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updated: 6/6/2014 5:32 AM

Dawn Patrol: Charges in Island Lake death; Lombard stabbing verdict

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  • Howard E. Dibbern of McHenry was charged Thursday with the murder of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli of Island Lake.

    Howard E. Dibbern of McHenry was charged Thursday with the murder of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli of Island Lake.


McHenry man charged in death of Island Lake woman

A 49-year-old McHenry man will be in court this morning facing murder charges in the death of an Island Lake woman found in her house Monday night. Howard E. Dibbern was formally charged yesterday with two counts of murder in the death of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli, as well as a separate charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Dibbern was arrested Tuesday morning after, police say, he stole Scavelli's car and crashed it into a Mundelein home. Full story.

Guilty verdict in stabbing, beating of Lombard mother

A Chicago man is facing jail time after a DuPage County jury found him guilty last night of severely beating and stabbing the mother of his two young children. Demetrice Tompkins, 49, was found guilty of attempted murder, aggravated domestic violence and armed violence in the December 2011 attack on Crystal Ward in Lombard. Full story.

Arlington's Duchossois in France for D-Day anniversary

Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Dick Duchossois will join hundreds of other World War II veterans later today in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Duchossois, now 92, landed on Utah Beach a month after the June 1944 invasion and commanded a tank battalion through five major battles. He was wounded and nearly died but returned to fight on, earning a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his injuries and service. Full story.

South Elgin cancer survivor creates police memorial car

At next month's Fourth of July parade in South Elgin, Keith Kmieciak will be behind the wheel of a special car he's customized to pay tribute to members of law enforcement. The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, used by the South Elgin Police Department until 2012, was refurbished by Kmieciak last year as a way to distract himself from his harrowing cancer treatments. Full story.

Naperville manager reprimanded for 'off-color' joke

An investigation into the conduct of Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger triggered by a former human resources employee's complaint has found he was "promptly and correctly" reprimanded for telling an inappropriate joke. The joke, which the city described in a statement yesterday afternoon as "off-color," was the only finding of the investigation conducted by Warrenville-based attorney Terry Ekl. Full story.


Mostly sunny and clear with high temperatures of 83 degrees. Temperatures will be about 54 degrees when you wake up this morning. Full traffic.


Construction continue on Route 31 at James Rakow Road near Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. People should expect heavy delays and seek alternate routes. Full traffic.

Clausen joins crowded QB ranks

The Bears have added former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen into their crowded quarterback fold, now totaling five with starter Jay Cutler, backup Jordan Palmer, first-year player Jerrod Johnson, and sixth-round draft pick David Fales. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Clausen was drafted in the second round (48th overall) by the Carolina Panthers in 2010 and played in 13 games as a rookie, starting 10. Full story.

Sox and Cubs make draft selections

The Sox and Cubs were among the top of the list during last night's MLB amateur draft, with the 3rd and 4th picks, respectively. The Sox selected Carlos Rodon, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound lefty who was 25-10 with a 2.24 ERA the past three seasons at North Carolina State. The Cubs took catcher Kyle Schwarber, continuing the Theo Epstein-led regime's streak of taking position players to three in three years.

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