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Some Lunatic Is Gluing Razor Blades To A Playground

Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

A 2-year-old boy was injured by a razor blade at an Illinois playground on Monday -- but the blade wasn't left carelessly lying around. It had been gl...

911 Call Heard In Franklin Byrd Murder Trial

David Lohr | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime

A haunting 911 emergency call by Leslie Byrd as she was bleeding to death in her home was played for an Illinois jury Wednesday during the close of he...

Uncle Charged With Killing 7-Year-Old To Put Her 'Out Of Her Misery'

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime

ST. LOUIS -- A southern Illinois man was ordered jailed on $5 million bond Wednesday on charges he slashed and stabbed his 7-year-old niece after clai...

Man Found GUILTY Of Beating 5 To Death With Tire Iron

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 07.31.2013 | Crime

PEORIA, Ill. — Christopher Harris insisted he didn't beat all five of his former in-laws to death in their central Illinois home, only the 14-ye...

Judge Quits After Getting Charged With Heroin Possession

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.29.2013 | Crime

ST. LOUIS -- A southwestern Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip resigned Wednesday, days af...

In Custody Fight Over 3-Year-Old Daughter, Man Kills 5 Family Members: Police

AP | Posted 05.04.2013 | Crime

MANCHESTER, Ill. -- Investigators have determined that a man who shot dead five family members at their home in central Illinois was motivated by his ...

Police: Woman Set Fire To Home Because Husband Hogged Their Pot

Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago woman charged with arson almost sent her new apartment up in smoke after discovering her husband had smoked their entire stash of marijuana....

Ex-Official Convicted Of Lying For Decades About Tainted Water

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — After a former suburban Chicago water official was convicted Monday for lying about secretly mixing carcinogen-tainted well water into...

Man Saved 6-Year-Old Girl After Killing Family: Cops

AP | REGINA GARCIA CANO | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime

MANCHESTER, Ill. — The man suspected of storming a south-central Illinois home and killing five members of the same family with a shotgun had be...

Five People Shot, Killed In Illinois Home

AP | REGINA GARCIA CANO | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime

MANCHESTER, Ill. — The nephew of a small-town Illinois mayor shot and killed five people, including two boys, before leading police on a chase t...

Physical Education Teacher Gets Too Physical With Teen Student

Posted 04.24.2013 | Crime

A high school physical education teacher will spend 10 years on the Illinois sex offender registry after she was caught having sex with a student in t...

Suspect In NIU Student's Slaying Enters Plea Deal

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago

SYCAMORE, Ill. — A 36-year-old man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park d...

If You Bought Something From This Salesman, Please Call The Police

Posted 03.11.2013 | Weird News

This is not the face of an honest businessman, police in southern Illinois say. Twenty-four-year-old Adam Roberts -- whose skeleton-like face tatt...

Accused Killers Had Sex On Corpses: Police

Posted 02.27.2013 | Crime

Two young adults suspected of strangling two men had sex on top of the corpses, according to police reports obtained by Patch. The gruesome revela...

Woman Admits To Leaving Baby To Die In Road

AP | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- An Illinois woman believed to be the mother of two infants found dead in the trunk of an impounded car admitted Thursday to leaving ...

Man Strangles Grandmother One Day After Prison Release: Cops

Posted 12.07.2012 | Crime

An Illinois man was released from prison only to be accused of beating and strangling his grandmother to death the very next day. Darel C. Agerton...

Guilty Plea From Man Who Planned To Make It Look LIke Cat Killed Lawyer

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 12.05.2012 | Crime

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A former barge worker has admitted his role in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy man in a scheme inves...

David Lohr

Decomposed Body Found In Woods Identified

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 12.04.2012 | Crime

A badly decomposed body found in a wooded area outside Lowell, Ind., is that of a missing woman whose boyfriend was charged with her murder in October...

David Lohr

Stephanie Spira McNeil Asks, 'Where Is My Brother, John Spira?'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

A loved one vanishes without a trace -- then more than five years pass without a single clue about his disappearance. It's a glimpse at the life o...

David Lohr

Boyfriend Charged With Murder Of Missing Illinois Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 10.22.2012 | Crime

A 42-year-old Illinois man is in custody on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend after police went to the couple's home and found signs of foul play,...

David Lohr

Illinois Police Seek Clues In Hairdresser's Mysterious Disappearance

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 10.19.2012 | Crime

Illinois police are trying to locate a Calumet City woman who has been missing for nearly a week. According to Calumet City Police Department, Gena...

UP IN SMOKE: Alleged Pot Grower Lit Bonfire To Keep Plants Warm

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 10.11.2012 | Weird News

Daniel Selmon wanted to protect his plants from a fall frost so he lit a bonfire to keep them warm. The problem for him is that the plants were all...

David Lohr

Teen Mom Charged In Infant Dumping

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 10.04.2012 | Crime

Illinois authorities arrested a 19-year-old woman after she allegedly admitted to dumping her 3-week-old daughter in a remote area. Kendra Meaker, ...

David Lohr

Missing Mother's Body Found Wedged In Combine

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 09.13.2012 | Crime

The body of missing mother Tashyra McDowell was found wedged in a farmer's combine in central Illinois on Tuesday afternoon. According to Peoria Co...

Killing Spree Suspect's Battery Case Dismissed

AP | Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

GALESBURG, Ill. -- A man accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri won't face a second trial for aggravated battery after the case agai...