A police lawsuit settlement, a new high-rise building proposal and the end of the line for a prominent local restaurant were the subjects of some of the stories Evanston Now readers read most in January.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. City reaches settlement in police lawsuit — Jan. 18 — The City of Evanston has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Lawrence Crosby, a Northwestern University graduate student stopped, tackled and arrested by police after a 911 caller claimed he’d stolen what turned out to be his own car.
  2. Boltwood’s nearly five-year run is ending — Jan. 3 — Boltwood, the downtown Evanston restaurant that won critical acclaim after its opening in 2014, is closing.
  3. Evanston man arrested in alleged home repair scam — Jan. 8 — Evanston police are warning residents about an alleged home repair scam that victimized three residents in the community and led to the arrest of a Foster Street resident.
  4. Student hit by car at Church and Dodge — Jan. 7 — Evanston Police say an Evanston Township High School student was struck by a car at the intersection of Church Street and Dodge Avenue near the high school at 10:37 this morning.
  5. 19-story building proposed on Chicago Avenue — Jan. 8 — The owners of The Merion at Chicago Avenue and Davis Street in downtown Evanston have proposed a 19-story, 240-unit active adult residential development to replace a row of one-story retail shops at 1621-1631 Chicago Ave., just north of The Merion.
  6. Evanston man charged in fatal Waukegan hit-and-run — Jan. 3 — A 42-year-old Evanston man is being held on $100,000 bond in the Lake County Jail after he was charged with fatally striking a woman with his minivan and leaving the scene of the accident.
  7. Winnetka sandwich shop plans to open on Noyes — Jan. 8 — The owners of Stacked & Folded, a sandwich and taco shop that opened in Winnetka in 2015, are planning to expand to Evanston soon.
  8. Woman injured in fall from building on Central — Jan. 8 — Evanston Police say a woman fell from a three-story building at 1814 Central St. about 1:40 this afternoon.
  9. One hurt when bricks fall from building — Jan. 4 — The Evanston Fire Department reports one person suffered minor injuries this evening when some bricks fell from the parapet wall atop a building at 610-612 Davis St. downtown.
  10. Convicted murderer dies from gunshot wounds — Jan. 29 — An Evanston man convicted in 2001 of the 1997 shooting death of a 13-year-old boy has died of gunshot wounds he suffered last month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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