Chicago man Oscar Mendoza died Wednesday after his own SUV ran him over as he tried to open a gate into a parking lot.
The incident occurred just half a mile from Mendoza’s own home.
The 24-year-old had stopped his Jeep SUV at the gate of a storage building to enter a code into the parking lot. The vehicle suddenly went in reverse and pulled Mendoza under.
After crushing Mendoza, the vehicle continued to roll until it crashed into a nearby wall. The Chicago Fire Division paramedics were called to the scene and Mendoza was declared dead on the scene.
No other injuries were reported.
A Chicago woman has been awarded a $355,000 settlement after suing police for strip-searching her during a DUI arrest.
33-year-old Dana Holmes used surveillance footage captured in the police station as proof of her allegations that the four LaSalle County sheriff’s deputies were inappropriate when they forcibly strip-searched her following her arrest. The deputies said the their actions were justified because Holmes, who was over the legal blood alcohol limit, resisted their initial pat down.
"There's a lot of people that get DUIs, a lot of people that just make mistakes in life," said Holmes. "That still doesn't give them a reason to do what they did."
The video shows the three male officers and one female officer holding Holmes face down to the ground while they forcibly removed all of her clothes, including her underwear.
“I was terrified. I felt helpless,” said Holmes at the time of the incident. “I was scared and I lay there crying... I just prayed.”
“There are on-duty deputy sheriffs humiliating and grouping a female inmate,” said Holmes’ attorney Terry Ekl. “It makes you wonder: Were these guys ever trained?"
Following the arrest and strip-search, Holmes sued the county because she felt the deputies violated her rights and caused her emotional harm. In the end, the county decided to settle the case.
“The county and department believe it’s in everybody's best interest to focus on policies and protocols moving forward, rather than spending time and money fighting over who was right and wrong,” said attorney James Soto.
The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department says they are working to enact a new strip search policy so that situations like these can be avoided in the future.
“There’s been a gap in these policies as to what’s permissible and not permissible in those situations,” said Soto.
An anti-Obama protestor barged into a local Chicago news broadcast Wednesday, calling the president a “war criminal” just before he was tackled to the ground by security.
The unidentified protestor rammed into CBS 2 chief correspondent Jay Levine, who was reporting on the Democratic National Convention fundraiser. The protestor took Levine’s microphone and shouted that Obama was a “war criminal” and a “corporate whore.”
NBC 5 also caught the incident on camera, as political reporter Mary Ann Bergerson Ahern was covering the fundraiser a few feet away from Levine. In NBC’s broadcast, Levine can be seen taking a swing at the protestor as security tackles the man.
The protestor was not arrested.
“One of the protestors decided to speak his mind on live TV,” Levine said. “Obviously, that’s his right to do.”
Following the incident, two policemen on horses stood behind Levine in case further reinforcement was needed.
A TSA employee, Eddie Palacios, jumped onto the tracks of a Chicago subway yesterday and flagged down a train so that it would not hit a woman who had fallen on the tracks.
A DNAinfo Chicago employee, who happened to be at the scene, filmed Palacios waving his arms in a successful effort to stop the train (video below).
Palacios was off duty, but heading for work at Chicago O'Hare Airport when he heard yelling, noted ABC News.
"I heard somebody yell, 'She fell, she fell! You gotta get out of the way! The train is coming!'" Palacios told DNAinfo Chicago. "So I turned around to see what they were talking about."
"I looked over and saw a lady just yelling," Palacios recalled. "When I looked over, I actually thought it was a child who had fallen. They actually staggered three times trying to get up and get out of the way."
"When I saw the train coming, the first thing I thought to myself was, 'OK, I've got an orange hoodie on. They are bound to see me,'" added Palacios. "And I jumped on the train [tracks] so they can at least see me, and I'd have time [to get] the person out of the way. I was hoping someone would jump down to help them up because I could see they couldn't get up."
After the woman was eventually pulled off the tracks, she claimed she "slipped" and quickly left the scene. She was later found, placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
A law enforcement official from Chicago suburb Park Forest has been charged with reckless conduct in connection with the death of a 95-year old World War II veteran.
Officer Craig Taylor, 43, shot and killed John Wrana with a stun gun and beanbag rounds at a nursing home last year.
Police had arrived at the nursing home after receiving reports that Wrana had become combative when medical officials attempted to take him to the hospital for treatment, CBS Chicago reports.
Taylor attempted to subdue Wrana, who police say was holding a knife and a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn. Wrana’s family is arguing in court that Taylor’s use of force was unnecessary, as Wrana was elderly and needed care from the nursing home staff.
“Police officers have very difficult jobs and they often must balance the use of force with the need for force. Given the other viable options to resolve the matter and the number of shots fired at this senior citizen at close range in rapid succession, we believe this officer’s conduct to be reckless,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Taylor has been released from the force by his own recognizance.
An Illinois judge who was found not guilty by reason of insanity after allegedly attacking a sheriff’s deputy went before a judicial panel to ask for her job back.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, was charged with misdemeanor battery after throwing a set of keys and shoving a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy in March 2012.
The same day she also made racially charged remarks in a Markham courtroom. She was wearing surgical scrubs and a fur coat. For that incident she was charged with violating decorum laid out by the state judicial code.
