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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.

Police Department Maintains National Accreditation

The Police Department has held CALEA Accreditation since 1989

The St. Charles Police Department once again has been awarded National Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA maintains professional standards for public safety to improve the delivery of services by participating law enforcement agencies. The St. Charles Police Department first achieved its accredited status in 1989, when it became one of the first agencies in the State of Illinois to become Nationally Accredited.

Tornado Sirens & Safety Information

While tornadoes may occur anytime of the year, they are most likely in April, May, and June. Over half of all tornados occur between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., or on hot and humid days. One of the most important things you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be alert to the onset of severe weather and reach shelter in time. The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement, or in a small interior room like a closet or bathroom, away from outside walls and windows. 

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