Patch Roundup: Ex-Lisle Chief Takes Trayvon Martin Town Job, 'Wolverine' Trainer Coming to Westmont
Also this week: charges in an apartment stabbing, a terrible car crash in Geneva and a grieving mom pleads for an end to the heroin abuse that took her son's life.
The case of the Treyvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman has fascinated and inflamed the nation, but who would have thought that a west-Chicago area connection would come into it? That's now the case as former Lisle chief Richard Myers has been tapped to replace Bill Lee, the chief in Sanford who stepped aside after controversy over how the case was handled.
Other big-name news landed in Westmont, where you will soon be able to train like Wolverine or a famous Cubs pitcher, since celebrity trainer Jim Karas—the man behind Hugh Jackman's body!—will be opening an office.
Check out any or all of the following:
Lisle—Former Lisle Police Chief Heads to Town Made Famous in Trayvon Martin Case—A former police chief for the Village of Lisle has been hired as the interim police chief in Sanford, Fla.—the town that received national attention when neighborhood crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman was arrested in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills—Celebrity Trainer Jim Karas to Open West Suburban Location—The personal trainer of Dianne Sawyer, Hugh Jackman and Kerry Wood plans to open an Ogden Avenue office in Westmont this summer.
Batavia—POLICE: Batavia Woman Charged After Fatal Apartment Stabbing—A 24-year-old Batavia woman received murder charges after allegedly stabbing the father of one of her two children in Batavia on Monday. The woman suspected that the man was cheating on her, according to media reports.
Geneva—Car Hurdles Across State Route; Victim Air-Lifted From State Street Bridge—Two young women are extricated—one airlifted—after an unusual down-hill, headlong, one-car crash Friday at Route 25 in Geneva.
Oak Park/River Forest—Mom: Heroin to Blame For Son's Death—After teen's suspected overdose death in Oak Park, a grieving mother pleads for the end of heroin use.
Elmhurst—Elmhurst Freemasons Find Their Way Back Home—It's been 3 1/2 years since the Elmhurst Freemasons had to sell their temple at the corner of York and Arthur streets, and they've been trying to get back home ever since.
St. Charles—Kane County Will Allow Cameras in Courtrooms—Chief Judge Robert Spence says Kane will join Illinois Supreme Court's pilot program.
Wheaton—Trial Underway for Man Accused of Assaulting Woman and Baby in Wheaton—James P. Murphy, a registered sexual predator, is serving time for Cook County charges and now faces a DuPage County jury.
Glen Ellyn—COD Seeks County OK for Long-Term Plan for New Buildings—Neighbors can comment and ask questions about the proposed plans at a May 10 hearing.
Burr Ridge—Burr Ridge Business Making It Personal—A business that started in the basement of a Burr Ridge home has grown into an international company that made $81 million in sales last year.
Downers Grove—The Art of Parenting an Athlete—Positive parental attitudes have a big impact on today’s young athletes.
Western Springs—Timber Trails Golf Proposal Has Cog Hill Family Aboard—Residents opposed to the green-space proposal have recruited the Jemsek family, a powerful force in Chicagoland golf, in their bid for a nine-hole golf course instead.
La Grange/La Grange Park—Tip From a Vet: Is Your Pet Ready for Warm Weather This Year?—A warm winter and an early spring means ticks, fleas and mosquitoes will be out in abundance and earlier this year. What you need to know to keep your pet safe.