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Suspicious scent leads to gun charges

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – An Aurora man charged with having a loaded gun in his pocket early Sunday in DeKalb had his bond set at $40,000 Monday.

Leonard C. Baber, 22, of the 2100 block of Fox Point Drive in Aurora, was charged Sunday with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a firearm owner’s identification card and defacing identification marks on a firearm.

If convicted of the defacing identification charge, Baber faces up to seven years in prison. During a hearing Monday at the DeKalb County Courthouse, he appeared via closed-circuit TV from the county jail.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Illinois State Police responded to Blackhawk Road and Edgebrook Drive, where about 150 people had gathered near the 1000 block of Blackhawk Road, according to court documents.

Police noticed a white Cadillac with no lights on facing the crowd. When they approached, the car’s lights were turned on. Police smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and searched the car and its occupants, according to court documents. During the search, police found a loaded .38 Special Smith & Wesson revolver in Baber’s pocket.

The serial number on the revolver had been filed or scratched off, according to court documents.

Baber will appear in court again Wednesday.

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