Lake County News Sun Latest news from Lake County News Sun Online en-us (Editor) Lake County News Sun 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Dog-killer sentenced to 3 1/2 years for ‘horrific crime’ ]]> Lead story image

Following an emotional hearing on Martin Keller’s anger-fueled killing of a dog in Lake Villa, the Kenosha, Wis., man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Tuesday for animal torture under a plea deal accepted by a Lake County Circuit Court judge. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:39:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge refuses plea deal in case of sex abuse of a minor ]]> Lead story image

A Lake County Circuit Court judge refused to approve a plea deal presented Tuesday for a 75-year-old Lake Villa man charged with the aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:39:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutors claim DNA samples tie man to murder ]]> Lead story image

DNA samples of blood taken from Fred Reckling’s stolen Lincoln Town Car match the Chicago man charged with the Waukegan business owner’s murder, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday as the trial of Hezekiah Whitfield got underway. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:38:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man sentenced to 30 months probation for sex assault ]]> Lead story image

A former North Chicago man charged with sexually assaulting two students at Lake Forest High School, where he worked with drama students, was sentenced to 30 months of felony probation under a plea deal approved Tuesday. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:38:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crime Stoppers seek fugitive accused of burglary ]]> Lead story image

Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office/Warrants Division are seeking the public’s help in learning the whereabouts of Tarquin C. Saunders. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:39:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police Beat ]]>

Jon Kickel, 26, 286 Anita Ave., Apt. 207, was charged with retail theft from Walmart and referred to adjudication court. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:39:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two teens arrested for murder of 15-year-old in North Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Two North Chicago 18-year-olds are each charged with first-degree murder and are being held in Lake County Jail on $5 million bond in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old last week. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:47:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trial begins for 1994 murder of business owner ]]> Lead story image

Jury selection was underway Monday in the murder trial of 43-year-old Chicago resident Hezekiah Whitfield, charged with the 1994 killing of Waukegan business owner Fred Reckling. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:47:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jury won’t see crime scene of Round Lake Beach murder ]]> Lead story image

A judge denied a defense motion Monday to allow the jury in the upcoming murder trial of Jose Rebollar-Vergara to visit the Round Lake Beach crime scene where the murder occurred. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:47:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Plea deal in the works for ex-teacher charged with sex abuse ]]> Lead story image

Negotiations to iron out a plea deal for Amber Kraus, a former Grant High School teacher accused of sexually abusing a student in her home, appear to be moving forward. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:17:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trial begins Monday for man charged in 1994 murder ]]> Lead story image

The trial of a man charged with killing Waukegan business owner Fred Reckling 20 years ago is set to begin Monday, marking the second time prosecutors will try to find justice for Reckling and his family. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:17:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-cop may have had permit to carry weapon into golf event ]]>

Felony charges against a man arrested for attempting to bring a gun into a golf championship in Lake Forest could be dropped if his attorney can prove claims that he had a permit to carry a gun as a former officer. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:17:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gurnee man charged with sexually assaulting girls for years ]]> Lead story image

The owner of a Gurnee business is behind bars on a $500,000 bond after he was charged with sexually assaulting two girls over a period of 20 years. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Juvenile shot, killed in North Chicago alley ]]>

North Chicago police are reporting that a juvenile was shot and killed in an alley Wednesday night. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Waukegan officers injured during domestic violence call ]]> Lead story image

Officers responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex Wednesday that quickly morphed into a more complex case as over a dozen officers rushed to the scene. The case turned into an alleged drug-related incident. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Antioch emergency volunteer charged with battery ]]> Lead story image

An Antioch Township emergency services volunteer was charged with battery for allegedly having “inappropriate contact” with a fire station employee. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:37:57 -0500