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YouTube video leads to drugs and weapons raid near Chicago

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A 40-minute video posted on YouTube showing several people displaying guns and illegal drugs outside a suburban Chicago home has resulted in multiple arrests.

Harvey police spokesman Sean Howard said in a statement Wednesday that in addition to guns and drugs, the group also boasted of dog fighting. Authorities say the video was posted March 20. It has been taken down.

Based on the video police say was filmed at the home of a known gang member, a search warrant was obtained and the house raided.

Authorities say multiple guns, a large amount of marijuana and a “significant amount of a white substance believed to be cocaine” were confiscated in the raid. A dead dog was also found.

Police say several suspects were taken into custody and are awaiting charges.


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Man pleads guilty in theft of 100 guns from Chicago rail yard

(CHICAGO) Andrew Shelton snuck into a rail yard on Chicago’s South Side two years ago hunting for designer shoes, leather clothes or other goods he could steal from a parked freight train.

Instead, he and seven other thieves found guns, the feds say. Lots of them, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Shelton, also known as “Manki,” had been facing trial next month for the theft on April 12, 2015, that put more than a hundred stolen Ruger firearms on the streets of Chicago. Instead, Shelton decided to plead guilty Friday to illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, records show. He expects to face as many as 11 years in prison, according to his plea declaration.

At least three of Shelton’s co-defendants, including former Boston Celtics player Nate Driggers, appear headed to trial April 17 in connection with the theft from a freight train that had been parked in a rail yard near the 8000 block of South Chicago. Another man, Warren Gates, has already been sentenced to 63 months in prison.

The feds say Shelton belonged to one of two robbery crews that targeted a train that had been carrying 318 guns from a Ruger factory in New Hampshire. The train parked overnight in Chicago on its way to Spokane, Washington. The crew members recognized each other from the neighborhood and decided to work together to steal the guns.

The thieves divvied up the weapons and set out to sell as many as possible. Authorities have tied at least one of the stolen guns to a shooting in Chicago on Jan. 22, 2016.

Railroad thefts and guns: A deadly mix in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Three major thefts of guns from trains at a South Side Chicago rail yard have happened in a part of the city that’s been plagued by the kind of deadly violence that led to 762 homicides last year.

Chicago leaders regularly blamed the violence on flows of illegal guns from states with less restrictive gun laws. But community leaders say no one seems to be taking responsibility for the thefts of guns from trains parked in the city.

All three thefts were from the same Norfolk Southern 63rd Street Rail Yard. And court records suggest most of the stolen guns made it into surrounding high-crime communities.

Norfolk Southern spokeswoman Susan Terpay says the company is “doing everything” it can to prevent thefts, including adding more patrols.


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Eddie Johnson with Big John and Ray:  More cops just “a piece of the puzzle.”

By John Dempsey, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was on WLS this morning, talking about Mayor Emanuel’s multi-faceted crime-fighting strategy.    Johnson told “The Big John and Ray Show” that he agrees with Emanuel that while the city  more needs police officers , police are not the only answer.   “You know these extra officers and the police in general, you know we’re a piece of this puzzle but not the entire puzzle. The violence in our city and the crime overall is a result of socio-economic ills , not the police department.  So we have to fix the other parts of it in order for this crime to come down, but I will say this, the additional officers will give us a bit of relief.”

Listen to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on WLS’ Big John and Ray Show here. 

In his long awaited crime control speech Thursday night, Emanuel pledged to hire more officers, but was not clear on how the city would pay for them.    Johnson told WLS he does not have that answer either, but he says he’s not supposed to.    “You know, I fight crime” Johnson said,  “At the end of the day you know, I am a cop.  So that’s what I do, so the financial part of it you know, I’ll leave it to the Mayor and his smart people over there at the hall.  He has assured me that we’ll have those resources but how they’re paying for it, I couldn’t tell you.”

In his speech at Malcolm X college, Emanuel also talked about implementing a three year mentoring program to provide support to over 7,000 at-risk youth in Chicago.   The Mayor also called on Illinois lawmakers to toughen penalties for gun crimes, something black lawmakers from Chicago have thwarted in the past, out of concern that harsher gun laws would unfairly target African-Americans.

Eddie Johnson told WLS he is currently talking with those lawmakers about drafting a law that would address the real need the city has to make sure repeat offenders are kept behind bars for longer periods of time.    “I think that the legislators are coming around now because before we didn’t have concealed carry and you know the sentencing that I’m looking for is not mandatory.  It’s focused at repeat gun offenders so that’s not casting a net over the minority population.  It’s more like using a spear to focus on the guys that are consistently telling us they don’t want to play by the rules of society.   The way we want it to go is that repeat gun offenders would be sentenced on the mid to high end range of sentencing as opposed to giving them lighter sentences.”

During the WLS interview, Johnson admitted that police morale has suffered in recent months.    “We swore an oath to protect the citizens of Chicago and I see the rank and file doing that, however I will say this; the level of disrespect and then just the scrutiny going on across the country in terms of law enforcement is tough.  They are keenly aware of that and no one wants to be the next viral video and let’s face facts.   They’re human, they have families to take care of and careers so they are aware of what’s going on but they are still engaged and our gun arrests bear that out, but they are concerned about what’s going on.”

Johnson ended the interview by saying he has no regrets about taking the Superintendent’s job, despite the pressure and stress.   “You know I enjoy my job.  I have a chance to make real change and impact the citizens of Chicago for the better and also the rank and file, so I love what I do.”

@ 2016 WLS-AM News


TSA found 26 guns at Chicago airport checkpoints in 2014

(CHICAGO) Transportation Security Administration officials seized 26 guns that people tried to bring onto planes at Chicago’s airports last year.

In 2014, 20 guns were seized at the security checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport, according to end-of-year statistics released by the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security. Six guns were detected at the checkpoint at Midway International Airport.

The O’Hare total is up from 16 guns detected in 2013, while the Midway number dropped from the previous year’s 13, the TSA said.

Nationwide, 2,212 firearms were found in carry-on bags at security checkpoints, and 83 percent of those were loaded, the TSA said.

While it is legal to travel with firearms, TSA regulations require that weapons be kept unloaded in a hard-sided, locked case within checked luggage. Passengers must also declare any packed guns to the airlines.

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