<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Tue, 26 May 2015 23:18:48 -0500 Tue, 26 May 2015 23:18:48 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chicago Suburb Named Among Richest in Nation]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:22:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/PHOTO170465711169958454477main.jpg

A Chicago suburb has been named one of the richest cities in the country, according to a new report.

North suburban Winnetka was named the second-richest city in the nation in a report by financial news company 24/7 Wall St.

The report ranked cities based on their median household incomes, poverty rates, median home values, educational attainment rates, shares of households making less than $10,000 and more than $200,000 and the percent of households that have married couples and children.

Winnetka’s population was cited as being “highly-paid and highly-educated,” with all but 0.8 percent of the city’s adults having at least a high school diploma and 88 percent having a bachelor’s degree.

The median household income in Winnetka is $211,250 and the median home value is $936,200, according to the report. That’s nearly five times the median home value for much of the metropolitan Chicago area, which currently sits at $206,300.

The richest city in the nation was Scarsdale, New York, which had a median household income of $233,311.

The report notes that the richest communities in the country are most often located within commuting distance of a major city. Four of the 10 wealthiest towns are within commuting distance of New York City, two are close to Dallas, and two are outside of San Francisco.

In eight of the 10 wealthiest towns and cities, at least 70 percent of households consisted of a married couple, and 30 percent of those couples had children.
 



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Parades in Chicago Area]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 06:38:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+Memorial+Day+Parade.jpg

There are a lot of events happening in the Chicago area for Memorial Day.

If you weren't able to make it to Chicago's 145th annual Memorial Day parade Saturday, there are plenty of other parades happening in the area.

Here's a look at some of the many Memorial Day services scheduled to take place around the Chicago Area Monday:

Fox River Grove Memorial Day parade: 8 a.m. Monday, May 25. Parade starts at Algonquin Road School and continues down Algonquin Road to South River Road. The parade, hosted by the American Legion Frank H. Nagel Jr. Post 119, ends at Lions Park, 747 S. River Road, with a ceremony. Free. foxrivergrove-il.org.

Elgin Memorial Day Services: Starts with a service at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1001 Villa St., Elgin, at 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 25. The 9:15 a.m. service at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 Route 20, will be followed by a ceremony at Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 270 N. Grove, at 9:45 a.m. At 11 a.m., a program at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., will pay tribute to women who served as nurses in the military and include a keynote address by Lorraine Darr, former U.S. Air Force nurse in Vietnam. Free. www.elginmemorialday.org.

Maple Park Memorial Day Services: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 25, at six Maple Park cemeteries. Services will start at 9 a.m. and follow at 15-minute intervals. From 11 a.m. to noon, a short service will be held at the post home, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Free. villageofmaplepark.org.

Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, The 97th annual parade steps off from the Elmhurst City Centre at Third and York and proceeds to the Elmhurst Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park. Following the parade, there will be a Post-Parade Military Ceremony at Wilder Park. Free. www.elmhurstchamber.org.

Itasca Memorial Day Parade & Service: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, in Usher Park, 200 S. Walnut St., Itasca. The parade commemorates the 125th anniversary of the village of Itasca. A memorial service will be held following the parade at Usher Park. Free. itascaparkdistrict.com.

Libertyville Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook St., Libertyville. A silent parade will march from the train station to Cook Memorial Park. At 9:45 a.m. a service at the Veterans Memorial in Cook Memorial Park will include music from the Libertyville High School band, a presentation by Mayor Weppler, representatives of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and high school essay winners. Free. libertyville.com.

Mount Prospect Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Starts at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue and ends at the Veterans' Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park where a ceremony will be held. Any interested citizens can march; veterans are encouraged. Free. vfw1337.us 

Algonquin Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. The American Legion Post 1231 parade begins near the veterans' monument at the Algonquin Cemetery, proceeds south down North Main Street to Front Street, and then ends at Riverfront Park. algonquin.org.

Barrington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. Parade starts at Cook and Main streets and proceeds to Evergreen Cemetery for a short service to commemorate U.S. men and women who died in military service. Free. barrington-il.gov.

Bartlett Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 25. Starts with the American Legion flag retirement ceremony at Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues. At 11 a.m., veterans, scouts, bagpipers and other civic groups step off for a walk to Bartlett cemetery for a ceremony. Free. Village.bartlett.il.us.

Elburn Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Blackberry Township cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road, Elburn. The Elburn American Legion Post 630 Color Guard will depart from Lions Park at 10 a.m. and march to the cemetery. Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7's fundraising pancake breakfast runs from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. $5; free for kids 5 and younger. elburnpost630.org

Hanover Park Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of village hall, 2121 W. Lake St. Four new bricks honoring veterans will be added to the plaza. Free. Hpil.org.

Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg Joint Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial next to the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road. Attendees then travel to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for a 10:45 a.m. ceremony at the historic church and cemetery. Ceremony includes awards, music and speakers. Free. hoffmanestates.org.

Lake Zurich Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at American Legion Post 964, 51 Lions Drive, Lake Zurich. Parade forms at 9:45 a.m. Route is Main Street from Lions Drive to South Old Rand Road, southeast to Mohawk, then to the Veterans Memorial near the police facility. Ceremony begins around 11 a.m. One guest speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient Allan Lynch. Free.

Lincolnshire Memorial Day Celebration: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. Event will include a guest speaker and music. Free. village.lincolnshire.il.us/.

Lindenhurst Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial at village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the public works garage behind village hall. Free. lindenhurstil.org.

Mundelein Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. Steps off in front of Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle, Mundelein. The parade will form at 9:45 a.m. and end at Memorial Park, where the mayor will speak. Free. mundelein.org.

Palatine Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. Memorial service at Hillside Cemetery on Smith Street, followed by a parade starting at Cornell Avenue and Smith Street, ending at the Veterans Memorial in Community Park, Palatine and Oak, for an 11 a.m. ceremony. A ceremony will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the Legion Memorial in Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road. Residents are invited to the American Legion following the events. Free. alpost690.us.

Round Lake Area Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, American Legion Post 1170, 111 E. Main St. (Route 134), Round Lake Park. The parade steps off at Clifton Drive and Main Street, and heads west to Cedar Lake, then north to Clarendon. There will be memorials during and after the parade. The theme is "Lest We Forget." Free. rlchamber.org.

