A missing person, a loaded handgun and crack cocaine were discovered Saturday night when Lake County sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop in north suburban Gurnee.
About 10 p.m. Saturday, two Lake County deputies stopped a 1998 Isuzu near
Grand Avenue and Brookside Drive, according to a news release from the Lake
County Sheriff's Office.
After speaking with the driver, police found he was driving on a suspended
license. One of his passengers, Gordon L. Johnson, 45, was on parole for a
homicide and had crack cocaine in his possession, according to the release.
A female who had been reported missing and endangered from the Fox Lake area
also was inside the car.
All three were taken into custody.
When the deputies subsequently searched the vehicle, they found a loaded
handgun on the floor near the front passenger side where Johnson was sitting,
according to the release.
The driver, Samuel Alcock, 48, of the 200 block of West Street in Waukegan,
was charged with driving with a suspended license and driving with no insurance.
He was released on a personal recognizance bond, officials said.
Johnson, of the 1200 block of Grove Street in North Chicago, was charged with
unlawful possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlawful use of a
weapon, officials said. He was ordered held on $40,000 and his next court date
was scheduled for May 8.
The age of the female reported missing from Fox Lake was not made available
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, released today, puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.85.
Midgrade costs an average of $4.00 a gallon, and premium is at $4.12.
Diesel dropped three cents to $4.15 a gallon.
Of the cities surveyed, Chicago has the highest at $4.32. Tulsa, Okla., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.40.
In California, the lowest average price was $4.07 in Fresno. The highest was $4.21 in San Francisco. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $4.16, down about half a cent.
Dressed in a police uniform, Adam Sanchez, 9, wept Sunday as he held a photograph of his uncle – a Chicago Police Department officer who died in the line of duty nearly three years ago.
The boy came to Gold Star Families Memorial and Park to honor the memory of 27-year-old Alejandro Valadez, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the Englewood neighborhood in June 2009. He was joined by hundreds of others for the 80th annual St. Jude Police League Memorial March and Service honoring fallen officers.
Valadez's sister Brenda said while her family still struggles with the loss, events like Sunday's ceremony are comforting.
"When you look out and see the sea of blue, you know they've made an extra sacrifice to be here," said Brenda Valadez, Adam's mother who also serves on the force. "We're just so appreciative."
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who spoke during the service, said it's important for families to know their loved one will never be forgotten. He said he was moved to meet family members who still attend the service decades after losing their loved ones, referring to a man he met Sunday who lost his father in the line of duty in 1960. "That's very significant," he said.
Also during the ceremony, the names of 26 officers who died in the past year were read, including 46-year-old Paul Nauden, who suffered a heart attack and died May 20, 2011 during an undercover narcotics investigation. His wife, sister, children and other family members held yellow roses in his honor Sunday.
The event served as a reminder that Nauden's comrades still supported his family, his wife April Nauden said. "It lets you know they're still here."
Chicago firefighters rescued a quadriplegic man from a fire that broke out this afternoon at a South Side building in the city's Burnside neighborhood.
The fire broke out shortly after 12:05 p.m. at a 2-story brick building on the 9100 block of South Ellis Avenue, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Chief Joe Roccasalva.
Firefighters rescued a quadriplegic man who was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital as a precaution, Roccasalva said.
The fire was confined to one room, he said.
Ten people were shot between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning on the city's South and West Sides, including a man who died this morning after being shot on the Lower West Side and a 12-year-old girl who survived a gunshot wound on the West Side Saturday night.
The girl was standing on a sidewalk in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue in East Garfield Park about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when she was shot in the left foot, police said. It's not clear exactly what the circumstances were that led up to the shooting, police said. She's in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
The girl's family didn't cooperate with the investigation, according to police.
About 1:25 a.m. Sunday, a man was killed in the 1300 block of West 13th Street in the University Village / Little Italy neighborhood. He was in a car with another man and stepped out when someone started shooting at him, police said, hitting him in the back and armpit. He ran from 13th Street a short block north through a park to rows of townhomes before collapsing near Washburne Avenue, where police found him.
He was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said. Nobody is in custody.
Police found shell casings on 13th Street. A silver Chevy Impala with bullet holes in the passenger side doors and a flat rear tire was a block south of where the shooting happened, at the corner of Throop and Hastings streets, under two security cameras: one attached to the south end of a townhome and the other a Chicago Police Department blue-light camera. It's unclear if detectives investigating the homicide were able to pull video from either one.
A 26-year-old man was shot in each thigh, the hand, and suffered a graze wound to his abdomen about 12:15 a.m., police said. He was standing on the 2900 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side when a car rolled up and someone inside started shooting, police said. The man flagged someone down after being hit and was driven to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition has stabilized, police said.
A man in his 20s was shot about 12:10 a.m. on the 5800 block of South Wolcott Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital. His age and condition weren't available.
About 11:15 p.m., an 18-year-old man riding his bike was shot in the buttocks by someone standing among a group of males on the 7200 block of South Green Street in the Englewood neighborhood. He's in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said, and the shooting appears to be gang related.
A 24-year-old man walked into Mount Sinai Hospital about 10:30 p.m. after getting shot in the back in the Near West Side neighborhood, in the 300 block of South Campbell Avenue. Police said the man refused to provide any other information about the incident, including his name.
About 7:15 p.m., a 40-year-old man was shot on the 300 block of West 104th Place in the Fernwood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A man approached the victim and asked for a lighter, and when he replied that he didn't have one, the other man shot him a few times, police said. He's in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 5 p.m. Saturday shortly after getting off a bus near 105th Street and Indiana Avenue in the Rosemoor neighborhood on the South Side, police said. His brother drove him to Roseland Hospital, and he's in good condition, police said. A 19-year-old man was shot about a block away Friday night.
Two people – a 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman – were shot about 3:20 p.m. Saturday in the 3700 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Lawndale neighborhood, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. Both were shot in the arm, drove to Stroger hospital and walked in, Zala said. They're both in good condition. It'’s not clear what prompted that shooting.
The march begins at 8 a.m. at Solidarity Drive and Museum Campus Drive, proceeds down Museum Campus Drive and ends at Waldron Drive.
Ceremonies will be held at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park at 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy, Chicago Police Department command staff and Officers, Gold Star Families and members of the law enforcement community will take part.