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  • No horses, but McHenry Sheriff nets triple crown award Jul 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department recently earned a “Triple Crown," but it has nothing to do with horse racing. The National Sheriff's Association term is a distinction held by less than 1 percent of sheriff's offices across the country.

  • Former South Elgin man fails to sway judge Jul 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Positive results are rare when a defendant acts as his own attorney. Such was the case last week for Eric Barth, a 23-year-old formerly of South Elgin who chose to represent himself while in court seeking a bond reduction.

  • 120-year sentence upheld for man who raped 75-year-old Elgin woman Jun 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A former Chicago man who was convicted of beating and raping an Elgin woman has lost an appeal claiming his 120-year prison sentence was excessive. It took a jury just 90 minutes to convict Rodney McGowan of breaking into an apartment April 23, 2009, and assaulting a 75-year-old woman.

  • Man serving life sentence loses appeal in 2003 Elgin murder Jun 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    A 41-year-old Chicago man recently lost an appeal of his conviction for a 2003 Elgin murder. Darren Denson, formerly of Chicago, is serving a life sentence for the Feb. 10, 2003, slaying of 32-year-old Kyle Juggins during an apparent robbery attempt.

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolsters ‘No Refusal’ efforts in Kane Jun 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will work with local police departments to have an anti-drunk driving “No Refusal” event July 3 and 4. It’s the third time law enforcement agencies have taken special steps on Independence Day to fight drunken drivers.

  • 3 honored for saving drivers in McHenry and Kane counties Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    What do Matt Bonnie, Daniel Hibbeler and Randall Ho have in common? Besides being suburban men, each was recently recognized for saving a motorist in need. Hibbeler and Ho were the recipients of the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award, which is the highest honor that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office can bestow upon a civilian. Bonnie, an Aurora police officer, recently received the Louis Spuhler Award as the Kane County Officer of the Year.

  • FBI: Fewer fall for Internet scams, but pay dearly May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fewer people are falling for Internet scams, but those who do are losing more to criminals than the have in the past. That is one conclcusion that can be drawn from a recent report from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. Last year, the FBI fielded fewer complaints for Internet fraud and crime than in 2011, but losses jumped to $525.4, a jump of more than 8 percent from the year before.

  • What’s for dinner? Help for Aurora police dogs May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    An Aurora police support group has organized a drive-through barbecue dinner Tuesday to help raise money for the department’s new K-9 unit. The Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Aurora will host the fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road.

  • Kane County State’s Attorney puts diversion information up front May 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County State's Attorney's Office wants to make sure first-time offenders get the information they need for a possible second chance. The office recently consolidated information about the county's five pretrial divesion programs onto its website.

  • Wonder Lake man loses appeal to manslaughter conviction Apr 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    An appellate court panel has rejected an appeal from former McHenry County man, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally beating and raping his girlfriend in the summer of 2009. Thomas Brown, 43, unsuccessfully argued the victim gave "implied consent" to have sex because she never told him no.

  • Kane state’s attorney names first two-time prosecutor of year Apr 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office recently honored three employees for their work in 2012, including Pam Monaco as Prosecutor of the Year, an award she also earned in 2008. Police Liaison Linda Hagemann was named Employee of the Year and Assistant State’s Attorney Megan Matuska was the recipient of the Ace of Spades Award for excellence in the courtroom. Monaco is the first two-time winner of the award in Kane.

  • CASA looking for a few good men Apr 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Although about half of the children it serves are boys, only 20 percent of CASA Kane County's volunteers are male. The agency is out to change that this month with three recruiting sessions called "Looking for a Few Good Men." The first takes place Monday in Elgin.

  • Kane election complaint hotline in full effect for Tuesday Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    When votersl go to the polls Tuesday to choose local leaders,the The Kane County State's Attorney's Office will be ready to respond to complaints about electioneering and other possible election law violations through its hotline from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Court upholds Aurora man’s child abduction conviction Mar 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    A 64-year-old Aurora man has lost his bid to have a court overturn his conviction for trying to lure a child from a grocery store in 2009. An appellate court panel recently upheld the guilty verdict and three-year prison term for Stephen P. Sweigart for felony child abduction.

  • Litigation over Mooseheart basketball players winds down Mar 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mooseheart High School’s run in the state high school basketball tournament may be over, but litigation involving the eligibility of three Sudanese basketball players is continuing. Officials are due in court in June and should know by then whether the Illinois High School Association has granfathered them in as eligible to compete in coming years.

  • Courtroom cameras coming soon to Kane County Mar 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Officials in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County hope to send their plan for cameras in the courtroom to the Illinois Supreme Court by the end of March. The plan needed further review after a new chief judge was named and officials are ironing out requirements to notify parities in cases that the media has requested extended coverage.

  • Aurora police chill out for Special Olympics Mar 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Aurora Police Officer Lisa Carter was one of more than 400 people who jumped in frigid waters this month for a good cause. "Once you get in, it's not so bad," she said of the 10th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville that raised nearly $93,000.

  • More honors for Aurora officers who helped free wrongly convicted man Feb 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Aurora Police Investigators John Munn and Darrell Moore recently were named Co-Employees of the Year for their work to free a man serving a 70-year prison term after being wrongly convicted of murder. "You took it upon yourselves to correct the situation and an innocent person was rightfully set free," Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas told the investigators.

  • Man gets 10-year sentence for his 11th DUI Feb 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    A 42-year-old former West Chicago man will have years to sober up and think about how his failure to put down the bottle has cost him his freedom. Michael J. Picon recently was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to an April 2012 DUI — his 11th in the last 20 years in DuPage, Kane and Rock Island counties.

  • Kane County crime down, child support collection up Feb 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office is expected next month to complete its 2012 annual report, but some early figures are in and they are encouraging. Two trends so far: Prosecutions are down and child support payment collection is up.

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