4 in­jured in Lower Wacker crash

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - TOP NEWS - David Struett Tay­lor Hartz Thomas Czaja

Four peo­ple were in­jured in a sin­gleve­hi­cle crash Satur­day evening on Lower Wacker Drive in the Loop.

The driver of a four-door pickup truck crashed shortly be­fore 4:47 p.m. at 44 E. Wacker Dr. at the curve, ac­cord­ing to Chicago Fire Depart­ment Deputy District Chief Cur­tis Hud­son. No other ve­hi­cles were in­volved. Four oc­cu­pants were freed from the truck by 5:25 p.m. and taken to North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in “red” but sta­ble con­di­tion, Hud­son said.

Two men have been charged with beat­ing and rob­bing an ac­tive-duty U.S. Army mem­ber at a River North CTA Red Line stop on Fri­day.

Ver­non Reeves and Jimmy Wil­liams, both 18, face felony counts of ag­gra­vated bat­tery and rob­bery.

The 31-year-old sol­dier was get­ting off a train when he paused to let a wo­man exit be­fore him, an­ger­ing a group that was be­hind him about 1:50 p.m. at the Chicago sta­tion in the 800 block of North State Street, Cook County As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Sean Brady said at the men’s bail hear­ing on Satur­day. The group be­gan ar­gu­ing with the man and fol­lowed him toward the exit where they at­tacked him, knocked him to the ground and beat him as he was headed up the stairs, Brady said.

The man suf­fered bruis­ing and was treated at the scene, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors and po­lice. Reeves and Jimmy Wil­liams were ar­rested at the scene. Two ju­ve­niles were also ar­rested while leav­ing the sta­tion.

A judge set bail at $50,000 for Wil­liams and $100,000 for Reeves.

Man stabs el­derly cou­ple’s dog out­side Tar­get store in Evan­ston: po­lice

A man stabbed an el­derly cou­ple’s pet dog in a bizarre at­tack out­side a Tar­get store in down­town Evan­ston on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

At 12:10 p.m., the cou­ple were stand­ing out­side the store at 1616 Sher­man Ave. in the north sub­urb when the man walked up and asked to pet their dog, ac­cord­ing to Evan­ston Po­lice Dept. Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

The man then stabbed the dog and ran away, Glew said. The dog was taken to an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal, and its con­di­tion was un­known, Glew said.

In a Fri­day night Face­book post, a wo­man iden­ti­fy­ing her­self as the cou­ple’s daugh­ter said the dog was “out of surgery and sta­ble,” call­ing the at­tacker “clearly men­tally un­sta­ble.”

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