Loyola issues ban on hoverboards

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr
Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr

Loyola Vice President of Student Developement, Jane Neufeld, announced in an email to Loyola students a new ban on the popular “hoverboard”, Friday, Jan. 15.

The email outlines the parameters of the ban, which prohibits “the use, storage, and possession of hoverboards, and similar devices typically powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, on campus.”

According to Neufeld, the decision came from a concern over the product’s fire safety standards after a number of hoverboards have been reported as spontaneously catching fire.

Various prohibitions of hoverboards have been issued across campuses nationwide in response to these fire safety concerns, including George Washington University, American University, Ohio State University and Xavier University.

Train derailment at Granville

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A southbound train derailed near the Granville Red Line stop around 2:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

ABC7 Chicago reported the following about the incident:

Fire trucks, ambulances and police flooded the streets around the Granville Red Line stop in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood after a southbound train coming into the station around 2:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon suddenly derailed.

“It was a little bit of a jolt,” said Salome Chebaro.

Chebaro was one of the 175 passengers stuck at a standstill for over an hour and then forced to walk along the tracks to safety. One person suffered a shoulder injury during the derailment and was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital.

A second train was also delayed and then evacuated after the derailment. Fire and rescue said things went as smoothly as they could.

Due to this derailment and ongoing construction along the red line track, Northbound trains toward Howard will not stop between Addison and Howard through 4:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

Visit CTA Customer Alerts for more information.

Man shot in North Rogers Park

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A drive-by shooting the 1900 block of West Birchwood resulted in one man critically injured around 8:12 pm, Wednesday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times wire reported the victim was a 26-year-old male who was standing on the corner when he was shot in the head by a shooter inside the passing car.

He has been transported to Presence St. Francis Hospital, where he is reported to be in critical condition.

Loyola student charged with armed robbery

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Makiah M. Burns, 18, of Hazel Crest and a freshman at Loyola University Chicago faces two counts of armed robbery after being connected with a Bucktown robbery that occurred Monday.

Prosecutors say Burns drove two passengers in a 2008 black Honda Accord who have been connected to two robberies that night.

An article from the Chicago Sun-Times Wire reported the following:

Prosecutors say Burns drove two others in a 2008 black Honda Accord that stopped near the 2000 block of West Concord Place around 10 p.m. Monday.

The two robbers grabbed the bag of a 32-year-old man walking down the alley behind that address just west of Damen Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Walsh said. He was walking a few blocks from his home, records show. The pair also demanded his wallet and showed what Walsh described as a “fake, silver revolver.”

One of the robbers fired a shot from a pellet gun, hitting the man in the left eye, she said. They grabbed his bag containing his laptop and phone, and took his wallet, too, containing about $100, the prosecutor told Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil. They have not been arrested.

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Man arrested in Sept. 11 Rogers Park shooting

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Nathanial Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Sept. 11 in which couple were shot in their car while driving on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace.

The 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving by a roadside memorial when they were shot after offending the shooter with the loud, pumping music in their car.

The memorial in Rogers Park was for a 19-year-old slain gang member.

A DNAinfo article by Linze Rice reports the following details of the shooting:

The shooter was apparently “offended” by the song — and “boom, boom, boom,” police Officer Robert Dworak said Tuesday night at a community policing meeting.

Dworak didn’t identify the offending tune, but did tell residents the innocent victims — a 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — survived and are in good condition.

The couple are reported to be in good condition.

Shooting at Edgewater gas station

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A 35-year-old man was shot early Sunday morning at a gas station in Edgewater.

A Chicago Sun-Times wire article reported the following of the incident:

Shortly before 4 a.m., he got into an argument with someone who pulled out a gun and shot him in the left hip and leg at the station in the 5700 block of North Broadway, according to Chicago Police.

A friend of the 35-year-old drove him to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he is listed in good condition, police said.

Northside neighborhoods on alert after string of burglaries

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Police are warning Northside business owners after a series of smash and grab burglaries in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

In each incident, a rock or a brick has been thrown through a window of the business and valuable items and cash have been stolen, according to an article by Linze Rice at DNAinfo.

Burglaries have been reported on the streets of W. Devon, W. Broadway and W. Morse Ave.

9 dead in Wednesday shootings

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Nine people, including an 11-year-old boy, were shot dead on Wednesday.

The high number of fatalities will make September 2 the deadliest day in Chicago since 2010, according to an article from DNAinfo.

Below are more details from the story:

Previously, the highest single-day homicide count was Thursday, April 15, 2010, when seven people were killed.

The slain included the young boy, who was accidentally killed by a family member; a 60-year-old man; and a series of young men killed in individual shootings on Chicago streets.

For more reading of other Chicago shootings this week, visit the Chicago Tribune here.