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With local government activity on hiatus much of the month for spring break, the news in April was dominated by police news — led by a hit-and-run driver who was involved in multiple accidents, including one that left a bicyclist seriously injured.

  • Hit-and-run driver strikes bicyclist, cars – April 6 – Police say a car driven by a 63-year-old Wilmette woman hit several cars and a motor scooter — and left a bicyclist critically injured — in Evanston before police were finally able to stop her on Main Street in Skokie.
  • Body found on lakefront – April 6 – A person walking through Clark Square Park in Evanston found a body washed up on the rocks along the Lake Michigan shoreline this noon.
  • Eight arrested on Jackson – April 17 – Evanston police responded to two separate calls reporting a man with a gun in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue Wednesday night and took a total of eight people into custody.
  • Bizarre auto accident on Lincoln – April 8 – A late-model Buick, driven by a woman, proceeded west on Lincoln Street at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, crossed the curb, careened down the parkway, took out a street lamp, crashed into a parked car, and pushed it to the end of the block at Lincolnwood Drive, about a football-field-and-a-half away.
  • Car rolls over on Main near Sherman – April 11 – A Toyota Camry rolled over on Main Street just west of Sherman Avenue in Evanston shortly after 9 o’clock this morning.
  • Restaurant, pastry shop planned on Central – April 26 – Two new businesses are moving to the area on Central Street in Evanston east of the Metra tracks, says Alderman Jane Grover.
  • Car hit intentionally at main library – April 4 – A woman backed her car into another on purpose on the Church Street side of the main Evanston Public Library late yesterday afternoon.
  • Evanston man shot at Skokie hotel – April 6 – Skokie police are asking for the public’s help in determining who shot a 24-year-old Evanston man in the leg during a disturbance at the Rodeway Inn hotel early Saturday morning.
  • New bookstore to take Bookman’s Alley space – April 14 – Bookends & Beginnings, a new independent bookstore, plans to open in June in the Sherman Avenue space in downtown Evanston formerly occupied by Bookman’s Alley.
  • Four charged after answering boy’s Craigslist sex ad – April 29 – Evanston police say four men have been arrested on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old boy who placed an ad on Craigslist offering to engage in sex acts.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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