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  • A police officer testified yesterday that he saw Jose Ramirez-Alcantar on top of a woman in West Chicago, but the defense argued the woman flirted with him.

      A police officer testified yesterday that he saw Jose Ramirez-Alcantar on top of a woman in West Chicago, but the defense argued the woman flirted with him.

 
By Safiya Merchant

Officer: Woman 'unresponsive' when found with man in W. Chicago

Testimony continues today after prosecutors said yesterday a fun night in March 2013 gradually turned into every woman's worst nightmare when an intoxicated 62-year-old Jose Ramirez-Alcantar and one of his roommates dragged the intoxicated woman from a popular Aurora nightspot into a truck and then to the rundown West Chicago home they shared with another man. Assistant Public Defender George Ford said it was Alcantar's roommate who brought the willing woman home to continue the party they started at the bar with. Full Story.

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Geneva doctor accused of 2012 sexual assault

A Geneva doctor who recently had his license suspended because of accusations of inappropriate relationships with patients was arrested at his practice yesterday on rape charges. Mark G. Lewis, 55, formerly of St. Charles and now of the 200 block of Blackberry Drive, Geneva, is accused of raping a woman in November 2012, according to Kane County prosecutors and court records. Full Story.

Former Larkin Center shutting down July 31

Staff, students and residents will be leaving the former Larkin Center -- which began helping people in Elgin in 1896 -- by the end of the month. Lawrence Hall, which took over some of the center's operations last fall, had announced in May it was cost-prohibitive to continue running the Therapeutic Day School and group homes at 1212 Larkin Ave. Full Story.

Life sentence stands in Nellessen slaying

A Cook County judge yesterday denied a defense motion to reconsider the life sentence he imposed on 22-year-old Matthew Nellessen, who murdered his widowed father George Nellessen in the family's Arlington Heights home three years ago. Matthew Nellessen's lack of contrition or remorse was one reason Judge Martin Agran cited in declining to reconsider, court transcripts show. Full Story.

Harper College budget adjusts spending with enrollment dip

Harper College officials have prepared a 2015 balanced budget that reflects a dip in enrollment and small tuition increase. The board of trustees is expected to approve the proposed spending plan in August. Full Story.

Motorcyclist killed in Libertyville crash

Authorities are investigating a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle Monday night that resulted in the death of a 31-year old Waukegan man. Police and firefighters called to Winchester Road and Butterfield Road about 9:35 p.m. found the driver of the motorcycle, Arontes Smith, with serious injuries and began administering aid. Smith was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead. Full Story.

Pedestrian hit by Metra train dies in Elgin

An inbound Metra train on the Milwaukee District West Line struck and killed a pedestrian yesterday afternoon near Route 31 in Elgin, a spokesman said. The train had just left the Big Timber Road station and struck the pedestrian at 3:35 p.m. before reaching the State Street station, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. Full Story.

Weather

Party sunny and 66 degrees this morning. Temperatures will climb to 74 degrees this afternoon before slipping back to 59 degrees tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on Rollins Road from Route 45 until Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays and seek alternate routes. Full story.

Is Cubs' plan really that hard to understand?

When it comes to Chicago Cubs baseball, reason departed sometime between the rise of the Carolingian dynasty and the French Revolution, Barry Rozner says. On the other hand, it might simply have been the moment Larry Himes decided Jose Guzman could replace Greg Maddux. Give or take a century. Full column.

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