Kim Jong Un Pledges Build Up Of Armed Forces While Population Starves

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times

March 27, 2022

PYONGYANG – Communist North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un announced his intention to develop his offensive military capabilities even if it meant prolonging the starvation of the North Korean population outside of Pyongyang.  The announcement came days after the DPRK military launched their first intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017.

According to the propaganda state run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong Un also announce future launches along with nuclear weapons testing.  Many experts believe these recent actions have been approved by Kim Jong Un’s overlord, Xi Jinping, the dictator of Communist Red China.  The launch of the Hwasong-17, most likely developed with help from Red China, is believed to be capable of reaching anywhere in United States.  A North Korean communist spokesman said the Hwasong-17 reached an altitude of 3,900 miles and traveled 670 miles during a 67-minute flight.  It is believed that a full-scale launch of the Hwasong-17 could travel as far as 9,300 miles.

The Biden administration believes it can work with Communist North Korea on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in exchange for economic benefits.  However, as we know from history, communist leaders would rather see their people starve to death first before working towards peace and individual freedom.  Before being expelled by the North Korean communists in 2020, the World Food Organization estimated that nearly 10.3 million North Koreans were starving. 

Killer Nurse Convicted

By Janice Cameron, The Chicago Times

March 24, 2022

EDWARDSVILLE, IL – A licensed practical nurse has been convicted on charges of reckless conduct for failing to administer life-saving measures to a Collinsville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center patient.

According to Madison County prosecutors, Christy McCall, 45, of Belleville was convicted and handed a sentence of 12 months of probation.  McCall plead guilty to reckless conduct that resulted in death of a patient.

Court documents revealed that McCall failed to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation after a resident patient was found unresponsive by other nursing staff.  According to investigator reports, McCall did not even bother to enter the patient’s room.

As a result of the investigation and conviction, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suspended McCall’s nursing license.

Indiana: Two Illinois Men Charged With Resisting Arrest And Grand Theft Auto

By The Chicago Times Staff

March 22, 2022

LAKE COUNTY, IN – Two Illinois men led police in a high-speed chase through Indiana in a stolen vehicle.

On the late evening of March 20, Chicago resident Michael “Lead Foot” Lewis Jr, 26, and Anthony Wiley, 32, of Richton Park, were observed failing to stop at a red light located at Interstate 65 and US-231 while traveling in a stolen vehicle.   According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis and Wiley were traveling in a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee that had evaded Munster police earlier in the evening.

Lake County officers pursued the Jeep as it entered northbound to I-65 and accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph.  As the high-speed pursuit continued, Lewis and Wiley weaved in and out of traffic and drove down the wrong way on a ramp in an effort to escape police vehicles positioned to block their escape.  Officer’s also observed Lewis and Wiley sideswipe a civilian vehicle before running over tire deflating police struck stop sticks.  Once the vehicle was disabled, Lewis and Wiley fled the scene and ran westbound toward a local high school.  Both criminals were later captured and placed into custody.

According to police, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen in Chicago back in November 2021 and had Massachusetts plates that were stolen from the University of Notre Dame in January of 2022.

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lake County Sheriff’s Department

Lewis has been charged with auto theft and resisting arrest while Wiley has been charged with two counts of resisting arrest.

German Luftwaffe To Purchase F-35 Fighter Jets

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

March 16, 2022

BERLIN – German Luftwaffe will purchase 35 F-35 fighter jets produced by U.S. based aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

The Luftwaffe made the announcement shortly after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated Germany will rearm its military to counter possible Russian aggression.  Olaf’s statement sent shockwaves across Europe, since Germany has tried to suppress its martial urges after its instigation of and defeat in two world wars.  However, this is a new century, and a new Germany is ready to take on more responsibility in NATO.

According to the Luftwaffe, Germany’s current jet fighter, the Tornado, has been in service since the 1980s and is planned to be retired in the next ten years.  The F-35 is slated to become the most dominant fighter jet present in the NATO arsenal.  However, a Luftwaffe official said they plan to purchase an additional 15 Eurofighters from European based Airbus. 

There was no comment when asked if any Boeing made F-18 fighter jets would be purchased.

Chicago: Sale Rep Charged In Connection With CPS Fraud Scheme

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

March 15, 2022

CHICAGO – A fourth person has been charged in connection with the shameful Brennemann Elementary School fraud scheme.

According to federal prosecutors, Debra M. Bannack, 62, allegedly conspired with Brennemann principle and business manager by fulfilling nearly $75,000 worth of fake purchase orders for school supplies and material.  Bannack has been indicted on three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.  If found guilty, Bannack could face nearly 20 years in federal prison.

Bannack is a former sales representative for a vendor that supplied the Chicago Public Schools.  Federal documents indicate that Bannack supplied former Brennemann principal Sarah Jackson Abedelal, 57, and former business manager William Jackson, 37, with free iPhones and iPads for personal use.

Abedelal and Jackson were previously charged for their participation in the procurement scheme and another scam to defraud CPS out of overtime funds.  Federal prosecutors allege that Abedelal along with a former assistant principle, Jackson, and two other former staff members conspired in the overtime scam.  Abedelal allegedly convinced certain school staff members that overtime would be approved for hours they would not work.  According to federal documents, Abedelal instructed these employees to donate the illegal overtime funds to her with the promise that the funds would be used to benefit Brennemann Elementary.  However, prosecutors allege that Abedelal pocketed nearly $200,000 in overtime funds for personal use.

Abedelal has pleaded not guilty and faces 10 counts of wire fraud while Jackson faces 5 counts of wire fraud and 1 count of mail fraud.

Cook County: Man On Electronic Monitoring Charged In Restaurant Shooting

By Judd Mustin and Alex Dubček, The Chicago Times

March 15, 2022

CHICAGO – A man placed on electronic monitoring for crimes committed in 2020 has been charged in the reckless firing of a gun into the ceiling of downtown restaurant after making violent threats to five staff members.

Joshua Noah, 24, of Berwyn was granted the condition of electronic monitoring along with a $15,000 bond back in 2020 for his involvement in two separate felony cases.  Noah has previously been charged with 27 felony counts including home invasion, kidnapping, carjacking, and aggravated battery.  In another case, Noah faces charges in connection with armed violence, narcotics, and firearms.

Noah was arrested in 2020 for a home invasion in Riverside, Illinois.  According to police, Noah along with two other armed men allegedly beat down the door of a home located on West Quincy Street in Riverside.  The three violent armed men pistol whipped a female in the home and then blind folded and kidnapped a 20-year male they believed owed them drug money.  Noah and his accomplices then stole a car, belonging to the female victim, and drove to Chicago with the male victim.  The male victim was later found beaten to a bloody pulp in the 4300 block of West 47th Street.  Both the female and male victim were treated for their injuries.

Noah’s most recent run in with law enforcement occurred last weekend when he allegedly fired a gun into the ceiling of Chicago restaurant after making violent threats to five staff members.  After the shooting, Noah fled the scene in a car which was later involved in a traffic accident.  When police responded to the accident, they reported that Noah again attempted to flee the scene and supposedly begged officers to take the gun located on the driver’s seat and let him go.

Noah was taken into custody by Chicago police and has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and five counts of aggravated assault.

Noah is currently being held without bail on the two previous felonies.  A $200,000 bail has been set for the current charges along with reassignment to electronic monitoring if a 10% bond is met.