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Dawn Patrol: Carjacker in custody; Dist. 211's new chief

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  • Michael Buhrman was convicted in absentia this year for a Woodridge carjacking because he fled the country, but DuPage County authorities say he's now in federal custody.

    Michael Buhrman was convicted in absentia this year for a Woodridge carjacking because he fled the country, but DuPage County authorities say he's now in federal custody.


DuPage carjacker who fled country now in custody

A nuclear engineer who was believed to have escaped the country after being sentenced to 40 years in prison for carjacking is in the custody of federal authorities. DuPage County state's attorney spokesman Paul Darrah confirmed last night that Michael Buhrman is being held and awaits his return to DuPage County at a time yet to be determined. Full story

District 211 selects Daniel Cates as next superintendent

In June, the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board agreed to open its search for a new superintendent to candidates from outside the district as well as within it. But in the end, at a special meeting last night, the board decided it was better to promote from within after all, choosing Daniel E. Cates, an associate superintendent in the district, as the next superintendent next July. Full story

Cary man gets five years in fraud scheme

Federal authorities announced yesterday that a Cary business owner was sentenced to more than five years in prison for an international fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala sentenced Clare Thomas Anderson, 45, to 63 months in prison for conducting a three-and-a-half year, multimillion dollar fraud scheme. Full story

Arlington Hts. lawyer describes car crash into his building

John Biestek has at least four meetings a day in his Arlington Heights law office's library conference room, and yesterday morning he was headed in that direction again. But then his assistant stopped to talk to him. "And then we heard what sounded like a tremendous explosion," Biestek said. "Geez, was it loud." Full story

Police: Naperville brawl suspect says cop uniform looked like costume

Police say a man who hit a Naperville cop during a downtown street brawl had a convenient and timely excuse -- he thought the officer's uniform was a Halloween costume. Authorities aren't necessarily buying it, though. Full story

Streamwood school staff save man with CPR, AED

Some staff members at a Streamwood school are being honored next week for using CPR and an automated external defibrillator to save the life of a delivery man. Full story

Palatine man charged with sexual assault

A 19-year-old Palatine man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Full story


Mostly cloudy but cooler than yesterday with high temperatures of only 52 degrees. Temperatures will be about 43 degrees this morning, then dip back to 40 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Rollins Road is being shut down in Round Lake Beach for two weeks starting Nov. 11 at Route 83 due to road construction. People are urged to use Hainesville Road as an alternate route. Full traffic.

Rough night for Bulls ends in triumph

Derrick Rose's official return to the United Center last night could have easily ended as a tale of failure. But in the closing moments of the game against the Knicks, he drove the right side of the court, pulled up and dropped in a tough one-hander from 12 feet away. Full story

Poll Vault: What was the best Halloween costume last night?

Did you know zombies were poised to account for 1 in every 25 Halloween costumes this year? What was the scariest, craziest and/or funniest costume you saw last night? Leave your comment with Michelle Holdway's Poll Vault.

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