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Boy injured when two rides collide at Chicago-area carnival

A boy was reportedly injured at a Chicago-area carnival Thursday evening when debris from two colliding rides hit him, according to witnesses.

The boy was standing near The Freak Out and Pharoah’s Fury when he was hit, Chicago’s WGN-TV reported.

“The piece fell off and hit the kid. It hit others as well. It was lying on top of him and his head was full of blood,” a witness told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.

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No one was on the rides during the collision, WGN reported.

Authorities did not give information on the boy’s condition but said his injuries were not life-threatening.

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(Associated Press)

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The carnival was at a church in Midlothian, a suburb of Chicago, FOX 32 reported.

The incident is under investigation.

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Chicago police spot nearly 5-foot-long alligator swimming in lagoon in popular park

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A nearly 5-foot-long alligator was found living in a lagoon in one of Chicago’s most popular parks Tuesday night and officials are not saying how the creature could’ve ended up there.

Chicago police received unconfirmed reports on social media early Tuesday that a possible alligator was seen swimming in the Humboldt Park lagoon in the city’s busy West Side.

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Several hours later, Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that authorities spotted the gator and that a state reptile specialist put the alligator at somewhere between four to- five feet long.

Guglielmi said that an effort to “humanely” capture the animal would be made sometime Tuesday night. Authorities said they plan to relocate the gator to a zoo for “veterinary evaluation.”

Spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control Jenny Schlueter told FOX32 that the mysterious alligator may have been a pet that was released into the wild after getting too big.

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A similar incident occurred in 2011 when two alligators were spotted just weeks apart in the Chicago River. Police said at the time that the animals were likely pets that had been released.

Alligators favor warm weather climates such as Florida but have been known to survive temporarily in the cold through a process similar to hibernation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Women’s stolen wallet discovered in vent with 14 others at old Illinois high school 75 years later

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A Missouri woman has been reunited with her stolen wallet 75 years after it went missing when it was discovered — along with 14 others — during a renovation at her old high school in a neighboring state.

The pastor of City Hope Church, Seth Baltzell, wrote on Facebook the discovery was made amid demolition work at the old Centralia High School in Centralia, Ill. A stash of 15 wallets from the mid-1940’s was found stuffed inside a heating vent.

“While someone took the cash they left behind all the pictures, information and other documents,” Baltzell wrote.

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Baltzell, who is moving his church into the school, said the wallets to appeared to have been from mostly women and school ID’s showed they were from the mid-1940’s.

“There are lots of things like pictures of soldiers,” he told KSDK.

After posting the photo and names of people that were discovered inside the vent, Baltzell’s Facebook post received over 1,100 shares.

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He was later contacted by the family of 89-year-old Betty June Sissom, who grew up in Centralia and now lives in Chesterfield, Mo.

“I remember it was red and I remember I lost my wallet…I can’t believe this from all these years ago. That’s me with a little boy by the name of Jimmy Kane and I had a crush on him,” Sissom told the television station. “Oh my goodness, look at the boys’ pictures I have. They took all the money, huh?”

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Sissom said even without finding money inside, being able to get her wallet with some photos back was “unbelievable.”

“This is exciting,” she told KSDK-TV. “I can’t believe after all of these years.”

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Navy Pier ‘chaos’ after Chicago fireworks show leaves 3 stabbed, 14 trampled: reports

At least three people were stabbed and more than a dozen injured in a subsequent stampede after panic broke out at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Thursday following a Fourth of July fireworks show, police said.

The stabbings came after an argument broke out on the pier around 10 p.m., Chicago police Sgt. Rocco Alioto said at a news conference. Police believe someone shouted “Gun!” in the crowd, causing people to panic, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Just chaos. Chaos. That’s all it was,” a 45-year-old woman visiting the pier told the newspaper. “We got separated from each other because everyone went in different directions when it started. But thank God, He got us all back together. That’s all that matters.”

“Just chaos. Chaos. That’s all it was.”

— Navy Pier visitor

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At least 14 people were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the stampede, Alioto said. The three people with stab wounds were taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.

