Missing: Michelle Smith, 50, From South Shore

CHICAGO (CBS)– Michelle Smith, 50, has been missing from South Shore according to Chicago police.

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According to police, Smith is 5-foot-2-inches, black and weighs around 127 pounds.

Smith’s family and friends say they last had contact with her via text message on Sept. 3. She was last seen at 7600 S. Euclid Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to cal the Area South Special Victim’s Unit at 312-747-8274.

 

Breakfast, Brunch and Dim Sum: Are These Trending Chicago Restaurants On Your Radar?

Want the intel on Chicago’s buzziest dining hotspots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which eateries have been in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which places are extra hot this winter.

Wildberry Pancakes And Cafe

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Open since December 2017, this fourth outpost of the popular local pancakes chain is trending compared to other restaurants categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Citywide, such eateries saw review counts increase by a median of 1.8 percent over the past month, but Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe saw a 12.4 percent increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 320 percent.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: 7 Plates Cafe has seen a 22.8 percent increase in reviews, and Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken has seen a 5.9 percent bump.

Located at 196 E. Pearson St. (between Seneca Street and Michigan Avenue) in Streeterville, the café offers popular items like blackberry key lime pancakes, Berry Bliss French toast, the Butcher Block skillet with barbacoa chilaquiles, and chicken salad with strawberry bread.

Grandee Cuisine

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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Streeterville’s Grandee Cuisine, the dim sum and Cantonese spot, which offers seafood and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “Seafood” on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 2.5 percent over the past month, Grandee Cuisine bagged a 25.4 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a sound four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.9 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

Open at 215 E. Grand Ave. (between St. Clair Street) since June, Grandee Cuisine offers dim sum options like beef tripe with ginger and onion; pork and shrimp shu mai; chicken feet with special sauce; and octopus with curry sauce.

Entrees include marinated duck, spicy Dungeness crab and an oxtail casserole, along with soups, salads and appetizers. The full menu can be seen here.

Nighthawk AM

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Lincoln Park’s Nighthawk AM, open late some days and only in the morning on others, is currently on the upswing in the sandwich category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as “Sandwiches” on Yelp increased review counts by a median of 1.9 percent over the past month, this breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea and sandwiches, increased its by 14.7 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars.

Open for business at 2273 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Belden Avenue and Geneva Terrace) since July of 2016, the business offers creative breakfast fare and comfort food.

Try the Morning Colonel — battered fried chicken with Nashville hot mayo on an English muffin — or the B.E.C. with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and scrambled eggs, also on an English muffin. If you’re craving something sweet, try the cookie dough in flavors like IPOP, Yabba Dabba Dough, Just Jacked and Maple Bacon.

La Nonna

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Is Avondale’s La Nonna on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the Argentine-Italian spot is heating up.

While businesses categorized as “Italian” on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.6 percent over the past month, La Nonna nabbed a 7.4 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, with a modest upward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to its current stellar five stars.

Located at 3400 N. Lawndale Ave. (between Roscoe Street and Cornelia Avenue.), La Nonna offers empanadas (made with beef, chicken, ham and cheese and veggie) and migas: an egg, ham and red pepper skillet scrambled with tortillas.

For dessert, try chocoflan or panqueque filled with dulce de leche and topped with seasonal fruit.

Gun And Hammer-Wielding Men Rob Little Village Jewelry Store

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three men, armed with a handgun and a hammer, made off with an unknown amount of jewelry Monday after a store robbery in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, police say.

According to Chicago police, a call came in at 12:01 p.m. for a jewelry store at 3115 W. 26th St. robbed at gunpoint.

The men entered the store and demanded items without paying, officers say. The men then began smashing glass cases, taking items from them.

No one is in custody, and Area Central detectives are investigating.

Downer’s Grove Bank Employee Sentenced To Prison After Allegedly Stealing $328,000 From Seniors

CHICAGO (CBS)–A south suburban bank employee accused of transferring $328,000 from the bank accounts of elderly customers was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison.

Christine Lange, 48, of Summit, Illinois, entered a guilty plea in July to a felony theft charge. Judge Robert Miller handed down her prison sentence Monday.

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While employed as an account executive at the Trust Company of Illinois (TCI) Bank in in Downers Grove, Lange allegedly made 84 transfers from the bank accounts of three customers, sending the money to her personal bank account, the state’s attorney’s office said.

The thefts occurred between September 2012 and June 2016, according to the state’s attorney’s office. All of the victims were in their 90’s.

