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Lynwood crews respond to suspicious fire

Firefighters from four area departments responded Tuesday night to a fire on Stoney Island Avenue that fire officials deemed suspicious.

August 27, 2014 6:00 pm

VIDEO: Hostage crisis ends in Harvey

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart talks about the resolution of the hostage situation in Harvey.

August 20, 2014 10:10 am

Cook County Sheriff warns public of phone scam

COOK COUNTY, IL | Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is warning the public of a phone scam where callers are told they have an active warrant and must pay immediately or face arrest.

June 27, 2014 8:12 pm
RICH JAMES: Sheriff Buncich has earned others' votes

RICH JAMES: Sheriff Buncich has earned others' votes

John Buncich was first elected Lake County sheriff in 1994 – a generation ago by most standards.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am

Cook County sheriff has 3 challengers in primary

CHICAGO | Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, under the spotlight for his management of one of the nation's largest jails, is being challenged in Tuesday's primary election by three people who know his department well.

March 15, 2014 12:00 am

Will probe bring justice in town's rape scandal?

ROBBINS, Ill. | The rape evidence was stored in the police department's musty basement: Brown paper shopping bags, stuffed with sneakers, bras and underpants, jammed on metal shelves. Scattered blood vials and swabs covered with dust and mold — an inventory amassed over more than 25 years.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am

City Council rejects bid to have sheriff investigate Cal City government

CALUMET CITY | The City Council on Thursday rejected a request by 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones to have a committee study hiring the Cook County sheriff’s police as an inspector general for municipal government.

November 21, 2013 10:30 pm
Three arsons investigated in Ford Heights

Three arsons investigated in Ford Heights

FORD HEIGHTS | Cook County Sheriff's police are investigating three arson cases in Ford Heights. All occurred during one week.

November 16, 2013 7:45 pm

Dolton officials want county sheriff to investigate village

CHICAGO | It’s not every government official who is eager to have law enforcement officials come into his municipality and investigate government activity.

May 31, 2013 5:01 pm

Free child ID kits available at Markham courthouse

MARKHAM | Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office will provide free child identification kits from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court, 16501 S. Kedzie Parkway, allowing parents to store critical identifying information about their children that would ass…

May 23, 2013 9:30 pm
Man charged in Ford Heights armed robbery

Man charged in Ford Heights armed robbery

FORD HEIGHTS | A 21-year-old Hazel Crest man was arrested and charged with armed robbery and vehicular invasion in connection with an incident in Ford Heights.

February 28, 2013 12:25 pm
Police: Highland man admits to Ford Heights burglaries

Police: Highland man admits to Ford Heights burglaries

FORD HEIGHTS | A Highland man admitted to being involved in a string of burglaries after he was arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine, Cook County police said.

March 22, 2012 8:45 pm
DNA test shows missing 19-year-old was Gacy victim

DNA test shows missing 19-year-old was Gacy victim

CHICAGO | After her older brother disappeared in 1976, Laura O'Leary suspected the 19-year-old construction worker probably had died at the hands of John Wayne Gacy. But the family was never able to prove it.

November 29, 2011 4:45 pm Photos


South Holland man convicted in dog-fighting case

MARKHAM | A South Holland man was convicted of 74 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals Wednesday in connection with a dog-fighting operation at his home.

November 10, 2011 12:30 pm
Sheriff launches new effort to ID Gacy victims

Sheriff launches new effort to ID Gacy victims

CHICAGO | More than 30 years after a collection of skeletal remains was found beneath John Wayne Gacy's house, detectives secretly have exhumed the bones of eight young men who were never identified in hopes of answering a final question: Who were they?

October 12, 2011 2:15 pm Photos


Sheriff reports compliance during sex offender roundup

The Cook County Sheriff's first sex offender roundup of the year successfully tracked dozens of registered offenders across unincorporated Cook County on Saturday.

February 22, 2011 12:00 am

Sheriff lifts lockdown at Cook County Jail

CHICAGO | After 42 hours, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart lifted the lockdown at Cook County Jail about 9 a.m. Thursday.

February 04, 2011 12:00 am
Five charged in $4.9 million pot bust

Five charged in $4.9 million pot bust

STEGER | Bond has been set at $400,000 each for five men who were charged with distributing cannabis from a Steger home, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Friday. Dart's office said the bust was worth $4.9 million.

January 28, 2011 3:11 pm Photos


Sheriff: Cook County seizes pot in mail

An investigation into suspicious packages being mailed to Chicago days before Christmas has led to the seizure of nearly $3 million in drugs and the arrest of a Chicago man, said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

December 28, 2010 12:00 am

Raid nets counterfeit sports garb

A suburban man has been arrested after an undercover investigation found he was manufacturing and distributing thousands of sweatshirts, T-shirts, jerseys and hats embroidered with counterfeit logos of the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks and other popular brands, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart annou…

December 24, 2010 12:00 am
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