Patch Roundup: Three Charged with Hate Crime, Stolen Camaro Crashed and Abandoned
Also this week: a woman becomes a personal trainer after losing 110 pounds, update on the movie version of "Downers Grove," and a new $21 million sports complex is planned.
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:
St. Charles—3 Charged with Hate Crime in St. Charles Attack on Gay Men, Female Companion—Two men and a woman face multiple charges stemming from what police are calling a hate crime against two gay men and the woman with them on Jan. 6 along Route 38 in St. Charles.
Naperville—Camaro Stolen from Garage of Naperville Home Crashed, Abandoned: Police—Police said three people may be responsible for the theft of a Chevrolet Camaro and multiple burglaries.
La Grange/La Grange Park/Western Springs—Woman Becomes Personal Trainer at Gym that Helped Her Lose 110 Pounds—Lifetime La Grange Park resident and LTHS grad Megan Sandilands has gone from facing obesity-related health risks to being a fitness role-model and inspiration at Oasis Women's Fitness & Spa.
Downers Grove—New Cast, Director Sign on for Film Adaptation of 'Downers Grove'—The movie, based on the thriller novel by Michael Hornburg, is set to begin filming in Los Angeles this spring, Variety reports.
Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park—Police Clear Nearly 20 Burglaries With Arrest of Twins—Police report that with the arrest of two juveniles from Chicago, they can clear nearly 20 open burglary cases in Oak Park.
Darien/Woodridge—Woodridge Murder Defendant Pleads Not Guilty—Adam Belmont is accused of murdering and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Van Meter, Dec. 15 in a Woodridge apartment.
Geneva—Geneva Police Arrest 2 Adults for Burglary, Theft at Retail Store—Geneva police arrested two adults on charges of burglary and theft after an usual incident at Tilly's in the Geneva Commons.
Elmhurst—Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare's Financial Health in Question as its Rating is Downgraded Again—Fitch Ratings cites EMHC's "weak operating performance," lagging patient volume and various other problems.
Batavia—Accidental Shooter Comes Forward, Gets Lesser Charge—A man mishandles his friend's 9mm Glock handgun. Here's how he ducked felony charges.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills/Burr Ridge—2 Women Charged With Heroin Possession in Burr Ridge—The women were charged with the Class 4 felony on Jan. 22 after police stopped a car they were passengers in.
Glen Ellyn—Village Says No to Ordinance Monitoring Secondhand Item Sales—The Village of Glen Ellyn's police department sought to require some businesses to record and hold second hand items.
Wheaton—District 200 Candidate: Jefferson Numbers are Misleading—District 200 board candidate presents the tax impact of new early childhood center to show the difference residents will see after 11 years. He said after looking closely, he discovered an "inconsistency."