Man Charged with Punching Woman on Blue Line CTA Platform

By J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

February 3, 2023

CHICAGO – A man was charged with punching a 64-year-old woman on a Blue Line CTA platform in the Loop in January.

According to Chicago police, around 7:00 am, James Jackson, 55, allegedly punched a woman in the face on the Blue Line platform at 19 North Dearborn Street.  Police said Jackson allegedly approached the woman on the platform and punched her in the face with a clenched fist for no reason.

Jackson was taken into custody on Thursday in the 1200 block of South Clinton Street and has been charged with aggravated battery of a transit passenger and aggravated battery of a victim over the age of 60.

Major Canned Meat, Poultry Products Recalled

By Willard Hughes, The Chicago Times

February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON – Almost 3 millions pounds of canned meat and poultry products have been recalled by Conagra Brands due to a packaging defect that may have spoiled the product.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the recall affects certain Armour Star products, canned Vienna sausage products produced under brands like Goya, the Kroger label, and Prairie Belt.  A complete list can be found here.

According to the USDA, the meat and poultry products were produced between December 12, 2022 and January 13, 2023, and the items were shipped to retail stores nationwide.  The recall affects cans with product number P4247.

Chicago: Man Murdered Inside Crashed Car

By Judd Mustin, The Chicago Times

February 3, 2023

CHICAGO – A man was discovered shot inside a crashed car on Chicago’s West Side.  According to Chicago police, around 2:30 am, the 43-year-old victim was discovered inside a vehicle that crashed into a parked car in the 800 block of North Lavergne Avenue in Austin.  The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head where he was later pronounced dead.  Police are investigating.

Humboldt Park: Food Delivery Man Robbed and Shot

By The Chicago Times Staff

February 3, 2023

CHICAGO – A food delivery man was shot and seriously wounded Thursday in Humboldt Park.  According to police, the 40-year-old victim was delivering food around 10:00 pm in the 3600 block of West Iowa Street when a man approached him and demanded his property at gunpoint.  After a brief struggle the gunman was able to take the victim’s cash and cellphone before shooting the victim in the legs.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in serious condition.  Police are investigating.

Second of Two Men Found Guilty in West Chicago Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

February 3, 2023

WHEATON, IL – Man found guilty for his part in the 2018 murder of man in West Chicago, Illinois, has been sentenced to fifty years in jail.

According to prosecutors, Juan Calderon, 25, formerly of Aurora, was sentenced to fifty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of Alexander Nicolas, 26, of West Chicago, in November of 2018.  The sentencing follows a three-day double-jury trial held in September of last year against Calderon and his co-defendant Emilio Guillen, 32, formerly of Rockford. 

On November 17, 2022, Guillen was sentenced to fifty years in jail for the murder. Both men were held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since the murder on bonds of $4 million.

Emilio Guillen

According to West Chicago police, on November 9, 2018, around 7:34 am, officers responded to a 911 call of a man found lying on the ground in the 600 block of E. Forest Avenue.  On scene, officers found Nicolas, lying face up with blood coming from the back of his head and was pronounced dead at the scene. During their investigation, West Chicago Police, with assistance from the Major Crimes Task Force, learned that at approximately 11:19 pm the previous night, Nicolas was near his vehicle on E. Forest Avenue when he was approached by Calderon and Guillen. The two men physically attacked and shot Nicolas in the head with Guillen allegedly ordering Calderon to shoot Nicolas.  After the murder, the two men allegedly fled the scene in Guillen’s car.  Further investigation led to Guillen and Calderon as the men responsible for the murder.

“In November 2018, Juan Calderon and Emilio Guillen viciously beat Alexander Nicolas before shooting him in the back of the head. These two men violently took the life of another man because they believed he belonged to a rival gang. At trial, two independent juries rightfully found both men guilty of murder.”  DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.

Both Calderon and Guillen are required to serve 100% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.