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June 10, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Would you rent a Gold Coast studio apartment for $850 a month? That's how much a handful of suburbanites in their early twenties offered to pay a man to rent a third-floor unit in a townhome on East Bellevue Place after seeing his Craigslist ad, according to police officials. The only problem: the unit didn't belong to him. Steve Kozaczka, 25, of Des Plaines, Ill., was arrested Saturday evening and charged with two counts of theft after allegedly taking money from at least five people from several Chicago suburbs.
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October 29, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Walmart employees were arrested Monday for allegedly using special store debit cards to steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Chicago Avenue store, county prosecutors said Tuesday. Antwon Monegan, 23, of the 2500 block of West Augusta, and Antoinet Kyle, 23, of the 2500 block of East 74th Place, were arrested at the 225 W. Chicago Ave. store after a Walmart loss-prevention agent told police officers that they were caught on store security cameras. They were allegedly transferring funds to each other using loadable store debit cards and ringing up their purchases at...
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December 18, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
It's almost here! The end of the world is finally upon us! At least that's what a small-yet-loud contingent of humanity would have you believe. That Mayan apocalypse - based off the roundly debunked idea that the end of the ancient calendar also signals the end of the world - is due to arrive Friday. I, for one, couldn't be more excited. Don't get me wrong. The demise of the planet and everything I love doesn't fill me with joy, but it does allow me the opportunity to get some things off my chest.
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June 10, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Would you rent a Gold Coast studio apartment for $850 a month? That's how much a handful of suburbanites in their early twenties offered to pay a man to rent a third-floor unit in a townhome on East Bellevue Place after seeing his Craigslist ad, according to police officials. The only problem: the unit didn't belong to him. Steve Kozaczka, 25, of Des Plaines, Ill., was arrested Saturday evening and charged with two counts of theft after allegedly taking money from at least five people from several Chicago suburbs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Some of my fondest memories of my early single years (notice I said “early”) in Chicago have to do with the holidays, when my friends and I would get together and not only drink, but make Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Those get-togethers always were enjoyable and sometimes uncomfortable - I'm thinking specifically of the time I accidentally eavesdropped on some rather loud sex being had in the bedroom next to the pantry where I was trying to sleep. Anyway, a friend introducing a new boyfriend or girlfriend into the group also could cause strange,...
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Walmart employees were arrested Monday for allegedly using special store debit cards to steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Chicago Avenue store, county prosecutors said Tuesday. Antwon Monegan, 23, of the 2500 block of West Augusta, and Antoinet Kyle, 23, of the 2500 block of East 74th Place, were arrested at the 225 W. Chicago Ave. store after a Walmart loss-prevention agent told police officers that they were caught on store security cameras. They were allegedly transferring funds to each other using loadable store debit cards and...
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November 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and For RedEye
A CTA rider looked like he had gotten his foot stuck in between the train and the platform at the Jackson station in the Loop. Another rider stopped to help the man and then got on the train--without his wallet. The man's foot was never stuck, police said at a recent press conference where they aired CTA footage of the scam to get riders' wallets. Chicago police say they have identified 165 active pickpockets on the CTA. On Thursday, they provided CTA riders with safety tips for the holidays.
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April 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A home repair scam is better than burglary. That's what a suburban man allegedly told police officers after being arrested Thursday afternoon for taking money from Ashburn residents for home repairs he never made. Among those residents was a 91-year-old woman who suffers from dementia, officials said Friday. The woman wrote J.R. Miller, 28, two checks for a total of $9,400 after he allegedly offerered to do repair work around her chimney and her house also and seal her foundation this...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
You may not want to wait to see James Van Der Beek in ABC's new comedy "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," but don't let the inconsistent premiere turn you away. The former "Dawson's Creek" hunk provides much of the charm and limited punch lines until "Apartment 23" ( 8:30 p.m. April 11, ABC; 2.5 stars ) starts to find its way in later episodes. When June (Dreama Walker) moves to New York for a job at a big investment bank she discovers the FBI closing the place down and arresting the boss for a...
SPORTS
December 7, 2011 | By Dana Moran, RedEye
I'm no rabid Cubs fan by any means, but when I heard Theo Epstein was moving into a $3.25 million mansion in Lakeview and becoming my neighbor, I was pretty pumped. And by neighbor, I mean I can see the back porches of this beast from my apartment. So I can only imagine Theo and I are going to get close. Really close. I've already got Rosie around the corner and Dempster down the street, but they're not quite within borrow-a-cup-of-sugar distance. And with a kitchen that size, I'm sure Theo's got plenty to spare.
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
It's almost here! The end of the world is finally upon us! At least that's what a small-yet-loud contingent of humanity would have you believe. That Mayan apocalypse - based off the roundly debunked idea that the end of the ancient calendar also signals the end of the world - is due to arrive Friday. I, for one, couldn't be more excited. Don't get me wrong. The demise of the planet and everything I love doesn't fill me with joy, but it does allow me the opportunity to get some things off my chest.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Some of my fondest memories of my early single years (notice I said “early”) in Chicago have to do with the holidays, when my friends and I would get together and not only drink, but make Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Those get-togethers always were enjoyable and sometimes uncomfortable - I'm thinking specifically of the time I accidentally eavesdropped on some rather loud sex being had in the bedroom next to the pantry where I was trying to sleep. Anyway, a friend introducing a new boyfriend...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Nashville Hot Chicken Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W. Armitage Ave. 773-384-3333 Get some hot stuff - Tennessee-style - with this Tuesday-only special featuring two pieces of buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, breaded and spiced with roasted garlic, morita pepper and plenty of cayenne pepper and served on white bread with pickles. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $6. DRINK Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party The Berkshire Room 15 E. Ohio St. 312-894-0800 The Acme Hotel teams up with Baconfest for a month of bacon-related activities leading up to the palooza of pork...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Pure and simple: See “The Imposter” and argue about it. This one's a thinker that deserves the thought. First-time feature director Bart Layton's documentary depicts a story that's bizarre at best and chilling at worst. In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared from a park near his home in San Antonio. Forty months later, his sister, Carey Gibson, went to Spain to retrieve him after she received a call identifying a lost child as her brother.
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