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Judge to set trial date in December for alleged Highland Park parade shooter

Judge Victoria Rossetti set Dec. 11 for the next appearance. The judge said she would set a trial date at that hearing. → Read More

Alleged Highland Park parade shooter could be called as a witness at his father’s trial, attorney says

The father has a November trial date on charges that his decision to vouch for his then-underaged son in 2019 on state firearm forms constituted a reckless action. Prosecutors say Crimo III had exhibited signs that indicated he was not a suitable person to own guns. → Read More

16-year-old charged in shooting of teen in Highland Park

Based on their investigation, Highland Park detectives believe there was an “ongoing dispute” between the teens. → Read More

Antioch man facing hate crime charges after threatening Jewish organizations, local synagogue members, authorities say

Police said they launched an investigation after Williams made threats against national Jewish organizations. He then made, “repeated direct threats of violence” to members of the Sanctuary Messianic Synagogue in Lindenhurst, police said. → Read More

Elderly Wauconda man apparently stabbed to death in his home, police say

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the 72-year-old man. → Read More

Antioch man charged in shooting death of neighbor during apparent leaf blower dispute often seen walking with gun, officials say

Ettore Lacchei, 79, appeared in court after he was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Martys, 59. The men were next-door neighbors in the 40700 block of North Black Oak Avenue. → Read More

Antioch-area man using leaf blower killed by neighbor with ‘various perceived grievances’ against him, police say

Ettore Lacchei, 79, of the 40700 block of North Black Oak Avenue, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Martys, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office. → Read More

Waukegan man who was drag racing at 100 mph before fatal Beach Park crash charged with reckless homicide, police say

The victim, a U.S. Army veteran and Beach Park resident, had to be extricated from his car and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. → Read More

Lake County files suit alleging companies conspired to increase insulin costs

The suit contends that major manufacturers of the diabetes treatment and pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) have used their market power to increase profits at the expense of Lake County residents. → Read More

Suspect in break-in at Michael Jordan’s vacant Highland Park estate facing trespass and property damage charges

The house has been for sale more than 10 years, and was listed initially at $29 million, but the price has dropped by more than half since then. It is currently listed at just under $15 million. → Read More

Authorities investigate break-in at vacant Highland Park estate owned by Michael Jordan

The Lake County sheriff’s office confirmed that police requested one of their canines Tuesday at the mansion, which has not been occupied in more than a decade. → Read More

Father of alleged Highland Park parade shooter back in court; judge prods lawyers to move case along

Judge George Strickland, who is hearing the case against Robert Crimo Jr., asked his attorney and prosecutors to try to complete the discovery phase of the case, if possible, by the next hearing. Crimo Jr. is scheduled to appear again on June 14. → Read More

Law & Order column: Boy injured in parade shooting honored; ‘Cooper’s strength and courage ... has been astonishing and inspirational’

The foundation named Roberts, 8, one of the winners of its Socrates Award, which recognizes perseverance in the face of spinal injury. → Read More

Murder charges filed against Highland Park men in fatal beach confrontation

Lake County prosecutors said Thursday that they have upgraded the charges against Nicholas Caban, 20, and Jacob Firestone, 19, both of Highland Park, in the death of Matthew Ascaridis. → Read More

Highland Park town hall meeting on gun violence attracts more than 100 people

State Rep. Bob Morgan called gun violence a “public health crisis,” during a town hall meeting about gun violence in the Highland Park Public Library Monday. → Read More

Woman impaled when car crashed while fleeing police in Mettawa Monday

A woman was impaled after her car ran into a fence after it was struck at the intersection of Illinois Route 60 and St Mary’s Road after running a red light. → Read More

Vernon Hills man found guilty of scamming friend out of $19k; ‘It was a con’

Ricky Dugo, 55, of Vernon Hills, was found guilty Friday by Judge Christopher Lombardo of theft by deception in a bench trial that began in December. → Read More

Teen arrested in November shooting death of Waukegan boy

The boy, whom police have not identified, was arrested Jan. 2 and charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder in the killing of Tyshawn Foster, 17, of Waukegan. → Read More

Authorities release tattoo images in hopes they lead to identity of woman whose remains were found in Libertyville

The woman’s remains were found Nov. 19 in the 1800 block of Hollister Avenue, and additional remains were found in a nearby wooded area. So far, authorities have not been able to identify her. → Read More

Lake County prosecutors charge father of alleged Highland Park parade shooter with felonies for sponsoring son’s FOID card

Robert Crimo Jr., faces one count one for each person killed in the July 4 attack. Felony reckless conduct has maximum penalty of three years in prison, but probation is also an option. → Read More