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Man says he was shot pumping gas in West Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 19, 2011

A man told Chicago police he was shot Saturday morning while he was filling his car with fuel at a  West Rogers Park gas station, Chicago Breaking News is reporting.

Here is the story from Chicago Breaking News:

A 25-year-old man told police he was shot while pumping gas this morning at a West Rogers Park service station — but videotapes at the gas station don’t seem to show anyone being injured there, a station manager said.

The man walked into St. Francis Hospital in Evanston about 3:45 a.m. and said he had been shot at a gas station at Touhy and Western avenues about 10 minutes earlier, a Rogers Park watch commander said, citing a preliminary report.

The man, who was shot in the leg, told officers who came to take a report on the incident that he had been pumping gas at the station — the Touhy & Western Marathon — when he heard a shot and felt pain, according to the report.

The victim provided little additional information. And a manager of the gas station, reached by phone this morning, said he had reviewed videotapes and spoken to employees who had been on-duty at the 24-hour gas station, and has been unable to verify anything about someone being shot there this morning.

“I’m looking and looking, and I don’t see anything–I looked from 3 to 4, went back to 2, then to 4, nothing,” on station surveillance video, said the manager, who didn’t want to be named.

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Funding cut for troubled nursing home near Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 19, 2011

Federal authorities  are cutting Medicaid funding to the Wincrest Nursing Center in Rogers Park after state and federal inspections documented fights, drug and alcohol abuse among residents, Chicago Breaking News reports.

Here are details from the Chicago Breaking News story:

The 80-bed facility, which primarily houses adults with mental illness, has for years been the subject of complaints from local officials and neighbors, including students and staff from the nearby Loyola University Chicago.

A 2009 Tribune article showed that Wincrest — located in the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue — had failed to notify state officials of numerous felons living in the facility, as required by state law, and reported that some residents used illegal drugs and committed crimes in the neighborhood.

Wincrest administrator Narad Persadsingh did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Federal officials said they notified the facility today that Medicaid funding will cease Sunday, though Medicaid will still provide money for some residents for up to 30 days or until they can be relocated.

Wincrest could elect to stay open while trying to re-enter the Medicaid system or sell to a new owner. But the funding cutoff will likely force Wincrest to close because the facility receives almost 99 percent of its revenue from Medicaid.

The funding cutoff follows several lengthy inspection reports that portrayed Wincrest as a chaotic and violent facility where some residents lashed out at others, abused drugs and alcohol, received inadequate treatment and wandered into the community with little supervision.

A December 2010 state public health inspection found one Wincrest resident was prostituting herself in the neighborhood and using the money to purchase crack cocaine. Another resident pulled a foot-long knife on a housemate and threatened to stab him.

In recent months, Wincrest has responded to the federal and state findings by addressing some of its major problems but failing to resolve others. Federal authorities said today that the facility still is not providing some residents with sufficient psychiatric services to prevent “avoidable mental deterioration,” among other unresolved issues.

State officials will continue to have a monitor at Wincrest “to ensure they are compliant with state regulations,” according to Kelly Jakubek, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Police release photos of Uptown convenience store robbers

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 19, 2011

Chicago police have released surveillance photographs of a couple wanted in the recent robbery of an Uptown convenience store.

Here is the story from Chicago Breaking News:

Police today released surveillance photos of a man and woman who robbed a North Side convenience store last week.

The pair went into the store in the 5000 block of North Sheridan Road in the Uptown neighborhood about 2:15 p.m., according to a police alert.

The woman was playing instant lottery tickets at the store cash register when the man went behind the counter with a small handgun and pushed the cashier aside, according to police.

The woman snatched money that was on top of the counter and the two then fled the store. They ran north away from the store.

The man was described as black, with a medium complexion, with brown eyes and about 6 feet tall, weighing between 170 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket and black pants.

The woman was also black, with black hair and a tattoo on her neck. She stood about 5-foot-3 and weighed about 120 pounds. She was wearing a red-and-black hoodie sweatshirt, tan pants and an  orange hat.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Belmont Area detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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Lemont High service ace commits to Loyola volleyball

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 19, 2011

Vicki Wrobel

Vicki Wrobel, a senior service ace from Lemont High School, has committed to play women’s volleyball at Loyola University Chicago.

Here is the story from TribLocal:

Lemont High School senior Vicki Wrobel has committed to play women’s volleyball at Loyola University Chicago beginning in Fall 2011.

She is the third Lemont senior to finalize her plans to play college volleyball next year, joining Courtney Keefe (Bradley University) and Becca Brabec (Clarkson University).

 A four-year starter, Wrobel was a key factor as head coach Chris Zogata’s squad enjoyed the program’s most successful stretch ever during her career.

In four varsity seasons, Wrobel helped the Indians to a 120-26 record, four IHSA Regional titles, three South Suburban Conference-Blue Division crowns, and two IHSA Sectional runner-up finishes. Lemont won at least 30 matches each season from 2007-09 – including a school-record 33 contests during her freshman year in 2007 and went 47-1 in SSC play in four campaigns.

Wrobel dished out 2,131 assists in her career, despite sharing time at the setter position her first two seasons. She led the squad in service aces each of her final three years, and landed 193 aces in her career. She also collected 426 digs and 64 blocks over four seasons, and ended her career as a .456 hitter.

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