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updated: 8/1/2013 5:41 AM

Dawn Patrol: Wheeling officer mourned; trash compactor kills man

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  • Palatine Police Department Sgt. Larry Canada, right, and officer Mark Dockendorf stand at attention outside the entrance during the wake for Wheeling police officer Shamekia Goodwin-Badger at Kosssak Funeral Home in Wheeling last night.

      Palatine Police Department Sgt. Larry Canada, right, and officer Mark Dockendorf stand at attention outside the entrance during the wake for Wheeling police officer Shamekia Goodwin-Badger at Kosssak Funeral Home in Wheeling last night.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer


Wheeling police officer remembered as joyful, fearless

Loved ones and law enforcement colleagues last night remembered Wheeling police officer Shamekia Goodwin-Badger as a woman who was both a pillar of dedication and reliability while on an assignment and a source of kindness and joy all the time. Full story.

Palatine man's body found in trash compactor

Palatine police are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man who fell into an trash compactor Tuesday evening, according to a news release yesterday. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victim as Roger Mirro and ruled his death an accident. Full story.

Queen crowned at McHenry County Fair

Savannah Kleiner, 18, of Lake in the Hills, was crowned queen in the 64th annual pageant that helped open the McHenry County Fair last night in Woodstock. Full story.

Wauconda village administrator Torres out

Wauconda Village Administrator Zaida Torres has left that post, officials confirmed yesterday, but the circumstances were not immediately clear. Torres also is out as the village's finance director, officials said. She couldn't be reached for comment. Torres was targeted for reassignment by Mayor Frank Bart shortly after he took office in May. Full story.

Man's body found on Bloomingdale Road

An autopsy is scheduled for today as police investigate the death of a man whose body was found in Bloomingdale yesterday afternoon. Bloomingdale Deputy Chief Tim Roberts said police received a call from a passer-by at 2:42 p.m. reporting a man lying in the grass along Bloomingdale Road just south of Woodcrest Court. Upon arrival, police found a deceased man in his early 50s. Full story.

Lake in Hills woman accused of 5th DUI, 3rd in a month

A 30-year-old Lake in the Hills woman was charged with her fifth DUI, with three of those arrests coming last month. The latest charge this week against Tiara M. Norris, of the 800 block of Peachtree Court, is a felony that could land her in prison for four to 15 years. Full story.

No injuries in Carpentersville basement fire

A fire destroyed the basement of a single-family home in Carpentersville Wednesday, authorities said. The residents were home at the time of the fire, but they safely evacuated on their own before firefighters arrived. Full story.

New Schaumburg plant to bring 400 jobs

Schaumburg officials expect to approve an annexation agreement next month that will bring 400 new jobs to the village with the relocation of a prominent Japanese firm's North American headquarters next to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Sunstar Americas Inc. plans to complete its 302,000-square foot headquarters and manufacturing facility sometime between November 2014 and February 2015. Full story.

Kane computer upgrade cost falls to $9 million

A massive computer upgrade for Kane County's court system once expected to cost up to $12.6 million now has a smaller price tag, but the initial plan to fund the new system won't be enough without diverting some additional tax dollars. Full story.


Clear with temperatures hovering around 62 degrees when you head out the door this morning. Temperatures will climb to about 82 degrees this afternoon, before a thunderstorm is expected to roll in and bring temperatures back to 65 degrees overnight. Full weather.


Traffic on Fairfield Road north of Route 176 in Lake County will be reduced to one lane to install a new storm sewer crossing. The work will start at 8:30 a.m. and the lane closure is expected to be over by 4 p.m. Flaggers will be in place on both sides of the sewer crew to control traffic flow around the operation. Heavy delays should be expected. More traffic.

HR in 10th lifts Indians over Sox 6-5

Carlos Santana's leadoff home run in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians their seventh straight win, a 6-5 victory over the White Sox last night. Santana hit a 3-2 pitch from Dylan Axelrod into the right field seats for Cleveland's ninth walk-off win of the season. Full story.

Jackson helps Cubs beat Brewers 6-1

Edwin Jackson pitched eight solid innings, David DeJesus drove in 3 runs and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 last night to salvage the finale of the four-game series. Full story.

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