Local Leads: Police Shooting, Child Lure Alert

Police Shoot, Kill Person in Park Manor

A police officer shot and killed a person at about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The shooting happened in the 6800 block of South Langley Avenue, according to a police news release.

No one else was hurt. Police said they are investigating.

Suspect Picks Lock, Escapes Police Station

A suspect who was in police custody reportedly picked the lock on his handcuffs and escaped a West Side police station Monday afternoon. He remained at large Tuesday morning.

Around 3:45 p.m., a 34-year-old man who was in custody for drug charges was being processed by police in an interview room in the Harrison District police station, 3151 W. Harrison St., according to police.

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Libertyville School Superintendent Tops in State

The head of the Libertyville school district has been named Illinois' best schools chief.

Mark Friedman took the helm of Libertyville schools 17 years ago. He is credited with improving academic rigor, investing in teacher training, upgrading school facilities and involving local businesses and community members in Libertyville School District 70.

The school district north of Chicago has more than 2,600 students.

Durbin, Blagojevich Discuss Obama's Replacement

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Dick Durbin have talked about who might be named to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

During a visit to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on Monday, Durbin said he held a 15 minute telephone conversation with Blagojevich, during which he said he made two main points.

Durbin said the governor should name someone not seen as a caretaker and who plans to run for a full term in two years.

Durbin said he and Blagojevich discussed the idea that there is pressure to name a black person because Obama's departure has left the 100-member Senate with no African-Americans.

Portage Residents Allege Police Brutality in Gary

Two Portage residents who claim Gary police caused "severe and permanent injuries" and violated their civil rights by raping the woman and using a stun gun on the man are suing the city.

Kristina Indrysek and Jeremy Parker are seeking unspecified damages in a notice of claim filed last week.

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Police Alert: Suspect on NW Side Luring Young Children

Chicago police on the Far Northwest Side were taking a "better safe than sorry" approach last Friday, following a report of a man who drove up to young girls outside a local elementary school in Edison Park, asking for directions.

While the encounter may have been no more than what it appeared to be on the surface, Jefferson Park (16th) District Commander Anthony Riccio said he'd rather err on the side of caution in light of two cases of attempted child abduction that occurred in the district Oct. 14 and Nov. 17. Police did not link the man to the man in the most recent case to the two previous ones.

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