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Chicago Police Warn of Holiday Season Pickpockets

    (AP) — Holiday shoppers can be easy prey for pickpockets blending into crowds at stores, on sidewalks and inside packed public busses and trains.

    That's the warning from the Chicago Police Department, which has put out some safety tips for the holiday season.

    Those include keeping purses under your coat, carrying wallets in front pants pockets or

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Pot Hidden in Load of Strawberries

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      (AP) — Chicago police say a 41-year-old man was arrested with 350 pounds of marijuana hidden in buckets of frozen strawberries in a rental truck.

      Police say the drugs had an estimated street value of more than $853,000 and were to be distributed to gangs on Chicago's southeast side.

      Martin Rosas of south suburban Dolton was charged with possessing

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Judge to Rule on Motions in Beavers' Tax Case

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        (AP) — A judge is scheduled to rule on several pretrial motions in the tax-evasion case of an influential Cook County commissioner.

        William Beavers' trial begins Monday in U.S. District court in Chicago. The 77-year-old Democrat is accused of diverting campaign funds for personal use without reporting it.

        Among the motions Judge James Zagel is

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Breaking News: La Shawn Ford Indicted for Bank Fraud

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          State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford has been charged with bank fraud.

          Ford, 40, of Chicago — who also invests in Chicago real estate — allegedly fraudulently obtained a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from a failed bank called ShoreBank, making false statements to gain multiple advances, according to a federal indictment ret

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago