Woman to Make Restitution for Ice Festival Damage

Businesses affected by Ice Festival damage agree to let woman responsible make financial restitution.

Barbara King, 45 of the 1000 block of Curtiss in Downers Grove, has agreed to make restitution for numerous ice sculptures she damaged while intoxicated on February 11 during the Ice Festival.

According to the police report, a witness led investigators to King's residence, where King readily admitted she had damaged numerous sculptures. According to King, she was returning home from that Saturday night and was intoxicated, but was “fully aware” of what she was doing and remembered knocking over three ice sculptures.

The police report states King was visibly upset with herself when investigators spoke with her and she offered to reimburse each business any money they lost. King admitted to damaging ice sculptures outside of , and but denied causing damage to sculptures near or .

Investigators took King's offer to the businesses affected and they all agreed to give King the opportunity to make restitution instead of signing a complaint against her. According to the police report, the gave investigators the dollar amount each business paid for the sculptures, which determined the restitution King needed to pay. The dollar amounts were:

•Gabby's Gifts—$175.00

•Avec Panache—$97.50 (Avec Panache and split the cost of the sculpture)


•Weddings Etc—$195

Additionally, Wedding Etc. lost an additional $200 due to its ice sculpture being part of a store promotion. The $200 covered the cost of the advertising and materials surrounding the promotion that had to be canceled due to the damage to the sculpture.

Dan F. March 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
"You can not help but think it was some younger "overserved" patrons of our downtown establishments early in the morning "just having some fun". Okay, Apologies to the younger "overserved patrons. It was a middle aged "overserved" patron of our downtown establishments.
Susan Carroll March 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
That class of '85, always starting trouble. I wonder who saw her trail of destruction and thought it was a good idea to keep it going at Scarletti's and the toy store? Why is bad behavior so contagious?
Tony Cesare March 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
My suggestion of underwear and a plastic spoon still stands...
William Vollrath March 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
That was one very expensive "another round."
Scott C. March 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Cutting a check is too easy. Like Tony, I stand by my original suggestion of an apology letter in each store window and her reading it aloud in front of each establishment for all to hear.
Jim Pokin March 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
A tip of the cap to the downtown merchants who elected to show some mercy and restraint in a situation where they were wronged. They must be a good bunch of people.


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