Shots | Debit, credit card mail theft



Naperville Police are investigating a report of shots fired last night in the 300 block of East Bailey Road. Police arrived at around 9:30 p.m. and found several cartridge cases, but no one was injured. Judicial authorities say the shots were fired from a dark-colored sedan driving through a parking lot, but do not know what the shooter was firing at. The car then left the scene. Anyone with information about the crime should call the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666.

Debit / credit card mail theft

Two Naperville letter carriers are among seven indicted in a scheme to steal debit and credit cards from the mail for use in a money laundering scheme. The DuPage County District Attorney said in a press release detailing the crime that Ariel Jakes, 21, a Naperville resident, and Shavonna Taylor, 33, a resident of Aurora, were arrested for allegedly removing the cards from the mail on their route to Naperville and have them delivered to their conspirators, who would use them to purchase gift cards. These cards would then be converted into cash at exchange offices. Authorities say more than $ 50,000 was raised under the program, which claimed 40 lives. Both face charges of mail fraud and electronic fraud as well as financial crime and identity theft prosecutions.

West Nile Precautions

The DuPage County Department of Health (DCHD) is calling on the public to protect themselves against West Nile virus. The DCHD says there have been 11 human cases from West Nile reported in DuPage County this year. This number is expected to increase. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. To “fight the bite”, the DCHD recommends using an insect repellant containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes outside, and removing standing water from the property. DCHD has a Personal Protection Index (PPI) on its website that the public can view, updated weekly, that shows local West Nile virus activity. He is currently at level 3, high risk.

Redistricting Input

Will County Council is seeking public input on county redistribution maps. Two versions are being considered: one proposed by the county executive of Will Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, the other by the county redistribution committee. Bertino-Tarrant’s version would divide the county into 11 districts with two board members per district. The reassignment committee would maintain 13 districts with two members per district. Both can be found on the county’s website. The public can email comments or share them in person or virtually at a public forum on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Will County Council Chambers. The board will approve the final map at its October 21 meeting.


It’s time for TedxNaperville again. The event takes place this Saturday, October 2 at Wentz Hall at North Central College. This year, in-person and virtual conferences will be offered by a wide range of speakers, from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Ticket information is available on the TedxNaperville website.

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