Patch Roundup: Car Chase Wrecks a Downtown; Hacker Hijacks Road Signs

Also this week: a fire roasts a home and leaves it uninhabitable, a local Special Olympics basketball team are state champs and a college mourns the loss of a teenage student.

Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:


NAPERVILLE—Man Nets Multiple Felonies After Destructive Chase Through Downtown Naperville—A North Aurora man is in custody after he led police on a car chase through the heart of downtown Naperville Thursday, according to the Naperville Police Department.

ST. CHARLES—Hacker Hits Electronic Roads Signs on Route 25—Driver captures revised messages on signs between May Lane and Pearson Road. The hack affected northbound and southbound message boards.

LA GRANGE—Fire Leaves Home on South Waiola 'Uninhabitable'—The cause of the blaze, which left the home with substantial smoke and fire damage, is still undetermined.

DOWNERS GROVE—Downers Grove South Special Olympics Team Wins State Basketball Title—The 12-member team was celebrated after school Wednesday, just a few days after they won the Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in Bloomington-Normal.

WHEATON—A Memorial Service for Graham Stevens of Wheaton will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Blanchard Alliance Church, 1766 S. Blanchard Street in Wheaton.

BATAVIA—Naperville Man Charged With Aggravated Stalking of Batavia Ex-Girlfirend—The 51-year-old is charged with harassment and violating an order of protection for the victim and her twin daughters.

CLARENDON HILLS—Clarendon Hills Man Charged with Child Porn Possession—The Wheaton Police Department discovered pornographic material on the 25-year-old’s computer as part of its Internet crime efforts.

GLEN ELLYNWheaton Man Charged With Burglarizing Church Near Glen Ellyn—The man damaged property and ate on the premises of St. Luke's Evangelical Church near Glen Ellyn, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

LEMONT—Mama D’s Opens at New Archer Avenue Location—The Lemont restaurant, which closed in January 2012, re-opened at 12420 Archer Ave. on Friday.

ELMHURST—Rumors of Café Amano's Death Greatly Exaggerated—A rumor is circulating that Café Amano was going to close for good on Good Friday. But Marco Conte, the owner and chef, says business is in excellent shape and the restaurant isn't going anywhere. 

GENEVA—Jenny McCarthy Says Goodbye and Good Luck to Brian Urlacher—Geneva’s most-famous resident, Jenny McCarthy, says thanks to former beau and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher "for being Chicago’s Hulk."

RIVER FOREST—Carlos Zambrano's River Forest Home Sells for $675K (Photos)—That's well below his original asking price of $969,000, when the home was listed in August 2011. He purchased the home for $1.199 million in 2006.

Debbie Freitag April 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
What kind of headline is "a fire roasts a home?" Insensitive, unintelligent journalism, that's what it is.
Johnny April 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Freitag roasts McRoy!


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