Safe Community - Safe DuPage

Safe DuPage is a community organization founded by Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne in 2020. The aim of Safe DuPage is to promote the public safety and welfare of DuPage County residents through education and advocacy on issues relating to crime and drug abuse.

Reduce incidents of violent crime, with particular emphasis on avoidable gun violence, and which involves repeat criminal offenders.

Address the clear failings of the Cook County criminal justice system and the harm those failures have on the residents of both Cook County and the counties that border Cook County...including DuPage County. Half of all violent crime occurring in DuPage County is committed by an offender that maintains an address in Cook County.

Address social inequity, namely the disproportionate degree to which minorities and the economically disadvantaged are victimized by gun violence and other crime.

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Let's play! The playgrounds at 63rd Street, Castaldo, Ide’s Grove East, Janes, Seven Bridges, Summerhill and Sunnydale Parks are open. The remaining playgrounds will open later this week (weather permitting). Please follow these guidelines which will be posted at the playgrounds. Drinking fountains and portable toilets are unavailable until further notice. Play safe, Woodridge! #woodridgelivesforfun ... See MoreSee Less

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Amen! That's what many of us were taught as children

4 days ago

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4th of July Kickoff!

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Timeline PhotosThe July 4 fireworks display will take place at Frontier Sports Complex this year. Visit ow.ly/1Z8e50AcQqO for more details about the event, including a joint statement from the City of Naperville, Naperville Park District and Naperville Responds For Veterans about the decision to relocate the event this year. ... See MoreSee Less

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We wanted to thank the individual who dropped off bottled water and granola bars for our officers who were working outside today at the Unity Rally at Frontier Park. It was a great family event that allowed us to meet and talk with some fantastic members of the community. ... See MoreSee Less

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Home invasion in downtown Naperville last night. Thank you to the police for quickly apprehending the suspect.PRESS RELEASE: Naperville Police Arrest Subject for Home Invasion

On Sunday, June 28, 2020 at approximately 3:16 a.m., Naperville Police responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of Spring Avenue reference a report of a resident who awoke to find a male subject at the foot of her bed armed with an edged weapon. The suspect fled the home and was located a short distance away by police.

Peter W. Purduski, 18, of the 800 block of Webster Street in Naperville, was arrested and charged with one (1) count of Home Invasion, a class X Felony.

Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door. The Naperville Police Department would like to remind residents of the importance of securing their homes and vehicles.

Mr. Purduski was transported to the DuPage County Jail to await a bond hearing. On Monday, June 29, his bail was set at $150,000 with 10% to apply. If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 and ask for the Investigations Division.

The Naperville Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Read the full release: www.naperville.il.us/2020-news-articles/naperville-police-arrest-subject-for-home-invasion/
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Home invasion in downtown Naperville last night. Thank you to the police for quickly apprehending the suspect.

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Thank you to the many law officers who protect all people, whether Black, Latinex, Trans, Women, Poor.I'd love to see a coalition of police officers pushing for systemic change from the inside, related to abuse of power, profiling, and outright murder of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. We know most officers live to serve. But even 1% who abuse the system amounts to thousands. I honor those who protect us and call for them to refuse to be silent about those who don't.

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4th of July Kickoff!

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Reward is up to $4,000 for information leading to arrest of the individual that painted the racist and gang-related graffiti on the building near Welch Elementary School in Naperville. Details below.NAPERVILLE CRIME STOPPERS has increased the reward being offered in a recent graffiti case to $2,500.00. An additional $1,500.00 in reward money is being offered from private donors, bringing the total potential reward money to $4,000.00 for information leading to an arrest of person(s) responsible for graffiti that occurred in Cantore Park between 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, and 7 a.m. on Monday, May 25.

The racist and gang-related graffiti was found spray painted on a partition separating the park from Welch Elementary School, as well as on supply boxes for the baseball field. The Naperville Police Department and the Naperville Park District Police are conducting a joint investigation into the incident.

