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  • ‘Nature is the best setting’ for new facility at Naperville’s Knoch Knolls Aug 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Lovers of water — and of detail — will be right at home in Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center. The theme “celebrating water” trickles through the entire 5,000-square-foot building in carefully designed features that educate about the ecosystem and conserve energy. “Since we are right here by the river, of course we focus on the water,” said Angelique Harshman, manager of the new nature center.

  • Family Support Group in Des Plaines Aug 22, 2014 7:47 AM
    Support Group for families with mentally ill members.

  • Family Support Group in Park Ridge Aug 22, 2014 7:49 AM
    Family Support for those with mentally ill adult members.

  • Indian Trails Library trustee elected to national board serving libraries Aug 22, 2014 7:50 AM
    Announcement of resident elected to serve on national board

  • Rural, volunteer fire agencies receiving $194,000 Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 counties throughout Indiana have been awarded more than $194,000 in grants. The grants are administered by the state Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. Recipients are selected based on population density, the acreage of public wild lands that they protect, and wild land fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and protective gear in an effort to increase firefighting capacity and personnel safety. The grants range from $969 to $5,000 and were given to 44 departments across Indiana.

  • 5-year-old boy’s bathtub death under investigation Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    State police say an investigation is underway into the death of a 5-year-old northern Indiana boy who reportedly was found not breathing in a bathtub. Sgt. Kim Riley says Ian Davidson died Thursday at an Indianapolis hospital, where he was taken by helicopter after emergency workers were called the day before to his family’s home near Monticello. Riley says a family member reported finding Ian in the bathtub and that after a 911 call was named a neighbor who is a paramedic arrived and started CPR on the boy. Ian’s parents were home at the time. Results of an autopsy are pending and no charges have been filed.

  • Shuttered Indiana hospital heads to tax sale Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    An eastern Indiana hospital that closed six years ago is headed to a county property tax sale to help settle more than $464,000 in back taxes. The Sept. 30 tax sale of the old Reid Hospital in Richmond will help current owner Spring Grove Development Co. pay some of the site’s outstanding property taxes. Wayne County Attorney Ron Cross tells the Palladium-Item the 60-acre site will be offering as a single block to ensure no one just buy parts of the property. The Richmond hospital moved in 2008 to a new $318 million complex, leaving the old building vacant. Authorities say standing water and crumbling materials inside have left the building unsafe. A city-county partnership is conducting a site evaluation before considering a demolition plan.

  • Vincennes U. gets nearly $200,000 to train miners Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Vincennes University has received more than $191,000 to provide safety training to miners. The grant is part of a total of $8.3 million awarded to 47 states and the Navajo Nation for the 2014 fiscal year. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. Grant recipients will use the money to provide federally mandated training to workers in surface and underground coal mines and other types of mines. The grants are administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Training is tailored to the needs of area miners, including hazards they may encounter on the job. Some states also use the grants to support their mine emergency response efforts.

  • Priest, residents lament death of 9-year-old Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Dozens squeezed into the backyard of a Chicago apartment building to protest the violence that took the life of a 9-year-old boy. Antonio Smith was shot at least twice and killed Wednesday afternoon, not far from where he lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Activist priest Father Michael Pfleger and other ministers and community leaders have raised $13,500 as a reward for information leading to the capture of the boy’s killer. Pfleger said Thursday the killing of Antonio was not an accident, but the execution of an innocent child. Pfleger added anyone killing a child is “a terrorist in our neighborhood. He said the community wants the killer locked up. Chicago police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney said no one was in custody in the shooting.

  • Storms cause scattered Indiana road flooding Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Thunderstorms dropping heavy rain in northern and central Indiana have snarled travel in some places with road flooding. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for several counties Friday morning, with 3 inches or more of rainfall overnight in spots. Blackford County emergency management director Aaron Henderson says the county just north of Muncie saw “boatload of rain,” but that scattered road flooding was the most serious problem. Henderson says the county’s school district delayed opening so drivers would have more light to see flooded areas.

  • FBI offers reward in Bolingbrook bank robbery Aug 22, 2014 6:49 AM
    The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who shot a bank employee during a robbery at a Bolingbrook bank. The reward, announced Thursday in Chicago, seeks information on the armed man who entered a First Midwest Bank in Bolingbrook last week. FBI officials say the suspect was brandishing a handgun when he walked up to a teller and announced the robbery. During the course of the crime, the suspect shot a female bank employee in the arm. The suspect got away after obtaining an undetermined amount of cash. The shooting victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and eventually released. The FBI is asking for anyone with information to call the FBI or Bolingbrook police.

  • 2 men face charges in Harvey standoff Aug 22, 2014 6:49 AM
    Two men have been charged in connection with a 20-hour standoff this week in Harvey that police say began as a robbery attempt. The Chicago Sun-Times cites the Cook County state’s attorney’s office in reporting that the men were charged Thursday night with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault. The newspaper said one was a convicted murderer who was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole. The two were expected to appear in bond court Friday. The standoff began Tuesday afternoon when police in Harvey responded to a report of a possible home burglary. Two officers were wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire, and the suspects barricaded themselves inside the home with eight hostages — two women and six children.

