Here are the 10 stories that Evanston Now readers read most last month.

  1. Pine Yard fire destroys three businesses – Dec. 29 – An overnight fire in downtown Evanston destroyed the Pine Yard and Taco Diablo restaurants along with a nail salon on Davis Street at Oak Avenue.
  2. Police shoot bank robbery suspect downtown – Dec. 16 – Evanston police fatally shot a bank robbery suspect near the busy downtown interesection of Davis Street and Maple Avenue this afternoon.
  3. Man dies after shooting on Darrow – Dec. 7 – A 30-year-old man was shot in the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue this evening and died after the person driving him to the hospital crashed their car at Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard.
  4. Police: Social media posts triggered homicide – Dec. 13 – Evanston police have charged a 22-year-old man with fatally shooting a 30-year-old Evanstonian Saturday and say social media comments apparently touched off the shooting.
  5. Police investigate bottle bomb incidents – Dec. 28 – Evanston police are investigating after a second unexploded bottle bomb was found in northwest Evanston this morning.
  6. Dead bank robber may have struck before – Dec. 17 – Evanston police now have identified the bank robber shot and killed in a confrontation with officers on a downtown street Monday as 29-year-old Kevin Ross of Evanston.
  7. Police link bank robber to tobacco shop murders – Dec. 20 – Evanston police say Kevin Ross, the bank robber shot and killed by police Monday, is now the primary suspect in the double murder at the Evanston Pipe & Tobacco Shop last July.
  8. What’s next for fire-ravaged downtown corner? – Dec. 30 – Owners of three downtown Evanston businesses and the building that housed them are faced with major decisions in the wake of Sunday’s fire that destroyed the building.
  9. LuLu’s, downtown dining mainstay, is closing – Dec. 6 – LuLu’s, an Asian fusion restaurant that’s been a mainstay of the downtown Evanston dining scene for 21 years, will close at the end of January.
  10. One in custody after snowy car chase, crash – Dec. 8 – Evanston police have one person in custody after a car chase for suspected drug dealers ended in a traffic accident late this afternoon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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