| Jul 10, 2014
| 3:17 PM
A part-time police officer in a small McHenry County community who was fired after less than a week on the job now faces criminal charges of official misconduct, possession of a stolen firearm and burglary, authorities said.
Ryszard T. Kopacz, 30, was...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 5:48 PM
Neighboring mayors and environmentalists expressed concerns but withheld judgment Wednesday about a proposed gas-fired power plant in far northwest suburban Oakwood Hills.
The main concern was that the generating plant might draw too much groundwater...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 3:22 PM
A 29-year-old Woodstock man was charged with sexually abusing a boy he met at a local water park, police said today.
Taylor L. Blaul of the 1400 block of Oakleaf Lane, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 2 felony,...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Highwood City Manager Scott Hartman is leaving Highwood next month to become the new deputy county administrator for McHenry County.
In a recent interview, Hartman said the county job was better for his family and closer to his Crystal Lake home. But...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 3:23 PM
A Woodstock man was bailed out of McHenry County Jail Wednesday following his arrest on charges that he sexually abused a boy multiple times, including at a public swimming pool, authorities said.
Taylor L. Blaul, 29, is accused of having...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:23 PM
As if riders on Metra's BNSF Line didn't already know, they suffered through a dismal month of May, with 1 out of every 5 rush-hour trains running at least five minutes late, officials said Friday.
The BNSF Line to Aurora — Metra's busiest with...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:48 PM
A former McHenry County sheriff’s deputy has dropped a long-running lawsuit against the county in exchange for escaping a hefty court fine, officials said today.
Zane Seipler filed a federal suit in 2008 claiming he was wrongly terminated for...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 3:11 PM
The following items were taken from police reports.
Five boys were arrested in connection with a number of incidents of criminal damage to property on May 9 between 2:46 a.m. and 6:56 a.m. on the 400 block of Tall Grass Circle, the 400 block of Red...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Walter Depner, who served 12 years in prison for killing four people in 1999 while driving drunk, pleaded guilty today to again driving under the influence on the same road in 2013.
Depner, 62, waived his right to a jury trial that was set to begin...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:05 PM
A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen this morning by his younger brother in a home near Harvard, authorities said.
The brothers found an unsecured .22 caliber rifle and were playing with it, thinking it was unloaded, according to a...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:17 PM
Karen Scavelli’s three children looked on quietly this morning in a McHenry County courtroom as Howard E. Dibbern pleaded not guilty to beating, stabbing and breaking their mother’s neck in her Island Lake home.
Dibbern, 49, pleaded not...