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Search For Home Invasion Suspect In Naperville Prompts Lockdown

CHICAGO (CBS) — A search for a home invasion suspect prompted a brief lockdown at a west suburban high school Monday morning. Police were searching for a home invasion and domestic violence suspect in the area of White Thorn Court, south of 87th Street and east of Route 59 in Naperville, according to a post on the Naperville Police Department Facebook page. The suspect, described as a black man in his 30s driving a maroon Nissan Murano and possibly armed with a handgun, was arrested in Villa Park, police said. At 11:57 a.m., Neuqua Valley High School reported the building was secured due to the police activity, according to a post on the school’s website. No exit or entrance to the building was allowed. The lockdown was lifted by 12:55 p.m. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Woman Falsely Reports Robbery Of Wallet, Wedding Rings

CHICAGO (CBS) — Earlier in the week a woman reported that her wallet and wedding rings were stolen in a Jewel-Osco parking lot in Naperville. The woman filed a police report and took to Facebook, asking people to be on the look out for her stolen wedding rings. But the story was fabricated. RELATED: Pregnant Naperville Woman Robbed Of Wallet, Wedding Rings In Jewel-Osco Parking Lot Naperville Police charged the a Plainfield woman on Friday with falsifying a police report. The department learned that the woman’s story of being robbed Tuesday of her wallet and wedding rings in a parking lot near Route 59 and 95th Street was made up. Tara R. Arenz, 33, of Plainfield was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of Disorderly Conduct, a class 4 felony. “The filing of false police report is something we take very seriously,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “This erroneous claim consumed a lot of department resources and caused a great deal of concern among members of our community, who feared for their safety as a result of the report. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” Will County Judge Carla Policandriotes set bond at $250,000.

Pregnant Naperville Woman Robbed Of Wallet, Wedding Rings In Jewel-Osco Parking Lot

CHICAGO (CBS) — A pregnant Naperville woman is asking people to be on the look out for her stolen wedding rings. The incident happened Tuesday outside a Jewel-Osco near 95th Street and Route 59 in Naperville. The woman told police she felt something she thought was a gun jab her in the back, as a man demanded her wallet and rings. The woman has turned to social media asking anyone who might see her rings to contact her and not to resell them. She also said she was too afraid to turn around and look at her assailant’s face, but she did see two people drive away in a maroon car.
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Photo of the victim’s wedding and engagement rings that were stolen. (Photo provided to CBS)

Naperville Police are investigating the robbery. “It was reported that a subject approached the victim from behind and put something up to her back, which she thought was a gun, and was robbed of her rings and her wallet,” said Naperville Police Commander, Louis Cammiso. The woman was pretty upset about losing her wedding and engagement rings. Commander Cammiso confirmed the woman did not get a look at the person and did not see a weapon. She thinks there were two men driving an older maroon car. Police are checking surveillance video.

Dealership Displays ‘Unnecessary Intimidation,’ Striking Mechanics

CHICAGO (CBS) — A dispute takes a mechanics strike to a whole new level at a car dealership in the Western suburbs. CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports that 15 mechanics at the Cadillac of Naperville dealership retrieved their tool boxes Saturday. This is an action they were instructed to do, by management, who said they will no longer be responsible for the service technicians’ belongings until the strike is over. Many of which said this it was an unnecessary form on intimidation. “We originally wanted to strike professionally — not blocking the service entrance, not engaging with customers unless we were engaged first, only picketing the front of the store,” said John Bisbikis, a service technician. “And that’s how we started until provoked with letters and salesmen driving on the sidewalks at us.” That specific incident Bisbikis referred to was recorded by one of the mechanics on Friday. “They [salesmen] were moving cars of the front pad, and instead of using the back-way, like they they normally do, they chose for some reason to come around the front where we were all standing,” Bisbikis said.  He called the incident “very intimidating.” The group also received a letter from management, which says, in part: “We will no longer be paying for your health insurance. We have placed ads for replacement technicians. All tools, tool boxes and personal belongings must be removed by Saturday August 5th at 5:30 p.m.” “It’s disturbing, it really is. Now it’s putting things in my head, like, how much longer do I have here?” questioned Mike Ziocchi, another of the Cadillac dealership’s service technicians. CBS 2 attempted to contact the owner of Cadillac of Naperville, but were told he would not comment on the issue. A representative from the Mechanics’ Union Local 701 said the dealership can legally replace the workers, but only temporarily. Negotiations between the dealerships and the union are ongoing. The mechanics have been picketing for the past five days. On strike along with them are more than 130 other dealerships in the Chicago area.

