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Lake Zurich man arrested after allegedly pushing school bus driver

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A Lake Zurich man has been charged with battery after police said that he pushed a school bus driver, injuring him, during a dispute about a parking spot.

Joseph T. Little, 44, of the 300 block of Denberry Drive in Lake Zurich, was charged with battery, Lake Zurich Police Chief Steve Husak said.

Police were called on May 10 to Lake Zurich Middle School South Campus, 435 West Cuba Road, after a staff member called 911 after a bus driver was battered.

Husak said that Little was sitting in his car in a lane which is used by buses to drop off and pickup students. A bus driver asked him to move his car, which he did, but only moved it up a little bit, police said.

A second bus driver approached Little and an argument began after the bus driver asked him to move his car again. Little then pushed the bus driver into the open doorway and onto the stairs of the bus, authorities said.

The bus driver was transported to the hospital with injuries to his right arm and back; he was later released. District 95 officials said that the incident was isolated and students were not in danger.

Police said Little was picking up his child at the time of the incident. He was released after posting 10% of his $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 22.


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