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  • Warrant issued for Gavin South teacher charged with sex crimes Aug 30, 2014 10:42 AM
    An arrest warrant has been issued for a Gavin South Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 block of East Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest, is charged in the warrant with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and five counts of criminal sexual assault.

  • Former deputy charged in double homicide Aug 29, 2014 6:05 PM
    Prosecutors have charged a former Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy with killing his wife and sister-in-law last week.

  • Man gets 6 years for DUI on same road as ’99 crash that killed 4 Aug 29, 2014 8:55 PM
    A Mount Prospect man who served 12 years in prison for killing four people in a 1999 drunken driving crash was sentenced Friday to six years behind bars for a DUI he was given last year on the same road. Walter J. Depner, 62, caused the Aug. 21, 1999, crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor that killed Eva Burleson of Crystal Lake and her three children. Her husband, Tom Burleson, said Friday he hopes Depner “finds peace.”

  • Verdict split in Schaumburg home invasion trial Aug 29, 2014 8:31 PM
    Cook County jurors found Mitchell Barnes not guilty of attempted murder Friday. But the 11-woman, 1-man jury convicted the former Barrington-area man of home invasion and robbery, making the 22-year-old eligible for a prison term of up to 30 years when he is sentenced.

  • Chicago schools getting $10 million for Safe Passage Aug 28, 2014 5:05 PM
    A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.

  • Gurnee men plead not guilty to drug induced homicide Aug 28, 2014 3:45 PM
    Two Gurnee men have pleaded not guilty to drug-induced homicide charges in the March death of a 22-year-old Waukegan resident, authorities said. Haitham Qasem, 27, and Kareem Perkins, 30, are scheduled to face trial later this year on charges stemming from the fatal overdose of Christopher Tiskus.

  • Hanover Park man pleads guilty to battery Aug 28, 2014 6:55 PM
    A Hanover Park man pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Monday, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea to the class 3 felony, Joshua R. Little was sentenced to four years in prison, and prosecutors dismissed charges of kidnapping and sexual assault, according to court records.

  • Chicago commander accused of threatening suspect Aug 28, 2014 7:35 PM
    A decorated Chicago police commander who rose through the ranks even as he was the subject of numerous misconduct allegations appeared in court Thursday, facing felony charges that he stuck his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatened to kill him.

  • Cameras permitted for suspended doctor’s sex assault trial Aug 28, 2014 4:59 PM
    A Kane County judge did not impose any additional restrictions Thursday on cameras in the courtroom for a Geneva doctor accused of a 2012 sexual assault of one of his patients. The attorney for Mark Lewis, 55, asked the judge to admonish media members from trying to interview Lewis in the courtroom or hallway outside of court. Lewis faces uo to 30 years in prison if convicted and the state's Department of Professional Regulation has suspended his license.

  • 2 years prison for man who bilked Aurora, Elgin casinos out of $50,000 Aug 28, 2014 5:33 PM
    A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to bilking area casinos out of more than $50,000 in March 2013 by purchasing comp checks using bank information from Canadian bank customers and later cashing the checks. Xueliang Li, 59, was sentenced to two years in prison; Li and another man also did prison time for similar offenses at casinos in Indiana. Li's co-defendant died of an illness while his case was pending.

  • No trial until January for Naperville man charged in fatal stabbing Aug 28, 2014 4:30 PM
    Roughly three years will have passed before the man accused in a 2012 stabbing death in downtown Naperville has his day in court. Daniel Olaska’s defense attorney, Ernie DiBenedetto, told Judge Kathryn Creswell Thursday that he will not be able to defend Olaska until mid-January 2015 at the earliest. “Everyone, including my client, his family, the victim’s family and the public, is anxious to get this done, but it has proved to be a difficult undertaking,” DiBenedetto said.

  • Lisle man to spend 21st birthday in jail Aug 28, 2014 4:30 PM
    A Lisle man began his birthday celebration Thursday morning on the run from police, authorities said. DuPage County sheriff’s deputies say they were investigating a group of men who gathered around midnight in anunincorporated area near Lisle when they approached Jason Brown, 21, of the 4000 block of Keller Street. They said Brown, who had multiple warrants out for his arrest, fled and was chased and apprehended by officers.

  • Trial set for Villa Park man accused in fatal arson Aug 28, 2014 2:25 PM
    A Villa Park man accused of setting a July 22, 2012, fire in Lombard that killed his former girlfriend is set to stand trial Nov. 3. Todd Mandoline, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and criminal damage to property in the death of Paula Morgan.

  • Prosecutor testifies about Schaumburg hotel attack Aug 28, 2014 9:41 PM
    A Cook County assistant state’s attorney testified Thursday that Mitchell Barnes made statements implicating himself in a 2011 attack on a resident of the Homestead Studio Suites in Schaumburg.

  • Lawsuit against Vanecko in Mt. Prospect man's death tossed Aug 29, 2014 11:34 AM
    Mount Prospect resident Nanci Koschman said Thursday that she was feeling “disappointed, and a little sad” after a federal judge threw out a civil-rights lawsuit she filed that accused Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors of a cover-up in the death of her son, David. “I'm disappointed not for me, but for David,” she said. “He still hasn't received justice. But be assured, I'll fight another day.”.

  • Northwest suburban police blotter Aug 27, 2014 12:05 PM
    A vandal shot a bullet between 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and noon Aug. 9 through a second-floor double-pane window on the west side of a business building at 2600 S. River Road in Des Plaines. The bullet struck a wall, hit a privacy window and came to rest on a desk. Damage was estimated at $2,450.

  • Fox Valley police reports Aug 27, 2014 4:56 PM
    Erick A. Rodriguez, 21, of Streamwood, was arrested early Wednesday and later charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an Elgin police report.

  • Mundelein man accused of possession of child pornography Aug 27, 2014 5:36 PM
    A 37-year-old Mundelein man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Roman Oletsky is accused of possessing child pornography after a raid on his home by authorities Wednesday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

  • Trial begins in 2011 Schaumburg hotel beating Aug 28, 2014 5:23 AM
    A savage beating during an attempted robbery or a sexual encounter gone wrong? Prosecutors and defense attorneys offered conflicting scenarios Wednesday as trial began for a former Barrington Hills man charged with beating a man at a Schaumburg hotel.

  • Ex-Wheaton North booster president a no show again for sentencing Aug 28, 2014 5:33 AM
    A DuPage County judge issued a no-bail warrant after the former president of the Wheaton North High School Booster Club, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11,000 from the organization, ditched her sentencing hearing. Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 58, of Winfield failed to attend her third consecutive court date related to her impending sentencing Wednesday. When she is sentenced, she faces between three and seven years in prison for the thefts.

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