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November 13, 2018

Police Shoot Security Guard Who Was Holding Suspect





When police arrived after reports of a shooting over the weekend at a bar outside Chicago, witnesses say, Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard who worked there, had already subdued the alleged assailant, pinning him to the ground.
Adam Harris, who was at Manny's Blue Bar in Robbins at the time of the incident on Sunday, told WGN-TV that Roberson was holding "somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back" when officers from neighboring Midlothian got there early Sunday.
Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said that's when one of his officers "encountered a subject with a gun" and shot him, according to a statement given to the media.
But the "subject" was Roberson, not the suspect in the bar shooting.
Witnesses say Roberson was wearing his uniform, including a hat emblazoned with the word "security," and was holding a firearm he was licensed to carry.
Midlothian police confirmed that two officers responded to the scene at the bar on Sunday and that one of them opened fire. 
"Everybody was screaming out 'Security!' " Harris told WGN. "And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."
Roberson was declared dead shortly after arriving at a hospital. Four others at the bar, including the shooting suspect, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Delaney said that the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Robbins Police Department were investigating the shooting. 
Roberson was the father of a 9-month-old son. "This was going to be my baby's first Christmas with his dad and now he's going to miss out on everything," Avonlea Boose, the child's mother, told The Associated Press.
Roberson was also a musician for churches in his community. "Every artist he's ever played for, every musician he's ever sat beside, we're all just broken because we have no answers," the Rev. Patricia Hill told WGN. 
She added that Roberson had dreamed of being a police officer. "He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life," Hill said. 
Roberson's family filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Midlothian police department and the officer who shot him, seeking damages of $1 million.
GoFundMe page has been established to raise money for funeral costs. Family and friends held a vigil Monday evening at the nightclub where he was killed.

July 14, 2018

Gov.Rauner Officiates Gay Wedding and VP Pence Goes on a Frenzied







Gov. Bruce Rauner officiated a gay wedding last month. And while some LGBTQ advocacy organizations were toasting the Republican leader’s appearance, some of the more conservative in his party raised objections.

“We are elated that Governor Rauner was able to officiate our wedding. He and his wife Diana are great friends of ours and wonderful people,” Mark Cozzi and James Goeke told the Tribune in an emailed statement.
On June 30, the Republican governor officiated the wedding of Cozzi and Goeke at a private club in Chicago. A photo of what appeared to be the governor with the grooms was posted to Cozzi’s Instagram account and later picked up by the conservative website Illinois Review.
“Our core values embody what they seem to advocate,” the couple’s statement continued. “We got married, are starting a family and are actively involved in the community as well as philanthropy. We are bewildered why certain groups take offense at two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. We look forward to the fast-approaching day that this is not an issue.”

Cozzi has served on the State Universities Retirement System board of trustees since 2017 and was previously appointed by Rauner to the Illinois State Board of Investment.
In an emailed statement, Mike Ziri, director of public policy at Equality Illinois, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group, wrote: “We congratulate Mark and James on their wedding and wish them a lifetime of happiness. As chief executive of our state, it is appropriate for Gov. Rauner to administer government-sanctioned functions, including marriage. There is no license to discriminate in Illinois, as the Illinois Family Institute seems to falsely believe.”

Some socially conservative groups were not cheering Rauner’s role in the wedding.
“This is just reminding people that he does have a social agenda, and it’s not conservative, it’s not Republican, and it’s certainly not pro-life,” said Illinois Family Institute executive director David E. Smith. “This is just another reminder of how much damage he has done to the Republican brand and its policy goals.” 