If you have any information please contact CRIME STOPPERS AT 630-420-6006 or contact us through our website: www.napervillecrimestoppers.com

Your information is important to Crime Stoppers and all callers may remain anonymous. A reward of up to $4,000.00 (in Crime Stoppers and private funds) is being offered for the information that leads to an arrest in this incident.

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Reward is up to $4,000 for information leading to arrest of the individual that painted the racist and gang-related graffiti on the building near Welch Elementary School in Naperville. Details below.

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🚨 COVID-19 TESTING IN DUPAGE TODAY🚨

The DuPage County COVID-19 Testing site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 am – 2 pm (or until the daily 400 test limit is reached)!

No appointment, symptoms or insurance required.

Learn more at www.dupagehealth.org/601/COVID-19-Testing

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Please, please wear a mask and social distance at least six feet from others, and continue hand hygiene. Downtown Naperville was packed this past weekend and more than 90%+ were not wearing a face covering or distancing. Goldman Sachs just released a report that says a national mask mandate could save the economy 1 Trillion dollars. Not to mention saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Does Naperville need to wait for a national mandate? I say no. Please, for yourself, for others, wear the mask, don't give your dollars to places of business that refuse to enforce safety measures, be safe. Let's be number 1 in the least cases and deaths in the country.

1 week ago

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Timeline PhotosA Naperville man is charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence and other charges following a two-vehicle crash on Naper Boulevard near Plank Road yesterday, June 21. Read the full release: www.naperville.il.us/2020-news-articles/naperville-police-investigate-serious-traffic-crash-on-na... ... See MoreSee Less

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The Lisle Police Department has joined the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff’s departments on a statewide enforcement campaign targeting impaired and unbuckled drivers now through July 6. The campaign is part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” program, both of which are made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Lisle Police recommends these tips to help ensure a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday:
• Designate a sober driver and give them your keys before you go out.
• Don’t let friends or family members drive under the influence.
• If you have been drinking or are impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
• Promptly report impaired drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It’s not only the law, but also your best defense against an impaired driver.
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To all the dads out there, especially our firefighter dads...enjoy your special day!

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Murder charges brought against Naperville man.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that charges have been upgraded to First Degree Murder against Alan Wang, 56 (d.o.b. 3/20/1964) of 1103 N. Mill Street, Naperville. Wang is accused of beating his wife to death earlier this year. On March 11, 2020, Wang appeared at a bond hearing where bond was set at $850,000 with 10% to apply. He was originally charged with one count of Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony.) Yesterday, Wang was indicted on two counts of First Degree Murder in addition to the existing count of Aggravated Domestic Battery.
On March 8, 2020, at approximately 4:50 p.m., personnel from the Naperville Police and Fire Departments responded to a call at the couple’s residence regarding a female who was not breathing, later identified as Hongyan Yang, 35 (d.o.b. 6/10/1984). The victim was immediately taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m. Following an investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department into Yang’s death, it is alleged that in the evening hours of March 7, 2020, the defendant and his wife were in the couple’s bedroom when the defendant kicked the victim multiple times. The following day, a relative of the couple called 9-1-1 when it appeared that the victim stopped breathing. The findings of an autopsy conducted by DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen’s office led to the upgraded charges.
“The autopsy conducted by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office concluded Hongyan Yang died as a result of internal bleeding,” Berlin said. “With a cause of death now known, justice demands that the charges against Mr. Wang support the allegations that he is responsible for her death. I commend the DuPage County Coroner’s Office for their outstanding efforts in identifying Hongyan Yang’s death. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their work on this very sad case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Alexandria Levan for their efforts in securing the appropriate charges against Mr. Wang.”
"This was a brutal and tragic crime, and I want to thank our officers and investigators, the DuPage County Coroner’s Office as well as the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office for their diligence in investigating this case in order to get justice for Mrs. Yang," Marshall said. “Our department is committed to helping victims of domestic violence find safety before something as tragic as this incident occurs. From our victim advocate and social services team to the resources available on our website, www.naperville.il.us/domesticviolence, we want victims of domestic violence to know that the Naperville Police Department has resources to help you. You are not alone.”
Richard Jorgensen, MD, DuPage County Coroner, appreciates the thorough and professional investigation by Deputy Scott Quinn and Katherine Little. “The experience and training of the Coroner Deputies is brought to the fore in situations like this where the investigation, preservation and collection of evidence is essential to bringing justice for the deceased,” Jorgensen said. “Additionally, the excellent evaluation and examination by Chief Forensic Pathologist Hilary McElligott, MD, was integral to the investigation and presentation of factual evidence to the State’s Attorney for charging and prosecuting this offender.”
Wang’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 20, 2020 for status in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Murder charges brought against Naperville man.

