Fire Breaks Out in Chicago’s Hancock Skyscraper

November 22, 2015 Comments off

CHICAGO (AP) – Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five people were injured.

Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did not leave the residential unit where it began but the apartment was gutted and other residents on the floor would be displaced. The Fire department said the fire was accidental. 

The iconic 99-floor building also has offices, shops and an observation floor popular with tourists.

The Fire Department’s media office tweeted that of the injured, two were in good condition and three were stable. A spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached to provide details.

Firefighters conducted floor-by-floor searches to ensure people were safe.

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Five injured in fire in famed Chicago skyscraper

November 21, 2015 Comments off

Fire trucks sit parked along Chestnut Street after firefighters extinguished a 2-11 alarm fire on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago(Reuters) – Five people were injured, none seriously, on Saturday in a fire that sent flames bursting out of windows from a residence on the 50th floor of the Chicago’s famous John Hancock Center, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The fire broke out on the east side of the 100-story building in mid-afternoon and was quickly extinguished by responding firefighters, according to tweets by the Chicago Fire Department. The fire department posted pictures of the flames coming from the building as smoke obscured views of the upper floors.

Rural Iuka Woman Injured in Tonti Road Crash

November 21, 2015 Comments off

A 29-year-old rural Iuka woman was injured in a single car wreck late Friday afternoon.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Katy Hassebrock of Cash Road met another vehicle at the crest of a hill on the Tonti Road west of Kinmundy Road and swerved to avoid a collision.  She lost control, ran off the north side of the road, overcorrected, skidded across the road into the south side ditch, overturned, and came to rest on the other side of the ditch in brush and small trees.  

Hassebrock was able to get out of the car on her own.  She was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries by Marion County EMS ambulance personnel.   

Iuka Fire Protection District firemen and first responders were also called to the scene to assist.  

The wreck occurred at 3:45 Friday afternoon.  

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Odin Woman Escapes With Minor Injuries Following Green Street Road Crash

November 21, 2015 Comments off

A 22-year-old Odin woman escaped with only minor injuries after her car overturned after leaving the Green Street Road just west of the Westline Road in rural Odin late Thursday afternoon.   

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Emily Tipsword of U.S. 50 was negotiating a curve when she noted her car was on the white fog line.  As she attempted to steer back towards the center of the lane, she overcorrected, and went into the north side ditch where her car overturned on its top.  

Deputies say Tipsword was able to get out of the car on her own.  She refused medical treatment from EMT’s on the scene.  

Her 1 and a half year old child, who was a passenger, also escaped injury.  Deputies say the child was properly restrained in a child safety restraint seat.   

The crash occurred at 4:15 Thursday afternoon.  

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Police Beat for Saturday, November 21st, 2015

November 21, 2015 Comments off

Four people remained in the Marion County Jail Saturday morning following Friday arrests.  

29-year-old Rhonda Brittain of West 15th in Centralia is being held after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a petition to revoke probation.  

28-year-old Jessica Tabor of North Jefferson in Salem was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a probation violation.

28-year-old Brandon Greenwood of Lincoln Street in Flora was arrested by Salem Police for driving on a suspended license.

29-year-old Jacob Williamson of Country Club Road in Centralia remained in custody after being arrested by Centralia Police for felony driving on a revoked license.  

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2 Hurt in 3 Car Wreck on Route 161 Near Raccoon School

November 21, 2015 Comments off

Two people were injured in a three vehicle chain reaction crash on Route 161 near the Raccoon School east of Centralia Friday morning.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say 26-year-old Mallory Ritchey of South 14th in Mt. Vernon was traveling westbound on Route 161 and failed to slow for two vehicles stopped in front of her.  Ritchey hit the rear of a car driven by 41-year-old Todd Hollsapple of Salem Drive in Salem, pushing it into a pickup in front of him driven by 46-year-old Andrew Moffitt of East Northwind Road in Dix.  Moffitt was waiting to make a left turn at the time of the crash.  

Hollsapple was airlifted from the scene by medical helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital.  Moffitt was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  

Ritchey signed a refusal form for medical treatment and reportedly left the scene of the accident while sheriff’s deputies were still investigating the crash.  She later went to the sheriff’s department where she was ticketed for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.    

There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.  

The crash occurred at 7:40 Friday morning.  

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Chipotle E. coli outbreak reaches six states, shares tumble

November 20, 2015 Comments off

Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that three additional states reported E. coli infections from the same strain as the Chipotle Mexican Grill outbreak, sending shares in the chain down more than 12 percent. The reports of illness came from California, Ohio and New York, the CDC said, bringing to six the number of states affected. The CDC earlier this week reported one Minnesota case with the same DNA fingerprint as the others, but it was not linked to the popular burrito chain.


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