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Man charged with setting his car on fire in Woodstock, reporting it stolen to allegedly defraud insurance

A Woodstock man allegedly drove his car to a remote area in Woodstock before intentionally setting it on fire and reporting it stolen in a scheme to defraud his insurance company. Giovanni Cervantes-Brito, 22, of Woodstock, was charged with two counts of arson and one count of false report of an offense. A criminal complaint […]

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Large fight, arson fire on Thanksgiving Day leaves car fully engulfed in flames in Waukegan

A large fight broke out involving an armed person that resulted in someone committing arson, which left a vehicle engulfed in flames on Thanksgiving Day in Waukegan. The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 12:27 p.m. Thursday to the Sunset Woods Apartments, 3014 Sunset Avenue in Waukegan. 911 callers reported a large […]

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Disgruntled ex-employee charged with arson for lighting motorcycle on fire near Antioch

An employee irate after being fired from an automotive center near Antioch allegedly committed an arson fire that destroyed a motorcycle in an attempt to get his boss’ attention. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Antioch Fire Department responded around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday to Antioch Auto Center, 25521 Route 173 in unincorporated Antioch, for a […]

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Walmart in Waukegan evacuated, temporarily closed after arson fire inside store

An investigation is underway after company officials said a fire was intentionally set inside the Walmart in Waukegan Sunday evening, forcing the store to temporarily close. The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to the Walmart, 3900 Fountain Square Place in Waukegan, for a report of a structure fire. […]

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Appeals court upholds man’s conviction in gang-targeted arson fire that killed 12-year-old in Mundelein

An appeals court upheld a man’s conviction in connection with a firebombing of a house in Mundelein — which killed a 12-year-old boy and injured his two family members in 2009. Manuel A. Flores, 38, formerly of Round Lake Beach, was charged in May 2009 with multiple counts of murder and multiple counts of aggravated […]

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Man charged with attempted arson for allegedly lighting multiple fires at Vernon Hills apartment building

A Vernon Hills man was charged with attempted arson after prosecutors say he has lit approximately a half-dozen different fires at his apartment building in Vernon Hills. Jesse P. Leibfried, 39, of Vernon Hills, was charged with one count of felony attempted residential arson. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said Leibfried lives in […]