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North Chicago, Grayslake, Waukegan and Highwood pass ordinances cracking down on migrant bus drop-offs

Waukegan, North Chicago, Grayslake and Highwood have passed ordinances that will allow the towns to impound buses and fine operators if they drop off migrants without approval. Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor introduced an ordinance that requires buses that drop off migrants in Grayslake to have insurance, pay fees and taxes, provide a manifest and submit […]

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Judge denies request to move case to juvenile court for teen charged with fatally shooting other teen in Highland Park

A judge has denied a request to move a case to juvenile court for a juvenile being charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Highland Park last month. Estiven Sarminento, 16, of Highland Park, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Daly […]

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$5M bond for suspect accused of fatally shooting boy who identified killer on phone call just before his death in Highland Park

Bond was set at $5 million for a juvenile who allegedly fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in Highland Park and prosecutors say the victim identified the suspect to a witness just before he was killed. Estiven Sarminento, 16, of Highland Park, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary […]

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Juvenile charged with murder for allegedly fatally shooting 16-year-old boy in Highland Park

Police announced a 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with the murder of a 16-year-old boy who was gunned down on a sidewalk in Highland Park. Estiven Sarminento, 16, of Highland Park, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The Highland Park Police Department and Highland Park Fire Department responded around 11:30 […]

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‘Caring and devoted’: Coroner identifies 16-year-old Highland Park HS student fatally shot in Highland Park

The coroner has identified a 16-year-old boy, who was a Highland Park High School student described as “caring and devoted,” that died after being shot in Highland Park Sunday. An autopsy performed Monday on Omar Diaz, 16, of Highwood, showed he died as a result of a gunshot wound, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer […]

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Man found hiding in shed after allegedly fleeing from police at high rate of speed in Highland Park

Prosecutors say a man, who was allegedly driving drunk, fled from Highland Park police at a high rate of speed and was later found hiding in a shed in Highwood on Wednesday. Gabriel Deita-Ortega, 34, of Highwood, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a revoked […]

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Coroner confirms body found at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion was missing Highwood man

The coroner’s office has confirmed that the body found last week at the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion was the 22-year-old Highwood man who went missing last month. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said his deputies responded to a call around 8:55 a.m. February 11 at 21st Street and Burnett Avenue […]