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  • South Elgin man scuffles with court security, snubs judge Jul 21, 2014 6:17 PM
    A 32-year-old South Elgin man accused of growing marijuana on his property got into more trouble last week when he refused to acknowledge a judge and scuffled with court security officers. Scott T. Hochstetter is now charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and contempt of court. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

     
  • Man pleads guilty in Glendale Heights murder plot Jul 21, 2014 2:53 PM
    A former Glendale Heights man who stole from several relatives and then sought to have them killed after he was caught has been sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison for both crimes. Matthew Olszewski, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to theft and solicitation of murder. He was sentenced to 17 years for the solicitation charge and two years for the theft charge.

     
  • Authorities: Driver's blood alcohol was .142 in Naperville quarry deaths Jul 22, 2014 5:14 AM
    The Geneva man charged with drunken driving in a crash that killed two passengers had a blood alcohol concentration of .142 early Saturday morning after his car plunged into a water-filled Naperville quarry, authorities said Monday. That put Michael T. Szot, 21, far above the legal limit of .08, the DuPage County State's Attorney's office said. Authorities said he also admitted smoking marijuana earlier in the day and was found in possession of a marijuana pipe.

     
  • Emanuel holds meeting on Chicago violence Jul 21, 2014 4:22 PM
    Three days after a bullet fired on the a city street pierced a wall and killed an 11-year-old girl playing inside a house, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gathered law enforcement officials, educators and others on Monday to talk about violence in the city.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Jul 21, 2014 5:38 PM
    Nancy C. Stringillo, 51, of the 6600 block of Columbine Street, Crystal Lake, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance and failure to dim headlights after a traffic stop at 1:10 a.m. July 10 at Route 47 and Plank Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff report. A motorist reported another driver had driven into a ditch and cornfield, then returned to the road. Stringillo failed field sobriety tests and a breath test showed a .178 BAC, the report said.

     
  • No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl Jul 20, 2014 11:06 PM
    The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired into her friend’s home during a slumber party didn’t allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of Chicago’s street violence, the girl’s great-grandmother said Sunday. A police spokeswoman, Janel Sedevic, said Sunday afternoon that nobody has been arrested in Friday’s shooting.

     
  • Shocked neighbors recall East Dundee murder victim Jul 21, 2014 9:11 AM
    The neighbors of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman who was stabbed to death Friday night remembered her as a sweet woman who will be dearly missed. Mildred “Dodie” Darrington lived alone at her home on the 100 block of Aldis Drive until she was killed.

     
  • Naperville quarry crash victims remembered for humor, confidence Jul 21, 2014 9:07 AM
    A Geneva man accused of driving drunk into a Naperville quarry early Saturday morning, causing a crash that killed two of his friends, is being held on $250,000 bail, authorities said Sunday. Meanwhile, friends of the two people who died are remembering Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle, and Sajaad Safiullah Syed, 21, of Naperville for being funny, confident and optimistic.

     
  • Sunday marks two years since theater massacre Jul 19, 2014 1:38 PM
    Aurora Strong Resilience Center, set up to help residents deal with trauma, holds events on coping and will hold a Day of Remembrance. The Potter’s House church across the border in Denver will dedicate a stand of trees in honor of the dead.

     
  • Elgin man faces felony drug charges after police execute search warrant Jul 19, 2014 10:46 AM
    A 27-year-old Elgin man faces felony drug charges after police found cannabis in his residence while executing a search warrant Friday, police said Saturday in a news release.

     
  • Authorities: Driver in quarry deaths admits smoking marijuana Jul 20, 2014 2:54 PM
    A Geneva man accused of driving drunk into a Naperville quarry early Saturday morning, causing a crash that drowned two of his friends, is being held on $250,000 bond, authorities said Sunday. Michael Szot, 21, admitted to smoking marijuana before the fatal crash, and had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, authorities allege.

     
  • Mount Prospect man with loaded gun arrested in Evanston Jul 19, 2014 5:31 PM
    A Mount Prospect man is facing charges after being arrested in Evanston with a loaded handgun on Friday night, police said.

     
  • 85-year-old East Dundee woman dies of stab wound Jul 20, 2014 7:57 AM
    An 85-year-old East Dundee woman was found fatally stabbed in her home Friday, police said. Investigators are treating her death as a homicide, Police Chief Terry Mee said. No one is in custody, and police continue to monitor the home on the 100 block of Aldis Drive. The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is helping East Dundee police investigate, according to the release.

     
  • Bolingbrook man arrested in Elgin on weapons charges Jul 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    A 23-year-old Bolingbrook man has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after confronting another man in his vehicle, Elgin police said in a news relese Saturday.

     
  • Man hospitalized after Palatine bar fight Jul 19, 2014 1:42 PM
    Palatine police are investigating a bar fight that sent one person to the hospital on Friday night.

     
  • Hoffman Estates man sentenced to 3 years for abusing girl Jul 18, 2014 5:33 PM
    A Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty Friday to sexually abusing a teenage girl in 201e. In exchange for his guilty plea, Eduardo Mateos was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, court records show.

     
  • 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 of a sexual act after offering the officer money in exchange for sexual services, police said.

     
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  • Panel supports early release for drug felons Jul 18, 2014 4:13 PM
    Though sentencing guidelines are advisory rather than mandatory, judges still rely heavily on them in deciding on prison sentences. The guidelines recommend sentences that factor in the types and quantities of the drugs. The commission in April voted to lower recommended sentences across all drug types, meaning, for instance, that a cocaine package of a given size would now be linked to a shorter range of punishment than before.

     
  • Arlington Hts. neighborhood on the alert after burglaries Jul 18, 2014 5:06 PM
    A string of home burglaries in the Scarsdale Estates neighborhood have led Arlington Heights police to organize a community meeting next month to talk with residents and offer tips for keeping their homes safe.

     
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