Updated: February 2, 2013 6:18AM
Highway shut down after accident: Route 72 in the Hampshire area was closed from about 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday after a vehicle struck a utility pole in front of Rosati’s Pizza. Deputy Chief Trevor Herrmann of the Hampshire Fire Protection District said the crash caused power lines to fall across the highway, and the vehicle also struck a gas regulator, causing a gas leak and fire. Herrmann said paramedics treated one person, who declined to be taken to a hospital.
Fellow volunteer arrested: An Elgin woman told police she was defrauded by another woman while they were working together as volunteers at Hillcrest Elementary School. The victim told police she volunteered on Dec. 14, and the next day she learned that an unauthorized $85 debit-card transfer had been made out of her checking account. After investigation, police said they concluded that a fellow Dec. 14 Hillcrest volunteer, Lakresha N. Kemper, 23, of the 300 block of South Belmont Avenue in Elgin, had copied down the victim’s debit card number and later used it to arrange a cash transfer to herself via Western Union. According to a police report, Kemper told interrogators she needed the money to pay for Christmas presents she had on layaway. Kemper was charged Dec. 27 with the Class 4 felony unlawful use of a credit card. A judge set her bail at $10,000 but released her on her recognizance.
Arrested again: A Larkin Center Community Residence client who was charged with battery and criminal damage on Christmas Day after reportedly having a fit over the home’s distribution of Christmas presents was released on bond. But she went back to jail two days later after reportedly becoming irate about the facility’s distribution of bath towels. Candy Jenkins, 18, who lives at the facility along Park Row, was charged Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of battery and with violating her bail bond on the Christmas Day charges. In the new incident, she is accused of throwing water on one staff member and bumping into that one and another woman in a threatening manner. A judge set bail at $15,000 and assigned her a Jan. 7 court date.
Cocaine arrest: Lee P. Spain, 27, of the 500 block of Wellington Avenue, Elgin, was charged with two Class X felony counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine) within 1,000 feet of a park, and a Class 1 felony count of manufacture or delivery of a narcotic near a park. According to police, sales to undercover officers occurred in February 2012 at St. Francis and Clara Howard parks. Bail was set at $120,000, and he was given a Jan. 11 court date.
Shots after party: A man who lives in the 500 block of Wellington Avenue told police that one of several people he kicked out of a party on Christmas Eve Day returned a half-hour later in a car, stepped out of the car holding a gun and fired a volley of shots into the air. Police said they found seven .40-caliber shell casings in the street.
Attempted burglary: When a family returned to their home in the 300 block of Washburn Street about 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, they discovered someone had pushed the air conditioner out of one of the home’s windows, apparently in an attempt to break into the house.