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Elmhurst's Top 10 Stories of 2012

A look at some of the news that made headlines this year.

It’s been a busy year around Elmhurst, from crime to controversy, and a lot of things in between. Here’s a quick look back at some of this year’s most notable stories:

Indian Trail Student Fabricated Story About Being Restrained By Intruder

Incident led to a response that "overwhelmed the community," police said.


 

Sudden departure of Jim Clarke leaves student athletes in a bind, with their first swim meet in one week.






 

Ella's Story: 'I'm Not Here to Save Her. I'm Here to Take Care of Her'

A Family Fun Day fundraiser at York High School helped the Casten family take the next steps for Ella.


 

York High School Athletic Director John Rutter Resigns

Elmhurst mayor suggested Rutter and many York coaches have been "pushed" out of their jobs.



Girl Locks Herself in the Bathroom As Men Try to Break into Her Home

April burglary attempt involved two men trying to get in home on Walnut.



Controversy Over Atheist Speaker at York Reaches Wide Audience

Jessica Ahlquist, who sued her school to have a prayer removed from the gymnasium wall, spoke to government students during Constitution Week.




 

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

Judge called Cheryl Luchetta’s actions “inconceivable.”



Body Discovered Behind Diplomat West Banquet Hall

Police later said the body is that of Russell Winkler, who was last seen leaving Mack's Golden Pheasant.



Mayor DiCianni shared the news a few days ahead of the formal announcement in March.



Elmhurst District 205 Board Declares Impasse in Teacher Negotiations

Negotiations began in 2010. This was the second time the union has turned down an agreement; the first was tentatively agreed upon in September 2011.


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