Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Fox Valley racers stay strong ]]> Lead story image

The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon last April killed three people and wounded dozens.  Many Fox Valley marathoners regularly travel the 1,000-mile plus trek to participate in the storied race. Area runners who were at  last year’s race recall the explosions and the emotions that followed and how they’re moving on. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ More construction  starting on Stearns ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH ELGIN — So you thought traffic-construction headaches in the area where Route 25, Stearns Road and Dunham Road twist together had ended when the Stearns Road Bridge and its 4.6 miles of new roadway opened three years ago? You were wrong. Lane closures in that area will begin again Monday as the Illinois Department of Transportation starts finishing up one last detail of the four-year, $165 million project. The original work, between 2007 and 2010, built a new bridge across the Fox River and extended Stearns Road into what used to be named “McDonald Road” west of the river. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:44:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ One dead in kayak accident in Geneva ]]> Lead story image

GENEVA — One man died in a kayak accident on the Fox River in Geneva, water rescue officials confirmed on site Saturday evening. Geneva Fire Lt. Ted Sciaky said a kayak carrying two young men was too close to the Fox River dam near Route 38 and Water Street when the kayak turned sideways. Rushing water then pushed the kayak over the dam, he said. The two young men in the kayak were plunged into the river, Sciaky said. One young man was ejected from the kayak and the other young man was stuck in the kayak. With the help … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:48:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man gets 15 years for selling cocaine near Elgin park ]]> Lead story image

An Elgin man convicted of selling cocaine near a park in the city was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday. Samuel E. Span, 31, was convicted Feb. 28 of two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said in a statement. On Feb. 22, 2013, Span and co-defendant Mateo Cedillo sold 5.5 grams of cocaine to an undercover officer at Cedillo’s home, which was within 1,000 feet of Ryerson Park on Elgin’s near west side, prosecutors said. Judge John A. Barsanti sentenced Span to 15 years in prison at a hearing Thursday, prosecutors … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:44:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Winning Elgin teacher is student’s ‘Favorite’ ]]> Lead story image

Jacqueline Segovia was struggling. As a homeschool student, the teen was failing her freshman year and had gotten behind in credits. She decided to attend Gifford Street High School, an alternative high school in Elgin, which Segovia says was “the smartest decision for me.” “Since I got here I changed a lot. My attitude, my maturity, and my behavior are now positive,” she said. “Being a single working mom is not easy, but I’m passing all my classes.” She credits that to Michelle Lewis-Kapp, who is in her first year teaching at Gifford Street High School. Lewis-Kapp previously taught for … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:08:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kickin’ it: Dundee club to hold footgolf event ]]> Lead story image

Been wanting to give footgolf a try? Now you have an opportunity, thanks to the Dundee Township Park District. An introductory event to kick off the season for the hybrid sport that combines soccer and golf will be held Saturday, May 31, at the Bonnie Dundee Golf Club, 270 Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville. Registration check-in is from 2 to 2:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. The $20 per person cost includes green fees and a T-shirt. An optional golf cart is an extra $9 per person. Tom Mammoser, executive director of the Dundee Township Park District, said times … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:49:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ State details what’s ahead for Route 20 ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Work resumed in earnest this week on the state’s four-year project to rearrange the interchange between Route 20 and McLean Boulevard, and improve the nearby bottleneck intersection of McLean and Lillian Street. The first signs this week were lane closures along McLean. But drivers on Route 20 will be able to catch a taste of the project’s benefits as the new, longer exit ramp from westbound Route 20 onto McLean Boulevard and entrance ramp from McLean onto westbound 20 are expected to open at 1 p.m. Friday. One of the project’s main objectives was to prevent traffic from … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:58:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brush fires hit Gilberts, Plato areas ]]>

