Naperville Now 09-13-17

Plackowska Trial Continues:

It’s day two in the trial of Elzbieta Plackowska, the 45-year-old Naperville woman accused of killing her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old in her care in October 2012. Yesterday both sides gave their opening statements, with the defense claiming Plackowska was insane when she stabbed the children to death, having been in a psychotic state, but the prosecution countered that she killed them out of spite toward her husband. Today her adult son continues his testimony. The bench trial is expected to last two weeks.

Robbery at Gunpoint:

Naperville police are investigating a report of stolen wedding rings. A pregnant woman from Naperville says she was robbed at gunpoint yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of the Jewel Osco at 95th Street and Route 59. Along with her rings, the suspect also made off with her wallet. The victim was not able to give a description of the assailants, but did observe two suspects driving off in a maroon car.

UPDATE: Naperville Police are charging Tara R. Arenz, 33, of Plainfield, with falsely reporting this robbery. Arenz allegedly said she was robbed of her wedding rings and wallet on Tuesday near Route 59 and 95th Street. She is also charged with two counts of disorderly conduct. Her bond is set at $250,000.

Washington Street Bridge Renovations:

The Naperville Riverwalk Commission has unveiled some sketches of the proposed Washington Street Bridge design. The structure, built in 1928 and widened in the 1970’s, is in need of replacement due to its deteriorated condition. The city has contracted with Alfred Benesch & Company to come up with the preliminary designs, which will be displayed next Wednesday at the Naperville Municipal Center for public viewing and comment. The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dig Pink Game:

Neuqua Valley traveled over to Metea Valley last night to face off in Dig Pink, a breast cancer awareness game. The Mustang’s Sydney Aitichson would make some great saves on the court and some key assists, but Neuqua would take the first set 25-21. Metea Valley stepped up their game in the second and third sets, getting more aggressive, with Aitchison and fellow senior Makiala Dowd leading the way to a victory over the Wildcats in three sets. Both teams will play in the Wheaton Classic starting tonight.

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