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Year in Review: Most-read Crime and Police Stories of 2012

Some broke our hearts, others made us angry but all captured our attention in 2012.

Elmhurst is a safe, family-oriented community. We don't see a lot of serious crime or tragedy. But some police stories did stand out in 2012, capturing the interest of readers.

Here are the top 15 police, crime and justice stories of 2012:

December

Body Found Along Salt Creek Positively Identified as Russell Winkler

Police Chase Ends in Elmhurst with Capture of Suspected Robbers

October

Jury Finds Virginia Man Guilty of Attempting to Sexually Assault 7-Year-Old at Elmhurst Banquet Hall

September

'Wicked' Mother Gets 20 Years in Prison For Drugging Son

Woman Beaten During Strong-Arm Robbery on Vallette

Boy Arrested at York for Throwing Feces at Students

August

Registered Sex Offender James Bonafide Accused of 'Inappropriate Behavior' at Timothy Christian School

Plea Nets 16-year Sentence for Man Busted by Elmhurst Police with $3 Million in Cocaine

Oak Street Couple Watches as Their House Burns

July

Villa Park Man Charged With First Degree Murder After Fatal Fire

May

Major Explosion and Fire Rock Villa Park VFW Hall

April

Witness: Robert Drefs Pushed Churchgoers for Donations While Stealing Money

March

February

Elmhurst Man Takes Guilty Plea in Fatal Hit and Run

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