An intoxicated Illinois couple took a 40-minute cab ride -- during which they stripped and had sex -- and then refused to pay the cab driver the $83 fare.
The couple took the cab from Rosemont to Orland Park on Feb. 9, but when they reached their destination they didn’t have money to pay the fare.
The incensed driver called 911 for help.
Police said when they responded to the 15500 block of Sunset Ridge Drive they found clothing “strewn throughout the taxi” and two incoherent passengers.
Police prompted the 27-year-old man to use his mother’s credit card to pay for the ride, then he left his 31-year-old date to find her own way home.
She was taken to the police station. Her brother drove from an hour away to pick her up.
In the past few years, Chicago’s gang violence has exploded, making the city one of America’s most dangerous metropolises. Much of the city’s violence, either directly or inadvertently, involves relatively young children.
That may be the reason a Chicago police officer reacted so strongly to a 13-year-old boy who tossed a snowball in his direction on Wednesday. The boy allegedly threw the snowball as he was walking home from school.
The boy, who is an eighth-grade student, was arrested for his actions. He currently faces felony charges of battery.
The boy explained that he was not comfortable with his arrest, especially because the snowball didn’t even hit the police officer.
“It made me mad. He [the officer] said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him,” the boy told the Chicago Tribune.
The boy also claims that he was not the one that threw the snowball. He was allegedly standing in a crowd of about 15 children and was picked out of the crowd by the school’s dean, Lenard Robertson. The boy was only half of a block away from the school when the incident occurred.
Although Chicago’s increasing gang violence amongst school-age children is definitely a major concern for the city, the police department’s response to an innocent snowball fight is not going to solve anything.
According to the New York Daily News, the boy’s mother claimed that her son had never been in trouble prior to this incident.
“He kept trying to tell the officer that he didn’t do it but they didn’t believe him. He was standing on the corner, there was a whole crowd of kids. It’s so crazy. It’s sad, he’s only 13. I’m so upset, he’s never been in trouble before. It’s his first case,” the boy’s mother said.
A similar incident occurred in New York City in 2010, when a group of five young men were arrested by an officer who pulled his gun after they threw a snowball in his direction. The boys sued the law enforcement agency for the incident and recently settled for $60,000 each.
Three men allegedly flooded two elevator shafts at Trump Tower because the bar on the 16th-floor said they were too intoxicated and refused to serve them.
Police say the trio turned on a water valve in the building’s stairwell and causing more than $700,000 in damage.
Daniel T. Maradei was charged with felony criminal damage to property Wednesday. His friends, Carl Koenemann, 25, and Benjamin Nitch, 25, were both arrested earier this week.
The three men ordered drinks after 5 p.m. on Saturday but were refused service, police said. Nitch and Koenemann were caught on surveillance video taking a fire exit staircase where the water valve was later opened.
Prosecutors say water spilled from the valve at a rate of 250 gallons a minute. While the Chicago Fire Department and the Tower was notified that the valve was open, it took 10 minutes to turn it off, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti.
The damage to the elevators alone is more than $700,000.
Koenemann and Nitch already appeared in court Tuesday and were released on $100,000 bond and electronic home monitoring requirement.
An unidentified naked man recently walked into a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago.
A video (below) posted on Live Leak shows the man walking around the family-friendly restaurant for about two minutes.
The man tried to enter the kitchen through a side door and approached the counter several times, notes CBS Chicago.
In response, some McDonald’s customers yelled and hit the nude man with one of the restaurant's “Caution” signs, reports Yahoo! News.
Eventually, two police officers enter the McDonald's, tell the man to sit down and restore order, but, sadly, that's when the video ends.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
A Chicago student forgot to clear porn on her phone’s browsing history before being filmed for a television news report.
Chicago news station WGN-TV was doing a story about students developing an app, Expunge.io, which helps people strike minor offences off their criminal record, The Daily Caller reported.
The station filmed a smartphone user to demonstrate how the app worked, but when the student opened her browser, viewers caught a glimpse of bookmarks for PornHub about masturbation and squirting.
Reddit user GIANTclouds captured a screenshot of the phone and posted it to the site, where it quickly moved to the front page.
Lesson learned. Use incognito mode next time.
A short video of the blunder can be seen at Gawker and the screenshot is below:
An 11-year-old boy, Caden Cook, was suspended from school for voluntarily turning in a non-firing plastic toy gun to school personnel.
Fredrick Funston Elementary School in Chicago instituted a random pat-down screening procedure as part of its security at the beginning of the school year, reports The Rutherford Institute, which has come to Cook's defense in the matter.
All students are physically separated from their bags and randomly chosen for pat-downs before going through metal detectors. Bags are also searched at random.
Caden Cook, a sixth-grader, had forgotten he held a plastic toy gun he had played with the previous night in his sweater pocket while waiting in line at school security. He alerted school security personnel, explained he accidentally brought the toy gun to school and relinquished it to security.
Cook was doing the right thing, but the school did not see it that way.
School officials allegedly subjected Cook to intimidation tactics, interrogation, accusations of lying, and threats. His mother was not present, nor had she been informed of the incident. When she did arrive, she was allegedly berated and criticized for allowing her son to play with toy guns, reports The Examiner.
