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Dawn Patrol: Autopsy today on infant; West Chicago man not guilty

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  • Prospect Heights police respond Thursday to the scene of a reported death of a 1-month-old girl on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road.

      Prospect Heights police respond Thursday to the scene of a reported death of a 1-month-old girl on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road.
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Autopsy today on 1-month-old girl

An autopsy will be performed today on the body of a 1-month-old girl discovered dead inside a Prospect Heights condominium yesterday. Paramedics were called to the Willow Heights condominiums on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road just before 10 a.m. on a report of an infant in respiratory arrest, Deputy Fire Chief Drew Smith said. Police said the circumstances of the death are under investigation. Full story.

West Chicago man acquitted of sexual assault

A West Chicago man is free after a DuPage County jury determined yesterday he was not guilty of raping a 42-year-old Aurora woman at his home after a night of drinking at an Aurora bar in March 2013. A DuPage County DNA Forensic Technology supervisor testified that a thorough examination of the woman's sexual assault kit -- including several swabs -- showed no signs of semen, and that swabs taken from Jose Ramirez-Alcantar's genitals immediately after the encounter also showed no DNA other than his own. Full story.

Tollway warns of email scam targeting I-PASS users

The Illinois tollway yesterday warned I-PASS users to beware of emails from a so-called E-Z Pass Collection Agency that claims recipients owe money for missing tolls. The emails may have subject lines with "in arrears for driving on toll road" or "payment for driving on toll road." The emails and the collection agency are "a phishing scam" that uses the E-ZPass logo, tollway administrators said. Full story.

Hospital's odd discovery: Car missing for 20 years

Construction crews at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital came across an unusual discovery when they were draining a pond this week: a long-lost hospital public safety vehicle, officials said yesterday. The vehicle had been missing for almost 20 years, until crews came upon it Wednesday morning at the bottom of the 13-foot pond in front of the hospital. Full story.

Farnham attorney requests time for possible plea negotiation

A defense attorney for former state Rep. Keith Farnham said he wants more time to pursue possible plea negotiations with federal authorities. Defense attorney Terry Ekl made the request during a hearing yesterday at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. Farnham was charged in April with possession of child pornography. Full story.

Judge rules charges in Highland Park huffing case are constitutional

A ruling by a Lake County judge means a Highland Park woman can be sentenced after she was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence, causing a fatal crash. Judge James Booras said yesterday it was constitutional for prosecutors to charge 20-year-old Carly Rousso, even though the chemical compound she ingested is not on the state's list of intoxicating substances. She faces up to 14 years in prison. A sentencing date will be set at a July 14 hearing. Full story.


Partly sunny throughout the day with temperatures topping out at 79 degrees this afternoon. It will be 65 degrees as you head out the door this morning. Some thunderstorms are predicted late tonight into Sunday. Full weather.


Washington Street remains closed between Hainesville Road and Cedar Lake Road near Round Lake Beach. People should use Rollins Road to the north or Route 120 to the south as detours. More traffic.

Sale, Rizzo get final All-Star Game spots

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and Sox pitcher Chris Sale will be headed to the All-Star Game after coming in as the highest vote-getters during fan balloting on Rizzo received 8.8 million votes to top four other National League players, and Sale received 6.7 million votes to top four other American League players. The All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis. Full story.

Landmarks commission OKs Wrigley Field upgrade

The Cubs have taken a step toward getting the Chicago city council's permission for a Wrigley Field renovation project that is much bigger than one approved last year. The city's landmarks commission yesterday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines. But what could follow is a legal battle between the team and rooftop owners across the street. Full story.

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