CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the brother of a man fatally shot by Chicago police during a confrontation with an off-duty firefighter. Michael Beal, of Indianapolis, had faced felony charges, including aggravated battery of a police officer. The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County prosecutors on Thursday dropped all charges against the 30-year-old Beal. Prosecutors alleged Beal tackled an off-duty officer and threatened to kill him after an officer shot his brother.
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Thirty-five-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester didn't attend Thursday's sentencing hearing. He's in federal prison after being sentenced in May to 15 years in a case involving the sale of methamphetamine. Chester Officer James Brockmeyer crashed his patrol car while pursuing Stoker.
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago. Police say a crowd gathered Thursday night at Garfield Fieldhouse at Garfield Park for a basketball tournament when a fight broke out inside. Police say officers began to disperse the crowd when someone fired shots outside. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in a tweet a boy "possibly 11 to 13" years old was taken into custody.
SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. (AP) - Families in southern Illinois are coming forth with complaints operators of a cemetery resold plots that were already paid for. Subpoenas for the records of Wanda Cemetery were served. Authorities say cemetery staff refused to talk to them about their lots, forcing them to report the issues to police. Wanda Cemetery office manager Diana Williams said the subpoenas request records for three families who have complaints, along with sales receipts the cemetery has on file from 1990 through 2018.
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