<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:13:26 -0600 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:13:26 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cannabis Activists: Pot Could Help Cure 1 of NFL's Ills]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:03:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTE-split-stabler-seau.jpg

With much of the NFL world camped out in the San Francisco Bay Area in the days before Super Bowl 50, researchers released sobering news: late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head.

Later Wednesday, another late, great QB, Earl Morrall, also was revealed to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is associated with memory loss, impaired judgment and progressive dementia. Dozens of former players have been diagnosed, some who died in old age, like Frank Gifford, and a few who took their lives, like Junior Seau.

There is no known treatment for CTE, not least because there's no test that can point it out in the living — it's detected in post-mortem brain scans. But to one former player who's sure his nine-year career gave him the disease, there's an obvious treatment that isn't allowed in the NFL, even though it would be easy to score not far from Levi's Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday for anyone with a doctor's note: medical marijuana.

"If cannabis is implemented and (the NFL) can lead the science on this, they can resolve this brain injury situation in a big way," Kyle Turley said.

Turley is at the forefront of a vocal movement arguing that medical marijuana's pain-suppressing and possible neuroprotective benefits make it the only effective treatment for the effects that chronic concussive blows to the head have on football players. As co-founder of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, Turley is the movement's most outspoken member, but it also includes other retired players and rapper/marijuana entrepreneur Snoop Dogg.

More players' brains are found to show signs of CTE with each year that passes. Researchers at Boston University have found evidence of CTE in 96 percent of the NFL players' brains they examined. At the same time, more states are allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a medicine – 23 so far, according to National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

California was the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana, and remains the only medical marijuana-legal state so far to host the Super Bowl. Nearly half of the medical marijuana identification cards issued in California were prescribed in the Bay Area, according to the Department of Public Health.

A small body of research suggests marijuana can heal head trauma, yet Turley wonders why the league isn't investigating the drug as a medicine. To advocates, hosting the Super Bowl in the region is almost hypocritical, given what they see happening to the heads of NFL players and the spiraling lives of some former players.

"The NFL's policy against medical marijuana is stupid and counterproductive," said Dale Gieringer, director of the California chapter of NORML, in an email calling the NFL out of touch with the laws of the state. "There's no doubt NFL players would be better off with medical access to marijuana."

The NFL did not comment for this story.

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Science, the Brain and Medical Marijuana
The NFL, CTE and Medical Marijuana

Hard-Knock Lives

Turley is a former defensive lineman who has been extremely outspoken about his medical struggles after playing for three NFL teams in nine years.

A New Yorker article from 2009 describes him blacking out at a Nashville concert, feeling much the same way he did when he was kneed in the head during a game years earlier. The former lineman had recently retired and was taking painkillers. He wound up in the hospital, where he said he briefly lost nearly all control of his body.

"Before quitting all the pills and committing to cannabis ... my life was a train wreck, plain and simple," Turley told NBC Owned Television Stations.

Today, Turley has eliminated all other chemicals from his system, from Aleve to Zoloft, he said. The San Diego resident has found strains of marijuana that relieve pain and other strains with effects comparable to the psychiatric pill Vicodin, but without the narcotic effects.

Medical marijuana has fairly well known, though not conclusively proven, pain relieving benefits. But to Turley, the drug also treats mental anguish he believes comes from CTE. There is very little research on that front, but the 40-year-old father insists marijuana has given him stability after recently feeling despondent and suicidal.

"The reality is I don't think about those things anymore. And if it wasn't for cannabis, I wouldn't be where I am mentally," Turley said.

Turley swears that marijuana use is rampant in the NFL – "from players to coaches to owners, marijuana is in the National Football League" – but only a handful of players have spoken out about using it. They emphasize the mental clarity it offers as much as the pain relief.

"I always healed fast, ahead of schedule; was never really very swollen; my mind was very sharp, and after concussions medicated with it," Nate Jackson told marijuana magazine High Times this week, discussing how marijuana helped him in his days with the Broncos in the 2000s.

It's not just young players who swear by pot, either. Jim McMahon, one of the heroes of the Chicago Bears' 1985 championship, revealed last month that he weaned himself off pharmaceutical drugs that left his head feeling fuzzy.

"This medical marijuana has been a godsend. It relieves me of the pain – or thinking about it, anyway," he told The Chicago Tribune.

But there isn't much medical research to back up their claims.

Science, the Brain and Medical Marijuana
Most medical marijuana advocacy is directed at the drug's pain-relieving qualities, which may be recognized by many states, but not the federal government. The FDA has not approved marijuana as a drug, though it notes there is widespread general interest in its potential as a less addictive alternative to painkillers.

But last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association found only some evidence that medical marijuana and similar drugs help chronic pain, less evidence for help with nausea and brain disorders and a risk of adverse effects, including nausea, fatigue and confusion. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says long-term marijuana use can affect learning, thinking and memory, and has been linked to mental illness and depression.

Advocates dispute those claims, and in the case of brain trauma, their case is bolstered, in some sense, by the fact that little research has been done on medical marijuana's effects on the brain.

The psychoactive chemical in medical marijuana, THC, was associated with a significantly improved mortality rate in patients who sustained traumatic brain injuries, according to a 2014 UCLA study. A study by Michigan State University researchers found that, in test tubes, THC reduced tau deposits, which indicate CTE and Alzheimer's.