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Thank you to our DuPage County States Attorney and to law enforcement for taking this bad guy off the street.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Bartlett man has been sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for punching and kicking a Jewel grocery store bagger last summer. Bruce Mirabella, 51 (d.o.b. 9/6/1968), of 201 Patricia Lane, appeared in Court this morning in front of Judge Brian Telander, who imposed the sentence. On March 4, 2020, immediately following a four-hour-long bench trial, Judge Telander found Mirabella guilty of one count of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Telander revoked Mirabella’s bond and he was taken into custody. Mirabella had previously been out on bond after posting 10%, or $5,000 of his $50,000 bond.
On July 22, 2019, officers with the Bartlett Police Department responded to the Jewel grocery store located on Sterns Road in response to a battery of a store employee. Through their investigation, officers learned that at approximately 9:45 p.m., Mirabella went to the store to purchase alcohol. While in the checkout line, Mirabella punched the victim, a bagger who has special needs, in the face and then kicked him in his left back area before fleeing the store. Bartlett Police Department took Mirabella into custody a short time later from his home.
“Without provocation and with malicious intent, Bruce Mirabella violently attacked an innocent man at work,” Berlin said. “What I find particularly upsetting about Mr. Mirabella’s inexcusable behavior is the fact that the victim in this case was a special needs individual who posed no threat to Mr. Mirabella whatsoever. This morning, Mr. Mirabella learned that his inability to control himself will cost him the next two years of his freedom. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Nick Catizone for their efforts in holding Mr. Mirabella responsible for his actions.”
Mirabella will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
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Thank you to our DuPage County States Attorney and to law enforcement for taking this bad guy off the street.

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Protests in Naperville on Friday were largely peaceful. 2 arrests.On Friday, June 5, the Naperville Police Department responded to two protests in the city. The first protest was located at Route 59 and 95th Street with a group of 30-40 people gathered and walked east along 95th Street to Book Road with the Naperville Police ensuring the protestors’ safety on city streets. The protest was peaceful and ended without any issues.

The second protest was located downtown beginning at Centennial Beach. The group of approximately 200 protestors walked east along Jackson Street and continued their peaceful march to Chicago Avenue and Washington Street intersection with Naperville Police ensuring the safety of the group on downtown streets.

Police developed reliable information that some members of the downtown protest group intended to commit criminal acts in the downtown. Police lines were established to help with crowd control and allow for the protestors to continue their rally safely, as they had left the sidewalks and continued to walk in the middle of the roadway. As some of the members of the protest group began to actively engage police officers and state their intent to break through the police lines, a lawful order to disperse was given by police command.

While the majority of the protestors dispersed, there was a small group of approximately 30 who continued to engage police and made it clear the intent to not comply with the order. A second order to disperse was given and the protestors complied.

A total of two arrests were made for the criminal defacement to public property:
Anthony Cabeza W/M DOB: 09/04/1999
Ashton Thomas W/M DOB: 05/10/2000

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Protests in Naperville on Friday were largely peaceful. 2 arrests.

1 month ago

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Catch these people and put them in jail!!!!

Most Naperthrill kids are terrified of fireworks...wonder who did this

There is no reason to permit this to happen again.

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A recap on todays rioting in Naperville by the Naperville Police Department.On the evening of June 1, the Naperville Police Department, assisted by numerous law enforcement agencies, addressed incidents of looting, vandalism, and other acts of violence in the downtown area. As of 1:00 am on June 2, the downtown area has been secured.

