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Ceiling fire in St. Charles factory

Updated: February 5, 2013 6:19AM

St. Charles

Factory fire along Kirk: St. Charles firefighters were called at 12:34 p.m. Thursday when employees at Pactiv Corp. noticed a fire in part of the ceiling in their factory, 315 S. Kirk Road. Acting Fire Chief Joseph Schelstreet said flames were coming from the area of the bar joists supporting the roof in the manufacturing area. He said firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes and that the cause of the fire remained under investigation but was not considered suspicious. Schelstreet said all employees were able to evacuate safely and that no employees or firefighters were injured. The loss was estimated at $5,000 to the structure and a yet-undetermined amount to product. The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted by the Geneva, Batavia, Fermilab and West Chicago fire departments.


Resisting officer: Charles Mitchell, 40, of the 300 block of Summit Street, Elgin, was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing a police officer. He is accused of running from a police officer who was trying to stop him Wednesday. Bail was set at $7,500, and he was given a Jan. 10 court date.


Shoplifting charge: Asia J. Payton, 18, of the 1100 block of Fleetwood Drive, Elgin, was charged with retail theft of display merchandise and obstructing identification, both misdemeanors, following an incident Jan. 1. According to police, Payton gave police a false name, Asia Singletary, while they were investigating a theft at Walmart. Bail was set at $5,000, and she was given a Jan. 24 court date.

Car arson: A car found burning about 11 p.m. Dec. 26 apparently had been set afire on purpose, police said. According to a police report released Thursday, a man was seen running from the area before the red 1996 Chrysler LHS was found burning at 895 Gifford Road. Investigators said the fire apparently had started in the passenger area and that the vehicle was owned by a Schaumburg resident.

Elephant table: A yellow table shaped like an elephant and a circular gray marble table were among the items missing when a woman returned on New Year’s Eve Day after a three-day trip and discovered her home in the 100 block of Summit Street had been burglarized, police reported. Also reported stolen were a 40-inch Dynex LCD television, a laptop computer and a DVD player.

Market burglary: According to a report released Thursday, a would-be burglar broke the glass front door at Lucky Asian Market, 692 Villa St., on the night of Dec. 29-30 by hitting it several times with a brick but apparently wasn’t able to get into the store. A homeless man sleeping overnight in a van in the store’s parking lot told officers he had seen or heard nothing unusual.

Burglars take U-Haul: Police said video cameras recorded two men burglarizing ACL Storage in the 1700 block of Weld Road on the evening of Dec. 22, vandalizing a parked car there and stealing a 17-foot U-Haul truck, using keys stolen from inside an office that they had ransacked.

Expensive jewelry taken: About $4,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen during a burglary to a home in the 200 block of North Gifford Street on Dec. 28. According to a report released Thursday, the burglar forced open both an outside door and a bedroom door, then ransacked the bedroom. Also reported taken was a plastic bottle containing about $60 worth of coins.

Costume jewelry taken: A woman who was away from her home the night of Dec. 28-29 told police that someone broke in while she was gone and stole a box full of costume jewelry. The break-in took place in the 400 block of George Street.


Mowers stolen: A trailer containing two commercial lawn mowers was stolen Dec. 17 in the 200 block of Panama Avenue, police reported.

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