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Dawn Patrol: Arrest made in 1997 slaying; Family moved by support

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  • Amber Creek's body was discovered Feb. 9, 1997, in the Karcher Wildlife Refuge located in Burlington, Wis. The identity of the man suspected of slaying the 14-year-old Palatine girl is set to be released this afternoon by Wisconsin authorities.

       Amber Creek's body was discovered Feb. 9, 1997, in the Karcher Wildlife Refuge located in Burlington, Wis. The identity of the man suspected of slaying the 14-year-old Palatine girl is set to be released this afternoon by Wisconsin authorities.
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Report: Arrest made in 1997 slaying of Palatine girl

The identity of the man suspected of slaying a 14-year-old Palatine girl who went missing in 1997 is set to be released this afternoon by Wisconsin authorities. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling will name the man, now in police custody, accused of killing Amber Gail Creek. The girl's body was discovered Feb. 9, 1997, in the Karcher Wildlife Refuge located in Burlington, Wis., a little more than two weeks after she ran away from a Department of Children and Family Services facility in Chicago. Full story.

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Family moved by support after toddler's tragic death

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Revolutionary War figures honored at Elk Grove Cemetery

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Weather

Cool to start with a high of only 37 degrees this morning. Temperatures will climb to 50 degrees this afternoon before dipping back to 38 degrees overnight tonight. Full weather.

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