Naperville Now 12-21-17

Hearing in Metra Shooting Case:

The man who shot an Amtrak conductor at a Naperville Metra station was in court this week for a discharge hearing. 80-year-old Edward Klein was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial, and it is now up to Judge Jeffrey MacKay to determine if he should be acquitted, or committed to a mental health facility. Attorneys argued in court about whether Klein was acting with intent when he shot Michael Case back in May. The judge will make his ruling on January 5.

New Lease for Safety Town:

Safety Town is set to stay here in Naperville for at least 10 more years, thanks to a new lease of that length approved by the city. The Safety Town Commission will pay $1 a year to rent the space on Aurora Avenue to continue teaching kids about safety, with the help of their miniature town and classroom. They’re now finishing out their current one-year –lease, during which the city had been debating whether to hold traffic court hearings in the classroom building. They’ve since decided against it, due to security and size issues.

Everyday Hero Holiday Blood Drive:

And the Naperville Fire Department is asking folks to come out to Safety Town on December 28th for their Everyday Hero Holiday Blood Drive. The number of blood donations is usually low at this time of year due to the holidays, so the fire department is doing their part to help make sure hospitals have an adequate supply. The drive will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and all donors will get a voucher for a free pizza from Papa John’s and an Ugly Sweater t-shirt, while supplies last.

Benet Takes on Lake Forest:

In boys basketball news, Lake Forest traveled down to Benet Academy last night to face off in a non-conference match-up. Both teams came off losses from last week and were looking to right their paths. The Redwings came out on fire in the first quarter with Colin Crothers and Will Engels paving the way. They would only extend that power in the third quarter, practically shutting out the Scouts with aggressive defense. In the fourth quarter, free throw shots were relied on to make Benet victorious with a 41-34 win, pushing them to 8-2 in the season.

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