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Convicted felon charged with possessing loaded gun, drugs in home with multiple children in McHenry

A judge denied pre-trial release for a convicted felon accused of unlawfully possessing a loaded gun, cocaine and fentanyl inside his McHenry home with multiple children inside. Kenneth Price, 31, of McHenry, was charged with two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, armed habitual criminal, two counts of possession of a controlled […]

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Former DCFS worker seeks new trial after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading up to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker has requested a new trial, arguing he did not receive a fair trial, after he was found guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before the Crystal Lake boy’s murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 […]

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Former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted in ‘sham investigation’ leading to AJ Freund’s murder

A former DCFS worker faces up to 10 years in prison but could also get probation after a judge found him guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund before his murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts […]

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Judge finds former DCFS worker guilty, supervisor not guilty of mishandling AJ Freund abuse investigations

A judge found a former DCFS worker guilty and his supervisor not guilty of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund leading up to the Crystal Lake boy’s 2019 murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of endangering the […]

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Man charged with stealing truck, recklessly crashing it with 2 children in car in Crystal Lake

A McHenry man has been charged with stealing a truck and recklessly crashing it while he had two children in the vehicle in Crystal Lake, court records show. Christopher D. Blatzheim, 50, of McHenry, was charged with aggravated battery, child endangerment, theft, reckless driving, child restraint violation and failure to yield. The Crystal Lake Police […]

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Trial to resume Oct. 13 for 2 former DCFS workers charged with mishandling AJ Freund abuse investigations

A trial will resume on October 13 for the two former DCFS workers accused of mishandling abuse investigations of AJ Freund leading up to the Crystal Lake boy’s murder. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of endangering the […]

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2 former DCFS workers decline to testify, closing arguments to take place next month in AJ Freund neglect trial

The two former DCFS workers on trial for mishandling abuse investigations of Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund declined to testify Friday and a judge has scheduled closing arguments for next month. Carlos J. Acosta, 57, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 51, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts of […]