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South Elgin man killed, 3 hurt in rollover on tollway

Updated: December 1, 2011 8:18AM

Elgin area

Fatal rollover: Illinois State Police said criminal charges are likely as they investigate a crash that killed a 24-year-old South Elgin man and injured three Carpentersville residents on eastbound I-90 between Huntley and Elgin Thursday evening. State Police Sgt. Kulio Serrano said a 2006 Toyota driven by one of the Carpentersville people overturned at 7:14 p.m., throwing the South Elgin man out of the car and killing him. Serrano said the three survivors were taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Serrano said the identities of the victims were being withheld pending action by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Pingree Grove

Train collides with truck: A 29-year-old man was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin on Friday afternoon after a truck he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific freight train in an unincorporated part of Starks Corners, between Pingree Grove and Hampshire. Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Shift Supervisor Bill Misner of the Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire Protection District said the collision occurred at 12:40 p.m. on an unguarded private crossing used by farm vehicles to get across the railroad track, between Routes 72 and 20 and west of Route 47. The Conro family’s dairy farm is known to have such a crossing in that area. Misner said paramedics used advanced life support on the man, but Gengler said the man’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. They said traffic on nearby Routes 47, 72 and 20 was affected only briefly, as the railroad passes over regular highway traffic on an overpass.


Resisting arrest: Francisco Mejia, 45, no address given, was charged with a felony count of resisting or obstructing a police officer, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis following an arrest Friday in Elgin. Police were called to an apartment on South State Street at about 8:20 a.m. for a domestic battery report. According to police, Mejia attempted to flee from officers in a car. He was placed in a cell to await bond call.

Diagnostic computer taken: The owner of a automotive shop at 563 N. State St. reported a man who came in for a tire and “check engine light” diagnosis left the business with a automotive diagnostic computer at about 9 a.m. Friday, police said. According to the shop’s owner, the suspect had him run a check on the car’s computer, but said he could not leave the car at this time, and continued to speak to the shop owner. The owner turned his back and the man left, speeding away, and the shop owner noticed the computer was gone. It is valued at $15,000, police said.

Battery charge: Leonard K. Reimann, 48, of Spring Street, Elgin, was charged with battery following an incident Friday. According to police, a driver with A-1 Taxi said he picked Reimann up from a downtown Elgin bar and as he began to drive him home, Reimann hit him in the back of the head with a closed fist at about 10:05 p.m. Friday. He was placed in a cell to await bond call.

Grocery robbed: A gunman escaped with an undisclosed — but apparently sizable — amount of cash after robbing Armando’s Supermarket at 925 N. Liberty St. Thursday evening. A female clerk working in the customer service booth told police that a stranger walked into the booth about 8:50 p.m., pointed a pistol at her and demanded all the money in her cash drawer. He then also ordered her to open the store’s safe and take out the money in there. Although the robber ordered the clerk to keep her head below the counter, police reports indicate, several other employees figured out what was going on and one phoned 911. But police arrived only after the robber had left. The store’s owner told police he was standing in the parking lot when he saw a man come out, one hand full of cash and the other hand holding a gun. The owner said the robber ran away toward the intersection of Liberty and Page Avenue. Witnesses described the robber as a male Hispanic, age 25 to 35, about 5 feet 5 inches tall or perhaps a few inches taller, bald and stocky.

Battery, obstruction: Joel Vargas, 25, of the 200 block of North Street, Elgin, was charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of obstructing identification, all misdemeanor charges. According to police, he pushed an ex-girlfriend to the ground and punched her in the face, and gave police a false date of birth and name when they detained him. Bail was set at $20,000 and he was given a Nov. 7 court date.

Burglarized while sleeping: A man who lives in the 300 block of Wabash Street told police his cellphone and MacBook laptop computer disappeared from his living room while he was asleep on a couch in the room between about 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Counterfeit $10: A clerk at the Mobil gas station at 601 Villa St. said a woman who seemed to be in a hurry pumped $10 worth of gasoline into her car about 8:33 a.m. Thursday and paid for it by dropping onto the counter a $10 bill that was obviously a counterfeit, reports said.

Car vs. bench: A car driven by a 68-year-old man crashed into a bench outside Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., at 10:23 a.m. Wednesday, police reported. No one was injured. Library spokeswoman Denise Raleigh said the man apparently had pushed on his car’s accelerator when he meant to hit the brake pedal.

Laptop stolen: Someone entered an SUV parked in the 1000 block of Larkin Avenue the night of Oct. 25-26 by zipping open its soft-top window, then stole a laptop computer plus $12 cash, the owner told police.

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