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Justin Kmitch

Legal Affairs Writer
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Justin Kmitch covers the DuPage County courts.

Since joining the Daily Herald in June 2000 Justin also has covered the communities Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Lisle and Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Naperville and Naperville Unit District 203, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wood Dale.

Kmitch has also appeared on WBBM NewsRadio 780, where he has discussed stories he has written for the Daily Herald. In 2001, Kmitch was a member of a Lisagor award-winning team honored for coverage of the rampage of factory worker William D. Baker, 66, who killed four co-workers, then himself, at the Navistar International factory in February 2001.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Kmitch graduated from Eastern Illinois University where he wrote and edited for his student newspaper and received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He also earned his master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois in Springfield. As part of the master's degree program at UIS, Kmitch completed an internship in the now-defunct Gannett Springfield bureau covering statehouse politics. You can keep up with Justin at www.facebook.com/justinkmitch.dailyherald

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Woman rescinds guilty plea in Elmhurst cat stabbing case

Aug 26 2016 | 8:14 pm - A 51-year-old Chicago woman has withdrawn her guilty plea to charges of aggravated cruelty in the stabbing death of a family member's cat in Elmhurst. Kelly Palermo pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty on July 26 and was to be sentenced this fall.

Elgin woman charged with bringing drugs into DuPage jail

Aug 26 2016 | 5:13 pm - An Elgin hairdresser released from jail Tuesday will be headed right back behind bars if DuPage prosecutors have their way.

Video doesn’t support protester’s claims against Naperville cop

Aug 25 2016 | 4:04 pm - Dashcam footage released Thursday by Naperville police appears to refute claims by a Lisle man that an officer tried to run him over outside the city’s police station.

Interrogation video provides new look at Naperville slaying

Aug 25 2016 | 7:56 pm - Grant Muren told police he fended off a violent attack by Charles Clark for more than 20 minutes before he was able to put Clark in the violent choke hold that ultimately killed the man during a fight in Naperville.

DuPage judge orders Naperville cops to release dashcam video

Aug 25 2016 | 10:41 am - A DuPage judge on Wednesday ordered Naperville police to make public video footage from the squad car of an officer who authorities say was falsely accused of trying to run over a Lisle man.

Prosecutors, defense present different versions of Naperville man’s death

Aug 23 2016 | 9:13 pm - The bench trial for Grant Muren, 24, of St. Charles began Tuesday and is expected to last through next week. Muren is charged with killing a 55-year-old Naperville man hours after agreeing to move in with the man.

Lombard woman pleads not guilty to running over boyfriend

Aug 22 2016 | 8:49 pm - A Lombard woman accused of using her car to run over and severely injure her boyfriend pleaded not guilty Monday to numerous charges.

Lawsuit says Dist. 204 failed to protect student from sexual assaults

Aug 19 2016 | 4:22 pm - Parents of a female student at Indian Prairie Unit District 204 have filed a federal lawsuit against the district and its bus company alleging they allowed a male middle school student to touch her inappropriately.

DuPage investigators searching for clues about Baby Hope’s mom

Aug 19 2016 | 6:09 pm - DuPage County sheriff’s deputies and a group of volunteers will be out in large numbers this weekend continuing the search for the mother of Baby Hope.

Coroner: Offers pouring in to assist with funeral for ‘Baby Hope’

Aug 18 2016 | 6:10 pm - She’s now called Baby Hope and she will get a proper burial, DuPage County officials say, but when that might occur is uncertain.

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