January 28, 2021

Man fatally shot moments after entering ride-share vehicle on West Side, cops say

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot soon after entering a ride-share vehicle in Humboldt Park late Monday and Chicago police are investigating the shootings as a homicide, authorities said.

About 11:15 p.m. a 19-year-old had just entered a ride-sharing vehicle and the driver told police that “moments later he heard multiple gunshots,” according to a statement from Chicago police. The driver then looked at the passenger and discovered he’d been shot in the head, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the driver picked up the man but he stopped at a gas station in the 3300 block of West Beach Avenue “and immediately called 911 for help,” investigators said.

The 19-year-old was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The man had not been identified as of Tuesday morning. The Cook County medical examiner’s office was expected

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Family, Neighbors of Man Accused of Not Letting Cops Break Window to Free Daughter from Hot Car Speak Out

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The mother of a Las Vegas man who was charged in the death of his 1-year-old daughter — who died in a locked Nissan Altima on Monday night — has spoken out to say her son was not negligent.

Sidney Deal, 27, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with child abuse, neglect, or endangerment resulting in substantial bodily harm after accidentally locking his 21-month-old daughter, Sayah Deal, inside his hot car. He then allegedly refused to break the windows to free her, apparently not wanting to damage the car and believing she was in air-conditioning.

“He asked the officers to help him,” Sidney Deal’s mother Artavia Wilson told KLAS. “My son was not negligent. The way he handled it was not that he cared more about the car. He thought his daughter was in air [conditioning].”

He has yet to enter

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Cops: Car burglar hits police cruiser during getaway

MANCHESTER — Police are looking for a man who they say fled from officers — sideswiping one of their cruisers — after breaking into vehicles early Thursday morning.

In a release, Lt. Ryan Shea said officers were called to Pine Street just before 5 a.m. Thursday for a report of a person burglarizing a motor vehicle.

When the suspect saw police, Shea said he jumped in a red Honda Accord and drove away, “sideswiping a Manchester Police vehicle in the process of fleeing.”

The vehicle’s body is consistent with 2003 to 2007 model Accords, he said.

The vehicle has a rear spoiler, an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror, and the front license plate “is believed to be a chrome decorative plate with a Honda logo,” Shea said. There may be damage to the front passenger side or black paint transferred in the collision, he said.

“Manchester officers have

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Cops: Woman drove drunk with 3 daughters in car before crashing through Brentwood house

Surveillance footage shows the frightening moments when an out-of-control SUV careens off a side street, across a front lawn and, police said, “through a house” in Brentwood Sunday evening, coming to rest on the lawn of a neighboring home.

The driver, a 34-year-old Bay Shore woman, was arrested and charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law — after Suffolk County Police said a responding officer discovered her three young daughters, aged 4, 5 and 8, in the crashed vehicle.

Ashley Thomas-Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk County Police said. She faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip. Thomas-Smith was treated for what police described as “non-life-threatening injuries” after the crash on Blue Jay Drive at 6:40 p.m. Police said the girls were taken with their mother to Southside Hospital

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Two found stabbed in car in Middlesex County, cops say

Two people were found stabbed in a vehicle in South Brunswick following an altercation on Sunday.

a car parked on the side of a road: South Brunswick police

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Officers arrived at the corner of Bard Drive and White Oak Court around 7:40 p.m. after getting a 911 call about a stabbing, according to South Brunswick police Lt. Gene Rickle.

The victims were brought to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

Rickle said the dispute that led to the stabbing took place in the area of the apartment complex and that there is no threat to the general public. He declined to offer a description of the suspects or provide additional information, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Mike Pellino or Det. Rick Delucia at 732-329-4646.

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Man smashes patrol car window, pepper-sprays Portland police officer: cops

A heavily armed Oregon man smashed the window of a parked patrol car in broad daylight Sunday and pepper-sprayed an officer who was doing paperwork inside, authorities said.

The cop was sitting in the vehicle around 9:40 a.m. when 41-year-old John Russell broke the back window, deployed his pepper spray and ran to his own car in a random and disturbing attack in Portland, according to police.

The officer managed to broadcast the suspect’s description through his radio and the assailant was caught just six blocks away, the Portland Police Department said in a news release.

Inside Russell’s car, police found throwing knives, rocks, a laser pointer, a slingshot, window punch tools, pepper spray and other items, according to the release.

The Portland resident was arrested and charged with assaulting a public safety officer, aggravated harassment and first-degree criminal mischief, all felonies. He was released hours later after posting bond,

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Man in standoff was wanted after abandoning flipped car with guns and drugs inside, Palmer cops say

An armed man involved in a standoff Friday with police in Monroe County was wanted for leaving a crashed car along Route 22 with guns and drugs inside, Palmer Township police said.

Emir Christopher Justiniani, of North Seventh Street in Allentown, was arrested Friday afternoon after a four-hour standoff with Stroud Area Regional police at a hotel outside Stroudsburg, the department said.

Justiniani and his girlfriend were stopped that day in connection with his warrant from last month’s crash in Palmer Township, township police said.

On Sept. 13, police were called to Route 22 East near the 25th Street exit for a crash with a vehicle rolled over, Palmer police Detective Jim Alercia said.

Officers found a battered Honda sedan on its roof, tangled in brush and fencing on the south side of the highway, but there was no sign of the driver.

A witness reported to police he was

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Car fire kills female driver after vehicle hits tree in Roosevelt, Nassau cops say

A female driver was killed Sunday afternoon in Roosevelt after she crashed a Toyota into a tree, and the vehicle caught fire, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

The crash happened on Hudson Avenue, between Elysian Terrace and North Long Beach Avenue, at about 4:10 p.m. as the driver was headed westbound in a 2020 Toyota RAV4.

She “left the roadway and struck a tree,” according to a news release from Police Officer Eric Evensen, a department spokesman.

“As a result of the collision her car became fully engulfed in flames,” the release said.

The Roosevelt Fire Department extinguished the fire, and she was found inside and declared dead at the scene, according to the release, which said her name would be withheld until her family can be notified.

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