Category: Crime

An Aurora woman was arrested over the holiday weekend after shooting a handgun at her neighbor during a dispute in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Lagwanda Hudson, 44, of the 2700 block of Village Green Dr, was arrested Saturday morning after firing a handgun at her neighbor during a fist fight in the parking lot of their apartment complex. At 9:40 AM, April 20, Aurora Police Department was dispatched to a call of shots fired at the Village Green Apartment Complex on the City’s Far East Side. The investigation revealed that Hudson and another resident, a 30-year-old Aurora woman had been involved in an ongoing neighbor dispute for the past few weeks. Police learned that this morning the two women became involved in a fist fight in the parking lot outside the apartment complex after one reportedly saw the other giving "dirty looks." During the altercation, Hudson reportedly retrieved a Glock pistol from her purse and fired once at the victim, narrowly missing the left side of her head. The pistol was recovered from Hudson's vehicle, and she was taken into custody without further incident. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital for minor scratches and pain in her left ear, presumably from the firearm discharge. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized one (1) count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony. Hudson was transported to the DuPage County Jail to be arraigned on bond. Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed herein is presumed innocent and is entitled to fair trials at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

‘Dirty Looks’ Leads to One Shot Fired In Parking Lot; Arrest Made

An Aurora woman was arrested over the Easter/Passover Holiday weekend after shooting a handgun at her neighbor in Aurora during a dispute in the parking lot of their apartment complex.   Lagwanda Hudson, 44, of the 2700 block of Village Green Drive, Aurora, was arrested Saturday morning after firing a…...

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Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday, April 5. They crossed the street and walked to City Hall and the Water Street Mall for another rally. Carter Crane/The Voice

Protest of convicted murder living at Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday,…...

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Most difficult calling: Grace for everyone, even unworthy

By Deena Sherman –  Practicing Christianity is not easy. Jesus’ words in scripture warn us of that repeatedly. So as my heart breaks for those whose lives were directly affected by the evil acts of Tom Kokoraleis in 1981-1982, I am reminded of the most difficult calling of Christians: To…...

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Responses to criticism from Wayside Cross in Aurora

A response to recent news articles: Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM) did not seek out Thomas Kokoraleis upon his release from prison. He came to us seeking our help. Ours being a Bible-based, Christ-centered ministry, we are mandated by our Lord Jesus Christ to love our neighbors. According to Luke 10:25-37,…...

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Harvard University business professor Deepak Malhotra, left, give remarks Friday at "Taking Time to Save Lives: A Discussion on Gun Violence" at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Other panelists from left are host Illinois congressman Bill Foster, D-11th; congressman Raja Krishnamoothi, D-8th; congressman Sean Casten, D-6th; and Ron Hain, Kane County sheriff. Al Benson/The Voice

Panel probes gun violence: Causes and solutions

Illinois legislators, the Kane County sheriff and a Harvard University professor discussed gun violence solutions Friday in front of a capacity crowd at Prisco Center in Aurora. Illinois congressmen Bill Foster (D-11th) and Raja Krishnamoothi (D-8th) co-sponsored “Taking Time to Save Lives: A Discussion on Gun Violence.” Other panelists were…...

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Timmothy Pitzen Not Found and still missing.

Person in question claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen is a hoax!

Aurora Police Department statement:   The FBI Cincinnati office has just released a statement indicating that the person in question located yesterday morning was not Timmothy Pitzen.   Any remaining investigation into who that person is, including any of the allegations made by that person at the time of his…...

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Izaiah Lopez, 8, is memorialized at his house on N. Lake Street in Aurora following his death March 25 when his life was cut short by a hit-and-run driver. A gofundme helped raise funds for his burial. The driver has been captured. Jason Crane/The Voice

In memory of 8-year-old Izaiah Lopez

Izaiah Lopez, 8, is memorialized at his house on N. Lake Street in Aurora following his death March 25 when his life was cut short by a hit-and-run driver. A gofundme account has been set up to raise funds for his burial. The driver has been captured. Jason Crane/The Voice…...

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Aurora mayor Richard C. Irvin

Aurora mayor opposes move of convicted murderer to Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

A risk the people of Aurora should not have to to take: By Richard C. Irvin, mayor, Aurora, Ill. After a nearly a week of news reports that convicted-murderer Thomas Kokoraleis would reside in nearby Wheaton following his release from custody, Aurora was blindsided over the weekend, March 30-31, when…...

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Timmothy Pitzen

Has Timmothy Pitzen been found?

