while he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. The men started yelling racist, anti-gay, pro-Donald Trump comments at him before turning violent, he claimed. Smollett said the men beat him and tied a noose around his neck. Smollett's manager called the police, and officers rushed to his apartment to find Smollett with the rope still tied around his neck. "I just wanted y'all to see it," he told them. JUSSIE SMOLLETT CRIMINAL TRIAL SET TO BEGIN MONDAY The incident garnered international headlines and put intense pressure on the Chicago Police Department to find the culprits. But then, it began to unravel. Two siblings who worked...
    A Chicago girl told police that three men in ski masks abducted her while she was walking from a high school Saturday night and was possibly sexually assaulted, according to local reports. Chicago police confirmed to Fox News on Monday morning that Area Four detectives were continuing to investigate the incident. Police said the victim has returned home with her parents. CHICAGO MAYOR NEEDS TO DUMP POLICE BOSS IF ‘CRIME PANDEMIC’ ISN'T ADDRESSED, CRITIC SAYS The girl told investigators that a four-door black sedan with tinted windows began following her as she walked from Austin College and Career Academy High School around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, FOX32 Chicago reported, citing police. The vehicle followed her to the area near Lake Street and Pine Avenue, where three men in ski masks forced the girl inside the vehicle, according to police. Chicago police told Fox News on Monday morning that Area Four detectives were continuing to investigate the alleged kidnapping. (File) The girl told police that she woke up around 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the back of the vehicle with no...
    A Cook County judge has ordered that cameras and press will not be allowed inside the courtroom when Jussie Smollett’s trial kicks off Monday.  Judge James Linn denied a request for extended media coverage. At the time of his ruling last Friday, he did not immediately give an explanation. However, Fox News has learned that there will simply be no room in the court during jury selection.  Because of guidelines present to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Judge Linn decided that seating within the courtroom must be reserved for potential jurors. However, the courtroom will reportedly keep its doors open to provide some insight to the public as to what’s going on inside, provided that does not become a disruption. It’s expected that, once the jury is selected, there will be more room for reporters and cameras to film or stream the proceedings.  JUSSIE SMOLLETT CRIMINAL TRIAL TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS CASE  Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Courthouse after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) The former...
    Jussie Smollett goes to trial Monday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former "Empire" actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story:  Jan. 22, 2019  — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed. Police later say they believe Smollett sent the letter himself.  TRIAL SET TO START ON CHARGES SMOLLETT FAKED RACIST ATTACK  Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Feb. 24, 2020.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton, file) Jan. 29, 2019  — Jussie Smollett tells police he was attacked by two men in downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. The actor says the men used racist and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an "unknown substance" on him. Police say Smollett, who is Black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in "MAGA country," an apparent reference to President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan that some Trump critics call...
    This it the terrifying moment machine gun shooting erupted on the streets of Chicago in a bloody Thanksgiving weekend of gun violence.  Three people were killed and another 40 were shot over the holiday weekend in the latest surge in violent crime.  Footage posted online shows a man, who does not appear to have a gun, running through the streets of Chicago as machine gun fire erupts nearby.   Hours earlier a man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed in southern Chicago after he was shot several times in the back of his legs. It is not yet know if two incidents were connected.  A 50-year-old man was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery on the city's Far South Side and a 22-year-old was struck in the leg by gunfire in the 5500 block of West Belmont Avenue on Sunday morning.   Meanwhile video showed a vehicle overturned at the intersection of Huron and Wells after the two people inside were shot during a car chase.  So far this year in Chicago, shooting incidents have seen a nine per cent...
    A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger. That was the story that ricocheted around the world after Jussie Smollett, a Black and openly gay actor, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime. Nearly three years later, Smollett is about to stand trial on charges that he staged the whole thing. He was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied to police about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service. FILE - In this May 20, 2016, file photo, actor...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A 29-year-old man was shot in Evanston overnight. #Evanston PD is investigating a shooting at Chicago Ave and Howard St. at 1151 pm in 11/28 EPD received multiple 911 calls of shots fired. pic.twitter.com/3sBfqpsMVy — Evanston, IL Police (@EvanstonPD) November 29, 2021 Just before midnight, the shooting was reported near Chicago Avenue and Howard Street. The area was shut down for a police investigation. READ MORE: Car Crashes Into Pond In AuroraThe victim is expected to survive. No arrests have been made. READ MORE: 1 Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston ShootingThis was the second shooting in Evanston overnight. Around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, one person was killed and four others are injured in a shooting. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Mostly Cloudy, Flurries PossibleAccording to Evanston Police, four of the victims were located at 1950 Green Bay and a fifth victim was found at 1918 Green Bay.
