Two Chicago police officers hit, killed by train while chasing suspected gunman: ‘No words to express our grief’

first_imgWLS-TV(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Police Department is mourning two of its officers who were hit and killed by a train while chasing a suspected gunman Monday night, officials said.Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were chasing the suspect around 6 p.m. when they were hit by a train that may have been traveling 70 mph, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters. The officers, both fathers of young children, died at the scene, Johnson said.The two officers were killed “doing the most dangerous thing any police officer can do, and that is to chase an individual with a gun,” Johnson said.A suspect was apprehended and a weapon was recovered, police said.“These brave young men were consumed by identifying a potential threat to their community and put the safety of others above their own,” Johnson said. Gary had been on the force for 18 months, and Marmolejo for 2 1/2 years, Chicago Police Department officials said.“This knocks you back on your heels,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters.“There are no words to express our grief, our sense of loss,” Emanuel said. “We as a city have to measure up and remind them, they’re part of our family.”The deaths come just one month after Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez was fatally shot in the neck while trying to protect employees and patients during a shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital.Other police departments, as well as other Chicago police districts, are offering an outpouring of sympathy for the latest Chicago officers, members of the department’s fifth district, killed in the line of duty.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Abelson can’t be caught at Knoxville Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

first_imgChris Abelson led every lap in winning Thursday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event for IMCA Modifieds at Knoxville Raceway. (Photo by Barry Johnson)KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 20) – Chris Abelson made sure the race was for second Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway.Abelson started on the pole and led all 25 laps of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event.A caution with six circuits to go in the IMCA Modified headliner put Todd Shute right behind Abelson for the restart, but Shute’s challenge ended with bobble on the final circuit. Abelson pulled away to the $1,500 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel checkers to become the sixth different winner in as many tour events this season.Shute ended in second. Richie Gustin was third and Jeff Aikey fourth. Hard charger Justin Kay started 15th and finished fifth.Joel Rust and Kelly Shryock came into the night tied for the tour point lead. Rarely separated by more than a car or two, Rust finished eighth, one spot ahead of Shryock, and will take the top spot in the standings to the July 25 show at Dubuque Speedway.Abelson, the defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour champion, now owns four career HDT feature wins. He’d also won at Knoxville three years ago and was already vote eligible for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Curtis Van Der Wal was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner at Knoxville. He got the lead early in the 20-lapper and negotiated lapped traffic in outrunning Tim Plummer and Brayton Carter.Results Modified feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 5. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 6. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 8. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 10. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 11. Eric Elliott, Boone; 12. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 13. Randy Havlik, Boone; 14. Cory Sauerman, Johnson; 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 16. Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb.; 17. Brandon Banks, Washington; 18. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 19. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 20. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 21. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 22. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 23. Jason Murray, Hartford; 24. Shane DeMey, Denison.1st heat (top three) – 1. Abelson; 2. Aikey; 3. Gregg; 4. Kile; 5. Elliott; 6. Kay; 7. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 8. T.J. Smith, Menasha, Wis.; 9. Jordan Walker, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Jacob Murray; 3. Thornton; 4. Carter; 5. Rust; 6. Banks; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Sauerman; 9. Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz.; 10. Jarrett Brown, Ainsworth.3rd heat – 1. Ward; 2. Cordes; 3. Havlik; 4. DeMey; 5. Zogg; 6. Todd Inman, Altoona; 7. Bauman; 8. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; 9. Tyler Gross, Ankeny.4th heat – 1. Shute; 2. Marriott; 3. Shryock; 4. Jason Murray; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Cole Hall, Sheffield; 7. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 8. Kent Rosevear, Yuma, Ariz.; 9. Garrett Wilson, Carlisle.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Kile; 2. Kay; 3. Elliott; 4. Zogg; 5. Bauman; 6. Roberts; 7. Smith; 8. Walker; 9. Gross; 10. Todd Inman; 11. DeMey; 12. McGrath; 13. Jarrett Brown.2nd “B” feature – 1. Carter; 2. Rust; 3. Jason Murray; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Banks; 6. Madigan; 7. Wilson; 8. Rivera; 9. Hall; 10. Rosevear; 11. Sauerman; 12. Christensen.Northern SportMod feature – 1. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa; 2. Tim Plummer, Norway; 3. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Randy Roberts, Boone; 5. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 6. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 8. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 9. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 10. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 11. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 12. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 13. Adam Shelman, Ames; 14. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 15. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 16. Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; 17. John Watson, Des Moines; 18. Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; 19. Trenton Brink, Bussey; 20. Bill Wears, Des Moines; 21. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 22. Brian Kauffman, Cedar Rapids; 23. Brian Efkamp, Ankeny; 24. Logan Anderson, Oskaloosa.1st heat (top three) – 1. Plummer; 2. Roberts; 3. Olsen; 4. Livezey; 5. Logue; 6. A.J. Johnson, Oskaloosa; 7. Josh Sink, Stanton; 8. Wieben; 9. Taylor Inman, Altoona; 10. Brandon Bach, Des Moines.2nd heat – 1. McBirnie; 2. Van Der Wal; 3. Cooney; 4. Efkamp; 5. Brian Luedtke, Norway; 6. Masolini; 7. Egenberger; 8. Musselman; 9. Tyler Inman, Altoona.3rd heat – 1. Carter; 2. Shelman; 3. Wears; 4. Logan Anderson; 5. Watson; 6. Ed Hamilton, Atlantic; 7. Brink; 8. Preston Gigax, Omaha, Neb.; 9. Robert Moore, Maxwell.4th heat – 1. VanDenBerg; 2. Van Zante; 3. Lowry; 4. Kauffman; 5. Braaksma; 6. Brandon Patava, Des Moines; 7. Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa; 8. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; 9. Blair Simmons, Des Moines.First “B” feature (top six) – 1. Logan Anderson; 2. Livezey; 3. Logue; 4. Watson; 5. Wieben; 6. Brink; 7. Moore; 8. Sink; 9. Taylor Inman; 10. Bach; 11. A.J. Johnson; 12. Hamilton; 13. Gigax.Second “B” feature – 1. Masolini; 2. Braaksma; 3. Musselman; 4. Efkamp; 5. Egenberger; 6. Kauffman; 7. Patava; 8. Lathrop; 9. Simmons; 10. Tyler Inman; 11. Tony Johnson; 12. Luedtke.last_img read more