A Rauner spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
The governor has largely tried to stay out of the fray of LGBTQ issues, but days before he officiated the wedding, Rauner marched in the Aurora Pride parade.
Rauner has regularly drawn criticism from conservatives for supporting other progressive causes. Last year, he signed a controversial bill into law that expanded taxpayer-subsidized abortions. He won the March primary against conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives by just 3 points.
It was announced Thursday afternoon that Rauner is scheduled to introduce Vice President Mike Pence — who has drawn criticism from the LGBTQ community for his track record on same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws — at a forum promoting federal tax cuts in Rosemont on Friday.
mgreene@chicagotribune.com

August 22, 2017

[Update] Professor Allegedly Knifed to Death His Boyfriend in a Sexual Fantasy


Alleged Killers: 

wyndham lathem
Wyndham Lathem,
andrew warren
Ed Farrell


The gruesome stabbing of a Northwestern University professor's 26-year-old boyfriend was part of the sexual fantasy conjured in a chatroom by the professor and an Oxford University employee, a Chicago prosecutor told a judge Sunday.
Microbiologist Wyndham Lathem, 46, and Andrew Warren, 56, met on the internet and discussed "carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves," Natosha Toller, an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois, said at a bond hearing, according to the Associated Press.
The pair had communicated for months before carrying out the July 27 killing of Lathem's boyfriend Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, the prosecutor said. It is not clear why they did not carry out their alleged plan to kill themselves, or whether there were any other victims.
According to Toller, Lathem paid for Warren's ticket to fly to Chicago from the United Kingdom, where he was employed as a treasury assistant and picked him up at the airport a few days before the killing. One day before the murder, Lathem put Warren up in a hotel near his high-rise condo, where Cornell-Duranleau was later found dead, the prosecutor said.

Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist, had been asleep in Lathem's condo when the professor let Warren in, according to Toller's account. Lathem then began stabbing Cornell-Duranleau in his chest and neck with a 6-inch drywall saw the knife, Toller said. He allegedly asked Warren to record the killing, but Warren failed to do so.
Victim




Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau
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Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau
When Cornell-Duranleau awoke, he began screaming and fighting back, while Lathem yelled at Warren to help subdue him, prosecutors claim; Warren then came over and struck the younger man in the head with a lamp, while Lathem continued to stab him. Warren then left the room and returned with two kitchen knives, allegedly joining in on the stabbing.
The prosecutor told the court that the victim's last words were to Lathem: "Wyndham, what are you doing?"
Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 70 times, and with such force that he was nearly decapitated. His throat was slit and his pulmonary artery was torn.
After showering, prosecutors said, Lathem and Warren then left the apartment, kicking off what would become an eight-day manhunt for the suspects. They surrendered separately to authorities in California earlier this month. Both men have been charged with first-degree murder in Cornell-Duranleau's slaying.
In a strange twist, on the same day as the murder, Lathem made a $5,610 cash donation to Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center in the name "Cornell-Duranleau," according to the prosecution. He and Warren then drove to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where Lathem left a $1,000 donation to the local public library in the victim's name, Toller said.
She also said Lathem recorded video messages of himself, in which he admitted to the killings. In the messages, which he sent to his parents and friends, the now-fired Northwestern professor, who did academic work on the bubonic plague, says that "he is not the person people thought he was," according to the prosecutor.
Cook County Associate Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. declared both men potentially dangerous and a flight risk and ordered that they remain in jail until their trial.

August 6, 2017

The American Oxford Mystery: 2 men 2 knives and a Third Knifed Viciously to Death




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Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old licensed cosmetologist, was stabbed to death in a Chicago-area apartment, and authorities are accusing a university professor and employee in his murder.
Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor at Northwestern University, and Andrew Warren, who works for Oxford University, are accused of the slaying in first-degree murder warrants in the July 27 slaying of Cornell-Duranleau.

[Reminder, even after confessions but before a trial,  everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.]

First the story from Reuters today and then the background of these men. Im sure there will be a lot more as thingssettled down after this arrest.

(Reuters) - Police in California arrested on Friday a Northwestern University professor from Illinois and an employee of Britain's Oxford University, who were both sought in connection with a fatal stabbing in Chicago last week, authorities said.