Marijuana advocates cite these and some other studies when describing the drug's purported neuroprotective effects, saying it may be able to protect and heal brain cells in a way no other drugs can.

Other supporters only go as far as saying they intoxicate and sedate patients less than opiates do, and are easier on the stomach than anti-inflammatories, like Berkeley Dr. Frank Lucido, who says he has prescribed marijuana to two former NFL players. Asked about any neuroprotective effects, he noted they were unproven in humans.

Turley and others who do believe the drug can protect or restore neurological function mainly argue that more research needs to be done, and soon. A federal study found in 2012 that retired players were three times likelier to die of neurodegenerative diseases than the U.S. population on the whole.

"NFL pockets are deep enough to support a crash research program to determine that this combination of cannabinoids is effective in preventing the consequences of concussion," Harvard emeritus professor of Psychiatry Lester Grinspoon wrote in an open letter to the commissioner of the NFL in 2014.

For now, marijuana remains a problem in the NFL, subject to fines and suspensions during the season for repeat offenders, just as the federal government continues to classify marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs.

Turley hopes his Gridiron Cannabis Coalition will help change that position, as much for the players as for Alzheimer's patients and others he thinks can benefit from cannabis.

"The attitude of the active players is the attitude of police forces around our country," Turley said. "It is absurd that this continues to be a reason for a player to be suspended or someone is arrested. We don't want to deal with this anymore."

The NFL, CTE and Medical Marijuana 
On Saturday, the NFL announced that Ken Stabler will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. If last year's ceremony is any indication, CTE will hardly be mentioned at all when he is honored.

The 2015 induction of Junior Seau, who was 43 when he killed himself, was marred by the league's initial refusal to let his family speak at the ceremony. The league cited a long-standing policy, but many noted that the family had sued the NFL, saying his suicide was at least partially caused by repeated hits to the head sustained in his playing days. His daughter eventually did speak, and did not mention Seau's brain.

Though the league settled concussion-connected lawsuits last year involving thousands of former players, about 200 opted out, including Seau's family. The suits claimed players weren't properly protected from concussions or informed of their risks.

The NFL did not admit liability in settling the suits. Since CTE has become associated with football, the NFL has also donated a substantial amount of money to research, including $30 million to the National Institutes of Health – its largest-ever donation to any organization.

As for medical marijuana use, there are signs that the league's position could change.

A representative for the the NFL Player's Association told NBC Owned Television Stations it is reviewing medical-marijuana policy, though didn't comment further. The union works with the NFL to set the league's drug policy.

And the league that doled out four drug-related suspensions to Ricky Williams – the electric running back whose career is now synonymous with marijuana in the game – has recently expressed more openness toward medical marijuana, if not the drug on the whole.

Commissioner Roger Goodell briefly addressed the issue in the run-up to last year's Super Bowl, saying the NFL could one day condone cannabis as a treatment but that its medical experts didn't yet consider its use proper.

If the league did decide to reverse course on the issue, it would still face a major hurdle: the federal ban on marijuana would mean players without contracts might gravitate to teams in states where medication was legal.

Not that that should stop the league from trying, said Turley, a fiery speaker about the cause.

"It would have been an amazing opportunity for the NFL to have dealt with this proactively, instead of allowing this to be another thing that shows their desire to really change things is very lackluster," Turley said.

Turley, Williams and McMahon will all talk about their experiences with marijuana this month at the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Dallas, the first marijuana conference in a state that hasn’t legalized marijuana medicinally, according to Rory Mendoza, the event’s organizer.

Their goal, for now is to slowly raise awareness about how the drug helped them, like a football team grinding out a long drive a few yards at a time.

And on Sunday, Turley will be watching the Super Bowl at home with family and friends, avoiding intoxicants and drugs – except the one he believes can save his life, which he long ago dedicated to football.  

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<![CDATA[Runner Dies in N.C. Krispy Kreme Race]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:30:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg

A runner in a North Carolina race where participants eat as many at a dozen doughnuts died Saturday, according to race organizers.

The unidentified 58-year-old man, stepped out of the “Krispy Kreme” challenge within the first mile, and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, NBC News reported.

The race's rules state that "casual runners" are not expected to eat the dozen doughnuts while running; "challengers" are required to finish them off and complete the race within an hour. It is unclear if the man was a challenger.

Race organizers did not immediately respond to interview requests from NBC News. Krispy Kreme said in a statement to NBC News that it does not promote, sponsor or donate products to the event or organization. 

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<![CDATA[4 Teenagers Shot in Englewood]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:10:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-450148534.jpg

Four teenagers were shot Sunday night in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, according to Chicago Police. 

Just before 6 p.m., the 4 victims were sitting on a porch in the 6500 block of S. Green St. when two offenders approached, fired shots and fled. 

An 18-year-old man and 17-year-old girl were both shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition. And a 15-year-old boy was shot in both legs and the right side of his chest, taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition

Police have not made any arrests and continue to investigate. 

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<![CDATA['I Need Your Vote': Trump in NH]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:42:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+NH+020716.jpg

Donald Trump, the billionaire business mogul who has enjoyed the top spot atop the Republican polls in New Hampshire, urged his supporters to come out for him in Tuesday's primary.

Trump held a rally Sunday afternoon at Plymouth State University in Holderness.

"If you're not going to vote for me, do not vote," Trump told the large crowd gathered in a university athletics center.

