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Twin brothers from Dolton are charged with forcing teenage girls to have sex with strangers, taking the money for themselves and allegedly beating them, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Brothers Myrelle and Tyrelle Lockett are being held in a medium-security division of the Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond each.

Each suspect was charged with trafficking in persons for forced labor of services, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and involuntary servitude. All are felony charges.

Although you'd have to ask a Chicago criminal attorney, the young men likely will face severe sentences if found guilty.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 20-year-old Paris McGee, a suspect in the shooting death of Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV, bragged on his Facebook page that he doesn't have any problems "pullin da trigger."

Apparently he does have a problem exercising his right to remain silent, since any Chicago criminal attorney would tell him that his foolish status update only helped prosecutors' case against him. The young suspect was ordered held without bond for his alleged role in the slaying of the off-duty police officer and Iraq War veteran.

Alleged accomplice Toyious Taylor, 29 years old, also is being held without bail but apparently has not incriminated himself like his alleged partner in crime.

For 30-year-old off-duty police officer Thomas Wortham IV, who had just returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq, the South Side neighborhood of Chatham proved even more dangerous than the war zone he had just left, as the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was killed on South Side.

He was shot in the head and killed by would-be robbers at his parents' home last Wednesday. His father, himself a retired police sergeant and a military veteran, had been sitting on the front porch and came to his son's defense.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 28-year-old Hector "Smurf" Romero, a volunteer with the anti-violence group Ceasefire, is thought to be among the three men found bound and shot to death in a 2004 Toyota Avalon earlier this week. This marks the second triple-homicide in the area in a month.

Police Superintendent Jody Weiss told reporters that the "execution style" killings appear to be gang-related.

Police were called to the crime scene on Tuesday morning after a woman on her way to work spotted two bodies in the backseat of the car, which was parked in an empty lot. Chief of Detectives Tommy Byrne said a third body was found in the trunk.  

New Trier High School senior Erin Hughes was ordered held on a $500,000 bond after she admitted to police that she had smoked marijuana the night before a hitting and seriously injuring teenager Sarah Goone the next afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reported. However, it's not clear whether or not she was actually under the influence when the incident occurred.

What's clear is she stands accused of committing a hit and run. Formally, she has been charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury, failure to give information or render aid and failure to exercise due care. The victim remains in critical condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery. 

Erin Hughes was turning left while looking to the right, hoping to catch a glimpse of a friend she was meeting, when she said she heard screams and a thudding sound. She saw Sarah Goone lying on the pavement after looking in her rear view mirror but fled the scene.

Suspected shoplifter Donald L. Johnson may not have made headlines had his alleged shoplifting not gone so horribly wrong, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. The incident began at a Dominick's Food Store at 215 S. Route 83, where he was suspected of stealing several bottles of liquor. 

The 32-year-old's long list of charges includes retail theft, aggravated battery of a police officer, criminal damage to state supported property, driving with a suspended license, aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving without insurance and resisting arrest.

Needless to say, Donald Johnson's Chicago criminal attorney will have his hands full with this case.

When former Marine and retired truck driver Charles J. Clements says "keep off the grass," he really means it. In a tragic and dead serious turn of events, reported by the Chicago Tribune, one man lost his life for not taking Charles Clements seriously and allowing his fox terrier to urinate on his perfectly manicured lawn. It must have been terrifying for neighbors to see a man shot over a lawn.

Since Charles Clements patiently waited for police and was taken into custody without incident, his Chicago criminal defense attorney may encourage his client to cooperate and hope for the best. But murder is always a serious charge.

The 69-year-old University Park man had won the neighborhood's beautification and lawn upkeep award but also frequently threatened people who dared step on his beloved turf. Charles Clements came outside and starting arguing with 23-year-old Joshua Funches after the man's dog lifted its leg and relieved itself on his lawn.

It's not often that we hear positive news about Chicago crime. So windy city citizens should embrace the news that the violent crime rate dipped 11 percent in April, according to the Chicago Tribune. And the murder rate is below the five-year average for the month.

The statistics come from Chicago's top cop, police Supt. Jody Weis, who dispelled the myth that crime has been unusually bad in the first months of spring:

"While the public perception is that violence has increased to unprecedented levels, the facts do not support that conclusion."

A federal judge issued a court order allowing reputed Chicago "video poker king" Casey Szaflarski, who is connected to the mob, to attend his daughter's wedding, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The only catch is that he's not allowed to speak with the father of the groom, alleged mob boss Frank "Toots" Caruso Sr.

Toots, reputed leader of Chicago's 26th Street mob, also is the father of the bride's alleged employer.

Anyone who watches crime dramas or mobster films knows that prison is hardly a deterrent to communication from outside associates. Casey Szaflarski is not in prison but under house arrest and probably has access to a well-seasoned Chicago criminal attorney with a catchy nickname. 

The Chicago Tribune reported on the shooting death of 35-year-old former Marine and father Alexander Lopez. He was shot once and died at the scene while sitting in the passenger seat of a Ford Excursion while his friend Steve Paliatsos, the driver, was shot multiple times and is in critical condition. The highway shooting occurred after a birthday outing.

Police were looking for a newer model silver Chevrolet Trail Blazer but no suspects have been named. A friend who was in the backseat but left uninjured was questioned by State Police Trooper Claire Pfotenhauer:

"We have received a lot of information through him."

Police tell Chicago Tribune reporters that 76-year-old Arturo Bahena killed his two sons and himself after being told to leave an apartment building he lost in a 12-year divorce proceeding. The shooter's ex-wife had handed the apartment building over to their sons, 44-year-old Romeo Bahena and 42-year-old Rodolfo Bahena, after the divorce. 

It's not clear how a Chicago criminal attorney could have helped defend Arturo Bahena had he survived what police are calling an execution-style double-murder.

A witness, a Loyola University medical student living next to the apartment house, called 911 and said he heard two gunshots at around noon on Sunday. He peered out his window and saw a wounded man slumped on the ground; then he saw an older man (presumably Arturo Bahena) holding a gun and walking to where the other man lay.

NBC Chicago likens the city's unfortunate rash of violent crime to the lawless dystopia of Stanley Kubrick's film "A Clockwork Orange," in which gangs terrorize ordinary citizens after chugging drug-laced milk. While that comparison may seem a bit extreme, it isn't too far off to call much of the Windy City a war zone.

That's why some state lawmakers are calling for the National Guard troops to be mobilized to help clean up the city's meanest streets. The fact that they already are busy fighting wars in the Middle East is not lost on Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago), who told reporters that the daily violence in Chicago is just as deadly:

"Is this a drastic call to action? Of course it is. But is it warranted when we are losing residents to gun violence at such an alarming rate? Without question."

But how does state and federal criminal law define the law enforcement rules and procedures for Guardsmen in a domestic environment?