Trouble at the Taste

Teens hurt walking by the same fight near Jackson and State

By Ivanna Hampton and Kim Vatis
|  Friday, Jul 2, 2010  |  Updated 10:47 AM CDT
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After several gang-related stabbings, Chicago police descend on the Taste of Chicago to restore order.

After several gang-related stabbings, Chicago police descend on the Taste of Chicago to restore order.

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It was an eventful night at the Taste of Chicago Thursday evening.  Three boys were stabbed, a man was tased by cops and the power went out.  

The first incident involved a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in his back in the 200 block of South State Street around 9:30 p.m., according to Police News Affairs. The boy, who cops said was a known gang-member, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

In a separate incident, a 14-year-old and 15-year-old were also stabbed, but they fled the scene.

These boys were leaving a McDonalds restaurant at 200 S. State Street when they were cut -- one on the arm, the other on the back. They ran for the L train and headed for Evergreen Park.

The boys showed up at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers with non-life-threatening wounds. Cops later confirmed both were hurt in the same State Street scuffle. The teens were treated and released, said News Affairs.

The unruly behavior allegedly continued at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and State Street.

Police tased a 24-year-old man who got rough with them. Ledell Mitchell, who received treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

On top of all that, ComEd crews were dispatched to Grant Park to help fix a blown transformer that was causing power outages in the area. A small fire on the transformer was quickly extinguished and power was restored.

A spokesman said the damaged electrical equipment didn't belong to ComEd.

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