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The body of an off-duty Chicago Police officer was found in his SUV with multiple bullet wounds on the Southwest Side last Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 15-year veteran was not publicly identified because authorities wanted to notify family members first, Supt. Jody Weis told reporters.

An unnamed source close to the case said the circumstances surrounding the killing were "baffling," while police continue to look for clues. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call (312) 745-8380.

Police officers believe the tragic deaths of 51-year-old Linda Brennan, 50-year-old Mark Chapman and 6-year-old Julia Moore resulted from a murder-suicide, according to the Chicago Tribune. The grim discovery was made during a wellness check prompted by the girl's several-day absence from school.

Julia Moore was the granddaughter of Linda Brennan and the step granddaughter of Mark Chapman, who were in a heated custody battle with the girl's mother.

Michael “The Large Guy” Sarno, a reputed Chicago mobster, was charged with ordering the 2003 bombing of a video poker competitor’s premises, as a Chicago Sun-Times article recounts. The trial just got underway, seven years after the incident.

Michael Sarno allegedly told the competitor to remove his video poker machines from that location, to which the competitor replied, “F—- you, fats.” Days later, his video poker business went up in flames.

Park Ridge police officer Jason Leavitt, a lieutenant, was arrested and charged with beating and kicking two 15-year-old boys after one of them hit his personal SUV with a slingshot, according the Chicago Sun-Times. He is being held on $10,000 bail.

According to prosecutors, Jason Leavitt (who was off-duty at the time) allegedly chased down one of the boys and hit him hard enough that he lost consciousness. Other officers handcuffed the teen while Jason Leavitt allegedly caught up with the second teen and kicked him in the head.

No one can bring back the innocent 3-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by Scott Eby six years ago. But at least her still-grieving parents, and parents everywhere, can rest assured that Riley Fox’s murderer will die in prison, as the Chicago Tribune reported.

Scott Eby was in prison for another sexual assault conviction when the girl’s father, Kevin Fox, inexplicably confessed to the crime under tough interrogation. He was later exonerated but not after spending eight months in jail, as ABC’s Chicago affiliate reported.

A coordinated undercover operation in Chicago and elsewhere in the country, led by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, sought to shut down child prostitution rings, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. In the Chicago area, three underage girls working as prostitutes were treated as victims and taken into the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services.

They include a 17-year-old Downer's Grove girl, a 16-year-old Lansing girl and a 16-year-old South Holland girl.

West suburban Chicago mother Jamie L. Riley was arrested Saturday afternoon after witnesses told police she was carrying her 3-month-old infant "as if she had a football under her armpit," the Chicago Sun-Times reported. It's not her first run-in with the police over child endangerment, as Jamie Riley's statement to the police illustrates:

"I was drinking vodka earlier, celebrating with my husband because DCFS dropped their investigation."

A federal grand jury indicted Libertyville businessman Brooks L. Kellogg for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to kill a former business associate who once sued him, TribLocal (Chicago Tribune) reported. If convicted, 72-year-old Brooks Kellogg could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of as much as $250,000.

The real estate executive is accused of crossing state lines with the intent of having business associate Stephen Bunyard killed, who had sued him and a business partner for more than $2.5 million. Stephen Bunyard also is suing Brooks Kellogg for $500,000 related to another real estate deal gone sour.

Officials told reporters they arrested five vendors at Chicago's MP Mall and charged them with selling counterfeit goods, the Chicago Tribune reported. The goods in question had counterfeit brand logos, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Major League Baseball (MLB).

The arrests followed a four-month undercover investigation by Cook County sheriff's officers, who purchased merchandise believed to be counterfeit. Search warrants were executed at nine vendor booths on Oct. 27. Immigration officials also were involved in the arrests but there was no mention of immigration-related charges.

Esperanza Medina was finally able to manage a smile after a Cook County judge sentenced her attacker to 44 years in prison, the Chicago Tribune reported. Ofelia Garcia was found guilty of three counts of heinous battery in September after attacking Esperanza Medina two years ago with sulfuric acid, which burned a quarter of her body and disfigured her face.

Judge Nicholas Ford indicated his intention hand down a stiff sentence when he spoke in court:

"This crime was something that was cold and calculated. What she [Ofelia Garcia] did is terrible and deserves to be punished severely."

Berwyn man Joseph Kestian was arrested and is being held on $2.5 million bail on charges that he strangled his elderly mother to death, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Police found 90-year-old Josephine Kestian dead in her home last Tuesday morning; efforts to revive her proved fruitless.

Joseph Kestian admitted he was an alcoholic and had been drinking that evening but told detectives his mother "struggled herself to death" after falling in their home, according to Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.