Loyola issues ban on hoverboards

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr
Photo Credit: Ben Larsey/Flickr

Loyola Vice President of Student Developement, Jane Neufeld, announced in an email to Loyola students a new ban on the popular “hoverboard”, Friday, Jan. 15.

The email outlines the parameters of the ban, which prohibits “the use, storage, and possession of hoverboards, and similar devices typically powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, on campus.”

According to Neufeld, the decision came from a concern over the product’s fire safety standards after a number of hoverboards have been reported as spontaneously catching fire.

Various prohibitions of hoverboards have been issued across campuses nationwide in response to these fire safety concerns, including George Washington University, American University, Ohio State University and Xavier University.

Man shot in North Rogers Park

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A drive-by shooting the 1900 block of West Birchwood resulted in one man critically injured around 8:12 pm, Wednesday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times wire reported the victim was a 26-year-old male who was standing on the corner when he was shot in the head by a shooter inside the passing car.

He has been transported to Presence St. Francis Hospital, where he is reported to be in critical condition.

Loyola student charged with armed robbery

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Makiah M. Burns, 18, of Hazel Crest and a freshman at Loyola University Chicago faces two counts of armed robbery after being connected with a Bucktown robbery that occurred Monday.

Prosecutors say Burns drove two passengers in a 2008 black Honda Accord who have been connected to two robberies that night.

An article from the Chicago Sun-Times Wire reported the following:

Prosecutors say Burns drove two others in a 2008 black Honda Accord that stopped near the 2000 block of West Concord Place around 10 p.m. Monday.

The two robbers grabbed the bag of a 32-year-old man walking down the alley behind that address just west of Damen Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Walsh said. He was walking a few blocks from his home, records show. The pair also demanded his wallet and showed what Walsh described as a “fake, silver revolver.”

One of the robbers fired a shot from a pellet gun, hitting the man in the left eye, she said. They grabbed his bag containing his laptop and phone, and took his wallet, too, containing about $100, the prosecutor told Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil. They have not been arrested.

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Construction to block sidewalk at Loyola Red Line stop

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will be partially obstructed due to track work beginning tomorrow, Sept. 30.

An email from Loyola’s Community Relations was sent to students regarding the construction.  It is shown below:

The Chicago Transit Authority is completing track work near the Lake Shore Campus this week. Beginning tomorrow, September 30, through October 2 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will have partial obstruction between 6443-6501 N. Sheridan. A northbound lane of traffic will also be closed. The campus entrance will remain open during this time.

CTA is currently making track improvements to remove slow zones and to improve rail service on the Purple Line as part of the Purple Line Express Track Improvement Project. The project will fix aging track infrastructure, including replacing ties and the restoration of track alignment from Lawrence to Jarvis.

For questions about the project, please contact the CTA at 1-888-968-7282.

Sincerely,

Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations

Loyola Alert system to be tested

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Loyola University Chicago will be testing its alert system Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 pm.

The exterior emergency public address systems on Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will be tested, along with the message alert system.

Students were sent an email from Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety regarding the test.  It appears below:

The Department of Campus Safety will conduct a test for those who have registered for the Loyola Alert system on Wednesday, September 30, at 2:30 pm. A test of the exterior emergency public address systems on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses will also take place.

Those who have registered for Loyola Alert can expect to receive a phone call, text message, and/or e-mail, depending on which communication channel(s) they have chosen.

If you are already registered, please visit LUC.edu/alert to verify that your information is correct. If you haven’t already registered, please do.

We strongly encourage everyone to register. We will ONLY use this system for critical on-campus emergencies that are of an immediate threat, including:

  • Barricade/hostage incidents
  • Severe and threatening weather incidents
  • National civil emergencies
  • Terrorist or other violent acts
  • Health emergencies (as ordered by public health authorities)

If you believe you signed up for Loyola Alert but after the test do not receive any or all of the delivery methods you’ve selected, go to LUC.edu/alert and verify your contact information. If the information is accurate, and you did not receive communication or experienced a delay in receiving the messages, send an e-mail to asksafety@luc.edu.

For more information, please review the FAQ here or contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or asksafety@luc.edu.

Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

Man arrested in Sept. 11 Rogers Park shooting

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Nathanial Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Sept. 11 in which couple were shot in their car while driving on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace.

The 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving by a roadside memorial when they were shot after offending the shooter with the loud, pumping music in their car.

The memorial in Rogers Park was for a 19-year-old slain gang member.

A DNAinfo article by Linze Rice reports the following details of the shooting:

The shooter was apparently “offended” by the song — and “boom, boom, boom,” police Officer Robert Dworak said Tuesday night at a community policing meeting.

Dworak didn’t identify the offending tune, but did tell residents the innocent victims — a 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — survived and are in good condition.

The couple are reported to be in good condition.

Shooting at Edgewater gas station

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A 35-year-old man was shot early Sunday morning at a gas station in Edgewater.

A Chicago Sun-Times wire article reported the following of the incident:

Shortly before 4 a.m., he got into an argument with someone who pulled out a gun and shot him in the left hip and leg at the station in the 5700 block of North Broadway, according to Chicago Police.

A friend of the 35-year-old drove him to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he is listed in good condition, police said.

Northside neighborhoods on alert after string of burglaries

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Police are warning Northside business owners after a series of smash and grab burglaries in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

In each incident, a rock or a brick has been thrown through a window of the business and valuable items and cash have been stolen, according to an article by Linze Rice at DNAinfo.

Burglaries have been reported on the streets of W. Devon, W. Broadway and W. Morse Ave.

9 dead in Wednesday shootings

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Nine people, including an 11-year-old boy, were shot dead on Wednesday.

The high number of fatalities will make September 2 the deadliest day in Chicago since 2010, according to an article from DNAinfo.

Below are more details from the story:

Previously, the highest single-day homicide count was Thursday, April 15, 2010, when seven people were killed.

The slain included the young boy, who was accidentally killed by a family member; a 60-year-old man; and a series of young men killed in individual shootings on Chicago streets.

For more reading of other Chicago shootings this week, visit the Chicago Tribune here.