<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 09:28:53 -0500Tue, 31 May 2016 09:28:53 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Husband Kills Would-Be Rapist: PD]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:25:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HUSBAND+BEATS+ALLEGED+RAPIST.jpg

A Bronx man allegedly beat an attacker to death with what appeared to be a tire iron after the attacker tried to rape the man's wife, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York. 

The woman's 61-year-old husband was arrested on manslaughter charges Tuesday, hours after police say he fatally beat the would-be rapist in the elevator of the couple's Washington Avenue apartment building. 

The alleged rapist, 43-year-old Earl Nash, forced his way into the building shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said.

Nash allegedly knocked at the victim's door, pushed his way in when she answered and exposed himself and tried to tear off the woman's clothes, according to sources. Amid the struggle, the woman called for her husband and one of the woman's cousins tried to fight off Nash.

Sources said that Nash left the apartment and got into the elevator as the woman's husband was coming to her aid. The woman pointed out Nash to her husband, and sources said the husband swung what appeared to be a tire iron at Nash. 

The pair then scuffled, sources said. Nash allegedly whipped the woman's husband with a belt, and the husband in turn bashed Nash in the head and body with the tire iron. 

One of the blows appeared to fracture the left side of Nash's skull, and the man was pronounced dead on arrival to Lincoln Hospital

The couple's son said he saw his mother and aunt being attacked. 

"He started beating on my mother and my aunt, and they started fighting back," the son said. "He tried to rip their clothes off and he tried to sexually harass them."

He added, "I ran upstairs and saw the guy was in the elevator and he was bleeding, and my mother was sweating, her clothes were off. I didn't know what to think."

The husband's family defended him Tuesday morning, claiming he was trying to protect his wife. 

Sources said that Nash has 19 prior arrests, and had served at least four years in a state prison. 

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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:08:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg

The news startled doctors across the country last week. 

A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for antibiotic resistance, found mcr-1, a drug-resistant superbug in a Pennsylvania woman.

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upstaged his own speech about Zika virus to warn about what the arrival of mcr-1 means for people everywhere.

"The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently," he said.

The MRSN team has not yet found another example of the mcr-1 gene in any of the samples they have tested. The lab tests samples from around the world, not only from U.S. military hospitals but from Israel, France's Institut Pasteur and elsewhere. The hope is to catch and stop outbreaks of dangerous new pathogens fast.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Europe's Migrant Crisis]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_531722227998-migrants.jpg Migrants fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have encountered resistance at European borders, where many face danger and an uncertain future. March 15, 2016, marked five years since the start of the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar Assad, and the flow of refugees hasn't abated as violence continues to intensify. Over the course of the last week in May, 880 people were killed in Mediterranean shipwrecks, according to the United Nations.

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<![CDATA[Texas Road Signs Hacked]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:29:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/trump-sign3.gif

Someone altered three Texas Department of Transportation electronic road signs over the holiday weekend and made their political preferences known to the world.

The portable signs — which typically display messages like "Exit Closed" or "Lanes Shift Ahead" — read "Bernie for President" and "Donald Trump Is a Shape-Shifting Lizard" during the morning commute Tuesday. Workers with TxDOT began turning the signs off shortly before 6 a.m.

All the signs were found in west Dallas. The "Trump" sign greeted drivers headed west on Interstate 30 as they approach the Cockrell Hill Road exit. The "Bernie" sign was positioned nearby on Westmoreland Road beneath I-30.

A third sign that read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home" was later found on Westmoreland Road, just north of I-30.

TxDOT officials said the signs belong to a contractor who has been performing work along I-30. They believe the signs were turned off and locked before the holiday weekend.

According to TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine, who is concerned about the hacker's "boldness," the signs cannot be altered remotely and must be changed manually at the control panels.

Similar situations have been reported across the country, with those responsible gaining access to the electronic sign’s control panel and changing the message it displays.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Interrupt Sanders Rally]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:00:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0530-2016-BernieProtest.jpg

Animal rights protesters jumped barricades and interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland.

The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when five people in their 20s and 30s hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium, and then taken away by Secret Service agents.

