Sun-Times headlines - Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

  • 2 seriously injured in Woodstock crash Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 09:45

    Two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday in northwest suburban Woodstock.

    A semi truck and another vehicle crashed about 3:25 a.m. on Route 14 near Hartland Road, according to Woodstock police.

    As of 4:30 a.m., one person was still pinned inside a vehicle, while a second person had been taken to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, said the Woodstock Fire Rescue District.

    Police said both people were in serious condition.

    Route 14 was closed in both directions near Hartland. Additional details were not immediately available.


  • Man with gunshot wound walks into North Side hospital Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 06:58

    A man suffering from a gunshot wound walked into a North Side hospital late Monday claiming he was shot during an attempted robbery in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    About 11:45 p.m., the 18-year-old was shot in the left leg and walked into Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition, according to Chicago Police.

    He told investigators he was walking in the 2600 block of North Sheffield when two males, one of whom was armed, walked up and demanded his belongings, police said. The man said the would-be robbers opened fire when he tried to run away.

    Police said the man told officers “he was intoxicated and unsure of the exact location of the incident.” Area North detectives were investigating.


  • Man shot, seriously wounded in Back of the Yards Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 06:40

    A man was seriously wounded in a Back of the Yards neighborhood shooting late Monday on the South Side.

    The 18-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the left shoulder and right side about 11:40 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Peoria, according to Chicago Police.

    He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital. Additional details were not immediately available as Area Central detectives investigated the circumstances of the incident.


  • Dear Abby: Mexico trip with baby worries woman’s mom Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 05:00

    DEAR ABBY: My 21-year-old daughter has a 6-month-old child. The father is a 36-year-old man who was recently deported to Mexico. He continues to contact her and wants her to travel to Mexico to visit him.

    I am terrified of all the things that could happen to her if she goes. I don’t trust him. I keep thinking, will he try to keep the baby? Will he try to keep them both or entice her to do something illegal? (He had an earlier felony conviction.)

    Am I overreacting? How can I get her to recognize that these types of things happen all the time? — MOTHER IN ILLINOIS

    DEAR MOTHER: The most important thing you can do right now is calm down. Your daughter is an adult, and you need to treat her like one. You are within your rights to express your concern, but if she wants to go, you cannot stop her.

    If I were her mother, I’d approach it this way: Offer to take care of your grandchild while she visits the baby’s daddy. That way she can get a look at how he’s living and what he is doing. Suggest she take lots of photos with her.

    But unless she is absolutely sure that the environment is safe for her child, the little one should stay north of the border.

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend’s friend “Keira” moved back here to help take care of his mom. He has known her for more than 10 years. They didn’t have an intimate relationship; it was more of a friendship than anything.

    He’s very loving toward me and treats me like gold. The problem I’ve been having is, he doesn’t understand how some things bother me.

    For instance, when the three of us went to dinner, they were sharing food by feeding each other. I’m sure people probably thought they were a couple. When I asked him why he didn’t put some food on a plate and give it to her, he didn’t have an answer.

    Also, they watch TV in bed together.

    He thinks these are normal “friend things” to do. I’m not a jealous person, but I have my limits.

    We don’t live close, so we see each other only a few times a week. Keira doesn’t pay anything to live there. He said she has nowhere to go, and it was his agreement with her that if she came home with him she would always have a place to stay.

    I like her, but sometimes feel like I’m dating both of them. He’s clueless. They are dependent on each other. She fixes things around the house, and he lets her borrow his car for work. Am I just being petty? — THIRD WHEEL IN THE EAST

    DEAR THIRD WHEEL: Forgive me if this seems negative, but your boyfriend’s primary relationship seems to be with the girl who is living with him 24/7 and watching television in his bed rather than with you.

    Step back and look at it rationally: Keira’s living with him, taking care of the house and his mother, spending time in his bed, hand-feeding him, and the few times a week you see him, she’s coming along. He may treat you like gold, but it looks more like fool’s gold to me.

    Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at http://www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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  • Georgia Nicols horoscopes for March 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 05:00

    Moon Alert

    We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Aries.

    Aries (March 21-April 19)

    We both know that sometimes you are best served by keeping thy lip zipped. Oh yeah. Well, this is definitely one of those days. You feel feisty and more emotional than usual because the Moon is in your sign. Power struggles with others are classic. Oops.

    Taurus (April 20-May 20)

    You might be annoyed with someone today; however, you feel muzzled for some reason, which means you end up doing a slow boil. Grrr. Try to let this go because happiness promotes good health and unhappiness creates dis-ease. Keep smiling!