Not everyone at the rally had their minds made up about how they will vote Tuesday. Nancy McIver of Holderness said she will vote Republican, but is still checking out all the candidates, especially Trump and his opponents who have served as governors.

"Here it is, Sunday, and I have to vote on Tuesday, and I still don't know," McIver said, noting the economy and how to care for veterans and the elderly are of prime interest to her. "I'm running out of time - I've got to make up my mind!"

McIver's husband, Jeff, said he is strongly leaning toward Trump, but noted he did want to first check out the candidate's temperament in person, to gauge how well he may hold up in a general election.

"There's going to be an onslaught of negativity if Mr. Trump is the nominee, I believe, thrown at him," Jeff McIver said. "And he has to prove, to me anyway, that he has a way of dealing with that without losing his temper and prove to the American people that he's a leader."

Two other rally attendees, who described themselves as being "95 percent" and "99 percent" leaning toward Trump, said they had some concerns about the way the candidate, known for his bluntness and sometimes politically incorrect remarks, may treat others if he is the Republican party's nominee.

"He's not very thick-skinned, so I'm a bit worried about that," said Susan Peoples of Salem. "But I do like all his ideas."

"It's the way he words things to people - he might need to tone it down," Kelley Teunessen of Gilmanton told necn, adding she likes Jeb Bush, but was drawn to Trump because he is not a career politician.

At one point during the rally, a shirtless protestor calling Trump "racist," in reference to the candidate's call on a temporary ban on Muslims who want to move to the U.S. from foreign countries, was escorted from the venue.

While security removed the man, who had "Trump is racist" written on his body, Trump supporters loudly chanted the candidate's name.

Outside, another Trump protestor, Plymouth State student Hannah Dutton, said the candidate's presence on campus did not reflect her values or those of many other students.

"I will not be voting for Donald Trump, that is for sure," Dutton told necn. "I do not support his America."

In his energetic speech, Trump claimed victory in Saturday night's Republican debate on ABC, and said he is the candidate who can be tough with foreign leaders while addressing issues at home like growing jobs and stemming the flow of heroin from Mexico into the United States.

Furthermore, Trump promised his supporters in Holderness that because his campaign is largely self-funded, he is not beholden to special interest groups or wealthy donors, so will not always side with influential lobbies.

"I don't need your money; I need your vote," Trump told the crowd at the rally.

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<![CDATA[Betty White Sends Cam Newton a Message]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:50:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Betty-White2.jpg

There's no denying that win or lose Sunday's game, Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton has had a pretty good year. 

And now, one Hollywood icon is coming forward to take some credit for his success. 

At the start of Super Bowl 50, Chicago's own Betty White had a message for Newton, saying she "taught @CameronNewton everything he knows."

White is seen "dabbing," a dance move which Newton has turned into his signature celebration on the field. He even got Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to dab:

Newton was named NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday night, and is making his first Super Bowl appearance in Sunday's game. 

No matter what happens Sunday night, he should probably thank Betty White. 

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<![CDATA[Fire Department Names New Deputy Commissioner]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:43:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/richard+ford+ii+cfd.jpg

The Chicago Fire Department has tapped a veteran firefighter to serve as First Deputy Commissioner when the current deputy retires. 

Richard C. Ford II has been named to the position following the retirement of First Deputy Charles Stewart, according to a release from the Fire Department. 

Ford is currently the head of CFD's Fire Prevention Bureau, and began his career as a firefighter 30 years ago. Since then, he has served as Safety Officer, Rail Liaison for the City of Chicago and Assistant Director of Training. He is from the Chatham neighborhood and currently lives in Beverly.

One of the hallmarks of Ford's work is his implementation of food truck safety rules, working with the National Fire Protection Agency to protect consumers, vendors, and employees. 

As First Deputy Commissioner, he will be the second-highest ranking official in the Department, handling day-to-day operations and assisting with policy and recruitment, the release states. 

To replace Ford, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago has promoted Arriel Gray from second-in-command to head of the Fire Prevention Bureau. This bureau is responsible for inspections and enforcement of the fire and safety codes of Chicago.

“The elevation of both Richard Ford and Arriel Gray not only maintains the diversity of our department, but continues my goal of promoting members to better serve the needs of the department and the city we protect," Commissioner Santiago said in a statement.

The appointments are effective Feb. 16. 

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<![CDATA[Gloria Steinem Apologizes for Comments About Young Women]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:26:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GloriaSteinem-GettyImages-508082072.jpg

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has apologized for implying that younger women have chosen to support Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton because they want to meet men, NBC News reported.

"In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what's been misinterpreted as implying young women aren't serious in their politics,” she said in a statement posted on Facebook.

On the Friday edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host asked why so many young women were not supporting Clinton during her bid for presidency. Steinem replied that young women were thinking “’Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.” 

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Super Bowl 50]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:22:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508983516.jpg

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<![CDATA[7 Arrested in Spain for Supplying Cash, Weapons to ISIS]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:50:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

The Spanish interior ministry said seven people involved in an international cell were arrested in Spain Sunday for supplying firearms and cash to terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, NBC News reported.

Five Spanish nationals of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin, and two foreigners of Syrian and Moroccan origin were among those arrested. All have links to ISIS and the Al Nusra Front, according to the Spanish interior ministry.

The group operated as a “business complex,” which allowed it to send supplies unsuspected from ports under the guise as humanitarian aid. The leader also encouraged women be recruited to be sent to Syria to marry ISIS fighters.

