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Naperville Now 11-01-17

Plea Deal in Tent Fire Case:

This morning James Povolo pleaded guilty to setting a Naperville squatter’s tent on fire. The 73-year-old did so as a part of a plea deal he accepted in a DuPage County Court where he entered the guilty plea to felony damage to property. Povolo set fire to the vacant tent of Scott Huber in July 2016, destroying it and the belongings inside. Povolo was sentenced to two years of second chance probation, meaning his conviction will be vacated at the end of the sentence. He has been ordered to work five days in the sheriff’s work alternative program and to have no contact with Huber. He also paid Huber $5,000 and has to pay the DuPage Water Commission $800 for damage to a water meter.

School Report Cards:

The Illinois School Report Cards are out, and Naperville schools made the grade. Neuqua Valley students received the highest top SAT score among public high schools in our area, averaging 1,214. That’s about 200 points higher than the state average. Naperville Central, Naperville North, Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley were all also well over that average by more than 100 points. Looking at PARCC scores, District 203 showed mainly gains in proficiency in English and math compared to previous years, whereas District 204 had more varied results across schools. You can look up your school’s performance at

Prescription Turn In Program:

City officials say there’s been an increase in the number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs dropped off in the city’s collection boxes. The police department alone has seen an increase of 83 pounds in the last year, and over that same time a total of nearly 1.2 tons have been dumped off within all the boxes. The collection program was started in 2014 as a safe way to dispose of unused medication.

Boys Soccer Supersectional:

A trip to state was on the line last night at the Lewis University boys soccer Supersectional between Naperville North and Morton. North defeated Morton 2-0 in last year’s Supersectional. In the first half, Ethan Harvey’s corner kick bounced off a Mustangs defender into the goal to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, Morton tried frantically to tie the game, but the North defense and goalie Tommy Welch delivered the team’s 5th shutout of the post season to seal the win. The Huskies head to state for the 2nd year in a row to face St Charles North in the semis on Friday night, in hopes of winning back-to-back state titles.



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