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  • Northwest suburban police blotter Aug 1, 2014 10:35 AM
    Fire engulfed the side of a home July 27 on the 900 block of Stuart Drive in Bartlett. The owner left ashes to cool from a bonfire the night before. He poured water on them in the morning and threw them into a garbage can. Items in the garbage can ignited and the fire quickly spread.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Aug 1, 2014 4:10 PM
    An estimated $300 damage was caused by graffiti in a tunnel under Burr Road near the Royal Hawk Golf Club, 5N748 Burr Road near St. Charles between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s report.

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Aug 1, 2014 4:08 PM
    Gwendell Stewart, 52, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with residential burglary and attempted residential burglary, according to court records.

     
  • North Aurora police seek man who exposed self to child Aug 1, 2014 2:46 PM
    North Aurora police are investigating a report that a man in a car approached an 11-year-old girl, then began touching himself inappropriately, Thursday.

     
  • Carpentersville woman faces charges in sham marriage case Aug 1, 2014 11:22 AM
    A Carpentersville woman who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at O'Hare International Airport is accused of hindering investigation of a sham marriage by federal prosecutors. According to court papers, the woman, Enkhchimeg Ulziibayar Edwards, 36, helped arrange the 2003 marriage of a Mongolian national to an American citizen in order to gain citizenship for the Mongolian. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • 2 injured, DUI charged, in Hampshire-area motorcycle crash Aug 1, 2014 5:22 PM
    Two men were injured in a two-motorcycle crash early Friday morning near Hampshire. One was charged with driving under the influence ofalcohol, according to Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler.

     
  • Police: Two men attack man in Hanover Park, break his arm Aug 1, 2014 3:16 PM
    Two 20-year-old men -- one armed with a baseball bat, the other a metal pipe -- attacked a an 18-year-old man walking near West and Walnut avenues in Hanover Park Thursday night, police said Friday. The man suffered a broken arm.

     
  • Kane authorities want $111,000 in mail order pot scheme forfeited Aug 1, 2014 5:22 PM
    Kane County prosecutors have initiated forfeiture proceedings for some $111,000 found in the bank accounts of a California woman accused of helping a St. Charles couple launder money for a mail order marijuana business.

     
  • Lisle man sentenced for starting playground fire Aug 1, 2014 12:51 PM
    A 23-year-old Lisle man was cold and drunk in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2013, when he and another man decided to light a fire in a playground to keep warm. That decision landed Michael Bucher before Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Friday morning.

     
  • Two men charged in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect burglaries Aug 1, 2014 6:30 PM
    Two men face residential burglary charges stemming from break-ins to homes in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect last month. Steven Brown, 25, of Arlington Heights, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and Jeremy Driscoll, 26, as ordered held on $60,000 bond Friday.

     
  • ATF investigating gun used by Tower Lakes man in Loop shooting Aug 1, 2014 7:49 PM
    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is conducting an “urgent” trace to find out where Tower Lakes resident Tony DeFrances got the gun he used to shoot his boss and then himself at a downtown Chicago high-rise office building on Thursday.

     
  • Heroin overdose confirmed in 2012 Wheaton death Aug 1, 2014 6:53 PM
    Augustina Taylor’s death in the late night hours of June 27, 2012, was caused by a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine. Former DuPage County forensic pathologist Jeff Harkey testified Friday in the drug-induced homicide trial of the friend alleged to have given or sold the heroin to Taylor, Jennifer Nere.

     
  • Four suburban men face drug trafficking charges Aug 1, 2014 9:16 PM
    An Elgin man and his two sons, as well as an Addison man, all are facing felony drug trafficking charges, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced Friday, following an investigation that led to the recovery of seven kilograms of heroin with a street value of $700,000.

     
  • Chicago man shot, killed in Aurora Aug 1, 2014 5:31 PM
    A 24-year-old Chicago man was shot to death Friday afternoon on the near east side of Aurora, authorities said. Police said Anthony J. Kostrzewa, whose last known address was on the 100 block of North Campbell Avenue, was standing with two other men outside a house on the 200 block of Schiller Street when three men pulled up in a dark gray vehicle that resembled a pickup truck.

     
  • Police chase ends inside Great Lakes naval base Aug 1, 2014 8:14 PM
    A Chicago man being pursued by police on suspicion of drunken driving drove through the Naval Base Great Lakes main gate, was shot at and was later arrested after he rammed two naval security vehicles that barricaded his path, officials said Friday. Paul Sasso, 44, started the chase when Highland Park police attempted to pull him over on supicion of DUI at 10:30 p.m., authorities said.

     
  • Men charged with stealing student loan money from suburban colleges Jul 31, 2014 1:44 PM
    Four Chicago area men are accused of bilking federal student loans from Harper College in Palatine, Elgin Community College and Joliet Junior College. Prosecutors said the men attempted to obtain $240,000 worth of student loans, but were successful in receiving about $135,000 from 40 fraudulent applications. The men face maximum prison sentences of 20 or 30 years if convicted.

     
  • Former Algonquin homebuilder sentenced for bank fraud Jul 31, 2014 2:50 PM
    A Colorado home builder formerly from Algonquin was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges of bank fraud. Bruce Hawkins, 64, the former owner of Aspen Homebuilders Inc., was also ordered to repay more than $1 million following the collapse of his company and a project known as Riverside Square in Algonquin. He was ordered to begin serving his sentence Oct. 14 and he must serve at least 85 percent of it.

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Jul 31, 2014 4:48 PM
    Jorge Soto Jr., 24, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance containing cocaine, according to court records.

     
  • Two men charged in shooting that injured Addison mom, daughters Jul 31, 2014 1:38 PM
    Two men have been charged with shooting an Addison mother and her two daughters who traveled Sunday to Hammond, Indiana, to purchase cellphones. The mon and daughters still are being treated for their gunshot wounds.

     
  • Gurnee man pleads not guilty child porn posession charges Jul 31, 2014 12:00 PM
    A 76-year-old Gurnee man pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Thursday to multiple counts pf possessing child pornography. Ronald J. Wendt is free from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $500,000 bail. He faces up to 7 years in prison if found guilty of the most serious charge.

     
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