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Police issue community alert about students committing vandalism, stealing from downtown Crystal Lake businesses

Police say they have received reports from businesses and visitors in downtown Crystal Lake that students have been creating disturbances after school on early release days. The Crystal Lake Police Department issued a community alert Monday afternoon on social media about the issue. “As a community safety effort, we feel the need to share awareness […]

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Sheriff investigating after church in Wonder Lake vandalized with racial slurs, hate speech

The sheriff’s office is investigating after a vandal or vandals spray-painted a swastika, racial slurs and other messages on the Nativity Lutheran Church in Wonder Lake. The incident was reported to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Communication Specialist Emily Matusek said deputies responded to a vandalism report […]

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Police seek suspects who used baseball bats to break windows, doors of Harvard Aquatic Center

Police are investigating after two suspects used baseball bats to break out glass doors and a window at the aquatic center in Harvard, causing the pool to temporarily close. The Harvard Police Department responded around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday to the Harvard Aquatic Center, 607 Galvin Parkway, for a report of criminal damage to property. Officers […]

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‘Shameful and cruel’: Food pantry vandalized in Crystal Lake, police say

A food pantry that is open to the community 24/7 in Crystal Lake was vandalized earlier this week, police said, calling the incident “shameful and cruel.” The pantry is located at Canterbury Elementary School, located at 875 Canterbury Drive in Crystal Lake. The Crystal Lake Police Department and school officials said the incident happened late […]

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3 charged in connection with graffiti vandalism at school and park in Richmond

Two women and a man have been charged after allegedly spray-painting obscenities onto a school and park in Richmond last week. Lindsey Maginn, of Richmond, Matthew Newcomb, of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Jessica Petska, of Richmond, were all charged with criminal damage to property and criminal defacement of school property. According to a criminal complaint […]