Kyler Murray says he’ll decide whether to play football or baseball ‘very soon’

first_img A natural-born QB out to prove people wrong – Kyler Murray: The two-sport star of the NFL Draft Deion Sanders says he’d advise Kyler Murray to choose baseball over football “Right now, I’m just working out,” Murray told NFL Network on Thursday. “For me, I’m just taking it one day at a time. And that’s what I’m doing right now.”Murray was also asked if he enjoyed hitting a home run or throwing a touchdown pass more. Related News “You don’t hit as many home runs as you throw touchdowns, so I’d have to go with hitting a home run,” Murray said. “Because you got bragging rights on that pitcher. You did that. Nobody else helped you do that.center_img Kyler Murray appears to be nearing a decision.The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback told NFL Network he’ll decided whether to play professional football or baseball “very soon.” Murray has entered this year’s NFL Draft and was also a first-round selection of the A’s in 2018. “Anybody who’s played football and baseball would probably say hitting a home run.”Murray agreed to contract with the A’s in June 2018 that paid him a $4.66 million signing bonus. Despite entering the NFL draft, Murray could still elect to play baseball professionally instead of football.last_img read more

Philadelphia Union players let jerseys do the talking in support of Black Lives Matter

first_imgMORE: MLB is Back Tournament schedule, TV channelsUnder each player’s jersey number were the words: “One name, too many”.Veteran defender Ramon Gaddis wore a jersey with “Taylor” across the back shoulders, in honor of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed in Louisville when police executed a no-knock warrant at her home on March 13. One officer who was part of that operation since has been fired. There have been no arrests related to her death. In its return to competition through the MLS is Back Tournament, Major League Soccer found another profound means of expressing support for minority citizens in their fight for equality.During Thursday morning’s game between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, all members of the Union wore jerseys with names and numbers on the back of people who were killed by police or considered to be victims of police brutality, among them: Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Philando Castile. Captain Alejandro Bedoya, a U.S. World Cup veteran, wore an armband with more than 30 such names printed upon it. As has become common in major soccer leagues since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police May 25, the Union and NYCFC players kneeled around the center circle in advance of the game.Before Wednesday night’s MLS is Back opener between Inter Miami and Orlando City, the league’s black players kneeled on the field for 8 minutes, 46 seconds — the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin (since fired and indicted for second-degree murder) kept a knee on Floyd’s neck as he expressed his distress, his struggle to breathe and, ultimately, called out for his dead mother.Goalkeeper Andre Blake wore Floyd’s name on his jersey.last_img read more

Legislative Requests Stronger with Regional, Cooperative Approach

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: Thurston CountyChamberKey Thurston County organizations have joined forces to push for regional improvements in our area.Improved mobility along Thurston County’s I-5 corridor and the cleanup and recovery of Puget Sound are two areas of focus for the Shared Legislative Partnership.The group was formed in July 2005 under the leadership of the Thurston County Chamber, recognizing some issues require a comprehensive approach for a successful solution.Workgroup members include the Chamber; Thurston EDC; cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; Thurston County; Port of Olympia; LOTT Wastewater Alliance and Thurston Regional Planning Council.The partners work together on a shared legislative agenda, promoting their causes at both the state and federal levels.last_img read more

Opinion: Atlantic Highlands Waterfront Property Battle Continues

first_imgNeighbors for Waterfront Preservation will appeal thissubdivision approval and in so doing, hopes set an important precedent forfuture developments.  As a community, wehave a choice.  Will we allow newdevelopments in flood zones, thereby endangering existing residents in theneighborhood?  Or, will we preserve theseareas for open space, public access, and a buffer for rising seas? Some members of the planning board felt otherwise, however: twomembers voted no and one abstained. Unfortunately, approval required only asimple majority, and now the developer has cleared his first hurdle.  This decision undermines efforts by thecommunity to preserve some or all of this property as open space, especially onthe waterfront, and it risks contributing to over-development on the JerseyShore. Now the fate of this unique property will be decided by the NJ DEP, thecourts, and, potentially, the Borough Council.  The Two River Times recently reported the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board approved a large subdivision plan for luxury waterfront homes on the 7-acre waterfront McConnell Property.  The developer, Steven Denholtz, and his attorney John Giunco, argued that the development was “variance and waiver free,” and that the hands of the Planning Board were tied, making approval fait accompli.  But apparently the developer has a shorter memory than therest of us. Mr. Denholtz’s professionals said that this waiver did not apply tohis application because the waterfront was already “developed.”  While it is true that the property onceserved as an oil transfer station with minimal infrastructure built toaccommodate the now defunct business, it was never subdivided or “developed”for residential use as the zone requires. The Borough Council’s obvious intent was to prevent new development inflood-prone areas, not to stop existing homeowners from rebuilding their flood-damaged homes. This stretch of waterfront has been abandoned for decades, andthe sea is taking back the old wooden bulkhead. Clearly, the developer should have requested a waiver to subdivide andbuild homes on this site.  The Boroughengineer neglected to address this issue in his original review letter, but inthe end sided with Denholtz, setting the stage for this potentially disastrous decision.  Local residents have numerous concerns about this project, including:the toxic legacy of the property; the failure of the developer and the planningboard to provide public access; the disregard for the historical significanceof the site; and the exclusion of the objector’s legal counsel in the planningprocess. One of the most substantial and immediate questions posed by thisdecision is: should new developments be allowed in flood zones?center_img This letter was first published in the Commentary section of the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Contributed by Benson Chiles, Neighbors for Waterfront Preservation A year after Super Storm Sandy when the borough sufferedmillions of dollars in damage to homes and property, the Atlantic HighlandsBorough Council updated its zoning ordinance design standards to require thatall new subdivision plans preserve all areas in the flood zone as openspace.  This action was a logical andmeaningful response to a devastating storm that no one in the Two River area issoon to forget.  last_img read more