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Lake County police departments participate in torch run for Special Olympics Illinois

Numerous law enforcement agencies participated in a torch run on Sunday for Special Olympics Illinois, where police departments pass on the “Flame of Hope” until it reaches its destination in central Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run raises money and spreads awareness for athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. According to Special Olympics Illinois, […]

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Waukegan police chief makes policy changes after 15-year-old boy wrongfully charged in shooting

The Waukegan police chief announced that the department will no longer arrest juveniles at school and no longer interrogate them without a parent or attorney present in wake of the wrongful arrest of a 15-year-old. Waukegan Interim Police Chief Keith Zupec announced the policy changes during Monday evening’s city council meeting. “We cannot allow this […]

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Waukegan police chief issues apology to 15-year-old wrongly charged, says department ‘must do better’

The interim Waukegan police chief publicly apologized Thursday to 15-year-old Martell Williams, who was wrongly charged with attempted murder, and said his department “must do better.” Williams, 15, of Waukegan, was arrested on February 16 and wrongly charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in connection to a shooting at Dollar General, 2613 Grand Avenue […]

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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 […]

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Government offices in Waukegan closing early Thursday in anticipation for protest in Marcellis Stinnette case

Government offices in Waukegan are closing early Thursday as demonstrators are expected to gather to call for charges against the officer who shot and killed Marcellis Stinnette. The Lake County Communications Division said in a statement that the county’s government offices in its Waukegan complex at 18 North County Street in Waukegan will be closing […]

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Mother of 19-year-old shot and killed by Waukegan officer says ongoing investigation ‘is a cover-up’

The investigation into the fatal Waukegan police shooting of Marcellis Stinnette is still being investigated by the state’s attorney a year after it happened. The victim’s mother says the state’s attorney is covering up her son’s death. Stinnette, 19, of Waukegan, was shot and killed on October 20, 2020, by Waukegan police officer Dante Salinas […]

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Coroner identifies 25-year-old man shot and killed at Waukegan gas station

The coroner has identified a 25-year-old Waukegan man who was found shot and killed at a gas station in Waukegan Monday morning. Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said an autopsy showed that Javier Alcantara, 25, of Waukegan, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip originally said the victim resided in Zion. […]

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Suspect who allegedly tried luring children into his car arrested after fighting police in Waukegan

Editor’s Note: The below video could be considered shocking or disturbing to the viewer. Viewer discretion is advised. Video released Thursday shows a man fighting with police officers as they try to arrest him for attempting to lure two young girls into his car in Waukegan last weekend. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip said […]