Officials began investigating the group in 2014. 

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<![CDATA[Egyptian Police Kill 4 Suspected Militants]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:36:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CairoMap.jpg

Security forces raided a house south of Cairo, killing four “terrorist elements” where they were making explosives, according to Egypt’s Interior Ministry.

The four members were suspected members of the Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt militant group, NBC News reported.

The ministry said the four are suspected of multiple killings as well as blowing up a police car, a checkpoint and setting fire to police property.

Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for several attacks since 2013. 

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Calls Flint Water Crisis 'Immoral']]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:10:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ClintonFlint-AP_578549665494.jpg

Hillary Clinton called for “action now” to fight the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a speech she made to a packed congregation in the city, NBC News reported.

Clinton, who stepped away from the campaign trail in New Hampshire to visit Flint, called on Congress to pass a $200 million bill to replace the city’s water infrastructure.

"This has to be a national priority," Clinton said at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. "What happened in Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children of any part of America."

Clinton promised residents she would return to the city and not to be discouraged. With the DNC sanctioning an additional debate in Flint for March 6, Clinton will be back in the city two days before the Michigan primary.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Defends His Foreign Policy Credentials]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:53:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sander+Defends+Foreign+Policy.png

Senator Bernie Sanders defended himself Sunday against criticism that he does not have sufficient depth or interest in foreign policy matters.

"Let me reassure the American people…it goes without saying that a president must be well-versed in foreign policy, must have a foreign policy position. And I will of course do that," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in response to criticism by some of his debate performance Thursday on the issue of foreign policy.

Sanders has faced intense scrutiny during his presidential campaign for not being as comfortable or fluent as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when discussing foreign affairs.

"It is not just experience that matters, it is judgment," argued the Vermont senator.

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<![CDATA[Wheaton College and Professor to Part Ways]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:39:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wheaton-AP_201512162312040000.jpg

Wheaton College and Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Larycia Hawkins have reached an agreement in which Hawkins will leave the college, according to a joint statement released Saturday. 

Hawkins had been a professor at the private evangelical school since 2007, and was placed on administrative leave in December after beginning to wear a hijab and posting several messages on Facebook in "religious solidarity" with Muslims. 

The school said that it was what Hawkins said, not what she wore, that necessitated the suspension, saying she made statements "that seem inconsistent with Wheaton College's doctrinal convictions, which she voluntarily agreed to support and uphold when she entered into an employment agreement with the college."

Wheaton College began efforts to fire Hawkins in January after officials said Hawkins refused to participate in "clarifying conversations" about theological issues.

“Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years,” said Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Graham Ryken in the statement. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”

“I appreciate and have great respect for the Christian liberal arts and the ways that Wheaton College exudes that in its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students," Hawkins said.

Dr. Hawkins and Wheaton College will hold a joint conference on Wednesday, February 10. 

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<![CDATA[Officer Who Shot Quintonio LeGrier Files Suit]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:12:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quintonio+bettie.jpg

The Chicago Police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier in December 2015 filed a lawsuit Friday against LeGrier’s family's estate.

Officer Robert Rialmo says LeGrier assaulted him before any shots were fired, and claims that the accidental shooting death of 55-year-old neighbor Bettie Jones is LeGrier’s fault, not his.

According to his attorney Joel Brodsky, Rialmo is seeking $50,000 for physical and emotional trauma, and $10 million in punitive damages.

Rialmo’s lawsuit is a counter-claim attached to the wrongful death suit originally filed against the city by LeGrier's father, Antonio LeGrier, Brodsky says.

Brodsky says the claim by LeGrier’s attorney that Quintonio was 20-30 feet from Rialmo is false, but rather that Rialmo showed restraint, while Quintonio was much closer with a bat. Brodsky also says that this lawsuit would likely not have been filed if the family didn’t file a lawsuit first.

Quintonio LeGrier was a 19-year-old Northern Illinois University student studying engineering. He was shot and killed around 4:25 a.m. on Dec. 26 in the 4700 block of West Erie in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, as police responded to a domestic disturbance report involving LeGrier and his father.

Jones was a mother of five who lived in the same building and was “accidentally struck and tragically killed,” according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department issued after her death.

Both deaths were ruled homicides, and the Independent Police Review Authority continues to investigate. On Dec. 28, Mayor Emanuel announced a new policy following the incident that officers involved in shootings will now be immediately removed from field duties.

Although police called Quintonio LeGrier a "combative subject," LeGrier’s lawsuit argues that Quintonio was unarmed and "never posed a danger of threat or harm." The suit also called the shooting "excessive and unreasonable.”

Brodsky says his client is suffering tremendously, and doesn’t want people to rush to judgment on what happened.  

<![CDATA[Starstruck: Blackhawks Throttle Stars ]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:50:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+dallas+stars+kane+0206.jpg

Artem Anisimov racked up four points and Patrick Kane scored his 32nd goal of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks throttled the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night. 

The victory puts the Blackhawks five points ahead of the Stars in the Central Division standings, and it also gives the Hawks their seventh consecutive victory over a divisional foe since losing to Dallas in late December. 

Marian Hossa also scored for the Hawks in the game, moving him to within just four goals of the 500-goal plateau for his career. 

Just over 30 seconds into the game, the Blackhawks got a power play and cashed in quickly. Off a face-off victory, Brent Seabrook skated the puck into the high slot and blasted a slap shot past Johnny Oduya and over Antti Niemi's glove, beating two former Blackhawks in giving his team a 1-0 advantage. 

