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CHICAGO (AP) - A former Chicago police commander has been charged with stealing Social Security funds in a scheme lasting more than 23 years. Kenneth Johnson is accused in U.S. District Court of bilking the Social Security Administration out of $363,064 from about June 1994 to November 2017. The Chicago Tribune reports the 54-year-old Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned next week. Johnson earned praise for overseeing big reductions in violence in Englewood, one of the city's most dangerous districts.
CHICAGO (AP) - A security guard at a suburban Chicago bar where a black co-worker was fatally shot by a white police officer says he never heard the officer order the other man to drop his gun. Dorian Myrickes' comments Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his hospital room came hours after the Illinois State Police released a statement that said the officer had ordered Jemel Roberson to drop his weapon.
CHICAGO (AP) - A man who pleaded not guilty to trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb outside of a Chicago bar in 2012 wants to change his plea. Lawyers for Adel Daoud, who was arrested in an FBI sting, filed a motion Wednesday seeking to have the 25-year-old suburban Chicago man enter Alford pleas to all of the charges against him, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The judge will decide whether to accept the pleas. If she doesn't, his trial starts Nov. 26.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to charges he fired the shots in July 2016 that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a chase. Alex B. Karcher of Salina, Kansas was charged with firing several shots at Carbondale Officer Trey Harris. Officials say one shot wounded Harris in the eye, causing him to lose vision. Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr says Karcher pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated discharge of a firearm and conspiracy to deliver a substance containing cannabis.
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