Church: Memorial wall of cremated remains damaged by remote-control cars

A memorial wall containing dozens of urns of the remains of Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church members may have been damaged by workers using it as a racetrack for remote-control cars.A memorial wall containing dozens of urns of the remains of Northbrook...

Church: Memorial wall of cremated remains damaged by remote-control cars

A memorial wall containing dozens of urns of the remains of Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church members may have been damaged by workers using it as a racetrack for remote-control cars.

A memorial wall containing dozens of urns of the remains of Northbrook churchgoers was damaged by workers using the wall as a racetrack for remote-control cars, according to a church manager.

The urns were not disturbed, said John Hopkins, office administrator of the Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road. The wall appeared intact late last week.

"I actually saw them there as I was going by," said John Hopkins. He said that men in their 20s, apparently on a break Feb. 19 from working in one of the businesses in the Northbrook Shopping Plaza next door, were racing the cars along the curvy top of the Memorial Garden wall. At some point, he said, a heavy granite capstone was knocked off.

"I guess (the toy car) hit it pretty hard," he said.

Police: Northbrook man charged in connection with GBN bomb threat Alexandra Kukulka

Northbrook Police Department officers charged a 59-year-old man Tuesday in connection with a bomb threat made at Glenbrook North High School last week.

Police charged Michael R. Schmidt, of the 1200 block of Sunset Ridge Road, Northbrook, with disorderly conduct, according to a press release from...

Northbrook Police Department officers charged a 59-year-old man Tuesday in connection with a bomb threat made at Glenbrook North High School last week.

Police charged Michael R. Schmidt, of the 1200 block of Sunset Ridge Road, Northbrook, with disorderly conduct, according to a press release from...

(Alexandra Kukulka)

He described the events in response to questions about a report from Northbrook police of $400 damage to what they referred to as "a wall located in the Memorial Garden Cemetery." The wall was suspected to have been damaged, according to the report, by bicyclists riding on top of it, as evidenced by the discovery of bicycle tracks on top of the wall and on the grass around it.

Police did not return calls about the discrepancy in the reports.

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