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  • 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.

  • Antioch man faces murder charge in deaths of wife, mother Nov 4, 2013 1:19 PM
    A 54-year-old Antioch man faces four counts of first-degree murder in the suspicious deaths of his mother and wife one week ago, authorities said Monday. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said Billy Varner was charged early Monday with two counts of first-degree murder for the death of Dorothy Varner, 81, and two more counts in the death of Peggy Henderson, 62.

  • 8 Antioch students hospitalized for taking pills return to class Oct 31, 2013 7:12 AM
    Eight of 10 students hospitalized Tuesday for coming into contact with prescription medication at Antioch Upper Grade School were back in class Wednesday. An ninth student remains hospitalized Wednesday, but not for injesting the hydrocodone, authorities said. The 10th student, who brought the drugs to school, was advised to not return until the investigation is completed.

  • Antioch teen involved in fatal street race told to follow rules at treatment center or return to jail Oct 15, 2013 4:19 PM
    An Antioch Township man awaiting trial for his role in a drag race that killed a friend was given one last chance to follow the rules of a Lake Villa behavioral health center or go to jail. Jeremy Betancourt, 17, was warned by Lake County Judge George Bridges that his bond will be increased if he continues to break the inpatient counseling center’s rules banning use of cellphones and social media.

  • Antioch Township man pleads guilty in street-racing death Oct 10, 2013 5:27 PM
    An Antioch Township man involved in a crash that killed an Antioch girl pleaded guilty to aggravated street racing Thursday, authorities said.

  • Antioch police: Intoxicated man on road also had Ecstasy Oct 2, 2013 10:11 PM
    A man caught urinating on the road in Antioch was arrested by police after he was found in possession of Ecstasy. Matthew J. Mathis, 23, of the 24000 block of Nicklaus Way in unincorporated Antioch Township, faces up to 15 years in prison after he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance following his arrest on Sept. 28 at 2:45 a.m., Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

  • Trial delayed for Antioch-area man charged in girlfriend’s death Sep 26, 2013 3:31 PM
    The trial for an Antioch Township man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend nearly one year ago has been postponed for a third time. Michael Axtell, 42, remains held in Lake County jail in lieu of $3 million bail on three counts of first-degree murder for the slaying of his 40-year-old ex-girlfriend, Tammy Stone. The new trial date is Jan. 6.

  • Teen pleads not guilty in fatal street racing crash Sep 26, 2013 4:21 PM
    An Antioch Township teen pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he was involved in an illegal street race that killed an Antioch girl. However, a defense attorney for Michael Dawson, 19, held a closed-door meeting with prosecutors and Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti to review a possible plea agreement that would, most likely, put Dawson behind bars.

  • Antioch-area teen involved in fatal drag racing crash back in jail Sep 16, 2013 4:17 PM
    An Antioch-area man accused of killing a teenage girl in a June street racing crash is back behind bars after his bail was increased by a Lake County judge Monday. However, Jeremy Betancourt’s bail could be reduced again on Wednesday if his defense attorney is successful in placing him in another behavioral treatment facility.

  • Antioch lifts community alert regarding suspicious man Sep 9, 2013 1:50 PM
    The Antioch Police Department has issued an “all clear” regarding a suspicious man seen speaking with a female runner on the Antioch High School cross county team Friday. Police Chief Craig Somerville said the driver of the white van flagged down several people — including the runners — in an effort to locate a business. He has been cleared of suspicion of wrongdoing.

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