Trial date set for man accused in Naperville arson

An October trial has been set for the retired Chicago police sergeant accused of settinng fire to a vacant tent belonging to a well-known Naperville squatter. James Povolo, 72, of the 1300 block of Dartford Court will stand trial on Oct. 10, charged with arson and criminal damage to property.



Former Naperville teacher accused of sexual abuse gets trial date

A DuPage County judge Wednesday set a Oct. 31 trial date for a former Naperville junior high school teacher accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy. Christine Taylor 44, of the 1100 block of Spring Garden Circle, Naperville, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is being sued seeking more than $50,000 for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, willful and wanton misconduct and sexual assault.

Wheaton moves ahead on Downtown Streetscape Plan

WHEATON – City officials are finalizing plans for the first phase of a project to give downtown Wheaton a facelift. Phase one of the city's Downtown Streetscape Plan includes improvements to Front Street between West and Cross streets. That includes infrastructure improvements, wayfinding signage, benches, trees and improved lighting. Utility work is expected to begin in late fall, while streetscape work is set to take place in the spring and fall of 2018. As part of the project, there are plans to redesign Martin Memorial Plaza at the southwest corner of Front and Main streets. Primera Engineers Ltd. presented the Wheaton City Council with plans showing the plaza both in its current location, as well as moved to the north side of Front Street. The Downtown Wheaton Association Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to recommend that Martin Memorial Plaza remain in place on the south side of Front Street. The majority of City Council members, including Mayor Michael Gresk..

Wheaton planning redesign of downtown plaza with new amenities

Wheaton has hired a firm to work with engineers to revive a gathering spot next to the train tracks as part of a multiyear project to make the downtown more vibrant and accessible.

Wheaton sign to honor U.S. Army Spc. Samuel Watts

WHEATON – U.S. Army Spc. Samuel Watts is being honored for his service to his country. The Wheaton North High School graduate was killed in May 2012 during his first deployment in Afghanistan when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. He joined the Army in July 2010 shortly after graduating from high school. In his memory, the Wheaton City Council at its June 5 meeting approved an honorary street sign for Watts along Karlskoga Avenue between Wheaton Avenue and Hale Street. The city's Public Works Department will now fabricate and install an honorary sign at Karlskoga Avenue and Hale Street. The sign will remain in place for three years. Wheaton installed its first honorary street signs in November 2016 in honor of Wheaton North graduates Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Larson and Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller – who also were killed in action. Larson was killed in the line of duty in November 2004. Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation&#..

Sprinkler system puts out fire in Naperville

A sprinkler system is being credited with dousing the flames of a fire in Naperville Saturday.

Bret Michaels tour stopping at Naperville’s Last Fling

Poison frontman and reality TV star Bret Michaels will make one of his next stops at the Last Fling festival in Naperville, where he's set to play Saturday, Sept. 2.

Starbucks shifting locations in Naperville

The downtown Starbucks on Jefferson Avenue in Naperville is moving across the street this week and as the first of two of the coffee chain's locations planning slight moves within the city.

Music and barbecue at the Naperville RibFest

A suburban summer tradition is back, as the Exchange Club of Naperville hosts the 2017 Naperville RibFest.

International Yoga Day in Naperville an oasis of calm

An International Yoga Day Celebration in Naperville drew hundreds seeking unity and peace amid stressful times.

Constable: Naperville Navy captain leads Warrior Games

Led by Navy Capt. Brent Breining, who grew up in Naperville, the Warrior Games, running June 30 through July 8 in Chicago, are hosted by Jon Stewart, feature concerts by Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson and showcase about 265 wounded, injured or ill military members competing in adaptive Olympic sports.

Water Street in Naperville revives dormant block, ‘blows away’ expectations

The Water Street District in Naperville has revitalized a block that used to be considered "the other side of the river," and officials celebrated its opening Friday.

Naperville police hunting armed robber

Naperville police are asking the public for help in their search for a man who stole a motorist's wallet at gunpoint early this month and then used the stolen credit card.

Police Reports: Glen Ellyn and Wheaton for June 22

Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proved guilty in court. GLEN ELLYN Battery Kurt L. Madridejos, 21, of the 900 block of Lacey Avenue, Lisle, was charged at 9:32 a.m. June 5 with battery at Park Boulevard and McCarron Road. Burglary More than $17,000 worth of items reportedly were stolen between 10 a.m. and 1:27 p.m. June 10 from a house in the 600 block of Fairview Avenue. Theft An Apple iPhone SE was reported stolen at 10 p.m. June 6 from an unlocked car parked at BP Amoco, 339 Roosevelt Road. Property damage A car reportedly was scratched between 3 p.m. June 8 and 2 p.m. June 9 while parked in the 200 block of Abbotsford Court. Pedestrian under the influence of alcohol Emmanuel Lepe, 26, of the 400 block of North Broadway Avenue, Hillside, was charged at 11:10 p.m. June 9 with being a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol at Roosevelt Road and Baker Hi..