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  • Attorney: Charges against ex-McHenry coroner ‘political payback’ Feb 27, 2015 4:44 PM
    A former McHenry County coroner faces charges of felony misconduct and forgery accusing her of failing to dispose of remains of a dead baby while in office from March 1992 to November 2012 and then falsifying documents about it. But the defense attorney for Marlene A. Lantz says the charges are "political payback" because of Lantz' criticism of State's Attorney Louis Bianchi.

     
  • Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri Feb 27, 2015 9:17 AM
    Seven people were shot to death and one was injured in overnight attacks in a small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead in a neighboring county, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Friday. The victims’ bodies were found in four different homes in Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border.

     
  • Plainfield Central teacher charged with sexually assaulting student Feb 27, 2015 6:57 PM
    A Plainfield Central High School science teacher is being held in Will County jail on $600,000 bail, accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student. Officials allege first-year teacher Brian Smith, 32, of Joliet, gave the girl answers to both tests and homework assignments in exchange for oral sex on Feb. 13 in a storage room adjacent Smith's classroom.

     
  • Ingleside man accused in drug-related death of Spring Grove woman in November Feb 27, 2015 7:28 PM
    An Ingleside man has been charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with the death last November of a Spring Grove woman. Jacob D. Mazzuca, 21, was taken into custody Friday by the Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

     
  • Chicago man held on child porn charges Feb 27, 2015 5:45 PM
    An investigation by Cook county prosecutors and Downers Grove police led to the arrest of a Chicago man on charges of child pornography. Rogelio Llaguno, 37, was ordered held on $300,000 bail Thursday after a 12-year took nude photos and sent them to Llaguno on his request.

     
  • Is Streamwood the connection to a 31-year-old North Carolina cold case? Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Does the solution to a 31-year-old North Carolina cold case lie in Streamwood? Law enforcement and child welfare authorities hope a newly reconstructed photo of a teenager — who died in 1984 and who may have attended Streamwood High School — will help identify him, and finally close the case.

     
  • Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad arrested on trespassing charges Feb 28, 2015 12:00 PM
    Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of criminal trespassing to property after walking into a resident’s home unannounced Wednesday. Sayad said the complaint was signed by Dave Uhrich, who encountered him about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday when the alderman walked up the stairs to Uhrich’s second floor music studio in his home on the 400 block of Harvey Avenue.

     
  • Northwest suburban police blotter Feb 26, 2015 4:03 PM
    Seven Mount Prospect residents received phone calls between Feb. 18 and 24 from scammers claiming to be with the IRS. The callers told the residents that they had back taxes due and needed to pay immediately or be charged and arrested. All the residents hung up without paying. The police department encourages victims to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission website and the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration website www.treasury.gov/tigta.

     
  • Two charged with robbing Batavia gas station Feb 26, 2015 4:26 PM
    A man and a woman accused of robbing a gasoline station Monday in Warrenville now face charges of robbing a station Tuesday morning in Batavia.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Man pleads guilty in Buffalo Grove pizzeria drug case Feb 26, 2015 7:40 PM
    A man accused of using a Buffalo Grove pizzeria as a front for a drug trafficking operation pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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