Elgin police work at a crash scene involving an unmarked police car Monday afternoon. | Dave Gathman/Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:19AM
Police car broadsided, hits hydrant: A “low-profile” Elgin police car, painted black with no light bar on its roof, was patrolling for drivers violating traffic laws. It found one the hard way when it was struck in the side by a car that reportedly went through a stop sign at West Chicago Street and Melrose Avenue at about 3 p.m. Monday. The officer who had been driving the police car and an 18-year-old boy who was driving the other car were treated at the scene by paramedics but not taken to a hospital. After colliding with the other car, the police car knocked over a fire hydrant, which flew through the air for about 30 feet and knocked over a decorative wooden well in a neighboring sideyard.
Log through window: An argument Sunday night between two former domestic partners ended with one throwing a log through a window, injuring the other man, according to police reports. James W. Halik, 42, of North Douglas Avenue in Elgin, was charged with criminal damage to property and domestic battery. According to the ex-partner, Halik went to the ex-partner’s new home in the 1000 block of North Spring Street at about 9:45 p.m. to get some property he had left there. When the ex-partner refused to give him the property, the ex-partner told police, Halik threw the log through one of the home’s windows. The man inside was cut by the breaking glass but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the reports.
Stove stealer: Someone broke into a home in the 1300 block of Getzelman Drive and stole the kitchen stove, the owner told Hampshire police. The break-in was discovered on Feb. 4.
Warrant arrest: Joseph A. Moore, 22, of Gilberts, was arrested in Hampshire on Feb. 5 after his car was stopped on Route 72 for a traffic offense and he was found to be wanted by the DeKalb County court system for failing to appear to face a charge of consumption of liquor by a minor. He was released on $175 bond and was assigned a new court date in DeKalb County.
10 hurt in crash: Ten people were hurt when a minivan and a pickup truck collided shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday at Route 72 and Locust Drive near Spring Hill Mall, authorities said. Four of the victims were transported to the Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life threatening injuries while six others were treated by paramedics at the scene. West Dundee police ewer investigating the crash, assisted by Sleepy Hollow police. Ambulances from Carpentersville and Rutland-Dundee also were sent to the scene.