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New tool helps cops nab 'Heat List' top trouble-maker

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's new evidence that the Chicago Police Department's new "heat list" may be a valuable tool against the violence that has Chicago at the Tipping Point.

The heat list is a point system which names 450 people police believe are most likely to kill or be killed based on criminal convictions, arrests and associations.

Sources tell FOX 32 News a felon who may have had the highest point total of all is now back behind bars, facing multiple new felony charges. His name is Durane Oden. He and members of his gang posted a video earlier this month that appears to show Oden violating the probation he was on for a prior felony.

At Ashland and Farwell, it was quiet after Friday night's thunderstorms moved through, just the way Rogers Park Positive Loitering founder John Warner and his neighbors have worked for a dozen years to improve their corner of Rogers Park.

A very different image of the intersection was posted on the internet a few weeks ago.

"Peace Treaty? That ain't us. We ain't with that peaceful stuff," a person in the video said.

"I think the first reaction was shock. Because seeing the guys supposedly jumping up and down with heavy duty weapons in the middle of the street…at our intersection. That just blew everybody away," Warner said.

FOX 32 News has learned that, within days of the video surfacing on the internet, Chicago police went to the Rogers Park home of the 22-year-old Oden. They allegedly found the powerful firearm he had brandished in the video, as well as an estimated 36 grams of crack cocaine in a clear plastic bag. Oden's now locked up in the Cook County Jail, awaiting trial on multiple felony charges and for violating probation on a previous felony conviction.

An alleged co-star in the video, 21-year-old Darviss Hurt, is now back at Stateville prison for violating his probation by holding a firearm in the video.

"I'd like to see them put away for the rest of their lives. They have no right being on these streets. These streets are not for them. And it goes for anybody who's a gang banger or drug dealer," Warner said.

Warner said the incident helped to spur about two dozen Rogers Park volunteers to turn out Thursday night for what they call "positive loitering" at another intersection plagued by even more trouble. He said it's a multi-racial coalition determined that has helped cut the number of murders in the 24th Police District by 71% since the early 1990s.

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