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By Frank Mainchicago.suntimes.com — A 19-year-old woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a juvenile charge of drug-induced homicide in the 2015 death of a Chicago Police officer’s daughter. Cynthia Parker of Alsip is to be sentenced on Feb. 27. She faces separate adult charges in a 2017 felony drug case. Parker and her boyfriend Brent Tyssen, 23, were accused of selling a gram of MDMA to 18-year-old Sydney Schergen, who died of an overdose from the drug in May 2015.
By Frank Mainchicago.suntimes.com — Barrel-chested Charles “Chucky” Russell struck an imposing figure when the reputed member of the Outfit’s Grand Avenue crew appeared in federal court just over a year ago on gun charges. But the fearsome 68-year-old convicted killer is now suffering from terminal prostate cancer and is wasting away, his lawyer told a federal judge last month. On Dec. 12, Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan released Russell on $4,500 bond.
chicago.suntimes.com — Faced with a surge in killings and a breakdown of trust in law enforcement, the Chicago Police Department is sending its least experienced cops to neighborhoods that see the most violence. The six police districts with the highest total of murders and shootings this year have the most rookie officers, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of police deployment data found. Those districts — all of them on the South Side or the West Side — also have some of the least experienced supervisors, on average.