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Home Invasion Spree Robbers Remain Jailed

By Carrie Miller | Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Home Invasion Spree Robbers Remain Jailed

Two men charged with an armed home invasion spree in early December remain behind bars awaiting trial. Aaron Smith, 22, of South Bend, Ind. is being held without bond for his alleged ringleader role in three home invasions on Chicago’s North and West Sides December 10. He faces 12 criminal counts in total, including two Read the Rest…

Arrests Made In Home Invasion Cases

By Carrie Miller | Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arrests Made In Home Invasion Cases

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with at least two North Side home invasion incidents reported on Saturday morning, Center Square Journal has learned, including one where a family was briefly held at gunpoint and robbed. Until they are charged, the Chicago Police Department is withholding the names of the accused, but police confirm Read the Rest…

Salamon Indicted in O’Lanagan’s Murder

By Carrie Miller | Thursday, December 8, 2011

Salamon Indicted in O’Lanagan’s Murder

Andrew Salamon was indicted on first degree murder charges on Wednesday in the brutal early morning pipe beating death of a Northcenter tavern owner two years ago. Appearing briefly to arrange his next court date on December 28, the 25-year old father of four listened as the charges were read out: four counts of murder; two Read the Rest…

Salamon to Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in O’Lanagan Slaying; Indictment Postponed

By Carrie Miller | Thursday, December 1, 2011

Salamon to Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in O’Lanagan Slaying; Indictment Postponed

Andrew Salamon plans to plead “not guilty” for the 2009 murder of a Northcenter tavern owner, his lawyer said Wednesday, despite the “videotaped admissions” prosecutors say he made about the case earlier this month. Salamon’s murder indictment, which had been expected on Wednesday, has been postponed, and is now scheduled for December 7. The 25-year-old Read the Rest…

Arrest In O’Lanagan’s Slaying Stirs Grief And Troubling Memories

By Carrie Miller | Monday, November 28, 2011

Arrest In O’Lanagan’s Slaying Stirs Grief And Troubling Memories

From his defensive ballet on the pool table to the watchdog eye he kept on his Montrose Ave. corner bar O’Lanagan’s, 2335 W. Montrose  Ave., Robert Gonzales was viewed by his friends and employees as an ultra-cautious guy. That’s one reason those who knew him were so shocked by his early morning brutal beating murder on Read the Rest…

EXCLUSIVE: New Details Emerge in O’Lanagan’s Slaying

By Carrie Miller | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: New Details Emerge in O’Lanagan’s Slaying

Center Square Journal has learned that an at-large suspect in the O’Lanagan’s Tavern murder was punched out on the sidewalk in front of the bar three weeks earlier by a man who had been remodeling the Northcenter tavern at 2335 W. Montrose Ave, several witnesses to the fight said, fleshing out what prosecutors have named Read the Rest…

Audubon’s Blue Ribbon Celebration

By Carrie Miller | Friday, November 18, 2011

Audubon’s Blue Ribbon Celebration

With all the spirit and trappings of a championship game pep rally, Audubon Elementary celebrated its big academic win Thursday night: the U.S. Department of Education’s highest honor, the Blue Ribbon Award. More than two hundred parents and students streamed past a pompom wielding phalanx into the auditorium to hear a host of bigwigs praise the Read the Rest…

O’Lanagan’s Murder Suspect Appears in Court

By Carrie Miller | Tuesday, November 15, 2011

O’Lanagan’s Murder Suspect Appears in Court

Andrew Salamon, who was charged Friday with the 2009 murder of a Northcenter bar owner, made a court appearance Monday and is expected to be indicted prior to his next court date, November 30. The 25-year-old, who shuffled into court mute and subdued in a grey prison uniform yesterday morning, remains held without bond as Read the Rest…

Audubon’s Blue Ribbon: It Took A Village

By Carrie Miller | Monday, November 14, 2011

Audubon’s Blue Ribbon: It Took A Village

This Thursday, In Washington, D.C., John Price will crown a storied five-year term at John J. Audubon Elementary School, as he accepts the U.S. Department of Education’s highest honor on behalf of his school, the Blue Ribbon Award. The truly remarkable turnaround of the Roscoe Village school at 3500 N. Hoyne Ave. on his watch helps explain Read the Rest…

Audubon Principal John Price Leaving to Take CPS Promotion – UPDATE

By Carrie Miller | Friday, October 28, 2011

Audubon Principal John Price Leaving to Take CPS Promotion – UPDATE

Audubon Elementary principal John Price has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Schools for the Chicago Public Schools Ravenswood-Ridge network and has already begun his transition to his new position. His interim replacement, Joyce Nakamura, begins a part time transition next week at the school, and takes over Nov. 9.  Nakamura is a retired principal, most Read the Rest…

Rosie on Lakeview: “I love my new neighbors!”

By Carrie Miller | Friday, October 28, 2011

Rosie on Lakeview: “I love my new neighbors!”

A certain two-story brick home in Lakeview is sure to get its fair share of trick-or-treaters on Monday night, as Rosie O’Donnell’s curious new neighbors are presented with the best excuse ever to drop by. “I’m sure some people will be hitting her up,” Vanessa Mullen said with a laugh as she walked her Boston Read the Rest…

Review of The Big Game Show Show: Not For The Sober

By Carrie Miller | Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review of The Big Game Show Show: Not For The Sober

There is not a two-drink minimum for viewers of the Mercury Theater’s late night comedy confection The Big Game Show Show and Stuff. But I am going to recommend you arrive fully loaded. That is probably the best way, (perhaps the only way) to appreciate hijinks like “Stuck or Loose,” a game between two audience Read the Rest…

ATC’s “The Amish Project”: A Good Cryer

By Carrie Miller | Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ATC’s “The Amish Project”: A Good Cryer

As we left the American Theatre Company’s The Amish Project, I didn’t ask my roommate Rob if he cried. I asked him how many times he did. That’s how moving and how brilliant was this one-act “one woman” play inspired by events surrounding the schoolhouse shootings of 10 girls in the Amish community of Nickel Read the Rest…

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