Sunday, March 1, 2015

LITH PD Warns Drivers Snow's Not Required For A Car Crash

Lake in the Hills police warned Saturday that even though winter's nearing its end, it doesn't  take a big snowfall to result in a fatal traffic crash.  A LITH PD reminder reported that only 25 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois from 2009-2013 occurred during storm events.

This morning's fatal crash data report from the Illinois Department of Transportation shows there've been 94 auto fatalities in the state so far this year, slightly behind last year's total of 97 deaths by March 1.  The deaths were the result of 86 crashes, 5 of them involving unlicensed drivers, according to the report.  Where seat belt usage could be determined, more than one third of the victims weren't wearing them, according to IDOT's data.

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

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LITH PD Warns Snow's Not Required For A Car Crash
LITH Rotarians Return From Central America Service Project
Huntley Citizen Police Academy Applications Still Open
Chicago Area February Cold Ties 140-Year Record
McHenry County Indictments
Police Blotters
Algonquin PD Saves Overdose Victim With Heroin Antidote
Temps To Rebound From Record Cold But Light Snow Expected
Algonquin Recruits For Loyal Emergency Response Team (ALERT)
Jury Frees "Eagle Man Of Oglesby" For Saving Baby Baldies
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Huntley Downtown Utilities Work To Begin In About One Month
LITH Hopes For Fed Funds For Lakewood Bike Path
Grand Jury Indicts Former McHenry County Coroner
New Legislation Filed To Keep Nuke Plants From Closing
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Grafton To Begin E-Waste Recycling Program Monday
Slipper Roads, Cold Temps As Month Draws Toward Close
LITH Preview Family Fun Night Scheduled
Deal Close On State Budget Shuffling--Or Not As Case May Be
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Sanitary District Asks LITH Board For Past Due Water Shut Offs
Latest Camp Algonquin Final Plan Revealed
Light Snow For Afternoon, Evening, Then Cold--Weekend Dicey
Credit Agency Pans Rauner Budget Plan
Obituaries
Police Blotters
Concern About Education Grows At D300 Legislative Meet
Huntley Seeks Hotel Input From New Online Survey
AAYO Baseball, Softball Registration Extended
Bill Introduced To Tighten Illinois College Grant Program
Obituaries
Police Blotters
No New Leads In Hate Letter To LITH Muslim Congregation
Huntley Historical Society Views Videos, Plans Contest
Unseasonable Cold Expected For Most Of Week
Retrial Begins Downstate Today For Bald Eagle Samaritan
Police Blotters

LITH Rotarians Return From Central America Service Project

Half a dozen Lake in the Hills Rotary club volunteers returned this week from a 10-day service project to help residents of a  small village in Central Guatemala.  Part of a regional Rotary team, the LITH contingent helped build a new computer lab and library, rehabbed another building for a health center, held classes for local school children and distributed filtration kits to help ensure the supply of clean water.  The team returned on what was, coincidentally the 110th Anniversary of the founding of Rotary International, a service organization dedicated to providing public service to local and international communities.

In the pic:  LITH Rotary volunteers helped raise the walls for a new health center in a central Guatemalan village.

Huntley Citizen Police Academy Applications Still Open

Spots are still open for the latest edition of Huntley's Citizen Police Academy starting in 10 days.  CPA's a series of classes and discussions which provide an overview of the various areas of law enforcement, especially in the Village of Huntley.

The next series begins at Huntley PD March 11 from 7 to 9 pm and every Wednesday night thereafter through May 13.  It's
free of charge and is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and live or work in Huntley.  Applicants have to pass a  background check, though.  The application's located here: http://www.huntley.il.us/depts/documents/CPAApplication.pdf  Questions go to Sgt. L. J. Marak at (847) 515-5409.

In the pic:  Huntley's CPA isn't just pamphlets and Powerpoints.  Hands on demos include, for example, "dusting for prints". 

Chicago Area February Cold Ties 140-Year Record

Official numbers won't be released until later today but National Weather Service meteorologists this morning said Feb. '15 will end up tied with 1875 as coldest on record in Chicago with a 14.6 degree average temp and the second coldest in Rockford where the daily average was only 12.2.  Both were about 13 degrees below normal.  In fact, the mercury only pushed past the freezing point on five days in February.

The flipside of all the cold air was less both more and less precipitation than usual.   Melted down February's snow only amounted to about 1.45 inches of water at O'Hare, for instance.  That's about a third less than normal.  However, thanks to the record cold, in crystallized form the snow was especially fluffy so falls added up to 26.8  inches agaisnt a ruler for the month, almost 18 more than usual.

Technically, it's Spring now but the new season's not off to a very promising start.  Central Illinois is digging out from a pretty good storm Saturday while locally temps will warm up a little for the next couple of days but still remain below normal.  The outlook is for something approaching a seasonable high Tuesday but also the likelihood of more snow although forecasters aren't sure exactly where right now.  Another high pressure area's expected to bring arctic air back into northern Illinois Wednesday.

McHenry County Indictments

A McHenry County Grand Jury returned indictments this week against the following individuals:  The charges against these defendants are merely allegations against them.  The defendants are presumed innocent of any crime until proven guilty in court. For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon their submission of a court record.

SHUNEQUA R. SMITH, DOB: 01/31/1996, 8428 CARPENTER STREET, CHICAGO.  FORGERY. --Algonquin PD
  
JEREMY J. OCHAL, DOB: 02/17/1987, 4314 DERBY, CRYSTAL LAKE.  DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --Huntley PD

JAKE T. MORAVEC, DOB:  09/23/1996, 3 JOSEPH COURT, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER CANNABIS, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
VICTOR OVET DIAZ    , DOB: 09/29/1995, 305 BIRCH ROAD, WOODSTOCK.  AGGRAVATED FLEEING OR ATTEMPT TO ELUDE A POLICE OFFICER,  RECKLESS DRIVING, RESISTING OR OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

LYDIA ALICIA GONZALES, DOB:  02/08/1994, 1619 MEADOW LANE, MCHENRY.  BURGLARY, THEFT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT. --McHenry PD
  
SEEMA BEGUM, DOB:  01/11/1989, 4506 GARDEN QUARTER ROAD  APT 27, MCHENRY.  USE OF ACCOUNT NUMBER WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF ANOTHER’S CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD. --McHenry PD
  
