Naperville Now 03-26-18

Home Invasion and Kidnapping

A 21-year-old Aurora man is now in the DuPage County Jail after authorities say he broke into the home of an elderly woman in unincorporated Naperville on Friday. Deputies say Thaddeus Jones forced the woman to take him to a bank to get money, and the woman was able to fight him off when they arrived back at her home. Jones is also accused of stealing the woman’s vehicle, which Naperville Police later found at a local motel where they arrested Jones. He is being held under a $1.5 million bond and will appear in court again on April 16. 

A.D.O.P.T. Spring Cookie Walk

A.D.O.P.T. pet shelter in Naperville helped raise money this weekend by hosting its annual Spring Cookie Walk. Visitors came to the shelter to tour the facility and fill cartons with baked goods to purchase by the pound. There were even some treats to pick up for furry friends at home. All the proceeds went directly to animal care at the nonprofit.

High School Hockey

The Warriors Hockey Club returned to the United Center looking for its first state championship since 2014. Standing in the way was the 2016 combined division champion, BGHW, which stands for Buffalo Grove, Hersey, and Wheeling. In front of thousands in attendance, the Warriors fell behind early and had to dig out of a 4-0 hole. Alex Wilder got the Warriors on the board in the second and Zach Lyons added a goal to pull the team closer in the third period. But Brendan Buckley scored four goals in the game to lead BGHW to the 7-2 win and its second championship in three seasons. The Warriors ended their outstanding season with a record of 35 and 20 with 1 tie.

Loyola-Chicago in NCAA Final Four

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers continue to be the toast of the college basketball world as Naperville native Porter Moser’s team easily knocked off Kansas State 78-62 on Saturday and advanced to the Final Four. It’s the Ramblers’ first Final Four since the team won the 1963 NCAA championship. Coach Moser, Loyola and America’s Sweetheart, 98-year-old Sister Jean, received a hero’s welcome yesterday as the team prepares for a trip to San Antonio. The Ramblers will face the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday with a trip to the National Championship game on the line.

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