Illinois residents may be aware that drug tests performed on saliva, blood or urine samples have been criticized because they are invasive and those who submit to these tests are sometimes able to conceal their drug use. Scientists from the Netherlands and United Kingdom have developed a method of detecting cocaine use by analyzing fingerprints, and they say that this new form of drug test is more reliable than traditional methods because the results cannot be faked.
When a Galesburg police officer was helping with a traffic stop in a McDonald's parking lot, he smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle in the drive-thru. According to his police report, he chose to follow the vehicle, which left the parking lot at a high rate of speed. After the driver failed to signal a lane change, the officer pulled over the car.
A freshman University of Illinois at Chicago student who claimed he was acting out scenes from the recent movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been arrested for sexually assaulting a female student. Authorities said the incident took place on Feb. 21.
Law enforcement authorities with the Chicago Police Department arrested a man they suspect of committing several area robberies in the Clearing neighborhood on Feb. 6. While detectives from Area Central were conducting their investigation, they reportedly caught the man attempting to rob a fast food store.
Whether a person will be charged as a juvenile or an adult depends both on the crime with which they are charged as well as their age at the time the offense was allegedly committed. For misdemeanor offenses, people will be charged as juveniles if they are 17 years old or younger.
Following a short chase, officers with the Pana Police Department apprehended a woman they believe robbed a convenience store on Jan. 2 around 12:37 a.m. According to reports, a woman entered Casey's General Store on West Second Street, pulled out a knife and demanded the clerk hand her money before fleeing.
In the state of Illinois, a person under the age of 16 is considered a juvenile. In addition to an upper age limit, the juvenile justice system also sets a lower age limit. In most jurisdictions, the lower age is set at six or seven. This is because young children are not capable of criminal intent, also known as mens rea. Additionally, young children are not able to distinguish right from wrong, or dolci incapax, in legal terms. If a young person allegedly commits a juvenile crime, it is important in the perspective of the legal system whether or not the person is considered an adult or a juvenile.
A Chicago man who was out on bail after allegedly robbing a 70-year-old man in August was detained again on Nov. 15 for allegedly assaulting a woman and stealing her purse. According to authorities, the 19-year-old man pushed the victim to the ground on the 3100 block of West 39th Place, hit her multiple times and grabbed her purse. He was apprehended nearby, and the victim identified him.
Two Western Illinois University students were accused of accepting a delivery of marijuana to their Macomb residence through the U.S. mail. The two 21-year-old men were taken into custody in early September after officers executed a search of their residence. One of the men received a charge for manufacturing and delivering between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. The other man was handed an additional charge for manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance.
Two women are facing serious charges following their arrest on Aug. 26, according to local sources. Illinois authorities apprehended the women, aged 53 and 26, each of whom now face a drug charge related to an alleged meth cooking operation. They were charged formally on Aug. 27 and were due in court as of Aug. 29.