At 3:00 pm on June 1, a pre-planned and organized protest commenced with approximately 300-400 persons in Washington and Chicago Ave. This protest was lawful with individuals exercising their first amendment rights. The protest moved throughout the downtown streets, to city hall, and then to the police department. The Naperville Police Department provided an escort during this protest to ensure everyone’s safety.

At approximately 9:00 pm the peaceful protest turned violent with approximately 250-300 persons. The group began to separate, and the instigators began roving throughout the downtown area committing criminal acts. This violence was directed at police officers working to keep the area safe, and at the many downtown businesses. The criminal acts consisted of individuals possessing wood 2 x 4’s, which were used to break windows. In addition, bricks and bottles were thrown at police officers and through store windows. Additionally, instigators burglarized many of the downtown business, stealing a variety of items, and setting off explosive devices which injured one police officer. Bricks were also thrown at police vehicles.

One individual participating in the unlawful protest suffered a stab wound from another protestor and has been hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
Businesses in other parts of the city were also burglarized and vandalized.

The Naperville Police Department requested mutual aid from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, the Illinois State Police, the Plainfield Police Department, the Aurora Police Department, the Woodridge Police Department, the Dupage County Sheriff’s Office, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, METRO SWAT, FBI, ATF, and the Department of Homeland Security, which brought additional officers to Naperville.

The Police department made numerous arrests, and a full damage assessment is in progress. Businesses and residents who need to report property damage or burglaries are requested to call the police department non-emergency number 630-420-6666.
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A recap on todays rioting in Naperville by the Naperville Police Department.

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Why what happen?

Is it safe to go to Oberweis for a milk shake

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Due to widespread crime, Aurora has just issued a State of Emergency.EMERGENCY CURFEW: Mayor Richard Irvin has issued a state of emergency and mandatory curfew for the City of Aurora from 8:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1st, due to the widespread incidents of violence, vandalism, and stealing occurring throughout the greater Chicagoland area and in the City of Aurora.

We have a number of police officers from different agencies working to contain working to contain the violence in the city. Please stay inside for you safety.
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Due to widespread crime, Aurora has just issued a State of Emergency.

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APD ALERT: There are multiple protests in the City of Aurora. Please avoid the downtown area for your safety. Downtown businesses are asked to please close their businesses immediately. #AuroraIL ... See MoreSee Less

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NAPERVILLE CRIME STOPPERS has increased the reward being offered in a recent graffiti case to $2,500.00. An additional $1,500.00 in reward money is being offered from private donors, bringing the total potential reward money to $4,000.00 for information leading to an arrest of person(s) responsible for graffiti that occurred in Cantore Park between 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, and 7 a.m. on Monday, May 25.

The racist and gang-related graffiti was found spray painted on a partition separating the park from Welch Elementary School, as well as on supply boxes for the baseball field. The Naperville Police Department and the Naperville Park District Police are conducting a joint investigation into the incident.

If you have any information please contact CRIME STOPPERS AT 630-420-6006 or contact us through our website: www.napervillecrimestoppers.com

Your information is important to Crime Stoppers and all callers may remain anonymous. A reward of up to $4,000.00 (in Crime Stoppers and private funds) is being offered for the information that leads to an arrest in this incident.

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Nice job by Aurora PD getting some gang members off the street!#APDNewsRelease - AURORA POLICE RECOVER ILLEGAL GUNS AND ARREST THREE KNOWN GANG MEMBERS WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES

Aurora Police have recovered three illegal firearms and arrested three known gang members on multiple felonies after receiving a tip of gang activity on Aurora’s east side Tuesday evening.

Investigators from Aurora Police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) received information that there were multiple illegal guns at a gathering in the 400 block of Melrose Avenue. They responded to the area to begin investigating.

