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    Hoffman Estates firefighters safely back in U.S.

    Bob Chwedyk/ Coat rack inside the station. 16 active Hoffman Estates firefighter/paramedics stranded in Mexico while attending a wedding when a hurricane hit.

    Sep 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    They're safe. Sixteen Hoffman Estates firefighters, their families and friends, who were stranded in hurricane-ravaged Los Cabos, Mexico, are all either back in the U.S. or on their way. “We're very happy!" Fire Chief Jeff Jorian said.


    Teacher wanted on sex abuse charges arrested in Sarajevo

    Michael R. Vucic

    Sep 18, 2014 6:36 PM

    An international manhunt for a Lake County teacher accused of molesting a student has ended with him in custody in Bosnia-Herzegovina awaiting extradition to face charges in the United States. Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said Michael R. Vucic, an instructor at Gavin South Middle School near Ingleside, was taken into custody Monday night in Sarajevo.


    Thief steals $5,000 in Christmas gifts for needy

    Jim Wogan, Christmas gifts coordinator for Catholic Charities Lake County, shows the empty Waukegan warehouse where thieves stole hundreds of items earmarked for needy families this upcoming holiday season. Over 600 presents were taken, he said.

    Sep 18, 2014 6:58 PM

    A real life Grinch has struck Catholic Charities Lake County. The Waukegan charity that annually provides about 15,000 people in need with gifts around the holidays is scrambling to recover or replace hundreds of stolen items that had been earmarked for struggling families.


    Verizon gives $250,000 to WINGS women’s shelter

    From left, Chris Baron of Verizon, Rita Canning, chairwoman of the WINGS board and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an event hosted by Women In Need Growing Stronger to raise awareness about domestic violence prevention.

    Sep 18, 2014 6:53 PM

    Since the Ray Rice video broke onto the public consciousness nearly 2 weeks ago, the WINGS Safe House in Rolling Meadows has turned away 80 women and children. “That’s why adding another shelter is so important,” said Rebecca Darr, WINGS CEO. Now, with a $250,000 doantion from Verizon that shelter is a little closer.


    Lawyer accused of $1.2 million theft pleads guilty

    Curt P. Rehberg

    Sep 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    A Crystal Lake attorney accused of stealing $1.2 million from his clients pleaded guilty Thursday and faces between four and 15 year when sentenced Nov. 12. Curt Rehberg, 50, of Cary, was arrested in September 2013. "He's a good lawyer, but a bad businessman," said defense attorney Henry Sugden, who said Rehberg used funds to avoid laying off any of his office staff and to compensate for bad business deals.


    Wife honors daughter, ex-husband killed by his DUI

    Luz Barrera of Round Lake plants flowers with friends and family Wednesday in memory of her daughter, 7-year-old Alyssa M. Carranza, and ex-husband Francisco Carraza, along the railroad tracks where they died in January.

    Sep 18, 2014 5:28 AM

    Despite the circumstances surrounding her 7-year-old daughter’s death, Luz Barrera says it is important that her former husband be remembered with the girl in a memorial planted Wednesday at a Round Lake Park railroad crossing where they were killed earlier this year. Her husband Francisco Carranza’s blood alcohol content was four times the legal threshold when he drove in front of a Metra commuter train Jan. 22.

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