Earlier reports that someone was also shot were false, police said. A fourth person,  who was originally believed to have been shot, actually suffered a bad puncture wound from banging into an overturned table as he fled the scene, police confirmed. That individual was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but his condition was unknown, WMAQ reported.

It remained unclear what prompted the stabbings, and the victims were “not cooperating” with investigators, Alioto said. The investigation is ongoing.

Several children were separated from their parents in the uproar. Navy Pier’s Guest Services organized family reunifications, according to Chicago Scanner reporter Eric Tendian, who was tweeting updates as the incident unfolded. Thousands of others live-streaming from the pier showed a heavy police presence at the scene, according to the Sun-Times.

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People ride a wave swinger at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Friday, June 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Everyone who entered Navy Pier for the fireworks display had to go through a police checkpoint, Alioto said. The stabbings occurred outside the “secure” area of the pier, he said.

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Chicago cops have ‘deep mistrust’ of state’s attorney’s office, police union says in letter

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Citing what it described as a “deep mistrust,” the union representing Chicago police officers called this week for a special prosecutor for any Cook County, Ill., case in which a police officer is a victim of a crime or has been charged with misconduct.

The request was made Monday, in a letter to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office has handled the alleged assault case involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

The letter, from Chicago Lodge No. 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, accuses the prosecutor’s office of violating the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act in cases where the crime victims are police officers.

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It also refers to two instances in which special prosecutors have been appointed to replace Foxx: the Smollett case and the case against activist Jedidiah Brown, whom officers had accused of assault after a demonstration.

“A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes,” reads the letter.

“A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes.”

— Chicago police union, in June 1 letter to state’s attorney’s office

It also says there have been “several instances” in which alleged offenders have been “arbitrarily released” from prison because of allegations of police coercion.

It is signed by four FOP officials: President Kevin Graham, vice presidents Pat Murray and Martin Preib, and legal defense Co-Chairman Robert Bartlett.

Foxx’s office responded Tuesday, calling the FOP letter a “stunt,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. It accused the police union of trying “to incite conflict and divide” the city.

Foxx, 47, a native of Chicago, has been Cook County state’s attorney since Dec. 1, 2016, after being elected to the office a month earlier.

She has come under scrutiny on national level this year because of the Smollett case, which began Jan. 29, when the actor told police he had been the victim of a racist attack.

About three weeks later, on Feb. 19, Foxx recused herself from the case, citing her “familiarity with potential witnesses,” but kept oversight of the case within her office.

Then on March 8, Smollett was indicted on charges that he had fabricated his story. But less than three weeks later, Foxx’s office dropped all charges against the actor – a move that outraged then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and prompted the police union to call for an investigation into the reasoning behind Foxx’s decision.

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Foxx’s office sparked more furor days later, when it clarified March 28 that Foxx had never “formally” recused herself from the Smollett case, but had used the term in a “colloquial” sense rather than a legal sense.

In late June, a judge appointed a special prosecutor to review the Smollett case, suggesting that Foxx erred by appointing an aide to oversee the case after she recused herself.

The judge said Smollett could face new charges in connection with the case.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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New video places Jussie Smollett, ‘attackers’ at scene of alleged hoax

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New video obtained by Fox News appears to show Jussie Smollett and the two Osundairo brothers –whom police insist the actor paid to pretend to beat him – walking around the vicinity of the alleged attack perhaps just minutes before it happened, according to police notes.

The video was obtained from the Chicago Police Department via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA).

According to police notes, the surveillance video is likely between 1:45 and 2 a.m. on January 29 and appears to show Smollett in the same white, patterned sweater he was later captured wearing by Chicago Police body cameras when officers entered his apartment to respond to the 911 call about his alleged hate crime.

A portion of the newly released surveillance video shows Smollett walking away from his luxurious Chicago high-rise apartment building. He walks in a calm manner toward the direction of the Subway sandwich shop, where he told police he went and later returned to encounter his alleged attackers. The video also appears to show Smollett releasing a puff or two of smoke, which was also noted by investigators in handwritten police documents obtained by Fox News.

