Uptown drive-by shooting leaves two teens in hospital

An alleged drive-by shooting at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Sheridan Road in Uptown sent two teens to the hospital Tuesday night with minor gunshot wounds.

Here’s the story from the Chicago Tribune:

Two teenagers suffered minor gunshot wounds in an apparent drive-by shooting Tuesday night at a busy intersection in the Uptown neighborhood, police said.

The boys, ages 15 and 17, were standing on the street near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Wilson Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. when someone inside a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle opened fire, according to police, citing early reports.

The 15-year-old was struck in the leg, while the older teen was hit in the buttocks, said Officer Ron Gaines, a police spokesman.

Both teens were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were listed in good condition as of this morning, Gaines said.

Police hadn’t made any arrests in the shooting.

– Nick Passarelli

Man charged in beating at Chicago Avenue Red Line stop

A Chicago teen being charged with two counts of aggravated battery after punching a man at the Chicago Red Line ‘L’ platform near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, then publicizing a video recording of the incident.

Here’s the story from the Chicago Tribune (video included):

A teen has been charged with decking a man at a downtown ‘L’ station earlier this year in an incident recently posted on the Internet that prompted a citywide search for the attacker.

Chicago police said that Scotty Strahan, 18, was the person who punched an unidentified man at the Chicago Avenue Red Line stop in April as his friends watched and laughed. Police said he turned himself in.

Police suspected that the victim, a slow-moving older-looking man with salt-and-pepper hair, may have been homeless. The video showed an assailant tapping the victim on the shoulder from behind and punching him in the face after he turned.

The video, apparently taken by one of the assailant’s friends, was recently posted on worldstarhiphop.com, prompting the search for the attacker.

Strahan turned himself in to police at Belmont Area headquarters and was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, police said this morning.

Strahan, of the 8600 block of South Normal Avenue, was sentenced to probation earlier this year after he was cited for causing a traffic hazard, according to court records.

He will appear in court later today.


Police search for missing Rogers Park woman

Evalina Lopez. Police photo.
Chicago police are searching for a missing Rogers Park woman whom suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police issued a missing persons alert today for a 60-year-old West Rogers Park woman with Alzheimer’s disease who left her residence at 3 a.m. and has not been seen since.

Evalina Lopez, of the 6400 block of North Hoyne Avenue on the Far North Side, was wearing a three-quarter length red coat, a red scarf, blue jeans and gold boots, according to police. She is not carrying any identification and is not believed to have any money.

Lopez stands 5-feet-8, weighs 140 pounds and has red hair, brown eyes and a dark black complexion, according to police.

They said she recently moved to the area for medical treatment and may be trying to get to the Greyhound Bus Station.

Anyone with information about Lopez is asked to call the West Belmont Area Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8200.

Loyola students are blunt about proposed marijuana law

By Emily Bouroudjian

Many students at Loyola University Chicago support the idea of decriminalizing the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana.

Alderman Daniel Solis, of the 25th ward, recently introduced the Marijuana Ticketing Ordinance at a Chicago City Council meeting. The reason behind this ordinance is to raise revenue for the city and to have police focus their time on more serious crime matters.

” I really like the idea of having the police focus on more serious things” said Jamie McKinney, 19, a sophomore theater major. “Why waste money on someone for having pot?”

If the plan is passed, the consequences will be brought down drastically. As of now, the penalty for having marijuana in your possession is being charged of a misdemeanor which could lead up to six months of jail time and a fine of $1,500. With the plan approved, the penalty will be brought down to having a fine of $200 and up to 10 hours of community service.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has yet to decide whether he supports the idea, and his backing is crucial to whether the plan moves forward.

Meanwhile, college students favor the idea.

” This is a good idea for small amounts of marijuana, there should be a penalty but it’s not too harsh so it’s good” said Callie Short, 19, a Loyola psychology major.

Yet some students, while agreeing with the new plan, feel that it might be too lenient.

“I would rather them pay a huge fine then put them in jail, the taxpayers shouldn’t spend money to house people in jail for a short amount of time on a dumb rule,” said Kara Dippner, 22, a senior psychology major.

Bridget Danahy, 19, a sophomore theater and AD/PR major agreed.

“They should pay us, not us pay for them. The fine should be a bit higher.”

There has been a general consensus that this will benefit everyone in more ways than one.

“ People are gonna do it  anyways,” said Alyssa Jutovsky, 19, a theater and pre-law major. “It will be safer if people don’t have to be shady about having it in their possession.”