EZIQUIO NUNEZ-ONTIVEROS, DOB:  09/10/1969, 222 TEE LANE, CARPENTERSVILLE.  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY. --Crystal Lake Pd

RUBEN ZENDEJAS, DOB:  12/01/1990, 1900 GOVERNORS LANE, HOFFMAN ESTATES.  AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. --Crystal Lake PD
  
JESSE R. FONTAINE, DOB:  12/22/1993, 108 CROTON STREET, ORLANDO.  BURGLARY. --Maregno PD

TODD W. BRITTON, DOB:  02/19/1982, 4904 BONNER DRIVE, MCHENRY.  CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (FIVE COUNTS). --McHenry County Sheriff's Office

GARY J. WIDMAYER, DOB:  11/09/1971, 402 NORTH HALE STREET, MARENGO.  RECKLESS DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM. --Marengo PD

LORRAINE K. ERICKSON, DOB:   03/26/1959, 319 BAILEY COURT  APT 5, MARENGO.  FORGERY. --Marengo PD

MARQUIS J. WIMBERLY, DOB:  11/12/1996, 6420 GIANT OAKS ROAD, WONDER LAKE.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, BATTERY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office
  
JAMES P. LALOGGIA, DOB:  02/05/1990, 1110 EVERGREEN DRIVE, CAROL STREAM.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. --McHenry PD
  
NICHOLAS C. LIPPER, DOB:  12/27/1980, 613 S. SUMMITT AVENUE, VILLA PARK.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (TWO COUNTS), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

CODY S. OTTESEN, DOB:  07/15/1996, 4702 W. NORTHFOX LANE  #6, MCHENRY.  UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. --McHenry PD

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 28
0019 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & FRANK RD.  POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  CLARK, QUENTIN L., M/B 26 YEARS OF AGE, 757 S. LIBERTY ST., ELGIN.  CHARGES: Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Cannabis Less than .5 Grams.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0442 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  BATTERY.  BOLANOS-ORTIZ, RIGOBERTO, M/W 34 YEARS OF AGE, 5553 ALEXANDRIA DR., LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Battery.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0450 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  BATTERY.  ALVAREZ, SONIA, F/W 36 YEARS OF AGE, 21 OXFORD DR. APT 5, CARPENTERSVILLE.  CHARGE: Battery.  RELEASED ON BOND.
2105 HRS RANDALL RD. & BUNKER HILL RD.  DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.   GUERRA, SELVIN, M/W 41 YEARS OF AGE, 451 MARION AVE., AURORA.  CHARGES: Driving While License Revoked and Unlawful Use of an Electronic Device.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0329 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  BATTERY.  Two female subjects in a physical altercation.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
0527 HRS 220 N. RANDALL RD. (MORETTI’S).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Accidental damage to a vehicle.  Report needed for insurance.
0817 HRS 3700 BLOCK OF PEARTREE DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1424 HRS 100 BLOCK OF FIR ST.  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Ammunition turned in to the Police Department.  Entered into Evidence.
1601 HRS ACORN LN. & RANDALL RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Algonquin PD Saves Overdose Victim With Heroin Antidote

Algonquin Police saved the life of a 33 year-old Algonquin woman Friday morning after she had overdosed on heroin.  Deputy Chief Andrew Doles said the woman had difficulty breathing and "she was blue" when the first responding officer administered the heroin antidote nalaxone carried in APD squad cars for the last five months.  Doles said the victim regained consciousness in minutes and Algonquin Lake in the Hills paramedics transported her to Sherman hospital for further treatment.

"We all felt really good about it," said Doles since the result was in contrast to a similar case last month in which the victim died.  The difference this time, said Doles, was that witnesses told police before she died that the victim had been using heroin.

Two heroin OD's within four weeks in Algonquin  illustrates what area police anecdotally report is a growing are problem.  There's no way to put hard numbers to it, though, since a FEN investigation was unable to find any agency that tracks heroin use in the area. 

The McHenry County Health Department reported it doesn't keep such statistics, suggesting a check with the Coroner.   Figures provided by Dr.  Anne Majewski appear to show that the number deaths that occur in McHenry County due to heroin overdose appear to show the number stable at around 10 to 15 per year for the past seven years.  The number may be misleading, however, since two of the area's major treatment centers, Sherman and Mercy Hospitals, are sited just outside McHenry County.  Emergency room deaths of McHenry County residents at those locations end up in Kane and Lake County stats.  Meanwhile, a spokesman for McHenry County-centric Centegra Health System said she didn't have numbers for ER admissions for heroin overdoses readily available.  She wasn't sure if, in fact, they were available at all.

On a broader scaele, reports from the Illinois Department of Health based on death certificates show Illinois heroin overdose fatalities tripled from 2011 to 2013 but part of that's probably due to the Cook County Coroner's starting to test specifically for heroin in two years ago.  The number jumped from 14 in 2012 to  238 in 2013.  About one third of  were in the suburbs both years, though.

Tossing out the Cook County numbers still shows Illinois heroin overdose deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2013, the last year for which IDPH had figures. 

Temps To Rebound From Record Cold But Light Snow Expected

After a 12 below overnight low that shattered records for the date, today's expected to warm up appreciably although still nowhere near a seasonable high which meteorologists set at 40 degrees.  National Weather Service forecasters are watching the approach of what they expect to be a pretty good snowstorm this evening but the latest consensus is that most of it will pass to the south giving the immediate vicinity "only a dusting".

Longer term, meteorologists week a low headed this way Tuesday.  That, they say could bring temps "pushing the 40 mark".  It might also bring rain, though, and then another dose of Arctic cold Wednesday or Thursday, according to weathermen.

Algonquin Recruits For Loyal Emergency Response Team (ALERT)

Algonquin this week began recruiting members for its new ALERT team to take basic steps to prepare for terrorist attacks and other emergencies.  ALERT is a hybrid blend of FEMA’s Citizen Corps and Lions Clubs' ALERT program with two orientations set in March and April.

In 95 percent of all emergencies, the victim or a bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene, according to officials.  Through the ALERT Team residents can prepare for emergencies by getting training in basic first aid and emergency response skills.

Orientation session are planned at the Algonquin's Village Hall Ganek Municipal Center on March 14 at 1pm and April 9 at 6 pm.

