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Dawn Patrol: Double murder in Waukegan; Cab driver dies in crash

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  • Retiring Mount Prospect Police Chief Michael Semkiu is honored at the MP village board on June 3, 2014 flanked by his wife Rosann and his daughter, Rebecca.

      Retiring Mount Prospect Police Chief Michael Semkiu is honored at the MP village board on June 3, 2014 flanked by his wife Rosann and his daughter, Rebecca.
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Woman, daughter, dog killed in Waukegan

A 53-year-old Waukegan man is in police custody after police believe he killed his wife, daughter and dog Sunday night. Police responded to a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. that they believe was from the suspect, who told them he killed his family and was going to kill himself. Officers responding to the call in northwest Waukegan came upon a grisly scene. Inside, officers found a dead 50-year-old woman, 17-year-old girl and dog, who officers believe are the suspect's wife, daughter and pet. Full story.

Cabdriver killed in fiery I-90 crash in Hoffman Estates

A cabdriver from Elgin died early Sunday morning in a fiery crash on the Jane Addams Tollway, according to Illinois State Police. State police said the driver, Melba R. Farr, 48, was either stopped or backing up in a live lane of traffic, when her vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV headed westbound in the far right lane near Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates. Full story.

Man drowns in Pistakee Lake

A 49-year-old man died Sunday afternoon while swimming in Pistakee Lake in Johnsburg after he and his friends were separated by extreme winds, according to a news release issued by the McHenry Township Fire Protection District Sunday night. The victim, who is not being identified by authorities until they inform his family, and two other men were boating on rough waters in the afternoon. Full story.

Mt. Prospect bids farewell to retiring police chief

Mount Prospect village board members this month honored police Chief Michael Semkiu, who will retire on June 17, for his service of more than 31 years. Semkiu, who will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Tim Janowick, began with the police department as a patrol officer on April 1, 1983. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and in 2002 rose to commander. In 2004, he was named deputy chief, and in 2012, chief. Full story.

Three injured by falling branch at Cantigny Park in Wheaton

Three patrons at Cantigny Park in Wheaton were injured Sunday afternoon when a branch from one of the oldest trees on the property fell and struck them. Park Spokesman Phil Zepeda said that the three individuals were on the east side of the McCormick Museum about 1 p.m. when they heard the loud snap of the branch breaking off the tree above them. Zepeda said the patrons tried to run to safety, but were struck by the falling limb. Two of the individuals, whose identities are not known to the park's staff, were taken to Central DuPage Hospital to be treated for their injuries. The third person refused treatment and left the park. Full story.


Party sunny with temperatures hovering at 56 degrees when you head out the door this morning. Temperatures will reach 74 degrees this afternoon before dipping back to 56 degrees tonight. Full story.


Washington Street remains shut down near Round Lake Park between North Cedar Lake Road and Hainesville Road. People should take alternate routes around he construction area. Full story.

Cubs' winning streak ends at 5

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop hit Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the eighth inning then threw a wild pitch that allowed Stanton to score the go-ahead run, and the Marlins beat the Cubs 4-3 Sunday at Wrigley Field. Trailing 3-2 after Luis Valbuena walked with the bases loaded in the seventh, the Marlins scored twice off Strop (0-3) in the eighth. Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly to left tied it. Then Stanton scored on a wild pitch to give Miami its first lead of the day. Full story.

Angels sweep White Sox in Anaheim

Angels starter C.J. Wilson bounced back strongly from his shortest outing of the season, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. The White Sox concluded a nine-game stretch in Southern California in which they lost two of three to San Diego, won two of three against the Dodgers and were swept by the Angels. Full story.

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