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  • Man gets 68 years in prison for kidnapping, sex assault Dec 9, 2014 7:50 PM
    A man serving a life sentence in Georgia was given another 68 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at a Beach Park motel. Cristian De La O Hernandez, 25, formerly of Zion, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, will serve the sentence here only if he is released from a life sentence for murder in Georgia.

  • Zion man guilty of killing Waukegan man in 2013 Dec 5, 2014 1:17 PM
    A jury has found 32-year-old Jamal Johnson of Zion guilty Thursday of killing a 23-year-old Waukegan man in the parking lot of a Zion food store. Johnson now faces up to 80 years in prison for shooting and killing Mutassem Ahmad Abdelaziz on May 23, 2013.

  • Editorial: The needed closure of a murder trial Dec 5, 2014 5:01 AM
    The trial of a man already sentenced to death out-of-state will be worth the cost and effort here to help bring closure to the people of Zion nine years after two girls were murdered, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Official wants closure in Zion murders, no matter the cost Dec 1, 2014 5:26 AM
    Jorge Avila-Torrez already faces the death penalty and five consecutive life sentences for violent crimes he committed in Virginia, so is his return to Lake County to stand trial for killing two Zion girls necessary? Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim said the trial is required “to bring closure to the case,” but defense attorney Jed Stone argues there's no point to spend limited resources on another trial.

  • Former Zion man pleads not guilty to 2005 murders Nov 20, 2014 5:22 PM
    A former Zion resident accused of the notorious 2005 murder of two little girls in a Zion park pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lake County court Thursday. Jorge Avila-Torrez, 25, stared stoically ahead while flanked by two jail guards as Judge Daniel Shanes explained he was charged with 18 varying counts of first-degree murder for killing 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias.

  • Self-published authors can enter Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest Nov 20, 2014 9:02 PM
    Illinois authors who have self-published an adult fiction book may enter the second year of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project until Monday, Dec. 15. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), Illinois Heartland Library System.

  • Murderer back to face charges Zion girls’ killing Nov 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Convicted killer Jorge Alvi Torrez, a Zion native and former U.S. Marine, has been returned to Lake County to stand trial in the notorious 2005 slaying of two girls in Zion. Torrez, 25, appeared in bond court Saturday morning where Lake County Judge Michael Betar set an arraignment for Wednesday, Dec. 10. In a separate federal criminal case last April, Torrez was sentenced to death for the 2009 murder of a Navy sailor at a barracks in northern Virginia.

  • Hit-and-run suspect held on $50,000 bail Nov 10, 2014 12:16 PM
    A Lake County judge set bail at $50,000 on Monday for a Zion man charged with fleeing the scene of a crash that injured a skateboarder Saturday night. Epifanio Moya, 28, of the 1200 block of 34th Street, faces felony counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident and failing to report an injury accident.

  • Suspect arrested in Beach Park hit-and-run that injured skateboarder Nov 9, 2014 6:23 PM
    Lake County Sheriff’s police say they’ve caught the driver in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night that in Beach Park. Epifanio Moya of Zion is charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to report an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.

  • Zion teen sentenced to 23 years for killing infant son Oct 20, 2014 6:41 PM
    A Zion teen was sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing his 5-month-old son when the child wouldn’t stop crying. Victor Salinas-Corona, 18, must serve 100 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt DeMartini said Monday.

  • Lake County sheriff candidate: Cut high-ranking jobs to hire new deputies Sep 29, 2014 5:38 PM
    The Democratic challenger for Lake County Sheriff on the Nov. 4 ballot said he would put more deputies on the street and fund the change by cutting two high-ranking deputy chief positions. Incumbent Mark Curran, a Republican, said Jason Patt’s idea to decrease the number of deputy chiefs from five to three shows his lack of management skills.

  • Culver’s salutes veterans in Lake County: Sep 10, 2014 7:28 PM
    Culver’s restaurants will be participating in the 9/11 Patriots Day of Giving in Lake County.

  • Man wanted in Beach Park shooting arrested in Zion Sep 5, 2014 12:01 PM
    A 27-year-old man on the run for shooting up a home in Beach Park has been arrested, authorities said Friday. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Joshua Malombo, of Beach Park, in Zion at 5 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

  • Zion man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing 5-month-old baby Sep 2, 2014 6:01 PM
    A Zion man who pleaded guilty to murdering a 5-month-old boy and placing the body in a refuse container in 2013 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. The baby's body was never found. Demetries Thorpe, 27, apologized during the hearing. “I am truly remorseful that this happened,” he said.

  • Jury convicts Michigan man in slaying of 42-year-old Zion man after night of playing cards Aug 29, 2014 8:22 PM
    A Lake County jury found a 25-year-old Michigan man guilty of killing a Zion man after a night of drinking and playing cards, authorities said. Terrance Scott, of Ypsilanti, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Prentiss Carter, 42, officials said.

  • Slain 5-month-old Zion boy recalled at prayer vigil Aug 21, 2014 11:24 PM
    Joshua Summeries was remembered in a prayer vigil outside his Zion home Thursday night, exactly one year since the 5-month-old boy was killed by his mother’s boyfriend. Police, Zion residents and others banded together after he initially was reported to be kidnapped. “In his short life, there are things we can be grateful for,” said Pastor Mike McDowell of Christ Community Church in Zion. “One of the things I think of is, it brought our community together. Our community came out in large numbers, concerned and looking for the child."

  • N. Chicago man captured after abduction of Zion children Aug 15, 2014 5:37 PM
    A North Chicago man accused of abducting his two children early Thursday morning, triggering an Amber Alert, was captured and is in jail, the Lake County state’s attorney’s office said.

  • Beach Park woman pleads guilty to child endangerment in son’s death Aug 11, 2014 2:32 PM
    A Beach Park woman whose infant son was killed by the baby’s father was sentenced to pay $1,326 in court fines Monday after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment in Lake County court.

  • Lake County man charged with striking police dog Jul 24, 2014 4:28 PM
    A 30-year-old Lake County man faces multiple charges after authorities say he struck a Waukegan Police K-9 and struggled with its handler earlier this week while trying to avoid arrest in connection with a domestic altercation.

  • Man charged with shooting at Round Lake Beach home Jul 22, 2014 4:00 PM
    A Waukegan man is being held in Lake County jail on $100,000 bail on allegations he shot at a Round Lake Beach house just after midnight Saturday, authorities said.

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