Professor Wyndham Lathem was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Oakland, California, and Oxford employee Andrew Warren was taken into custody by police in nearby San Francisco, said Ed Farrell, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Authorities have been searching for Lathem, 42, and Warren, 56, since discovering the body of Trenton Cornell Duranleau in Chicago on July 27, police said. The two men were each arrested on a charge of murder, Farrell said.

Chicago police said in a statement: "Both individuals will be held accountable for their actions and we hope today's arrest brings some comfort for the victim's family."

Both men are slated to appear in court in California, where authorities will seek to have them transferred to Chicago.

Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sent family and friends a video in which he apologized for his involvement in the slaying, police said on Friday.

The U.S. Marshals Service tracked him to Oakland and contacted him, arranging for him to surrender, Farrell said by phone.

Earlier in the case, the manhunt took police to Lake Geneva, a resort community in Wisconsin.

A day after the killing, a man who may have been Lathem made a $1,000 donation in the victim's name to a library in that town, police said.

Chicago police had earlier identified the victim as Trenton Cornell, but have since said his full name was Trenton Cornell Duranleau. He was 26 and had studied cosmetology, according to local media.

His body was discovered in Lathem's Chicago apartment, according to the Chicago Tribune. He had stab wounds to his back and investigators found a knife with a broken blade in the kitchen's trash can and another knife near the sink, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.

Lathem and Cornell Duranleau knew each other and had "some type of falling out", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Tribune. It was not clear how Warren, who was visiting from Britain, knew the other two men.

Warren is a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, part of the Oxford University network, the college said.

[Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicaco and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew Hay, Steve Orlofsky and Paul Tait] 

                                                                   The obituary said Cornell-Duranleau, loved music, animals and cars. Several of his social media posts revolve around cars. he seemed to be liked by many.
                                      
                                                           Trenton Cornell-Duranlea, Victim.
“Throughout his life he loved music and animals,” the obituary said. “His enthusiasm for life was infectious. Trenton was a caregiver and loved to help others. His youthful free-spirit fueled his love of cars, video games and cartoons.” . Both Suspects Work for Prominent Universities
andrew warren
Both Lathem and Warren worked for prestigious universities, one in Chicago and the other in England.
According to CBS Local, Warren is “a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, a part of the University of Oxford in Great Britain.” 
Lathem and Warren are at large, possibly driving a gray 2017 Hyundai sedan. Northwestern University has already deleted Lathem’s faculty profile, which used to exist on the Department of Microbiology-Immunology page.
On Twitter, Lathem defined himself as an “Associate Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern Univ., interested in bacterial pathogen evolution and plasminogen activation during infection.”
He posted numerous photos from the Chicago March for Science, which he wrote that he had participated in. He also wrote that he had helped write a “paper on the inactivation of PAI-1 during pneumonic plague.”
On LinkedIn, Lathem wrote that his work at Northwestern “focuses on the mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria cause disease in humans, using Yersinia species as models to understand the nature of the host-pathogen interaction during respiratory (lung) infections. My group also studies how these bacteria regulate the synthesis of factors required to cause disease at the post-transcriptional level, with an emphasis on small, noncoding RNAs and the protein chaperones that enable their diverse and many functions.”
Several of his posts involved attending conferences. “Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference has always been one of my favorite meetings. Been attending since 1999 it’s been a good run! #mmpc,” he wrote in one tweet. His Twitter profile cover photo is of microbes.