GILBERTS — It’s nice weather to get out, pile up some leaves and debris, and set fire to that trash pile. But you’d better be careful, warn area firefighters: People doing that have started three major brush fires in the Gilberts-Plato Center area in the past week. The latest fire struck a farm field near the intersection of Galligan and Huntley roads, near Gilberts. It broke out at about 11:45 a.m. Friday and took about two hours to be put out by firefighters from the Rutland-Dundee Townships and Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire Districts. Just the day before, starting at … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:46:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Massage parlor worker charged with prostitution ]]> Lead story image

A St. Charles woman working at a massage parlor was arrested on a prostitution charge Thursday. Chang-Li Wang, 47, of St. Charles was charged with misdemeanor counts of prostitution and violation of the massage licensing act, St. Charles police said in a statement. Authorities started investigating after a citizen complained about activity at H.H. Health Care Therapy at 525 S. Tyler Road in St. Charles, police said. Wang was arrested for allegedly offering to perform a sexual act for money on an undercover official who went to the business on behalf of police, the statement said. Wang, also of the … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:44:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crews spend spring filling potholes created during winter ]]> Lead story image

The extreme cold temperatures did more than just keep people indoors this winter. They also wreaked havoc on many of the area’s roadways. Since March, Carpentersville has been filling the numerous potholes that dot the village’s streets, a bumpy reminder of how harsh the season was. “We will continue to have crews filling in potholes on a daily basis,” said Village Engineer Kevin Gray. “Our operations will remain until all potholes have been filled.” Residents can report any potholes they see through a new online form that can be found on the village’s homepage at “This will allow the … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:44:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Area students to vie for state chemistry title ]]>

Four area students are hoping they have all the solutions for the Chemical Educational Foundation’s 10th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge. Thirty-three middle school students from across Illinois will show off their knowledge of science and chemistry concepts, theories and laboratory safety as they compete for the opportunity to attend the national challenge in Philadelphia in June. The state finals will be held April 27 at North Central College in Naperville. Among the students competing are Elgin School District U46’s Charlie Hultquist of Eastview Middle School in Bartlett and Mateo Calero and Audrey Elzroth of Kenyon Woods Middle … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:47:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Added charges in nursing home incident ]]> Lead story image

A grand jury this week added charges against a pair accused of abusing a 98-year-old nursing home resident in St. Charles and recording the incident, court documents show. Jacqueline Santos, 18, of South Elgin, and Chemyra Barnett, 18, of Elgin, were each charged last month with aggravated battery to a person over the age of 60 and unlawful video recording after St. Charles police were called to the Rosewood Care Center by an administrator. The pair were accused of hitting the resident in the face with a nylon strap and recording it without consent. Police previously said the resident was … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ After eluding cops, ex-Elginite gets 8 years for bar shooting ]]> Lead story image

A former Elgin man who was charged with a 2012 shooting outside a Bartlett bar, then eluded arrest for months before being arrested during a traffic stop in Missouri, has pleaded guilty to the crime. Reginald “Reggie” Myles, formerly of the 700 block of Grace Street, pleaded guilty April 7 to aggravated battery with a firearm, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Stephen Campbell. Police in Bartlett had almost immediately identified Myles, then 23, as the suspect in a shooting outside of the Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St. (Route … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ D300 ramps up to push state for promised funds ]]>

ALGONQUIN — As with many school districts across the state, it has been 10 years and Community Unit School District 300 is still waiting to find out if it will get any of the grant money it applied for to offset the cost of adding more classrooms because of the housing boom a decade ago. Now, District 300 is looking to rally other school districts to join the bandwagon in an effort to urge the state to release the money that was promised. In 2004, the district submitted an application and was awarded an entitlement from the School Construction Grant … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:37:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Town & Country Gardens gets new digs in Elgin’s downtown ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — After 45 years on the east side, Town & Country Gardens has transplanted itself to downtown. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday at the flower shop’s new location at 219 Douglas Ave. — across from the Centre of Elgin and in the old Haight building. While the old location on East Chicago Street recently suffered a fire in the adjacent greenhouse, that is not the reason for the move, said Andy Engelmann. A move had been in the works for about the last five years, after a local car dealership had talked about buying up the land to … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:38:20 -0500