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Rollover in Peoria kills teenage girl from Sparland

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2014

A teenage girl from Sparland is dead after the Chevy Suburban she was riding in crashed in Peoria.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says 17-year-old Danielle Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash near Detweiller Park just after 8 Saturday night. Smith was a passenger and was thrown from the SUV after the driver hit a curb and lost control. The driver and five other teenage passengers were taken to Peoria hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Everyone in the SUV was between 16 to 18 years old.

Ingersoll says Smith was pronounced dead less than an hour after the crash. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday with toxicology tests to follow.

The Peoria Police Department is investigating the crash.

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Teen shot in packed basement

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2014

A 19-year-old man has died and several were injured in a shooting at a house party in a south Chicago suburb.  Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said in a news release about 100 to 150 young people were in the basement early Saturday morning when a fight broke out and shots were fired.

Lake County, Indiana, Coroner Merrille Frey said in a release that 19-year-old Dewayne Purnell of Burnham, Illinois, died of gunshot wounds.  Gilmore said up to 10 people may have been injured and taken to area hospitals, but that most were not seriously injured.

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FNC and FBC off Dish Net

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2014

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels – including Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers.

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Slain NYPD officers being remembered

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2014

A New York Police Department baseball cap surrounded by flowers, teddy bears and candles is marking the Brooklyn spot where 2 police officers were killed by a gunman who was targeting law enforcement.  Visitors from other boroughs have come to Thompson and Myrtle avenues to pay their respects to officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

The men were killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car. The gunman killed himself shortly afterward. He had posted online about his intention of killing police officers.

Among the visitors to the spot Sunday was 58-year-old Gary Watson of the Hamilton Heights section of Manhattan. He had a card and a money order that he wanted to donate to the officers’ families.

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Police Commissioner speaks out after officers’ deaths

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2014

New York City’s police commissioner says 2 officers shot to death Saturday as they sat in their car were “assassinated – targeted for their uniform.” Commissioner Bill Bratton says gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday and made online posts about killing police in retaliation for the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by police.  Brinsley was chased by officers into a subway station.  He then shot himself in the head.

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