• Someone using a torch to remove paint from wood siding on a home in the 100 block of Hazard Road Wednesday morning inadvertently ignited material behind the siding, and the fire damaged the roof and attic and caused smoke and heat damage throughout the home. The home for now is uninhabitable, according to a news release from Fire Chief John Schuldt. An ambulance crew tended to a man there but no one was in the home.
• Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to a smoky fire in the 4500 block of Greenwood Court. Heavy smoke was pouring out of the front of the single family home when crews arrived at 7:53 a.m. Crews remained on the scene until after 11 a.m. investigating the fire and securing the home. The residents were able to escape without injury. According to the homeowner there were working smoke detectors in the home. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, according to a news release from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Battalion Chief John Knebl. A damage amount is not yet available.
• Kenneth N. Ash, 32, of the 6300 block of Hamilton Drive in Chicago, appeared in bond court Wednesday on felony charges of aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting an officer as well as a misdemeanor charge of obstructing identification, according to court documents. Ash was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday because the driver failed to signal more than 100 feet before an intersection and had no front license plate, according to police reports. Ash was not wearing a seat belt and gave false information about his name and date of birth while officers were issuing a citation, reports said. He also ran from police and fought arrest, injuring four officers, including one who had to go to Sherman Hospital for a broken arm, reports said. Bail was set at $200,000, of which Ash must pay 10 percent to be released before his next court date, scheduled for Aug. 30 in St. Charles.
• Margaret A. McDonald, 41, of the 100 block of North Spring Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on a felony charge of theft that took place at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jewel, 1660 Larkin Ave., according to court documents. McDonald is charged with stealing about $30 worth of food, an offense that was upgraded to a felony because of her arrest background that includes multiple retail theft convictions, according to police reports. McDonald was out on bail at the time of her arrest for charges connected to retail theft at the Jewel on Summit Street, reports said. Bail in her latest offense was set at $75,000, of which McDonald must pay 10 percent to be released before her next court date, scheduled for Aug. 30 in St. Charles.