Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:
Glen Ellyn—Officials Investigate Death of Fetus Found in Dumpster at Yorktown Mall—An investigation has been launched to try and determine the circumstances of the death of a fetus found recently in a dumpster, officials said.
Batavia—Batavia 7-Eleven Sells Winning Lotto Ticket Worth $7.2 Million—This is the second 7-Eleven location in Batavia this year to sell a ticket worth millions.
Elmhurst—Ever Try to Vacuum a Kitten Out of a Drain Pipe? It's All in a Day's Work for Elmhurst Police—After nine days in a drain pipe, a kitten less than 2 months old is safe and in a warm home for Christmas thanks to efforts by Elmhurst police and a good Samaritan.
Darien/Woodridge—Man Hurt in Romeoville Plane Crash Sues Estate of Dead Darien Pilot—A July 2011 plane crash claimed the life of a Darien man, and the lone passenger in his aircraft is now suing.
La Grange/La Grange Park/Western Springs—Minivan Crashes Through La Grange Train Station Wall—One person was transported to La Grange Adventist with minor injuries; the van has now been successfully removed from the wall of the station.
Downers Grove—Downers Grove South Student Crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA—Grayson Hodgkiss, 16, will compete next year in the Miss Teen USA pageant after winning the state title Dec. 2 in Chicago.
Geneva—Former Batavians Lose Granddaughter in Newtown Tragedy—Former St. Mark's Church missionaries had moved to Newtown to be near their son's family. Their granddaughter, Charlotte, was one of the first-grade victims.
Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park—Poop-Filled Sock Used in Attack on Blue Line—Oak Park police are seeking help to identify the assailant in a Blue Line attack near the Austin stop last week.
Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills/Burr Ridge——Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins said the amount is the most the department has received for a seized vehicle in his time.
Wheaton—Sheriff Investigating Fatal Accident Near Glen Ellyn—A man died after hitting a tree early Wednesday morning on Park Boulevard.
Naperville—3 Naperville Men Among 22 Charged in NIU Freshman's Hazing Death—Northern Illinois University students from Naperville are among 22 fraternity members being charged with hazing crimes after a pledge died due to excessive drinking, DeKalb police said.
St. Charles——Session was planned long before the Sandy Hook tragedy, but it might serve to reassure residents that St. Charles police don't intend to be caught unprepared.
Lemont—Man Arrested Twice in One Day – for the Same Offense—Townsend was charged with driving while his license is suspended and no insurance... twice in four hours.