Social-Media Exposure Creates Wave Of Business For ‘Special Sparkle’ Artist

(CBS) — All she wanted was for someone to believe in her. Now, a Naperville woman with Down Syndrome gets that — and more — thanks to the generosity of a viral video star. CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports. For 25-year-old Kelly Neville, designing and selling her own jewelry is a dream. “Fashion is my passion,” she says. It’s a dream she began in 2010. She had a hard time finding a job after high school. “It became, ‘Well, this is something we could do to keep her busy, really. That was the goal,” Kelly’s mother, Karen Neville, says. They only sold 32 pieces of jewelry last year. Then this happened: Chris Ulmer, a Florida teacher who became known for an inspirational viral video in 2015, visited her on July 17 in Naperville. Ulmer interviewed Kelly and shared her story on his Facebook page. She’s one of 600 individuals with disabilities he has featured on his online platform. “The goal is just to show our similarities,” Ulmer says. The video with Kelly has almost two million views on Facebook. Within hours, her jewelry sold out. “We had 332 orders in 10 hours,” Karen Neville says. While there’s more work to be done, Kelly is thankful someone believed in her. “It made me feel honored and proud of what I do,” she says. Ulmer says he’s interviewed 20 individuals in the Chicago area. With 1.5 million Facebook followers, you can imagine the impact he’s making. Kelly sells jewelry through a website, Special Sparkle.

Wounded Amtrak Conductor Released From Hospital 10 Weeks After Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Amtrak conductor who was critically injured in a shooting at a Naperville train station in May has been released from the hospital. Michael Case and his wife, Sara, said they are thankful for his recovery, and filled with compassion for the suspected gunman. “I’m like Mickey Ward, baby. You knock me down, but I’ll get up fighting,” Michael said Tuesday night after he went home from Edward Hospital in Naperville. Ten weeks after he was shot in the abdomen by an elderly passenger, Michael is home, happy, and feeling blessed. “Through the power of prayer, and all the love and support, I was able to overcome it,” Michael said.
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Michael Case, an Amtrak conductor, spent 10 weeks in the hospital after he was shot by an angry passenger on May 16, 2017. (Source: Facebook/Sara Case)

Sara said the first thought she has every morning when she wakes up is “Thank you. Just, thank you.” Edward Klein, 79, allegedly shot Michael on May 16. Michael said he refused to let an agitated and disoriented Klein get off the train in Naperville, because it wasn’t his stop. Prosecutors said Klein had just returned from a canceled trip to Las Vegas, and was trying to catch a train to Milwaukee, but tried to get off the Amtrak train at a scheduled stop in Naperville. Knowing Klein needed to get to Chicago to catch a train to Milwaukee, Case stopped him from getting off at the Naperville station, enraging Klein, prosecutors said. “I didn’t feel like it was a safe place for him to get off at Naperville station with all those tracks there,” Michael said. Minutes, if not seconds, later, Michael felt a bullet hit his abdomen, and he then managed to crawl behind a partition. Michael said he then “had a moment with God, and asked him, ‘”lease spare me. I’ve got things to do here, and I’m not ready.’”
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Michael and Sara Case (picture provided to CBS)