The Bay Area-born group, who identified themselves as "Direct Action Everywhere," or DXE, was stopped by Secret Service and agents also immediately surrounded Sanders during the incident. Spokesman Zachary Groff said there were "roughly two dozen members of the animal liberation network" present at the rally. The group claims to have participated in demonstrations in 152 cities worldwide, and at least four other Sanders' rallies. Groff identified the five as: Ashley Johnson of New York City; Rebecca Muniz of Berkeley; Matt Johnson of Iowa; Aidan Cook of Denver; and Amy Halpern-Laff of Berkeley. They were detained for one or two hours, Groff said, and released without charge.

Even though Sanders is the most progressive candidate, the group says he is not progressive enough when it comes to animal issues.

“Sanders claims to oppose ‘factory farming,’ but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms,” said Groff, 24, a Yale University graduate who is moving to Berkeley. "This was a success. We got the whole country talking about animal rights. You can't really be progressive and oppose animal rights.'

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Activists were not protesting Sanders himself, but were trying to pull Sanders in a more progressive direction, Groff said. The group gave Hillary Clinton higher marks for releasing a campaign platform on animal issues, although "it stops far short of what activists would like to see," Groff said. Activists said they expect Sanders, "the progressive candidate, to support more radical action to provide animals not just with improved conditions but with legal rights to be free from harm."

Video appears to show a Secret Service agent strike one of the barricade jumpers several times with a night stick. Groff identified that person as Johnson, whom he said suffered a bloody wound on his hand.

The brief scuffle didn't seem to deter Sanders.

"We don't get intimidated easily," Sanders said afterward.

Other than that, the crowd of about 20,000 people was mostly peaceful. They cheered and roared with glee when Sanders donned a Golden State Warriors cap and told the crowd why he would be the best option for Democrats come November.

"In virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," he said.

But Sanders faces an uphill battle as his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is about 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. A large number of those are superdelegates who could change their minds, and that's what Sanders and his supporters are banking on.

Sanders believes a win in California, a state with 475 delegates, would be a giant first step in the right direction.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win and win big," he told the gathering in Oakland.

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Supporters aren't giving up either.

"He should stay in to the very last minute," said Joshua Harris, who was at the Oakland rally. "He should stay in as long as he can."

Another Sanders supporter, Jeff Nibert, agreed: "If California can send a message to the country next Tuesday, that would be a shocker around the world."

Earlier in the day, Sanders visited one of Oakland’s most influential black churches – Allen Temple Baptist along International Boulevard – with actor Danny Glover.

Sanders spoke to about 200 people inside the church, stressing economic equality and more access to education.

Sanders will be in Emeryville on Tuesday for a health care conference, followed by another rally in Santa Cruz. He'll wrap up his Bay Area tour Wednesday with a rally in Palo Alto.

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<![CDATA[Full Video: Gorilla Grabs Boy at Zoo]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:07:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gorilla-grabs-boy-cincinnati-zoo.jpg Cellphone video shows the tense moments when a 400-pound silverback gorilla manhandles a young boy who fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Fearing the boy's life was in danger, a special zoo response team fatally shot the male western lowland gorilla named Harambe. The boy was taken to the hospital and later released.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Shot in Car]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 05:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/carjack-pregnant-shot-sb.jpg

An attempted murder suspect is on the run in Southern California after police said he shot a pregnant woman in a car and stole a Jeep at a gas station minutes later.

The man, identified by police as 28-year-old Twonn Alonzo McCoy, was sitting in a car with the pregnant victim in the 1300 block of North F Street in San Bernardino when they began to argue just before 9 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Police said McCoy pulled out a gun and shot the woman multiple times before taking off.

The pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, and she and the baby were in critical but stable condition, police said.

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McCoy then ran to and robbed a nearby Arco gas station on Base Line Street.

"He attempted to rob that gas station for an undetermined amount of money," said San Bernardino police spokeswoman Eileen Hards, who said McCoy then tried unsuccessfully to steal a vehicle in the parking lot.

After his failed carjacking attempt, McCoy demanded a black 1998 Jeep Cherokee at gunpoint from another customer in the parking lot, Fontana police said. He fled in the stolen Jeep.

Fontana police said the Jeep was found abandoned near the scene of another carjacking that occurred an hour after the shooting in the 16100 block of Valley Boulevard.

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In the Valley Boulevard carjacking, a woman and her adult daughter were sitting in their van when a man approached them, brandished a gun, and demanded they get out, Fontana police said.