The Blackhawks continued to rack up chances as the period wore on, and in the late stages they were able to add on another goal. Off a shot rebound in front of the net, Trevor van Riemsdyk picked up the loose puck and shoveled a shot past Niemi to put the Blackhawks ahead 2-0. 

A short time later, Dallas struck back. Jamie Benn found the post with a shot for the second time in the period, but this time his high-scoring linemate Tyler Seguin was there to clean up the mess as he rifled a wrist shot past Corey Crawford to pull Dallas back to within a 2-1 margin. 

The Stars got a power play late in the period, but it was Chicago that was able to score a goal and reclaim the momentum. Jonathan Toews made the play happen as he collected the puck near the top of Crawford's goal crease, and the captain flew back up the ice to set up a scoring chance. He was denied by Niemi, but Hossa slid a shot into the back of the cage to give the Blackhawks back a two-goal lead. 

Things continued to go wrong for the Stars on the man-advantage in the second period as the Hawks were able to score their third short-handed goal in their last two games. Niklas Hjalmarsson lofted a pass high through the air that skipped down at the feet of Anisimov, and the center was able to corral the rolling puck and shove a shot past Kari Lehtonen to make it a three-goal lead for the visitors. 

With two and a half minutes to go in the second period, the Blackhawks added yet another insurance goal. Artemi Panarin fired a cross-ice pass to Anisimov, who was denied on his shot. There to collect the rebound was Kane, who tapped in the easy rebound goal to make it a 5-1 game. 

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<![CDATA[GOP Debate in NH: Christie vs. Rubio, More Top Moments]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:44:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rubio-at-debate.jpg

Donald Trump was back, Carly Fiorina was out, excluded by the rules of the ABC News debate, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was drawing attacks after his strong showing in Iowa.

The GOP presidential candidates were on stage Saturday night for the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, where some of the Republicans must do well if they are to continue. Trump, who finished second behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses, returned after skipping the previous debate. 

Here are some of the liveliest moments of the evening. 

The debate got off to an awkward start as Dr. Ben Carson hesitated going onto the stage even as he was waved on. Trump lingered with Carson until they both entered, but then Kasich was left behind. A few minutes later Carson made a reference to expecting to be introduced second.

Rubio tried to defend his relatively short time in the U.S. Senate by saying if years spent as a senator were the measure of a candidate everyone on the stage should be rallying around Vice President Joe Biden. Biden represented Delaware for 36 years.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quickly attacked Rubio for failing to make a single decision of consequence in the Senate for which he was held accountable and mocked him for giving his “30-second” prepared speech. Memorized speeches don’t get the snow plowed or help rebuild a state destroyed by superstorm Sandy, he said. And he criticized Rubio for listing the Hezbollah Sanctions Act as an accomplishment but failing to show up for the vote.

“That’s not leadership," Christie said. "That’s truancy.”

Rubio rejoined by telling Christie he had to be shamed into returning to New Jersey from New Hampshire during the recent blizzard. And he brought up New Jersey’s credit rating, downgraded nine times since Christie became governor.

But Rubio also continued to repeat himself several times with the same comments criticizing President Barack Obama.

"You see everybody. I want the people at home to think about this. That's what Washington, D.C., does," Christie rebutted. "The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25-second speech...Marco, the thing is this: When you're president of the United States, when you're a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn't solve one problem for one person."

Carson was asked about messages sent by Cruz’s campaign just before the Iowa caucuses, claiming falsely that Carson was leaving the race.

“I’m not going to use this opportunity to savage the reputation of Senator Cruz,” he said.

Carson said he owed it to his volunteers, one of whom died in a traffic accident in Iowa, to stay in the competition. And he added that he was disappointed in the display of what he called “Washington ethics” — doing what is needed to do to win, not what is right.

Cruz apologized, and blamed CNN for reporting that Carson was taking a break from his campaign.

But Carson responded that CNN’s initial tweet was quickly followed by a second one saying he was still in the race. Voters can make their own judgement, he said.

At the end of the debate, Trump got a dig in, saying Cruz had received Carson's votes.

Trump and Bush got into a sharp disagreement over eminent domain, the process by which the government can take private property for public good. Trump, who has benefited from it, defended it as a way to build roads and schools.

Bush countered with a jab at Trump's attempt to take a woman’s house in Atlantic City to use as a parking lot for limousines, next to one of his casinos.

"Jeb wants to be a tough guy,” Trump snapped.

The woman went to state court and ended up keeping her home.

Trump at one point said his team was unable to get tickets for the audience because they had gone to “donors, special interests, the people who put up the money.”

As the audience booed, he added, “The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money.”

Trump makes a point of saying he is funding his campaign himself.

Carson showed his frustration at not getting as much time as the others.

"I’m not here just to add beauty to the stage," Carson said as he jumped into a discussion about the Middle East.

In his closing remarks he said the media had tried to ignore him

"I’m still here and I’m not going any place either," he said.

Cruz, asked about the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, talked about the death of his half-sister, Miriam, from a drug overdose. He and his father, Rafael, tried to rescue her from a crack house, but failed, he said. After his sister’s death, he put her son, Joey, into a military school with a $20,000 loan on a credit card.

He joins Christie and Fiorina in discussing addictions from the vantage of their families. 

