2 firefighters injured, 11 displaced after extra-alarm fire in Grand Crossing

CHICAGO — An early morning fire caused damage to four buildings, hurt two firefighters and displaced 11 people in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood.

The fire started around 1 a.m. Monday at a vacant building in the 7600 block of South Drexel Avenue and spread to three other buildings.

The homes were fully engulfed in flames.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition.

Eleven people, including four children, were displaced as a result of the fire.

The fire was extinguished around 3 a.m.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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2 injured after Postal Service semi, SUV collide in Elmhurst

ELMHURST, Ill. — The northbound lanes of Route 83 were closed just north of I-290 in Elmhurst after a rollover crash involving a USPS postal service truck and an SUV.

The accident happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday on Route 83 and North Frontage Road — about a half mile north of I-290.

The male driver of the SUV had to be extricated and airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

The driver of the postal service semi was also injured and transported by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital.

State police are investigating the accident.

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Arlington Heights man charged with murder in wife’s death

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — An Arlington Heights man has been charged with shooting and killing his wife as she walked into their home carrying their 1-year-old child.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 42-year-old Jose Arturo Salgado-Roque has been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday.

The sheriff’s department alleges that Salgado-Roque fatally shot 38-year-old Divina Salgado on Sunday afternoon at their Arlington Heights residence. Investigators identified Salgado-Roque as the suspect and took him into custody.

The couple’s 1-year-old child and two other children were placed in the custody of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Skokie police officer injured in crash with stolen car

SKOKIE, Ill. — Skokie police say they are looking for three people after a stolen minivan crashed into a police car and injured a patrol officer.

Officers responded to a series of reports of car burglaries in Skokie. At least one garage was broken into, and the vehicle inside was stolen.

Police officers were chasing that stolen car, when the crash happened. The Skokie officer who was injured is expected to be OK.

Two men were arrested shortly after the crash.

A third suspect got away in another stolen car. He was caught on the city’s South Side near 59th and Halsted. The man was also taken into custody.

Police believe at least three other suspects got away.

Police say they are still searching for a stolen 2005 white Nissan Pathfinder with Illinois license plate No. H595187.

Anyone with information is urged to call Skokie police.

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Assailant in German cinema attack killed

VIERNHEIM, Germany — An armed assailant who attacked a German cinema Thursday has been killed, a German official said.

The masked attacker entered the cinema with a rifle shortly before 3 p.m. local time, Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth said. The incident took place in Viernheim, near Frankfurt in western Germany.

An early report from German public TV said 25 people were injured in the incident. But it’s not clear if any of the injured were shot, or were hurt in other ways.

Beuth said police received a report about four shots fired.

“There were hostages in the vicinity of the individual. It was at this point that he was fatally shot by special forces,” he said. “I have no knowledge that anyone else was harmed.”

The U.S. Embassy in Germany said officials are looking into the possibility that tear gas might have caused some of the injuries among the people who were hurt, spokeswoman Jackie McKennan said.

The cinema is part of a major shopping center, home to more than 100 businesses. The Rhein Neckar Zentrum Vienheim shopping complex hosts 20,000 visitors daily, according to its website.

“This (police) operation is now finished,” the shopping center said on its Facebook page. “At this moment in time we have no information on injured persons. The driveway is still blocked. We will keep you updated on new developments. ”

While the motive for Thursday’s attack remains unclear, police have repeatedly warned that Germany could be targeted by ISIS.

Germany absorbed more than 1 million refugees last year, and there have been concerns about the possibility of ISIS cells in the country.

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Chicago to add nearly 100 new officers as city struggles to confront violence

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will add nearly 100 new officers to the force Tuesday, and Chicago needs the help. The murder rates surpassed 300 over the weekend — only halfway through the year — compared to 480 homicides in all of 2015.

The new officers will hit the streets following yet another very deadly weekend with a tally of 13 murders and 46 people wounded between Friday evening and Monday morning.

The latest police graduation will add 97 new officers and 88 new sergeants to a force struggling to fight deadly violence.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department is focused on getting illegal guns off the streets. This weekend alone the department seized nearly 100 guns including a number of semiautomatic weapons, he said, and the department has taken over 4200 illegal guns so far this year.

Johnson said the department is also focused on strengthening community relations, working with young people in neighborhoods with rampant issues with violence, and recruiting more minority officers.

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Former Bear Bryan Robinson found dead in Milwaukee hotel room

MILWAUKEE — Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson has died.

Robinson was found dead in a hotel room in Milwaukee late Saturday night.

Police say they are investigating the situation as a sudden death and added there were no signs of obvious trauma or nothing suspicious.

Robinson spent six seasons with the Bears 1998 through 2003.

Robinson was 41-years-old.

A autopsy is being performed this morning. Reports will be released after autopsy.

The Chicago Bears released the following statement on the passing of Robinson:

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bryan Robinson.  He will be remembered for the determination and work ethic he displayed on the field over his six years in Chicago.  The Bears and our fans will always be indebted to him for his game-saving blocked field goal in Green Bay six days after Walter Payton’s passing.  Our prayers are with Bryan and his family.”

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