Monday, March 25, 2013
Sheriff Tom Dart says CHIProperties has been issuing "highly illegal" notices to a number of Cook County residents.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart directed a Chicago-based property management company to immediately cease and desist from providing tenants in Cook County, who reside in properties that are the subject of foreclosure proceedings, with illegal notices that contain threats and misleading, inaccurate information. CHIProperties of Chicago has been posting notices telling rental residents they are considered trespassers and must call immediately to make arrangements to move out. The posting also says an eviction process has started—even if an eviction suit has not yet been filed in Circuit court. “This notice is illegal, highly deceptive, and amounts to a constructive eviction in apparent violation of various federal, state and local laws, …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
County President Toni Preckwinkle is asking 1,500 inmates be transferred to home-monitoring, to prevent an overcrowding crisis, ABC7 reports.
Cook County Jail is nearly full to bursting. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking the detention center to reduce its 10,000+ population by 1,500 because there is not enough money to pay for them, ABC7 reports. At its current rate of admissions, the prison is poised to exceed its 10,150-prisoner capacity "within days." "The population I had today is what I'd normally have at the worst time of the year," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told ABC7. "You can't sustain that. My overtime budget is exploding right now, absolutely exploding. I'm already close to going through what I was supposed to do for the whole year." To prevent overcrowding, Preckwinkle proposes that by mid-summer, 1,500 prisoners be transferred to home …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Elderly victims cleaned out of $170,000 collectively in south suburbs from UK lottery scam.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Thursday, December 27, 2012
If you didn’t buy a lotto ticket in the United Kingdom lottery but are getting badgered with emails and phone calls that you’re a winner, contact your local police department immediately. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warns residents not to be fooled by recent scams where “winners” are being told they are entitled to a large lottery cash prize without ever having purchased a ticket. Read more senior crime prevention tips on avoiding of becoming a victim of ruse burglars. During the last six months, an 80-year-old victim lost $90,000 and a 74-year-old victim lost $82,000 in the lottery scam. Both victims are from the south suburbs. Scammers have been contacting victims, mostly senior citizens, by phone, fax, email and letter—telling them …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Oak Lawn-resident Sarah Dynia wins award from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart recognizing her volunteer service.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Cook County Sheriff's Police round up felons and guns in two-day warrant sweep targeting south suburbs.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, August 2, 2012
In an effort to clean up the south suburbs, Cook County Sheriff’s Police took 22 individuals into custody with outstanding warrants on July 25, including an Oak Lawn fugitive. Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Officers from across Cook County saturated south suburban neighborhoods on July 25, focusing on seven communities in the area. “It is no secret that criminal activity significantly increases during the summer months,” Sheriff Dart said in a press release. “It is my goal to clean up our neighborhoods and keep them as safe as humanly possible at all times, but especially now during peak warmer weather.” The end-of-the-day tally included 22 individuals, eight who had outstanding warrants for felonies…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Local fugitives nabbed in sting with promise of cash and free flat-screen TVs.
The lure of free electronics and cash helped net more than 100 wanted fugitives in a sting organized by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Tuesday. The fugitives thought they were coming to a Southwest Side warehouse to test new home electronics. Instead, county sheriff’s police arrested them. “Operation C.W. Marketing” was a two-week effort that targeted fugitives wanted for violent felonies, misdemeanor traffic offenses, unpaid child support and contempt of court charges, Dart said in a press release. The sting resulted in 102 arrests, with 106 warrants cleared, including 15 felonies, 72 misdemeanors and 15 from civil courts. The county also netted more than $5,000 in towing fees as part of the operation. Investigators from the Cook…
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Cook County Sheriff says fraudulent LINK scam and stolen goods trafficking took advantage of the poor.
Four men from towns including Palos Hills, Orland Park, Chicago Ridge and Bridgeview have been charged in connection with a year-long investigation into organized retail theft and LINK card fraud, the Cook County Sheriff’s office announced Thursday. “Operation Broken LINK” targeted suburban convenience stores engaged in illegal practices involving the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards known in Illinois as “LINK.” The sting targeted 10 participants who owned or worked as sales clerks in convenience stores. Malek Malkawi, age unknown, of the 7100 block of W. 99th St, in Chicago Ridge, was charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, theft of government property and continuing financial crimes enterprise. Ahmad Alshwayyat, 21, of the 7700 block …