Crime didn’t stop in the holiday month of December — and Evanston Now readers didn’t stop reading about it either — with crime stories accounting for half the most-read stories last month. Here’s a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Evanston woman accused in two bank robberies — Dec. 10 — A 19-year-old Evanston woman is facing federal charges of robbing a Winnetka bank last month and is suspected in another bank holdup this fall.
  2. Police seek missing 14-year-old — Dec. 3 — Evanston Police are asking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile, 14-year-old Noah Feldman. (He was found a few hours after the story was first published.)
  3. Two arrested at high school — Dec. 18 — Police say two students were arrested at Evanston Township High School after a disturbance broke out in a hallway at the school about 12:30 this afternoon.
  4. Another traffic stop, another gun arrest — Dec. 18 — A traffic stop Thursday night led to the arrest of an Evanston man on firearms violations.
  5. D65 girds for stormy board meeting — Dec. 12 — A discussion of results of statewide standardized tests on English and math are on the agenda for Monday’s monthly meeting of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board, and already a group of African-American parents has called for a demonstration at district headquarters.
  6. Black parents to board: Repair the gap — Dec. 15 — Although only about a dozen black parents showed up at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 headquarters at 6 p.m. Monday for what was billed as a “silent protest,” by the time the district’s monthly board meeting began at 7 p.m., there was standing room only in the large board room.
  7. Traffic stop leads to handgun arrest — Dec. 16 — Evanston police say a stop for a minor traffic violation Tuesday night has led to an arrest for felony gun law violations.
  8. ETHS sports announcer dies — Dec. 24 — Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday for John Butler, the long-time announcer for Evanston Township High School sports events, who died earlier this week.
  9. The last group it’s PC to hate? — Dec. 3 — Recent neighborhood meetings about a planned new apartment building at 831 Emerson St. have made it clear that there’s still one group in Evanston that it’s considered politically correct to hate.
  10. Teen robbed at gunpoint — Dec. 4 — Evanston police say a 17-year-old youth was robbed at gunpoint about 7:45 this evening near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Lyons Street.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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