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  • Police arrest man in Milwaukee sex assault attempt Dec 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    Milwaukee police are working to determine whether a man arrested in an attempted sexual assault on the city’s north side is responsible for other assaults in the area. Police said Monday they arrested the man late Sunday. They say he attacked a 25-year-old woman Friday evening in the city’s Riverwest neighborhood. The woman tells police she was walking on the sidewalk around 7 p.m. when the man forced her into a small park. Police say he hit her several times and ran away when she screamed. They say she was taken to a hospital for treatment for serious injuries that weren’t life threatening. It’s unclear how police identified the man. No charges have been reported.

     
  • 27 Valparaiso U. athletes arrested on alcohol charges Dec 16, 2014 9:31 AM
    A weekend house party in northern Indiana has led to the arrests of more than two dozen Valparaiso University athletes.

     
  • Wisconsin elections board to discuss audit Dec 16, 2014 9:36 AM
    The state board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin plans to discuss a new audit that found problems with its operations that is fueling calls by Republicans for an overhaul. Tuesday’s meeting of the Government Accountability Board comes just days after the audit’s release. The 6-year-old board is comprised of nonpartisan former judges. It handles ethics, elections and campaign finance issues and has drawn the ire of both Democrats and Republicans over the years on a variety of issues. Republicans who control the legislature say an overhaul is needed and they are working on legislation to do that. The audit found a number of problems, including that board staff did not consistently follow a penalty schedule for enforcing campaign finance, lobbying and code of ethics laws.

     
  • Officials: Nearly 600 Oak Park students out sick Dec 16, 2014 9:23 AM
    Officials say nearly 600 students in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 have missed school because of illness. The district said about 10 percent of its students and staff members were absent Monday. It says it will be monitoring the situation closely and taking extra measures in cold and flu prevention, including extensively cleaning surfaces in school buildings.

     
  • Wisconsin man gets 16 years in heroin case Dec 16, 2014 11:07 AM
    A Racine County man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for conducting heroin sales with their small children present. WITI-TV reports 33-year-old Blair LaRose of Salem was also sentenced Monday to nine years of extended supervision after pleading guilty or no contest in October to charges of selling heroin and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. The Racine County sheriff’s office says LaRose and his children’s mother sold heroin to undercover officers three times. The suspects had the children, ages 1 and 3, with them on two of those occasions. Authorities say the couple offered to leave one child as collateral to ensure their return with more drugs. The 26-year-old woman is also charged in the case. The children were placed in the protective custody of Kenosha Human Services. ——— Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com

     
  • Indiana prison escapee captured at U of I Dec 16, 2014 3:57 PM
    Police say an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Indiana has been arrested on the University of Illinois’ campus. Campus police say an officer doing a routine walk-through of the school’s undergraduate library in Urbana found 61-year-old Michael Ward there.

     
  • Attorney blames couple’s bookkeeper in fraud case Dec 16, 2014 9:16 PM
    Misplaced confidence, not criminal intent, is to blame for a Chicago couple’s involvement in a $5 million fraud scheme that rocked the Illinois Department of Public Health and dragged a friend of President Barack Obama into the spotlight, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

     
  • Reporter won’t have to reveal murder-case source Dec 16, 2014 4:04 PM
    Appellate court judges have reversed a lower-court ruling that had ordered a journalist to reveal the source of a leak in a Joliet double-murder case. The decision also does away with a contempt of court ruling against Joseph Hosey, a reporter and editor for the AOL news website Patch, who refused to reveal the source.

     
  • Cop’s ‘Breathe easy’ shirt aims to shift perceptions Dec 16, 2014 9:33 AM
    Jason Barthel, a police officer and business owner, was growing frustrated with the use of “I can’t breathe” as a form of protest against perceived police brutality. Then, seeing the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team don shirts displaying the phrase at a game Saturday, he told the South Bend Tribune, was a slap in the face for law enforcement. So he’s selling shirts of his own. “Breathe easy, don’t break the law.”

     
  • Rauner: State agencies say they’ll run out of money Dec 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday state agencies are asking for about $760 million to prevent running out of money by the summer, but he didn’t outline a plan to address it. The Winnetka businessman said agencies have been spending faster than they should instead of making their budgets last a full year.