Asked why he shot Case, Klein allegedly told investigators, “The anger built up and I just blew him away.” After he was shot, Michael was taken to Edward Hospital in critical condition. Sara rushed to his side and stayed with him through it all, as he underwent multiple surgeries. “I remember her sorting me out real quick, like, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this. I got you.’ And she did,” Michael said. Sara said she “felt it in my heart, everything was going to be fine.” As for his shooter, Michael said he forgives Klein. “We need to take care of our elderly, and we need to take care of our mentally ill. It’s a big problem in our country,” Michael said. Michael said he’d like to return to work as an Amtrak conductor, but is taking his recovery day by day. Klein has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, and was ordered held on $1.5 million bail. His attorney has said he’s likely mentally unfit to stand trial.

No Injuries Reported In Naperville House Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — No one was injured in a house fire Friday night in unincorporated Will County. Firefighters responded at 9:53 p.m. to a call of a house fire in the 29W200 block of Andermann Drive in unincorporated Will County, which lies within Naperville’s Fire Protection district, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department. After arriving at the home, firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames showing from the roof of the two-story home, the fire department said. After confirming that all residents had been evacuated, fire crews located the blaze in the attic and ventilated the building. The main body of the fire was struck out within 15 minutes of the original 911 call, the fire department said. After conducting salvage and overhaul operations to locate and extinguish any hidden fire and protect property from smoke and water damage, fire crews deemed the home uninhabitable. The cause of the fire was determined to be storm-related, the fire department said. No injuries were reported. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

2 Men Wanted For Naperville Armed Robbery

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are looking for two men wanted for robbing someone at gunpoint Tuesday night in west suburban Naperville. Officers were called just after 9 p.m. for reports of a robbery in progress outside a restaurant in the 1500 block of North Naper Boulevard, according to a statement from Naperville police. Two suspects showed a silver handgun before taking the victim’s cellphone, car keys, concert tickets and an undisclosed amount of cash. The first suspect, who was armed with the handgun, was described as a 6-foot-1 black man in his early 20s with a thin build and short hair, police said. He was wearing a black or orange shirt and shorts. The second suspect was described as a 5-foot-9 white man with a medium build and medium-length black hair, police said. He was wearing a black shirt and shorts. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at (630) 420-6666. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Naperville Police Sponsor Safe Student Seminar

(CBS) — In a few weeks, a new crop of freshmen will arrive on the nation’s college campuses — some ill-prepared for what’s ahead.

Police in west suburban Naperville hope to ease the transition and keep the new arrivals safe.

Coming, as the workshop does, on the heels of the Ying-Ying Zhang abduction at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, it would be easy to assume it is a response.

And while personal safety is one of the two primary areas of focus, Naperville Police crime prevention specialist Mary Browning says this will not the department’s first such workshop.

She said the response to a similar workshop a year ago was so positive that the department decided at that time to stage this event.

“We want students to learn how to protect themselves and to know how to avoid being a victim of crime,” she said.

The other focus is the temptation many students encounter — especially alcohol and drugs, and the ramifications legally, personally and academically.

The 7 p.m. July 26 workshop at Naperville Police headquarters, 1350 Aurora Ave., is free and open to anyone, not just residents.

Woman Seriously Injured In 5-Vehicle Crash On I-88 Near Naperville

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was seriously injured Wednesday evening in a five-vehicle crash on the Reagan Memorial Tollway near west suburban Naperville.

A 2011 Toyota SUV traveling west on Interstate 88 at Route 59 failed to slow down and crashed into a silver 2016 Volvo, according to Illinois State Police. Both vehicles then struck the rear of a 2007 Ford Fusion, and the Volvo collided with a 2010 Mitsubishi SUV and a 2014 Honda sedan.

The driver of the Ford Fusion, a 50-year-old woman, was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville with serious injuries, state police said.

All lanes were back open by 9 p.m., state police said. The two left lanes on I-88 West were closed after the crash for responding emergency vehicles and investigators.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)