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  • Woman admits Palatine forest preserve attack was fake Feb 26, 2015 3:25 PM
    A Des Plaines woman who claimed she was attacked by a stranger in the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve near Palatine pleaded guilty Thursday to filing a false police report. Veronica Klicka, 33, was sentenced to two years probation in exchange for her guilty plea.

  • Lawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new bills Feb 26, 2015 2:00 PM
    A uniform statewide system that tracks drug overdoses could help Illinois address widespread heroin use in the suburbs, a local lawmaker says. While exact details of the program have not been finalized, a proposal to create such a system would be part of a larger legislative package aimed to combat heroin use that’s in the works right now.

  • Fox Valley police reports Feb 26, 2015 5:00 PM
    Keith K. Starks, 53, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with manufacture/delivery of cocaine, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a revoked license, court records show.

  • Trucker found guilty of most charges in fatal I-88 crash Feb 27, 2015 5:04 AM
    Hanover Park truck driver Renato Velasquez, 47, was found guilty of most charges against him in connection with a fiery crash on Jan. 27, 2014, that killed a tollway worker and severely injured a state trooper near Aurora. “I cannot fathom how someone would not have seen all of that,” Judge Robert Kleeman said. The judge also ruled prosecutors did not meet their burden of proof regarding the charge of Velasquez falsifying his travel logs.

  • Elgin man charged in break-ins Feb 26, 2015 10:42 PM
    An Elgin man was charged with residential burglary related to a series of break-ins in the Century Oaks East neighborhood, Elgin police said.

  • Aurora man charged with sharing child porn Feb 26, 2015 5:29 PM
    An Aurora man was arrested this week after police said he downloaded and distributed hundreds of child pornography pictures. Niraj V. Patel, of the 3600 block of Gabrielle Lane in Aurora, was arrested after a seven-month investigation, according to a news release.

  • Day care slaying in Lincolnshire focus of upcoming “48 Hours” Feb 26, 2015 5:04 PM
    The case of a Carpentersville woman serving a 31-year prison sentence after being convicted of killing a 16-month old boy in 2009 will be the subject of a segment on the national news program “48 Hours” this weekend. The CBS program, airing at 9 p.m. Saturday, will focus on Melissa Calusinski, who was convicted in 2011 of killing Benjamin Kingan at a Lincolnshire day care.

  • Naperville man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted murder of mother Feb 26, 2015 2:35 PM
    A DuPage County judge has found not guilty by reason of insanity a Naperville man accused of attacking his mother with a butcher knife. Alexander Georg was charged with the August 2011 stabbing of his then-52-year-old mother. Georg had just been released from psychiatric care when he chased her into the street in front of their home on Spring Garden Circle and repeatedly stabbed her in the chest and neck, authorities said.

  • Farnham sentencing won't be delayed for illness Feb 27, 2015 5:40 AM
    Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former state Rep. Keith Farnham of Elgin on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.

  • Bali bellboy testifies Chicago man refused help with suitcase Feb 26, 2015 11:40 AM
    A bellboy at an Indonesian hotel testified Thursday that a Chicago man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase refused any help in taking a bag to a taxi outside the hotel. Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, 19, are charged with premeditated murder in the death of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose badly beaten body was found in a suitcase in a taxi at the St. Regis hotel on the resort island of Bali last August.

  • Waukegan man accused of hacking radios to issue Gurnee Mills bomb threat Feb 26, 2015 7:35 PM
    A Waukegan man with a criminal history of tapping into and taking control of others’ electronic communication devices faces new charges alleging he caused a false bomb threat at Gurnee Mills shopping center Jan. 29, authorities said. Raymond Kelly, 25, could be sentenced to as much as 5 years in prison if convicted of issuing a false bomb or gas alarm.

  • A criminal justice advocate wages his own battle with crime Feb 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    Utah CEO pushes justice overhaul, wins government contracts while fighting repeat offenses

  • Northwest suburban police blotter Feb 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    An Arlington Heights resident was scammed out of $999 around 9:33 a.m. Feb. 23 after he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The victim was told that he owned back taxes and was instructed to purchase money orders from Walmart and Jewel. The resident sent $999 at a Walmart, but when he went to Jewel, an employee realized it was a scam.

  • Police release photos, video from Fox Lake bank robbery Feb 25, 2015 1:45 PM
    Authorities have released photos of a Fox Lake bank robbery suspect and a video showing what may be the van used in the escape.

  • Defense: No proof trucker committed crime in Illinois Feb 25, 2015 10:41 PM
    Renato Velasquez, the Hanover Park truck driver accused of falling asleep and causing a fatal crash along eastbound I-88 in Aurora, may have had falsified logs in his cab at the time of the accident, but his attorney says merely possessing the books is not a crime.

  • CEO sells programs to predict crime, but has his own battles Feb 25, 2015 5:46 PM
    His company,, has won 100 contracts with state and county governments from Florida to California. He has spoken at justice forums in Texas, Idaho and Washington state.At the same time,Sean Hosman has been arrested at least nine times since 2010, four for DUI and one for cocaine possession. Just like tens of thousands of defendants undergoing this process known as risk assessment, he has been booked, assessed, jailed and sent to rehab.He said he has been clean since July 5, 2012, the date of his last DUI.

  • Two charged in Warrenville gas station robbery Feb 25, 2015 2:02 PM
    A Batavia man and a Roselle woman have been charged with robbing a Mobil gas station in Warrenville, police said Wednesday. Jason A.J. DeVincent, 29, and Amanda A. Hicks, 28, each were charged with one count of aggravated robbery, authorities said. DeVincent’s last known address was on the 500 block of Stewart Street in Batavia and Hicks’ last known address was on Brendon Court in Roselle, authorities said.

  • $750,000 bail for Rolling Meadows man charged with molesting 4-year-old Feb 25, 2015 12:33 PM
    A Cook County judge set bail at $750,000 Wednesday for Salvador Mora-Duran of Rolling Meadows, who prosecutors say sexually molested a 4-year-old girl.

  • $175,000 bond for Arlington Heights priest facing child porn charges Feb 26, 2015 12:09 PM
    A Roman Catholic priest who lives in Palatine was ordered held on $175,000 bond on child pornography charges. Clovis Vilchez-Parra, 34, is an associate pastor at the Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

  • Attorney: Teacher didn't believe colleague's sex abuse claims Feb 25, 2015 7:01 AM
    Michael Vucic told another Gavin South Middle School teacher about his sexual relationship with a student, but the female colleague didn't report it because Vucic had a reputation for “tall tales,” her attorney said Tuesday.

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