As officers approached the gathering, multiple people started running and two suspects were seen throwing handguns as they ran from officers. With assistance from officers from Aurora Police’s Patrol Division and Community Orientated Policing (COP) Unit, multiple people were taken into custody. During a search of the subjects, officers found a gun that slid down the pants leg of another suspect. In all, three illegal guns were recovered during the investigation.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the details of the incident and the following charges were authorized against the following three subjects:

23-year-old Leotray Davis of the 900 block of Lafayette Street in Aurora
One Class 2 Felony count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
One Class 2 Felony count of Possession of Firearm Street Gang Member
One Class 3 Felony count of Possess Firearm without FOID Card/Not Eligible
One Class A Misdemeanor count of Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer

23-year-old Wesley Harmon of the 1500 block of Burton Court in Aurora
One Class 2 Felony count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
One Class 2 Felony count of Possession of Firearm Street Gang Member
One Class 3 Felony count of Possession of Firearm while FOID Card Revoked
One Class 3 Felony count of Possess Firearm with Defaced Serial Number

16-year-old male juvenile from Aurora
Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member,
Possession of Firearm without FOID/Not Eligible
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by Person Under 21
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by Adjudicated Delinquent
Resisting Arrest
Aggravated Assault

Aurora Police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) investigates gang, narcotics, firearm, and vice-related criminal activity in the city. SOG investigators patrol neighborhoods known for drug and gang-related crimes and conduct criminal investigations to reduce violent crimes in the city.

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendants listed in this release are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Nice job by Aurora PD getting some gang members off the street!

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Thank you to Lisle PD for taking these illegal firearms off the street.Official Media Release
May 28, 2020

Lisle PD DUI Arrest nets additional firearms

Lisle, IL. – On May 28, 2020, at 1:30 a.m., a Lisle Police Officer observed a Chevrolet Camaro fail to stop at the stop sign along southbound Beau Bien Boulevard at Ogden Avenue. A traffic stop was made at Ogden Avenue and Naper Boulevard, where contact was made with Kevin Williams. Williams was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI. After the arrest was made, additional information was obtained, which led to a Search Warrant receiving approval for Williams apartment.

Lisle Police Officers searched the apartment authorized on the Search Warrant, and located two firearms and multiple pills, which have been forwarded to a crime laboratory for confirmation. The firearms were a Glock 38 .45 caliber and a Master Piece Arms 9mm w/ extended magazine.

Williams was charged with the following crimes:

• DUI
• Driving While License Suspended
• Possession Of Firearm W/Out FOID (x2)
• Possession Of Ammunition W/Out FOID
• Illegal Transportation Of Alcoholic Liquor
• Disobeying A Stop Sign

Kevin D. Williams (31 years old)
4415 Blackhawk Lane
Lisle, IL 60532

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Thank you to Lisle PD for taking these illegal firearms off the street.

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Reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect shown below. He is wanted in connection with residential burglaries that have occurred in Naperville. Details below. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to all of our veterans that have served our great country. Please everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day and let us never forget the sacrifices of those that have protected America. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to all of our veterans that have served our great country. Please everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day and let us never forget the sacrifices of those that have protected America.

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Be careful out there!

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Napervile City Councilman Kevin Coyne is joined by State Representative Deanne Mazzochi, DuPage Judge Rick Felice, DuPage Judge Monique O'Toole, and the Islamic Foundation's Ash Lakhany, to discuss the community issues and problems that all have seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to those in need. ... See MoreSee Less

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Two men arrested for arson in Aurora last night.#APDNewsRelease: AURORA POLICE ARREST TWO MEN AFTER THEY SET FIRE TO VEHICLE ON CITY’S NEAR WEST SIDE

Aurora Police have arrested and charged two men after they set fire to a vehicle on the city’s near west side early Monday morning.