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The surveillance video also shows Abel and Ola Osundairo walking around the same area near the time of the reported attack. Chicago police and the brother’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, tell Fox News the two men in hooded sweatshirts seen on the video are the brothers.

At one point in the video, one of the brothers can be seen wearing a red-brimmed hat. Police notes indicate that surveillance video from a hardware store appears to show the brothers purchasing the red-brimmed hat, along with thin white rope and other supplies they claim Smollett instructed them to buy for the alleged hoax.

“Two subjects now known to be [redacted] and [redacted] enter the store and purchase several items, which included gloves, face masks and a red hat,” Chicago police notes read.

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The red-brimmed hat was also documented in a detective’s notes of surveillance video, “they linger together, walk SB out of view [one wearing a red brim cap].”

Schmidt believes the new video shows the brothers arriving early before the incident that police say was a staged attack. In the video, the brothers can be seen sitting near a bench, which is where Schmidt said the brothers were instructed to base themselves.

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Fox News reached out to Smollett’s attorneys at Geragos and Geragos law firm to see if the actor wanted to comment on any of the surveillance videos but did not hear back.

Smollett maintains his innocence and insists he was the victim of a true hate crime.

A veteran judge in Cook County ruled a special prosecutor will investigate the handling of the Smollett case after critics say Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx botched the investigation. The actor could be charged with the same or new criminal charges.

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Illinois husband, wife die while diving in Lake Michigan off Wisconsin, officials say

A husband and wife from Illinois both died after a diving incident on Lake Michigan off the coast of Wisconsin on Friday, according to officials.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it was called Friday afternoon to the dive boat about 17 miles off Milwaukee about a woman who was unresponsive after surfacing.

Officials said the woman, identified as 53-year-old Susan Winn, came up about 300 feet rapidly, was unresponsive and did not survive.

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Her husband, 53-year-old James Winn, did not resurface from his dive, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

“This person was diving which means they had a buoyancy suit on, which means they may not be floating on the surface but maybe a couple feet under the water at which point it is even harder to find,” Coast Guard Lt. Phillip Gurtler told FOX6.

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A couple from Illinois died while diving in Lake Michigan off the coast of Wisconsin on Friday, according to officials. (WITI-TV)

Authorities search off the coast of South Milwaukee on Friday night and Saturday morning for Winn before calling off the search around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Officials told FOX6 that he is now presumed dead.

One Coast Guard boat, one Coast Guard helicopter and three Milwaukee police units were seen searching for the missing diver.

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The boat driver and two other divers on board were not hurt in the incident.

The couple from Kildeer, Illinois were experienced divers, officials told FOX6.

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In the wake of the two deaths, the Coast Guard is reminding those heading out on the lake this summer to have a plan in place when heading out on the water.

“Make sure you have a float plan that if you don’t come back, someone knows where you are and when you should be coming back,” Gurtler told FOX6.

The deaths are now under investigation by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chicago’s oldest pipeline extracted in historic moment

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Chicago pipeline in operation since before the Civil War was honored and excavated as the last of its kind on Friday morning.

The cast-iron gas pipeline had been running from 1859 until just a week ago, when the last customer using it finally switched to a modern natural gas main.

A small working crew extracted the 17-foot-long pipe from a large hole and placed it on a flatbed truck at Hubbard and Orleans streets in River North, in what the city’s cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, called a historical occasion, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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“It’s a tremendously big deal to see this amazing bit of history come out of the ground,” Samuelson said.

Back in the 1800s when Chicago had under 112,000 people, the pipeline helped keep residents safe against crime at night by giving the city reliable light.

“Drawing from these pipes you could have a fixture in your house that would give reliable, brilliant light,” Samuelson said. “Dark streets could now have a gas streetlight that would brightly make the street a safe place to walk.”

The excavation was part of the System Modernization Program, created by Peoples Gas in 2011 with the goal of replacing over 2,000 miles of natural gas pipeline in Chicago.

Andy Hesselbach, Peoples Gas vice president of construction, says the new pipelines will be less prone to leaks and this specific one had experienced 30 leaks in the past 30 years.