A 14- year-old boy found Wednesday wandering the streets in Newport, Kentucky says he is Timmothy Pitzen, missing from Aurora since 2011. Wednesday morning, the Aurora Police Department sent two detectives to the Cincinnati area to assist the FBI office there to check on a missing person tip.  Detectives working…...

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Never been prouder, Aurora Strong: Chief Ziman

Here is a message on Facebook from Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman Tuesday on the police activity Friday following the shootings at Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora: By Kristen Ziman –  It’s been roughly 96 hours since a disgruntled employee who was being terminated killed five people and shot five…...

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Congressman Foster: Owe a debt of gratitude to law enforcement

Recently, congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued a statement on the shooting that took place at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora: “I am deeply disturbed by the senseless gun violence that struck the Aurora community. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. While we wait for more details,…...

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Aurora-Strong

Downtown Aurora businesses assist Aurora Strong theme to help victims’ families, first responders

DOWNTOWN AURORA –  The Aurora Downtown community mourns and grieves with the entire City and its neighbors for the shooting tragedy in Aurora Friday, Feb. 15 at the warehouse of Henry Pratt at 641 Archer near Highland and Prairie Avenues. Here are ways that downtown businesses are assisting in the…...

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Crosses outside the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora where a shooting occured February 15

Aurora Police Department releases information on six officers injured in mass shooting in Aurora, Ill Friday, Feb. 15 and five employees killed at Henry Pratt plant

Here is more information, including a timeline, after the Aurora Police Department press conferences about the ongoing investigation of the workplace shooting which took place on Aurora’s near West Side Friday, Feb. 15. The Aurora Police press conference Saturday, Feb. 16 can be viewed by clicking here. Here is a…...

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Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for input from Aurora’s 12,000 businesses and will announce more roundtable events. One of the ideas discussed besides fees was whether home based business should be required to register. Jason Crane/The Voice

Business Program for Aurora:

Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for…...

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Naperville in Super Bowl crackdown

The Naperville Police Department made 37 traffic stops and issued 36 citations during the recent Super Bowl crackdown. The Super Bowl weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort ran Friday, Feb. 1, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4, to keep…...

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New York Street in downtown Aurora was blocked at Broadway Tuesday for bomb evacuation at Hollywood Casino

Casino evacuated in Aurora

An adult male entered the Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora on New York Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. and had an interaction with an employee in which he made statements that the employee perceived were threatening in nature. The employee alerted Casino security and security called 911. As a precaution,…...

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Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, above, left, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in "How to Protect Yourself if Attacked" at Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15

Self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County demonstrates self-defense tactics at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting

Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in “How to Protect Yourself if Attacked” at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15. Below, Rosner…...

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Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget of $73 Million and has 301 sworn officers, an increase from 289 recently, including four police dogs, 73 full-time non-sworn officers in telecommunications, booking, and records, and 33 part-time non-sworn employees. Chief Ziman said work is in focus to address a slight increase in violent part 1 crimes, although shootings are down by 19%. Shooting numbers include property and are not just individuals struck. Aurora had zero homicides in 2012 and four homicides in 2018. She said in a city the size of Aurora, it’s well below the national average. Progress in 2018 included the addition of a Critical Incident Intel Center, reduction in time and cost of DUI prosecution, addition of a drone team, partnership with National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which reads a bullet shell casing and recently was linked to eight shootings after confiscation of a gun. Partnership with RING doorbell systems for video of crimes has been added. Last year there were only five excessive-force complaints against officers with two sustained. Chief Ziman said the goals for this year remain the same, to reduce violent crime and community engagement. Right is Kiwanis president Kim Groom, a retired Aurora police officer, and president of Kiwanis Club of Aurora. Chief of Police Ziman, right photo, stands with her former West Aurora High School guidance counselor Archie Needham (retired). Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman “Mugged” by Kiwanis Club of Aurora after presenting Police Department initiatives

Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget…...

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Tanye M. McNeal of the 1200 block of Second Avenue is charged with three felony counts of aggravated battery and three misdemeanor counts of domestic battery in connection with the incident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. at Rush Copley Medical Center in the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue

Aurora woman who was videotaped dragging five-year-old boy by the hair at Aurora hospital charged with alleged child abuse

Aurora Police have secured numerous charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney on a 25-year-old Aurora woman who was seen on video dragging a five-year-old boy by the hair inside an Aurora hospital’s emergency room waiting area on Monday, Jan. 14. Tanye M. McNeal of the 1200 block of Second…...

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