Christie talks about a law school friend who died after injuring his back and becoming addicted to Percocet.

Fiorina's step-daughter, Lori, died at age 35 after a struggle with alcohol and prescription pills.

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<![CDATA[Report: Blackhawks, Blues Could Play Outdoors]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:51:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+outside+game.jpg

With their soaring popularity and their run of success in recent years, the Chicago Blackhawks are unquestionably one of the marquee teams in the NHL, and that status appears to have landed them in yet another showcase event.

According to a report from J.P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Blackhawks could potentially play in the Winter Classic next season against the St. Louis Blues. The game would take place at Busch Stadium if the plan comes to fruition.

According to Rutherford’s report, the league is expected to make an announcement on which team will host the annual Winter Classic game within the next week. An outdoor game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins is also a potential option for the league, as is a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The league is looking for marquee events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five different franchises in the league. The Los Angeles Kings already nabbed a big one to celebrate their golden anniversary as they will host the All-Star Game at Staples Center next season, but other teams are still in the mix looking for celebratory events.

The Blues, Kings, Penguins, Flyers, and Dallas Stars (who merged with the sixth team from that expansion class, the California Seals) all will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the league’s 1967 expansion next year.

If the Blackhawks and Blues end up battling outdoors, whether in the Winter Classic itself or a Stadium Series game, it will mark the Blues’ first outdoor game and the fifth time that the Blackhawks have played outdoors. They hosted the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009, and hosted a Stadium Series game at Soldier Field in 2014. The Hawks also played in the 2015 Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals.

The Hawks will also play outdoors later this month when they face the Minnesota Wild in a Stadium Series game in Minneapolis.

<![CDATA[Cars Fall Through Ice at Lake Geneva's Winterfest]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:37:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/020616_Lake+Geneva+Cars3.jpg

Several cars fell through the ice at Lake Geneva's annual Winterfest celebration on Saturday evening. 

Officials say about two dozen cars were parked on the frozen lake as an overflow lot because parking was scarce. But the mild weather meant the ice was thin, and couldn't support the weight of the vehicles. 

The Lake Geneva Fire Department was on the scene, and all of the cars, many of which had Illinois license plates, were towed out of the water. No one was in the vehicles, and no injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[2 Boys Found Shot to Death in Car in Gary]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:26:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kasreeyal+and+mark+.jpg

Two teenage boys were found shot to death Friday night inside a parked car in Gary, Ind.

Gary Police say an officer saw a car parked in the 800 block of Burr Street with the driver side door open at around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Upon further investigating, the officer discovered two teenage boys inside the car. 

17-year-old Kasreeyal Hester and 15-year-old Mark Skipper were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Lake County Coroner's office. Both deaths were ruled homicides.

"I heard like a thump thump sound, sounded like 8 bumps, 8 shots or whatever, I didn't know," said neighbor Jim Harris. "I looked out the window and I see some charger tail lights going that way but I didn't see anything else."

"It's kind of senseless you know? This kind of stuff going on," he added, telling NBC 5 that the neighborhood is usually quiet. "I've lived in this city for every bit of 45 years and you don't see stuff like this every day"

The victims were students at Morton High School in Hammond, Ind., where they played football together-- Skipper at quarterback and Hester, a runningback.


The Morton football family mourns the loss of our football players today. Mark Skipper, #16 and Kasreeyal Hester passed away last night. They was taken away from us too soon. Rest in peace our friends.

Posted by Morton High School Football on Saturday, February 6, 2016

"He always made people laugh and if we were having a bad day, he would make the class laugh and stuff like that," the victims' friend Briona Jones said of Skipper. "He was a great person. He always kept a smile on his face, making people laugh. Mark never did nothing bad."

A GoFundMe page set up for Skipper's burial costs had raised over $800 by Saturday afternoon.

Hester lived next door to where the bodies were found, and Skipper lived on the 6600 block of Kentucky Ave. in Hammond. 

"He was a boy trying to find his path, trying to finish school. That's what he wanted to do," said Hester's uncle Tim Keith. "He just wanted to live life. He's young, that's all it is. He's young trying to find his way in life."

"He was with his best friend and both of them lost their lives for nothing," added Shante Keith, Hester's aunt. "They were football players together, they went to school together. They just were like peas in a pod. You seen him, you seen both of them."

Friday was Hester's 17th birthday. His family had planned to celebrate the occasion this weekend, but now, they've planned a candlelight vigil at their home Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide unit at (219) 755-3852, or the Crime Tip Line at (866) CRIME-GP.

Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of the Skipper and Hester families]]>
<![CDATA[6 Family Members Found Dead Identified ]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:13:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crosses2.jpg

The six family members whose bodies were found inside a Southwest Side Chicago home Thursday were identified Saturday by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The victims are 62-year-old Noe Martinez Sr., 58-year-old Rosaura Martinez, 38-year-old Noe Martinez Jr., 32-year-old Maria Herminia Martinez, 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz, and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz. The cause of death for all six victims was ruled a homicide.

According to the autopsy report, the victims died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries due to assault, except for Maria Martinez, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Family members said the people who lived in the home were a couple, their son, their daughter, and their daughter's two children. Crosses bearing each name were placed outside the home as a memorial Friday.

"They were a normal family. Everything was fine," Noemi Martinez, 29, said from Dallas during a phone interview in Spanish. She said her husband was a nephew and cousin of the home's residents.