“She was off her medication for a period of time and was a little exasperated,” said Brim’s lawyer, William J. Harte.
Harte says Brim suffers from comorbid bipolar schizoaffective disorder and is willing to undergo supervision to make sure she stays medication compliant. A requirement of her probation in the battery case is that she consistently take her medication.
Brim, who has been a judge for 18 years, appeared before the 7-member Illinois Courts Commission on Friday in a bid to keep her $182,000 per year job.
The panel, including five judges and two citizens, has not announced a decision.
“I just broke like a pencil,” she told the commission Friday, stating she was stressed that day. “It was totally inappropriate for me to say what I did at that time – or any other time.”
She said over the last two years she hasn’t had any psychotic episodes.
“I can serve as a judge with full capability as long as I continue to take the medication as prescribed,” she said. “I've had two years to think about this, and I have a different perspective and understanding of my condition. I realize now I have to stay on my medications and see a psychiatrist on a regular basis.”
Brim has been hospitalized nine times for mental health issues since 1994.
Her psychiatrist, Dr. Roueen Rafeyan, said there’s only a 10 percent chance that Brim would relapse now, even under stressful conditions.
“There are heart surgeons who have the same diagnosis and operate on patients all day long,” Rafeyan said.
Chicago is the American city with the most active online users in a committed relationship who are looking to cheat, according to Victoria Milan, a site dedicated to helping facilitate the practice.
According to the website, Chicagoans spend 25 percent more time on the website than the national average. They spend more hours online, chat more, and send more pictures, messages and virtual gifts than residents from any other city.
“I can’t help but notice that Chicago is the coldest large city here,” Victoria Milan CEO Sigurd Vedal said. “And when things get cold, cheating gets hot.”
According to Facebook data accumulated between 2010 and 2011, Vedal’s estimate is not completely off-base. During the winter, people are more likely to begin new relationships.
Following just behind Chicago in most active Victoria Milan users is Los Angeles (21 percent more time spent online than the national average), New York City (18 percent), Houston (11 percent) and Dallas (9 percent).
11Attack by 4 Pit Bulls Leaves Chicago Man in Serious Condition, Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots One Dog
A 58-year-old man is in serious condition after he was attacked by four Pit Bulls Saturday morning in the West Englewood neighborhood, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney said.
The Fire Department reports it responded to 6017 South Wood, which is an empty lot, where a man was attacked by the dogs about 6:50 a.m.
Police say a female officer was off-duty and came to the aid of the man, who suffered severe injuries to his leg and is hospitalized in serious condition. She shot and killed one of the dogs to stop the attack.
There was blood on the sidewalk leading to a house at 6023 South Wood and there was more blood on the front steps, CBS Chicago reports. It is not yet known if that was from the victim, who was taken to Stroger Hospital, or from the dog shot by the officer.
Animal Care and Control officers captured and impounded the other three Pit Bulls, Sweeney said.
Just days after announcing that a leak, which spilled oil into Lake Michigan, had been stopped and the oil contained, British Petroleum doubled its estimate of the size of the spill.
The leak was discovered Monday, according to a Chicago Tribune story, and cleanup crews went into action to contain the spill.
NPR quoted a BP press release describing the cleanup efforts.
"Lines of boom have been deployed to contain the oil and wind has blown oil toward the shore, where crews are vacuuming it out of the water and cleaning the limited quantities that have reached land between the refinery's wastewater treatment plant and a nearby steel mill," the statement said.
Original estimates put the volume of the spill at 18 barrels but new estimates now put the quantity at 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons of crude oil.
This is the first spill from the refinery, located in Whiting, Ind., and it comes on the heels of BP’s completion of a contested $4 billion overhaul of the facility. Those upgrades were undertaken to help BP refine oil from the heavy tar sands being delivered from Canada.
Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mark Kirk, R.-Ill. wrote a letter to John Minge, the top U.S. official for BP, asking for a meeting to discuss the facility in the leak’s aftermath.
“This spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP’s new, expanded production at Whiting,” the letter read. “It is in all of our best interests … to ensure that this greater processing capacity will do no harm to Lake Michigan.”
The spill raised particular concerns for nearby Chicagoans. Lake Michigan supplies drinking water to 7 million residents of the city.
“There was a leak the other day, and they’re calling it minor,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said Wednesday according to the website ThinkProgress. “I expect a full accounting to the public and the city of Chicago of the damage that was done, how much, what the cleanup efforts were, how comprehensive they have been and what actions the company will take to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
The leak occurred just eight miles southeast of the freshwater intake for the city.
According to the Chicago Tribune, no Indiana officials have commented on the spill.
Chicago man Luis Matienzo has been charged with child endangerment after he played video games for over two hours after learning that his step-son had a broken leg.
Officials say Matienzo, 19, played Grand Theft Auto V for over two hours “while knowing that the (child) was injured with a leg injury, later found to be a broken right leg.”
It is not clear what caused the two-year-old child’s injury.
Matienzo admitted to police that he continued playing video games well after realizing the child’s leg was injured. He only stopped playing the game when it was time to pick up his wife, at which point he sought out medical attention for the child as well.