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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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Alleged getaway driver in fatal Bensenville holdup to plead guilty

Feb 10 2016 | 9:10 am - Tremayne Davis, the alleged getaway driver in the fatal shooting and armed robbery of a Bensenville store clerk, is expected to plead guilty to lesser charges this afternoon. Davis was set to stand trial beginning next week.

$100,000 bail for Bloomingdale woman charged with PTO theft

Feb 10 2016 | 5:04 pm - The former PTO treasurer of Bloomingdale’s Winnebago Elementary School, accused of pilfering more than $19,000, is free after posting $10,000 bail. Tiffany Moorman has been charged with theft of more than $10,000.

DuPage board member Eckhoff not guilty of DUI

Feb 10 2016 | 5:27 pm - A DuPage County judge found there was not evidence to find DuPage County Board member Paul Grant Eckhoff guilty of DUI during a Wednesday morning bench trial.

Westmont man legally insane in vandalism at Lombard synagogue

Feb 09 2016 | 12:50 pm - A Westmont man diagnosed with schitzophrenic bipolar disorder was declared not guilty by reasoh of insanity Tuesday in his October 2014 attack on Congregaton Etz Chaim in Lombard.

Jail time, probation for real estate broker who stole clients' escrow money

Feb 10 2016 | 2:25 pm - A Burr Ridge real estate agent, convicted of stealing potential homebuyers' earnest money, avoided prison time Tuesday but will serve probation and 120 days in jail.

Bail reduced for Naperville protester

Feb 08 2016 | 5:05 pm - Bail was reduced by $90,000 Monday for a Lisle man being held on felony disorderly conduct charges for filing a false police report against a Naperville officer.

Naperville cops use Narcan to save man from heroin overdose

Feb 04 2016 | 2:21 pm - Naperville police have used Narcan for the third time to save someone from a heroin overdose.

$1 million bail for Downers Grove father accused of shaking infant

Feb 03 2016 | 11:01 pm - Timothy Churchill, 20, of Downers Grove, is accused of causing significant brain injuries to his 3-month-old daughter by repeated shaking. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Prosecutors: Downers Grove man shared thousands of child porn images

Feb 03 2016 | 3:08 pm - Authorities say Anthony Damaska, of Downers Grove, is responsible for sharing thousands of child porn images over the internet, as well as collecting them himself.

Glendale Heights man accused of having child pornography

Feb 02 2016 | 4:55 pm - Andrew Clarke, 27, of the 100 block of Golfview Drive in Glendale Heights, is free on bail after being charged with having child pornography files on his personal computer.

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