Patch Roundup: Jewelry Stores Robbed at Gunpoint, Coyote Attacks, Thief Steals From Church 'Poor Boxes'

Also, disciplinary action for student in bomb threat and an outlet mall tax windfall that starts an argument over whether the money should go back to taxpayers or to further education.

Two men in ski masks robbed Helzberg Diamonds in Oak Brook Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Oak Brook police)
Two men in ski masks robbed Helzberg Diamonds in Oak Brook Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Oak Brook police)

LA GRANGE—Armed Robbery Reported at La Grange Jewelry Store—Two men with guns robbed Linnea Jewelers in La Grange just before noon on Thursday.

OAK BROOK—Two Men in Ski Masks Rob Helzberg Diamonds at GunpointTwo armed men robbed Helzberg Diamonds, 3031 Butterfield Road in Oak Brook, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, according to Oak Brook police.

WHEATON — Wheaton Police: Coyote Attacks on Small Dogs Reported — In two incidents, a coyote snatched a small dog; in a third, a dog was euthanized after suffering extensive injuries during an attack.

ST. CHARLES — Grinch Pilfers ‘Poor Boxes’ at Church in St. Charles — A thief or thieves may have taken hundreds to thousands of dollars donated for the area’s needy, church official tells St. Charles police.

ELMHURST—Man Who Allegedly Careened Through Downtown Elmhurst Smashing Into Cars is Charged—Anthony Joyner of Georgia is facing multiple charges after he sped through town and crashed into eight cars as he attempted to flee police.

CLARENDON HILLS—Change Made to Intersection Where Boy on Bike Hit—Cars traveling in all directions will now be stopped at Chicago and Middaugh when a pedestrian is crossing the street.

LEMONT—School District D113A Still Weighing Disciplinary Action for Student in False Bomb Threat—District 113A board members are still in talks about punishment for a student who confessed to a false bomb threat earlier this month. Interim Superintendent Dr. Pamela Hollich said the board is discussing options for disciplinary action. She noted that confidentiality standards will prevent her or the board from disclosing the chosen action.

DOWNERS GROVE—Bail Set at $1 Million for Each of 3 Men Accused of Robbing Radio Shack—The men allegedly pepper-sprayed an employee and a customer before making off with cell phones.

GLEN ELLYN—County Board Votes Down Controversial Gas Station—Concerns over toxic emission, traffic and noise were among the reasons opponents were against the gas station at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road.

BATAVIA—Outlet Mall Windfall Sparks School Tax-Levy Controversy—Batavia tax watchdogs have promised to be out in force Tuesday to protest a 13 percent hike in the School District’s tax levy, made possible by a multi-million-dollar windfall as the Aurora Premium Outlet Mall property enters the tax rolls.

GENEVA—School Board President: Superintendent’s Car ‘No Sweetheart Deal’—An $800-a-month transportation allowance replaces a lease arrangement for School District 304 Superintendent Kent Mutchler, whose salary also was increased to $203,720 for the 2013-14 school year.

NAPERVILLE—Naperville Best City for Early Retirement: Report—Naperville residents won't have to travel very far to find the best city for early retirement.

WESTERN SPRINGS—Woman, 89, Dies 17 Days After Husband—A notice about Helen Fitch was among this week’s Western Springs obituaries.


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