Posted On: June 30, 2011

Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of Crystal Lake, IL, Man

A 24 year old man was pronounced dead yesterday from injuries he sustained in an Island Lake, IL, motorcycle accident. The deceased, who has been identified as a Crystal Lake, IL, resident, was struck by an SUV near the intersection of Route 176 and Hale Lane. The motorcycle accident victim was reportedly operating a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle at the aforementioned intersection when a GMC Jimmy SUV that was attempting to make a left turn from 176 onto Hale Ave hit him. The Illinois motorcycle accident occurred around 1:00 p.m. yesterday.

The motorcycle accident victim was rushed to Centegra Hospital with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead at 1:42 by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. He was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle crash. The driver of the SUV was issued a citation by local police for failure to yield. His identity has not been released. Investigators shut down Route 176 for about three and a half hours following the motorcycle crash. Police anticipate toxicology reports from the accident within four to six weeks. The Chicago area motorcycle accident is still under investigation.

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Posted On: June 25, 2011

Chicago Based Amtrak Train Accident Leaves Five Dead

A collision between a California bound Amtrak train and a truck resulted in five deaths earlier this morning. The Amtrak train had reportedly left Chicago on Wednesday and was in Nevada about 300 miles from its destination when the accident occurred. The Amtrak train, California Zephyr, operates daily trips between Chicago and Emeryville, Ca. According to reports, the fatal train accident occurred when a truck hit the train at a public railroad crossing near the town of Lovelock, NV, around 11:20 a.m. The Amtrak train was carrying 204 passengers and 14 crew members at the time of the crash.

Witnesses describe a scene of confusion and panic following the heavy collision as smoke filled the train cars. Nearly all of the train passengers and crew had self-evacuated by the time emergency crews arrived. The end result of the train accident left 5 dead and another twenty injured. Many of the train accident survivors were taken to a local school for recovery. Some of the more seriously injured passengers had to be medivacked out from the scene of the train crash. The National Transportation Safety Board has started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Individuals with questions about friends and family members that may have been aboard the train are encouraged to contact Metra at 1-800-523-9101.

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Posted On: June 24, 2011

Dole Recalls Contaminated Pre-Mixed Packaged Salads in Illinois

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Dole food company announced today that it would be recalling about 3,500 packaged salads due to bacterial contamination concerns. The recalled salads include Dole’s Italia Blend and Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend. No illnesses have yet to be reported from the consumption of the contaminated salad. Reports have indicated that these salad mixtures were distributed in twelve states including Illinois. The FDA reports the following products are contaminated: "2,880 cases of DOLE Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B.”

Reports have indicated that the salads may be contaminated with Lysteria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness. Listeria monocytogenes is one of the most virulent foodborne pathogens with 20 to 30 percent of clinical infections resulting in death. It is reportedly responsible for approximately 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths in the United States annually. More information about the contaminated salad products can be found on the FDA website. Any with questions regarding the product recall is encouraged to contact Dole at (800) 356-3111.

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Posted On: June 23, 2011

Waukegan, IL, Preacher Sentenced to Eighteen Years for Sexual Abuse of Minor

A Waukegan, IL, preacher was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. The preacher, 59 year-old Kevin Eubanks, reportedly signed a typed statement at the Waukegan Police Department which confessed to the sexual abuse. He was convicted on April 28, 2011, of fondling an 11 year old girl on two separate occasions in August of 2008. He has reportedly been in custody since his arrest in July of 2009.

Eubanks worked as a pastor at Baptist churches in both North Chicago, IL, and Zion, IL. The prosecution asked for a sentence of 23 years for Eubanks. Both the sexual abuse victim and her mother testified at trial. According to reports, the victim testified during the April trial against Eubanks reporting that he told her to remain quiet about the sexual abuse. Her mother sobbed as she described her daughter’s coming forward and her confrontation with Eubanks. She testified that Eubanks swore on a Bible that he did not touch the minor girl. Defense attorneys for Eubanks asked the judge to consider the fact that Eubanks had a relatively clean criminal record in sentencing. Eubanks’s attorney will reportedly appeal the conviction.

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Posted On: June 19, 2011

Lyons Township Car Accident Leaves Three Injured and Two Dead

A Chicago area car accident left three injured and two others dead this morning in Lyons, IL. The fatal head on car accident occurred at the intersection of 1st Avenue and West 47th St. arpund 4:30 a.m. According to published reports, Lyons Police were responding to a call of a motorist driving the wrong way up a one way street when they learned of the car accident. Responding officers found two vehicles involved in what appeared to be a head on collision at the site of the incident. They also found two car accident victims that had been ejected from one of the vehicles. The other three car crash victims had to be extricated by local fire crews.

The Chicago car accident claimed the life of a seven year old boy and a 43 year old Naperville man. Both of those accident victims were treated at Loyola Hospital. Police did not release information as to where the remaining accident victims received treatment. Those victims were listed in serious to critical condition. Traffic was shut down on 1st Avenue immediately following the crash so that investigators could would on accident reconstruction. Police have not indicated whether or not they believe drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the fatal car accident.

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Posted On: June 15, 2011

South Suburban Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor

A south suburban youth coach and teacher has been charged with childhood sexual abuse. The accused, 24 year old Darrell Stephenson of Crest Hill, IL, was charged on Monday with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – a class two felony that carries at least three years of incarceration. Stephenson was arrested last Friday and his bail has reportedly been set at $750,000.00. The charges stem from alleged sexual contact with a twelve year old boy.

