Police are still searching for suspects in sexual assault of 15-year-old girl streamed on Facebook, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Monday, April 3, 2017

Police are still searching for suspects in sexual assault of 15-year-old girl streamed on Facebook, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a press conference Sunday about a sexual assault streamed on Facebook Live. - SANTIAGO COVARRUBIAS/FOR THE SUN-TIMES
  • Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times
  • Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a press conference Sunday about a sexual assault streamed on Facebook Live.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, April 3, 2017.

  • Police are still searching for suspects in sexual assault streamed on Facebook after 14-year-old is charged

Law enforcement is searching for a 15-year-old boy in connection with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl streamed on Facebook Live and working to identify who else was involved in the attack. A 14-year-old boy has been charged "with aggravated criminal sexual assault, manufacture of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography" in connection with the crime, according to the Tribune. The teenage victim is struggling with trauma and bullying on social media. "She's just having such a difficult time even communicating what occurred to her," Chicago police commander Brendan Deenihan told reporters. "We obviously have a video of the incident, so we have verifiable objective evidence of what occurred to this young lady, but she's just having a very difficult time. [Tribune]

  • A mother and son were shot to death almost exactly one year apart

Dejenaba Altman was shot and killed March 31, 2016, after being caught in crossfire in West Garfield Park. Her son, Romille McCall, died March 30, 2017, from injuries sustained in a shooting in Austin, according to the Tribune. "I feel very numb. I don't know what to feel or what to believe in," Altman's daughter and McCall's sister, Tyshawnda McCall, told the newspaper. "I am broken. I feel empty. That was my family and it was just us. I feel like I'm alone now." Altman moved her two children from the west side to DeKalb to avoid the violence two years ago. "One minute I'm talking to him about mom's one-year memorial, and the next, I got to prepare for his funeral," Tyshawnda McCall said. "I'm trying to stay as strong as I can." [Tribune]

  • Blues legend Lonnie Brooks died Saturday

Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks passed away Saturday, according to his family. The 83-year-old Louisiana native moved to Chicago in 1959 and quickly had a big impact on the city. He famously recorded a popular version of Robert Johnson's classic "Sweet Home Chicago" in 1980. "He was like a walking advertisement for Chicago," his son Ronnie Baker Brooks told the Sun-Times. "Lonnie Brooks was a Chicago blues legend with a towering talent and soulful style that won him legions of fans across the country and around the world," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Sunday. "His celebrated career inspired generations of music lovers, garnered numerous awards and brought him from the clubs of Chicago's West Side to the concert halls of Europe and beyond." [Sun-Times]

  • Indiana is welcoming a steady stream of former Illinoisans

Illinois lost more than 34,220 residents to Indiana in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The lower cost of living and taxes across the border could that mean migration from Illinois to Indiana will increase, according to experts. "A lower cost of living, a pro-growth business climate and lower taxes have all played the traditional part, but in combination on the backend, we're really starting to see people recognize and flock to Northwest Indiana because of the significant quality of life improvements that are taking place," Northwest Indiana Forum Economic Development Director Joe Rurode told the Times of Northwest Indiana. Despite the influx of people, Lake County in northwest Indiana still lost about 1,800 residents in 2016, and about 14,473 Indiana residents moved to Illinois in 2015. [Times of Northwest Indiana]

  • A kombucha bar is replacing Limitless High Definition Coffee + Tea in Logan Square

Kombucha will be on tap at the Kombucha Room in Logan Square when it opens in late April. "It's not a supercomplex drink," owner Mel Mohamednur told Eater Chicago. "It's an everyday, go-to drink, if you want to, and it's healthy." The cafe, which will feature 20 kombucha taps, is taking over the space occupied by Limitless High Definition Coffee + Tea until the end of March. Limitless owner and founder Matt Matros is planning to open a flagship Fulton Market location in September. [Eater Chicago]


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