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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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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