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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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Sexual assault charges filed against Harvey school board member

(CHICAGO) A board member of the school district in south suburban Harvey was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the city’s municipal center last week.

Tyrone Rogers, 59, faces one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and is scheduled to appear in court in south suburban Markham on Tuesday, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

About 1 p.m. Friday, a 49-year-old woman went to the Harvey Municipal Center to meet with Rogers to “discuss a village issue with Rogers on behalf of a friend,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The woman “alleged that Rogers took her into an office inside the municipal center, locked the door an sexually assaulted her,” the sheriff’s office said.

Rogers was taken into police custody Saturday night, police said.

In a statement issued Monday night, Harvey city spokesman said: “Mr. Rogers has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. We will await the States Attorney’s detail of his charges tomorrow and determine additional actions concerning his employment.”

Harvey mayor fined $10K for ‘fraudulent bond offerings’

(HARVEY) Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and never again participate in a municipal bond offering to settle civil fraud charges stemming from a hotel development scheme.

“Through the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bond Offerings, Harvey engaged in a scheme to divert bond proceeds for improper purposes,” according to the complaint filed by the Securities Exchange Commission. “As part of the scheme, Harvey made misrepresentations and omissions to investors about how bond proceeds would be used and the risks associated with investments in Harvey’s municipal bonds.”

The purported purpose of the bond offerings was to provide funding to develop and construct a Holiday Inn Hotel, the SEC alleges. The bonds were to be repaid from tax revenue streams dependent upon the existence of the hotel, such as Harvey’s hotel-motel tax and sales tax.

But instead of using the money raised through the bond offerings on the hotel project, city officials diverted at least $1.7 million in investors’ money into the city’s general operation accounts, including payroll, the SEC said.

“As the result of the scheme to divert bond related proceeds, the Hotel Redevelopment Project has turned into a fiasco for bond investors and Harvey residents. According to news reports, the proposed Holiday Inn hotel and conference center stands as an unfinished decrepit shell,” said the SEC court filings.

Kellogg, mayor since 2003 and an alderman from 1991 to 2003, is liable for fraud because he “exercised control over Harvey’s operations” and “signed important offering documents that Harvey used to offer and sell the bonds,” the SEC alleges. When the SEC subpoenaed the mayor to appear before commission staff to answer questions, under oath, about the hotel project, Kellogg asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

“Investors were told one thing while the city did another, and Kellogg was in a position to control the bond issuances and prevent any fraudulent use of investor money. His days of participating in muni bond offerings are over,” LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Public Finance Abuse Unit, said in a statement.

In agreeing to settle the charges, Kellogg did not admit to any wrongdoing. The settlement is subject to court approval.

“This matter is now behind us and we can now move forward,” city spokesman Sean Howard said in a statement. “This was a civil suit in which the Mayor has agreed to the civil penalty. The Mayor has given his attorney the monies agreed upon. The attorney will await the process in which the SEC will detail as it relates to the delivery of the fined amount.”