CPS Student Pulls Knife During Fight

By The Chicago Times Staff

August 26, 2022

CHICAGO — A Chicago Public Schools student was allegedly in possession of a deadly knife during an altercation Wednesday at Smyser Elementary School in Portage Park.

According to Chicago police, there was an altercation between two students in which one of the students involved claimed the other was holding a knife.  Police confirmed that staff were able to end the fight before it escalated.  No students were harmed.

Oak Park Man Charged with Drug Induced Homicide

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

August 25, 2022

CLARENDON HILLS, IL – An Oak Park man has been charged with supplying fentanyl to an acquaintance who then supplied it to his girlfriend that resulted in her death.

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, Bishop Moore, 62, of Oak Park, Illinois, has been charged with one count of drug induced homicide.  

According to authorities, on November 5, 2021, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an unresponsive female, later identified as Margaret McCabe, 29, in Clarendon Hills. McCabe was taken to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into McCabe’s death found that she died of a fentanyl overdose. The investigation also revealed that on November 5, 2021, McCabe traveled with her boyfriend, Sergius Harty, 29, to Chicago to purchase narcotics from Moore.  Harty allegedly purchased several bags of narcotics from Moore and later supplied one bag containing fentanyl to McCabe.  McCabe allegedly ingested the fentanyl purchased from Moore and given to her by Harty.  Harty was charged on August 18 in connection with the incident.

“As I said earlier, the only way to stop this heartbreaking, senseless loss of life is to hold those who supply fatal doses of narcotics responsible.  Thanks to the outstanding work of DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick’s office, we were able to file charges against another individual suspected of being a link in the deadly supply chain of illegal narcotics that allegedly took the life of Margaret McCabe.  I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Thomas Elsner and Adam Frahm for their work not only on this case but also for their continued efforts in going after those who illegally sell deadly drugs,” said Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney.

Moore is expected in court again on September 12, 2022.

Glen Ellyn Man Accused of Drug Induced Homicide

By The Chicago Times Staff

August 25, 2022

GLEN ELLYN, IL – A Glen Ellyn man has been charged with supplying fentanyl to his girlfriend resulting in her fatal overdose. 

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, Sergius Harty, 29, of Glen Ellyn has been charged with one count of drug induced homicide in the death of Margaret McCabe, 29, of Clarendon Hills.

According to authorities, on November 5, 2021, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office responded

to a call of an unresponsive female, later identified as McCabe, in Clarendon Hills.  McCabe was taken to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.  An investigation into McCabe’s death found that she died of a fentanyl overdose. The investigation also revealed that on November 5, 2021, McCabe traveled with Harty to Chicago to purchase narcotics from Bishop Moore. Harty allegedly purchased several bags of narcotics from Moore, 62, and later supplied one bag containing fentanyl to McCabe.  McCabe allegedly ingested the fentanyl purchased from Moore and given to her by Harty. Bishop was charged on August 19 in connection with the incident.

“This senseless loss of life must stop and one way to stop it is to hold those who supply fatal doses of narcotics responsible. A dealer, a friend or even a family member may think twice about supplying this poison knowing that they will be looking at a significant amount of time behind bars if they are the proven source of a fatal overdose. I offer my sincerest condolences to Margaret’s family and friends as they continue their lives without the love and friendship she provided them. I thank DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and his office for their outstanding work in the identification and apprehension of the defendant in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Frahm for his work in helping us bring a strong prosecution against Mr. Harty,” said Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney.

Harty is expected back in court on September 15, 2022.

Glendale Heights: Alsip Teen Accused of Attempted Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 24, 2022

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – A teen from Alsip, Illinois, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. 

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, on August 12, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm, Nathan Gaytan, 16, and another unknown individual allegedly confronted the two victims on Army Trail Road.  During the confrontation, Gayton and the unknown individual allegedly pointed guns at the victims who then retreated from the scene.  Shortly after the incident, Gayton allegedly drove up and exited his vehicle and fired nine shots at the victims, with one of the victims being wounded in the arm and thigh.  According to the victims, Gayton then fled the scene.  Gayton was later arrested on August 18. 

“It is alleged that for no reason whatsoever, Mr. Gaytan fired nine times at an innocent couple simply enjoying an evening stroll.  Regardless of the age of the accused, violent gun crimes will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be aggressively prosecuted. I thank the Glendale Heights Police Department and MERIT for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Gaytan as the person allegedly responsible for this unprovoked attack. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt and Claudia Fantauzzo for their work in securing charges against this defendant,” Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney, said in a statement.

A $500,000 dollar bond has been set for Gayton, who is expected back in court on September 16, 2022.

Cineworld Considers Bankruptcy

By The Chicago Times Business Staff

August 22, 2022

BRENTFORD, UK — Cineworld, the owner of Regal Cinemas, announced Monday that is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

“Any such filing would be expected to allow the Group to access near-term liquidity and support the orderly implementation of a fully funded deleveraging transaction.  Cineworld would expect to maintain its operations in the ordinary course until and following any filing and ultimately to continue its business over the longer term with no significant impact upon its employees,” Cineworld said in a statement.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy consideration comes on the heels of Cineworld’s announcement last week that current admission levels are well below expectations despite an improving post pandemic recovery since reopening its theaters in April 2021.  However, as film releases slow, Cineworld expects admission levels to drop for the remainder of the year.

Cineworld is the second-largest movie theater chain in the world behind AMC Theatres.

Photo: Ewan Munro from London.

Man Arrested For Loaded Weapon At CTA Station

By The Chicago Times Staff

August 20, 2022

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm at a CTA Red Line station on the Near North Side.

According to Chicago police, Jonathan Jimenez-Alcanta, 21, was arrested early Saturday after CTA passengers reported to police that he was holding a firearm as he loitered in the stairwell of a Chicago Red Line station.

Jimenez-Alcanta has been charged with unlawful use of a loaded weapon without a FOID card and aggravated battery of a laser device on a firearm.