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U.S. Customs Border Protectidog 'Rogue' checks packages International mail facility near O'Hare airport.  On July 11 2011 CBP K-9

U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog 'Rogue' checks packages at the International mail facility near O'Hare airport. On July 11, 2011, CBP K-9 Rogue, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, alerted officials to an imported shipment of 16 embroidered black jackets, manifested as ÒMong Traditional Skirt handicraft.Ó CBP officers x-rayed the jackets finding no hidden lining or secret compartments but a narcotics test revealed the presence of opium.

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Updated: October 16, 2012 6:12AM

A Cook County prosecutor was injured when two men attacked him for trying to stop an assault on two apparently gay men in Lincoln Park.

The attack happened about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Diversey Parkway, police said.

The 32-year-old employee of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office was walking by himself along the lakefront when he saw two men approach two apparently gay men and verbally assault them, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly said.

The prosecutor yelled at the men to stop, Daly said. The attackers then physically attacked him.

They slashed or stabbed the prosecutor multiple times, including cutting his face, right side and arms, Daly said.

Police said the victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with “non-life-threatening injuries.” He remained there Friday afternoon. State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez visited him at the hospital, Daly said.

“He did lose a lot of blood,” Daly said. “He is in pain but thankfully is going to be OK.”

The prosecutor has been an assistant state’s attorney since 2008 and currently works in the juvenile justice bureau, Daly said.

Tip leads to arrest of 83-year-old in hit-and-run death

A tip from an auto body shop helped police locate and charge an 83-year-old woman with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 6-year-old boy in McHenry County last weekend.

Witnesses told police the boy was struck just after 9 p.m. Saturday by a vehicle that left the scene without stopping near 4601 Franklinville Rd. in Seneca Township, between Woodstock and Marengo.

The boy was taken to Centegra Hospital in Woodstock where he was pronounced dead.

Following a tip from a body shop, the sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigation Unit determined a silver 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Veramae C. Phillip, 83, of Woodstock, struck the boy in the roadway, a release from the sheriff’s office said.

After warrants were authorized, charging felony counts of leaving the scene of a fatal traffic crash and failure to report a fatal traffic crash, Phillip turned herself in on Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. She was released after paying $5,000 bail on a $50,000 bond, the release said.

— James Scalzitti

‘Wonder dog’ finds $300,000 worth of opium at mail facility near O’Hare

Chalk up another drug bust for Rogue the “wonder dog.”

The federal drug-detecting pooch is being credited with helping federal agents seize a shipment of opium-saturated decorative cloth valued at more than $300,000 from an international mail processing center near O’Hare.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at the CBP International Mail Facility recently seized two shipments of the decorative narcotics-laden materials that had been shipped from Laos.

The drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to the parcels, which contained more than 28 pounds of the drug-soaked cloth, which was valued at $302,000, a release from CBP said.

After Rogue alerted agents, they opened the two packages which contained pieces of decorative cloth and hats. But a field narcotics test revealed the presence of opium in the fabric of the cloth, which emitted a strong odor, the release said.

The parcels contained more than 28 pounds of opium-saturated cloth and hats. They were manifested as “Hmong Dresses” and addressed to individuals in different Minnesota cities, the release said.

Rogue, a 5-year-old Belgian malinois, belongs to the CBP Port of Chicago canine family, which works at international mail facilities to examine foreign shipments coming into the United States.

“CBP narcotic seizures from international mail are on the rise in Chicago,” Steven Artino, acting CBP Director in Chicago, said in a statement. “Rogue is a wonder dog in the international mail environment. He transferred from our CBP Cincinnati express consignment operation last April and has now found more than 600 shipments of opium here in Chicago, valued at more than $4 million.”

— James Scalzitti

Indiana man killed in wrong-way crash

A northwest Indiana man was killed in a wrong-way crash on the Borman Expressway in Gary, Ind., early Friday.

The man — identified as of 35-year-old Timothy J. Leib of Hobart, Ind. — was driving a Honda Ridgeline pickup west in the eastbound lanes when he collided with a semi truck near the Broadway Exit at 1:30 a.m., according to a release from Indiana State police. Police do not know where Leib got on the freeway.

The semi driver was eastbound when another semi in front of him swerved suddenly, the release said. The semi then collided head-on with Leib’s pickup.

Leib was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. All lanes of traffic were reopened by 4:30 a.m.

— Victoria Johnson

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