Thursday, May 2, 2013
A story in the Chicago Tribune uncovers new information, and more questions, into the suspicious death of Highland Park resident Giacomo Ruggirello.
The investigation into the death of Highland Park resident and Highwood restaurant owner Giacomo Ruggirello in a suspicious house fire last September continues to uncover more information and spark unconfirmed rumors of possible mob ties. A story in Thursday's Chicago Tribune reports the investigation has uncovered a missing restaurant safe and a will that may have been finalized by Ruggirello days before his death that disinherited his daughters and left his money to a friend in Italy. Read the full story here. Suspicious death The badly burned body of Giacomo Ruggirello, who owned Trattoria Giacomo in Highwood, was found inside his Highland Park home shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept 25, 2012, Patch reported. An accelerant may have been used…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Could there be a connection between the 2012 death of Highwood restaurateur Giacomo Ruggirello and a former Buffalo Grove resident accused in an extortion/murder plot?
Defense attorneys for Steven Mandell, an ex-Chicago cop from Buffalo Grove who is accused in a plot to extort and kill a Chicago real estate mogul, have subpoenaed the Highland Park Police Department for its records into the investigation of the Sept. 2012 death of Giacomo Ruggirello, who owned the Highwood restaurant Trattoria Giacomo, reported the Chicago Tribune. On Sept. 25, 2012, fire and police responded to a fire at Giacomo's home in the 1700 block of Midland Avenue, in Highland Park, shortly before 1 a.m. His badly burned body was found in the home, Patch reported. Giacomo's Italian restaurant was burglarized earlier that day and an accelerant may have been used in the house fire, reported the Tribune. The reason for the subpoena …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Blaze on Susan Lane forces family from home as nine other communities send firefighters to help.
A space heater played a role igniting a fire that displaced a Deerfield family from their Susan Lane home Thursday evening as the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District extinguished the blaze in 10 minutes, according to Chief Ian Kazian. “We feel the origin of the fire was in the bedroom near a space heater,” Kazian said. At this point he is not sure if the heater ignited itself, cast off a spark causing the blaze or played a different role. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. The fire was confined to a second floor bedroom but the entire top story sustained heat and smoke damage making the home inhabitable, according to Kazian. The department learned of the fire at 7:50 p.m…
Friday, May 13, 2011
Each Friday Patch will highlight the area's biggest news headlines in the Weekly PatchCast. Tune in to watch.
Click on the video to see what's happened in Patch sites around you this week: Fire Tears Through Sheridan Road Roof. One Dead After Train Hits Truck. Update: Man Held Up Jewelry Store On Sanders Road, Stole $80,000-Plus In Goods. NU Cancels Notorious Sex Toy Course. Haunted House Proposed for Morton Grove. Betty White Live in Skokie.