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Dawn Patrol: 30 years for killing baby; Trial delays frustrate family

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  • Demetries Thorpe, 27, attends his sentencing hearing at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Tuesday. Thorpe, who admitted to killing 5-month-old Joshua Summeries and then dumping his body into a garbage can, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

      Demetries Thorpe, 27, attends his sentencing hearing at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Tuesday. Thorpe, who admitted to killing 5-month-old Joshua Summeries and then dumping his body into a garbage can, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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By Safiya Merchant
smerchant@dailyherald.com

Zion man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing 5-month-old baby

A Lake County judge sentenced a Zion man to 30 years in prison yesterday for what he called the "horrific" crime of suffocating a 5-month-old child and throwing the body in a garbage container. In a brief statement during his sentencing hearing, Demetries Thorpe, 27, apologized for placing his hand over Joshua Summeries' mouth, saying he will struggle to live with the guilt of killing his girlfriend's baby and trying to hide the evidence. Full story.

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Arlington Heights man charged with shooting at vehicle

A man who admitted he was a street gang member was charged after shooting at a vehicle Sunday in Waukegan, authorities said. Jose Guzman, 18, of the 1500 block of North Windsor in Arlington Heights, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member and aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, according to a Waukegan Police Department news release. Full story.

Family frustrated by trial delays in Naperville man's death

The parents of a Naperville teacher stabbed to death in February 2012 say they are growing more frustrated with each passing day their son's accused killer is not brought to justice. Shaun Wild was a 24-year-old North Central College graduate and Spring Brook Elementary School teacher when he was killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2012, in a downtown Naperville bar. Full story.

Downtown Wheaton vacancy rate drops as new businesses move in

A record store, a quilting shop and several other businesses are coming to downtown Wheaton, officials say. In addition, two new businesses -- P.S. Flowers at 125 W. Front St. and Subway at 105 E. Front St. -- opened in the past two weeks. Full story.

Police: 2 more possible victims in teacher sex abuse case come forward

Lake County authorities say they are now investigating whether a Gavin South Middle School teacher sexually abused up to three girls. An arrest warrant was issued last week for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 block of East Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest, in connection with what authorities say was his sexual assault of a student. He's charged in the warrant with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and five counts of criminal sexual assault. Full story.

DuPage forest board may have violated law in hiring executive director

DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners will vote again next week to hire John Lapinski as executive director after a resident questioned the legality of their original action. Commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 19 to name Lapinski executive director -- the same day they announced Arnie Biondo was stepping down from the top administrative post. Full story.

Waukegan man charged with heroin-related crimes

A Waukegan man has been charged with possessing and delivering heroin. Clifton D. Johnson, 21, of the 100 block of South Genesee Street, was arrested Aug. 27, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office news release. He was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin and resisting a police officer. Full story.

Weather

Clear and 65 degrees to start this morning. Temperatures are expected to climb to 79 degrees this afternoon. A thunderstorm is possible late when temperatures dip to 69 degrees. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues at Route 83 and Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach. People should expect heavy delays in the area, and may want to seek an alternate route. Full traffic.

Bad back could knock Rizzo out for rest of season

It's possible the Cubs could shut down first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the rest of the season. An MRI performed yesterday revealed that Rizzo has what Cubs President Theo Epstein termed a mild low-back strain. Rizzo, a National League all-star, faces 10 days of rest and core work and then the Cubs will determine whether Rizzo plays again this season. Full story.

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