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  • Geneva man admits recording sex assaults Sep 26, 2014 5:01 PM
    A 23-year-old Geneva man pleads guilty Friday to video recording sexual assaults of a minor, and faces up to 45 years in prison, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office.

     
  • FBI details FAA facility arsons, Naperville man’s Facebook post Sep 26, 2014 10:44 PM
    A 36-year-old Naperville man has been charged with one count of destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities in connection with fires and other damage Friday that forced the closure of the FAA’s air traffic control facility in Aurora. A federal source said Brian Howard, of the 1300 block of Ivy Lane, also cut all radar feeds into the facility and most communication lines, and the FBI said Howard outlined his plans in a Facebook message.

     
  • Grayslake businesses cited during alcohol check Sep 26, 2014 9:46 PM
    The Illinois Liquor Control Commission cracked down on three Grayslake establishments for selling liquor to underage customers, according to a news release.

     
  • Ronald Burris’ name comes up in court Sep 26, 2014 10:18 PM
    An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. Word about the allegation against the 77-year-old Burris, who held the Senate seat from 2009 to 2010, arose during a pretrial hearing Friday for a Chicago man charged with illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Prosecutors have indicated they will call Burris to testify against C. Gregory Turner, who has pleaded not guilty. Defense lawyers are attempting to dent the ex-senator’s credibility. The trial starts Monday. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple corruption convictions, including for trying to secure campaign cash or a high-paying job for an appointment to the Senate seat, which was vacated by Barack Obama after he won the 2008 presidential election. Amid a political firestorm following his December 2008 arrest, then-Gov. Blagojevich, who is also a Democrat, named Burris to the seat. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, was widely ridiculed for accepting the appointment. Turner’s attorneys said in court Friday that the extortion allegation against Burris was described in federal documents that prosecutors turned over to the defense as part of the pretrial discovery process. Neither the defense nor prosecutors provided details in court. But after the Friday afternoon hearing, defense attorney James Tunick spoke to reporters holding what he said was one of the federal documents. The word “SENSITIVE” was stamped across it in capital letters. “The accusation was that Sen. Burris offered to promote a ... business to the U.S. military in exchange for $250,000 a year when he (left) office,” said Tunick. He looked down at the document and appeared to be paraphrasing it — not quoting it directly. Defense attorneys did not say if federal prosecutors ever took the allegations seriously or, if they did, over what period of time — weeks, days or merely hours. A message left for Burris at his Chicago law firm wasn’t immediately returned Friday night, and he does not have a listed home number. A one-time attorney for Burris, Timothy W. Wright III, said he no longer represented the former senator. But he said he would forward a message to Burris that The Associated Press was seeking a comment regarding the allegations. The trial prosecutors did not speak to reporters outside court, and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, Randall Samborn, later declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the FBI in Chicago, Joan Hyde, also declined to make any comment.

     
  • Hanover Park man found stabbed to death in Westmont Sep 26, 2014 5:51 PM
    A Hanover Park man found dead in a Westmont apartment early Friday was apparently stabbed, Westmont police said. Roy Feltson Jr., 25, was pronounced dead inside the apartment in the 6700 block of Lake Shore Drive. "This was not a random act and was directed specifically toward the victim,” Police Chief Thomas Mulhearn said.

     
  • Lindenhurst man sentenced to prison and probation for sexually abusing child over 13 years of age Sep 26, 2014 4:49 PM
    A Lindenhurst man was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 30 months of probation after pleading guilty to abusing a child between the ages of 13 and 18. William Dehn, 42, will have to serve 50 percent of his prison sentence before being eligible for parole, Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said Friday.

     
  • ISU addresses sexual violence through education Sep 26, 2014 4:38 PM
    Illinois State University held a panel to discuss sexual assault prevention and education Thursday in response to four sexual assaults reported within the first six weeks of fall semester.

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Sep 26, 2014 4:57 PM
    Thomas C. Bradley, 28, of West Dundee, appeared in Kane County bond court Friday on charges of burglary, receiving/possessing a stole motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing of a police officer, resisting/obstructing a police officer and driving under the influence Thursday, court records show. His bail was set at $50,000, but his next court date was not immediately available.