Investigators Friday would not say whether the crime was targeted, but did say the community was not facing an active threat.

"I would understand that people would have a heightened sense of concern but really there is nothing at this point that leads us to believe that this was a random act that this was somebody that broke into the house," Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said.

Officers conducting a welfare check discovered the bodies around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the 5700 block of South California. A concerned co-worker called police after one of the men found in the home had not showed up to work for two days.

Authorities continue to investigate what exactly happened inside the small brick home tucked away in a typically quiet neighborhood near 57th Street and California Avenue. Although police originally considered murder-suicide a possiblity, all six deaths have now been ruled as homicides. 

Police said in a Friday morning news conference there had been no sign of forced entry and all the doors had been locked when officers arrived.

"It's a rather complex scene," Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy said Friday. 

Friends told NBC5 the victims were a "good family" from Mexico with no known problems.

Martinez said the father worked at a factory in Chicago and the mother was a housewife. They were originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato and had lived in Chicago for about a decade, Martinez said.

"Right now, we just want to know who did this," she said. "They didn't deserve this. We don't understand what happened."

Azcucena Martinez, who goes by Susy and is the niece of the couple, created a GoFundMe page to help the family send the bodies back to Mexico. As of Saturday, the page had received more than $22,000. 

"There was never any problems so we couldn't even think something happened to them," said neighbor Mayra Diego. "They were very nice quiet people."

<![CDATA[Ben Carson Waits in the Wings in Debate Introduction]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:23:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BenCarsonDebate-AP_47261554959.jpg

The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday.

It began on a high note, when ABC moderator David Muir introduced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

Ben Carson's name, drowned out by applause, was called second. But instead of making his way onto the stage, he stood off to the side as the moderators continued on down the candidate list. 

Carson then started to make his way out, but suddenly stopped short when the moderators called out Ted Cruz’s name. 

Someone from backstage, who popped his head out from behind the curtain, tried shooing Carson to walk out, but to no avail. 

Donald Trump appeared in the wings after his name was called, but instead of coming to the stage, he stood back with Carson. Marco Rubio barreled past the two other candidates, smiling as he walked past them. Next came former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who gave the two a quizzical look before leaving Carson and Trump behind.

Social media lit up with reaction to Carson’s late entry onto the stage.

Others were more sympathetic to the GOP candidate and laid the blame elsewhere. 

But it didn't end there. Muir could faintly be heard calling out Ohio Gov. John Kasich's name, but that too, was drowned out by applause. Both Muir and fellow moderator, Martha Raddatz, who had their backs to the stage, then realized they were missing and gave Carson and Trump another call to the stage.

“Dr. Ben Carson, please come out on the stage, he’s standing there as well,” Muir said.

“And Donald Trump,” Raddatz said.

As the moderators took their seats, Kasich was still missing.

“Where’s Kasich?” someone could be heard saying.

“Yes, yes, we’re going to introduce Ohio Gov. John Kasich.” 

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<![CDATA[Cubs, Jake Arrieta Avoid Arbitration With Contract]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:58:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jake+arrieta+nlcs+22.jpg

The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Jake Arrieta began the arbitration process far apart in terms of their 2016 salary expectations, but the two sides came together late Friday night with an agreement that will pay the Cy Young Award winner $10.7 million next season.

The contract, which was first reported by the Associated Press, marks the largest one-year salary for a fourth-year pitcher in Major League history. 

In mid-January, the Cubs and Arrieta exchanged arbitration figures, and the two sides were initially far apart. Arrieta’s agents asked for a $13 million salary for the 2016 season, while the Cubs countered with an offer of $7.5 million.

After a solid 2014 season, Arrieta took a huge step forward in the 2015 campaign with the Cubs. He sported an impressive 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA, and he fended off Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to win his first Cy Young Award because of his performance. For the 2015 season, Arrieta made $3.63 million. 

According to reports this week, the two sides may still be working on a contract extension. Such a deal could keep Arrieta in Chicago for the foreseeable future, and although this new deal will guarantee to keep the pitcher in the fold for the 2016 season, the two sides could still agree on a longer-term contract extension. 

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<![CDATA[Dunleavy In, Butler Out vs. Timberwolves Saturday]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:11:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mike+Dunleavy+Jr.+1.png

The Chicago Bulls will be without Jimmy Butler when they take the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there is also good news, as they will get back one of their key players for the first time this season.

That player is Mike Dunleavy, who has missed the entire season thus far while dealing with a back issue. After practicing for several days in the NBA Development League, he has been cleared to return to the lineup, and head coach Fred Hoiberg will welcome him back to the team when they play in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Last season Dunleavy averaged over nine points and nearly four rebounds per game for the Bulls, and his addition will give the Bulls some much needed help in their front court. 

The Bulls also got some good news on Pau Gasol, as he will be available to play for the Bulls in Saturday’s contest.

As for Butler, he was carted off the floor on Friday after suffering a knee injury. Fans understandably were already nervous about the injury, but an MRI revealed that it was just a strain, not a tear, so while Butler will miss some time, he will be back sooner rather than later.

<![CDATA[Lawyer Offers $1M in Kids' Tuition]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:14:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/02-06-2016-martin-burbank.JPG

Awe-struck parents of kindergartners at a Southern California elementary school were stunned to learn a stranger planned to pay for their children's college tuition. 