"This case speaks volumes about what's wrong with our public schools and public officials: Rather than school officials showing they are capable of exercising good judgment, distinguishing between what is and is not a true threat, and preserving safety while steering clear of a lockdown mindset better suited to a prison environment, they instead opted to exhibit poor judgment, embrace heavy-handed tactics, and treat a toy gun like a dangerous weapon," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. "In the process, school officials sent a strong, chilling message to this child and his classmates that they have no rights in the American police state."
Cook was suspended from school for violating the school's weapons policy against dangerous objects. He has also been ordered to undergo counseling.
The Rutherford Institute attorneys have called for the suspension to be rescinded and the incident be removed from Cook's record.
A Chicago man fatally shot a burglar who was attempting to rob his apartment, and because that man’s Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) had expired, he has been charged with misdemeanor possession.
The 44-year-old man was reportedly sleeping when his 18-year-old daughter woke him up because she was frightened by some noises she heard. The man, who was using crutches at the time, got up to check outside but didn’t see anything. He went to the back of the apartment to get his gun, and when he turned around, he saw two burglars charging towards him.
The man fired his gun at the burglars, and they both turned around to head toward the door. One of the shots hit 31-year-old Mario Viramontes, and he collapsed to the ground as his cohort fled the scene.
Police were called to the apartment for the burglary but only discovered the suspect when they arrived. Not long after police got to the scene, Viramontes was pronounced dead.
The 44-year-old man has not been charged for the shooting death of the burglar.
An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man that authorities say was attempting to rob a Walgreens store in Chicago early Monday morning.
According to reports, the fatal shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. when the suspect entered the Walgreens and said he was robbing the store. Meanwhile, the off-duty officer had just walked in to use the ATM while his wife and children were waiting outside in the store. The officer said that he noticed the cashier frantically shoving money into a bag while a large man stood at the counter, and this aroused his suspicions.
"It's not an every day, common scene," said police spokesman Patrick Camden of the situation that the off-duty officer witnessed.
The officer approached the robber, drew his weapon, and told the suspect to get down on his knees. As the off-duty officer attempted to make an arrest, the suspect reportedly told him, “You’re going to have to shoot me.” At that moment, the suspect reached into his pocket, reportedly to take out his handgun, and the off-duty officer sprang into action. The two men started to struggle until the officer shot the suspect.
The suspect was shot in the shoulder, according to police, and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. As of now, the off-duty officer hasn’t been charged with anything, as authorities say he was “in fear for his life.”
A Black Pit Bull attacked 11-year- old Cirpriana Carranza, who has Asperger’s, while he was taking out the trash for his mother. The boy suffered bites on his mouth, nose, neck, shoulders, arms, and fingers.
“It was biting him everywhere, his nose, his stomach, hands, arms,” mom Daisy Carranza told The Daily News. “It was desperate to kill.”
Daisy ran out of her house in her slippers on Wednesday evening, grabbed the dog’s collar and pried its mouth away from her son, who was bleeding profusely.
The Pit Bull then ran down the street and jumped on 12-year-old Latara Scott who was walking with her family.
Both mothers describe serious wounds to their child faces. Daisy Carranza says she cannot stop hearing her child's screams.
Latara is still hospitalized. Latara Scott's mom, Willie Mae Jackson, told NBC Chicago.
"She has a hole up underneath of her chin, a cut beneath her lip ... a hole in the back side of her neck." She described her daughter's attack as something out of a movie, "He just went completely berserk."
Neighbors tried to come to Scott’s rescue, stabbing at the dog with kitchen knives. One of the women who came out to help became the pit bull’s next target.
Police arrived and shot the Pit Bull several times.
The Pit Bull was a female and belonged to a neighbor. “This dog was in such a rage,” Daisy said. “I could see the anger she had inside.”
The dog’s owner was cited for the attack. He was also cited for not having a dog license and for neglecting to give his do a rabies vaccination. Daisy said she remembers her neighbor joking about how his pit bull “hates kids.” “He lives alone,” Daisy said. “His dog was his love and his obsession.”
Cirpriano was up all night, shaking and trembling, his mother says. Daisy is worried that her son’s Asperger’s will complicate his recovery. “That’s what hurt me more,” she said. “I don’t know what the future is going to be for him.”
The women haven’t heard from the neighbor since the attack. “He hasn’t said anything to any of us,” Daisy said. “I just want him to say sorry, just for closure. And I want to ask him, ‘Where were you?’”
A would-be burglar wasted several minutes while breaking into a Chicago bar because he made the mistake of trying to pull a door open when there was a sign that clearly reads “Push.”
It was all caught on surveillance footage at The Shambles’ winter vestibule, a temporary covering in front of the bar, where he was protected from view. He then removed the bar’s front door lock early Friday morning.
The hooded criminal is seen in the video pulling on the door at approximately 2:08 a.m. and was able to knock a security door brace loose.
Even though the burglar managed to get past the brace, he lacked the sense to try and pull the door open. He eventually gave up and fled.
"It's much funnier on the video, but the still shots show him pulling on the door. He could have pushed it," Joe Lin, the bar's owner, told DNA Info in Chicago.
Lin says the suspect had tools and was prepared, but something simple stopped him.
"I don't know if he realized there was a security stick on there, because yeah, he did get confused, because he's like, 'I dismantled a lock, I should be able to get in. Why is this not working?'" Lin told ABC News Chicago.
"The gall of him breaking in in broad daylight. It's light out, people are jogging by. I want to let other businesses know," Lin added.
The suspect is still at large and police are investigating numerous other attempted break-ins in the area.