A family of three was hospitalized Saturday after being attacked by an adult and eight teens at Six Flags Great America after members of the larger group apparently cut in line and were using foul language when the family exchanged words with them, according to Gurnee police.
Gurnee police Officer Daniel Ruth, the incident's lead investigator, said the family members — a 51-year-old man, 50-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy — all were transported to an area hospital by a Gurnee Fire Department ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police arrested Gregory Battle, 18, of Waukegan, who was being held on $20,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, mob action and aggravated battery in a public place, Ruth said.
The other eight juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were named in juvenile petitions for mob action, a class 4 felony, and taken to the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills.
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At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, workers at Silver Dollar City operating cranes and lifts laid the final track for the Branson-area theme park's new roller coaster, park officials said.
Laying the final track means that the coaster, dubbed Time Traveler, is "about 50 percent" complete, Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Martha Hoy Bohner told the News-Leader.
"We hope we'll have it ready when the park opens next year" at the beginning of the 2018 season, Bohner said.
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A fixture of Kennywood for more than 40 years, the Log Jammer, will make its final plunge Sunday. The West Mifflin amusement park announced Thursday that the amusement park ride, which allows riders to sit inside a hollowed out log that floats along a water-logged chute, will make its last, thrilling drops down its trademark 53-foot chute as Kennywood's season end.
The Log Jammer opened in 1975. It was billed as the park's first million-dollar attraction.
"It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests," Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas said in a statement. "While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests' experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites."