Five charged with shooting gun outside Hanover Park home
A police tactical unit responded to a Hanover Park home early Saturday morning after a report of shots fired ended with five men in custody on felony charges alleging they shot multiple bullets from a handgun into the ground. Officers were called to the 1200 block of Catalina Drive at 3:50 a.m. in response to a call about shots fired, Hanover Park police said. When they arrived, the officers located several shell casings on the grass in front of a residence on the nearby 1300 block of Court O, according to police. Full story.
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Glen Ellyn roof collapse leaves apartment uninhabitable
A partial roof collapse at Parkside Apartments in Glen Ellyn has left one unit uninhabitable until work crews can replace the eight-by-six foot section of ceiling that fell in early last night, officials said. Glen Ellyn Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Holmer said the collapse, which happened to the top floor ceiling of the two-story apartment building at 25 N. Main St., was likely caused by water damage. The section of ceiling that collapsed was near a tarped-off area that had been worked on last week by contractors, Holmer said, and it appears rainwater either penetrated or got around the tarp and weakened the ceiling material enough to lead to the collapse. Full story.
Fox BBQ competition heats up in St. Charles
The Fox Valley was the site of some smoking hot competition yesterday. More than 50 grilling teams put their backyard reputations on the line during the Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Competition and Festival, held at the Shodeen lot on the corner of Route 38 and Randall Road in St. Charles. Among the grillers was Elburn resident Mike Kalke, known professionally in his lawn care business as the "Weed Man." "We're amateurs. We have only done this a few times," he said. "We're just out here for the camaraderie, enjoying the day with friends and family." Full story.
Top 15 perform in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition
The performances by the top 15 contestants in this year's Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition impressed guest judge Ron Onesti so much that he wondered aloud what was in the local drinking water. "I need to get out here to Schaumburg more often," said Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment, which runs the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The performances took place last night at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Performing Arts.
Partly cloudy and 68 degrees this morning, but a storm or two could move in later when temperatures climb to 80 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures should be around 54 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction remains on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. People should seek alternate routes around the roadwork. Full story.
Why the Bulls failed to hit the Melo jackpot
The Bulls have practically made a tradition of free-agent misses since the championship era ended and usually come out with a consolation prize. Another miss arrived Saturday when the Bulls officially lost out on Carmelo Anthony and settled for power forward Pau Gasol from the Lakers. If it's any consolation, Gasol should be the most accomplished consolation prize of the last 15 years. Mike McGraw's full story.
Cubs showing cracks in the Wood?
With all of the negative talk about Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson, shouldn't there be similar concern about lefty Travis Wood? A year ago, Wood was headed to the All-Star Game and on the way to a 200-inning season in which he went 9-11 with a 3.11 ERA and a tidy WHIP of 1.15. The what-a-difference-a-year-makes story isn't a good one for Wood. He was rocked yesterday for 7 runs over the first three innings of the Cubs' 10-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. Bruce Miles' full story.
Another tough loss for White Sox
The White Sox staggered into the all-star break with yet another tough loss. Javy Guerra gave up a 2-run homer in the eighth inning to Yan Gomes that erased the Sox' comeback in the top of the inning, sending Robin Ventura's squad to a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday. Full story.
Germany wins World Cup on late goal
With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina yesterday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. Full story.