Chicago man charged with killing grandfather waiting for a ride to dialysis
CHICAGO | A 19-year-old Chicago man has been charged with killing his grandfather while the 72-year-old waited for a ride to dialysis treatment. WBBM television reports William D. Strickland is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Police say the suspect lived with his grandfather, who also was named William Strickland. The elder Strickland was shot several times while he waited outside his South Side Chicago home around 3:30 a.m. March 2. His wallet also was stolen.
Alleged hubcap thief surrenders, charged with assault on a federal officer
CHICAGO | An alleged hubcap thief who precipitated a shooting in Chicago's Medical District by driving his car at an FBI agent has surrendered. A complaint charges 52-year-old William Tapes with assault on a federal officer. It carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
The complaint says agents saw Tapes stealing an SUV's hubcaps at a parking lot Monday afternoon. When they approached, he jumped in another car and drove at one agent. Another agent fired, wounding a passenger with Tapes.
The complaint says Tapes looked "wild-eyed and panicky" speeding away. His car crashed nearby and Tapes allegedly fled on foot. Tapes' surrendered Thursday, and a judge Friday ordered the Chicago man held until an April 3 hearing. A message left Friday at a residential number for a William Tapes wasn't returned.
Judge gives OK to suburban Chicago Islamic center to open
NAPERVILLE, Ill. | A federal judge has reversed a county board's decision to prevent an Islamic education facility from operating in suburban Chicago.
In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer says she expects the DuPage County Board to approve a request from the Irshad Learning Center.
The board denied a conditional-use permit for the facility in 2010, after nearly two years of debate. Board members said they were concerned about the center operating in a residential neighborhood.
Officials from Irshad filed a federal lawsuit, arguing the board violated their Constitutional right to the free practice of religion.
Pallmeyer concludes there was no direct evidence of deliberate discrimination. But she says there's no evidence Irshad would have any more impact than other religious institutions already operating in residential areas.
Court: Man accused of killing pastor still unfit to stand trial
ST. LOUIS | A man accused of gunning down an Illinois pastor mid-sermon during a 2009 church service remains mentally unfit to stand trial, an appeals court ruled in pressing the case closer to being decided by a judge, not a jury.
But the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court on Friday reversed a judge's ruling that a long-sought psychological evaluation of Terry Sedlacek by a prosecution-chosen doctor be audiotaped. The doctor has balked at such an examination if it's to be recorded.
Sedlacek, 31, has been confined to mental health treatment in Alton, Ill., since he was found incompetent to stand trial months after prosecutors say he strolled into First Baptist Church in Maryville and confronted the Rev. Fred Winters, by all accounts a stranger. Sedlacek has suffered bouts of erratic behavior his family has attributed to tick-borne Lyme disease.