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  • Conviction vacated in Aurora boy’s 1996 slaying May 31, 2014 12:05 AM
    Kane County prosecutors are weighing their options after an Illinois appellate court vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial for a former Montgomery man serving a 70-year prison term in the 1996 slaying of a 6-year-old Nicholas "Nico" Contreras of Aurora. Mark A. Downs convinced the appellate court the trial court committed plain error in instructing the jury regarding the definition of reasonable doubt.

     
  • ‘Godspell’ shares powerful message through music May 19, 2014 1:46 PM
    The musical “Godspell,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who later composed “Wicked,” made its debut in 1971. Forty-three years later, it’s being brought to the stage in the Fox Valley by Spotlight Youth Theater Aurora.

     
  • Kaneland High, Nicholson schools receive state honors May 15, 2014 6:06 PM
    Kaneland High School in Maple Park and Nicholson Elementary School in Montgomery were praised by state school superintendent Christopher Koch, as he bestowed Academic Improvement awards at a ceremony at Kaneland.

     
  • Police: 6 people injured in Easter party shooting Apr 20, 2014 3:14 PM
    Authorities say six people were injured in a shooting at an Easter party in Montgomery. Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers tells Chicago’s WBBM-TV that the shooter allegedly got out of an SUV and fired bullets into the garage of a home where an Easter party was taking place and children were present.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Mar 14, 2014 4:16 PM
    A Geneva man was charged with battery and cruelty to animals at 9:30 p.m. March 8 on a trail behind the houses in the 500 block of Edison Street, police said. Michael J. Conlee, 37, of the same block, is accused of punching a neighbor in a shoulder, knocking the person down, and of kicking a dog that he believed was going to bite him, according to a police report.

     
  • Souper Bowl will help feed Fox Valley residents Feb 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    The NFL may have its big game each year, but for the hungry in the Fox Valley, their main event is the Souper Bowl of Caring. The event on March 1 is when Fox Valley United Way, area Jewel-Osco stores, Prisco’s Fine Foods in Aurora and the Montgomery Market Place in Montgomery join forces with shoppers and dozens of youth volunteers to replenish supplies at two local food pantries.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Feb 24, 2014 5:36 PM
    Christopher J. Sebastion, 21, of Aurora, was charged with retail theft at 12:55 a.m. Monday at Walmart, 801 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Feb 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    Cedric Powell, 40, of Aurora, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, no FOID card, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at Claim and Ohio streets near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

     
  • Police: Man caught with pot-laced chocolate bars Feb 13, 2014 4:30 PM
    Authorities said they arrested a Kane County man Wednesday after a 42-pound shipment of marijuana-infused chocolate bars was delivered to his home from a California dispensary. Thomas J. Franzen, of Montgomery, faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted. Police said the shipment contained 430 individually foil-wrapped chocolate bars that retail for $13 each, or a total of nearly $5,600.

     
  • Attorney: Victim in West Aurora sex abuse lawsuit showed courage Feb 9, 2014 5:18 PM
    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.”

     
  • West Aurora bounces back Feb 8, 2014 11:52 PM
    West Aurora basketball coach Gordie Kerkman likes that his team has often participated in the Night of Hoops at Batavia High School. Kerkman admits he hasn’t always been happy with the end results though.

     
  • Antony’s 3 stuns West Aurora Feb 7, 2014 11:24 PM
    Ryan Antony spent much of Naperville Central’s game at West Aurora Friday night setting up teammates with one nifty pass after another, but when it mattered most the senior point guard fired away.

     
  • West Aurora comeback stuns Wheaton North Feb 6, 2014 11:26 PM
    Great defense and some great shooting helped a bunch, but the most impressive thing about West Aurora’s fourth-quarter effort at Wheaton North may very well have been on the mental side.

     
  • Boys basketball: Week 9 MVP Feb 6, 2014 12:51 AM
    Larkin freshman Christian Negron has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent basketball performances.

     
  • Wheaton Warrenville South wins at West Aurora Feb 5, 2014 10:42 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball coach Rob Kroehnke has a simple philosophy he conveys to his players. “We talk about winning quarters,” Kroehnke said. “We had a great second quarter.” The Tigers held West Aurora to 4 points, scoring 15 unanswered points during the second quarter, and their ultimate 12-point differential in the period was the difference in a 53-41 victory Wednesday in Aurora.

     
  • West Aurora turns up pressure on WW South Feb 4, 2014 10:53 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville South scored 24 points in each half Tuesday night West Aurora. The host Blackhawks weren’t nearly as consistent. After a sluggish first half that sent them to their locker room trailing the DuPage Valley Conference matchup 24-21, the Blackhawks exploded for 47 points in the second half on their way to their eighth straight win, 68-48.

     
  • West Aurora district names ex-Oswego principal superintendent Feb 4, 2014 6:54 PM
    The West Aurora school board chose a replacement Monday for Superintendent Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Jeffrey Craig, who used to be the principal at Oswego East High School, will start a transition to the district this week.

     
  • West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit Feb 4, 2014 6:51 PM
    A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former West Aurora High School student who was sexually abused by a former band director. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe, sued District 129, Superintendent Jim Rydland and former principal Dan Bridges for failing to protect her and report suspected abuse to DCFS. The matter prompted the Kane County state's attorney's office to enter into a five-year deferred prosecution program requiring all current and new district staff to be trained in their mandated reporting duties.

     
  • Kaneland can’t contain DeKalb duo Feb 4, 2014 11:33 PM
    On most nights, Kaneland coach Brian Johnson would expect a victory when his team puts up 70 points. However, the Knights ran into a sharpshooting DeKalb team Tuesday night. The host Barbs hit nearly 60 percent of their shots from the field, including a stellar 8-for-14 effort from 3-point range. Senior John Pruett tried to keep Kaneland in contention by tallying 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, but DeKalb held off a late surge to claim a 76-70 Northern Illinois Big XII East decision.

     
  • Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at West Aurora boys basketball Feb 4, 2014 10:14 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville South played West Aurora Tuesday, Feb. 4 for boys basketball

     
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