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Former Waukegan cop held on $350,000 bond, pleads not guilty to murder of Marcellis Stinnette

A judge ordered a former Waukegan police officer held on a $350,000 bond for shooting and killing 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Dante Salinas, 39, of Gurnee, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and two counts […]

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Former Waukegan police officer who shot and killed Marcellis Stinnette charged with second-degree murder

The former Waukegan police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette has been charged with second-degree murder and also charged in a second case, court records show. Dante Salinas, 39, of Gurnee, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and two counts of official misconduct. […]

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30 days in jail for former Lake County prosecutor who bought hotel room, liquor for teenager

A former Lake County assistant state’s attorney has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for renting a hotel room in Woodstock with an 18-year-old and providing her with liquor. Javaron D. Buckley, 34, of the 1200 block of North Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect, was charged with providing liquor to a minor, battery making […]

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Police, state’s attorney hold town hall as Lake County experiences ‘extreme uptick’ in gun violence

Police chiefs, county officials and the state’s attorney held a town hall meeting to hear from passionate community members regarding gun violence in Lake County last week. The meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, was aimed at discussing countywide and community-based solutions. “We have to have an […]

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Prosecutors file first-degree murder charges against alleged gunman who killed 7, injured dozens in Highland Park mass shooting

Prosecutors have announced first-degree murder charges against the 21-year-old man who allegedly killed seven people and injured dozens of others in a mass shooting in Highland Park on the Fourth of July. Robert E. Crimo III, 21, of Highwood, was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder “for the killing spree that he has unleashed […]

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State’s attorney launches ‘violence interrupters’ to target gun violence in Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion

The Lake County state’s attorney announced a new initiative that aims to reduce gun violence in the Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion areas by hiring at least 10 “violence interrupters” that will provide services to the three Lake County communities. Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, along with other local and state officials, announced the […]

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County board approves gun violence, domestic violence prevention programs in Lake County

The county board on Tuesday approved new programs led by the state’s attorney’s office targeting the prevention of gun violence and domestic violence in Lake County. A Domestic Violence Prevention Partnership with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) was established in part with a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The Domestic […]

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Lake County to receive nearly $8 million as part of nationwide settlement with opioid manufacturers, distributors

Illinois will receive $760 million, with Lake County receiving nearly $8 million, to combat the opioid epidemic after a $26 billion settlement was finalized with drug distributors and a manufacturer. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul held a press conference Friday to announce final approval of a national $26 billion opioid settlement agreement with the nation’s […]

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State’s attorney says he’s ‘very concerned’ of circumstances leading to 15-year-old being wrongly charged in Waukegan shooting

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said his office will review the circumstances that led to a 15-year-old boy being wrongly arrested and charged in the Waukegan Dollar General shooting. Martell Williams, 15, was arrested last Wednesday and wrongly charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in connection to a shooting at Dollar General, 2613 […]