TCI Bank refunded the customers, and Lange was ordered to pay the money back to the bank, the state’s attorney’s office said.

“The crimes Christina Lange committed against three elderly women are despicable,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin in a press release. “Her simple greed caused unimaginable hardship to her victims who relied on that money for their retirement and everyday living expenses. Unfortunately, the elderly can at times be seen as an easy target when it comes to financial crimes.”

Authorities started investigating after one of the victims noticed missing money and contacted police.

Lange was arrested in July 2017 and served 10 days in jail until she posted bond, the state’s attorney’s office said.

She is required to serve half of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Here Are LoDo’s 3 Newest Restaurants To Open

(HOODLINE) – Looking to check out the newest restaurants to open in LoDo? Read on for a list of the newest hotspots to arrive in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood.

Jovanina’s Broken Italian
1520 Blake St.
First is Jovanina’s Broken Italian, an Italian spot with classic dishes, seafood, steak and wood-fired pizzas.

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On the dinner menu, expect to find options like the Gargati Elk pasta with bolognese rosemary sage mascarpone-ricotta; the Ember Roasted Zucchini pizza with burrata, basil and arugula; and the Bangs Island Mussels with tarragon butter and sourdough.

Jovanina’s Broken Italian currently holds 4.5 stars out of six reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Julie G., who reviewed Jovanina’s Broken Italian on Nov. 28, noted, “Amazing, unique ambiance. Excellent staff and service. Scallops were cooked and flavored perfectly. Crab pasta had good flavor, but was a bit dry. Surprised the pasta portions were small, so definitely order more than one dish. Desserts were also unique and [had] very good flavor.”

Yelper Brittany A. wrote, “This place has been open less than a month, but boy did they get it right. The service is amazing and the host is a darling. My friend and I split the pasta and the mussels and it was amazing. The sourdough soaked in the broth is to die for. On top of all of that, the atmosphere is great. Actual lit candles, Edison bulbs and easy, dim lighting.”

Jovanina’s Broken Italian is open from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday and 5–10 p.m. on Saturday. (It’s closed on Monday and Sunday.)

Morin
1600 15th St.
Next, Morin is an upscale French spot.

On the menu, look for small bites potatoes and vegetables to start before moving on to seafood and meat dishes. Diners can choose the Homard, which is poached lobster, lobster mousseline, pickled kohlrabi, ventreche mayonnaise and sweet corn pain perdu, or opt for a land option such as the Porc, which is a pork rib chop with smoked apple butter, maple glaze, cabbage, herbs and pickled apple.

There is also an extensive wine list and other cocktails.

With a four-star rating out of 21 reviews on Yelp, Morin has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Nicole V., who reviewed Morin on Nov. 1, wrote, “Every part of our meal was delicious, and I highly recommend taking your time to explore the menu and ask for recommendations. My boyfriend and I took our time flipping through the rather robust selection of wine and food. The hip-hop music and classy but comfy aesthetic kept the atmosphere casual yet well-put-together.”

Yelper Alison D. wrote, “Everything I’ve noshed on has been delectable. … Besides the phenomenal food, the vibe here is on point. Cool bar, swanky booths and lounge seating.”

Morin is open from 5–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, and 5–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Chow Morso Osteria
1500 Wynkoop St., Suite 101
Chow Morso Osteria is an Italian spot. In Italian, “chow” is defined as an especially hearty dish or a meal; “morso” as a bite; and “osteria” as an Italian restaurant typically serving simple food and wine, according to the spot’s website.

The casual Italian eatery’s menu includes antipasti and salads, grilled flatbread sandwiches and housemade pasta for lunch, and adds three entrees (a chicken, striped bass and steak option) for dinner. If you still have room after the main meal, don’t ignore the sweet dessert menu.

Chow Morso Osteria’s current rating of 4.5 stars out of 33 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Jared K. noted, “My girlfriend and I just went here for a date night. It was even better than we expected. The food was amazing. We had the fried risotto as an appetizer, bolognese, carbonara and vanilla ice cream. The pasta was fresh and they had gluten-free options. All of the food arrived quickly.”

Yelper Kristen M. wrote, “Stopped in for lunch with a friend and we were sat right away in a great window spot. We split everything we ordered, which included the arancini appetizer, prosciutto piadina and the carbonara housemade pasta. Overall, [a] lovely lunch and a spot I will go back to again.”

Chow Morso Osteria is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, and 5–11 p.m. on Saturday. (It’s closed on Sunday.)