    Gemini (May 21-June 20)

    Today it will be hard to avoid a power struggle with a friend or a member of a group. If this is the case, why not ask yourself how important this issue really is? When the annals of history are written, will it really matter? If you put things in perspective, you’ll do the right thing.

    Cancer (June 21-July 22)

    You will likely have a dispute with a partner or close friend, and it will be public. Like an argument in an elevator? (Embarrassing.) Just hum “Bennie and the Jets” and cool yours.

    Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

    Avoid discussions about politics, religion and race today because these will likely end up in an argument with someone. Furthermore, the argument will become intense and nasty. You need this like a fish needs a bicycle. Run away! Run away!

    Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

    This is not an ideal day to discuss how to divide an inheritance or deal with shared property because egos will clash. Ironically, tomorrow is an excellent day for this kind of discussion. Table things until then. You’ll be glad you did.

    Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

    Power struggles with partners and close friends might take place at some point today. Knowing this ahead of time, you can gracefully sidestep this. You are a diplomatic sign. Admittedly, you argue well. But why go looking for trouble? (It will find you soon enough anyway.)

    Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

    This is the classic day for the breakdown of machinery and equipment at work, which in turn annoys people and creates arguments and power struggles. Accusations. Guilt trips. You get the picture. Try to hide in the tall grass until this blows over.

    Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

    Lover’s quarrels might take a nasty turn today. Knowing this ahead of time, be patient and accommodating and avoid touchy subjects. And don’t take the bait! Parents will also have to be patient with their kids who have meltdowns and hissy fits.

    Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

    Family squabbles might take place today, especially with a female relative (regardless of your own sex). Just be chill. Promote peace in the family. Keep your head down and your powder dry. Think of your main objective, which is a peaceful home environment (preferably mortgage-free).

    Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

    Don’t guilt someone into doing something today. Likewise, do not coerce others to agree with your way of thinking, even though you are born 50 years ahead of your time. Just be patient. Tomorrow is a calmer, more steady-Eddy kind of day.

    Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

    You might have a dispute with someone today over money or something you own. Or it could be about something that broke down and someone is trying to point fingers and lay blame. Don’t you love it? Give this kind of argument a wide berth. Don’t be critical of others.

    If Your Birthday Is Today

    Singer Lady Gaga (1986) shares your birthday today. You are focused, organized and a natural leader. You are also creative and fun-loving. You love a challenge. Although popular, you are also independent and value your privacy and your alone time. This is the year you’ve been waiting for! Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. Expect a major change, perhaps as significant as what occurred around 2006. It’s time to test your future!


  • Inbound Eisenhower reopens after Maywood shooting investigation Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 04:47

    All lanes of the inbound Eisenhower Expressway were shut down for about four hours after a vehicle was shot Monday night in west suburban Maywood.

    Troopers responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report a vehicle that was struck by gunfire on I-290 east of 17th Avenue, according to Illinois State Police. No injuries were reported.

    All inbound lanes were shut down while state police investigated, but were reopened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said


  • Experience gives North Carolina edge over Final Four foes Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 04:37

    Along with their uniforms, sneakers and sweats, the North Carolina players made sure to pack portable gaming systems for their trip to Memphis, Tennessee, last week. Being cooped up in a hotel gets old fast, and you can only binge-watch Netflix for so many hours.

    “We’re going to be here for this long, I’m not going to just sit in the room and be bored,” Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks said.

    It’s a small thing, knowing a comfort from home can help keep boredom at bay as a three-day trip stretches into five and time seems to move slower each day. But as the games get bigger and the field gets smaller, it’s those small things that can add up to something big.

    North Carolina, as you might have heard a time or two, is the outsider at the newcomers game Saturday, a.k.a. the Final Four. Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their first appearances, and Oregon is back for the first time since 1939.

    North Carolina, meanwhile, is in the field for the second year in a row. Of the Tar Heels who see significant playing time, freshman Tony Bradley is the only one who wasn’t part of last year’s team, which came within seconds of winning the national title.

    That means while the Ducks, Bulldogs and Gamecocks all stumble around the Final Four wilderness, North Carolina could tell you the lay of the land blindfolded.

    “We’re a little more loose with it, and I think it’s because we’ve been here before,” Meeks said. “We’ve seen these type of things, and we know what it takes to get to that championship game.”

    Those who have never been to a Final Four will say these are games like any other, that the key is to maintain the same approach and not do anything different. But that’s not quite true.

    Between media requirements, practices and pep rallies, the teams will be operating on schedules not of their own making. The spotlight will be unlike anything they’ve ever seen, with more people at the open practices Friday than they see at some of their home games. Even when they’re on lockdown in the hotel, they’ll be surrounded by fans and hangers-on.