South Elgin Memorial Day Service: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the municipal annex. Free. southelgin.com.

St. Charles Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, starting at Sixth and Main streets and continuing to Riverside Avenue, ending at Freedom Shrine (along the Fox River north of the police department) where there will be a ceremony. Free. stcharlesil.gov.

Des Plaines Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Parade starts at the Maine West High School parking lot at Wolf and Howard and heads east to the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion on Lee Street for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Free. 

Naperville Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Parade steps off at Jackson Avenue and West Street, proceeds east to Washington Street, north to Benton, and east to the SS. Peter & Paul Church parking lot. Ceremony afterward at Central Park. Free. napervillememorialdayparade.com.

Elk Grove Village Memorial Day Observation: 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Elk Grove Village Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove. Participants include VFW Post 9284 and the Ladies Auxiliary. Free.

Fox Lake Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Fox Lake Metra Station, Nippersink and Grand Avenue, Fox Lake. Memorial Day ceremony by Fox Lake American Legion Post 703. Free. foxlakeamericanlegion.org.

Huntley Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 25. Starts at the municipal complex, 10987 Main St., and heads west on Main Street to Woodstock Street and turns right (north) for a ceremony at Huntley American Legion Post 673. There will be speakers and a presentation honoring veterans. Free. huntley.il.us.

Lisle Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Lisle Junior High School, 5207 Center Ave., Lisle. Parade proceeds to Lisle Village Hall, where a Veterans Remembrance Ceremony is held at 11:30 a.m. The Lisle VFW holds a second ceremony at 11:45 a.m. at Lisle Cemetery. A community picnic follows at noon at Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. Free. 

Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Wood Dale Junior High, 655 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. From Wood Dale Junior High, the parade travels south to Irving Park Road and west on Irving Park to the Veterans Memorial, where a ceremony will be held. Free. wooddale.com.

Aurora Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Starts outside the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Parade at noon proceeds east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer Place, ending on River Street. Free. aurora-il.org.

West Dundee Memorial Day Cemetery Service: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at River Valley Memorial Gardens, off Route 31, just north of I-90, West Dundee. Tri-city Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298 and Auxiliary will participate in the half-hour service, which will honor 1,050 veterans buried at River Valley Memorial Gardens. Cemetery staff and volunteers will place U.S. flags on veteran garages on Friday, May 22. Free. rivervalleymemorialgardens.com

Lake Villa Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Noon Monday, May 25, at Palombi Middle School, 131 McKinley Ave., Lake Villa. Lake Villa VFW Post 4308 and Boy School Troop 323 host the annual parade, which starts at the school and proceeds north to Grand Avenue and then to Cedar Avenue to Lehmann Park, 148 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa. The park will be the site of the memorial service after the parade. There will be speakers, and the Lakes Community High School band will perform patriotic songs. The VFW will host a free hot dog lunch after the service. Free, but donations are welcome. lake-villa.org.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying in Grant Park: Military, public safety, community and business leaders will come together for a Memorial Day wreath laying and re-dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. at the General John A. Logan Monument, located in Chicago’s Grant Park. The Memorial Day event will feature a wreath laying ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony will be conducted by representatives from each branch of the armed services as well as representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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<![CDATA[Ex-LAPD Cop Arrested in Killing]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:43:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Henry_Solis1.jpg

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer charged in the shooting death of a man in California has been arrested in Mexico, according to the Chihuahua state attorney general's office.

Henry Solis, 27, was wanted in connection with the March 13 shooting death of 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr., in Pomona. Solis' father, Victor, was arrested in late March for allegedly lying to the FBI after helping his son flee to Mexico.

Details were sketchy and sources said that law enforcement was continuing to investigate in the Juarez area where Solis was arrested. Others were being looked at in connection with helping Solis avoid the law.

The FBI would only say that there were "significant developments" in a fugitive case and additional developments would be announced.

Solis was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A vehicle wanted in connection with the crime was found in a Pomona alley, several blocks from where Rodriguez Jr. was gunned down after what authorities described as a fistfight.

Solis’ father was arrested in Lancaster, California, and charged with making a false statement to law enforcement. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Solis was fired from the LAPD after he was initially charged with murder.

Tena Ezzeddine contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Drugs Found at Calif. Crash Site]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carly+ramirez.jpg

Bottles of methadone were found in the car that crashed into a power pole last month, killing a 3-year-old girl, a San Diego County Medical Examiner’s report reveals.

The toddler, Carlee Ramirez, was not buckled in properly before the deadly crash on April 4 in El Cajon, a city in east San Diego County, the ME said. Her mother Brandy Teague was behind the wheel and now faces a number of felony charges in the girl’s death.

Carlee was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear passenger side of the Hyundai Elantra when Teague veered off Broadway and into the pole. While Carlee’s lap belt was secure, the shoulder belt was behind the back of the seat, according to the report.

Although emergency crews performed CPR on Carlee and took her to Rady Children’s Hospital, she died soon after. Her cause of death was blunt force injuries to her head and a neck fracture, the ME said, and her manner of death is an accident.

When ME investigators examined the scene of the crash, they found a bottle of methadone behind the driver’s seat and another on the ground beside the car, placed there by officers.

Teague’s sons, 1 and 10 years old, both survived the crash with minor to moderate injuries. El Cajon police believe Teague fell asleep at the wheel before she crashed.

She is now in jail, charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, driving on a suspended license and other felonies. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and her next court appearance is scheduled for June 16.

Carlee’s father, Carlos Ramirez, spoke with NBC 7 not long after he lost his daughter. He said he did not want Carlee to go with Teague because he suspected she was under the influence of drugs, but he did not have full custody of her. According to the ME’s report, Carlee’s maternal grandmother was her legal guardian.



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<![CDATA[Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:16:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Laquan-McDonald.jpg

Chicago police officers deleted footage from a security camera at a Burger King restaurant located fewer than 100 yards from where 17-year old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed, according to a Chicago-area district manager for the food chain.

McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer on the night of October 20, 2014. Nine of the shots struck McDonald in the back, according to the Medical Examiners report.

The 86-minutes of missing video runs from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., according to the lawyers for McDonald’s family. He was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m.

The Burger King sits at 40th and Pulaski and has a series of outside security cameras. On the night of the shooting, McDonald was trailed by Chicago police officers through the Burger King parking lot after a call about a man with a knife, according to attorneys for the McDonald family.

