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Briefs: Hospital settles suit
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Published: 5/21/2008 12:04 AM

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Lawyers for a Sandwich hospital and doctor settled a medical malpractice case involving an Aurora boy who was born with severe brain injuries. The $15.3 million settlement announced Tuesday is believed to be the largest ever in DeKalb County. The settlement stems from a case where a doctor at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich used a vacuum extraction device 18 times over the course of an hour to help deliver the baby with no success. The child's lawyer, Michael Schostok, argued the doctor was negligent in the frequent use of the device and the hospital was negligent in training the doctor. The doctor is no longer practicing obstetrics, he said. Schostok said jury selection was about to begin when the two sides agreed on a settlement figure. Schostok said they were initially seeking more than $28 million.

Missing Warrenville man

Warrenville police are looking for a 27-year-old Warrenville man. Patrick O'Hara was last seen May 12 at his home near Route 59 and County Ridge Drive. Police described O'Hara as being 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. O'Hara has been known to frequent coffee shops. Anyone who may have seen O'Hara or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Warrenville Police Department at (630) 393-2131.

High school team honored

A team of students from West Chicago High School recently were awarded first place in the Regional Stock Market Competition coordinated by the Illinois Council on Economic Education. The students -- West Chicago residents Rogelio Del Muro, Max George and Maribel Ramirez -- also will be recognized with the Annual Cabrera Statewide Award, which includes a trip to New York City to visit the New York Stock Exchange and other notable financial sites.

Waterway signs coming

Sign improvements are coming to highlight recreational opportunities on the DuPage River and Salt Creek. The federal Recreational Trails Program is providing $28,055 to design, fabricate and install approximately 330 water trail signs along 40 miles of the DuPage River in DuPage and Will counties and along 20 miles of the Salt Creek in DuPage and Cook counties. There will be directional signs for parking, launches/landings, portages, dams and bridges; map signs; and signs on bridges that face car traffic to raise public awareness of the water trail. The Illinois Greenways and Trails Council recommended the grant be approved.

History program finalist

Carol Stream native Brenna Bychowski, a student at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., was named a 2008 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar finalist. She is one of fifty students selected by competitive application to participate in a one-week program in New York City designed to honor and support outstanding history students. The students will meet with history scholars and visit historical archives and museums throughout the city.

Glenbard artist wins award

Glenbard South High School student Tommy Hirsch won another art award. The senior received $500 for placing first in the My Choice Artist of the Year award held at the College of DuPage. The contest was sponsored by the DuPage Credit Union. Last month Hirsch was runner-up in the national Lucerne Art of Dairy contest. Erica Fenn from Wheaton Warrenville South High School won third place and $100 in the My Choice contest, and Joanie Faletto from Lemont High School took second place and $250. Additionally, the COD art department selected Theo Willis from Hinsdale Central High School as Best In Show and awarded him a $100 prize. The My Choice Art Exhibit featured 2D artwork created by twenty local high School students.