Stephenson had been a boys’ volleyball coach at Plainfield Central High School in 2007 and 2008 and a student teacher at Aux Sable Middle School in 2008 and 2009. Stephenson was also reportedly a soccer coach in south suburban Frankfort, Joliet and Plainfield. In this capacity, he had recently coached soccer programs in Frankfort, Joliet, and Plainfield areas. Most of the soccer coaching was done through the Christian Youth Soccer League in Joliet, IL. The Will County Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed whether the alleged sexual abuse victim was involved in the youth soccer league or not. Police are still investigating whether Stephenson had any other inappropriate sexual conduct with minors. Citizens with any information regarding these or any other sexual abuse allegations are urged to contact police at (815) 727-8574.

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Posted On: June 10, 2011

Infant Dies Days after Multi Vehicle Chicago Car Accident

A five week year old infant was pronounced dead last Sunday following a Maywood, IL, car accident that occurred on May 28, 2011. The Chicago car accident reportedly involved three vehicles and may have been the result of a road rage incident. Reports indicate that the Chicago car crash was preceded by a confrontation that occurred in Melrose Park, IL, at the intersection of 9th and Winston. According to sources, 50 year old Elias Cruz and 35 year old Jose Maurus, were in a Toyota that was involved in some sort of altercation with an unidentified vehicle at the aforementioned location. The Toyota then began speeding while travelling south on 9th Avenue and crossed over into the northbound lanes just past Main St. where it collided head on with a white Nissan. The Toyota then became airborne and hit a black Pontiac that was driving behind the Nissan.

The Nissan was being driven by Josh Hurst and carrying Sarah Kiris and their five week old daughter. Both Hurst and Kiris, who had to be extricated from their car, were taken to Loyola Medical Center following the Chicago car accident. The men inside the Pontiac, Lonnie Reaves Jr. of Chicago, IL, and Antonio Martin of Chicago, IL, were reportedly not injured. Both the Cruz and Elias, the occupants of the Toyota, were pronounced dead on the date of the car accident. The five week old infant was at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood until her death last Sunday.

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Posted On: June 7, 2011

Former Northwest Chicago Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse

A former Chicago school teacher has been charged with childhood sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting four different former students at a Northwest side school. The teacher. 34 year old Eliza Marinelli, now faces four counts of criminal sexual assault. Bail for Martinelli has reportedly been set at 1.5 million dollars. Chicago Police have indicated that the crimes were not reported until April of this year. Her brother, 27 year old Nelson Quintana, has also been charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse involving another student.

The acts of childhood sexual abuse allegedly occurred from 1998 through 2007 while Martinelli was a teacher at the Dayspring Christian Academy at 5133 W. Fullerton Ave. All of the alleged victims were students of the Dayspring Academy and members of the neighboring Dayspring Church where Martinelli’s father is a pastor. Her father is reportedly listed as the principal on the school’s online directory. The alleged sexual abuse victims include a 15 year old girl whom she is accused of abusing from 1998 through 2001, a 15 year old girl and her brother whom she is accused of abusing for about a year beginning in March of 2003, and a 14 year old girl who was a student of Martinelli in both 6th and 8th grades whom she is accused of abusing up through March of 2007. Martinelli has been accused of telling sexy stories, plying teens with alcohol, and performing sexual acts on the victims.


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Posted On: June 4, 2011

DUI Charges Filed in Fatal Chicago Car Accident

A Chicago woman now faces DUI charges stemming from a Chicago car accident that occurred on May 1st on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The accused, Joannie Pittman, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. Pittman’s bond was set at $350,000.00. According to reports, Pittman lost control of her vehicle on the busy expressway on the outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan near the 75th St. exit. She reportedly struck a guardrail before rolling the car over and ejecting the children and striking another vehicle.

One infant was killed as a result of the car crash while seven other individuals were injured including three children. Sources indicate that the baby and other minor passengers were all in the vehicle that Pittman was driving. The Chicago car accident shut down all outbound lanes of traffic. Eleven month old Everett Branlett of Chicago was taken to Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital where he died. Three other children were also taken to Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment. Two of the injured adults were taken to University of Chicago Hospital in serious condition, one was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, and another was taken to Stroger Hospital. A State Police statement has indicated that alcohol definitely played a role in the fatal Chicago car accident.

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Posted On: June 2, 2011

Three Injured in Lockport, IL, Car Accident

Three individuals were seriously injured in a suburban Chicago car accident yesterday in Lockport, IL. The two vehicle Illinois car crash occurred on Archer Ave. at the intersection of 144th St. in Lockport, IL. According to reports, a 1991 box truck being operated by a Chicago man attempted to make a U-Turn onto northbound Archer Ave. near the 114th St. intersection when it was struck by a 1989 GMC pickup truck. The GMC pickup truck was being driven by a Lockport woman and had been travelling southbound behind the box truck on Archer. Police have indicated that attempting a U-Turn at the location of the Chicago car accident is illegal as it impedes traffic.

The GMC truck had a Lockport woman driver and a male passenger, also from Lockport. The driver of the box truck and both the Lockport male and female each suffered serious injuries as a result of the Chicago area car accident. All three were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL, for treatment of their injuries. The suburban Chicago car accident is still being investigated by local authorities.

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