Just after 1:15 a.m. on Monday, Aurora’s 911 center received a call from a homeowner in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue reporting that her vehicle was on fire in the driveway. She told dispatchers that she received a motion alert from her exterior cameras, and when she opened the camera stream on her smartphone, she saw her vehicle on fire in the driveway. Aurora Police officers and the Aurora Fire Department responded to the home and firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

Arson investigators from the Aurora Fire Department and detectives from Aurora Police’s Bureau of Investigations responded to the scene. They began interviewing potential witnesses, canvassing the area, and investigating the specific circumstances of the incident. Evidence Technicians from Aurora Police’s Evidence Unit also responded to the scene to identify and collect forensic evidence from the incident.

Approximately seven minutes later, an investigator with Aurora Police’s Special Operations Group performed a traffic stop in the area of Galena Boulevard and Union Street. When the investigator approached the vehicle, the interior smelled like gasoline.

Officers on the scene of the vehicle fire reviewed the surveillance video, which showed two suspects setting fire to the SUV. Officers were able to identify a male suspect with a long braided ponytail. The information about the description of the suspect was communicated to officers on the scene of the traffic stop and they noticed one of the people inside of the vehicle also had long hair in a braided ponytail.

18-year-old Mario Palacios, of the 1000 block of 2nd Avenue in Aurora, and 20-year-old Xavier Bijarro, of the 300 block of Harmony Drive in North Aurora, were taken into custody for the vehicle fire on Michigan Avenue. Detectives reviewed the details of the investigation and evidence in the case with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized the following charges:

Mario Palacios
One Class 2 Felony count of Arson

Xavier Bijarro
One Class 2 Felony count of Arson

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendants listed in this release are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Two men arrested for arson in Aurora last night.

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Details on two violent crimes that occurred in Naperville last night.Naperville Police Investigate May 19 Vehicle Hijacking

A second incident of attempted vehicle hijacking is also being investigated

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at approximately 8:01 p.m. Naperville Police Officers responded to Costco located at 1320 S Route 59 for the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers encountered the female victim, who reported two male subjects exited a suspect vehicle, approached her while she was seated in her vehicle, and told her to get out. The victim complied and the suspects took the vehicle, a black 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan with the license plate AR26825. The two suspects then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. A third suspect in the suspect vehicle also left the scene. Both vehicles were last seen traveling northbound on Route 59 from Beebe Drive. There was no weapon used or implied, and the victim was uninjured. The suspects are described as the following:

Suspect #1: male, black, 18-22 years of age, medium skin tone, slender, short black hair
Suspect #2: male, black, 18-22 years of age, slender, taller than suspect #1
Suspect #3: Unknown

Suspect Vehicle: Blue/Grey in color, possibly a Honda Pilot, older model with a 3rd row seat

While investigating this incident, a different female victim arrived at the Naperville Police Department to report a male suspect attempted to enter her vehicle while parked at Old Navy located at 220 S Route 59 at approximately 7:40 p.m. The suspect vehicle pulled next to the victim vehicle. The suspect exited the passenger side of the suspect vehicle and attempted to enter the victim’s vehicle. The victim was able to lock her doors and drive away. The suspect in this incident is described as the following.

Suspect #1: male, black, 20-30 years of age, approximately 5’09” tall, thin build, with a two-inch horizontal scar on his right cheek.

Suspect Vehicle: a silver mid-sized SUV

Officers have disseminated the information to other Naperville Police units and surrounding local law enforcement agencies. If anyone has information regarding these crimes, they are encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 and ask for the Investigations Division.

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Details on two violent crimes that occurred in Naperville last night.

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Safe DuPage presents panelists Hon. Rick Felice, Hon. Monique O'Toole, State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, and Islamic Foundation's Ash Lakhany for a discussion on community resources available to those impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the economic shutdown. We will also discuss how the virus has impacted family court and juveniles. This discussion will be moderated by Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne and should be particularly helpful to attorneys and to not-for-profit organizations working to help those in need during this unprecedented crisis. Kevin Coyne Monique Naffah O'Toole Richard Felice ... See MoreSee Less

Safe DuPage presents panelists Hon. Rick Felice, Hon. Monique OToole, State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, and Islamic Foundations Ash Lakhany for a discussion on community resources available to those impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the economic shutdown. We will also discuss how the virus has impacted family court and juveniles. This discussion will be moderated by Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne and should be particularly helpful to attorneys and to not-for-profit organizations working to help those in need during this unprecedented crisis. Kevin Coyne Monique Naffah OToole Richard Felice

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Sadly this shooting victim did not survive. More details in the police press release below.‪#APDIncidentAlert: APD is investigating a person shot and killed in the 700 block of Huntington Drive. Detectives are on the scene and an investigation is underway. Anyone with information is asked to call (630) 256-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. ‬ ... See MoreSee Less

Sadly this shooting victim did not survive. More details in the police press release below.

