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  • Kane County’s ‘No Refusal’ event nets 10 DUI arrestsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The latest “No Refusal” event held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in Kane County netted 10 drunken driving arrests. Held from 11 p.m. March 15 through 3 a.m. March 16, 10 motorists were arrested and three refused to consent to chemical tests until authorities got a warrant. “From our perspective, it should reinforce the message that we are prepared to seek a blood sample if that’s what it takes,” said Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

     
  • Aurora serial smash-and-grab burglar faces long sentenceMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Aurora man arrested after police investigating a spate of smash-and-grab burglaries put a GPS tracker on his car could face a lengthy prison term because of his past record. Mark Swienton, 50, pleaded guilty earlier this year to burglaries in Aurora and St. Charles - his 11th and 12th felony convictons.

     
  • 3-year law license ban for attorney guilty of prostitutionMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A state commission that disciplines attorneys has issued a three-year law license suspension for a Sycamore attorney who pleaded guilty in 2012 to misdemeanor prostitution. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission not only cited the prostitution offense, but Reema Nicki Bajaj’s denial of it after she pleaded guilty, and lies on her license application from 2010.

     
  • Aurora cop goes above and beyondMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Aurora Police Officer Doug Rashkow was named the department's Employee of the Month in January. What he did behind the scenes was quite remarkable, columnist Harry Hitzeman says.

     
  • Police in Elgin, Aurora honored for stellar work in 2013Mar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t the only organization handing out awards to its best and brightest lately. Police officers and civilians recently were honored in Kane County’s two largest cities — Elgin and Aurora.

     
  • Kane heroin overdose case appears headed to trialFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The case of a 42-year-old Aurora man charged in the spring 2013 heroin overdose death of his longtime girlfriend appears headed to trial. A Kane County judge recently denied a move by defense attorneys to ban statements made by Charles Minard, who is charged with drug-induced homicide, to investigators.

     
  • Kane County prosecutors ready for March 18 primaryFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The March 18 primary election is a little more than a month away and the Kane County state’s attorney’s office is prepared. The office will have a special phone line — (630) 208-5328 — available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day to field complaints of possible illegal election activity, such as electioneering, improper placement of campaign signs, or denial of voting rights.

     
  • Attorney: Victim in West Aurora sex abuse lawsuit showed courage Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former West Aurora High School student who sued West Aurora District 129 for not protecting her from sexual abuse at the hands of a band teacher and failing to report suspicions to state officials has shown a tremendous amount of courage, her attorney said. “I just feel great that my client had enough courage to stand up and participate in civil proceedings and the criminal case.”

     
  • North Aurora honors top cop for compassion, diligence Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    It wasn’t chasing down a robbery suspect on foot or solving a decades-old murder case that earned Officer John “Jake” Kerlin the 2013 Officer of the Year Award for the North Aurora Police Department. Rather, it was kind, compassionate personal attention to an elderly woman in need and diligence after responding to a public dumping complaint.

     
  • Homeowner gets lawyer to help in battle with St. Charles Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The legal saga surrounding the city of St. Charles' effort to force Cliff McIlvaine to finish a decades-old construction project is entering its fourth year. And with it, a new push from McIlvaine to have the city leave him alone.

     
  • Kane prosecutor supports expansion of recorded police questioning Jan 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lawyers like to say that physical evidence doesn’t lie. And neither does the video camera. Mandatory video recording of suspect interviews will expand to a host of other serious crimes thanks to a new state law. Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon supports the change.

     
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    Aurora man gets chance to fight conviction, 70-year sentence Jan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Christopher R. House in still in prison, but he has a chance to challenge his conviction and subsequent 70-year sentence for a 2006 murder in Aurora. An appellate court panel recently ruled that House’s petition of ineffective counsel that he filed on his own was improperly dismissed by a Kane County judge.

     
  • Perez wants Ebey award to continue beyond 2014 Dec 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez hopes his successor won't scrap the Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year award after Perez leaves office next year. “I’m sure whoever steps into the role of sheriff will continue this because how could you not?" Ebey, a well-liked World War II veteran, was killed in spring 2007 Aurora Township home invasion.

     
  • Suit: Carpentersville cop’s laptop to blame for crash that injured sisters Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two Gilberts sisters have sued a Carpentersville police officer, the police department and village, seeking damages from a May crash in which the officer claimed his front-seat laptop computer partially blocked his view. “That’s what he said in the police report,” said David Petrich, attorney for plaintiffs Alli and Crystal Giblin.

     
  • Authorities: Hampshire man caught with pipes, pot at courthouse, blames ex Nov 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    A 50-year-old Hampshire man said he wanted to stop his estranged wife from using drugs, but he’s now accused of bringing what he claimed was her pot and paraphernalia to court. Dan D. Travis was charged with two misdemeanors Nov. 8 after he tried to enter the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles with two marijuana pipes and marijuana in his jacket, authorities say.

     
  • 3-year sentence for St. Charles man for child porn Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    A 34-year-old St. Charles man recently was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography possession. Refugio M. Padilla Jr., of the 7N200 block of Barb Hill Drive, also must pay a fine of $2,365, according to court records.

     
  • Kane Co. plans ‘No Refusal’ DUI patrol on day before Thanksgiving Nov 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will hold its next “No Refusal” event on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. Also known as “Black Wednesday,” it is considered one of the biggest drinking days of the year.“Historically, this is a popular night ,” said State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

     
  • Suspended attorney causes stir at Kane County jail Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Chicago attorney suspended from practicing law caused a little ruckus last week at the Kane County jail, where he was arrested two days in a row on misdemeanor trespassing charges.

     
  • Judge dismisses suit stemming from Aurora hospital stabbing Oct 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    An elderly woman who was stabbed by a mentally ill man at the then Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora more than three years ago will not be receiving any monetary damages from the hospital. A judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Naomi Leeth Johnson after her granddaughter, who was acting as their attorney, failed to appear in court.

     
  • Back to prison for Aurora man who killed pasasenger in 2001 DUI crash Oct 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Aurora man who went to prison for a reckless homicide 12 years ago is headed back there again. Christopher A. Perez, 34, of the 2200 block of Jericho Road, recently was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI with a previous reckless homicide conviction, according to court records.

     
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