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Jurors have heard closing arguments in the trial of two brothers accused of digging up graves and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery. Prosecutors allege that 51-year-old Keith Nicks and 44-year-old Terrence Nicks engaged in the "cold and callous" acts between 2003 and 2009 at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois, where both men worked.


Shirley Jackson clears the grave marker of her mother after finding it with help from Burr Oak Cemetery's staff in 2010. She also found her granddaughter's grave.


The prosecution rested its case Monday evening in the trial against Terrence and Keith Nicks, brothers charged with removing and desecrating human remains, as well as removing gravestones and markers from the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip. Two Cook County sheriff's department employees described how authorities, using a backhoe, unearthed two bodies buried on top of each other in the same gravesite during the 2009 criminal investigation at Burr Oak Cemetery.


Shirley Jackson clears the grave marker of her mother after finding it with help from Burr Oak Cemetery's staff. She also found her granddaughter's grave.


Plenty of tears as witnesses describe random sightings of a skull, a rib cage and a shin bone at historic African-American cemetery. A typical workday at Burr Oak Cemetery will bring tears to your eyes, what with the binge-drinking of Crown Royal whiskey, the routinely desecrated remains and the random macabre discovery of a human skull and other bones just lying about on the cemetery lawn.


Palos Heights School District 128 officials Tuesday issued warning of a suspicious man who reportedly approached a student in Alsip. Alsip police are investigating a report that the man offered the student a ride near 118th and Tripp Avenue Tuesday morning.


Eleven people suffered injuries in a crash involving as many as 100 vehicles Monday morning on Interstate 294 in Hickory Hills, according to authorities. The accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. near 95th Street, the Illinois State Police said.


Ken Cotich will join Labriola Baking Co., Alsip, IL, as CEO on Feb. 9. Labriola president Rob Burch left the company to pursue another opportunity in the baking industry. Most recently, Cotch was vice president, operations and supply chainAmericas at Barry Callebaut USA LLC, the Chicago-based U.S. division of the Swiss chocolate-processing company, Barry Callebaut.


A Burr Oak Cemetery worker testified Thursday that the foreman on site used a sledgehammer to destroy a cement liner surrounding an old casket and once heard him use an expletive to describe the skeletal remains he wanted trashed to make room for a fresh corpse. "Take that s - - - out of there and take it on the back with the rest of the garbage," Willie Esper Jr. said Keith Nicks told his colleagues as they sifted through the withered bones.


Paul B. Collins, 57, of the 4200 block of West 126th Street, Alsip, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use after a Jan. 25 traffic stop, according to Palos Heights police reports. Police pulled over Collins at about 12:25 a.m., in the 6500 block of West College Drive, for lane violations, the report stated.

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