Friday, May 17, 2013
Sheriff's deputies will check the safety of your child's seat from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the village of Port Barrington.
Are you concerned your child's safety seat is not properly installed? The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is holding a child safety seat check event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at the village of Port Barrington. Child Passenger Safety technicians will educate and assist parents and caregivers with correct installation and use of child safety seats at 69 South Circle Ave., Port Barrington, according to McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke. Every driver and passenger over the age of 8, front or back seat, is required to wear a safety belt. Children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least the age of 8. Technicians on the site can answer questions parents may have regarding child passenger safety …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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 …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A McHenry County resident discovered the outdoor grow operation and campsite on Saturday near Hebron.
A McHenry County resident discovered a campsite and about 2,000 pot plants in a dense wooded area in unincorporated Hebron. The resident came upon the campsite and two unidentified men on Saturday, May 11, located near Nicholas and Hillside roads outside of Hebron. The two men, described only as Hispanic, ran away, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said in a press release. Sheriff deputies seized about 2,000 cannabis sativa plants from two cleared-out areas in the dense woods that were being prepared for planting. The sheriff's Narcotics Unit was called in to process the scene, and recovered fertilizer, soil, hoses, food, water and camping equipment. Undersheriff Andrew Zinke estimated the street value of the pot plants - if harvested - …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Kyle R. Pratt, 23, died Saturday, April 20, from injuries sustained in a dirt bike accident one week ago.
The Crystal Lake man involved in a dirt bike accident one week ago on the north side of city has died. Kyle R. Pratt, 23, of 995 Whitehall Way, passed away Saturday, April 20. Funeral arrangements have been published by Davenport Family Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. Read the obituary for Kyle R. Pratt here. Pratt was injured on Saturday, April 13, while riding a 2002 Suzuki RM Motocross at about 5:21 p.m. near Nunda Trail and Terra Cotta Road just outside the Crystal Lake city limits. According to police reports, Pratt was riding the dirt bike on ComEd property under the high voltage power lines. He lost control of the bike for unknown reasons and was ejected. The Suzuki continue moving until it crashed into a chainlink fence. Pratt was …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Randall J. Rossman, 50, died in Friday night crash on Thayer Road.
A Hebron man was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday night following a single-car crash on Thayer Road near Hebron. Randall J. Rossman, 50, 13302 Thayer Rd., died as a result of crash that occurred on Thayer Road about three-fourths of a mile west of Route 47 in unincorporated Hebron Township, according to a press release issued by McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Sheriff's deputies and the Hebron Fire Protection District responded to the crash scene at about 9:04 p.m. March 29. Preliminary investigation indicates Rossman was driving his 1998 GMC Sierra truck eastbound on Thayer Road when the truck left the roadway to the north, entered the ditch, became airborne over a creek, and came to rest on its passenger side, Nygren said. …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Task force "HEAT" aims to address heroin problem.
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Saturday, March 23
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has created a Heroin Education, Enforcement Action Task Force aimed at dealing with the heroin problem. The task force, "HEAT," was formed to gather data and collaborate with the McHenry County Coroner's office, State's Attorney office, area police departments, regional superintendant of schools and health service providers to gain their input and provide recommendations to law enforcement. Undersheriff Andrew Zinke will serve as chairman of the new force, Sheriff Keith Nygren said in a press release. "Our goal is to address the heroin problem while working together sharing information to better equip the law enforcement community to more effectively address the heroin issue," Nygren stated in the …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office found conducted a month-long liquor enforcement operation.
Five businesses have been cited for selling alcohol to minors following a month-long liquor enforcement operation in rural McHenry County. The businesses and those accused of selling alcohol to a minor at the business include: Over the course of the liquor enforcement operation, the sheriff's office used underage volunteers to purchase—or attempt to purchase—alcohol from 28 different businesses across unincorporated McHenry County, according to the news release. The volunteers went to bars and taverns as well as retail stores that sold liquor. Those accused of selling alcohol to minors were charged with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverage to a minor and are expected to appear before the McHenry County Liquor Commission for a review. …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Walter J. Depner now faces felony charges for allegations that he drove drunk this past Sunday, according to the Daily Herald.
A 61-year-old Mount Prospect man convicted of driving drunk and killing four Crystal Lake family members in 1999 now faces upgraded charges for allegations that he drove drunk this past Sunday, McHenry County prosecutors told the Daily Herald. Walter J. Depner, who was originally charged with misdemeanors for the Sunday incident, now faces felony charges of aggravated driving under the influence and driving while license revoked, according to the article. He is expected in court Thursday morning. Depner was out on parole prior to his arrest on Sunday and served 12 years of a 14-year sentence for the DUI-related crash that killed Eva Burleson, 34; and her three children, Daniel, 13; Tiffany, 11; and Dallis, 7, according to the Northwest …
Monday, February 4, 2013
In the last three days, three snowmobilers have fallen through the ice.
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Monday, February 4
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is asking snowmobile riders to stay off area waterways after three riders fell through the ice in recent days. The incidents occurred over the past three days and involved two snowmobile riders who fell through while on the Fox River and another who fell through Wonder Lake, according to a sheriff's office press release. No one was seriously injured in any of the incidents though one of the riders was treated for minor face lacerations and hypothermia. "Less than a week ago temperatures were above 60 degrees, which means that ice over waterways has not had an opportunity to build up sufficiently," according to the news release. "This is especially true in area where the water underneath has a strong …
Friday, January 4, 2013
McHenry County Sheriff’s office responds to scene of deadly accident on Johnson Road, the Northwest Herald reports.
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Friday, January 4
A man died in a head-on crash at Johnson Road Road in Marengo early Friday, resulting in the closure of Route 20 as sheriff’s deputies investigated the scene, the Northwest Herald reports. The McHenry County Sheriff’s office could not provide many details because deputies were on the scene but more details will be released later.