Patch Roundup: Neighbor Thwarts Burglary with Bat, Man Drives Through Church

Also this week: a suspect in a shooting takes his life, a Lisle business is suspected to be connected in a Cook County bribery scheme and anti-Joseph Kony graffiti shows up in Geneva.

Okay, we think a lot of people are going to sympathize with, if not flat-out celebrate, the unnamed hero of our lead story today: the unnamed Mickey Mantle-slash-Judge Dredd who drove off a pair of burglars with a Louisville Slugger (well, some type of bat, anyway.) That's a new way of defining "neighborhood watch!"

Less-desirable neighbors are the ones who drive cars into churches, although we understand that at the age of 95, the fellow may not be entirely to blame. Thankfully, no one was hurt save himself, and those injuries fairly minor. Still, the photo of the damage is something to see.

Check out any or all of the following:

Elmhurst—Two men attempted to break into a home in Elmhurst, but were chased off by an alert neighbor wielding a baseball bat.

Glen Ellyn—A 95-year-old man drove through the vestibule area of the church, suffering minor injuries; no one else was harmed.

Burr Ridge——The attorney of John C. Kavan said that his client, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to a felony gun charge, was "despondent" about the case.

Lisle——Two former Cook County officials are facing federal charges for pressuring hospitals to purchase products from a veterans-owned business in Lisle.

Wheaton—A Lombard man was sentenced Wednesday to 38 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a child in his care.

Batavia——Douglas E. Kelley, 27, last known address of the 1100 block of Lorlyn Circle, Batavia, agreed Friday, June 29 with the Kane County State's Attorney to a sentence of 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

La Grange/La Grange Park——Police called off the search for a missing Nazareth Academy teacher at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, but said they would resume the search Saturday.

Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills——The former Red Devil finished 35th in the 400-meter freestyle and will compete this weekend in the 1,500-meter freestyle event.

Oak Park/River Forest——A fire broke out at popular destination restaurant on Roosevelt Road.

Geneva——A stenciled "KONY 2012" on a Geneva well control panel is "criminal defacement of property" on the Geneva police blotter, but it's also a worldwide social protest against murder, rape and torture in Africa.

Western Springs——The improved system for crossing Ogden Avenue to Bemis Woods is finally complete and open to public use; here’s what pedestrians, bikers and motorists should be aware of.

St. Charles——Excessively dry conditions across St. Charles and the region may force the St. Charles Parks District to cancel the annual Independence Day fireworks display.

Downers Grove—Downers Grove resident Christina Scoleri found being a cast member on 'Mob Wives Chicago' gave her an opportunity to find her footing while going through a divorce.

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