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  • Joel Wittkamp crashed into this tree in Antioch Township in February.

    Cops: Teen likely driving 100 mph-plus in fatal crashAug 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    An inexperienced teenage driver likely was traveling at more than 100 mph when he struck a tree in a fatal crash in February in Antioch Township, according to a Lake County sheriff's office investigation. “Use it as an example to maybe find some greater good to prevent it from happening to someone else,” Deputy Chief Brian Keller said Monday.

  • Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Arraignment delayed for Antioch teen in fatal street racing crash Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    The arraignment hearing for an Antioch Township teen accused of killing a teenage girl in a June street racing crash has been delayed until Sept. 25, authorities said Thursday. Jeremy Betancourt, 17, of the 41000 block of North Circle Drive in unincorporated Lake County near Antioch, was not in court after checking himself into a Streamwood behavioral health center nearly two weeks ago for depression and chemical dependency, defense attorney Jed Stone said.

  • Antioch Rescue Squad auction Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Antioch Rescue Squad will host its annual fundraiser auction from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Williams Park, 741 Main St., Antioch.

  • Michael Dawson

    Prosecutor wants driverís probation revoked Jul 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Antioch-area teen was on probation when he took part in a street race that killed an Antioch High School student in Gurnee, officials said Thursday. Michael Dawson, 19, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated street racing in the June 24 drag race that killed Cynthia Perez, 16, of Antioch.

  • Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Antioch teen charged in fatal racing crash remains free on $100,000 bail Jul 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Despite a second attempt to increase bail, it will remain the same for a 17-year-old Antioch Township boy charged with aggravated DUI in the death of a teenage girl during a street race in Gurnee last month. Lake County Judge Raymond Collins said Jeremy Betancourt can remain free on $100,000 bail but said it will be reviewed again when the former Antioch High School student completes treatment at a Streamwood behavioral health facility.

  •  Lizanda Van Rooyen of Alpine Amusement Co. plays air guitar at the Antioch Taste of Summer fest.

    Antiochís annual Taste of Summer runs Thursday through Sunday Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Antioch Taste of Summer takes place from July 18 through July 21 in downtown Antioch. It features food and music from a variety of bands.

  • Jeremy A. Betancourt, 17, of Antioch

    Bail lowered for Antioch teen charged in fatal drag race Jul 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Bail was lowered Tuesday for a 17-year-old Antioch Township man charged with reckless homicide in the death of a teenage girl killed when he lost control of his car while drag racing last month in Gurnee. Lake County Judge Raymond Collins ordered Jeremy Betancourtís bond lowered from $250,000 to $100,000, despite prosectors filing an additional charge of aggravated driving under the influence.

  • Antioch Rescue Squad in hot water over advertisingJul 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The village of Antioch and the Antioch Rescue Squad, which recently severed a relationship after 73 years again are at odds. The village issued a cease and desist order involving what it said were misleading and illegal claims involving emergency service.

  • Trial for monk accused of luring teens in Antioch pushed back Jun 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    The trial of a monk accused of trying to lure teenage girls into his car in Antioch has been pushed back to September. In the meantime, a Lake County prosecutor says monk Thomas Chmura, 57, has been compliant with court-ordered restrictions while free on bond.

  • Michael Axtell

    Man charged in girlfriend’s slaying rejects plea deal Jun 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Antioch Township man accused of murdering his longtime girlfriend rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have put him in prison for 20 years. Now, Michael Axtell, 41, is scheduled to go to trial later this month on first-degree murder charges in the death of Tammy Stone, 40, at their Antioch home in October, 2012.

  • 14 cows wander into Lindenhurst subdivision May 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fourteen cows wandered from their farm in Antioch Township and ended up two miles away munching on a Lindenhurst subdivision garden.

  • John Nixon

    Antioch, Superior sign six-month rescue contract May 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Antioch officials have hired Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service to handle emergency rescue calls in the village for the next six months. Superior replaces Antioch Rescue Squad, which severed its long ó and recently strained ó relationship with the village last month. Antioch Rescue Squad will continue to respond to emergency calls in Antioch Township.

  • Matthew Bielecki

    More charges filed against former Antioch EMT May 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A former Antioch-area volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician already facing charges of having sex with an underage girl, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges involving a second victim. Matthew Bielecki, 40, of the 43000 block of Mary Avenue in Antioch, shook his head in shock as each of the new 29 counts of sex-related crimes were described to him by Lake County Judge James Booras.

  • John Nixon

    Antioch Rescue Squad, village splitting upMay 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Antioch Rescue Squad, which became embroiled in controversy about a year ago, and Antioch village government are ending their longtime marriage. Village officials say they were surprised to learn the rescue squad declined a six-month extension. “After all the village has done to support ARS as it worked its way through sex scandals, alcohol and drug abuse, ARS slapped its partners in the face,” the Antioch mayor said.

  • Antioch Rescue Squad event May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Antioch Rescue Squad plans several activities to celebrate National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19 to 25.

  • Antioch Rescue to staff vacant station this summer May 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Antioch Rescue Squad plans to begin staffing an unused fire station to better serve the Chain O' Lakes and Antioch area during the busy summer months. In addition, officials said squad members for the first time will be paid a stipend for uniforms, fuel and training to help offset some of their personal costs of volunteering.

  • Road condition is a Grim story May 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Antioch letter to the editor: There is a very well-known shortcut in Antioch Township that conveniently allows vehicle operators to bypass traffic congestion at the Rts. 173/83 intersection in Antioch.

  • Debris left in the flooded parking lot of Channel Inn Fine Wine and Spirits on Grand Avenue in Fox Lake.

    Fox Lake-area businesses struggle with flooding Apr 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Homeowners aren't the only ones in Fox Lake affected by flooding. Officials estimate more than 25 businesses — many of them waterside marinas or taverns — were hit hard by water from the swollen Chain O' Lakes. How much the widespread flooding has cost Lake County residents, business owners and communities is being determined. Officials are scrambling to compile damage assessments.

  •  High waters block the entrance into Bayview Marina in Fox Lake Monday. Area residents are watching the weather forecasts for signs that flooding could worsen in Lake County.

    Predicted rain raises flooding concerns in Lake County Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    With flood water already covering some roads and creeping into some yards in northern Lake County, emergency management professionals hope the rain forecast for later this week takes a detour. "We're watching with concern the forecast that calls for as much as four inches of rain Wednesday," through Friday, said C. Kent McKenzie, emergency management coordinator.

  • Dan Kattner, left, of the Fox Lake Streets Department, and Matt Wood of Fox Lake Water Treatment Plant fill sand bags Friday morning. The bags will be distributed to areas commonly affected by flooding in the Fox Lake area. Some 600 to 700 sand bags were expected to be filled.

    Fox River and Chain-area residents watching, waitingApr 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Officials in Fox Lake and other areas on the Chain O' Lakes are watching water levels and scanning weather reports, bracing for the start of spring flooding in the area. However, a new forecast indicates less rain in coming days, easing flooding concerns. "Right now, it looks like we may just skirt by," said C. Kent McKenzie, Lake County Emergency Management coordinator.

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