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Briefs: Man guilty of battery

Robert J. Hindle

 

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Published: 7/25/2008 12:11 AM

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After about three hours of deliberations, a DuPage County jury Thursday convicted of a man of aggravated battery but acquitted him of committing a hate crime against two Hispanic men during a dispute near West Chicago. Robert J. Hindle, 44, 210 Geneva, West Chicago, faces a possible sentence of probation or up to five years in prison. The two Hispanic men were fueling their landscaping equipment on July 19, 2007 at a gas station at North Avenue and County Farm Road when, they say, Hindle began shouting racial slurs at them. He repeatedly punched one of the men, who had to be hospitalized, and threw the other to the ground when he tried to intervene. The men said Hindle told them the police wouldn't bother arresting him because he was an American. He was wrong. DuPage Circuit Judge Robert Anderson presided over the two-day trial. Hindle is due in court again Sept. 3.

Gas line rupture in Aurora

Firefighters Thursday morning evacuated 18 shoppers from an Aurora shopping center after a nearby construction crew struck and ruptured a 1.25-inch service gas line. The evacuation lasted about three hours as stores were ventilated at Yorkshire Plaza, 4436 E. New York St., according to the Aurora Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Nicor officials confirmed repairs were completed and gas was restored at 11:55 a.m.

Last Fling seeks help

Naperville Jaycees are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of support capacities at the annual four-day Labor Day bash in downtown Naperville. Volunteers are needed for ticket taking, special events, Family Fun Land, food service, at beer tents and clean up, organizers said. Volunteers may sign up for shifts at www.lastfling.org. Once registered, a Jaycees representative will call to confirm times and details. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the event, which has raised more than $1 million for area charities over the past two decades, Jaycees officials said.

Oak Brook business awarded

The Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club earned the 2008 Best of Oak Brook Award in the Banquet Rooms category from the U.S. Local Business Association. The association recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country, looking for companies that achieve exceptional marketing success and outstanding service. The club offers gourmet food options, seating for up to 200 guests and high-speed Wi-Fi all on 269 acres.