Patch Roundup: Teacher Charged with Sex Assault on Student; Parent Arrested at School Defends Action

Also this week: a bus driver accused of passing personal note to a middle-school student, a radio host is recommended to have her law license stripped and an update on Metra fatalities.

Here are some of the top stories from the past week inPatch's west Chicago region:

Wheaton—Wheaton North Teacher Charged With 11 Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of Student—Ed Klemm, a Wheaton North High School English teacher and former speech team coach is charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault of a student.

Elmhurst—Parent Arrested at School Earlier This Month Tells His Side of the Story—"I'm not a pedophile. I have a kid in the school being abused and nobody's willing to listen," said Dimas Carmona, a father who was arrested after filming his son on a school playground earlier this month.

Downers Grove—Downers Grove School Bus Driver Accused of Passing Note to 12-Year-Old—Victor Ray, 52, was charged with disorderly conduct and fired from his position after giving the student a note with his personal information Tuesday, authorities said.

Burr Ridge—Burr Ridge Attorney/Host Recommended for Immediate SuspensionAccording to a filing from the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Kathleen Niew “presents a continuing danger to the public.”

Downers Grove—Police: Death of Downers Grove Man on Metra Tracks Likely Intentional—Police are still investigating the death of a 21-year-old Downers Grove man who was struck and killed by a BNSF train Tuesday morning.

Westmont—Darien Residents Killed After SUV Hits Tree—The accident occurred in Westmont during the early morning hours Thursday.

NapervilleMan Charged With Naperville Sister-Kill Found Psychologically Unfit—A Lakemoor man charged with murdering his sister in her Naperville home in June 2011 was found unfit to stand trial during a Friday morning hearing in Will County.

Hinsdale——Three pedestrians have died after being struck by BNSF Metra trains this month in Hinsdale, Westmont and Downers Grove. Most recently, a male pedestrian was hit by a train near downtown Downers Grove on Tuesday morning.

St. CharlesBar Faces Citation for Serving Intoxicated Individual—Policed followed drunken man into House Pub to find him with an alcoholic beverage. The police report records an expletive-laced conversation with one of the owners.

Lemont—PHOTOS: Pop Singer Cher Lloyd Performs at Lemont High School—Lloyd, a standout contestant on Britain's version of "The X Factor," put on a private concert Monday after Lemont students won Goodwill's "Fall Haul Donation Challenge" in November.

Oak Park——Cristiane Pereira, the owner and chef of Taste of Brasil in Oak Park, is one of 17 finalists to become the next to host WTTW's "Check, Please!"

Western Springs—Vie Chef Nominated Among Best in Country—Paul Virant, the chef/owner at Vie in Western Springs, has once again been honored by the James Beard Foundation, which recognizes culinary professionals for their work.

La Grange—Safety Concerns Emerge around 47th Street Intersection Proposal—A community group that formed last week thinks something needs to be done about the intersection at 47th Street and East Avenue—but they're questioning current plans for how to address it.

Danni March 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Let us just make sure his union defends him, he only receives an administrative leave at full salary, he returns to work with all the strike increases added into his salary and his pension remains intact at the average of his last three years salary and added on, all those accumulated sick and personal days. That's all that is really important to the community.
TTBird14 March 25, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Is it not enough to report that there was an "inappropriate sexual relationship"? I, for one, do not care to know the "details" of where and how!
Johnny March 25, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Danni, why stick up for the teacher who is accused of sexual assault? And why is it important for the community to see the teacher get his full pay with raises added to it? If he is guilty of the charges, he should be fired with no pay.
Mo March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Um, I think Danni was being sarcastic. And if he is indeed guilty as charged, losing his job will be the least of his problems.


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