Patch Roundup: Mom Charged in Child Stabbing Deaths, Woman Vanishes After Craigslist Date
Also this week: a man allegedly commits murder then leaps to his death from a window, a community remembers a slain teen and an upcoming Guinness-worthy candy cane.
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:
Naperville—Police Charge Naperville Mom With Murder in Stabbing Deaths of Children—A Naperville woman faces first-degree murder charges after the deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her 7-year-old son she had been babysitting, officials said.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills/Burr Ridge—Missing Mom Allegedly Set Up Sex Date With Stranger On Day She Disappeared—The missing woman met with a man who says he responded to an ad she placed on Craigslist.
La Grange/La Grange Park/Western Springs—One Year Later: O’Laughlin Vigil and Memorial at Newly-Named ‘Kelli’s Playground’—On a Saturday night exactly one year after a girl’s murder stunned the Lyons Township community, residents gathered to remember dedicate a new memorial.
Batavia—Residents Grieve For 2 Dead in Murder-Suicide—The 58-year-old man who jumped out of a window Monday had passed an extensive background check, the building's director said.
Geneva—Roby Will Attempt 'World's Longest Candy Cane' at Geneva's Christmas Walk 2012—Guinness Book of World Records: Chef Alain Roby will attempt to make the 40-foot world's longest candy cane at Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s jam-packed Christmas Walk weekend.
Wheaton—Police Pop Peeper for Allegedly Videotaping Stepdaughter—Police say a man set up a video camera to secretly record his teenage stepdaughter while she was naked.
Downers Grove—MAP: Heroin Arrests, Overdoses in Downers Grove—Downers Grove police shared a detailed map last week of heroin arrests, medical cases and overdose deaths in 2011 and 2012.
St. Charles—Five Years Later: Sister Still Searching for Missing St. Charles Man—Arizona attorney Stephanie Spira McNeil has been persistently searching for more than five years for her brother John Spira, a St. Charles resident who disappeared in 2007.
Glen Ellyn—Court Watch: Adult Film Start Jenna Jameson Defaults; Man Pleaded Not Guilty in Shooting Death—A round-up of recent court dispositions in DuPage and Kane counties.
Lemont—Lemont Volunteer Group Delivers ‘Baskets of Basics’—Junior Woman’s Club assembled cleaning supplies, toiletries and other basic necessities for families in need.
Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park—Armed Robbery Near Des Plaines Avenue Blue Line Station—Man tries to give bootleg DVD to cabbie for ride; employee charged with stealing from Walmart.
Elmhurst—Thousands Will Sleep Outside This Weekend So Others Won't Have To—Sleep Out Saturday continues its mission for the ninth year.
Darien/Woodridge—Garbage Truck Rolls Over Near Route 83 and Plainfield—No other vehicles were involved and the driver of the truck was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.