     
  • Man admits Geneva car burglaries, enters Kane drug court Sep 26, 2014 5:08 PM
    A 19-year-old former St. Charles resident recently entered the Kane County drug court program after admitting to a spate of vehicle burglaries in Geneva in July 2013. Malibu Barstow, now of Huntley, can stay out of prison if he completes the 30-month program. He spent more than 300 days in jail while the case was pending and will enter an inpatient treatment program.

     
  • Prospect Heights man charged with soliciting teen online Sep 26, 2014 1:45 PM
    Wheeling police Thursday charged a 27-year-old Prospect Heights man with soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex through social media. Ulises Cabrera, of the 500 block of Piper Lane in Prospect Heights, was charged with one count of grooming and one count of indecent solicitation of a child.

     
  • Round Lake man pleads guilty to residential burglary of 79-year-old woman Sep 26, 2014 12:03 PM
    A Round Lake man has pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary for tying up and robbing a 79-year-old woman in January 2013, authorities said. Robert Frisbie, 35, was sentenced to 7 years in prison after the negotiated plea deal was approved Thursday by Lake County Judge George Bridges.

     
  • Lake County jury finds Mundelein man guilty of first-degree murder in 2012 crash Sep 26, 2014 6:59 PM
    A Lake County jury has found Mark Oelerich of Mundelein guilty of murder for intentionally causing a crash that killed a Round Lake Beach woman in 2012. Jurors took less than two hours Friday to decide Mark Oelerich, 23, was guilty of killing Araceli Villasenor, 24, when he drove a Cadillac SUV over the centerline on Cedar Lake Road on Nov. 21 and plowed into her Nissan.

     
  • Northwest suburban police blotter Sep 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Chicago man was arrested in Mount Prospect and charged with felony counterfeiting credit card. Officers alerted to suspicious activity stopped the car the man was driving and found 186 MasterCard gift cards, 30 receipts for items purchased with the cards at Walmart, one receipt from Portillos, one from Again Auto, and one from Dream Town on Cermak, police reports said.

     
  • Warrant issued for man after school lockdown Sep 25, 2014 6:17 PM
    Police are searching for a 27-year-old Round Lake Beach man accused of attacking his girlfriend Thursday, then forcing the lockdown of three Lake Villa schools while eluding capture. A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Daniel Acevedo on two counts of aggravated domestic battery, police said.

     
  • Arlington Heights police investigating sex assault Sep 25, 2014 12:11 PM
    Arlington Heights police are warning residents to make sure their homes are locked and secure after the sexual assault of a woman early Thursday morning inside her residence. Police said the woman was assaulted about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of South Embers Lane by a man who also stole an unknown amount of jewelry.

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Sep 25, 2014 4:17 PM
    Geneva Mitchell, 51, and Clifford Isbell, 58, both Elgin, were each charged Tuesday with three counts of retail theft, court records show.

     
  • Police: Homeless man stole from Bartlett home Sep 25, 2014 4:08 PM
    A 50-year-old man who told Bartlett police he was homeless stole an undisclosed amount of money and other items from a home on the 100 block of Morse Avenue Thursday, authorities said. Charles R. Yagac faces felony charges of residential burglary and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

     
  • Former Joliet man found guilty in Downers Grove murder Sep 29, 2014 1:26 PM
    A former Joliet man has been found guilty of murder in the 1997 slaying of a Downers Grove man. Jose Ruvalcaba-Quezada, 36, was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jose Ortiz on Dec. 27, 1997. Prosecutors said Thursday he was paid $10,000 and given a car to commit the murder.

     
  • Officer: Family of driver in fatal crash did not disclose health issues Sep 24, 2014 1:56 PM
    Family members of a Mundelein man did not disclose he was suffering from mental health issues after he intentionally caused a car crash that killed a 24-year-old woman in 2012, a Round Lake police officer testified Wednesday. Mark Oelerich, 23, is on trial for first-degree in the death of Araceli Villasenor, of Round Lake Beach.

     
  • State high court to rehear 1996 case of murdered Aurora boy, 6. Sep 24, 2014 2:54 PM
    The Illinois Supreme Court will hear the case of Mark A. Downs, a former Montgomery man whose conviction for the 1996 murder of a 6-year-old Aurora boy was overturned by an appellate court and a new trial ordered. Downs, 38, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the death of Nicholas "Nico" Contreras, who was killed in his grandmother's house on the city's east side.

     
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