Cop fundraiser nets $5,500:
Naperville Park District and city police helped raise more than $5,500 for Special Olympics Illinois at a recent fundraiser. Officials said the event at Texas Roadhouse in Naperville surpassed a similar fundraiser last year by more than $2,000. "We thank Texas Roadhouse for providing free lunches for the event," park district police Chief Carl Schnibben said. Police kicked off the donation drive in the spring by selling T-shirts and taking part in the Cop on Top fundraiser in June. Merchandise is still for sale at the park district, 320 W. Jackson Ave. For information, go to www.napervilleparks.org.
Lombard 'Apple' challenge:
People who took photos of themselves or their kids doing something healthy for the Healthy Lombard "Flat Apple" summer challenge have until Monday, Aug. 5, to submit the photos for raffle tickets toward possible prizes. Photos in print or on a smartphone or tablet can be returned to one of 15 locations in and around Lombard, and a list of sites is available at healthylombard.com. The drawing for raffle prizes from each of the sponsor locations will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, and winners will be invited to a Flat Apple celebration in September.
Citizen Police Academy:
The DuPage County sheriff's office is accepting applications for its Citizen Police Academy. The 15-week class meets 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3. Topics include crime-scene investigation, gang enforcement and bomb detection. Students also re-enact traffic stops and use a firearms simulator. The free class is open to all DuPage residents, but seating is limited. Applicants must undergo a background check. For information, call (630) 407-2317 or email Sgt. Randy Groh at firstname.lastname@example.org.