A misplaced penny captures readers' interest

The Evanston police station (Google Maps) and an 1877 Indian Head penny (CoinTrackers).

A story about a misplaced penny ran away with the honors for this month's most read item on Evanston Now, while many other top stories also involved police activity.

Here's a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Misplaced penny brings reprimand at EPD -- May 5 -- It all started last November, police say, when a suspect in an arson investigation was seen using something to scratch the wall of his cell at the Evanson police station.
  2. Police search leads to school lockdown -- May 8 -- Evanston police have two suspects in custody after shots were fired in the 2100 block of Dewey Avenue around mid-afternoon today.
  3. City clerk files suit against city -- May 8 -- City Clerk Devon Reid has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against the City of Evanston, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and Corporation Counsel Michelle Masoncup.
  4. Roof-top dining planned on Central Street -- May 4 -- The former Pita 1 restaurant on Central Street in Evanston is due for a major makeover, including the addition of a roof-top deck for up to 49 diners.
  5. Nic's nixes Evanston plans -- May 9 -- Representatives of Nic's Organic Fast Foods told city officials Wednesday -- just hours before a scheduled hearing -- that they're dropping plans to open a restaurant in Evanston.
  6. Two hurt as car plows into McDonalds -- May 16 -- Evanston police say two people were injured when a car drove into the seating area at the McDonald's restaurant on Howard Street about 6:50 this morning.
  7. Two hurt in one of two Saturday shootings -- May 26 -- A man and a woman were injured Saturday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in the 1800 block of Darrow Avenue in Evanston.
  8. Arrested 3 times in 3 days in south Evanston -- May 17 --  An 18-year-old Chicago resident has had a busy three days in Evanston this week, having been arrested in south Evanston on Wednesday, yesterday, and today.
  9. Missing Skokie man last seen in Evanston -- May 4 -- Skokie Police are seeking the public's help in locating  a missing Skokie resident who was last seen in Evanston.
  10. Crown meeting descends into chaos -- May 20 -- A couple dozen dead-end opponents of the half-completed new Robert Crown Community Center revolted this evening when asked to sit through a series of city-produced videos about the project.