    The trial of Jussie Smollett kicks off on Monday, nearly three years after the 39-year-old actor allegedly orchestrated a hate crime against himself, telling police that two White men in MAGA hats attacked him, shouted slurs, and put a noose around his neck.  Just weeks after the alleged assault, two brothers who knew Smollett through the television show "Empire," Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, told police that Smollett actually paid them $3,500 to stage the whole thing.  The case has polarized the nation due to the politically and racially charged nature of the alleged hoax, and Americans nationwide will be watching intently to see if Smollett defends himself by taking the witness stand, a move that defense attorneys and prosecutors tell Fox News could make or break the case.  In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after an initial court appearance on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. ...
    (CNN)Jury selection starts Monday in the trial of former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who is accused of making false reports to authorities that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019.Smollett, 39, was indicted on six counts last year by a Cook County, Illinois, grand jury, but the actor has insisted on his innocence, repeatedly denying he orchestrated the attack. His attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The six-count indictment -- the most recent twist in a case that gripped the nation from the start -- came after 16 felony disorderly conduct counts Smollett was previously facing were unexpectedly dropped. Judge James Linn said during an October hearing no cameras will be allowed in court. On the same day attorneys for the actor made a final push to have the case dismissed. The judge denied the motion. Trial of Jussie Smollett, accused of lying to police about an alleged hate crime, begins Monday with jury selectionWith the trial kicking off more than two years after Smollett said he was attacked, here's a look at how...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Jussie Smollett's trial begins Monday nearly three years after the former "Empire" actor reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.The actor is facing charges for what authorities say was a fake attack. Smollett told police he was walking home early in the morning back in January of 2019 when two men recognized him and began hurling racial and homophobic slurs at him.He said the men struck him, wrapped a noose around his neck and shouted, "This is MAGA country."RELATED: Jussie Smollett news: Chicago police release investigative files, video of alleged staged attack on 'Empire' actorEMBED More News Videos Chicago police released their investigative files and video Monday of the alleged staged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in late January. Just weeks later, Smollett was charged with staging the attack to further his career and secure a higher salary. Police said, he hired two brothers to pretend to attack him for $3,500.Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony and carries a sentence of up to three years in...
    (CNN)The long road in the Jussie Smollett case finally reaches trial Monday in Chicago, more than two years after police first alleged the actor lied about being the victim of a hate crime and wrongfully diverted weeks of investigative manpower. The former "Empire" actor, who is Black and gay, has repeatedly denied staging an attack on himself, insisting two men struck him, yelled anti-gay and racist remarks, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him on a cold January 2019 night in the Windy City.Authorities have argued that evidence, including texts and accounts from two Smollett acquaintances, point to Smollett paying the pair to rough him up so he could attract publicity and a career boost -- a narrative Smollett has denied.Jury selection begins Monday morning for the trial, in which Smollett, 39, is charged with six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police. He has pleaded not guilty.February 2020: Jussie Smollett indicted on six counts for making false reports, special prosecutor saysA disorderly conduct charge for a false crime report is...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett goes to trial Monday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22, 2019 — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed. Police later say they believe Smollett sent the letter himself. Jan. 29, 2019 — Jussie Smollett tells police he was attacked by two men in downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. The actor says the men used racist and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown substance” on him. Police say Smollett, who is Black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan that some Trump critics call racist and discriminatory. Jan. 30, 2019 — Chicago police say they’ve reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Video shows a determined burglar in Pilsen using what appears to be a long wooden plank to maneuver a cash register out of place until it falls on the floor. This comes as Chicago Police sent alerts for multiple strings of business burglaries. Local security expert Simone Ayala said work is not slowing down as crime has calls coming in every day to her West Side company. READ MORE: 'It Sounded Like An Automatic Weapon': Video Captures Rapid Gunfire In River North Shooting That Left Two InjuredAs seen in the video, basic security measures are not stopping these burglars. The burglar used the plank to move the cash register at the Pilsen nail salon until they were able to pull it out of the window last Monday, even with metal bars that block it. Silvanna Abraham, owner of the salon, already had to get a security system installed. “Other than that, we don’t know what else we can do,” she said. The search for solutions is ongoing for many as Chicago Police put alerts out for multiple strings...
