Naperville Now 06-28-17

Klein in Court:

Edward Klein, the 79-year-old Wisconsin man charged with shooting an Amtrak conductor in Naperville on May 16 appeared today in DuPage County Court. Attorneys on both sides exchanged preliminary information, including Klein’s mental evaluation. Klein’s attorneys plan to do a fitness hearing to determine if he is fit to continue in the court system. His next court date will be July 31st. Michael Case, the man he allegedly shot, remains at Edward Hospital in fair condition.

Tornado Cannon:

Yesterday, Dukane Precast wheeled out their formidable tornado cannon for a demonstration of how commonly used building materials would hold up against tornado force winds. Debris was fired at speeds that would be seen from an EF1 or EF2 tornado. While the wood and even brick panels seen on most of our homes didn’t stand a chance, the precast concrete stopped the 2×4 dead in its tracks. These kinds of precast concrete walls have been used in Water Street, the Fort Hill Activity Center, and North Central’s Res/Rec Center, which is rated as an EF5 tornado shelter.

Wednesday Walking Club:

About 40 walkers beat the rain today at Naper Settlement as they took part in the weekly Wednesday Walking Club. From 8 to 9 a.m. each Wednesday, walkers meet up on the museum grounds to get some exercise and spend time with friends. No registration is required for this free event, and as an extra bonus, every 240 minutes you walk earns you a free ticket to a Naper Settlement event.

Little League Champs:

Three more Naperville Little League City Championships were played at Nike Park last night. In the A division, after a scoreless first three innings, Judd Kendall VFW was able to take the lead, and hang on for a 4 to 0 victory over Becker Service Center. In the AA game, Sharko’s BBQ was able to escape several early jams with some key strikeouts, but Plaques Plus eventually knocked in three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the 2-2 tie. Plaques Plus was able to end the game on a double play, securing the AA championship with the 5-2 win. The AAA game was an offensive showcase for both teams, but Russell Martin Carpet was able to out-slug Frey Orthodontics for an 11-9 city championship victory. Congratulations to all the teams on a great season!

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