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Batavia woman charged in stabbing

Diane J. Romano
Diane J. Romano

BATAVIA – A Batavia woman has been charged with stabbing two men Sunday morning in the 0-100 block of North VanNortwick Street.

The two men, a 19-year-old and a 34-year-old, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Diane J. Romano, 37, of the 0-100 block of North VanNortwick Street, has been charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, all felonies.

Romano was also charged with domestic battery which causes bodily harm, domestic battery with physical contact and unlawful use of weapons and possession of a knife with intent to use, all misdemeanors.

The charges result from a family disturbance between Romano and the two victims, police said.

"It was just a family fight that escalated," Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said. He did not know what kind of knife Romano had in her possession.

Romano is being held at the Kane County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Her next court date is set for Wednesday.

This was the fourth stabbing that occurred in Batavia this year. In three of the stabbings, the victims received nonfatal injuries.

In the other incident, Latoya Baines, 24, a resident of the Batavia Apartments complex on East Wilson Street, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the April 30 stabbing death of Chicago resident Gerald J. Jackson, 25.

All the incidents stemmed from some sort of dispute. Bretz acknowledged that it's hard to prevent such incidents from happening.

"In a domestic dispute, unfortunately we are reacting rather than being proactive," Bretz said.

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