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Firefighters rescue two cats after dryer catches on fire, fills residence with heavy smoke in Huntley

Firefighters rescued two cats from a residence after a dryer caught on fire and filled the home with heavy smoke late Wednesday evening in Huntley, fire officials said. The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 9900 block of Thornton Way in Huntley for a report of a dryer on fire. […]

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2 transported to hospital after head-on crash involving company van, SUV in Cary

Two drivers were transported to the hospital after a head-on crash involving a NAPA Auto Parts van and an SUV on Route 14 in Cary Wednesday morning. The Cary Fire Protection District and Cary Police Department responded around 11:08 a.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Route 14 and West Main Street. Alex Vucha, a spokesperson […]

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McHenry County Human Trafficking Task Force arrests man who allegedly tried to solicit child for sex acts

The McHenry County Human Trafficking Task Force arrested a Woodstock man who allegedly tried soliciting a child online for sex acts during a sting operation, prosecutors said. Woodstock Police Department Chief John Lieb and McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Wednesday that Jesus Cortez, 32, of Woodstock, was arrested during a human trafficking sting. […]

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911 dispatch center covering Crystal Lake, several other cities receives international accreditation

The Southeast Emergency Communications, located in Crystal Lake and covering 911 calls for several agencies, has received the highest awarded distinction from an international organization. The dispatch center, known as SEECOM, was recognized by The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for Emergency Medical Dispatching. SEECOM is the 225th […]

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Coroner disputes health department’s stats on number of COVID-related deaths in McHenry County

The McHenry County coroner is disputing the number of COVID-19 deaths in McHenry County, saying that the number is 53% less than what the health department reported. McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein on Tuesday released his office’s statistics on COVID deaths. His data shows 150 deaths in 2020, 112 in 2021 and 65 in […]

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Cops find large amount of cocaine, gun after man flees from traffic stop, crashes in Algonquin

A Marengo man was arrested after he allegedly fled from sheriff’s deputies in Algonquin, crashed and was found in possession of a large amount of cocaine and a gun. Jordan L. Dierkes, 21, of Marengo, was charged with possession of 100-400 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of an unserialized firearm, resisting a […]