Just south of the restaurant, McDonald was shot after police on the scene said he posed a "very serious threat" to the officer’s safety. But that claim is disputed by attorneys for McDonald’s family and by some eyewitnesses that night.

"One witness, this witness told us this was an execution. That’s his word," said attorney Jeff Neslund, who along with Michael Robbins, represents McDonald’s family.

After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. Three hours later they left, he said.

The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that the 86 minutes of video was missing.

In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: "We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video."

But according to Darshane, both the cameras and video recorder were all on and working properly the night of the shooting. So what happened? One of the detectives, he believes, deleted the files.

"We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files," Darshane said. "I mean we were just trying to help the police officers."

The missing video, all sides agree, would not have shown the actual shooting but attorney’s for McDonald’s family contend it could have shown events leading up to the shooting.

"Our first time down at the Burger King restaurant when we started talking to employees, watching the Burger King video, when we realized video had been deleted, or is missing, absolutely we knew something was up," said Jeff Neslund.

While the video from the Burger King is missing, the shooting of McDonald was captured on a police dashboard camera. That video has not been made public.

The FBI, the U.S. Attorney and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office are all investigating the McDonald shooting.

As is the Independent Police Review Authority.

"I don’t regard them as independent and I don’t regard them as investigators," said attorney Candace Gorman. She represents the family of Divonte Young who was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer in August 2012. The officer said he was in fear of his life after Young shot at him.

IPRA in calling the shooting justified noted, "No weapon was found on or near the Subject so it was surmised that a civilian had removed the gun."

In a civil rights case filed in federal court, Gorman contends IPRA investigations are a whitewash.

"Their policy is to exonerate any officer that’s involved in a shooting and the officers all know it," she said. "They have complete impunity, and they know they will never be called on the carpet by the city of Chicago or the so-called independent investigative unit."

IPRA responded saying its investigations are done "fairly, objectively and thoroughly. IPRA’s policy is to reach the proper conclusion relative to the officer’s use of deadly force based solely on the evidence." And that, "Ms. Gorman could not be more wrong."

City Inspector General Joe Ferguson's office is, according to the IG's website, auditing the "accuracy and completeness of IPRA’s reporting on officer-involved weapons discharges and investigations."

A spokeswoman for the IG’s office says the audit is ongoing.

After repeated requests, the Chicago Police Department did not comment. 

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<![CDATA[Boy, 5, Mauled to Death by Dog on Memorial Day]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:26:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/227*120/south+side+dog+attack.jpg

A 5-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog on Chicago’s South Side on Memorial Day.

The attack happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of South Carpenter Street, police said. 

A witness said she heard a woman screaming and saw the child's neck in the dog's mouth.

"Me and my brother ran over and I started calling 911 and my brother came across the street with a chair from our porch and tried to hit the dog with the chair but it wasn't working," said neighbor Bianca White. 

Several neighbors rushed to the scene to help the boy and some began attacking the dog, witnesses said.

"We started hitting the dog with a brick, my brother grabbed a pole and kept hitting it until it died," said resident Marquis Lewis. "I wasn't thinking about nothing but getting the dog off the baby."

Police said the dog was dead when officers arrived and the young boy was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center with "traumatic injuries." He was pronounced dead at 10:08 p.m., officials said. 

"My heart hurts that we couldn't save him," said 19-year-old Lamar Lewis, who rushed to help save the boy.

The boy was identified as James W. Nevils III, of the 8200 block of South Escanaba St. in Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Police have launched a death investigation into how the attack happened. 



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<![CDATA[Possible Microburst Creates Damage in Summit]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:26:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/238*120/SUMMIT6.JPG

Forecasters early Tuesday evening couldn't officially say whether weather damage in Summit, south of Chicago, was caused by a microburst but said there were wind gusts of about 55 MPH.

The line of storms was brief but powerful enough to cause damage to roofs, bring down tree branches and cause a street lamp pole to tilt.

Roberto Galvaz was at work when a neighbor called him to tell him of damage at his home from a downed tree. He came home to find part of his front window shattered.

"For a tree branch to fall, and it was a pretty big branch from what I remember, it must have been some really strong wind coming through here," said Galvaz.

Another home on the 7300 block of 62nd Place had a portion of the roof blown away. The pieces fell on top of the homeowner's car.

While much of the area got off to a cloudy, mild and muggy start, warm and moist air moved in during the late morning and early afternoon hours. A few storms popped up with high winds and downpours.

Forecast models showed the chance of thunderstorms continuing with an isolated threat Wednesday. Conditions look to dry up for most of Thursday, but rain moves back into the forecast late Thursday night and the wet weather will likely stay through the weekend ahead of a big cool down.

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<![CDATA[10 Students Injured When School Buses Collide at Zoo]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:26:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/brookfield-zoo-crash-1.jpg

Ten students were taken to hospitals following an accident involving two school buses in the parking lot of Brookfield Zoo in the western suburbs Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred about 1:13 p.m. in the zoo’s main parking lot at 31st Street and 1st Avenue in Brookfield, according to a statement from the zoo.

"A total of 10 students were transported to local medical facilities," the statement said.

A zoo spokeswoman would not comment on the severity of the injuries, saying the students were being assessed at Loyola University Medical Center.

The zoo’s on-site ambulance and crews from several local municipalities coordinated the transport of passengers, the statement said.

The zoo spokeswoman would not disclose the schools involved, saying administrators had requested time to contact parents of the students involved first.

The accident site has since been cleared and the North Gate parking lot remained accessible, according to the zoo.



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<![CDATA[Emergency Speed Bumps Planned in Area Where Girl Killed]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 15:41:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5900-south-mozart-1.jpg

City crews were out Tuesday measuring and marking the street for speed bumps in an area where a child was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Ald. Toni Foulkes (16th) made a special request for the speed bumps along the 5900 block of South Mozart Street following the death of 5-year-old Maria Gonzalez. The girl was hit by a car Saturday afternoon as she ran out to an approaching ice cream truck.

"Normally the procedure is that you get signatures from the block, and then we go from there," said Foulkes. "The speed bumps are the cheapest thing on the city menu and whoever asks for speed bumps,  we give it to them immediately. This is $3,000. This is not worth a life." 