More information on what's involved and how to register is located here:  http://www.algonquin.org/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=3204

Jury Frees "Eagle Man Of Oglesby" For Saving Baby Baldies

LaSalle County's State's Attorney in "a letter to the people" Friday continued to argue the self-styled "Eagle Man of Oglesby" should have been convicted for taking a pair of injured eaglets to his home two years ago.  Thursday a jury took only two hours to acquit 63 year-old nature photographer Steve Patterson of violating State bird of prey endangerment laws.

It was the second trial for Patterson after one last year resulted in a hung jury and prosecutor Brian Towne decided to do it all over again.   Town said a single juror in the original trial "candidly stated that he had a problem with the law...which was a violation of his oath as a juror."

Thursday all 12 jurors disagreed with the law.  Said one 19-year old panel member,  "[Patterson's] passion was noticed by everyone on the jury.  I believe Steve Patterson did the right thing."

Towne argued Friday the whole process could have been avoided if Patterson had just been contrite.  " I personally made an offer to the defendant that if he simply apologized via published letter to the police for his deception and the public for his manipulation, I would dismiss all charges and go to Springfield with him to work on a law change. My offer was declined," he said.

In the pic: One of the eagles Patterson took in, now treated and grown, was released to the wild last month.  The second one remains at a center in Barrington.

Obituaries

Edward M. Pasdiora, Sr., 89, of Sun City, Huntley, died Friday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin aftere a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley, and Wednesday from 9 am until a 10 o'clock Funeral Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley.  Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Pasdiora was born March 25, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Victor and Barbara (Bouland) Pasdiora. He married Margaret Barry on Sept. 3, 1954, in Chicago.  He is survived by his children, Edward M. (Eileen) Pasdiora of Antioch, Patrick (Lois) Pasdiora of Bartlett, Maureen (Mark) Wayne of Lombard, Bob (Eileen) Pasdiora of Streamwood and Barbara (Doug) Pantle of Long Grove; grandchildren, Alison, Erin, Kaitlin, Cortney, Sean, Samantha, Sarah, Jenna, Ashley and Justin, and his sister, Sr. Marion Pasdiora of Dubuque, IA. He was preceded in death by his wife; grandson, Christopher, and his brothers, Raymond, Victor, Robert and Larry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 27
0717 HRS 400 BLOCK OF HARVEST GATE.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 74 years of age, difficulty breathing.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
0727 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.  DOMESTIC.  Roommate vs. Roommate.  Verbal only.  Two priors.
1509 HRS 1200 BLOCK OF BURR ST.   DOMESTIC.  Father vs. daughter.  Verbal only.  Five priors.  Female, 42 years of age, made suicidal statements.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.
1922 HRS 800 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 26 years of age, made suicidal statements.  Transported to Sherman Hospital.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Huntley Downtown Utilities Work To Begin In About One Month

The Huntley Village  Board Thursday formally approved a $900,000 bid to replace or rehab Downtown water and sewer utilities in advance of the Streetscape Improvement project.  Work likely to turn the Downtown into a mini-version of the Route 47 widening project will begin as soon as the ground thaws, according to officials.  "I expect we'll see it around the end of March or early April," said Village Manager Dave Johnson.

On tap will be replacing about one third of a mile of water mains along with new service connections, relining about three quarters of a mile of sanitary sewers and replacing or lining all the sewer manholes.  The contract doesn't include the work to bury Downtown overhead "dry" utility lines, also planned this Summer.  Officials said the Board will probably approve a contract for that job next month.

In the pic:  The Huntley Downtown Utilities Project due to start in about a month includes Main Street and Coral Street from Dwyer Street to Church Street and Woodstock Street and Church Street from the alley
south of Main Street to 3rd Street.

LITH Hopes For Fed Funds For Lakewood Bike Path

The Lake in the Hills Village Board Thursday voted to try for a "twofer" in hopes of radically cutting the costs to engineer a bike path along Lakewood Road between Algonquin and Miller Roads.  If it works, the Village will save 90 percent.  If it doesn't, the project will return to the back burner, according to officials.

Village Engineer Fred Mullard explained that, ordinarily the cost of preliminary engineering would be up to the Village but under a newly-calculated formula a federal grant might pay for 80 percent of the estimated $75,000 cost.  Mullard said that, if that happens, McHenry County's agreed to pay half of the 20 percent left, too.  The same deal applies to improvements at the Lakewood/Miller roads intersection where improvements, mainly traffic signals, are planned.   The estimated cost on that's about $100,000.

Separately, the Board approved an agreement with the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to formalize a State requirement to shut off water for customers who don't pay their sewer district bills.  District Manager Rick Forner said about 250 accounts are $300,000 in arrears.

Village President Paul Mulcahy was still concerned about how to handle inevitable complaints to the Village.  "The simple answer, said Forner, is, 'It's the Sanitary District; they're over on Plum Street.'"

Grand Jury Indicts Former McHenry County Coroner

McHenry County's former Coroner was booked and bailed at McHenry County Jail in half an hour Thursday after a Grand Jury indicted her.  Marlene Lantz, 68, of McHenry is charged with two counts of Official Misconduct and one of Forgery after current Coroner's officials found the 18 year-old remains of a baby in their office.

Two indictments handed down late Thursday charge Lantz, Coroner from 1988 to her retirement in 2012, failed to make sure the body of "'Baby Reinert' also known as 'Baby Doe'" was decently buried, cremated or donated for medical science.  A third charges Lantz forged a death certificate in 1997 that said the baby had, in fact, been buried.

Prosecutors had nothing to say about the case this morning and Lantz couldn't be reached for comment.  Current Coroner Anne Majewski did not return a message. 

Under Illinois’ laws, all three charges against Lantz are each punishable by from two to five years’ imprisonment.

In the pic:  Former McHenry County Coroner Marlene Lantz

New Legislation Filed To Keep Nuke Plants From Closing

A McHenry County legislator is one of the lawmakers backing a bill filed Thursday to prevent at least three Exelon nuclear power plants from closing due to what the company says are excessive costs.  State Rep. Mike Tryon is chief co-sponsor of the Exelon-backed plan one consumer group quickly labeled a "bailout" Thursday.

The measure would add a roughly $2 per month surcharge to electric bills for an the average household creating an estimated  $300 million of extra annual revenue over the next five years for power generators that produce "clean" energy that don't emit greenhouse gases. That includes politically popular wind and solar power but also covers nuclear energy, which doesn't burn coal or gas.  All electric customers would pay the charge, even if they have an alternative supplier.

