Patch Roundup: Bank Manager Charged with Exploiting Elderly, Auction House Accused of Fraud
Also this week: one local Olympian lands in London while another is injured and pulled from competition, a connection to the 'Dark Knight' Aurora tragedy and a 200+-year-old oak ripped apart by the week's storms.
Check out any or all of the following from the past week of west-suburban-Chicago Patch news:
St. Charles—POLICE: Ex-Bank Manager Charged With Exploitation, Forgery in St. Charles—After a six-month-long investigation, a 56-year-old St. Charles woman was charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, forgery and felony theft, police said.
Burr Ridge—Report: Burr Ridge Auction House Accused of Fraud—Federal charges have been filed against now defunct Mastro Auctions in connection with a case involving the alteration of a rare baseball card.
Oak Park/River Forest—The Flying Squirrel Has Landed in London—Ellis Coleman, the Oak Park River Forest High School graduate known for his his Flying Squirrel move, is in London getting ready to take on all comers in his 60-kilogram weight class on Aug. 6.
Geneva—More Jenny and Brian Sightings—America's cutest couple, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and model/talk show host/Playboy centerfold Jenny McCarthy, are out and about in Geneva. McCarthy moved from Los Angeles and is living in the sleepy suburb these days.
Algonquin—Algonquin Woman's Life Saved by Crystal Lake Man During 'Dark Knight' Shooting—Julia Vojtsek was in Colorado visiting her father when she went to see a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." She said John T. Larimer of Crystal Lake shielded her during the attack that killed him and 11 other people.
Elmhurst—No Bail for Villa Park Man Accused of Murder, Arson—State's Attorney's Office says accused killer Todd Mandoline was a former boyfriend of the victim.
Western Springs—Storm Destroys 'Oldest Oak Tree' in Western Springs—Among the arboreal casualties of Tuesday morning's violent storm was this majestic 200+-year-old oak, which fell partially through the front of an Old Town North home.
Batavia—Report: Anna Li of Aurora Injured, Pulled From U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Competition—A neck injury takes the Tri-Cities area's closest representative off the U.S. Olympic team.
Wheaton—Former Wheaton Babysitter Sentenced in Child Porn Case—A man who worked as a live-in babysitter in Wheaton was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison for transporting and possessing child pornography.
Lisle—Men with Ties to Lisle Business Indicted in Cook County Bribery Scheme—Gerald Lombardi and his son, Jerry, of Downers Grove, were charged along with former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano and other suburban businessmen.
Downers Grove—Owner: Omega Restaurant Will Not Re-Open—Jim Stavropoulos said he plans to open a new restaurant in Schaumburg and to sue the village of Downers Grove.
Glen Ellyn—Village Officials Estimate Storm Damage at $300,000—The Village of Glen Ellyn is still in the process of assessing the amount of damage and the costs incurred related to the freak storm that hit earlier in July, but costs associated with the storm could reach $300,000.
La Grange/La Grange Park—La Grange Ranks as Top Transit Suburb of Metropolitan Chicago—La Grange has been selected the No. 1 top transit suburb of Metropolitan Chicago, according to a study released today by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development based at DePaul University in Chicago.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills—Dorothy Retzel, Longtime Hinsdale Businesswoman, 'Gave Much to Her Community'—Ms. Retzel died last weekend at age 99; she ran Retzel Jewelry with her husband Arthur for 37 years.