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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chicago.

Friday
Aug012014

ArrowStream 'Shocked' After Thursday Shooting

(CHICAGO) -- A gunman killed himself Thursday after shooting his boss in the Bank of America building in Chicago's financial district, authorities said.

The shooting took place shortly before 10 a.m. on the 17th floor of the building at 231 South LaSalle Street, police said.

The victim was Steven LaVoie, the CEO of ArrowStream, which the suspect also worked for, the company said. The suspect, identified by the Chicago Medical Examiner’s Office as Tony DeFrances, had been demoted last Friday, police said.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred today," ArrowStream said in a statement. "Our focus during this tragedy is to ensure the well being of our ArrowStream family. We want to assure our customers that our business continuity plan is in place, and our operations will continue to function normally."

LaVoie, who police said was 54, was taken to Northwestern University Hospital and was in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

The 59-year-old shooter, later identified as DeFrances, was confirmed dead at the scene, police said.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Chicago Man Sets New Clapping Record

(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago man is in for a big round of applause after he clapped his way into the record books.

Bryan Bednarek, 24, broke the Guinness World Record for being the world’s fastest clapper, topping the charts with a whopping 804 claps in one minute.

He didn't even seem phased by the challenge while completing the feat, keeping calm, cool and collected under the pressure. But that’s probably because he’s his own toughest opponent. Bednarek broke his own former record from February by two claps to set the new record.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

'Doctors at Home' Manager Charged in Medicare Fraud Scheme

(CHICAGO) -- A registered nurse was arrested Tuesday for allegedly running an extensive Medicare fraud scheme.

Diana Gumila, who manages a suburban health care provider called Doctors at Home, has been charged with health care fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A criminal complaint alleges that Gumila, 45, was involved in the scheme that sought to defraud Medicare by falsely certifying patients as being confined to their homes and requiring home health services; and falsely increasing claims for services, among other offenses.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Girl

(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago man is accused of engaging in sex acts with a 12-year-old girl, officials announced Monday.

Roy Burrell, 28, allegedly followed the victim to a bathroom at the Lowe's store where he was employed, spoke to her and kissed her while she was on a shopping trip with her mother. He also gave the girl a piece of paper with his number.

He and the victim had several conversations over the phone during the next two days, followed up by a call to her grandmother's home to arrange a meet-up on July 21.

After he met the girl on a corner outside the home, the pair traveled to an apartment building and took a car to several different locations.

Prosecutors allege that Burrell sexually assaulted the victim multiple times in the backseat and drove to a liquor store where he bought alcohol for the two.

She was later found by her mother lying in a concrete courtyard at 12:30 a.m. on July 22. The victim had alcohol on her breath and was "extremely disoriented," according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Officials arrested Burrell on July 24 with a bond set at $300,000. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.


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Monday
Jul282014

Two Charged in Shooting of 3-Year-Old Boy

(CHICAGO) -- Officials charged two men in connection to the Friday shooting of a 3-year-old boy.

Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, face one felony count of aggravated battery and two felony counts of first-degree murder, officials announced Sunday.

The two were identified for their roles in the incident that left the toddler in serious condition on the 4400 block of S. Sacramento Avenue.

The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to the hip and abdomen.


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