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Manning gets 25 years in prison for St. Charles murder

Arthur Manning spoke softly Wednesday as he, once again, placed the blame for Naromi Mannery’s death on Mannery himself. Manning couched his finger-pointing with shades of remorse, saying he could have handled things better during a 2008 fight outside a St. Charles home where he …

One dead in kayak accident in Geneva

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GENEVA — One man died in a kayak accident on the Fox River in Geneva, water rescue officials confirmed on site Saturday evening. Geneva Fire Lt. Ted Sciaky said a kayak carrying two young men was too close to the Fox River dam near Route …

Boatright comes home to Aurora to celebrate NCAA Championship win

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AURORA — East Aurora’s own is home and celebrating his NCAA Championship win in style.

To the tune of McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” University of Connecticut guard and Aurora native Ryan Boatright was greeted by cheers from hundreds at the Paramount …

Compelled to go back

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Eugene “JJ” Schmidt of St. Charles recalled that he still has a mix of feelings about last year’s Boston Marathon.

“My mantra continues to be the switch from a day of elated feelings to one of numbness, one where there was mental confusion on how …

Tammy Hartje: I still get emotional about it

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In 2013, Tammy Hartje of St. Charles was just a few hundred yards from completing her first Boston Marathon, when one bomb, then another detonated.

“It’s affected me a little more now. I still get emotional about it,” Hartje said of that day.

Hartje said …

Erin Sarris: ‘I knew something was wrong’

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Erin Sarris crossed the finish line about 25 minutes before the first bomb exploded. It was the third marathon completed by the Naperville resident, a sales associate at the Naperville Running Company. Her husband Louis, also a runner, was there as a spectator.

Sarris, 42, …

Sarah Scanlin: I’m not going to worry about other people doing stupid things

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Last year, East Aurora teacher Sarah Scanlin ran her first Boston Marathon. The race was a milestone for the avid runner, who has pursued the sport since the age of 8. Ten minutes after she crossed the finish line, however, the milestone memory was crushed. …

Nothing deters us

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Before chaos ensued, Karin Sheehy of Elgin recalled that the 2013 Boston Marathon was a beautiful day, perfect for running.

“I was very pleased with my best Boston finish yet,” she said. “After the explosions, I remember how, for all the chaos that was going …

Mandy Ziegler-Youker: Running to show support

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Mandy Ziegler-Youker of St. Charles ran her first Boston Marathon in 2006 and will be back on the course Monday for her second.

Of 2013, she said, “I remember one of my coworkers [at Fermilab in Batavia], a fellow runner, calling me and telling me …

‘I have to put all the pieces together’

When Aurora resident Abby Omerza thinks about running last year’s Boston Marathon, her emotions are still mixed.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” Omerza said Wednesday. “Most of what I remember was just what a wonderful day it was. It was so beautiful, all …

Fox Valley racers stay strong

The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon last April killed three people and wounded dozens.  Many Fox Valley marathoners regularly travel the 1,000-mile plus trek to participate in the storied race. Area runners who were at  last year’s …

Aurora extends deadline for housing restoration program

The city of Aurora has extended the deadline for funding for the Single Family Restoration Program. The program provides homeowners with forgivable loans of up to $30,000 to remove additional apartment units created in structures which were originally built as single-family residences. The program is …

Tradition reigns on Aurora’s East Side in Good Friday procession

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AURORA — Diana Hernandez has attended processions on Good Friday all 37 years of her life. As a little girl growing up in Mexico, she remembers watching the Living Stations of the Cross, a traditional re-enactment put on by churches of Jesus Christ carrying the …

Montgomery man objects to concealed carry denial

A Montgomery man believes he was wrongly denied a concealed carry permit for a gun, and has requested a Kendall County judge review the case. In his petition for judicial review, filed earlier this month in Kendall County, James Starck said he was sent a …

Aurora man indicted on sex abuse charges

An Aurora man has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a child under the age of 13, and failed to register as a sex offender in December, Kendall County Court records show. Bail for Tod Butts, 35, 600 block of Sheridan Avenue, Aurora, …

Trial delayed in St. Charles sexual assault case

The scheduled May trial for a St. Charles man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been pushed back. Jonathan I. Hopkins, 23, was indicted in December 2012 on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, indecent solicitation of a child, aggravated criminal sex abuse, sexual …