  • Coroner: Illinois student dies of heart disease Aug 22, 2014 6:49 AM
    O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) — The St. Clair County coroner says southwest Illinois junior high school student who died after suffering a medical emergency during a basketball practice had heart disease. The Belleville News-Democrat reports coroner Rick Stone identified the 13-year-old boy as Demetrius Simpson on Thursday. Stone said an autopsy conducted Thursday revealed the eighth grader died of hereditary heart disease. District 90 Superintendent Douglas Wood says Simpson went to the bathroom during training Wednesday at Fulton Jr. High School for his basketball club and didn’t come back. He says Simpson was found there later in distress and was taken to a hospital. A funeral service for Simpson will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Marie Schaefer Elementary School. Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon is handling the arrangements.

  • Feds accuse lawyer of coaching witness to lie Aug 22, 2014 6:46 AM
    A high-profile defense attorney in Chicago has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly encouraging a witness to lie on the stand on behalf of the lawyer’s purported drug-dealer client. According to an indictment announced Thursday, 36-year-old Beau B. Brindley faces multiple counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice and one of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The indictment accuses him of telling the witness to react surprised or shocked to some questions prosecutors would put to her. Then during the trial itself, Brindley allegedly asked if he’d ever coached her testimony. She denied he did. A conviction on the obstruction of justice count alone carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. A phone message seeking comment from Brindley’s attorney, Cynthia Giacchetti, wasn’t immediately returned.

  • Former Chicago school coach convicted of assault Aug 22, 2014 6:46 AM
    A judge has found a former Chicago Public Schools employee guilty of sexually assaulting and sending suggestive texts to a 14-year-old student. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 42-year-old Idris Bridgeforth was convicted Thursday of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation. He faces seven to 22 years in prison. Cook County prosecutors say Bridgeforth was the victim’s basketball and softball coach at Ashburn Community Elementary School. CPS officials say he was a paraprofessional and the school’s technology director. He was removed from the school after his 2012 arrest. Prosecutors say he fondled the girl when giving her rides home from practices and sporting events.

  • Chicago Archdiocese cool to ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is a little cool on the Ice Bucket Challenge that has recently gone viral on social media and raised millions for the ALS Association. WBBM-Radio reports Archdiocese Schools Superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey has told principals if their schools take part in the challenge the money should go to the John Paul II Medical Research Center. She pointed out the center only uses adult stem cells. Mary Ilene Blondell, development director for Chicago ALS Association development director Mary Ilene Blondell says the archdiocese’s position is disappointing. Blondell says a very small part of ALS Association funding goes to embryonic stem cell research. The ALS Association said it has raised more than $41 million as participants take a bucket of ice water and drench themselves.

  • Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon donates books to schools Aug 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    Illinois’ lieutenant governor is facilitating the donation of hundreds of books to Springfield schools. Sheila Simon is a Carbondale Democrat. Her office partnered with the Illinois Reading Council and collected books at a back-to-school drive at the 2014 Illinois State Fair, which ran from Aug. 8 to 17. Simon is sponsoring another back-to-school book drive at the Du Quoin State Fair, which begins on Friday. Springfield Public School District Superintendent Jennifer Gill says the schools are pleased to accept the donations. Gill says providing students reading materials during the school day and to take home is “essential in achieving their reading goals.”

  • Paralyzed Rockford man jailed after deadly crash Aug 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    A 25-year-old Rockford man left paralyzed from the waist down after a fatal crash has been booked into the Winnebago County Jail. The Rockford Register Star reports Drakkar Malone is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the March crash that killed 17-year-old passenger Robert Lee Wilson. He was booked Thursday and is being held on $1 million bond. The county sheriff says Malone is in a cell within the infirmary where medical care is always available. Malone told the newspaper in March that he sped up when he noticed an unmarked squad car driving near him. He has said its lights weren’t on before he crashed into a tree. He said the squad car bumped his vehicle and caused the crash. County investigators found no evidence that police touched his vehicle.

  • Sheriff: Man steals Wisconsin police chief’s truck Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Wisconsin authorities have charged a Michigan man with breaking into the Wausau police chief’s home and stealing his truck. WAOW-TV reports 39-year-old Jason Warner faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted on the felony and misdemeanor charges. The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department says the break-in happened Tuesday at Police Chief Jeff Hardel’s home in the Town of Maine. Officers from the State Patrol picked Warner up after getting a call about a man walking along Interstate 94. They say his family in Michigan had reported him missing. Authorities say they found Hardel’s truck about 4 miles away at a rest stop. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

  • Weather service confirms Wisconsin tornado Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    The National Weather Service says a tornado this week was the first to hit ground in north central and northeastern Wisconsin. Post-Crescent Media reports the service confirmed on Thursday that Monday’s storms generated the tornado. Green Bay meteorologist Jeff Last says it was relatively weak and touched down about 3 miles northeast of Winchester. It felled trees and caused other light damage. Another weak tornado briefly touched down in Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh on July 27. There are typically six or seven tornadoes in the area during the summer. The National Weather Service Green Bay office has issued about half the average number of warnings this season. Last says cooler temperatures have reduced thunderstorms’ strength, but the area has seen above-average rainfall.

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