    Celebrity stylist Law Roach mourned the death of his three-year-old nephew Lamar Roach Jr., who fatally fell out of a 17th story window in the East Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago last Tuesday. 'Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes,' the 43-year-old celeb stylist said Saturday in a post on Instagram he later took down. 'This is the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with. No one should have to bury a 3 yr old baby.' Roach took to Instagram Stories Saturday with a Chicago Tribune report about the tragic incident.  The latest: Law Roach, 43, mourned the death of his three-year-old nephew Lamar Roach Jr., who fatally fell out of a 17th story window in the East Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago last Tuesday. The celebrity stylist was snapped in LA earlier this month He wrote: 'I keep reading this over and over hoping to not recognize his name ... my God! ... I love you all especially my Tribe.' Police in Chicago said Roach's nephew fell out of a window from the 17th floor at about 10:40 p.m....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police are warning residents of a kidnapping and possible sexual assault that happened Saturday in the city’s Austin neighborhood. According to police, a girl was followed by a black four-door sedan with tinted windows from Austin High School in the area of Lake Street and Pine Avenue around 8:30 p.m. READ MORE: Police Seeking 2 Men Who Carjacked Woman And Family Members During A Delivery in Ford HeightsUnder the viaduct three unknown males in black ski masks got out and forced her into the vehicle, police said. READ MORE: Armonii M. Russell Arrested, Charged In April Expressway ShootingShe has no memory of what occurred until she woke up in the back of the vehicle on Sunday around 10:45 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Harlem. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Brief Chance For Flurries Or Sprinkles Followed By Warming TrendAnyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Area Four detectives at (312)746-8251.
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A man remains in custody following a domestic dispute on I-290 Thursday, according to Illinois State Police. Arrington S. Bell, 33, of Chicago is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic violence with strangulation, according to authorities. Around 3:07 a.m., ISP responded to a reported domestic battery incident on I-94 southbound at I-290 involving a man and a woman. The two were separated at the scene and transported to Chicago Police Department First District for questioning. Bell appeared in Cook County court Saturday and was given a no-bond court date set for Nov. 30.
    Actor Jussie Smollett's criminal trial for allegedly faking a hate crime in 2019 is set to begin on Monday after a three-year delay. Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by two men with an allegiance to former President Donald Trump in January 2019. He said that they attacked him in the middle of the night and tied a noose around his neck while making anti-gay and racist remarks. NFL STAR REPORTEDLY COVERING FUNERAL COST FOR VICTIMS OF WAUKESHA PARADE ATTACK Investigators said they found that many of the key details surrounding Smollett's claims were fabricated. Smollett is being tried for six counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports to police, the Wall Street Journal reports . Smollett's team says that he has been unfairly prejudged to be guilty. Smollett stands by his original account of events. The trial has been delayed due to several obstacles, including the charges being dropped and refiled, an investigation into how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dealt with the initial investigation, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two men were shot while inside a car in River North early Sunday morning, Chicago police said.The two were in the car about 12:45 a.m. in the 200-block of West Huron Street when two male suspects approached, and at least one of the suspects was firing shots, CPD said.A 22-year-old man was grazed in the face and shot in the leg, and a 25-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the face.RELATED: Murder suspect: Chicago police release surveillance video of man wanted in Homan Square shootingThey drove themselves to Northwestern hospital and were in fair condition later Sunday morning.The suspects were described as having dreadlocks, and one wore a blue jacket.No one is in custody as Area Three detectives investigate.
    CHCIAGO (WLS) -- The teen killed after being hit by a car in a Lawndale crash that also seriously injured a 12-year-old girl has been identified.The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday morning identified Kaidon Bell, 14, as the boy killed in the Lawndale crash Saturday night.A 20-year-old man was driving a gray Dodge Charger west in the 4400-block of West Cermak Road when Bell and a 12-year-old girl ran into the street and were struck by the car around 7:30 p.m., according to police.RELATED: South Side car crash critically injures 1, involves driver with expired license, police sayThe boy was pronounced dead at the scene and the young girl was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital with serious injuries.The driver was cited for not reducing speed and not yielding to pedestrians, police said. An investigation is ongoing.