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Patch Roundup: Driver Escapes Blazing Car [Video], Football Recruit Ditches Penn State

Also this week: a murder investigation in Woodridge, a nasty hate crime arrest at Elmhurst College and a local kid is surprised to find herself on the cover of "American Girl."

Cars bursting into flame are a Hollywood staple, but are seriously scary in real life. Thankfully, when a Hollywood-quality vehicle blaze occurred in Geneva this week, nobody was hurt—and thankfully for curious readers, a savvy reader got some incredible cell-phone video that is a must-see.

We have our typical assortment of scary and stunning suburban crime this week—Wheaton North evacuated, a hate-crime arrest in Elmhurst, drunk and disoriented drivers—and some positive stories, like a local girl's amazing star turn as a cover model, and a family learning to keep their own chicken coop.

Check out any or all of the following:

Geneva—Thanks to an alert Geneva Patch reader with a cell phone video camera, you can see what firefighters meant when they said "fully engulfed."

Glen Ellyn—Glenbard West's senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, a prized former Penn State recruit, verbally committed to Ohio State University Monday, according to a recent Daily Herald report.

Lisle—Woodridge police think someone broke into the victim's apartment; the man's death has been ruled a homicide.

Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills—Maddie McMahon sported holiday apparel for the famed doll catalog, but had no idea when she did the photo shoot in the spring that she'd be a cover girl.

Elmhurst—"KKK," "Negro" and "I hate black people" were discovered carved into a concrete window ledge.

La Grange/La Grange Park—In an ironic twist, the La Grange resident whose home was burglarized last week has been arrested on drug charges.

Wheaton—Wheaton North High School was placed under high security Friday after a threatening note was found in a student bathroom, according to Erica Loiacono, District 200 spokeswoman.

Batavia—A 16-year-old girl drove half-a-mile through a field and crashed into the rear of a house west of Batavia.

St. Charles—A Geneva woman is charged with drunken driving after she allegedly drove away from a crash, leaving her front license plate behind.

Western Springs—A novel experiment in suburban poultry-raising is beginning to yield payoffs in the form of delicious homegrown eggs.

Downers Grove——A study's recommendations include developing more Downers Grove parking north of the tracks and adjusting time limits on existing parking spaces throughout the downtown area.

Burr Ridge—Schools in the Gower District are in need of repairs and improvements, but voters will need to decide whether they want to be the ones to foot the bill in March. 

chris baillie December 19, 2011 at 02:45 PM
I saw this car fire on the way to work as well.
Mike Sandrolini December 19, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Terrific footage of the vehicle in Geneva on fire.

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