Chicago Crime Roundup March 18 2011

Chicago Crime Roundup March 18 2011
Man shot dead in West Pullman area

A man was shot dead about 9:40 p.m. Thursday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was found dead in the 11700 block of South Lowe Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.

via Man shot dead in West Pullman area – Chicago Breaking News.

Woman Shot In Back Of The Yards

A woman was wounded Thursday during a drive-by shooting in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.

At 7:10 p.m., a 18-year-old woman was standing on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of South Hermitage Avenue when she was struck by gunfire from an assailant in a gray vehicle, police said.

via Woman Shot In Back Of The Yards « CBS Chicago.

Man freed after two decades behind bars

After 25 years behind bars, Eric Caine walked out from behind the stark stone walls of Menard Correctional Center a free man Thursday, all smiles in the warm sun.

“Let me breathe the air,” he said, his big grin framed by a thin gray mustache. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

Only hours earlier, Caine had learned that a Cook County judge had ordered his release, partly because of allegations that Chicago police detectives, led by disgraced former Cmdr. Jon Burge, beat him into confessing to a double murder he later said he did not commit.

via Man freed after two decades behind bars – chicagotribune.com.

Bond Set At $500,000 In Suburban Cocaine Arrest

A north suburban man was ordered held on $500,000 bond Thursday after being arrested with a kilogram of cocaine Thursday night in Waukegan.

Deputies of the Lake County Sheriff’s Warrant’s Division performed a traffic stop about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on an older-model black Toyota Celica near Belvidere Road (Route 120) and Jackson Street in Waukegan, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s police stopped the car after motorist Adrian Cazares-Maravilla, 23, made an abrupt stop, the release said. When deputies approached, they could smell a strong odor of what appeared to be burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle.

The deputies instructed Cazares-Maravilla, of Waukegan, to exit the vehicle for a field sobriety tests and he suddenly pushed his arm against his jacket in an attempt to hide something, the release said.

via Bond Set At $500,000 In Suburban Cocaine Arrest « CBS Chicago.

Man charged in 2009 slaying

An 18-year-old Southwest Side man has been charged with a 2009 slaying after members of the Chicago Police Department’s Cold Case Unit reinterviewed witnesses and identified him as a suspect, police said.

Terrance Tucker, of the 2400 block of West Lithuanian Plaza Court was charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 20, 2009, shooting death of Gregory Tuck, 22, of the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue.

via Man charged in 2009 slaying – chicagotribune.com.

Shootings leave 1 dead, 9 wounded in city

Various shootings in Chicago have killed one person and left at least 9 others wounded, authorities said Thursday night.

A man was shot dead about 9:40 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

The 33-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was found dead in the 11700 block of South Lowe Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.

via Shootings leave 1 dead, 9 wounded in city – Chicago Breaking News.