The car that struck Gonzalez, which police said was a two-door, dark-colored Honda Civic with a dull or primer finish, equipped with a sunroof and spoiler, continued westbound on 60th Street after striking Gonzalez.

The girl's family members said a wake will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Marin Funeral Home, at 5744 W. 51st Street. The funeral is Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, at 7201 S. Archer Ave.



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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Cop Charged in Shooting]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:17:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MCDONALDS+SHOOTING+SUSPECTS+CONWAY.jpg

An off-duty police officer and his mother have been charged with murder in connection with a deadly double shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Waldorf, Maryland, that authorities say stemmed from a custody dispute involving the officer's children. The victims were the children's mother and her new husband.

Richard Conway, 26, a Prince George's County police officer, was arrested at his mother's home Monday night. He has been charged with murder of 25-year-old Robert Michael Mange and the shooting of Mange's 24-year-old wife, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement Tuesday.

Conway is the second person charged in the case. Last week, authorities charged his mother, 51-year-old Caroline Conway, with the murder of Mange, and the attempted murder of Mange's wife. The wife had a prior relationship with Richard Conway.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office says that although it was Caroline Conway who fired the weapon, her son participated in the crime before and after the shootings. Investigators say the motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute between Richard Conway and the female victim. 

On the evening of May 20, the victims drove from Virginia to the McDonald's in the 11000 block of Mall Circle to pick up the wife's two young children. The children had been staying with Caroline Conway, who is the grandmother of one of the children.

Caroline Conway allegedly got into the couple's car and shot Mange, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Her son took her there but stayed in the car with his children, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

"Miss Conway produced a handgun and shot the male victim, Mr. Mange," Charles County Sheriff's Office Capt. Stephen Slavas said. "The female victim tried to flee the vehicle. As a result, Miss Conway, the shooter, shot the female victim in the back."

Both victims were taken to an area hospital, where Mange died. The woman is expected to survive, authorities said.

After the shooting, investigators found ammunition consistent with a .40 caliber handgun, the same weapon issued to Prince George's County Police officers.

The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. Detectives are looking into the possibility that Conway's service weapon was used in the crime.

The charging document against Officer Conway says his mother told a witness she shot the mother of Conway's children with his service weapon and that he sent text messages to Mange's wife as if nothing had happened though he knew she was shot.

Richard Conway has been with the Prince George's County Police Department for three years. He has been suspended without pay, Magaw said.

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<![CDATA[Girl Hurt in Bounce House Incident]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:45:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052615+bounce+house+survivor.jpg

A young girl who was injured after the bounce house she was in was sent flying by a waterspout at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida, was released from the hospital Tuesday.

"I thought I was gonna die," Shamoya Ferguson said.

Ferguson spent the night at Broward Health Medical Center under observation after the Memorial Day incident that left the 6-year-old and two other children injured.

"I'm stressed, I'm really stressed, I never expected something like this, I was so shocked," mother Tameka Liscombe said at the hospital Tuesday. "When I went home last night I can't sleep, all night, I wake up with nightmares."

The frightening incident, which was caught on video, showed the bounce house spinning as it lifted off the ground and dropped the children onto the sand below.

"I was in the bounce house, then I fell," Ferguson said, adding it felt like she was in "a tornado.'

Shadaja Bryant, 5, was left with a broken arm after the violent ride. Shamoya's 11-year-old step-brother, AJ, was also injured.

Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman issued a statement Tuesday calling the incident a "freak act of nature" that was unpredictable.

"The change in weather was sudden and severe. An intense water spout came ashore rapidly and without warning bringing forceful winds that meteorologists have estimated were between 65 and 85 miles per hour," Feldman said. "Its powerful unpredictable path knocked down street lights and destroyed a cement basketball support structure."

Feldman said the city has put the bounce house vendor, All Star Events, on notice of their responsibility as they investigate the incident.

"It's just an accident, things happen, the greatest thing is that she's here," father Omar Ferguson said.



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<![CDATA[Man Tried to Join ISIS: Prosecutor]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ISIS-stock-breaking-AP44739478800.jpg

A Houston-area man has been charged with planning to travel to Syria to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS, NBC News' Pete Williams has learned.

Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, was arrested Tuesday morning, Williams reported.

Prosecutors said and a friend devised a plan to travel to Turkey and then on into Syria. Court documents said he asked a "foreign terrorist fighter facilitator" in Turkey, "I wana join ISIS can you help?" and told someone else, "I wana die as a Shaheed [martyr]."

Prosecutors said his friend did make it from Texas to Syria with the help of Khan and the facilitator in Turkey.

Court documents said Khan, who was living in Australia, got as far as Turkey. But his family told him, falsely, that his mother's health was deteriorating, deceiving him into returning to Texas.

The FBI got onto the two after seeing Facebook postings by the friend, referred to in court documents only as SRG.

Earlier this month, a U.S. Magistrate ordered a Mesquite man who is accused of lying to the FBI about his allegiance to a terrorist group held without bond until his trial.

The judge decided Bilal Abood, 37, was a flight risk after an FBI agent testified that Abood was effectively a recruiter for the Islamic State because he sent graphic videos of beheadings and other atrocities to potential sympathizers.


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<![CDATA[Strong Winds Expected for Memorial Day]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 08:48:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rain+wind+getty.jpg

Memorial Day in the Chicago area got off to a mild and windy start. 

While temperatures could reach the low 80s Monday, the day looks to be dreary. The National Weather Service warns of strong wind gusts between 40 and 45 miles per hour, with some possibly exceeding 50 miles per hour.

The windy conditions will impact most of the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana, but will diminish in strength as the day goes on.

The rain and spotty storms that arrived in parts of the Chicago area to the south and west Sunday afternoon will move out of the area by the late morning hours. 

Conditions will stay mostly dry Monday afternoon, just in time for a Memorial Day barbecue, but the clouds will likely stick around. Some areas could see some sunshine and maybe a few pop-up showers and storms in the afternoon, however. 

Storms and scattered showers will return to Chicago Monday night and Tuesday, but the rest of the week looks mostly dry with temperatures in the comfortable 70- to 80-degree range.



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Panic Meter: Should Fans Be Worried? ]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:35:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-474755414.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to get to their third Stanley Cup Final in the last six seasons and their second in the last three, but their backs are against the wall as they trail the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-2 margin in the Western Conference Final.