  Lathem Has Been Banned From the Northwestern University Campuses

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The University released a statement that says Lathem has been banned from entering any of the campuses of Northwestern University.
Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology, has been placed on administrative leave and banned from entering the Northwestern University campuses. There is no indication of any risk to the Northwestern community from this individual at this time,” the statement read.
“Lathem has been a faculty member in the department of microbiology-immunology since 2007. This is now a criminal matter under investigation by the appropriate authorities, and Northwestern University is cooperating in that investigation.”
Northwestern told The Chicago Tribune that Lathem’s work was focused in a lab, and he was not in the classroom. 
Both Lathem and Warren worked for prestigious universities, one in Chicago and the other in England.
According to CBS Local, Warren is “a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, a part of the University of Oxford in Great Britain.” 
 Northwestern University has already deleted Lathem’s faculty profile, which used to exist on the Department of Microbiology-Immunology page.
On Twitter, Lathem defined himself as an “Associate Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern Univ., interested in bacterial pathogen evolution and plasminogen activation during infection.”
He posted numerous photos from the Chicago March for Science, which he wrote that he had participated in. He also wrote that he had helped write a “paper on the inactivation of PAI-1 during pneumonic plague.”
On LinkedIn, Lathem wrote that his work at Northwestern “focuses on the mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria cause disease in humans, using Yersinia species as models to understand the nature of the host-pathogen interaction during respiratory (lung) infections. My group also studies how these bacteria regulate the synthesis of factors required to cause disease at the post-transcriptional level, with an emphasis on small, noncoding RNAs and the protein chaperones that enable their diverse and many functions.”
Several of his posts involved attending conferences. “Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference has always been one of my favorite meetings. Been attending since 1999 it’s been a good run! #mmpc,” he wrote in one tweet. His Twitter profile cover photo is of microbes. 
Background and pictures by Reuters and heavy.com (background on victim).
adamfoxie.blogspot.com has put the story together and explained on the introduction  how this is an Oxford Mystery being that all of the three people involved were connected to it.

January 5, 2017

Disabled Youngster Targeted by 4 for Live Assault on FaceBook





Four people have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly carrying out an assault, live-streamed online, in which a man was tied up, hit and cut with a knife by several assailants.
In Effort To Curb Violence In Chicago, A Professor Mines Social Media
Authorities say the victim, who had been reported missing before the attack, has "mental health challenges." He was encountered by police on Tuesday evening and is recovering in the hospital.

The Facebook Live stream showing the attack has been deleted. But multiple outlets have posted videos they identify as archives of the stream, recorded by a woman who frequently turns the camera on herself. The clips show multiple people taunting, threatening and hitting a man who is tied up in a corner. At least once, a man uses a knife to cut the victim's hair, cutting into his scalp.

On the video, the assailants, who are black, say "F*** Donald Trump" and "F*** white people." They force the victim, who is white, to say "F*** Donald Trump," as well.

The four people accused of the crime have each been charged with a hate crime, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. Other charges include burglary, robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The Associated Press reports that police say they don't believe the victim was targeted because he was white:
Live-Streaming Of Alleged Rape Shows Challenges Of Flagging Video In Real Time
"Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday morning that charges are expected soon against four black suspects. Guglielmi says the suspects made 'terrible racist statements' during the attack, but that investigators believe the victim was targeted because he has special needs, not because of his race.
"Guglielmi says it's possible the suspects were trying to extort something from the victim's family."
As for the remarks about Donald Trump, Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said at a news conference late Wednesday that investigators are working to determine whether the statements are "sincere or just stupid ranting and raving."

Chicago police found the victim in distress on the street before they were aware of the existence of the Facebook live stream, authorities said at the news conference. The four suspects were arrested after police were called to a residence near where they'd found the man and then connected the incident and the location.

The victim, a resident of a Chicago suburb, apparently spent at least 24 hours in the company of his alleged assailants — one of whom he knew from school, police say. He had been reported missing on Monday. Police say he traveled into the city with his acquaintance in a stolen van.

A GoFundMe account for the victim has been set up; a public relations representative for GoFundMe says the website will be working with the campaign organizer to ensure all money raised reaches the victim.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson highlighted the "brazenness" of the assailants, for not just carrying out the attack but broadcasting it "for all to see."

"It's sickening," he said. "It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop for 28 years — I've seen things that you shouldn't see in a lifetime — but it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn't [see]."



November 7, 2013

Illinois Celebrates Gay Marriage!

