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Friday, February 14, 2014

Deputies receive 2.4 Million on a bet they made with Dart on the Superbowl or was it because they supported his opponent

The Cook County Board is expected to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 21 deputies who allege Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against them because they backed his political opponent when he was running sheriff in 2006.
The deputies, who will split the $2.4 million settlement after the board votes on the matter next Wednesday, were members of an elite-but-troubled unit that specialized in quelling inmate disturbances. But they also drew headlines for rough treatment of inmates, said Dart spokeswoman Cara Smith, who described the settlement as “outrageous.”

17 year old animal locked up by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force

A 17-year-old boy was ordered held without bail after being charged a Dec. 2013 shooting in the South Shore neighborhood that left a 21-year-old man dead and another man wounded, officials said.
Tyree Brannon was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in a Dec. 10 shooting in the 7000 block of South Paxton Avenue. The shooting left 21-year-old Deonte Womack dead and a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds, Cook County prosecutors said.
Brannon appeared before Circuit Court Judge Israel Desierto who ordered him held without bail.
In court, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Jamie Santini said that in December Womack and the other victim were at the address on Paxton when they were approached by Brannon and an uncharged person.
Brannon was armed with a loaded gun and approached Womack and the other man. Brannon, who was known by name by his victims, demanded property, said Santini.
Womack refused and tried to walk away, Santini said. In response, Brannon fatally shot Womack several times including gunshot wounds to his head and jaw, Santini said.
The other victim was also shot by Brannon and sustained wounds to his hand, leg and shoulder, Santini said. After the shooting Brannon and the other offender fled the scene. Brannon had the weapon and was spotted by witness burying the weapon in the snow, Santini said. The weapon was found by police.
Prosecutors said both victims were armed. Womack still had his gun in his waist band. The surviving victim took the gun from his waistband and threw it to the ground after he was shot. The weapons were recovered.
The surviving victim was able to identify Brannon as the person who shot him and Womack, Santini said. Brannon was arrested on Feb. 13.
Brannon implicated himself in the Womack's killing. He admitted being armed with a loaded gun and shooting Womack and the other man, Santini said.
Agents of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the boy Thursday, according to the Chicago Police Department.
In addition to the murder charge, he is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and a parole violation.
He has an extensive juvenile record prosecutors said. In 2009 he received two years juvenile probation after being found guilty of robbery, a 2010 conviction for possession of a controlled substance, a 2011 battery and a 2012 aggravated unlawful use of a weapon conviction.