With Game 6 looming in Chicago on Wednesday night and the prospect of being eliminated just before the final series a definite possibility, we’re asking ourselves this morning: just how worried should Hawks fans be?

To help answer that question, we’re dusting off our trusty Panic Meter.

Offense: 6/10

The Blackhawks have gotten some great news lately with the coming out party for winger Teuvo Teravainen and the push they got from Jonathan Toews on Monday night in Game 5, but there are still players that need to step up their games. Patrick Sharp’s turnover at the blue line cost the Blackhawks a goal against Anaheim on Monday, and Marian Hossa’s shooting percentage is hovering around two percent for the postseason.

Those numbers have got to change if the Hawks are going to make a comeback in this series, but at least they have other weapons that are able to pick up the slack.

 

Defense: 9/10

Sure Duncan Keith seems like he would be able to play 50 minutes a night and not blink an eye, and Brent Seabrook has been a lethal offensive weapon the past few games, but wear and tear seem to finally be taking their toll with this group as the series continues.

Whether it’s overuse, lack of depth, or some combination of the two, the Hawks’ defense allowed some really good scoring chances to the Ducks in Game 5 and were in bad position on others. Turnovers on the forecheck led to a couple of Ducks goals in the game, and then Kimmo Timonen’s pass to the point is what ultimately led to Sharp’s turnover and another Anaheim tally.

Finally, Seabrook himself wasn’t without blame, panicking on the game’s final 2-on-1 rush as he tried to block a pass from Ryan Kesler that never came as the center fired a low shot off of Corey Crawford’s pads, and that puck found its way onto Matt Beleskey’s stick as the winger fired home the game winner.

This group is a resilient one, full of veterans who have been through this rodeo before, but one has to question whether or not they’ve finally met their match.

Goaltending: 5/10

Crawford has let in a few soft goals here and there during this series, but for the most part, he has helped keep the Hawks in it even as the defense has let him down time and again. Traffic in front of him has really hindered him in this series, but he’s fought through screens and even taken a few shots of his own at his opponents as the games have worn on.

Anyone blaming Crawford for the losses of this team haven’t really watched the series. He has fully recovered from his poor play against Nashville, and he’s frankly one of the main reasons that this thing is still winnable for the Blackhawks.

Total: 6/10

No team in their right mind wants to go down 3-2 in a series, but that’s the position the Blackhawks find themselves in. They have had opportunities to be ahead in this series, but the reality is that this series has seen a bunch of coin-flip moments between two evenly matched teams, and the breaks have ultimately gone the Ducks’ way.

Fans should be concerned to a degree, but if any team in these playoffs has given fans reason for optimism, it’s the Hawks. They possess the right blend of star talent and role players to get the job done, and this group has a ton of pride. They never quit fighting, and you saw that on Monday night. The team was down 3-0 and playing their worst hockey in recent memory, and yet they scratched and clawed their way back and forced overtime.

Lineup tweaks and home ice will both help on Wednesday night, and the Hawks should come out with a tremendous effort to keep their season alive. Fans writing this team off do so at their own peril, and should probably stick to writing in pencil instead of pen.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Man Drowns in Wisconsin Dells]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 11:13:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A 21-year-old man from Chicago died over the holiday weekend while swimming in the Wisconsin River in the Wisconsin Dells.

Police said the man was fishing on a rock island area in the river and disappeared under water while trying to swim back to shore just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

“The male victim appeared to have gotten caught in the strong current and went under,” police said in a statement Monday, noting that the Wisconsin River is “continuously changing and the current is very strong.”

Family and witnesses attempted to rescue the man but they were unsuccessful, according to authorities.

It took nearly two days for divers to find the man’s body, which was located just before 6 p.m. Monday.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death.

The victim’s name had not been released as of Monday evening. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Rower Going for Pacific 1st]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:48:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sonya-Baumstein.jpg

Sonya Baumstein is about to attempt something no other woman has ever done: She is going to try and cross the Pacific Ocean – non-stop, from Japan to San Francisco – in a row boat.

NBC Bay Area’s Mark Matthews spoke with Baumstein on Monday via Skype. She's on Japan’s east coast, about to embark on her voyage, which she hopes will end with her rowing under the Golden Gate Bridge.

"I’m afraid of losing my boat because I spent three years creating this thing,” Baumstein said when asked what she fears most about the challenge. Her boat is a 23-foot floating data collector that every 30 minutes will beam back ocean temperatures, salinity, current and weather information to scientists studying the affects of global warming.

Baumstein, from Port Townsend, Washington, is only 30, but she’s got some expeditions already logged. She rowed across the Atlantic. She kayaked from Seattle to Juneau.

“I’ve also paddle boarded the Bering Strait prior to doing this,” she said.

The highlight reel Baumstein put together for the Pacific crossing shows off some of those earlier trips. But this one is four-to-six months long, spent alone on a boat with with only seven feet of deck space, crossing the world’s biggest ocean.

“It all depends on how you want to use the moments that you have in your life,” Baumstein said, “and this is the moment in my life right now.”

Baumstein said she intends to spend her free time at sea collecting data on global warming. 

All of the information will be beamed to a satellite and tracked by scientists at Earth & Space Research (ESR), a Seattle-based, nonprofit institute specializing in oceanographic research.

“And that’s all that I’m doing," Baumstein said. "I’m a community member that is helping to get data back.” She said she hopes to “contribute to the body of knowledge” so “we can help solve these major problems that we have on earth right now.”

There have been two solo crossings of the Pacific in a rowboat, according to Ocean Rowing Society records, but no woman has ever done it.

To follow Baumstein’s progress, and see the data she’s collecting, go to expeditionpacific.com.

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<![CDATA[Teen Relearning to Talk, Walk]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Turan+and+His+Mother.jpg

A Maryland teenager shot in the head by a friend in January over a video game argument is relearning how to walk, talk and understand his mother.

Doctors had to remove half of Turan Caudle’s skull after the shooting. The 17-year-old can only respond to questions with one-word answers.

“He was in ICU,” his mother Sherita Caudle said. “The doctors said he wouldn't make it through that night. If he did make it, he wouldn't be able to walk and talk.”

