- Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series counting down the top 10 Kane County Connects stories of 2017.
Recycling, elections, public safety, holiday events, property taxes and a solar eclipse — as always, an eclectic mix of topics were among Kane County Connects’ most-read stories for the 2017 calendar year.
The story series that starts today is a countdown of 10 most-read stories, with a proviso or two. We’re starting the countdown today — 10 workdays prior to the end of the year — so that we can get them all in by Jan. 1. That means there’s a possibility that one of 2017’s most-read stories might not have been posted yet. If we get a big story in the next couple days, we’ll adjust on the fly.
While these stories might be the most viewed, they might not be the most important or significant. That might be the grist for another post at another time.
We start the countdown with a public-safety-related story that likely was viewed as much for its oddity as its impact.
No. 10: The Curious Incident of a Residential Shooting in St. Charles
This story was originally published in Oct. 26 and updated several times over several days. It started with a St. Charles Police Department news release saying that a man who was house-sitting in a relatively posh neighborhood reported that he had been shot by an intruder.
The house-sitter, later identified as 28-year-old Timothy B. Fay of Yorkville, was conscious and breathing, and the wound to his shoulder area was not considered to be life threatening, police said.
But as a safety measure, officers immediately requested that area schools be put into lockdown status. St. Charles North High School, Wildrose Elementary and Ferson Creek Elementary were impacted, and the elementary schools held buses that otherwise would have dropped off students in the area of the incident.
A day later, St. Charles Police Department officials issued a news release saying they believed the incident “was not the result of an armed intruder.”
Six days after the incident, another release revealed that Fay was facing charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and felony disorderly conduct.
Investigators found multiple bullet casings on the floor and bullet holes in the home as well as neighbors homes and concluded that Fay was the person who broke the glass in the back door of the home on Grandview Court on the city’s northwest side. The implication is that Fay’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted, although that was not stated directly in any news release.
According to Kane County court records, Fay’s bond was set at 10 percent of $18,000. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Donald Tegeler for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 2018.
2017 Top Stories Countdown
- Today — No 10: Bizarre Residential Shooting Report in St. Charles
- Monday — Which Townships Have The Highest, Lowest Property Taxes?