     
  • Memorial dedicated to firefighters killed in crash Dec 15, 2014 10:43 AM
    A new memorial has been dedicated to honor five northern Indiana firefighters who died in a crash while on their way to a house blaze more than 30 years ago. More than 100 people gathered for Sunday’s dedication ceremony at the black stone monument near the crash scene along Indiana 17, a few miles west of Plymouth. The monument replaces a memorial of five wooden crosses that was placed on a utility pole soon after the July 31, 1982, crash when the Plymouth fire engine rolled into a ditch at a curve in the road. Brandon Van Vactor — who was a year old when his father, Gary, died in the crash — said he’s grateful for the new monument, which has images of those killed, a description of what happened and a prayer. “All families probably feel the same, they are happy this has finally taken place and thankful for all the people who took the time and effort,” he told WSBT-TV. Others who knew the firefighters said they hoped the monument would keep memories of them alive for many years to come. “This monument, the more I got to thinking about it, will be here 100 years from now, or 200 years from now,” former Fire Chief Wayne Smith told WNDU-TV. “People will realize what happened back in 1982.” Organizers of the monument project said the firefighters’ deaths were a huge blow for the small city about 25 miles south of South Bend. “It has been a long time coming,” West Township Trustee Terry Borggren said. “While I was working on the project, a lot of people would stop and say that, ‘Hey, finally something is being done.”’

     
  • Police: Woman found dead in car was homicide victim Dec 15, 2014 10:44 AM
    Milwaukee police say the woman found dead in a car on the city’s northwest side was apparently a homicide victim. Investigators responded to an apartment complex Sunday afternoon where the car was parked in an alley.

     
  • Robber wearing Santa beard reported in Indiana Dec 15, 2014 10:44 AM
    Police in Evansville say a man wearing a fake Santa Claus beard tried to rob a man over the weekend by attacking him with a crowbar. The man told police he was in his home on the city’s west side when a person tried to break in Saturday night. The Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV report the man told police a tall, thin man wearing the fake beard hit him in the arm with the crowbar and demanded money. The man reported he was able to slam the door to keep the attacker outside. Police say they searched the area but didn’t make any immediate arrests.

     
  • Sentencing for man who killed half-brother with autism Dec 15, 2014 10:43 AM
    A man convicted of fatally beating his autistic half-brother is to be sentenced in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg is due back in court Monday after earlier pleading no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg reached a plea deal on the original charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness while his trial was under way in September. Prosecutors plan to ask that Vogelsberg be sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision. The defense will ask for eight years in prison.

     
  • Rauner announces inauguration events Dec 15, 2014 5:42 PM
    Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inaugural festivities will include a dinner at the Illinois Capitol, a concert and a free event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Winnetka Republican launched a website Monday with a schedule for the 2015 inauguration.

     
  • Prosecutor outlines how grant fraud occured Dec 15, 2014 8:30 PM
    By gaining access to and influence with the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a Chicago couple stole more than $3 million in taxpayer money that was intended for AIDS awareness and other pressing health campaigns, and instead bought Mercedes Benzes and helped pay their son’s mortgage, a prosecutor told a federal jury Monday.

     
  • Farnham registers as sex offender Dec 15, 2014 8:58 PM
    A former Illinois lawmaker who traded in child pornography has registered as a sex offender. Keith Farnham of Elgin is now listed on the Illinois State Police sex offender site as a “sexual predator” who possessed child pornography of a victim less than 13 years of age. The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to transporting child pornography in a federal courtroom in Chicago earlier this month.

     
  • Prison watchdog group: Overcrowding worse after closing Dwight Dec 15, 2014 10:21 AM
    Moving about 1,000 female inmates from a closed prison in Dwight to another in Logan County has exacerbated overcrowding and not generated meaningful cost savings, according to a report from a Chicago-based prison watchdog group. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the closing of the Dwight Correctional Center last year as a cost-cutting move.

     
  • Madigan: Rauner gets to appoint comptroller for full term Dec 15, 2014 4:52 PM
    Republican Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has the authority to appoint a new state comptroller to a full term next month, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says. Gov. Pat Quinn, meanwhile, can appoint a successor for the late Judy Baar Topinka until her term is out in mid-January.

     
  • Accident leads to new road in life for executive Dec 15, 2014 6:11 AM
    Kukec's People column features Erin Doyle of Downers Grove and senior manager at Deerfield-based Walgreens who had a horrific car accident in 2009 and has since been working hard to regain what she had lost.

     
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