Lt. Charles Stine



Stine, Charles



Memorial Panel #:



District / Unit:

Woodlawn Station

End of Watch:

21 April 1952

Incident Details:

Lieutenant Charles W. Stine, 72, was a 23 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Woodlawn Station.

On September 28, 1936 Lieutenant Stine was in Rehling’s Tavern at 203 E. 69th Street when parolees Norman Cravens, Clarence Lukesch and Fred Meyers attempted to rob the establishment. The offenders got into a shootout with Detectvie Nicholas Connelly and Lieutenant Stine who were each shot multiple times.

The officers shot and killed Cravens during the shootout in which 25 bullets were fired. Lukesch and Meyers were arrested and the investigation revealed that they and Cravens had robbed 50 small businesses since they were all paroled. On November 11, 1936 Chief Justice Michael McKinley of the Criminal Court sentenced Lukesch and Meyers to life in prison.

Lieutenant Stine never fully recovered from the shooting and suffered extreme pain and chronic nephritis. These medical complications all led to Stine’s early death on April 21, 1952.