1972 Murder Investigation Breakthrough | Humane Society Renovations | New Solar Panels

1972 Breakthrough in murder investigations

The Naperville Police Department and the Will County State Attorney’s Office announced a breakthrough in the nearly 50-year-old case of the murder of 15-year-old Naperville resident Julie Ann Hanson. Police have arrested 76-year-old Barry Lee Whelpley and charged with three first-degree murder. On July 8, 1972, Hanson borrowed her brother’s bike to go to a baseball game but did not return home. Police said they found Hanson’s body with multiple stab wounds later that day. Authorities were unable to provide details, but said advances in DNA and genetic genealogy technology enabled them to bring charges against Whelpley, then 27. The case is still under investigation and the NPD is reminding the public that an indictment is an indictment until proven guilty of a defendant.

Naperville Area Humane Society

The Naperville Area Humane Society is showing its new digs tomorrow in an open-door style opening. Visitors can tour the facility, which has undergone a $ 2 million renovation to more than double its floor space. The innovations include a brand new front reception area, more space for cats, a puppy room and an isolation and operating room. One lucky winner of the raffle will also take home an Airstream Bambi travel trailer. The open day is free and tickets for the raffle can be purchased online.

Solar collector

This morning the City of Naperville and the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency severed a ribbon to showcase Naperville’s new solar power system. The Springbrook Water Reclamation Center in Naperville is now home to a number of more than 3,000 solar panels. The solar array will generate enough electricity to fully supply 180 Naperville electricity customers for a year.

Scholarship winner

Congratulations to Jimit Gosar and Sonika Memon for recently receiving the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club Scholarships. The scholarship awards $ 2,500 to students in District 203 and 204 who are exemplary of community engagement.

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