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Arizona store gives ‘Star Wars’ vinyl record back to Mark Hamill

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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — The force was strong enough at an Arizona store to reunite Luke Skywalker with his long-lost vinyl record.

Actor Mark Hamill is praising workers at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff for returning the “Star Wars: A New Hope” soundtrack that had been a gift from film composer John Williams.

Hamill said in a tweet Saturday that it felt “totally unexpected & positively surreal” to get back the record he hadn’t seen since the early 1990s. He commended the store about 145 miles (233 kilometers) north of Phoenix for being honest and not selling it.

“I happily offered to sign any (“Star Wars”) items they sent me,” the actor wrote.

Williams had written on the vinyl’s sleeve: “Dear Mark Hamill, May the force always be with us.”

The record was one of numerous “Star Wars” items brought in by a woman after her father’s death in 2018, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. Employees at the Arizona-based chain that sells used books, movies and CDs tried to verify the signature.

Micheil Salmons, the store’s general manager, said they eventually tried reaching out to Hamill via social media. The actor confirmed it was genuine, and the vinyl was sent back to him.

Salmons said Hamill signed a DVD of “Star Wars: A New Hope” and two medals that are replicas of those given to his character and Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, in the film.

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Disney is the parent company of “Star Wars” and this ABC station.

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Woodridge carjacking: 2 men charged in armed carjacking at Citgo on 75th Street

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Two men allegedly stole a car at gunpoint Wednesday in west suburban Woodridge and were chased onto a golf course after the car broke down in traffic, prosecutors say.

Darryl Simmons, 18, and Jehdan Matthews, 19, are each charged with a count of aggravated armed vehicular hijacking, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.

They allegedly put a gun to a man’s side about 1 p.m. at Citgo gas station, at 2340 75th St., and said, “give me your money,” prosecutors said. They allegedly took his keys and drove off.

Darien police officers saw the men leave the car after it broke down in traffic, prosecutors said. Officer chased them on foot through a nearby golf course, where they were arrested.

Police recovered a gun with a 30-round extended magazine, prosecutors said.

In a Thursday bail hearing, Simmons, of Woodridge, was ordered held on $600,000 bail, while Matthews, of Calumet City, was held on $750,000 bail, prosecutors said.

State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said this was the fourth carjacking in DuPage count in just over a month.

“In DuPage County, law enforcement has no tolerance for this type of violent behavior,” Berlin said in a statement.

If found guilty, both defendants face between 21 and 45 years in prison, prosecutors said.

They are due back in court on Feb. 21.



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Pilot temporarily blinded trying to land at Sarasota airport after laser pointed in eyes, man arrested: Manatee County sheriff

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A pilot was temporarily blinded while trying to land at a Florida airport after a man pointed a laser directly in his eyes, local police said.

Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies responded just after 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for a report of a laser being pointed at planes making their approach to land.

While police were trying to locate the suspect, he also used the laser on them, officials said. The suspect was located on a forklift just east of the airport.

Police surrounded the individual, later identified as Charlie James Chapman Jr., 41, and he grabbed a hammer and made striking motions toward deputies. A taser was deployed, and police found a laser pointer in Chapman’s pocket.

He was then transported to Manatee County jail after being cleared at a medical center.

Police said Chapman shot his laser pointer on a fixed-wing plane four times and once at a police helicopter. One of the pilots of the plane said the laser hit him directly in the eyes, causing temporary blindness. The pilot said he still felt his eyesight was blurry.

Chapman was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, pointing a laser at a pilot and resisting arrest.

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