Exelon maintains the drop in natural gas prices makes the company's nuke plants in Byron, the Quad Cities and Clinton uncompetitive.  “What it will help us do is not make profits but avoid losses that otherwise would be treated by retiring plants,” said  Joseph Dominguez, the company's senior vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy.

"Exelon made more than $2 billion last year, and here they are begging for a bailout on the backs of working Illinoisans," countered AARP Illinois director Bob Gallo in a written statement. “Exelon has made more than $20 billion in profits over the past decade; its overall nuclear fleet is profitable,” said David Kolata executive director of the Citizen's Utility Board.

Tryon told FEN this morning that he's helping sponsor the bill because he's been on legislative energy committees ever since he went to Springfield and over over half of the state's electricity is nuclear.  "If one of these plants closes, it will have a high impact on consumers," Tryon said.

In the pic:  Exelon's nuclear power plant at Clinton.

Obituaries

Raphael Peter Rizzo, 52, of Huntley died Tuesday.  Visitation will be Monday from 3:30 to 7:30 pm followed by a funeral service at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley.

Rizzo was born June 16, 1962, the son of Ross and Frieda Rizzo. He is survived by his son, Samuel and Samuel’s mother Isabelle Perez; his mother; sister, Bernie (Les) Walker, and brother, Daniel (Laurie) Rizzo.  He was preceded in death by his father his brother, Ricky.

Anna Jean Osborn, 60, of Huntley died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at Crossroads in Woodstock.  Visitation will be March 8 from 3 to 5 pm in the Cosman Theater at the Huntley Park Dist, Huntley where a memorial service will immediately follow.

Osborn was born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1954, the daughter of Einar and Gerda (Schnepel) Bjerke. On March 22, 1975, in Bensenville she married Dave Osborn.  She is survived by her husband; children, Erin (Salvador) Felix and Erik (Amanda) Osborn; grandchildren, Owen and Charlotte Osborn, and sisters, Judy (the late James) Malloy, Jackie (Gary) Fox, and Patty (Ken) McNernery.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Einar Bjerke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 26
1918 HRS 2800 BLOCK OF IMPRESSIONS DR.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 16 years of age, made suicidal statements.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
2222 HRS 00 BLOCK OF HADDON CT.  DOMESTIC.  Father vs. Daughter.  Verbal only.  No priors.
Algonquin
February 26
12:52pm A 17 year-old female from Carpentersville was charged with Possession of Cannabis. She was taken into custody at Jacobs High School. She was petitioned into the McHenry County Juvenile Court and released to a parent.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grafton To Begin E-Waste Recycling Program Monday

After 10 months of searching for an e-waste recycler, the Grafton Township Road District announced it had finally found one.  Free electronics recycling will will begin Monday from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Fridays at the District headquarters on Vine Street in Huntley.

Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski said the program's starting on an experimental basis, only assured for the next three months.  "They want to make sure we can fill the [storage pod] often enough to do it," he said.  Poznanski said he wanted to emulate similar programs at Algonquin Township and Marengo but at first had difficulty finding anyone who'd haul the formerly hi-tech junk away for free.  "They all wanted a lot of money," he said.  Then, when he was about to close a deal in August, the State's e-waste program stuttered to a halt as electronics producers reached the year's Illinois EPA quotas for buying up e-waste.

McHenry County State Sen. Pam Althoff is heading a group of legislators working to make sure that doesn't happen again.  "We have a conference call scheduled [today]," she said

Grafton's e-waste recycling will accept computers and CPU's, spare computer parts, servers, keyboards, flat screen monitors, laptops, network equipment, mice, printers/copiers, fax machines, printer cartridges (ink and toner), UPS back up batteries, routers, all wires and cables, flat screen TV's and monitors, stereos, speakers, scanners, radios, cell phones, telephones, window unit air conditioners, microwaves, dehumidifiers, and toaster ovens.

Not accepted are old-style tube TV's, CRT monitors or fluorescent bulbs and ballasts. Grafton also has a paper recycling bin and one for household texties including clothing, shoes and linen.

Details on Grafton's recycling programs including the new e-waste program are here:   http://www.graftontownship.us/dnn/RoadDistrict/RecyclingPrograms.aspx

In the pic:  Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski rigs out the storage container for Grafton's new electronics waste recycling program beginning Monday

Slippery Roads, Cold Temps As Month Draws Toward Close

Area roads were slick this morning after one to two inches of overnight snow with several fender benders reported and at least one fatality to the north.  The fresh snow and morning clouds are expected to stifle any temperature rise today, according to National Weather Service forecasters.  Meteorologists expect it to beat the lowest high for the date but not by much.

Weathermen expect temperatures to begin to fall around Noon as Arctic air returns with the low tonight approaching 10 below.  Friday's forecast is for continued bitter cold but Saturday's calls for the start of relative warming, however, a pretty good chance of more snow, too.

LITH Preview Family Fun Night Scheduled

Lake in the Hills plans to hold the Parks & Recreation Department's annual Family Fun Night next Friday from 6 to 8 pm at Chesak Elementary School.  Family Fun Night is a showcase for what LITH  Parks & Rec has to offer with samples from Spring classes.

Kids can also take advantage of the open gym space to shoot hoops, jump rope, hula hoop and burn off some “cabin fever” energy.  Pizza, drinks, and organized activities are included in the $10 per family of 4 or $3 per person registration fee.  Registration's available online at:  https://jobs.lith.org/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&wbsi=c28c38e2-c671-9ca8-e411-cdbdbaed37da&xxactivitynumber=3076&xxsearch=y or at the door. 

Deal Close On State Budget Shuffling--Or Not As Case May Be

After the first meeting with his new cabinet Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said he's "very close" to an agreement with legislative leaders for emergency powers to eke out the State's fiscal year.   However, later, a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said the two sides are "nowhere near a deal" to allow the governor to rearrange current spending.

"In the coming days, we're going to get a resolution so we can reallocate money out of nonessential programs and move it over to essential programs," promised Rauner.  State money's already run out for Illinois' subsidized day care program and it's expected to vanish soon to pay court reporters and guards at some prisons.

