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Zion man shows up to sentencing hearing drunk before being sentenced to almost 5 years in prison for McHenry knife slashing

A Zion man who showed up to his sentencing hearing drunk was sentenced to almost five years in prison for slashing a woman in the face with a knife in McHenry. Rogelio Cantu Jr., 54, of Zion, was charged in January 2022 with aggravated domestic battery, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, […]

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Probation for former police officer accused of unlawfully restraining woman, battering her in Algonquin

A former police officer has been sentenced to probation after taking a plea deal in a case where he was charged with unlawfully restraining a woman and battering her while off-duty in Algonquin. Michael B. Cowsert, 52, formerly of Algonquin and currently of Inverness, was charged in August 2022 with aggravated domestic battery, unlawful restraint […]

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Man accused of attacking girlfriend, leaving her bloodied in conservation area near Cary

A man has been ordered detained pending trial after officers arrested him for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, leaving them both bloodied, in a conservation area near Cary. Trinidad J. Fernandez, 25, of Cary, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery and one count of resisting a peace officer. A […]

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Man charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his wife multiple times at Waukegan apartment

A man has been charged with attempted murder after prosecutors say he stabbed his wife multiple times at a Waukegan apartment, seriously injuring her, while their three-year-old child was present. Israel Gaspar, 49, of Waukegan, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of domestic battery. […]

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Grand jury upgrades charges to attempted murder for man accused of stabbing victim in head, face near McHenry

A grand jury has upgraded charges to attempted murder for a McHenry man accused of stabbing a family member in the head and face near McHenry in December. Brandon L. Motter, 28, of McHenry, was initially charged in December with two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon […]

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Judge reverses decision, detains convicted murderer initially released in domestic battery attack in Crystal Lake

A judge has reversed another judge’s decision and ordered a convicted murderer, who was released after allegedly attacking his wife in Crystal Lake, detained pending trial. The Crystal Lake Police Department issued an alert to law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area around 12:35 p.m. last Wednesday in regard to a domestic battery incident that […]

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Convicted murderer released after being accused of attacking woman, leading to standoff in Wonder Lake

A judge released a man, who was previously convicted of murdering his wife, after he was arrested for attacking his current wife in Crystal Lake, leading to a brief standoff. The Crystal Lake Police Department issued an alert to law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area around 12:35 p.m. Wednesday. The alert was in regard […]