Police Blotter: Nichols Middle School employee charged with battery

Nora Shelly, City Editor

A Nichols Middle School employee was arrested Monday on misdemeanor battery charges related to an incident in late December at the school.

On Dec. 23, a 13-year-old student was playing basketball when he accidentally fell on the employee, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The 63-year-old employee then allegedly grabbed the student by the throat and cocked his hand back as if to punch him, but did not.

Police were called soon after the incident, Dugan said, and detectives decided on the charge on Monday.

iPhone stolen at YMCA in central Evanston

An iPhone 5 was stolen at the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St., on Sunday evening.

A 13-year-old Evanston resident placed his phone inside a secured locker just after 6 p.m., Dugan said. When he returned, the lock was on the ground undamaged, and the iPhone was missing.

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