Katie Smith, Shaw Local

Katie Smith

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Past articles by Katie:

Prosecutors file first-degree murder charges against man wanted in connection with Algonquin double homicide

Maxim Parnov now is accused of causing blunt force trauma to both Elvira and Peter Almen, resulting in their deaths. → Read More

Crystal Lake man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting child

A 24-year-old Crystal Lake man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a child in 2013. → Read More

Harvard barn catches fire Wednesday

The barn was empty and no injuries occurred as a result of the fire, officials said. → Read More

Crystal Lake Food Pantry sees less in donations during Community Harvest

Local food pantries in need of volunteers, donated food and supplies as they weather the pandemic. → Read More

Huntley man receives probation for posting photo of juvenile girl to porn website

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to posting a revealing photo of a teenager to a pornography website. → Read More

Good Samaritan laws expanded to guard against drug-induced homicide prosecution

When Veronica Kubiak witnessed her boyfriend overdosing on heroin and fentanyl, she administered CPR and naloxone in an attempt to reverse the overdose and told her sister to call 911, the woman’s attorney said. Despite her efforts, Kubiak faces felony charges tied to the death of 26-year-old Barry Harkins Jr., who died on June 9, 2019. Kubiak of Crystal Lake was one of 15 people charged by the… → Read More

Fox River Grove man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting child

Korem M. Johanson received a 16-year prison sentence for having inappropriate contact with a child in 2019. → Read More

Man accused of firing gun outside Woodstock apartment

Police on Friday arrested a Chicago man accused of firing a gun during a September dispute in Woodstock. → Read More

Marengo man to be sentenced in 2018 fatal DUI crash

A Marengo man on Thursday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence during a 2018 crash that killed an Elgin woman. Brett J. Herold, of the 2600 block of Constance Lane, entered a blind guilty plea Thursday to driving under the influence and failing to report a fatal crash. In exchange for Herold’s guilty plea, McHenry County prosecutors dismissed additional charges including driving under… → Read More

McHenry man nets prison sentence tied to child porn allegations

Timothy Marcinko pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of grooming and solicitation of child pornography. → Read More

McHenry County high schools switch up homecoming traditions in light of COVID-19

"The dance was so much fun, and I think everyone now prefers having it outside," one student said → Read More

Shots for Toyota commercial, ‘Lightyears’ filmed in Woodstock Square

Filming took place Thursday for a commercial and separate Amazon Studios project, according to city officials. → Read More

Few McHenry County police departments are tracking officers’ vaccination statuses

First responders were some of the earliest eligible people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but with inconsistent vaccination tracking practices among departments, it remains unclear just how many members of McHenry County law enforcement are fully vaccinated. The Northwest Herald sought documentation of officer vaccination rates for police departments throughout McHenry County that served… → Read More

Second man charged in Cary fatal overdose

A 21-year-old Lake Villa man was arrested Thursday in connection with a Cary man’s overdose death. → Read More

McHenry man accused of stealing more than $10K from Cary employer

The unauthorized purchases included Ring cameras, tools and pool equipment, according to police → Read More

McHenry roller rink property destroyed by alleged arson fire could become apartment complex

A Wisconsin-based housing developer is interested in buying the former Just For Fun Roller Rink in McHenry, which was destroyed in what police say was an arson fire allegedly started by two teenagers earlier this year, city officials confirmed this week. So far, the developer, Commonwealth Properties, based in Fond du Lac, is looking at building 50 apartments across three stories at the site,… → Read More

‘Elderly’ man killed after hit by garbage truck in Spring Grove

Officials have not released the man’s identity or the name of the refuse company the truck belonged to. → Read More

After surge of pandemic adoptions, McHenry County animal shelters are filling with adoptable pets

Some McHenry County shelters see increase in relinquishments unrelated to COVID-19, transfers from out-of-state → Read More

McHenry man receives 20-year sentence for cocaine possession

A McHenry man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for possessing more than a pound of cocaine. → Read More

Antioch man arrested in connection with Cary fatal overdose

Jason Schwamb is charged with drug-induced homicide after prosecutors say he delivered fentanyl to another man. → Read More