Monday, May 20, 2013
Russell K. Gordon, 48, of rural McHenry, was arrested at his home Saturday, May 18, by special agents of the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service.
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A McHenry area man was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly treatening U.S. Embassy officials in Serbia as well as Serbians in Chicago over a visa dispute regarding his Serbian wife. Russell K. Gordon, 48, of rural McHenry, was arrested at his home May 18, by special agents of the U.S. Department of Diplomatic Security Service (DDS) and FBI. He is charged with allegedly making threats to kill the U.S. Ambassador in Serbia and Serbians in Chicago because of the visa dispute, according to Randall Samborn, spokesman for the Asst. U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago. Gordon was scheduled to appear in court on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, Samborn stated in a press release. …
Crystal Lake Police release juvenile arrest reports through May 1, 2013.
Note: The following information was obtained from Crystal Lake Police arrest reports. An arrest is only an accusation and does not constitute guilt. An individual can only be found guilty in a court of law. 14-year-old juvenile was arrested April 3, and cahrged with unauthorized possession or storage of weapons. 17-year-old was arrested April 16, and charged with retail theft valued under $300. 17-year-old was arrested May 1, and charged with possession of less than 2.5 grams cannabis. 14-year-old juvenile was arrested April 11, and charged with possession of 10 to 30 grams cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 13-year-old juvenile was arrested April 11, and charged with possession of less than 2.5 grams cannabis. 17-year-old was…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Fingerprinting will be held May 22, at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office in Woodstock.
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is holding a child fingerprinting event in honor of the upcoming National Missing Children's Day and the Take 25 Child Safety Campaign. The free fingerprinting service is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, according to a sheriff's office press release. Attendees should go to the Sheriff’s Office Training Division located on the second floor of the courthouse. May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder there are thousands of children who are missing and stresses the importance of making child…
A look at weird crime news in the northern Chicago suburbs.
Hard to Believe This Elaborate Heist Failed A woman from Round Lake Beach was charged with retail theft and reckless driving after she left a JC Penney without paying for $169 in clothing, struck a vehicle with her car and nearly hit several pedestrians while attempting to flee. Candy-Powered Cars Are the Future! A Chicago man was charged with disorderly conduct after he placed a candy bar in his ex-girlfriend's gas tank. Caught Red Handed With Matching Eye Shadow A Prospect Heights woman was charged with retail theft at Golf Mill Mall after a security agent observed her taking cosmetics and makeup from a store display, putting them into her purse and exiting the store without paying. Security recovered 28 items worth $425 on the scene. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The following police-related items were taken from area Patches. When an arrest is referenced is should not be considered a conviction.
Des Plaines Battery, Hazing Charges Filed Against Maine West Soccer Coach A former varsity boys soccer coach and teacher at Maine West High School faces multiple criminal charges related to reports of bullying and hazing, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez stated on Wednesday. Michael Divincenzo was charged with eight misdemeanor counts including three counts of battery, one count of hazing and four counts of failure to report abuse as mandated, in incidents on June 1, 2012, Aug. 31, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, according to court documents. Divincenzo is accused of threatening freshmen students to have the varsity players stick their thumbs up their buttocks if they did not communicate properly during a soccer drill, according to the …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Police say a Hoffman Estates man molested an 8-year-old at the church's special needs child care center, the Daily Herald reports.
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Thursday, May 16
A 19-year-old Willow Creek Community Church volunteer has been charged with molesting an 8-year-old boy, the Daily Herald reports. Officials say Robert Sobczak of Hoffman Estates was volunteering in a care center for special-needs children when the molestation occurred. If convicted, he could face three to seven years in prison, the newspaper reports.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kane County Sheriff’s deputies report Route 20 closed from Nessler to Plank Road.
UPDATED 7 PM, WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 A 21-year-old Sycamore woman died Wednesday in a motorcycle accident on Route 20 in Elgin Township. Angela Hansen, of the 1600 block of Sparkhayes Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Kane County Sheriff’s office said. Hansen was driving a 2010 Kawasaki motorcycle stopped on Plank Road facing north while waiting to make a turn east on Route 20, sheriff’s deputies said. The motorcycle began turning, accelerated rapidly then crossed the roadway and struck a semi-trailer. Hansen was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver of the semi truck, Christopher Portner, of Stockton, was not injured. No tickets have been issued and the crash remains under investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives and members of the …
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit from .08 to .05. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 942 DUI arrests in McHenry County…
Sheriff identifies emerging trend involving rental scams.
Renters should be aware of possible scams where they may end up renting a home that isn’t on the market, the McHenry County Sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office has identified a trend of rental property scams where individuals market a house for rent that is not theirs but collect a deposit from potential renters, according to a release. This scam begins with an advertisement for rental property listed on the Internet through a site similar to “Craigslist,” the sheriff’s office said. The rental rate appears to be a good deal that requires one month’s rent and sometime a security deposit. The interested “rentee” tries to meet the alleged “property owner”, often with negative results. Usually excuses are provided to the “rentee” as …
Crystal Lake Police Department is urging drivers to celebrate safely this Memorial Day holiday.
If you're planning on celebrating Memorial Day weekend with any type of alcoholic beverages, make pre-arrangements now for a designated driver or taxi cab ride. The Crystal Lake Police Department will be on the streets from now through Memorial Day during the overnight hours cracking down on drunken drivers and motorists not wearing seat belts. The Crystal Lake Police have begun the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” crackdown for the Memorial Day holiday. The intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers and seat belt law violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths caused by alcohol consumption and failure to buckle up, said Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior in a press release. The …