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  • Tri-Cities police reports Sep 18, 2014 4:21 PM
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  • Drug trafficker gets 35 years Sep 18, 2014 5:34 PM
    A purported leader of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for drug trafficking, with a federal judge also factoring into her sentence that the defendant likely murdered a Chicago police officer and a woman in 2008.

  • Chicago police commander indicted Sep 18, 2014 5:43 PM
    A Chicago police commander accused of placing his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatening to kill him was surrounded by supporters Thursday when he was officially indicted on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

  • Mount Prospect man charged with third DUI Sep 18, 2014 6:55 PM
    A Cook County judge set bail at $100,000 for a Mount Prospect man facing his third DUI charge. Dean McKinney, 50, was arrested following a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors say he has two previous DUI convictions.

  • Real-life Grinch steals gifts earmarked for needy families Sep 18, 2014 8:46 PM
    A real-life Grinch has struck Catholic Charities Lake County. The Waukegan charity that annually provides about 15,000 people in need with gifts around the holidays is scrambling to recover or replace hundreds of stolen items that had been earmarked for struggling families.

  • International manhunt for Lake County teacher ends in Sarajevo Sep 19, 2014 2:14 PM
    An international manhunt for a Lake County teacher accused of molesting a student has ended with him in custody in Bosnia-Herzegovina awaiting extradition to face charges in the United States. Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said Michael R. Vucic, an instructor at Gavin South Middle School near Ingleside, was taken into custody Monday night in Sarajevo.

  • New York men charged with Wheeling fraud Sep 18, 2014 7:13 PM
    Two New York men were ordered held on $150,000 bail each Thursday on charges of identity theft and possession of a fraudulent credit or debit card after authorities say they stole more than $18,000 from a Wheeling Walmart and several Cook County Target stores

  • Tri-Cities police reports Sep 17, 2014 6:23 PM
    Emmanuel Rivera, 25, of the 39W500 block of Prairie Street, Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence and DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more at 12:49 a.m. Sunday on the 39W500 block of Prairie Street, according to a sheriff’s report. A breath test registered a .134 BAC, the report said.

  • Sugar Grove man gets 7 years for cemetery thefts Sep 17, 2014 8:34 PM
    A Sugar Grove man who took part in the theft of more than 100 bronze vases from a cemetery in Aurora and later tried to run over a sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

  • Warrant cites financial motive in slaying of East Dundee grandma Sep 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    A Texas man accused of stabbing and killing his grandmother at her East Dundee home in July made his first court appearance Wednesday and his attorney said he will argue for a reduction in his client's $5 million bail. Richard Schmelzer, 41, faces up to 60 years in prison for the murder of Mildred "Dodie" Darrington and stood to inherit half of her estimated $1 million estate, according to court records.

  • Assistant found guilty of Cuneo theft Sep 17, 2014 8:30 PM
    A jury deliberated for about five hours Wednesday before finding a 58-year-old Lake County woman guilty of stealing from one of area’s most well-known philanthropists. Beverly Benson, of the 23000 block of Erhart Road near Grayslake, faces up to 15 years in prison.

  • Highland Park woman sentenced to 5 years for huffing crash that killed child Sep 18, 2014 5:37 AM
    A Highland Park woman convicted of running over and killing a 5-year-old girl in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years in prison. Carly Rousso, 20, could go free in less than 3 years under state prison guidelines. The parents of the girl Rousso killed, Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, were angered by the sentence. “He feels really sad and angry,” an interpreter said about the father. “(Jaclyn's) life was taken away from them in a horrible way.”

  • Trial begins in home invasion case Sep 17, 2014 8:35 PM
    A bench trial began Wednesday for the fourth suspect in a February 2013 Villa Park-area home invasion and robbery in which the homeowner also was beaten. Artur Pawlina, 27, is accused of being the mastermind behind the attack on Dillon Lane in an unincorporated area near Villa Park. Court records show he lives less than a mile from the victim.

  • Ex-child porn investigator gets 50 years for child sex abuse Sep 17, 2014 6:44 PM
    A former McHenry County sheriff's deputy and child pornography investigator was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to sexually abusing a pre-teen boy. Gregory M. Pyle, 39, formerly of Crystal Lake, was charged in 2012 after his name surfaced in another child pornography investigation downstate.

  • Burglar sentenced to 16 years for Glen Ellyn crime Sep 17, 2014 7:38 PM
    A man convicted of burglarizing a Glen Ellyn home was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said.

  • Driver accused of robbing Taco Bell in Glendale Hts. Sep 17, 2014 5:55 PM
    A man who police say ordered food at a Glendale Heights Taco Bell drive-through and then robbed a worker at gunpoint was arrested early Wednesday and charged with armed robbery.

  • Final two of five guilty in $2.7 million Kane County pot bust Sep 16, 2014 11:34 AM
    The final two of five people arrested in November in a $2.7 million Kane County marijuana bust have pleaded guilty. Mary Nunez, 59, of Batavia, was sentenced to three years in prison and Matthew Westerlin, 30, of Sugar Grove, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Three others pleaded guilty earlier this year, with two receiving sentences of three and four years. Richard Ecklund, 50, of Batavia, faces up to 30 years when sentenced Oct. 28.

  • Fox Valley police reports Sep 16, 2014 5:14 PM
    Wilson Hernandez, 49, of Elgin, was charged Monday with resisting or obstructing a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

  • Chicago DEA chief promoted to D.C. post Sep 16, 2014 8:09 PM
    The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago division, who has been outspoken about the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland, is leaving to take one of the agency’s top posts in Washington, D.C., a DEA official said Tuesday.

  • Rape suspect’s probation officer suspended Sep 16, 2014 8:15 PM
    A probation officer was suspended Tuesday after a teenager on home electronic monitoring was able to leave his home earlier this month and, authorities allege, sexually assault a pregnant Chicago State University student.

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