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Man Who Allegedly Stole Two Cars and Left on Tracks to Make Second Court Appearance

Vehicles were hit by Metra trains at the same intersection twice in a week.

The second court date for a man who allegedly left two cars on Des Plaines train tracks last year is Feb. 29 at Skokie courthouse, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported. It will be a status hearing.

Kenneth Cooper, 19, of Niles, was held on three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated battery, fleeing and eluding, and theft. For the story, visit Journal and Topics’ website.

The crashes occurred on Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, Patch reported. Both vehicles were reported stolen. The owners were from Morton Grove and Elgin.

Earlier: Police, fire departments responded to 800 calls at Rivers Casino last year.

Cooper was arrested by Des Plaines police in a stolen vehicle on Dec. 7, CBS Chicago reported. He had a stolen GPS device that an address in it that traced back to one of the stolen vehicles.

He was charged by Niles police.

When Mike Kozak, acting Des Plaines police chief, was asked if Cooper said why he did it, he said, “He’s a thrill-seeker.” For the story, visit CBS Chicago’s website.

A trial date has not been set.

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Red Sam Rackham February 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
A Morton Grove squad car had a SUV pulled over on the 8900 block of National Ave. last night for a much longer time than it usually takes to write a ticket. I'm anxious to know what that was all about.

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