    “There’s an advantage [for North Carolina] with the whole process,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few acknowledged Monday. “The general distraction meter is going to go out the roof. Obviously, the Carolina kids have dealt with that and managed it great.”

    It’s not just the kids who will have to adapt. Few, Oregon coach Dana Altman and South Carolina coach Frank Martin have never been to a Final Four, either. Even as assistants. And regardless of how good a coach you are, there’s going to be something — probably more than one thing — that will take you by surprise.

    Martin told the story last weekend of how, when he took Kansas State on its Elite Eight run in 2010, he botched the quick turnaround after the Sweet 16.

    K-State had the late game in the Sweet 16, which went to double overtime. Naturally, the Wildcats then drew the early game in the regional final. In between, K-State was given the choice of an earlier practice or a later one at a different facility. Martin chose the early slot but opted for a walk-through rather than a true practice.

    “We slept-walked the whole first half,” Martin said of the regional final, which the Wildcats lost 63-56 to Butler. “I’ll never forgive myself. Because that practice, because of the time we got back, how soon we had to play, we went on the court and we did nothing but shoot balls and walk through things. And that’s not the way we practice.”

    A lesson learned, but only through experience.

    There’s one last wrinkle: The stadium.

    As in recent years, the Final Four is at a domed football stadium. The ceiling height, the size of the seating areas around the court, the depth perception — it’s all going to be different than what players are used to.

    And unlike previous years, none of the earlier rounds were played in domes. So that’s one more thing North Carolina has some familiarity with that the other three teams don’t.

    Small things, to be sure. But any advantage helps, and North Carolina’s experience gives the Tar Heels a big one.

    Follow me on Twitter @nrarmour.


  • Man injured in Indiana crash Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 03:56

    An overturned semi-truck Monday morning closed all westbound lanes on Interstate 94 in northern Indiana.

    The driver of the semi, 54-year-old Bryan Larose, was going too fast as he drove onto the interstate using the State Road 49 entrance ramp in Chesterton, Indiana, according to a preliminary investigation by Indiana state police.

    The truck overturned and slid about 100 feet before it rolled onto its roof, police said. It came to a stop with its roof against the concrete barrier wall.

    Larose was initially pinned inside the semi, police said. Once he got out, the driver was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana, with non-life threatening injuries.

    No other vehicles were involved in the crash.


  • Man, 86, missing from Norwood Park Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 03:51

    Police are looking for an 86-year-old man who went missing Monday from the Norwood Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

    Anthony Szymanski was last seen about 1 p.m. in the 4800 block of North Normandy, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. He suffers from dementia, has a pacemaker and has difficulty walking.

    Szymanski was wearing a brown jacket, beige sweater, blue jeans and gym shoes, police said. He was described as a 5-foot-5, 160-pound white man with a light complexion, grey hair and blue eyes.

    Szymanski is known to frequent the forest preserve near Foster Avenue and River Road, as well as the area of Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues, police said.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266.


  • 6 wounded in Monday shootings across Chicago Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 03:39

    Six people, including four teenage boys, were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago.

    The day’s latest shooting happened about 11:45 p.m. on the North Side. An 18-year-old man was shot in the left leg and walked into Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition, according to Chicago Police. He told investigators he was walking in the 2600 block of North Sheffield in the Lincoln Park neighborhood when two males, one of whom was armed, walked up and demanded his belongings. The man said the would-be robbers opened fire when he tried to run away. Police said the man told officers “he was intoxicated and unsure of the exact location of the incident.”

    About 5 minutes earlier, another 18-year-old man was seriously wounded in a Back of the Yards neighborhood shooting on the South Side. He suffered gunshot wounds to the left shoulder and right side about 11:40 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Peoria, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

    Just after 4:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was sitting inside a car in the 1800 block of West 64th Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital, police said. He was later transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition. Two persons of interest were being questioned Monday evening.

    A 16-year-old boy was shot at 9:09 a.m. about six blocks away in the same neighborhood. He was walking in an alley in the 6800 block of South Washtenaw when a black minivan drove down the alley, almost striking him, police said. Someone in the van then fired shots, striking the boy in the left leg. He was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

    About 2 hours earlier, two teenage boys were shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened at 6:59 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Austin, police said. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the right thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg and taken in fair condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

    The day’s shootings followed a weekend in which three people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy, and 29 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago. More than 690 people have been shot in the city this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

    Additionally, a federal ICE agent shot a 53-year-old man about 6:20 a.m. Monday in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were trying to make an arrest in the 6100 block of West Grand when a second person pointed a weapon at the agents, according to police and ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok. A special agent then discharged his firearm, striking the man at least once in the left arm. He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital. The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility will review the shooting.


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