Delano Dunmore, 16, shot Turan and another friend inside Dunmore's house in Clinton, Maryland, over an argument about a video game, investigators said. He allegedly turned the gun on himself, as well. He and the other teen also survived.

“I never could imagine that could happen with them just playing a video game,” Turan’s mother said.

All three of the teens were on the Frederick Douglass High School football team and the won the Division II state championships a few weeks before the shooting.

Delano was facing attempted murder charges as an adult, but Sherita Caudle said the charge has been downgraded to assault. He's awaiting trial.

Sherita Caudle drives her son from Upper Marlboro to a rehabilitation center in Baltimore every day. A GoFundMe page has been created to help with the medical expenses.



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<![CDATA["Mighty Ducks" Actor Live Tweets Hawks' Loss]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 08:40:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emilio_better.jpg

Actor Emilio Estevez, known for his role as youth hockey coach Gordon Bombay in "The Mighty Ducks," was very excited about the Anaheim Ducks’ Game 5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks Monday… and he wasn’t afraid to show it.

Estevez channeled his popular Disney character as he live-tweeted the game and used the hashtag #GordonBombay to cheer on the Hawks rivals. He even quacked out an insult at the Hawks in one of the tweets.

The Blackhawks forced an overtime in California Monday night, but a Matt Beleskey goal gave the Ducks a 3-2 series lead.

The Blackhawks will try to save their season on Wednesday night when the teams meet again for Game 6 of the series. The puck is scheduled to drop at the United Center at 7 p.m.

We will have to wait and see if Estevez keeps quacking on Twitter for the game.  



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<![CDATA[PacSun's Memorial Day Backlash]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:05:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/171*120/5-26-2015-PacSun.JPG

A Southern California clothing firm has removed a T-shirt bearing an upside-down American flag from its shelves after it stirred a Memorial Day backlash.

In a Facebook statement Monday, apparel giant PacSun said it had decided to immediately stop selling the garment "out of respect" for members of the armed forces.

The announcement came after images of the garment were repeatedly posted to the Anaheim company's page on the social networking website, with people calling it "disgusting" and "disrespectful." It also trended on Twitter due to the  #BoycottPacSun hashtag.

"Out of respect for those who have put their lives on the line for our country, we have decided to stop selling the licensed flag t-shirt and are removing it from our stores and website immediately," the statement said. "We thank the men and women in uniform for their extraordinary service."

However, reaction to the decision was split, with some saying the company should not have sold the t-shirt in the first place.

"You put this shirt in your window on Memorial day? Shame on you for not having better sense than this," a customer named Amy Hudgins Wisdom wrote. "This is trashy, thoughtless behavior which insults the veterans who have given their all to protect this great country."

"Dear Pac Sun, go f-yourself, As a long time customer… I will more than gladly stop shopping at your anti-American store," Huntington Beach resident Rich Avila said.

"As a young United States Marine. I'm disgusted that it was put up for sale in your stores and website in the first place, " Californian Angel Robles wrote. "You've lost all my respect as a brand and retail store. What were you thinking?"

Casino star James Woods was also angry about the T-shirt, and urged his 227,000 Twitter followers to boycott the store.

"Please, every follower of mine, please #BoycottPacSun. Disgusting trashing of American Flag on Memorial Day," he tweeted.

Others were unhappy the company withdrew the item, complaining the decision violated free speech.

"PacSun has the right to sell whatever it believes will make it money," Eric Gang wrote. "Our Bill of Rights protects this t-shirt as much as it protects my right to disagree. Pulling the shirt protects no one. Not even veterans."

It is widely considered that flags are flown upside down in instances of immediate danger to life or property.



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<![CDATA[Father Fought for Custody Before Son Found Dead in Playground Swing]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:36:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wills+Memorial+Park+Swings+052215.jpg

The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a park swing last week, just days after the father filed for sole custody, wonders if the legal system is to blame.

James Lee said he went to court before his son Ji-Aire was found dead while being pushed in the swing by his mother. Lee was concerned the mother, Romechia Simms, was suffering from mental illness. He said he did not want to keep Ji-Aire’s mother out of his life forever; he just wanted her to get help. He believed he was the better parent at the time. A judge disagreed.

“He deemed her, at that moment, a fit parent,” Lee said. “I'm not saying she isn't, but in this situation, he just didn't pay attention to the signs."

Soon after, Simms took Ji-Aire to a motel in Waldorf, near where her mother lives. Two days before Ji-Aire was found dead, Simms called Lee, telling him he needed to pick her and their son up immediately. But by the time he was done with work, Simms stopped answering Lee’s calls. On Friday, Simms’ mother called Lee, telling him his son was dead.

“It came out of nowhere for me,” Lee said.

On Monday, an autopsy for Ji-Aire was completed, but no cause of death was determined. Police are working to establish a timeline of the days before Ji-Aire’s death, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said. They believe Simms may have pushed Ji-Aire in the La Plata park swing for hours before they were discovered.

Lee thinks things could’ve turned out differently had the court granted him sole custody. But the system is designed to benefit mothers, not the fitter parent, he said.

“Women get slapped on the wrist,” he said. “Men get grinded into dog meat.”

Simms has been hospitalized since Friday. Ji-Aire’s death remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Mom Speaks Out After Boy, 4, Burned in Fire]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tyler+roe.JPG

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who was severely burned after someone set fire to a garbage can and the flames spread to the home where he was sleeping says she just wants the person who set the fire to be caught.

Anne Roe said she just wishes she could take away her son’s pain. The young boy was critically wounded with second degree burns to 40 percent of his body after flames from an arson fire sparked a blaze at his home in the city’s Albany Park neighborhood earlier this month.

“He’s got his face wrapped up, arms, torso,” she said. “I’ve seen his body, his face and chest was burned.”

Nearly everyone sleeping inside the coach house in the 4300 block of Drake Avenue managed to exit the home unharmed, except for Tyler Roe, who had to be rescued by firefighters.

Tyler remains at Comer Children’s Hospital in a medically induced coma, his mother said, but doctors are hopeful.

“I just thank God my son is still here,” Anne Roe said.

Anne Roe said while she is focused on her son’s recovery, she wants the person responsible for his pain to be found.

“I just want whoever set this fire to be caught,” she said.