They surrendered their green 1997 Dodge Caravan around 9:55 p.m. and the carjacker was last seen heading south on Citrus Avenue toward the 10 Freeway.

The man behind the carjacking on Valley Boulevard was not initially confirmed to be McCoy, Fontana police said.

Police were searching for McCoy and encouraged anyone with information to contact the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-383-5311.

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<![CDATA[More Than 60 Shot in Memorial Day Weekend Violence]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:10:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/violence.png

Chicago police beefed up patrols for Memorial Day as more than 60 people were shot during the violent three-day holiday weekend. 

By Monday evening, at least 63 people had been shot across the city since Friday afternoon, including five who were killed. This surpasses the number of people shot during last year's Memorial Day weekend, though Chicago Police News Affairs said murders are down 50 percent compared to last Memorial Day.

Among the youngest shooting victims, a 15-year-old girl was fatally shot while riding in a car with a documented gang member on Lake Shore Drive. 

First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the department’s plan for Monday was to increase patrols in designated areas, including along Lake Shore Drive. 

“As we’ve said before, it’s about 1,500 people that are driving the violence,” Escalente said. “Those are the people we’re trying to concentrate on.” 

Chicago has been pulled into headlines nationwide this weekend as police struggle to curtail the city’s growing reputation for violence. Escalante said he is confident the department can get things under control, but others are skeptical. 

“The police cannot stop the killings in the Chicagoland area and it’s not their fault,” community activist Tio Hardiman told NBC 5. “The community needs to organize in high numbers and work with these guys on street corners in an aggressive way.” 

As the city wraps up the fifth month of 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports there have already been more than 1,400 shooting victims so far this year.

Shootings across the city included the following:


  • The first shooting of the holiday weekend occurred at just before 1 p.m. Friday, when a 52-year-old man was shot in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. Details on the shooting weren't immediately known. 
  • At least four others were shot within an hour and a half across the city, including a 16-year-old boy who was wounded in the city's Washington Park neighborhood. 
  • Just after 2:30 p.m., the city's first fatal shooting took place in the 6700 block of South Loomis. Two men were sitting on a porch when a gunman came out of a gangway and opened fire before fleeing the scene. A 39-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg and lower back and listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital. 
  • At 9:25 p.m. Friday, a teen boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. Police said an 18-year-old man was standing on a front porch in the 1200 block of W Grenshaw in the University Village neighborhood when a dark car drove by and someone inside fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to both legs, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
  • A 25-year-old man was the second person killed over the weekend, when he was fatally shot at 10:55 p.m. in the Ashburn neighborhood. Later identified as Mark Lindsey by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was sitting in a car parked in the 3700 block of W 75th Pl at 10:55 p.m. when an unknown offender approached on foot and fired shots, police said. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and body, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Centr, where he was pronounced dead.


