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Dawn Patrol: Daughter dies after plane crash; TSA officer sues CTA

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  • Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Bronken, of Round Lake, was killed Saturday when his small plane crashed in Clearwater, Fla. His daughter Katherine Bronken, 15, died from her injuries yesterday. A third person, Keyana Linbo, 15, a Grant Community High School student, remains in stable condition in a Florida hospital.

      Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Bronken, of Round Lake, was killed Saturday when his small plane crashed in Clearwater, Fla. His daughter Katherine Bronken, 15, died from her injuries yesterday. A third person, Keyana Linbo, 15, a Grant Community High School student, remains in stable condition in a Florida hospital.
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Daughter dies after plane crash

A Round Lake teen succumbed to her injuries yesterday afternoon that were caused by a plane crash Saturday that also killed her father and seriously injured her friend. Katherine Bronken, 15, was a Grant Community High School student. The trio were heading to Florida to enjoy spring break. Full story.

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TSA officer injured in CTA crash sues

Transportation Security Administration officer Milka Overton has sued the CTA accusing it of negligence in the crash at O'Hare International Airport. The driver of the train has admitted to dozing off before the crash, and one agency says she has fallen asleep on the job before -- a revelation that has Overton saying she should have been fired before. Full story.

Cost of animal upkeep disputed in Kane neglect case

A Kane County judge is expected to rule whether an Elgin woman should post money to pay for the car of her animals while she awaits trial on animal cruelty and neglect charges. Assistant State's Attorney Danielle Curtiss yesterday asked for $42,948, the projected cost to care for horses and donkeys seized by Kane County Animal Control from Stacy Fiebelkorn, for the time from their seizures March 4-5 until April 3. Her attorney argues it should be $9,000. Full story.

Welding machinery likely cause of Des Plaines fire

Welding equipment is to blame for a fire in a single-family Des Plaines home last night, fire officials said. Fire officials believe welders ignited wall insulation on fire, which spread through all levels of the house, causing extensive damage. Full story.

Fire damages Lombard home

A fire damaged a single-family home in Lombard last night. Lombard firefighters responded to a call at about 6:30 p.m. of a second-floor bedroom fire on the 200 block of west Central Avenue just west of Main Street, firefighters said. But everyone had gotten out OK. Full story with video.

Bail set in Lisle road rage case

A judge yesterday set a South Elgin man's bail at $20,000 after he was accused of opening fire on another driver during a traffic altercation Friday night. Police say Vaughn Atkins, 42, fired at another vehicle after the driver switched lanes on I-355 just north of Ogden Avenue and cut Atkins off, forcing him to the shoulder of the road. Full story.

LA Fitness hot tub closed in Naperville again

DuPage County Health Department officials yesterday shut down the hot tub at a Naperville fitness club after finding inconsistent disinfectant levels. It's the second time the tub has been shut down recently, after being closed for two months when it was linked to two confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease. Full story.

Will union decision shake up college sports?

Football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes, a federal agency said yesterday, but how will it shake up college sports? The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school are considered employees under federal law. Full story.

Weather

Your morning commute will be a bit messy today, thanks to a light rain and 38 degree temperatures as you're heading out the door. On the upside, it will feel a little like spring though later on today, with temperatures reaching a high of 49 degrees. On the downside, rain and a thunderstorm are also in the forecast for today. Full story

Kirk Road in Batavia now open

An accident with injuries at 6:30 a.m. on Kirk Road and Hubbard Avenue closed the intersection for an hour, said Officer Scott Kurth of the Batavia Police Department. The two people in the crash were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment, but information was not available on the severity of their injuries or the cause of the crash. Meanwhile, roads elsewhere in the suburbs are clear.

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