Police, in a community alert issued last week, said someone appeared to have set fire to materials inside two garbage cans on the block. The incidents took place within two minutes of each other, police said.

Police have asked residents to be aware of suspicious activity in the area, particularly in alleys. They’ve also asked that anyone who may have surveillance footage from the scene make a copy for investigators.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call (312) 746-7618.

GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for Tyler’s medical care and replace the family's belongings that were lost in the blaze.
 

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<![CDATA[Pipeline Probed in Calif. Oil Spill]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 06:24:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150519-oil-spill-refugio-state-beach-4.jpg

Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday.

Senior Safety Director Patrick Hodgins said Monday four other locations in the pipeline that ruptured during last week's Santa Barbara spill have been identified with potential issues.

The discovery was made after an "expedited" review of data gathered by an in-line probe that was sent through the pipeline earlier this month, before the spill, Plains' Senior Safety Director Patrick Hodgins said. It is hoped examination of the pipe will reveal why and how it failed.

Hodgins declined to discuss the specifics of what the probe detected, but said it could be such things as a change in pipe thickness or a dent.

"We will go out and do confirmation digs, and once we have that information, we will work with our integrity management program to find corrective actions, if necessary," Hodgins said.

The concern is the potential for additional spillage if more sections were to fail when the 12 mile long pipeline is purged of the oil that remains inside after it was shut down following the spill.  

At the behest of federal regulators, Plains will be completing excavation and removing the section of 24-inch diameter pipe that leaked 101,000 gallons of oil last Tuesday along a section of the coastline between the city of Santa Barbara and Point Concepcion. 

The company on Monday downgraded the amount of oil that may have spilled from 105,000 to new estimate of 101,000 gallons (382,300 liters). That's about 4,200 gallons (15,900 liters) less than previously thought.

Staffing of the cleanup operation has grown to 800, said Coast Guard Capt. Charlene Downey at a Monday's briefing.

The first batch of 100 citizen volunteers took part in a four-hour training program Monday in preparation to assist in the clean-up effort. California's Office of Spill Prevention and Response is planning to hold two more classes later in the week to train a total of 300 people.

"I just wanted to help," said Andrea Fisher, who drove more than an hour from her home in Camarillo, where she and her husband have a physical therapy business.  "He can run the business while I do this," she said. "Cause the more people that help, the faster it'll get cleaned up."

The cleanup is moving into a new phase, involving more handwork to remove oil from rocks and other objects, said Yvonvve Addassi, deputy administrator for the state's Spill Prevention and Response Agency.

In expressing appreciation to the volunteers, Addassi made clear that the "complicated" work is left to the professionals.

Among those attending the first training session was Nakia Zavala, cultural director for the Chumash Tribe, which has concerns for historical sites along the coast.

"We want to make sure everything is being taken care of carefully," Zavala said.

It's expected the first group of 20 volunteers could be put to work as soon as Tuesday, according to Addassi.

Through affiliated organizations, some 150 volunteers have already been assisting, Addassi said. 

Also at Monday's briefing it was disclosed that a second oil slick, farther offshore, was detected during a flyover Sunday, and a day later appeared to have stretched out to a length of as much as 10 miles, according to Jordan Stout of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It was not certain whether this slick is connected to last week's spill, or has a different origin. Natural oil seepage does occur in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Since Tuesday, the deaths of 17 birds and sea mammals have been attributed to the spill. An additional 10 birds and six mammals have required oil removal and other care, said Santos Cabral of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Two state beaches near ground zero for the spill, Refugio and El Capitan, remain closed to the public, an acrid oil smell still hanging in the air, though not as strong as last week.

The beaches and adjacent campgrounds are expected to remain closed until June 4th, said Eric Hjelstrom of state parks.

The oil spill is California's worst since more than 50,000 gallons leaked into San Francisco Bay from the container ship Cosco Busan after it struck a supporting tower of the Bay Bridge in 2007.

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<![CDATA[Four Injured in Evanston Porch Collapse]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:05:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/223*120/evanston+collapse.jpg

A family’s Memorial Day celebration turned dangerous when the porch they were on collapsed from the third floor of an apartment building in suburban Evanston.

Four people suffered minor injuries and several others were treated after the scene after the porch gave way in the 1900 block of Darrow Avenue, fire officials said. 

Raven Jaffe, who was inside the apartment at the time of the collapse, said family and friends had gathered at her mother’s home at the time for a Memorial Day gathering.

“We were having a family barbecue when the porch collapsed,” she said. “You hear it breaking and just a whole bunch of commotion.”

More than a dozen people were on the structure, many of them sitting, at the time of the collapse.

Fire officials said several people were treated at the scene and four people were transported to an area hospital.

Officials suspect the cause of collapse was “overloading.”

“My mom has told the landlord multiple times that the porch needed to be fixed,” Jaffe said. “Unfortunately today there were a lot of people on the back porch having a good time.”

Evanston Fire Chief Tom Janetske said it wasn’t clear if any reports had been filed about the porch but said the building department was notified of the collapse.

“It could have been a lot worse,” he said.  

Gary Gerdes, manager of the Evanston Building and Inspection Services, said at the scene Tuesday morning that a preliminary investigation revealed the porch was not properly attached to the apartment. 

Gerdes said inspectors will look into the history of the building and its owner, along with the potential overloading, before determining if anyone is at fault. 

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<![CDATA[Dashcam Footage Captures Albany Park Shootout]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:34:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/YouTube1.png

A dramatic dashcam video captured an apparent shootout in broad daylight in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

The user who posted the video to YouTube wrote they attained the footage of the Saturday shooting from a dashcam in a nearby parked car.

Chicago police confirm two people exchanged gunfire in the 4800 block of North Kenneth Avenue that day.

No one was injured, but a house and a car were damaged, according to police.

Neighbor Cheyenne Clark, 12, told NBC Chicago she was playing on the computer in her house when she heard shots fired outside.

“I was like shivering,” Clark said. “There was a pause in the middle, then back to shooting.”

Albany Park resident Glenn Contreras said this wasn’t the first time he’s heard gunshots fired on his block.

“I’ve heard gunshots before but when you actually see it in a video it brings you back to reality that this is actually happening,” Contreras said.

A man working at a nearby 7 Eleven convenience store told NBC Chicago one of the groups of men involved in the shooting was in his store just minutes before the altercation went down.

