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Man dead after Metra train hits vehicle on NW Side, One Other Dead in Second accident

(CHICAGO) A 51-year-old man was killed when a Metra train on the Union Pacific-Northwest Line struck a vehicle Thursday morning in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, authorities said.

Emergency crews were responded about 7:10 a.m. to reports of a train striking a vehicle near Nagle and Northwest Highway, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Jeff Lyle. Details about the crash were not immediately known.

Inbound train No. 610, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 7:22 a.m., struck the vehicle, according to a service alert from Metra.

Glen V. Robles, of the 6000 block of West Peterson, was pronounced dead at the scene, Lyle and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy was expected Friday.

A second man was fatally struck by a Metra train Thursday morning in northwest suburban Crystal Lake, the second fatal incident on Metra’s Union Pacific-Northwest Line train in one day.

Inbound train No. 636 struck Grant D. Jacobson, 25, of Crystal Lake, about 10:45 a.m. near the Crystal Lake station at 70 E. Woodstock St., according to Metra and Crystal Lake police.

Jacobson was killed, according to McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski. Authorities were called when he was seen walking toward the incoming train as it entered the station. An autopsy was expected Friday.

No foul play was suspected, police said.

UP-Northwest Line trains were still experiencing extensive delays Thursday afternoon, according to Metra’s website. CTA is honoring Metra tickets on the Blue Line from Rosemont into Chicago until further notice.

Earlier Thursday morning, another UP-Northwest train struck a vehicle in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, shutting down the line for about three hours.

The crash happened about 7:10 a.m. near Nagle and Northwest Highway, according to the Chicago Fire Department. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police: Man tried to lure girl into van in Jefferson Park

(CHICAGO) Police issued a community alert after a man tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into a van in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side Wednesday evening.

The girl was riding her bike about 5:40 p.m. in the 5200 block of North Northwest Highway when she noticed a man standing outside a parked white van, according to police.

The man looked at her, smiled and said “Come here” in “an authoritarian tone of voice,” police said. The girl told an off-duty officer who called 911.

The man was described as white, between 40 and 50 years old, police said. He has a medium brown complexion and stands either 5-foot-5 or 5-foot-6 and weighs 140 pounds.

He wore a green baseball cap, brown sweater and black pants, police said. The van was described as a dirty, white “work type” model.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to call police at (312) 744-8200.

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Seven burglaries reported in Northwest Side neighborhoods

(Chicago)  Police are warning residents in the Jefferson Park and Portage Park neighborhoods on the Northwest Side about a series of seven recent home burglaries.

All of the burglaries happened in an area between Central and Nagle, and Montrose and Pearson, mostly during the day and early evening hours, Jefferson Park District police said in a community alert.

A burglar or burglars took electronics, jewelry, cash and other items, the alert said. The incidents were reported at the following locations and times:

• 5900 block of West Thorndale, between 4 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 24

• 4700 block of North Menard, between 4 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 24

• 5600 block of West Montrose, between 3:30 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 25

• 5600 block of West Grove, between 6 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 27

• 5800 block of West Montrose, at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 28

• 5000 block of North Monitor between Dec. 25 and Dec. 29

• 5600 block of North Mango between Dec. 26 and Jan. 4.

Police are asking residents to keep their doors and windows locked, and pay special attention to anyone loitering in the neighborhood, the alert said.

Anyone with any information on the robberies should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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