  • Two people were shot at 1:10 a.m. in the South Deering neighborhood. A 50-year-old man was standing on the front porch of a home in the 9900 block of S Paxton when 2 men walked up and fired shots. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right forearm and refused medical attention at the scene. A 53-year-old woman was inside a bedroom in the home and was struck in the lower back. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • A 15-year-old girl was killed and a man in his twenties was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park early Saturday. Veronica Lopez was a passenger in a car in the 2400 block of N Lake Shore Drive just before 1:30 a.m. when a black Nissan pulled alongside them and someone inside fired shots, police said. They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, but Lopez was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The man, a documented gang member and convicted felon, was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the head, according to police. He’s listed in stable condition.
  • At 1:45 a.m., three men were standing outside in the 3300 block of W Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when someone in an unknown vehicle drove up and fired shots. A 26-year-old man was taken to Stroger hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, a 27-year-old man was taken to Stroger in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh and a third man, 23, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in guarded condition, meaning very critical, with a gunshot wound to the back.
  • At 2:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing outside in the 1200 block of S Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood when the occupant of a black SUV fired shots, striking the victim. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee, police said.
  • A 21-year-old man was driving in the 4300 block of N Kimball in Irving Park at 2:55 a.m., according to police, when someone fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to the clavicle and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to police.
  • A 25-year-old man was standing outside in the 4600 block of S Honore in the Back of the Yards neighborhood at 3:13 a.m., according to police. An unknown offender fired shots, striking him in the leg, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.
  • Around 4 a.m., a 24-year-old man was outside in a park in the 4600 block of W Jackson St in Austin when an unknown offender approached and fired shots, according to police. The victim, a documented gang member, was hit in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.
  • At 4:35 a.m., a 24-year-old man was walking in the 4300 block of W West End in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when two unknown offenders approached, produced a handgun, and opened fire, according to police. He suffered graze wounds to the arm and hand and was taken to Stroger in good condition, police said. According to authorities, he is a documented gang member.
  • The fourth fatal shooting of the weekend happened in a normally quiet area of the Portage Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man later identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Damien Cionzynski of Harwood Heights was one of two men who walked into a business at 5:15 a.m. in the 6300 block of W Montrose, according to police. The men got into an altercation, at which point one produced a weapon and shot Cionzynski in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
  • Two men were shot in a robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Saturday, according to police. At around 3:45 p.m., the victims, both 46, were walking in the 3900 block of W Erie when three unknown male offenders approached, fired shots and stole the victims’ property before fleeing. One man was shot in the left leg, the other in the right ankle, according to police, and both were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 24-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 1400 block of W 99th St in the Longwood Manor neighborhood at 4:20 p.m., police said, when an unknown offender opened fire. Authorities said the victim, a documented gang member, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. According to police, he was not cooperating with investigators, and a weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting.
  • A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood on Saturday evening. Later identified as 27-year-old Garvin Whitmore by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was in the driver’s seat of a car in the 200 block of W Root when someone approached on foot and fired shots, striking him in the head. A 26-year-old woman in the vehicle with him then exited the vehicle and fired shots at the offenders. She was not injured but was taken into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a FOID card, both felonies, according to police. Whitmore was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • A 19-year-old man was walking in the 8300 block of S Dante in the Avalon Park neighborhood, according to police, when he heard shots and felt pain. Authorities said a dark colored vehicle drove by and an unknown offender inside opened fire, striking him in the buttocks. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.
  • A 26-year-old woman was driving eastbound in the 3900 block of W Lexington in Lawndale at 8 p.m. when someone fired shots, striking her in the neck, police said. She continued to drive on Lexington, police said, before crashing her vehicle into a parked car. She was discovered unresponsive in her car and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
  • Around 8:40 p.m., two men were in a car stopped at a red light in the 1600 block of W 47th St in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when another car pulled up from behind and passengers in that car opened fire. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and a 22-year-old man in the left leg, according to police. Both were taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital and officials believe the incident may have been gang-related.
  • Around 9 p.m., a 23-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 5100 block of W Chicago in Austin when a light-colored car drove by, and occupants opened fire, police said. He was struck in the upper right leg and taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.
  • Three people were shot in a shooting around 9:40 p.m. in 2000 block of W 68th Pl in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to police. The first victim was a 48-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car heading south on Damen. Police said she was the unintended target, struck when occupants of two separate vehicles fired shots. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a graze wound to the neck. Two men standing on a front porch at that time were struck in the shooting. A 17-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the right knee and a 23-year-old man was shot in the right foot. Both were listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
  • At 10:15 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of S Ridgeway in Lawndale when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was then dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower left leg, authorities said.
  • Just before midnight, two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 700 block of S Independence in West Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain, police said. A 28-year-old was hit in the left thigh, and a 29-year-old man in the left ankle. Both were taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition, according to police, and both are documented gang members.