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Safe DuPage

Safe DuPage presents panelists Hon. Jim McCluskey, Hon. Ann Celine Walsh, State Rep. Grant Wehrli, and ICN's Shoaib Khadri for a discussion on community resources available to those impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the economic shutdown. This discussion was moderated by Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne and should be particularly helpful to attorneys and to not-for-profit organizations working to help those in need during this unprecedented crisis. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, it was very helpful.

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Informational slide below for those in need of help! ... See MoreSee Less

Informational slide below for those in need of help!

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Thank you, Kevin Coyne, Representative Grant Wehrli, Judge James F. McCluskey Judge Jim McCluskey, Judge Ann Celine Walsh, Shoaib Khadri, and others for a VERY informational webinar about the services out there for DuPage County residents. We love DuPage!❤️

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This should be a great discussion! One of our panelists, DuPage County Judge Jim McCluskey will speak on protections that are in place now for those struggling to pay their rent and how evictions are being handled in light of COVID-19. This should be a good opportunity to learn about how COVID-19 is impacting our courts and those individuals at risk of losing their homes. Join us! ... See MoreSee Less

This should be a great discussion! One of our panelists, DuPage County Judge Jim McCluskey will speak on protections that are in place now for those struggling to pay their rent and how evictions are being handled in light of COVID-19. This should be a good opportunity to learn about how COVID-19 is impacting our courts and those individuals at risk of losing their homes. Join us!

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Thank you to Grundy County States Atttorney Jason Helland for highlighting this very valid public safety concerns.Governor Pritzker has released nearly 4,000 inmates and 50 convicted murderers early from prison citing the pandemic as a reason.

The Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified that a convicted sex offender, Steven Haberkorn, was released early.

Haberkorn was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault, a class X felony, and was sentenced to a 12 year prison sentence in 2011. The victim was under the age of 13.

Do you think it is appropriate to release a prisoner early from IDOC when their sentence includes possibly being on parole the rest of their life?

The Governor’s early prisoner release scandal is more of a threat to Grundy County residents than the pandemic itself.
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Thank you to Grundy County States Atttorney Jason Helland for highlighting this very valid public safety concerns.

2 months ago

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Thank you to all of our first responders.As we near National Police Week 2020, we remember those Illinois Police Officers who passed away in the line of duty in 2019. The Illinois Police Officer Memorial, which was scheduled to be held in Springfield on May 07, has been cancelled for this year. The ceremony may not take place, but we shall honor and never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to all of our first responders.

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We are excited to announce our 4th and final panelists for our event next week, Shoaib Khadri. Mr. Khadri is a board member of the Islamic Center of Naperville and has served as their President for 4 years. He is actively involved in community outreach through interfaith partners and also serves on the board of Unity Partnership, an organization that serves to develop positive relationship between law enforcement and the community. Mr. Khadri is an Engineer by profession and is the President of Yasho Enterprises.

We look forward to seeing you all...online....next week!
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Gunfire in Naperville.NAPERVILLE, Ill. – On Friday, May 1st, 2020 at approximately 2030 hours Naperville Police Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Country Lakes Dr. for a report of gunshots. Responding officers located spent shell casings, bullet holes in a fence, and several vehicles that had been struck by gunfire. There were no injuries in the incident and there is no suspect information at this time. This incident was isolated to this location and remains under investigation.

If anyone has information regarding this crime, they are encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 and ask for the Investigations Division.

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Gunfire in Naperville.