 Mitchell Miller, in blue, cheers with his partner Frank Castillo, right, during a gay rights rally after the day's two U.S. Supreme Court rulings related to gay marriage, at Halsted Street and Roscoe Street in Chicago.

  
Robyne O'Mara and Lynne Burnett have been together 33 years, and on Tuesday they watched, almost in awe, as Illinois lawmakers cast votes that would make the couple's decadeslong relationship equal to any other.
"We were just blown away," O'Mara said after the General Assembly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. "I think the momentum in our nation has convinced people. It's been an amazing ride the past several years. We’re so grateful the legislators took it upon themselves and recognized that every citizen has the right to marry." 
Across the state, gay and lesbian couples and their advocates celebrated as Illinois was poised to become the 15th in the country to allow same-sex marriages. The bill will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it into law.
Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of the gay rights group Equality Illinois, reflected on the end of a yearslong legislative battle: "The first thought that popped into my mind was all those families around the state that I've met over the past five years in fighting for marriage equality. The couples, their parents, their children, all who have waited for this moment.
"And I thought about my own daughter, who is 4 years old, that she will grow up not knowing that the first four years of her life were spent with the state treating her family as second-class citizens. Instead she will grow up with the equal dignity and respect that she deserves."
Opponents of the bill expressed disappointment with the vote and fears that the law will infringe on religious freedoms.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois said in a statement that it is "deeply disappointed that members of the General Assembly chose to redefine what is outside of its authority: anatural institution like marriage. We remain concerned about the very real threats to religious liberty that are at stake with the passage of this bill."
Bishop Larry Trotter, another staunch opponent of the bill, said in a statement that he applauds those who voted against the bill "for standing their ground in their defense of traditional marriage in Illinois."
"(W)e will always believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Trotter said in the statement. "Yet we will still love the members of the LGBT community."
Earlier this year, the Sidetrack bar in Lakeview had ordered a banner in preparation for an anticipated vote on the marriage bill in March. But that vote never came.
Shortly after passage of the bill, the bar employees hung up the banner, which read: "November 5, 2013, Marriage Equality Passes in Illinois!"
"We knew the banner would go up one day," said Chris Hill, who handles advertising for the bar. "It was just a matter of what date we were going to stick on it."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel dropped in at Sidetrack and another bar, Roscoe’s, on Tuesday evening to congratulate supporters of same-sex marriage on the victory. 
"This is a time when our laws are in line with our values," Emanuel said.
Sandra Simmons, 64, was at a weekly seniors get-together at the Center on Halsted, a gay and lesbian community center in Chicago, when she heard news of the vote.
"You hope against hope because with all the other disappointments that have occurred in the legislature, for them to finally do something good, it's nice," Simmons said. "This is major."
Camilla Taylor, an attorney with the gay rights group Lambda Legal, applauded the 61 House lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill.
"We were hopeful, we were very optimistic," Taylor said. "We expected there would be a lot of courageous legislators who maybe hadn't made their courage known beforehand, and we were rewarded."
Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said: "The truth is that this is really a victory for the thousands of couples and their families across the state of Illinois who are going to wake up and read in the paper that a majority of the leaders in this state now believe they are equal to everyone else."
Lambda Legal and the ACLU are involved in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. If Quinn signs the same-sex marriage bill into law as expected, Yohnka said the groups would "look at not moving forward with the lawsuit at some point in time."
While many religious groups opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, those that supported the bill applauded Tuesday's vote.
"I'm ecstatic," said the Rev. Richard Tolliver, rector of St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Washington Park. "I just knew it would happen. I just didn't know when. It's another step for social justice."
O'Mara, the woman who watched the vote with her partner, said her nephew performed a ceremony for the couple after the state legalized same-sex civil unions.
Looking ahead to the possibility of same-sex marriage licenses being issued in June, O'Mara said: "We're going to have to call him back. It might be time for a repeat.”

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