No details have been released as to why the shooting broke out.

Chicago police said they are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.



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<![CDATA[Ducks Beat Blackhawks 5-4 ]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 23:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474750936.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks got two goals from Jonathan Toews to force overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, but a Matt Beleskey goal just under a minute into overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory on Monday night. 

The loss puts the Blackhawks one loss away from being eliminated in the conference final for the second consecutive season. 

The Ducks may have had to deal with a tough overtime loss in Game 4, but there was no carryover effect as they positively dominated the entire first period. They got on the board early in the frame as Nate Thompson made a great play on the forecheck behind the net, and after Cam Fowler pinched in from the blue line, he hammered a slap shot past Corey Crawford to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.

Just 32 seconds later, the Ducks scored again. Jakob Silfverberg got the play started as he pinched in from the blue line and fired a shot toward the net, and Ryan Kesler got his stick blade on the puck. It ended up bouncing up off the ice and skipped past Crawford to make it a 2-0 game.

The Blackhawks continued to struggle on offense, going the first 14 minutes of the game without a shot on goal, and the Ducks took advantage as they scored again. Off a face-off win, Sami Vatanen came in toward the net and hammered a slap shot off the inside of the post and into the cage as Anaheim secured a huge 3-0 lead.

The Hawks did manage a few shots on goal late in the frame, but they were unable to score. Jonathan Toews had the best chance of the bunch as he collected a loose puck in front, but Frederik Andersen aced his first test as he made the save and kept his team in front after 20 minutes of play.

Unlike the first period of the game, the Blackhawks got off to a hot start in the second period and scored just over a minute into the period. Teuvo Teravainen made his presence felt in the game as he cut in across the blue line, skated across the slot, and ripped a shot past Andersen to get the Hawks on the board.

Each team got a power play as the period continued, but neither side could convert. The Blackhawks once again found themselves held out to the perimeter of the ice as they couldn’t get anything across the zone, and the Ducks had similar issues as the Hawks’ aggressive forecheck prevented them from cycling the puck to the blue line.

Late in the period, the Blackhawks looked as though they were going to head into the intermission down two goals, but Brent Seabrook had other ideas. Teravainen made a great play behind the net to buy himself a second to survey the ice, and he fired a pass across to the pinching Seabrook, who beat Andersen and made it a 3-2 game with one period to go.

The Blackhawks blew an early power play in the third period, and the miscues ended up costing them as the Ducks scored a critical insurance goal with about five and a half minutes to take a 4-2 lead. After Patrick Sharp turned the puck over at the blue line, Patrick Maroon got a cross-ice pass past a diving Niklas Hjalmarsson and flipped the shot home.

Despite the long odds, the Blackhawks started a comeback with about two minutes remaining. After a lengthy possession, Marian Hossa fired a pass to Jonathan Toews in the slot and the captain blasted a shot off the crossbar and into the net, making it a 4-3 game.

With a little over 30 seconds to go, the Blackhawks improbably tied it up. Toews got the puck down at the goal line, and he fired a shot toward the net. Somehow, the puck bounced off of Andersen’s left skate and slid over the line, and in an instant the Blackhawks made it a 4-4 game and forced the third overtime of the series.

Bryan Bickell turned the puck over less than a minute into overtime, and the Ducks quickly turned the miscue into a goal. Ryan Kesler's shot on a 2-on-1 rush was stopped by Crawford, but Matt Beleskey was there to hammer home the rebound and give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead. 

The Blackhawks will try to save their season on Wednesday night when the teams meet again for Game 6 of the series. The puck is scheduled to drop at the United Center at 7 p.m. 



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<![CDATA[No TV For Pope Francis Since 1990]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:15:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP609890606878_1_Pope.jpg

One of the most famous figures in the world hasn’t vegged out in front of the television in 25 years.

In a recent interview with Argentinian news source La Voz Del Pueblo, Pope Francis admitted he hasn’t tuned into TV since 1990.

Francis told the Spanish-language news source that he doesn't hold anything against TV, just “it's not for me” and that he gave it up in July of 1990 after making a vow to the Virgin of Carmen.

The Pontiff hasn’t even seen his beloved San Lorenzo soccer team play, he told the paper. But Argetinian does keep up on the Buenos Aries-based team thanks to a Swiss Guard bodyguard who updates him on how the team Francis has loved his whole life is doing.

The Pope is headed to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September. No word yet if he will break his rule and watch TV while in town.



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<![CDATA[Couple Survived on Rainwater: PD]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:59:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/missing-couple-valley-view.jpg

A couple that went missing after a Mother's Day trip may have tried to survive by drinking rainwater and eating pie while they were stranded in a remote desert area east of San Diego.

"It looks like they were surviving on rain water," said Chief Sossaman with the Los Coyotes Police. "There was cups around, they were drinking rainwater as it rained ... they'd been out there for all indications since around May 10."

On Sunday, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a rescue call where one person was reported dead and another dehydrated. Later that evening, Sheriff's officials confirmed the dead body belonged to Cecil "Paul" Knutson, 79, and his girlfriend Dianna Bedwell, 67, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Bedwell remains in serious condition at Palomar Hospital. 

The Fullerton, California, residents were last seen leaving Valley View Casino in north San Diego on May 10 at around 2 p.m. in their white 2014 Hyundai Sonata. 

After leaving the casino, the couple headed to their son's house in La Quinta and tried to take a shortcut several miles from the main road, San Diego Sheriff Department Lt. Ken Nelson said at a news conference. The couple ended up stuck on boulders in rugged terrain, Nelson added.

Officials said they did not suspect foul play and they believe the couple went the wrong way and got lost. 

Cups placed around the car indicated the couple collected rain water to drink and survived a part of the time on oranges and pie, Nelson said.

Their Sonata was found by a man four wheeling in a remote and rocky area near Warner Springs along Highway 79, approximately 47 miles from the casino where they were last seen.

The couple had not been heard from in two weeks, despite the efforts of family members, a search-and-rescue crew and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigators. Dozens of volunteers and a sheriff's search-and-rescue crew scoured several areas between north San Diego and Riverside counties to no avail.

The man that found the couple said Bedwell was singing praises of her companion, telling him Knutson fought to get them out of there while working to keep her comfortable. He was the one that put cups for water around the car. 


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