Patch Roundup: Massive Damage from House Fire, Wildlife Center Saves Baby Owls
Also this week: a student battling a graft-vs.-host disease, an accused sexual assault in Lisle and the resignation of a man who has cut a town's meat for 40 years.
Check out that photo to the right. That is a gorgeous house. It should definitely not be on fire. Unfortunately, it is (or was at the time), and the result is going to be a staggering cost in damages. There's a nice little substory buried in there, though, as a minor hero of a neighbor smashed a window to allow two trapped dogs to escape. Go, hero neighbor!
And go wildlife center in the Batavia area, also animal-rescuers of the hour, for saving a pair of owlets, and actually placing them right back in their nest with mommy. Between that and the hawk in Western Springs, it's been a pretty good couple of weeks for bird rescues in our west-suburban roundup.
Check out any or all of the following:
Glen Ellyn—Firefighters Battle Blaze at Home in Unincorporated Glen Ellyn—Officials have not determined the cause of Tuesday's fire but between structural damage and the loss of contents inside the home, the blaze caused millions in damages.
Batavia—Animal Rescuers Restore Owlets to Nest—A wildlife center reunited two baby owls with their mother after they fell from their nest in Batavia.
Downers Grove—Bone Marrow Transplant Just the Beginning for Highland Student—After a 2009 bone marrow transplant, Jacob Kowalik has been battling a disease with no clear cure.
Lisle—Aurora Man Allegedly Forced Way into Apartment, Sexually Assaulted Ex-Girlfriend—An Aurora man is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's residence and committing sexual assault against her.
La Grange/La Grange Park—The Butcher Says Goodbye—Patch profiles the guy who's been cutting La Grange's meat for nearly 40 years. Even if you don't live in La Grange, you probably have someone like this in your town.
St. Charles—DUI Arrest After Car Flips in Roadway—A South Elgin woman was arrested for drunken driving on March 17 after she flipped her 2011 Hyundai Sonata near a St. Charles intersection, police said.
Oak Park/River Forest—Oak Parker's Mystery Thriller Emerges from Art—Author Alec Nevala-Lee finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of art works.
Elmhurst—City Tries to Keep E-waste From Becoming an E-normous Headache—With a new law that makes throwing electronic waste in the trash a crime that carries a $7,000 fine, Public Works Committee asks: How does one go about deleting digital waste?
Wheaton—Former Wheaton Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges—Donald Ratcliff, a former Wheaton College professor facing child porn charges, pleaded not guilty in DuPage County Thursday morning.
Geneva—Geneva Committee Blocks Plan to Demolish Historic Building—After nearly four hours of debate, the Geneva City Council's Committee of the Whole upholds a decision to protect the historic Pure Oil Building.
Western Springs—Vie Three-peat in Gayot’s National 40 Best Restaurants—The Western Springs elite dining location is on the highly exclusive list for the third straight year, one of only four Illinois restaurants to appear in 2012.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills—VIDEO: CBS News' Pinterest Segment Features Patch Columnist— CBS This Morning's Lee Woodruff dropped by Kristi Gilbert's Pinterest Party with a camera crew last weekend for a feature that aired nationwide Thursday morning.
Burr Ridge—VIDEO: Burr Ridge Police Send Off One of Their Own—Area police came to say goodbye to an officer whose father founded the Burr Ridge Police Department. Patch has exclusive video of the police escort and sendoff for Sgt. Bryan DeYoung.