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Long Grove

A box truck became struck the Long Grove Covered Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove on Monday. | Photo: Chatter Box of Long Grove

A box truck was heavily damaged after it hit the historic bridge in Long Grove Monday afternoon. The bridge has been hit over 30 times now.

The white Chevrolet box truck hit the bridge, located at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, around 1 p.m. Monday.

The truck appeared to be traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road when it struck the bridge’s canopy.

The bridge suffered visible damage. The truck’s windshield was shattered, the cab was pushed downwards and the middle section of the truck was also damaged.

The bridge was formerly named the Long Grove Covered Bridge.

It was renamed on Thursday to the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge, named after Robert Parker Coffin, who designed the bridge cover.

The Chatter Box of Long Grove, which is located down the street from the bridge, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the box truck driver was uninjured.

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Cindy Mulligan, stepdaughter of Donnie Rudd, in 2016 near Bateman and Dundee roads in Barrington Hills, close to the site where Noreen Kumeta Rudd died in 1973. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Convicted murderer Donnie Rudd has died while serving his prison sentence — 49 years to the day after the death of his wife, whom he was found guilty of killing in 2018.

Rudd was an attorney and school board member in Hoffman Estates in 1973 when his wife of less than a month, 19-year-old Noreen Kumeta, died from what police believed at the time were injuries from a car crash in Barrington Hills, with Rudd behind the wheel.

Despite some of the unusual circumstances of the case — including that Rudd had been living with another woman and her children up until his wedding to Kumeta — Rudd remained a free man for four decades.

But authorities were prompted to take a fresh look at the case in 2013, after an Arlington Heights detective — while reviewing the 1991 unsolved murder of a local woman who was Rudd’s client — raised new suspicions. Kumeta’s body was exhumed and a pathologist found she’d died of blunt-force injuries to her skull that were inconsistent with a car crash.

In 2015, Rudd was arrested in Texas and charged in his wife’s murder. He was convicted in 2018, despite his continued assertions of his innocence.

Rudd, who was sentenced to 75 to 150 years in prison, died Wednesday.

Rudd was 80.

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Bateman County Line

(SUN AUG 21 2022) … Barrington-Countryside FPD firefighters and paramedics worked at the scene of a rollover crash with injuries at Bateman Road and County Line Road Barrington Hills. Second ambulance requested based on caller report. BC38 on arrival reports two vehicles with heavy damage, and one vehicle on its side, no entrapment. Extrication response held up. Paramedics evaluating two patient; one transport, one refusal. Firefighter/paramedics also helping a dog that was in one of the vehicles.

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Aug R&B Meet

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets for the first time in four (4) months this afternoon at 4 PM.  The two topics on their agenda are:

  • 2022 Road Program Update, and
  • Detour Traffic

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Related:Roads & Bridges Committee meeting canceled (again),” “County Line Road work to begin in Barrington Hills Monday,” “Hart Road in Barrington closing for five months beginning June 2

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Dundee Bateman

Police say a 17-year-old Algonquin boy was driving under the influence and using an electronic device during a crash that killed a 26-year-old man in Barrington Hills.

The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was charged in a juvenile petition with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide and aggravated use of an electronic communication device.

All of the charges are felonies, the most serious being aggravated driving under the influence, which is a Class 2 felony.

The charges stem from a two-vehicle crash on May 21 that left Ismoiljon Khakimov, 26, of Elgin, deceased.

The incident occurred around 11:10 p.m. at Route 68 and Bateman Road, according to Barrington Hills Police Department Press Information Officer William Walsh.

Two vehicles were involved and Khakimov was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The juvenile was injured and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Walsh said.

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Related: “One driver killed, another injured in Barrington Hills crash

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Long Grove Story

A school bus became stuck in the newly opened Long Grove bridge in August 2020. (Courtesy of June Neumann/Viking Treasures)

The recent travails of Long Grove’s iconic covered bridge — struck by vehicles 35 times since reopening in August 2020 — has created something of a public sore spot for the village.

“Everyone likes to talk about it,” Village President Bill Jacob said. “It’s unbelievable that the bridge cover has been struck that many times,”

Even one local business got into the act. When a bus got stuck inside the bridge only a day after it reopened, Buffalo Creek Brewing introduced a new ale, the Bus Wedgie.

The bridge took center stage once again about a week ago, when a Lisle man failed to heed the sign warning that clearance is only 8 feet 6 inches and crashed into the bridge with a U-Haul truck.

But the real story, the one village officials would prefer to see in the headlines, is that the bridge cover is doing just what it was designed to do — absorb the slings and arrows of careless drivers, while protecting the part of the bridge that is truly historic.

Village documents detailing 26 of the 35 crashes indicate most were minor, causing relatively little, if any, damage to the structure.

The most costly occurred June 28, 2021, when an engineering inspection and canopy repairs cost the village $1,969. However, the village said the costs were recovered through the driver’s insurance.

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BCFPD Pepper

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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A three-vehicle crash along Algonquin Road near Longmeadow Parkway reduced traffic flow to one lane Monday morning, but caused no injuries, officials said.

The crash took place sometime before 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Kane County portion of Barrington Hills, with one vehicle in the road of the northwest-bound lane. Officials with the Barrington Hills Police Department were directing traffic, allowing one lane of vehicles to pass at a time.

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A Wednesday afternoon crash in Barrington Hills that sent two to the hospital remains under investigation.

The two-vehicle crash occurred at 1:26 p.m. at the intersection of Route 25 and Algonquin Road. An elderly couple were transported to an area hospital and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, said Bill Walsh, public information officer for the Barrington Hills Police Department.

Walsh said three other people in the second car were treated on the scene for injuries.

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Dundee Bateman

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash late Sunday night in Barrington Hills, police said.

The crash occurred about 11:10 p.m. Sunday the intersection of Dundee and Bateman roads, according to Barrington Hills police. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the other was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The identity of the deceased driver has not been disclosed.

Dundee Road was closed between Healy and Penny roads for about five hours while police investigated. The crash remains under investigation by Barrington Hills police and the Major Crash Assistance Team.

Anyone who witnesses the crash is asked to call Barrington Hills police at (847) 551-3006.


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