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A shooting death led Evanston news in February

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Police news, topped by the city’s first shooting death in six months, dominated Evanston news last month. But plans for summer concerts and a new brewery also were among the most read stories on Evanston Now.

Here’s a rundown of the month’s top stories:

  1. Police: Drug deal led to murder — Feb. 19 — Two 18-year-olds are due in bond court this morning to face first degree murder charges in the shooting death of a 20-year-old ETHS grad in Evanston on Feb. 8.
  2. Drug dealer denied restaurant permit — Feb. 13 — Aldermen on Evanston’s Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously Monday night to reject a request from a convicted drug dealer to open a carryout restaurant on Simpson Street in the 5th Ward.
  3. NU junior dies — Feb. 26 — Evanston police say a Northwestern University junior died at St. Francis Hospital about 9 a.m. Sunday morning, nearly 24 hours after she’d been taken to the hospital by friends.
  4. Body found by Metra tracks — Feb. 15 — Trains on the Union Pacific North line through Evanston were delayed for hours Feb. 15 after a Metra engineer noticed the body of a 34-year-old Evanston man along the tracks near Dempster Street.
  5. City clerk arrested for driving on suspended license — Feb. 13 — Evanston police say City Clerk Devon Reid was arrested early this morning for driving on a suspended license.
  6. Cops make arrests in three robberies — Feb. 20 — Evanston police have arrested two men and are seeking a third in connection with three robberies in Evanston this month.
  7. Vacant building collapses on Simpson — Feb. 25 — A vacant storefront building at 1829 Simpson St. in Evanston that had recently been approved for conversion into a restaurant collapsed this morning.
  8. Brewery and restaurant planned for Ashland — Feb. 16 — A team that runs restaurants in Chicago and Wilmette plans to open a brewery, taproom and event space in a property on Ashland Avenue in Evanston’s 5th Ward.
  9. Man injured sledding at James Park — Feb. 12 — The Evanston Fire Department says a 31-year-old man was critically injured late Sunday afternoon on the back side of the hill at James Park when the sled he was riding hit a tree.
  10. Summer concerts planned at Canal Shores — Feb. 14 — The operators of the Evanston Space music venue are planning to hold outdoor concerts at the Canal Shores golf course this summer.

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