  • A 37-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at 12:20 a.m. in Austin, according to police. He was standing in an alley in the 4700 block of W Erie when a male offender approached on foot and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and leg, police said.
  • At 1:05 a.m., two men were walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of N Kedzie in East Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain. A 21-year-old man had a graze wound to the back and a 22-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the left hand, according to police. They drove to Norwegian American Hospital, where the younger man was transferred to Stroger. Both were listed in stable condition, authorities said, and the shooting may have been gang-related.
  • At 2 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of N Cambridge in the Near North Side neighborhood, police said. He was involved in a verbal dispute with another person when the offender pulled out a gun and shot the victim twice in the arm. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was unknown, according to police.
  • A 23-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 9700 block of S Vincennes in the Washington Heights neighborhood when he was shot, police said. Authorities said a man exited another vehicle and approached on foot. They men exchanged words when the offender produced a handgun and opened fire, police said. The victim drove himself to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left thigh, police said.
  • Around 4:40 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was shot while driving in the 3900 block of W Wilcox in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Two men approached her car and opened fire, according to police, striking her in the back. She had other passengers in the car who were documented gang members and convicted felons, police said, but no one else was hit. She was dropped off at Loretto Hospital and transferred to Stroger in serious condition.
  • Just five minutes later, a 27-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of W West End Ave in Austin when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He took himself to Stroger Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the right leg, according to police.
  • Around 5:15 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the 300 block of West 108th Street, police confirmed. Further details on the shooting weren't immediately known.
  • A 20-year-old man was shot around 12 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to police. He was standing outside in the 8500 block of S Ashland when he heard shots and felt pain. He took himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
  • A 24-year-old man was shot during an argument with someone he knows in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. in the 11500 block of S Peoria, police said. He was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  • At 4:40 p.m., a 23-year-old man was in the 1200 block of W 85th St in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood when he was shot in the right hip, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, in unknown condition, and authorities said he is a documented gang member. 
  • Just before 6 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot walking out of a store in the 11500 block of South Wentworth in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood. He was shot in the shoulder and drove himself to be treated to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, police said.
  • At 10:45 p.m. a 25-year-old was shot in the left hand in the 3800 block of South Lake Park Avenue of the city’s Oakland neighborhood, police said, before being taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital to be treated.
  • At 11 p.m., two men were shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. Police said the men were walking in the 2100 block of South Harding when another man approached them and started firing. One of the men, a 35-year-old, was hit in the buttocks and the other, a 58-year-old, was shot in the right leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital to be treated, police said.
  • A half hour later, a 21-year-old who police say was a documented gang member was shot in the leg in the 5900 block of South Princeton in Englewood. He showed up with the gunshot wound at St. Bernard Hospital, police said.


• About 12:30 a.m., police said a 35-year-old was injured in a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. The man was standing on a porch in the 900 block of North Massasoit when a car drove past and fired shots, police said. He was hit in the leg and taken to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated, police said.

• Around 1 a.m., a man was shot during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. Police say the 28-year-old was in the 400 block of East 74th Street when two men approached him and announced a robbery. When he tried to run away, he was shot in the back, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital to be treated.

• At 1:30 a.m., two documented gang members were shot while walking in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The men, both 18, were in the 1300 block of North Pulaski when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. One was struck in the back and the other in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.

• At 10:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot twice in the hip when someone in a black SUV fired shots in his direction. The vehicle fled the scene and the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

• Just before 11 a.m., two men were shot while standing on a street in the 3800 block of West Gladys in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 21-year-old man was shot in the left elbow and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition and a 28-year-old man was shot in the lower back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Police said a black Nissan drove by the pair and someone inside the vehicle opened fire. No one was in custody as of Monday evening.

• Around 4 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back while walking in the 6700 block of South Sangamon. Police said the teen was walking on the street when he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. 

• An hour later, a 16-year-old boy was shot while talking to someone in the 8700 block of South Escanaba. Police said a gunman emerged from a gangway in the area and fired several shots at the pair striking the teen in the right leg. 

• Around 5:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right thumb in the 3600 block of West 30th Street. The teen told police he was walking down the block when a man across the street, who was walking with another man, fired shots at him. The victim was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in good condition.

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<![CDATA[PD Chief Stops 'COPS' Filming in NH]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:42:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NECN_053016_copskatherine_5pm_1200x675_695600195852.jpg

The buzz around town in Manchester, New Hampshire, is about the popular show "COPS" filming in the city, but the first night of filming has turned into the crew's last.

Manchester Chief Nick Willard discontinued participation with "COPS" after he says he heard too many concerns from residents and business owners that the filming would give his city a bad name.

When a photo showing a film crew riding along with police Friday night hit Facebook feeds across Manchester, opinions started flying.

"A lot of people were sharing it," said resident Ethan Moorhouse.

Some people say they liked the idea of having their city featured.

"By bringing it out in the open, it shines a light on things going on," said longtime Manchester resident Chrissy Simonds.

But according to hundreds of comments on the Facebook page Manchester Information, the majority of people wanted "COPS" to go home.

"Having cops here is giving Manchester a bad vibe," Moorhouse said.

James Crawford agreed, saying, "That's just the way of nature, you don't want to show your worst side."

