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  • Conservation club hosts youth event Jul 20, 2014 3:30 PM
    The Northern Illinois Conservation Club hosts an event for kids aged 5 to 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at its headquarters a half-mile south of Route 173 and a quarter-mile east of Route 83 in unincorporated Antioch Township.

  • Antioch Twp. man avoids prison in fatal street racing crash Jun 30, 2014 5:52 PM
    Jeremy Betancourt won't go to prison for having marijuana in his system when he rolled his car and killed a passenger during an illegal street race one year ago, but he was sentenced Monday to spend every night of the next 30 months in the Lake County jail.

  • Project to honor past, present Antioch-area military personnel Jun 18, 2014 5:23 AM
    The Lakes Region Historical Society wants to ensure Antioch-area residents who have served or are serving in the military will never be forgotten. The group is launching a project to record the names of local residents who have served in the U.S. armed forces. “The main point is we want to remember our service people before it's forgotten,” said Paul I. Hettich, chairman of the historical society.

  • Antioch Fire Department takes over Antioch-area ambulance calls May 10, 2014 8:00 AM
    For the first time since 1938, the Antioch Rescue Squad is not contracted to provide ambulance service on fire or rescue calls in the Antioch area. The contract between the controversial volunteer rescue squad and the First Fire Protection District of Antioch ended at 5 a.m. Friday, officials said.

  • Former Antioch-area firefighter pleads guilty to sex assault charges Apr 11, 2014 2:14 PM
    A former Antioch-area firefighter pleaded guilty in Lake County court to one count of sexual assaulting a teen he allegedly represented as a modeling manager. Matthew Bielecki, 44, of Antioch Township, was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday.

  • Police: Antioch Township volunteer charged with battery Apr 11, 2014 7:06 PM
    A 67-year-old Antioch Township emergency services volunteer has been arrested for inappropriately touching a female member of the Antioch Rescue Squad, authorities said Friday. Robert Wonderling, of Lake Villa, was charged with misdemeanor battery, authorities said.

  • Guilty plea in Gurnee street racing death Mar 27, 2014 8:08 PM
    An Antioch Township teen pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence Thursday in connection with a 2013 street-racing crash that left a 16-year-old girl dead. Jeremy Betancourt, 18, faces up to 10 years in prison, a spokeswoman for the Lake County state’s attorney’s office said.

  • Editorial: Lessons in agency’s bid to regain trust Mar 25, 2014 5:00 AM
    The Antioch Rescue Squad's uncertain future should be a lesson to any group -- government and otherwise -- that loses sight of the right way to conduct itself in the community and breaches the public's trust.

  • Proposal for new Antioch-area fire and rescue operation, tax levy to fund it Mar 23, 2014 7:01 AM
    Antioch-area officials say they will streamline the area's emergency services by creating a new unified fire and rescue operation, and ask residents to help fund it. The proposal could be launched within two months. “The methodology that is used here (now) is just unsustainable,” Antioch Fire Chief John Nixon said.

  • Antioch Rescue Squad dropped as ambulance provider in Antioch Township Mar 19, 2014 4:22 PM
    The Antioch Rescue Squad faces an uncertain future after the First Fire Protection District of Antioch announced it will not renew its emergency management service contract with the volunteer organization in May, cutting ties with the squad after 75 years.

  • Plea deal offered to Antioch teen in Gurnee street racing crash Mar 18, 2014 2:47 PM
    A plea agreement has been offered in the case involving an Antioch-area teen charged with killing a friend during an illegal street race in Gurnee last June. The defense attorney for Jeremy Betancourt, 18, met behind closed doors Tuesday with Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti and prosecutors to try to resolve the case before it goes to trial March 31.

  • Tests requested by Antioch-area man charged in girlfriend’s death Feb 6, 2014 2:30 PM
    Defense attorneys for an Antioch Township man accused of killing his girlfriend are asking for more testing of tissue samples before taking the case to trial. Michael Axtell, 42, remains held in lke County jail in lieu of $3 million bond. Judge Victoria Rossetti set a status date of March 15 to see if the tissue testing was complete.

  • Attorney wants probation in fatal crash Feb 6, 2014 4:49 PM
    The defense attorney for an Antioch-area teen who was charged in an illegal street race that left one person dead said his client should be sentenced to probation, not prison, because “extraordinary circumstances” exist in the case.

  • Antioch Township blaze leaves woman homeless Feb 3, 2014 9:55 AM
    A house fire in Antioch Township early Sunday morning has left a woman homeless, authorities said. Antioch Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Lienhardt said the woman was treated at an area hospital, but the extent of her injuries was unknown.

  • Commission studying Antioch-area fire, rescue services with goal to streamline protection Dec 22, 2013 8:00 AM
    Residents in Antioch and Antioch Township have what might be considered an embarrassment of riches when it comes to emergency protection. That’s because four fire or rescue agencies provide services to about 28,000 residents over a 37-square-mile area. A new committee has been formed to streamline the system and make it less confusing. “The overall goal is to deliver the highest quality fire and medical services to the community of Antioch and Antioch Township,” Antioch Fire Chief John Nixon said.

  • Trial for Antioch Township man in illegal street race delayed Dec 17, 2013 1:03 PM
    The trial of an Antioch Township man facing charges in the death of a high school student during an illegal street race has been delayed until March. Jeremy Betancourt, 18, was charged with multiple counts of driving under the influence of drugs after the Gurnee crash that killed Cynthia Perez in June.

  • Antioch Township man sentenced to periodic jail time in fatal street race Nov 20, 2013 4:44 PM
    Michael Dawson, 19, of Antioch Township, was sentenced to 18 months periodic imprisonment and 30 months of probation Wednesday by Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti for his role in a street race that left a 16-year-old Antioch girl dead.

  • Some restrictions lifted against teen charged in fatal Gurnee street racing crash Nov 15, 2013 3:32 PM
    An Antioch Township teen awaiting trial on charges related to an illegal street race that killed a 16-year-old girl will no longer be required to attend weekly court hearings. A Lake County judge on Friday lifted the requirement for Jeremy Betancourt, 17, to allow him to go to school in Wheeling. Betancourt also was granted a request to attend a weekly church service in Salem, Wis.

  • Former Antioch Rescue Squad treasurer pleads guilty to theft Nov 12, 2013 4:39 PM
    The former treasurer of the Antioch Rescue Squad pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in Lake County court Tuesday. John Edgell, 55, formerly of Antioch Township, must repay $25,000 to the Antioch Rescue Squad, perform 100 hours of public service, and have no contact with the ARS under the negotiated plea agreement.

  • Grisly details of Antioch double murder heard in court Nov 5, 2013 7:02 PM
    A 54-year-old man was ordered held without bail Tuesday after Lake County prosecutors detailed the grisly slayings of his wife and mother in their Antioch apartment late last month. Judge Raymond Collins declared Billy Varner “a real and present threat to the people of Illinois” after hearing prosecutors outline how they believe he killed his mother and wife.

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