Fullerton lawyer Marty Burbank and his wife offered to pay the college tuition of 26 kindergarten students at Rio Vista Elementary School. Parents of students at the Anaheim school said they could not believe their children had been given the gift of a lifetime.

"I just can't believe it. I can't" said Maria Rodriguez, the mother of a student. "I don't believe someone would be this interested in paying the tuition of this many kids."

Burbank said he had considered buying himself a boat. He then decided there was more value in removing the financial burden that could have kept these children from attending college.

So, he decided to give them the guarantee of an education instead.

"Buying a boat was a very selfish thing for me, and I can do so much more to impact the lives of these kids," he said.

Burbank promised to pay each child's tuition, starting in 2032. He told the Orange County Register the tuition will probably amount to about $1 million, factoring in inflation rates. 

Virdiana Ortiz, another mother, was one of the many overwhelmed with gratitude toward Burbank for his generosity.

"I had never heard of him," she said. "For someone to do something like that..."

So, what's the catch? It's simple, if not beneficiary. Each year, the students must submit an essay or photo explaining what they would like to do when they grow up.

Some, like Rio Vista's Jonathan Juarez, seem to already have a plan.

Said Juarez: "I want to be a firefighter."

Photo Credit: KVEA]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Look to Extend Division Lead vs. Stars]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:25:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+dallas+stars+kane+0206.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to continue their recent dominance on Saturday night when they head to the Lone Star State to take on the Dallas Stars.

The teams, currently sitting in first and second place in the Central Division respectively, have already met once this season, where the Stars thoroughly dominated the Blackhawks in a lopsided affair.

This time, the teams come in with similar records, but the Blackhawks currently have the upper hand in the standings after trailing through much of the regular season. A 12-game winning streak in January cemented the Hawks’ status as a Stanley Cup contender, and impressive victories over the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes this week have shown that the All-Star break was just what the doctor ordered after the team scuffled through a few tough losses.

As for the Stars, after a tough January they have seemingly righted the ship in recent games, winning four of their last five and their potent offense has begun to show signs of life. They have at least one power play goal in three of their last four games, and they’ve gotten some solid goaltending from Antti Niemi during that run as well.

Even with that being the case, the Blackhawks still figure to have some answers for Dallas’ high-powered offense on Saturday night. The team’s defense as a whole has improved greatly, with their forwards’ aggressive forechecking paying dividends and Corey Crawford continuing to show the dominance that he has displayed for much of the regular season.

Add to that mix the possibility of Jonathan Toews, who scored two goals against the Coyotes on Thursday, and Marian Hossa, who scored once and had another goal taken away via video review, getting back into the swing of the things, and the Hawks could have the kind of balanced roster that could potentially hurt Dallas’ chances of gaining ground in the divisional race.

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<![CDATA[Bond Set for $1M for Brittany Harper of Crime-Spree Duo]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:48:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CRIME_AP_155495423602.jpg

The girlfriend in the “modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” duo is being held on a bond worth more than $1 million, NBC News reported.

Brittany Nicole Harper was taken into custody early Friday in Escambia County, Florida, after a confrontation with police. She is charged with robbery, home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.

Officers shot and killed her boyfriend, Blake Edward Fitzgerald, in the shootout, after he used her as a human shield when police opened fire, according to officials.

Authorities say the two went on a multi-state crime spree that may have started a week ago. They are suspected of multiple kidnappings and robberies.  

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<![CDATA[Madeleine Albright Slams Sanders on Foreign Policy]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:28:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madeleine+Albright+Sanders.png

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright slammed Bernie Sanders on Saturday, expressing concerns over the Democratic presidential contender's "lack of knowledge" about foreign policy.

"I've been very concerned about his lack of knowledge," Albright said, citing his answer to a question about which country poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now.

"We have to have a president that is ready on Day 1 to deal with problems," she told NBC News in an exclusive interview. "I have never seen such a complicated international situation, and we can't afford learning on the job."

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<![CDATA[FBI: Michigan Man Planned Attack on Church in Support of ISIS]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:51:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/khalil+abu+rayyan+twitter.jpeg

Federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man they say is an ISIS supporter who wanted to carry out an attack on a 6,000-member Detroit church, NBC News reported.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, allegedly had guns and a large knife and told an undercover FBI agent that he "tried to shoot up a church one day."

"I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading," he said in an online conversation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Investigators did not specify which church Abu-Rayyan allegedly was eyeing but the FBI had been monitoring him for months because of his "increasingly violent threats" about committing acts of terror and martyrdom against churchgoers and police officers on behalf of ISIS.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged with Robbing Suburban Convenience Store]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:36:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/andalina+naperville.jpg

One man is facing charges after authorities say he robbed a convenience store and fled the scene on Friday night. 

Police say 23-year-old Joseph Andalina entered the Corner Pantry on Wehrli Road in Naperville at 7:19 p.m. Andalina walked around the store, and when a customer went to pay for her items, he allegedly walked behind the counter, shoved the clerk, and took $180 from the cash register, authorities say. 

Andalina then fled the scene in his car, which was later spotted exiting I-88, according to police. Authorities say he then drove away during a traffic stop, leading police on a brief car chase before crashing into another vehicle. 

Following the crash, officers took Andalina into custody and found that he had heroin in his possession,

Andalina, of the 1300 block of Ivy Lane in Naperville, is charged with one count of robbery, one count of aggravated fleeing, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to be back in court on March 7. 

Photo Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office]]>