Fire dam­ages restau­rant, sa­lon

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A restau­rant and hair sa­lon were dam­aged by a fire Sun­day night in the Edge­brook neigh­bor­hood on the North­west Side.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded about 8: 30 p. m. and found fire vent­ing through the roof of The Ele­phant Thai Cui­sine, 5348W. Devon, Chicago Fire Depart­ment Deputy Dis­trict Chief John She­han told re­porters at the scene.

He said the blaze was “quickly ex­tin­guished.”

No in­juries were re­ported, but the fire spread to two neigh­bor­ing store fronts, Aqua Sa­lon and a va­cant store, She­han said. Both the sa­lon and the restau­rant would be “shut down for a while” be­cause of the dam­age. Sun-TimesWire

Boy, 16, dies after gym class at high school

A 16- year- old boy died Fri­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing gym class at south­west sub­ur­ban Oswego East High School.

Around 1: 30 p. m. Fri­day, the Kane County coro­ner’s of­fice was con­tacted by Rush Co­p­ley Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Aurora about the death of Dar­ion Verner, ac­cord­ing to the Kane County coro­ner’s of­fice.

Verner, of Mont­gomery, col­lapsed in the school’s locker room after play­ing bas­ket­ball, the coro­ner’s of­fice said. Wit­nesses said Verner went to the locker room fol­low­ing class and col­lapsed “for no ap­par­ent rea­son.”

There were no ob­vi­ous signs of foul play de­tected in the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the coro­ner’s of­fice said. Tom Schuba

$ 875K for fam­ily of man­who choked to death at nurs­ing home

A West Side nurs­ing home agreed to an $ 875,000 set­tle­ment for the fam­ily of an el­derly man who choked to death at the Wicker Park fa­cil­ity.

An­to­nio Mares choked to death on Nov. 9, 2012, after a nurs­ing as­sis­tant at the Cen­ter Home for His­panic El­derly, 1401 N. Cal­i­for­nia, fed him food that did not com­ply with his physi­cian’s diet or­ders, which called for me­chan­i­cal- soft food only, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Levin & Per­conti law firm, which rep­re­sented Mares’ fam­ily, an­nounc­ing the set­tle­ment Mon­day.

A cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tant who was as­signed to as­sist Mares with his evening meal set up the food tray on his ta­ble, po­si­tioned him to be­gin eat­ing then stepped away from the area, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. Mares ate the food un­su­per­vised and be­gan to choke.

After re­al­iz­ing that Mares was chok­ing, the nurs­ing as­sis­tant un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to per­form the Heim­lich ma­neu­ver, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. He also used the call light to ask for help, but no one re­sponded. Mares died after fur­ther life- sav­ing ef­forts proved un­suc­cess­ful.

The Cen­ter for His­panic El­derly did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quest for com­ment. Tom Schuba

Me­tra to re­hab 302more rail cars

Me­tra is start­ing a new round of rail car im­prove­ments.

Me­tra re­cently com­pleted re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of 176 rail cars the rail ser­vice re­ceived be­tween 1995 and 1998. The next 302 cars that are be­ing re­habbed were de­liv­ered be­tween 2002 and 2008.

Each rail car will get new seats, bet­ter air con­di­tion­ing and elec­tric out­lets so pas­sen­gers can power cell­phones and other elec­tron­ics. New LED signs will dis­play an­nounce­ments inside each car. New bath­rooms and wheel­chair lifts also will be in­stalled. AP

Man im­per­son­ates cop, threat­ens woman with ticket to get num­ber

A man im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer ap­proached a woman leav­ing a pizza place Fri­day night in south­west sub­ur­ban Plain­field, asked for two forms of ID and then threat­ened to write a ticket if she didn’t give him her phone num­ber.

Just be­fore 10 p. m. the woman was leav­ing Lit­tle Cae­sars Pizza, 13327 S. Route 59, when a man wear­ing a po­lice uni­form with a gun and ra­dio came up to her, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Plain­field po­lice.

The man iden­ti­fied him­self as a Plain­field po­lice of­fi­cer and asked the woman for her iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, po­lice said. When she got her driver’s li­cense from her car, the man asked for a sec­ond form of a pic­ture ID.

When the woman com­plied, he handed her the ID back and said he was go­ing to write her a ticket, po­lice said. She asked why, and he hedged but said he wouldn’t write a ticket if she gave him her phone num­ber, po­lice said.

The woman walked to­ward her car and drove off. The im­per­son­ator is a 6- foot, 200- pound white man in his 40s with short dark hair, po­lice said. Francesca Gat­tuso


Aqua Sa­lon at 5346W. Devon­was dam­aged by a fire Sun­day night.

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