In response to concerns like that, Chief Willard sent a letter to Mayor Gatsas and city leaders Sunday, telling them he had pulled the plug on filming.

"MPD officers are the epitome of true American law enforcement so to showcase them was my intent... However, I have since heard from many in the community... who have expressed concern that the show would have a negative impact on the city's image, which is the very last thing I would want," Willard wrote.

"It's the Chief listening to residents and trying to do the best thing he can for Manchester," said another resident Dan Legallo.

"It's really showing that he actually cares about the city and not that it is just going to get publicity for them," Moorhouse said.

Mayor Gatsas tells necn he supports the chief's decision to stop filming. "COPS"producers have not yet returned our calls for comment.

"COPS" aired its first episode in 1989.

<![CDATA[8 Dead as Nation's Midsection Prepares for Severe Storms]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TWISTER_AP_16147814352305.jpg

Funnel clouds and twisters swept through Nebraska and Colorado on Monday as several other states in the country's mid-section — including flood-battered Texas — prepared for potentially powerful wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.

The forecast came after a "siege of severe thunderstorms," as The Weather Channel described it, washed out bridges, swamped homes and left at least eight people dead in Texas since Friday.

Rescue workers found the eighth victim, a woman in her 30s, Monday night in Barton Springs, Texas, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service said. She was reported to have been seen entering a water-choked tunnel but never came out, the agency said.

Earlier Monday, a 16 year-old boy working with a church cleanup crew in Brenham, northwest of Houston, was killed when a pine tree limb that had broken during the recent round of storms fell on him, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Women Thwart Happy Hour Date Rape]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:32:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/193*120/date-rape-thwart.JPG

Three women went viral on social media and are being called "heroes" after stopping an attempted date rape drugging at a high-end Santa Monica restaurant, they said Sunday.

The three women depicted in a meme that reads, "Don't roofie someone on our watch!" as they pose like Charlie's Angels began to take social media by storm after they recounted what could have been a disastrous date. 

It was shared more than 100,000 times by Sunday.

The three friends were kicking back during happy hour at Fig located at 101 Wilshire Boulevard when they noticed a man and woman at a table next to them.

Monica Kenyon saw the woman get up to go to the bathroom, and that's when things took a turn.

"I see this guy looking all squirrelly," Kenyon said. "I see something drop into the glass, and I think, 'Did that really just happen?'"

She told her happy hour buddies, Sonia Ulrich and Marla Saltzer, and they decided they had to take action to protect the stranger.

They went into the bathroom and told her what Kenyon witnessed.

"We said, 'We know this is kind of weird, but we just saw that guy put something in your drink,'" Ulrich said. "She said, 'Oh my God. He's one of my best friends.'"

The women said that the victim returned to the table and avoided drinking even after her friend clinked glasses, encouraging her to partake.

The trio notified a Fig manager who got security to check surveillance footage. The footage confirmed that the man had indeed dropped something into the woman's drink.

Santa Monica police arrived and took action. They retrieved the woman's glass as evidence and began taking statements from the three women, Kenyon said.

Santa Monica police Sergeant Jeff Glaser confirmed that the man was arrested on suspicion of intent to commit rape, and drugging with the intent to commit rape.

Multiple groups at different tables in the section began coming up to the trio, thanking them for taking action, but also to share their stories.

Each one had revealed to the three women that it had happened to them, or happened to a sister, a friend.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Attends Warriors Game]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535938760_594_screen.jpg

Dub Nation meet Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic presidential hopeful wore a yellow Golden State Warriors hat prior to addressing supporters at a rally late Monday at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. Sanders has been campaigning in California ahead of the states' June 7 primary.

"Thank you Oakland!" Sanders said to cheers to launch his address. "First thing I need to know is do I have the right hat?"

Sanders' question was met with roaring cheers from the crowd.

"Does this guarantee me the California primary?" Sanders then asked the crowd before chuckling and taking the cap off.

Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally.

After the rally, Sanders attended Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

More on Sanders' Oakland visit.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Doorway at O'Hare Airport on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:29:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ohare+crash.jpg

A vehicle slammed into a doorway at O’Hare Airport on Memorial Day as travelers flocked home following their holiday travels.

The accident happened just after 5:30 p.m. when a taxi jumped a curb, police said.

Witnesses reported the crash happened in Terminal 3, some saying it took place near the baggage claim area for American Airlines.

