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Patch Roundup: Guy Takes Stroll With Shotgun, Hemingway Home for Sale

Also this week: a guilty plea in a 2010 fatal vehicle hit-and-run, a man arrested after returning to the same store he just burgled and a potential breakthrough in brain surgery techniques.

You know how it goes: all you're trying to do is take out the trash in broad daylight, and you happen to forget that you're also holding your loaded Mossberg shotgun. Understandable that your neighbors might call the cops, right? Of course, then they get inside the house, and you really might not believe some of what they found in there (it ranges from piles of feces to vials of testosterone).

Those are things you probably wouldn't have found in Ernest Hemingway's home—certainly not his boyhood home in Oak Park, a piece of incredible history that is now on sale for just $525,000. Sure, the place needs a bit of work, but it's the house Ernest Hemingway grew up in; that's got to be worth a little bit of home improvement, right?

That's just a bit of this week's news. Check out our best pieces below:

La Grange/La Grange Park— —Neighbors call police when man takes shotgun outside with the trash. Police find vials of testosterone and many cats inside house. 

Oak Park/River Forest——Want to sleep in Ernest Hemingway's Oak Park childhood home? It'll cost a cool half-million.

Elmhurst——Rocio Garza “freaked out” and drove away after briefly stopping to see the man he struck and killed with his car on Aurora's far east side on a December night in 2010.

Burr Ridge——A west suburban medical facility has found a way to use a catheter to repair aneurysms without brain surgery, saving patients months of recovery.

Western Springs——Jeremy Miller was arrested Saturday at True Value Hardware, the business from which he allegedly stole and made a fraudulent purchase the day before.

Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills——The 37-year-old victim wired nearly $3,000 to an unknown suspect after receiving what was later determined to be a fraudulent check in the same amount from a Craigslist acquaintance.

Batavia——An incident that started as a hit-and-run in West Chicago ended with an off-duty police officer firing a gun on the Fermilab property last Saturday.

Geneva——The Kane County Board Chairman GOP race blisters, as an operative of Chris Lauzen's campaign reveals 116 pages of campaign-related city e-mails to and from his opponent, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Jon Zahm calls for Burns' resignation.

St. Charles—St. Charles Mall Renovations Stall While Storefronts Remain Empty—The Charlestowne Mall has made big promises but little progress is apparent. Meanwhile, empty storefronts litter the once active shopping center. 

Glen Ellyn——Former Glen Ellyn resident and sound mixer Michael Herbick dishes about his Oscar experience before Sunday's Academy Awards.

Lisle——During a unit on African culture, Schiesher Elementary fifth graders asked friends and family members to pledge $1 for every page of reading they completed for the unit.

Downers Grove——On March 6 the village council will vote on the actions pertaining to the proposed Walgreens at 63rd and Woodward.

Wheaton—City Approves Sale of Downtown Property as Aveda Salon—Wheaton City Council approved the sale of a downtown storefront property that buyers plan to convert to an Aveda Salon.

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