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Fire in Building

602 Sidwell Court, Unit Q

The St. Charles Fire Department responded to 602 Sidwell Court, Unit Q, at approximately 2:21 p.m. on April 6 for a report of a fire in a building. The first St. Charles unit arrived on the scene in just over four minutes and found an active fire inside the unit. The fire was brought under control in approximately eight minutes. The fire was contained to the unit of origin and did not extend to the building structure. Fire damage to the contents is estimated at $15,000. One occupant was working in the unit at the time, who reported the fire and safely exited the structure unharmed.

Police Release St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Grant Numbers

The St. Charles Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement during the week preceding St. Patrick’s Day and on the day itself.  These extra patrols were held in conjunction with the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The St. Charles Police joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois with their effort.  This included working alongside the Kane County States Attorney’s Office which was holding a “no refusal” weekend.

During the mobilization, the detailed officers:

St. Charles Police Welcome New Comfort K-9

Officer Meghan Kramer & Charlie

The St. Charles Police Department welcomes its newest member Charlie, a police comfort dog. Charlie was “sworn in” at the City Council Meeting Feb. 22, 2022. His star number is 202 and his handler is Officer Meghan Kramer.

Role of a Comfort K-9

Unlike the typical K-9 which helps police with searches, tracking, and apprehension, Charlie’s main role is to provide emotional support, especially after traumatic incidents.

2/23/22 - Report of a Person Shot Inside an Apartment

No Fatalities – One Person in Custody

On Wednesday February 23, 2022 at 6:55 a.m., St. Charles Police officers were dispatched to the report that a woman had been shot inside an apartment in the 1700 block of Covington Court. Upon arrival officers found a 24-year-old female with two apparent gunshot wounds. Officers also learned that a possible offender had left the apartment just prior to their arrival. St. Charles Police, with the assistance of Geneva Police Department and the Kane County Sheriff's Office, immediately set up a perimeter of the surrounding area.

Attached Garage Fire

1704 Rita Ave

The St. Charles Fire Department responded to 1704 Rita Ave. at approximately 4:43 PM Feb. 18 for a report of an attached garage fire. The first St. Charles unit arrived on the scene in approximately 4 minutes and reported a working attached garage fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately 20 minutes and was contained to the garage. The fire did not extend to the living space of the residence which received only minor smoke exposure. Fire damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $27000.

Do You have Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home?

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, such as generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.

Structure Fire at 215 W. Main St.

At  7:45 p.m. on Jan. 25, the St. Charles Fire Department responded to 215 W. Main St. for a report of smoke coming from the rear of the building by the neighbor. The first unit was on the scene by 19:47 and found moderate to heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building. Due to the nature of the structure, the potential for heavy fire loss to the downtown area, and the cold temperatures, the alarm was raised to a first level Box Alarm. The fire was contained to the rear portion of the building by firefighters and brought under control in approximately 80 minutes.

Massage World License Revoked

Mayor Lora Vitek, acting as Liquor Control Commissioner, revoked the license of Massage World, 615 South Randall Road, #100. The decision was rendered at a Jan. 19, 2022, hearing of the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission, which considers alcohol, tobacco, and massage license issues.

 The licensee was cited for several violations in accordance with section 5.20.100 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, and is required to pay $1,250.00 in fines and court costs.