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Two Dead Identified After Officer-Involved Shooting, Body Found In Palatine Apartment

CHICAGO (CBS) — After a 911 call for a murder that led to an officer-involved shooting, two people who died as a result of the conflicts have been identified.

Polly A. Vaughan, 74, was found dead inside an apartment on N. Brockway St. following a 911 call reporting a “murder” around 2 a.m. Sunday. Vaughan died of multiple sharp force injuries, according the the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Police say another person on the scene, who appears to be related to the woman, was shot and killed by an officer. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified that man as 51-year-old Leslie Vaughan, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police responding to the 911 call arrived on the scene in the 300 block of N. Brockway St. and began talking with a neighbor. According to police, a vehicle in the parking lot then sped toward them, appearing to target the officers. The driver drove off the pavement and onto the grass, striking a local resident and an officer.

Police said that officer managed to fire at the driver, Leslie Vaughan, multiple times. Vaughan was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to police, officers then checked out the apartment where the initial 911 call was made and discovered Polly A. Vaughan.

Police are emphasizing there are no threats to the community following the incidents.

Both the resident and the officer who were struck by the vehicle were treated at an area hospital. Their condition is not known.

 

‘We Won’t Quit Looking’: Questions Surround Colorado Mother’s Disappearance

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – The Woodland Park Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation updated the public on Monday about a mother who disappeared on Thanksgiving Day. Kelsey Berreth has not been heard from in more than two weeks.

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Kelsey’s mother also spoke at Monday’s press conference. Kelsey, 29, was reported missing on Dec. 2. The police department says they are treating this as a missing persons case.

Kelsey works as a flight instructor at Doss Aviation in Pueblo. According to investigators, her employer received a text message from Kelsey on Nov. 25 saying that she would not be into work the following week.

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Police say Kelsey’s fiance, Patrick Frazee, told them he last saw her on Thanksgiving when the two exchanged their daughter. He says he last heard from her on Nov. 25 when she texted him. The girl is being cared for by her father.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video from a Safeway in Woodland Park which shows Kelsey and her daughter shopping on Thanksgiving Day at around noon. Kelsey has not been seen since then.

“Reports are correct that Kelsey’s phone gave a location near Gooding, Idaho on Nov. 25 at about 5:13 in the afternoon. We’ve executed search warrants on Kelsey’s home as well as both of her vehicles,” Miles De Young, Woodland Park Police Chief, said.

Kelsey’s mother, Cheryl Berreth, says her disappearance is out of the norm for her.

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“She’s not the kind that runs off. This is completely out of character. Kelsey loves her God. She loves her family and friends. She loves her job,” Kelsey’s mother said. “Someone knows where she’s at. Kelsey we just want you home. Call us if you can, and we won’t quit looking.”

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LINK: Missing Mother – Kelsey Berreth Facebook Page

Investigators say Kelsey’s fiance is cooperating with the investigation. Police say they have not identified anyone as a suspect, and there is not threat to the community.

You’re asked to call Woodland Park Police if you see Kelsey at 719-687-9262.

Steamboat Ski Resort Welcoming New, Faster Gondolas Next Fall

By Matt Kroschel

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Skiers and snowboarders will notice some new improvements already taking shape at one of Colorado’s favorite resorts. Soon the Steamboat Ski Resort will begin a $15 million replacement project of its existing gondola.

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It will be replaced with a new eight-person gondola for the 2019/20 winter season.

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“The new gondola demonstrates Alterra Mountain Company’s continued commitment to Steamboat Ski Resort, coming on the heels of nearly $12 million invested in Timber & Torch, the Taco Beast, and other resort improvements for winter 2018/19,” Rob Perlman, President and Chief Operating Officer for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, said in a news release.

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The Doppelmayr-designed gondola will feature all new level-walk-in cabins, with 12 added to the line, increasing from 125 to 137 total new cabins. The current ride time will go from 12 minutes to less than 10 with increased speeds from five meters/second to six. The changes also include increasing uphill capacity nearly 38 percent from 2,600 people per hour to 3,600.

With an approximate nine-month construction timeline, the new gondola is expected to open in November 2019.

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“From day one Alterra Mountain Company has emphasized our commitment to enhancing the guest experience across our family of 14 North American destinations. We are focused on improving every aspect of a guest’s visit, while preserving the unique character and traditions of each resort,” said David Perry, President and Chief Operating Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “We have designated $555 million in capital investment over five years company-wide, and Steamboat’s new gondola fits seamlessly within our plans. We are excited to invest in infrastructure, and proud of the impact it will make on the community, our guests, and the future of Steamboat.”

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.