Photos from the scene showed the vehicle in the middle of two doorways with shattered glass around it. 

Police said the driver of the vehicle is expected to be cited in the crash. No injuries were reported. 

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<![CDATA[Man Kills Girlfriend, Shares Photo]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Amyx-mug.jpg

A North Texas man has been arrested after authorities said he allegedly killed his girlfriend and then posted a photo of her body on Facebook.

Plano police officers were called to a disturbance at an apartment in the 2300 block of Kathryn Lane Sunday. When they arrived, they found 43-year-old Jennifer Spears stabbed to death.

Spears' boyfriend, 45-year-old Kenneth Alan Amyx, was also in the apartment with knife wounds, which police believe were self-inflicted. Once Amyx was treated for his injuries at a hospital, police arrested him on a charge of murder.

Investigators said Amyx took a photo of himself and one of the victim and posted them on her Facebook page.

Amyx is also facing charges of indecency with a child in Dallas County and continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 in Rockwall County. He is currently in the Collin County Jail with a bond set at $600,000.

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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Shot Stealing Crab Legs]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:51:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crime+scene+tape+3.jpg

A man who was attempting to steal crab legs from a grocery store was shot by an off-duty D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer working as security for the store after the man pointed a gun at the officer, according to a police report.

The officer, Theodore Dyson, said he was standing beyond the cash register and checkout area in the Giant store located at 300 H Street Northeast early Sunday morning. Dyson said he saw a man holding a large bag, which appeared to contain large items, and acting suspiciously.

The report said Dyson approached the man and found the bag contained two bags of crab legs, which had been taken from the store without payment. Dyson asked the man to follow him to the back of the store, but the man refused and drew a handgun, pointing it at the officer.

Dyson drew his service weapon and fired once, striking the man, according to the report. The man fell to the ground and was later transported to the Washington Hospital Center.

According to the report, the man was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and shoplifting. The man’s identity is not listed in the report.

The value of the crab legs was listed as $76.54.

<![CDATA[Rescuers Search for Boy Left in Woods as Punishment]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 18:58:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hokkaido-Japan-Island-GettyImages-506019099.jpg

Rescuers in Japan were searching Monday for a young boy whose parents abandoned him in bear-inhabited woods as a form of punishment, NBC News reported.

A Hokkaido police spokesperson told NBC News the boy's parents initially said their son became separated from them while looking for wild plants in the woodland.

However, police told NBC News that a family member changed the story the next day to say Yamato Tanooka, 7, had been left behind as a "form of discipline." Relatives couldn't find the boy when they returned moments later, police added.

Tanooka's father was asked on Japanese television why the family had changed its story.

"I couldn't bring myself to say it was to discipline him … and then ask the police to search for him," said the father, whose name has been withheld by officials.

Local temperatures dropped to 46.5 degrees Sunday night, the Hokkaido Shimbun Press reported

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<![CDATA[FBI's Most-Wanted Fugitive Caught]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/knbc-fbi-most-wanted-philip-policarpio.jpg

A convicted felon on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn baby in Los Angeles last month has been captured, according to FBI officials. 

Philip Patrick Policarpio was apprehended Sunday by agents with the U.S. Customs Border Protection, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed. Policarpio was taken into custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as he was crossing into the United States from Tijuana, Eimiller said. 

The FBI said Policarpio and his 32-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, were visiting a friend's home in the Rampart area April 12 when the crime was committed.

Policarpio had allegedly become angry and beat Olguin in the face with his fists before pulling out a handgun and shooting her in the forehead, the FBI said.

It's unclear if he knew Olguin was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

Olguin died instantly and Policarpio went on the run, the FBI said.

Olguin mother's, Jerilyn Olguin, said she was relieved to find out her daughter's suspected killer was in custody.

"Although my daughter's gone, my biggest fear was, 'God, I hope he doesn't do this to someone else,'" Olguin said.

"I thought maybe we could be waiting for years, who knows? Maybe never," she said.

At the time of the incident, was on parole for a 2001 conviction. In that prior case, Policarpio fled to the Philippines after he was suspected of firing nine shots into another car over a dispute in Burbank in 2000. He was deported to the U.S. the following year and was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released on parole in May 2015.

Policarpio has ties to Las Vegas, Florida and the Philippines, where, according to investigators, the 39-year-old has family members — including multiple wives and children.