"To a large extent, the governor is asking for us to simply trust him," said Cullerton spokesman Rikesha Phelon.  Senate Democrats want more specifics, she said, about where Rauner plans to find spare money to cover deficits in other programs. She said members if he'll consider ways to raise new revenue.  "During Rauner's campaign, or certainly up until this point, was a recognition that new revenue needs to be part of the budget mix," Phelon said. "But now ... it seems to be absent."

Rauner spoke about a budget powers deal like the one the Legislature gave Governor Pat Quinn after addressing his state agency directors and senior staff at a public meeting.  "You do what's right; you take tough decisions,"  Rauner told them. "You do what you know in your heart is in the best interest of the people; I will protect you,"

Obituaries

Donald W. Hipskind, 75, of Mundelein, formerly of Lake in the Hills, died Tuesday in Park Ridge.  Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 pm at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, Wilmette.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 am at St Francis Xavier Church, Wilmette.

Hipskind was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Green Bay, WI. He is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Zordan); his children, Ann (Christian) Stevoff and Tom (Lori Shane) Hipskind, and his grandchildren, Andrew and Claire Stevoff. He was preceded in death by his sister, Molly (John) Konitzer.

Michael John Heraty, 67, of Huntley, died Tuesday at Advocate Sherman Hospital.  A private family gathering will be held.

Heraty was born on Dec. 6, 1947.  He is survived by his son, Brian; stepchildren ,Connie (Jim) Tykal, Debbie (Scott) Tranter, Joe (Brie) Bidro, and Jennifer (Jim) Murray; grandchildren,Ashley, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Brendan, Sam, and Jack, and sisters, Eileen (Joel) Forsythe, Mary (Robert) Senne, and Rose (John) Cranley.  He was Preceded in death by his wife, Melissa, and siblings Patrick (Marilyn) and Marion Lynch.

The family is grateful for condolences but declines flowers and donations.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 25
0137 HRS 300 BLOCK OF VILLAGE CREEK DR.  DOMESTIC.  Husband vs Wife.  Verbal only.  No priors.
0658 HRS 200 BLOCK OF N. ANNANDALE DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles. Property damage only.
1326 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1554 HRS 1300 BLOCK OF CUNAT CT.  FOUND ARTICLE.  Found article turned in to police department.
1734 HRS RANDALL RD. & ACORN LN.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1815 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & NOELLE BEND.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1826 HRS LAKEWOOD RD. & REED RD.  INJURY ACCIDENT. Two vehicles.  Female, 25 years of age, with neck pain.  No transport.
2017 HRS PYOTT RD. & OAK ST.  ACCIDENT.  One vehicle. Property damage only

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sanitary District Asks LITH Board For Past Due Water Shut Offs

The LITH Village Board Tuesday asked for more details on a plan for the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to have it cut off water service for residents who haven't paid their sewer bills.  District Manager Rick Forner said about 250 customers are on the list in LITH.

The Sanitary District wants Trustees to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the District and the Village because, "we really don't have the teeth," Forner said.  Right now, if a customer goes past due 180 days on his bill, "We'd have to bring in a backhoe and dig up the sewer," he said.  "The water shutoff will be a lot simpler."  Forner said some of the bills date from 2008.

Village Attorney Brad Stewart told trustees State statutes don't give them much of an option, basically requiring the Village to shut off the water when the District requests it.  Even so, Village President Paul Mulcahey worried that, "The ladies at the counter are going to take the brunt of this," from irate citizens.

Trustee Denise Barreto wanted more information to separate sewer bill "deadbeats" from "people having a really difficult time"  Forner said he'd be back with it Thursday.

The Sanitary District also serves Huntley's Southwind subdivision.  Forner said he plans to make a similar request of the Huntley Board soon for an agreement for water cutoffs there, too.

Latest Camp Algonquin Final Plan Revealed

The McHenry County Conservation District unveiled a draft Tuesday at Woodstock of a new final Master Plan for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area including Camp Algonquin on Cary Algonquin Road.  In fact the plan's been posted online, although unpublicized, since last Friday and public input will end next Friday.

Almost two years ago the District announced a final plan that would only save only one of the historic structures scattered around the more than century old Camp.  Preservationists objected and the District ran out of money to do anything, anyway.

The latest proposal would save four buildings while building a modern pavilion and carriage house and five more miles of trails.  Still on the "save" list is the Camp's landmark Board of Trade Recreation Hall.  Added to it are the relatively modern dairy barn, and the historic Tribune Dormitory and Ritz Cabin.

The Conservation District bought the 108 year-old Camp on Cary Road in unincorporated Algonquin in 2004 and leased it the following year to the YMCA of McHenry County.  The County Y went bankrupt six years later and the camp's been closed since then.  By the time planners decided to incorporate it into the adjacent Fox Bluff Conservation area only 5 of the 50 or so buildings on the site were deemed salvageable. 

Meanwhile, thanks to the collapse in real estate, the District maxed out its tax rate but still doesn't have enough money for rehabs and upgrades.   One of the goals for the new plan is to "pursue varied and creative funding sources/methods for necessary site preparation, grading, demolition, building and road improvements."

A text version of the latest Fox Bluff Final Plan is here:  http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FinalFB_Recommendations_2.19.15.pdf

A map version's here:  http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/fb_finaldraft_2015_web.pdf

Comments through March 6 may be sent to: Planning@MCCDistrict.org

Light Snow For Afternon, Evening, Then Cold--Weekend Dicey

After a week of brutal cold, light snow is expected to hit the area late this afternoon and evening bringing, perhaps an inch of new accumulation, according to National Weather Service forecasters.  More bitter cold, especially at night is forecast for Thursday and Friday followed by a pretty good chance for more snow Saturday night and Sunday.  The issue then is less about whether than precisely where.  Right now forecasters expect the approaching weekend snow to track more to the south but admit they're not sure.  Generally, though, it looks as the best thing about the month is going to turn out to be that it was the shortest one.

Credit Agency Pans Rauner Budget Plan

One of the top credit rating agencies, Moody's Investors Service, Tuesday panned GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's $32 billion budget proposal for being "hard to implement".  Analysts said Democratic control of both legislative chambers "may make it difficult to enact even a few key elements of the governor's proposal, much less the entire plan."

Governor Bruce Rauner last week proposed a $6.6 billion reduction in spending, mostly by moving workers to less-generous pension plans, lowering Medicaid payments for hospitals and doctors, and reducing state funding for local governments and universities.

