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Two men have been charged with steal­ing more than 100 de­vices dur­ing a holdup of a north sub­ur­ban AT& T store Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

An­tuan J. Black­man, 34, faces felony counts of armed rob­bery and un­law­ful use of a weapon by a felon; and Mark D. Easley, 32, faces one felony count of armed rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to the Lake County sher­iff ’s of­fice.

About 10: 30 a. m., Black­man and Easley, both wear­ing ski masks, en­tered the AT& T store at 21690 W. Long Grove Rd. in Deer Park, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s of­fice. Black­man was armed with a firearm.

The em­ploy­ees were forced to place more than 100 cell­phones and tablets into bags, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s of­fice. The men drove off, but wit­nesses were able to de­scribe the get­away ve­hi­cle.

A short time later, Illi­nois State Po­lice troop­ers and Cook County sher­iff ’s po­lice lo­cated the ve­hi­cle near I- 290 and Higgins Road in Schaum­burg, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s of­fice. The sus­pects ran from the ve­hi­cle and were taken into cus­tody.

All of the stolen de­vices and the firearm used in the rob­bery were re­cov­ered.

Black­man, of Chicago’s West Side, and Easley, of south sub­ur­ban Glen­wood, were in the Lake County Jail on $ 500,000 bonds, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s of­fice. Jor­dan Owen

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing ar­son at Mont­clare res­tau­rant

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an ar­son at a seafood res­tau­rant early Thurs­day in the Mont­clare neigh­bor­hood on the North­west Side.

Shortly be­fore 2: 45 a. m., some­one made en­try through the front glass door of the seafood res­tau­rant in the 6500 block of West Fuller­ton and started a fire by an of­fice area, ac­cord­ing to Chicago Po­lice. The blaze was ex­tin­guished within 20 min­utes, Chicago Fire Depart­ment Cmdr. Wal­ter Schroeder said. No in­juries were re­ported. Ash­lee Rezin

$ 5.9M set­tle­ment for widow of worker fa­tally struck by truck in 2011

The widow of an elec­tri­cian who was struck and killed by a truck while work­ing in a construction zone in west sub­ur­ban Elmhurst in 2011 will re­ceive a $ 5.9 mil­lion set­tle­ment.

Daniel Green, 38, was struck by a semi truck while work­ing in an IDOT construction zone on Sept. 12, 2011, ac­cord­ing to Green’s widow’s at­tor­neys, Ca­vanagh Law Group.

That morn­ing, Green was four feet from the road when the truck made a sharp right turn from York Road onto Lake Street and struck him, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, which al­leged that safety bar­ri­cades and drums re­quired by con­tracts and project con­di­tions were not prop­erly placed. A trial was set to be­gin Oct. 10, but the $ 5.9 mil­lion set­tle­ment was ap­proved Oct. 5 by Cook County Cir­cuit Court Judge Wil­liam Go­molin­ski. Jor­dan Owen

Union: In­mate at­tacks up 51% since 2015

SPRING­FIELD — The union rep­re­sent­ing cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers said in­mate at­tacks on state em­ploy­ees have in­creased 51 per­cent since 2015.

Mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of State, County and Mu­nic­i­pal Em­ploy­ees Coun­cil 31 said Thurs­day that as­saults in­creased from 541 in the 2015 cal­en­dar year to a pro­jected 819.

AFSCME says the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions is re­clas­si­fy­ing vi­o­lent in­mates to lower se­cu­rity lev­els to save money.

Gla­dyse Tay­lor, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of cor­rec­tions, said in­mates are only trans­ferred to lower- level se­cu­rity pris­ons when their progress and be­hav­ior war­rants.

An­tuan J. Black­man

Mark D. Easley

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