Investigators said Policarpio's aliases include Damon Hiromi Tanaka, Paul Policarpio, "Bugsy," "Sinister" and "Sins." 

The FBI added Policarpio to its most wanted list earlier this month. The list has featured 508 people since it was established in 1950, leading to the arrests of 475 fugitives.

Policarpio is expected to be arraigned this week. 

"My daughter's not coming back but it does like a weight's lifted, like there is some closure," Olguin said.

Jaime Bankson and Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Security Breach at German Airport]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:52:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Airport-GettyImages-106444351.jpg

Flights were halted and a German airport terminal was evacuated Monday after a person allegedly entered a restricted area without going through security, NBC News reported.

Five flights were affected by the disruption at Cologne Bonn Airport's Terminal 1. Officials said a man walked into an exit-only area meant for arriving passengers traveling with only carry-on luggage around 11 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET).

The terminal was shuttered for 2 1/2 hours while teams with dogs searched for the suspect and dangerous materials, according to NBC News.

Officials have not released any information about the man, who was arrested.

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<![CDATA[Rare 'Werewolf' Cat Rescued in South Africa]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 14:00:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2016-05-30+at+2.52.53+PM.png One of the world's rarest kittens has been found under a bush in Cape Town. The Lykoi or 'werewolf cat' is only one of 35 known in the world and is the only natural-born Lykoi on record in South Africa. ]]> <![CDATA[Holder Says Snowden 'Performed a Public Service']]> Mon, 30 May 2016 12:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465224972holder7615.jpg

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by leaking National Security Agency documents but should still be punished, NBC News reported.

"We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder told former White House adviser David Axelrod on an episode of "The Axes Files" podcast Monday.

Holder, however, quickly added that Snowden "harmed American interests" by acting in a way that was "inappropriate and illegal."

Snowden leaked documents about government surveillance programs while working as a contractor in 2013 and is now exiled in Moscow.

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<![CDATA[Transgender Man Beaten to Death]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A 38-year-old transgender man died after he was attacked at a homeless encampment in Burlington, Vermont, in what police are calling a possible "bias incident."

Amos Beede, of Milton, suffered facial fractures, a subdural hematoma and several broken ribs in the beating on May 25. Police found him lying on the ground at a homeless encampment in the area of Barge Canal on Pine Street.

Beede was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment. His initial prognosis was good, but Beede died of his injuries Sunday, according to police.

The office of the state's chief medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine Beede's cause of death.

Detectives are searching for two people of interest — 21-year-old Erick Averill and 23-year-old Myia Barber — in connection with the attack. Both are transient residents of Burlington, authorities said.

Police said they believe the attackers had motives that were "independent" of Beede's gender identity but that his status as a transgender man may have been an "additional motive."

Authorities will "continue to view this homicide as a possible bias incident" as they investigate, police said.

Anyone with information about the assault or the whereabouts of Averill or Barber are asked to call city police or Champlain Valley Crime Stoppers at 802-864-6666.

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Why Not Use Streaming Technology for Aircraft Data? ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:27:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/VoiceRecorderAircraft-GettyImages-461475586%281%29.jpg

The use of black boxes to record critical flight data is striking many experts as antiquated, even though technology exists to stream information from an aircraft to a ground computer, according to NBC News. 

The system doesn’t continuously send data to ground-based computers, but activates in the event of an abnormal occurrence, sending data to the airline to analyze. The airline can then apply corrective action. 

The streaming devices are similar to the hardware used in black boxes on aircraft for decades. In the event of a plane crash, the data transmitted can help searchers pinpoint a specific search location. 

The technology hasn’t been widely adopted, mainly because of the cost. FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, a Canadian company, provides an on-demand black box at about $100,000 per plane.

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<![CDATA[Sneak Peek of 'Maya and Marty']]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:47:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_mayamarty0527_1920x1080.jpg "Saturday Night Live" alums Maya Rudolph and Martin Short team up for a new variety show. “Maya & Marty” debuts on Tuesday, May 31 on NBC. Here's a sneak peek.]]> <![CDATA[Protect Against Grill Brush Bristles in Your Burger]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BristleBurgers0527_MP4-146461735903800001.jpg Cleaning your grill with the wrong brush could pose a bigger hazard than not cleaning it at all. ]]>