The ratings agency didn't say whether Rauner's proposals were good or bad, just how likely they were to happen at all. Illinois has the lowest company's lowest credit rating among the 50 states due to its chronic structural budget deficit, a $105 billion unfunded pension liability and revenue loss from the recent partial rollback of temporary income tax rates.

Moody's was especially hard on a Rauner plan to keep half of local governments' share of the State income tax.  "Among Moody's-rated Illinois cities, income tax receipts accounted for a median 10% percent of operating revenues in fiscal 2013," read the report.  "The ability of local governments to offset a cut in income taxes with other tax increases varies widely," it said.

Rauner's office late Tuesday issued a statement that might as easily have been written by his predecessor.   "Governor Rauner has laid out his plan and is eager to work with all members of the General Assembly to ensure the next generation can look forward to the future, instead of cleaning up the messes of the past."

Obituaries

Vernon F. Greve, 90, of Algonquin died Sataurday at Alden Estates in Barrington.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 3 pm followed by a funeral service at St. John's Lutheran Church, Algonquin.  Burial will be in St. John's Nepomucene Cemetery, Barrington Hills, Monday at 10 am.

Greve was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Hampshire the son of Frank and Bertha (Kanies) Greve. On Aug. 26, 1944, he married Catherine Kneitz in Burtons Bridge.  He is survived by his children, John (Stacy), James (Sandra) and Bonnie (Richard) Seelinger, and grandchildren, Jami (Jamie) Murray, Jackie (Bryan) Bollendorf, Emilia Greve and Elizabeth Seelinger.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Ervin and Elmer Greve.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin.

David C. Sibenaller, 67, of Sun City, Huntley, died Monday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin after a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday with a Sharing of Memories at 7 pm at DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral & Cremation Service, Huntley. Entombment with military honors will be Satruday at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.

Sibenaller was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Chicago, the son of Ronald A. and Elaine (Gjonola) Sibenaller, Sr. He is survived by his mother, of Huntley, and sisters, Diane (Sam) Saia, Sr., of Huntley, Gloria Sibenaller of Schaumburg and Gail (Roberta) Sibenaller-Menna of Chicago.

Barbara L.Peterson, 67, of Huntley, died Monday in her home.  Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin.  Funeral Services will be held there at 10 am Saturday.

Peterson was born Oct. 4, 1947, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Veronica Sokol Mijan. Surviving are her brother, Michael (Mary Kay) Mijan of Romeoville, and sister, Kathleen Cornell of Arlington Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Allen H. Peterson, and sister, Patricia Mijan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Juvenile Diabetes.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 24
1152 HRS OAKLEAF RD. & HUNTERS PATH.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1214 HRS 9625 HALIGUS RD.  (MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL).  INFORMATION FOR POLICE.  Musical instruments damaged.  Report needed for insurance.
1340 HRS 300 BLOCK OF TECUMSEH TRAIL.  DOMESTIC.  Mother vs. Daughter.  Verbal only.  One prior.
1458 HRS 327 N.  RANDALL RD.  (LITTLE CAESARS).  ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY.   Assist to the Secret Service with counterfeit currency.  TURNED OVER TO SECRET SERVICE.
1910 HRS ALGONQUIN RD. & HARVEST GATE.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
2034 HRS 315 N. RANDALL RD. (NOODLES & CO).  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concern About Education Grows At D300 Legislative Meet

District 300's annual Legislative Forum at Jacobs High School Monday by itself drew about as many adults as the first two put together.   Given the parlous condition of the State's finances and half a dozen plans to "fix" education funding, a lot of the roughly 200 non-juvenile attendees were, predictably, teachers and administrators but others were regular people.

"We're just taxpayers," said West Dundee resident Alec Miller.  "This is a great opportunity to have a face to face with [legislators] instead of sending an email to an underling," said Gilberts resident, Mark Krueger.

Forum topics included school finance, relief from Springfield regulations, student testing and the State's capital spending or lack thereof.  Board of Ed Community Engagement Committee Chairman Steve Fiorentino admitted to FEN that all the local legislators are already aware of all of those issues.  "The point of it is to make sure they keep this stuff at the top of the pile," he said.

In the pic:  Local lawmakers at Monday's D300 Legislative Forum included (from right) State Representatives Mike Tryon, Bob Pritchard, and Anna Moeller and State Senators Mike Noland and Karen McConnaughay.  Reps Dennis Anderson and Dave McSweeney and Sen. Dan Duffy had other engagements that night, according to D300 officials.

Huntley Seeks Hotel Input From New Online Survey

The Village of Huntley late Monday put up an online survey for residents on its website to try to help officials understand the hotel activity and needs of local residents.  A similar questionnaire went out of Huntley businesses last week.

With the new full interchange between Route 47 and I-90, Huntley's hot to lure a hotel to the area.  As it happens, so's Lake in the Hills which already has at least two sites tagged as potential targets.  While there are 20 hotels located in southeastern Mchenry and northeastern Kane counties, most are near Elgin or Crystal Lake.  The only one in the near vicinity is Algonquin's Holiday Inn Express on Bunker Hill Drive off Randall.

Huntley's hotel survey which is anonymous asks about the number of visitors, when they visit, where they stay now and some demographic questions. It's located here:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eajsk7tfi613vr98/start

AAYO Baseball, Softball Registration Extended

The Algonquin Area Youth Organization announced Monday normal registration's been extended to March 7 for 2015 Spring Season Recreational Baseball and Softball.  The group also called for volunteers, both board positions and  Manager/Coaches.  This year for the first time ever, AAYO is fielding teams in a Senior League (ages 16-19) with Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Cary and Lake in the Hills.  AAYO's player and volunteer registration page is here: http://www.aayo.net/page/registration

In the pic:  AAYO players and coaches getting ready to march in last year's Founder's Parade in Algonquin.

Bill Introduced To Tighten Illinois College Grant Program

With the start of a new General Assembly, 'tis the season for legislators to introduce literally thousands of bills.  Some are serious and some are just for press releases.  In the case of four bills Friday about the State's tuition Assistance Monetary Award program, sometimes it's hard to tell.

GOP caucus whip State Sen. Chapin Rose from Mahomet wants to tighten up the free grant program that currently pays 140,000 students an average $2,600 per year.  “We simply must do more with less,” Rose said. “Restoring fiscal sanity to Illinois is job one," he said labeling MAP reform "critical to that mission."

For instance, students would have to graduate in four years under one Rose bill.  “We should incentivize kids to finish on time,” he said.  Under another measure, if a MAP student flunks out, the grant ends even if a different school will take him next year. “It is not the taxpayers' responsibility to subsidize kids who don’t make grades; it is time for somebody else to get a chance,” Rose said

A third bill would eliminate MAP grants at for-profit schools. “Over the last few years, $17-25 million dollars annually has gone to ‘for-profit’ shareholders of schools that often offer very little value for the degree conferred,” said Rose.

A final bill would convert “grants” to “loans,” if a student moves out of state within five years of graduation.  “We can ill afford to make an investment in the future of a student of the magnitude that the MAP program provides and then have that student move out of state and start paying taxes somewhere else as their working career begins,” Rose said.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's new budget has the MAP program penciled in at the same level as last year.  To keep funding at current levels, Rauner wants to eliminate or reduce funding for the Illinois Scholars Program and the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program.

In the pic:  State Sen. Chapin Rose

Obituaries

Cindy Sue Deuser, 40, of Lake in the Hills died suddenly Thursday at Advocate Sherman Hospital.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 9 pm at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, Algonquin.  Funeral Services will be at 1 pm Thursday at Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin.  Private interment will follow at Windridge Memorial Park.

Deuser was born June 22, 1974, in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Milton and Karen (Hansen) Henriksen.  She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Brian Deuser; her father and her sister, Carmen Nelson.  She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Emma Nicole and Maggie Nicole Deuser and her Mother, Karen Henriksen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the JourneyCare Foundation "For Kids".

Jill M. Sutek
, 65, of Lake in the Hills, died Friday in Woodstock.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 9 pm at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Algonquin, IL. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 10:00 am.  Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Sutek was born Oct. 21, 1949, in Chicago. She married William Sutek, Apr. 23, 1983.  She is survived by her children, Shane (Lori) Vetter and Rodger (Karissa) Sutek; stepdaughters, Gina (Mike) Christensen and Kris Andrews; grandchildren, Taylor Levesque, Sabrina Vetter, Jackson Vetter, Jacob Vetter and Bill Sutek; her mother, Lillian Brennan; brothers, Rodger Vetter, Jeff Vetter, Ronnie Vetter; stepbrother, John Brennan; sisters, Kathy (Tim) Olsen, Joyce (Ivan) Gati, and stepsisters, Denise Brennan and Kim Muirnecara.  She was preceded in death by her husband and stepfather, John "Jack" Brennan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richard Edward Krueger, 86, of Huntley, died Saturday.  Memorial visitation is pending. Cremation took place privately at Countryside Crematory.

Krueger was born May 06, 1928, 2015.  He married Donn Hamilton in 1955.  He is survived by her; his children, Kenneth and Laura (Alan) Owens, and grandchildren, Kelton, Jackson, Donnie, Tera and Nicole.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 23
2227 HRS 200 BLOCK OF WEDGEWOOD CIRCLE.  DOMESTIC BATTERY.  JUVENILE F/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Domestic Battery.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1929 HRS 1115 CRYSTAL LAKE RD. (LITH PD).  DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  JUVENILE, F/W 15 YEARS OF AGE, LAKE IN THE HILLS.  CHARGE: Disorderly Conduct.  TURNED OVER TO PARENT.
1144 HRS 200 BLOCK OF BRIDLEWOOD CIRCLE.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Male, 17 years of age, having a seizure.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
1323 HRS 10 BLOCK OF DEERPATH DR.  DOMESTIC.  Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend.  Verbal only.  Five priors.
1602 HRS 1000 BLOCK OF HORIZON RIDGE.  IDENTITY THEFT.  Complainant’s social security number was compromised.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1808 HRS 400 BLOCK OF PLUM ST.  FRAUD.  Fraudulent use of credit card.  TURNED OVER TO ROCKFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Huntley
February 16
Molly G. Streich, age 31, of 102 Pondwood, Madison, WI, was arrested on two counts of aggravated battery and one charge of obstructing a peace officer in a church parking lot in the 10300 block of Dundee Rd. Ms. Streich was transported to McHenry County Jail to await bond call.
A home invasion/aggravated robbery report was taken in the 11600 block of Mill St. The victim states his home was broken into and his wallet containing cash, a video game system and a pellet gun were stolen.
Alejandro Mendez, age 30, of 500 Elm Rd. #7B, Carpentersville, was arrested on an outstanding Kane County warrant in the 11100 block of Sunset Dr. Mr. Mendez was transported to Kane County jail to await bond.
February 17
Luis A. Hernandez-Morales, age 28, of 704 Alma Ct., Carpentersville, was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license near the intersection of Kreutzer and Haligus Rds. Mr. Morales posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 6, 2015.
Alexandra A. Kostos, age 56, of 2156 Pembridge, Lake in the Hills, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding near the intersection of Cold Springs and Farm Hill Drives. Ms. Kostos posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 13, 2015.
February 20
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student stated that cash was stolen from his secured backpack in the boys' locker room.
A theft report was taken at Huntley High School. A student reported that his iPod was stolen during the school day.
A delayed retail theft report was taken at a store in the 12300 block of Rt. 47. The victim reports merchandise was stolen on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
February 21
Andrea J. Resetar, age 21, of 9911 Williams Dr., Huntley, was arrested on two counts of domestic battery at her residence. Ms. Resetar was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call.
A criminal damage to vehicle report was taken in the 11000 block of N. Myrtle St. The victim stated his vehicle was egged during overnight hours of Feb.19, 2015.
February 22
A disorderly conduct report was taken in the 10400 block of Dutch Barn St. Food items were thrown on a residence.
Patrick Magiera, age 18, of 3311 Bandford Circle, Lake in the Hills, was arrested for speeding – 93mph in a 45 mph zone and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Huntley Crossings. Mr. Magiera posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of March 27, 2015.
Ronald P. Geils, age 42, of 139 Glen Hill Rd., Glendale Heights, was arrested for driving while license suspended and speeding near the intersection of Cold Springs Dr. and Mulberry Ct. Mr. Geils posted bond and was released with a McHenry County court date of April 10, 2015.
A theft report was taken at a business in the 13900 block of Auto Mall Dr. Wheels were reported stolen.
Edward E. Hartgraves, age 65, of 10505 Longfield, Huntley, was arrested for violation of an order of protection at his residence. Mr. Hartgraves was transported to McHenry County jail to await bond call. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

No New Leads In Hate Letter To LITH Muslim Congregation

Lake in the Hills police reported no new leads this morning to the source of a threatening letter sent to a Lake in the Hills Moslem congregation.  The letter sent to AMCO, the American Muslim Community Organization, two weeks ago was revealed Friday during a Chicago press conference by a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization complaining of "a series of hate incidents."

The Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations charged the AMCO letter was one of four recent anti-Islamic incidents around Chicago.  Others involved restroom graffiti at a suburban high school, an anonymous phone call to the Chicago Council's director that day and, conjecturally, a threat to a woman wearing Moslem attire.

An excerpt from the AMCO letter included a statement that, "We are praying for civil war so we can start shooting you slime bags."

"It's always disheartening when a good community receives a letter of hate," said Huntley physician and  mosque board president Dr. Fazal Khan in a statement.  "We are taking all sensible precautions to protect our patrons, and we thank our local community, police department, and faith organizations who continue to support a safe, diverse, and cooperative community."

The Chicago Council's director said he learned of the AMCO letter Feb. 6.  Records show it wasn't reported to LITH PD until five days later.

Whoever wrote it was either remarkably well informed or has exceptional eyesight.  The American Muslim Community Organization bought the former Joy Community Church on Lakewood Road a block south of Algonquin Road in July but there's never been an announcement about it.  Most Internet listings show the group at the address of its postal box and the group's name on the sign in front is almost illegibly small from the street. 

AMCO members worshipped for about two years in a converted residence in unincorporated West Dundee before purchasing the LITH church building.

In the pic:  LITH's former Joy Community Church, briefly the non-denominational Well, now the American Muslim Community Organization's masjid.

Huntley Historical Society Views Videos, Plans Photo Contest

The Huntley Historical Society reviewed Memories of Growing Up in Huntley Sunday, at least the videotaped ones of Alice and Al Jordi, Betty Zirk, and Boots Parisek.

Next month, The Society's inviting amateur photographers to help celebrate “Look at Local History” month by entering its Huntley–Then and Now photo contest. Entries will compare a vintage photograph of a Huntley scene with a current one. The trick really lies in finding the old photos for comparison.  (Hint: the Huntley Area Public Library is an excellent source.)

Contest entries will be accepted from March 2 to May 1.  Details and an entry form can be downloaded here:  http://huntleyhistoricalsociety.org/sites/default/files/application%20Huntley%20History%20Photograph%20Contest.docx

Unseasonable Cold Expected For Most Of Week

The good thing about sub-zero temperatures is that at least you don't have to shovel them.  National Weather Service forecasters this morning report that, despite a brief warmup Tuesday, there's be plenty of cold air  not to shovel this  week. 

In fact, most of the high temperatures for the next seven days will be substantially colder than what the average lows ought to be this time of year, according to meteorologists.  Weathermen estimate there are small chances for snow Tuesday and Thursday but, mainly, they said it will just be very cold. A storm system looks to take aim at the region late in the weekend, just in time for meteorological spring. That might bring some accumulating snow, but it might turn out to be rain instead, said forecasters this morning.

Retrial Begins Downstate Today For Bald Eagle Samaritan

Jury selection will begin today for the retrial of a 63 year-old downstate wildlife photographer charged with removing two baby bald eagles from the wild two years ago.  A LaSalle County judge declared a mistrial when an earlier jury deadlocked over whether Steve Patterson of Oglesby ought to go to jail for rescuing the two eaglets that had fallen from their nest.

In his first trial last year, Patterson admitted he took the pre-fledglings home to turn over to animal rescuers because one was clearly injured and the other, later found to be injured, was floundering around.  Prosecutors said the law's the law and in Illinois only Department of Natural Resources officials can do that, despite the fact that, in this instance, they didn't.

One eagle was well enough to release last month.  The other still isn't in good enough shape to let loose yet according to the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington which has been caring for them.

Patterson again faces trail for four misdemeanors providing aid to the eaglets.  If he's convicted of all of them he could face up to 12 months behind bars.

In the pic:  The area around Starved Rock Lock and Dam near LaSalle is a popular hangout for bald eagles.

Police Blotters

The filing of charges is not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  For individuals subsequently found not guilty or nolle prossed, FEN will add a notation here upon submission of a court record.
Lake in the Hills
February 22
2250 HRS HARVEST GATE & COOL STONE BEND.  FOLLOW UP ARRESTS: HIT AND RUN.  TRYCHTA, JR., ANTHONY J., M/W 25 YEARS OF AGE, 561 NASH RD., CRYSTAL LAKE. CHARGES: Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Improper Lane Usage, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  RELEASED ON BOND.
0419 HRS HARVEST GATE & COOL STONE BEND.
HIT AND RUN.  One vehicle. Property damage only. Driver fled scene on foot.  PENDING INVESTIGATION BY REPORTING OFFICER.
1147 HRS 10 BLOCK OF WALNUT GROVE CT.  DOG BITE.  Male, 13 years of age, was bitten on his leg.
1349 HRS 500 BLOCK OF CAMARGO CLUB DR.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1456 HRS RANDALL RD. & ALGONQUIN RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1830 HRS RANDALL RD. & MILLER RD.  ACCIDENT.  Two vehicles.  Property damage only.
1857 HRS 3100 BLOCK OF MONTROSE DR.  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.  Vehicle’s back window was damaged.  TURNED OVER TO INVESTIGATIONS.
1927 HRS 0 BLOCK OF HADDON CT.  ASSIST AMBULANCE.  Female, 15 years of age, with depression.  Transported to Woodstock Hospital.
Algonquin
February 20
10:48am Dixon, Anthony S., DOB: 04/18/1988, of 2206 Teton Algonquin, was arrested on a warrant for DUI from McHenry County Sheriff. He was taken into custody at APD.  he posted bond and was released with a court date of 04/02/15 in McHenry County.
February 21
17:35pm Loader, Ianna J., DOB: 07/05/1985, of 640 Majestic, was arrested on a warrant for Reckless Driving.  She was taken into custody at APD.  She posted bond and was released with a court date of 04/02/15 in McHenry County.