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“We’ve had a cast-iron system since the 1800s, and over time it has been replaced as we’ve upgraded,” Hesselbach told the Chicago Tribune. “Higher pressures require smaller pipe, and (newer pipes) also have certain safety benefits.”

Days prior to the extraction, workers dug a hole around the pipe, surrounded it in wood and placed bags and stoppers to prevent the flow of gas during the process.

The pipe may be out of the streets, but a portion of it will live on. It’s scheduled to be on display at the Peoples Gas training center, while another will be donated to the Chicago History Museum, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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“It’s a gas pipe, but to see the real thing when this was in an era of dirt streets and horse-drawn wagons that evolved into building up things like the Merchandise Mart, and this pipe never went anywhere. Not only was it sitting there, it was supplying the gas to all of these places throughout history,” Samuelson told the Chicago Tribune. “Seeing it come out of the ground, it’s not my usual day at the office.”

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Gutfeld: Eric Trump spitting incident shows ‘politics is now a personal vendetta’

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Eric Trump’s claim that a waitress spat on him at a Chicago restaurant on Tuesday evening is proof political disagreements have become extremely charged, according to Greg Gutfeld.

The media also claims some blame for such politically-charged public incidents, Gutfeld noted Wednesday on “The Five.”

“You realize a lot of the responsibility is in the media that has raised the temperature in the last couple years,” he said.

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“The Trump family can’t possibly be as bad as the media says they are,” Gutfeld added. “That’s why politics is now a personal vendetta.”

Eric Trump said in an interview he was spat on by a restaurant worker Tuesday night in an incident he called a “disgusting act.”

“For a party that preaches tolerance, this, once again, demonstrates they have very little civility,” Eric Trump told Breitbart.

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“When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning,” Gutfeld added.

The “Greg Gutfeld Show” host claimed the media hurts such situations by suggesting people may gain publicity or notoriety from doing things such as this incident involving Eric Trump.

“The media makes it so that people think this might help them or make this emotionally gratifying thing by attacking somebody,” Gutfeld said. “But you just look like a loser.”

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The Chicago Police Department confirmed they were at the scene “assisting” the U.S. Secret Service. They did not confirm Eric Trump was the target.

In a statement from the restaurant company which owns The Aviary, The Alinea Group, they called the altercation between Eric Trump and their employee “unfortunate.”

“No customer should ever be spit upon. We have not yet spoken with the employee, but our HR team has, in the meantime, placed her on leave,” The Alinea Group told Fox News.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo and Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Illinois police officer shot, killed while responding to battery and disturbance call

A police officer in Illinois was shot and killed while responding to a call for help in a rural community on Tuesday, according to officials.

Illinois State Police said in a news release that 39-year-old Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum had responded to a battery and disturbance call around 2 p.m. in Avon, located about 45 miles west of Peoria.

While responding to the scene, officials said that “multiple shots were fired,” and Chisum was shot and killed.

“On behalf of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Chisum,” Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said in a statement. “Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to the service of his community. His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered.”

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Chisum was a four and a half year veteran of the sheriff’s office and was also a paramedic with the Fulton County EMA. He was also a member of the West Central Special Response Team, and the ILEAS WMD/SRT Team, Region 6, according to state police.

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Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum was shot and killed while responding to a battery and disturbance call in Avon, Illinois on Tuesday. (WHOI via NNS)

The suspected shooter had barricaded themselves at a home in in the rural community, and drew the response of multiple police departments to assist with the “ongoing situation.”

State police said the suspect remained barricaded as of Tuesday night. The agency did not release additional information as of Wednesday morning.

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The shooting drew a massive response of law enforcement, including officers from the U.S. Marshals in addition to drone and helicopter presence, WEEK-TV reported

A large procession of law enforcement traveled from Avon to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. on Tuesday night as Chisum’s body was transported after the shooting.

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The Illinois officer is the fourth member of law enforcement shot and killed in the line of duty in the past week, and the 23rd cop killed in the line of duty this year.

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