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Justin Kmitch

Legal Affairs Writer
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Justin Kmitch covers the DuPage County courts.

Since joining the Daily Herald in June 2000 Justin also has covered the communities Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Lisle and Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Naperville and Naperville Unit District 203, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wood Dale.

Kmitch has also appeared on WBBM NewsRadio 780, where he has discussed stories he has written for the Daily Herald. In 2001, Kmitch was a member of a Lisagor award-winning team honored for coverage of the rampage of factory worker William D. Baker, 66, who killed four co-workers, then himself, at the Navistar International factory in February 2001.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Kmitch graduated from Eastern Illinois University where he wrote and edited for his student newspaper and received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He also earned his master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois in Springfield. As part of the master's degree program at UIS, Kmitch completed an internship in the now-defunct Gannett Springfield bureau covering statehouse politics. You can keep up with Justin at www.facebook.com/justinkmitch.dailyherald

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Coroner confirms that bodies found in Warrenville were Thunderkick, ex-wife

Feb 23 2018 | 5:38 pm - DuPage County coroner’s officials have confirmed the bodies found in a Warrenville townhouse Thursday morning are Brian Thunderkick, 62, and Laura L. Arns, also 62. Autopsies have been completed but the cause of death will remain...

Driver in fatal high-speed Wheaton crash found dead along with ex-wife

Feb 23 2018 | 8:25 am - A Warrenville man accused of triggering a fiery Wheaton crash that killed an Elgin woman in September 2017 was found dead in his home Thursday morning by police officers serving a court document, authorities said. Authorities said there were no...

Wheaton College hazing case: Defense attorneys want victim’s medical records

Feb 22 2018 | 4:35 pm - As plea negotiations are underway for the five suspended Wheaton College football players accused of hazing a former teammate, attorneys for the men are questioning the legitimacy of injuries suffered by the victim.

After 22 years in prison, man walks out of court a free man after not guilty verdict

Feb 22 2018 | 6:06 am - A former Naperville man was acquitted Wednesday of all charges related to a 1995 Naperville fire that killed his mother-in-law. William Amor, 63, removed his glasses and wept as Judge Liam Brennan described, in a seven-page written opinion, how the...

Prosecutors: Would-be blacksmith wanted parents killed with hammer

Feb 22 2018 | 8:46 am - Joshua Miceli wanted his parents dead, DuPage County prosecutors said, and because they didn’t support his chosen career path as a blacksmith, it had to be done with a hammer. And, prosecutors said, he wanted them to suffer.

Judge’s attorney: Yes, he fired gun, but did he break any law?

Feb 20 2018 | 7:51 pm - The trial for DuPage County Judge Patrick O’Shea, charged with reckless misconduct after authorities said he fired his gun inside his Wheaton apartment, got off to an unusual start Tuesday afternoon in Kane County. In an almost unprecedented...

DuPage judge’s delayed trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in Kane County

Feb 19 2018 | 8:06 pm - The trial for DuPage Judge Patrick O’Shea, accused of reckless misconduct for firing his gun inside his Wheaton apartment, is on track to begin Tuesday, his attorney said. O’Shea’s trial was initially scheduled for Jan. 4, but...

Two charged, two hurt in hammer attack near Glen Ellyn

Feb 19 2018 | 6:45 pm - A DuPage County man and his alleged hitman are both being held without bail in an attempted murder plot involving the man’s parents.

In Naperville, 6,000 volunteers pack 1.2 million meals for hungry

Feb 17 2018 | 5:24 pm - Throughout his career, David Miller, senior pastor at Naperville’s St. Timothy Lutheran Church, has visited famished countries. Saturday, he was one of many on the “other end” of the crisis as up to 6,000 volunteers were...

Aurora police recover two guns Monday, charge three with related offenses

Feb 17 2018 | 7:45 pm - Aurora police say they had a “very productive” day on Monday, recovering two guns and securing charges related to them on three individuals in Kane County. In all, two juveniles and one adult were charged.

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