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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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Six charged in Aurora reverse-prostitution sting

Jul 18 2014 | 5:05 pm - Six men have been charged after Aurora police said they solicited an undercover officer for sex. Aurora Police Special Operations Group investigators conducted the reverse prostitution sting Thursday afternoon. All six were charged with solicitation...

Tears, hugs and prayers after fire ravages Naperville’s Grandma Sally’s

Jul 18 2014 | 11:40 pm - For 20 years, Naperville residents Susan and Bill Kazmierski have enjoyed pancakes and omelettes at the original Grandma Sally’s Family Restaurant in Naperville. On Friday morning, Susan stood near the fire-ravaged restaurant’s east...

Seven charged in Naperville drug bust

Jul 18 2014 | 5:30 pm - Seven people have been charged with felony drug conspiracy and sales following a four-month investigation into an alleged drug ring operating out of a Naperville apartment complex. The group was arrested Thursday and appeared in bond court Friday...

Three hurt, one seriously, in Warrenville crash

Jul 17 2014 | 5:57 pm - Three people were hurt, including one man who was seriously injured and had to be extricated from his vehicle by Warrenville firefighters, following a Thursday afternoon crash at Warrenville Road and Mill Street, authorities said. Police Cpl. Carl...

'Hero' neighbor rescues dog from pack of coyotes

Jul 16 2014 | 5:00 am - The quick thinking and loud screams of an 84-year-old Bensenville-area woman has neighbors calling her a hero after she scared off a pack of coyotes attacking a neighbor's dog. “My son has always told me to scream and yell real loud if I see a...

West Chicago man sentenced in 2012 sexual assault

Jul 14 2014 | 1:58 pm - A West Chicago man was sentenced to prison Monday in the 2012 rape of an 11-year-old girl with whom he shared a home. Juan Hernandez, 18, of the 400 block of Church Street in West Chicago, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated criminal sexual assault...

Chicago man sentenced for Wood Dale armed robberies

Jul 10 2014 | 2:03 pm - A Chicago man was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to robbing two Wood Dale tobacco shops. Michael Wilson, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and was sentenced to two concurrent sentences of 8 years in prison,...

West Chicago man acquitted of sexual assault

Jul 10 2014 | 10:33 pm - A 12-member DuPage County jury needed less than an hour Thursday evening to find Jose Ramirez-Alcantar not guilty of criminal sexual assault of a 42-year-old Aurora woman at his West Chicago home after a night of drinking at a Aurora bar in 2013.

Southbound I-355 expected to reopen after truck fire near Roosevelt Road

Jul 10 2014 | 12:05 am - A semitrailer truck fire caused officials to close all southbound lanes of I-355 Wednesday afternoon near Roosevelt Road in DuPage County. State police said the truck was loaded with paper products when it caught fire about 1:10 p.m. as it traveled...

Aurora woman testifies in criminal sexual assault trial

Jul 09 2014 | 6:46 pm - A woman prosecutors say is the victim of a criminal sexual assault in West Chicago testified Wednesday that an enjoyable night of drinking and dancing at her favorite bar took a tragic turn after she left her drink unattended for several minutes.

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