Patch Roundup: Pet Stores Linked to Puppy Mills, House Fire Kills Two

Also this week: an armed bank robbery in Wheaton, a high school cheating scandal and random debris rains down on Elmhurst prompting wild speculation.

Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:

Downers Grove—Humane Society: Happiness Is Pets in Downers Grove Linked to Puppy Mills—A dozen Chicago-area pet stores were listed in an undercover investigation released Tuseday by the Puppy Mill Campaign for the Humane Society of the United States.

La Grange/La Grange Park/Western Springs—2 Dead in Early-Morning Fire on Kensington—The man and woman were both pronounced dead at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital after the extra-alarm blaze.

Wheaton—Armed Bank Robbery in Downtown Wheaton—FBI provides description of two suspects in downtown Wheaton bank robbery. One of the men showed a handgun, according to FBI.

Naperville—Naperville Central Administrators Investigating Student Cheating Scandal—A Naperville Central High School cheating scandal, believed to be brought on by a "Bring Your Own Device" pilot program, is being investigated by administrators.

Elmhurst——Dozens of residents took to Facebook Wednesday to speculate about what it might be. 

St. Charles—Palm Prints Lead St. Charles Police to Robbery Suspect—A Glendale Heights man has been charged in the May 2012 armed robbery in a downtown St. Charles parking lot.

Geneva—Reports: Lawsuit Claims Moose International CEO Airey Sexually Abused Boy in 1980—Court documents indicate fraternal order's CEO William Airey is being sued by a North Carolina doctor who claimed Airey abused him in Ohio more than 30 years ago.

Batavia—Man Dies After Being Hit By Pickup Truck in Southern Kane County—This is the third fatal car crash in Kane County over a 10-day period.

Glen Ellyn—Court Sentences Fourth Man in Cocaine Drug Ring to 16 Years in Prison—Alfredo Garcia, 36, of Bolingbrook, was one of seven people arrested in July 2011 in a drug bust at La Playa Cantina.

Lemont—Spartans Hockey Club Scores a Worthwhile Goal: Helping Others—Players ‘adopted’ a family in need and shopped for items on the family’s Christmas wish list.

Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park—LaShawn Ford Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges—The Chicago Democrat hires prominent attorney to represent him.

Darien/Woodridge—Construction on 75th Street Will End This Week—Business owners say sales were down between 30 and 50 percent during construction. They're hoping customers will return now that the project is near over.

Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills/Burr Ridge——Patch covers happenings in major court cases, including a former Wheaton man's charges of hiring a fellow inmate to kill two public officials and two others and a Naperville man's sexual exploitation trial.


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