Amanda Marrazzo, Northwest Herald

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Past articles by Amanda:

Carpentersville man sentenced to 18 years on cocaine conviction

A Carpentersville man, who authorities said has ties to a Mexican drug cartel, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for his connection to 16,000 grams of cocaine with a street value of $1.6 million allegedly stored in a warehouse in Lake in the Hills. → Read More

Bond reduced for Harvard mom accused of child endangerment

A McHenry County judge Tuesday reduced bond from $200,000 to $90,000 for a jailed Harvard mom accused of allowing her son to “become severely malnourished.” → Read More

DCFS supervisor in AJ Freund investigation has case continued to January

The former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services supervisor charged criminally in the death of AJ Freund, beaten to death last year by his parents, made a brief appearance in McHenry County courtroom Tuesday. → Read More

Federal appeals judges raise questions in Kenny Smith's conviction in 2001 Burrito Express murder

Judge says he's 'never seen anything quite like' this case → Read More

Longtime McHenry County prosecutor was warned prior to firing, records show

A former McHenry County assistant state’s attorney was told not to handle matters concerning his “personal friend,” but did so anyway leading to his abrupt termination, records show. → Read More

'These crimes occur in these hellscapes': AJ Freund's father pleads guilty, sentenced to maximum 30 years

After 17 months of denying before a McHenry County judge any involvement in the death of his 5-year-old son AJ Freund, Andrew Freund pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated battery to a child, involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death. → Read More

AJ Freund's father pleads guilty, sentenced to maximum 30 years

After 17 months of denying before a McHenry County judge any involvement in the death of his five-year-old son AJ Freund, Andrew Freund pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated battery to a child, involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death. → Read More

'These crimes occur in these hellscapes': AJ Freund's father pleads guilty, sentenced to maximum 30 years

After 17 months of denying before a McHenry County judge any involvement in the death of his 5-year-old son AJ Freund, Andrew Freund pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated battery to a child, involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death. → Read More

AJ Freund's father pleads guilty, sentenced to maximum 30 years

After 17 months of denying before a McHenry County judge any involvement in the death of his five-year-old son AJ Freund, Andrew Freund pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a child, involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death. → Read More

Crystal Lake man who killed mother in 2010 released from IDHS care due to deteriorating health

A McHenry County judge ruled Wednesday that a man found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2010 for the stabbing death of his mother be discharged from the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services. → Read More

DCFS supervisor in AJ Freund case pleads not guilty to felony child endangerment, reckless conduct

In a brief arraignment hearing Thursday at the McHenry County courthouse, a former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services supervisor pleaded not guilty to felony criminal charges connected to the death of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew “AJ” Freund. → Read More

DCFS supervisor in AJ Freund case pleads not guilty to felony child endangerment, reckless conduct

In a brief arraignment hearing Thursday at the McHenry County courthouse, a former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services supervisor pleaded not guilty to felony criminal charges connected to the death of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy Andrew “AJ” Freund. → Read More

Waukegan man sentenced to four years for his role in 2018 fatal overdose of McHenry man

A 30-year-old Waukegan man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for his part in providing the heroin and fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a McHenry man in 2018. → Read More

Judge agrees to consider negotiated plea deal for AJ Freund's father Friday

The father of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund could accept a plea deal Friday afternoon for his part in his son’s death, the prosecutor confirmed to a McHenry County judge Wednesday morning. → Read More

Judge agrees to consider negotiated plea deal for AJ Freund's father Friday

The father of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund could accept a plea deal Friday afternoon for his part in his son’s death, the prosecutor confirmed to a McHenry County judge Wednesday morning. → Read More

Father of AJ Freund could accept plea deal Friday, his attorney says

The father of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy, Andrew “AJ” Freund, who was killed last year in his home then buried in a shallow grave, could accept a plea deal Friday on charges related to the boy’s death, his attorney Henry “Hank” Sugden said Tuesday. → Read More

'It is not the easiest case': Prosecutors, defense will both face hurdles in Polovin, Acosta criminal cases

Two former DCFS employees charged following 5-year-old AJ Freund's death → Read More

'I stand by what I did': Longtime McHenry County prosecutor fired for helping out friend

Longtime McHenry County prosecutor fired for helping out friend → Read More

Question over transcript pushes back start of Crystal Lake double homicide trial

More than three years after a woman and her teenage sister were shot and killed in a Crystal Lake home, the man charged in connection with the homicides has yet to go to trial. → Read More

Just For Fun Roller Rink set to close its doors

'It’s just a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into keeping that place open' → Read More