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Former Waukegan police officer released after posting bond in murder of Marcellis Stinnette, attack on 2nd man

A former Waukegan police officer has been released from jail on a $350,000 bond after he was charged with the murder of Marcellis Stinnette and attacking a second man in an unrelated incident. Dante Salinas, 39, of Gurnee, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery causing […]

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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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Waukegan police officer recognized for saving victim who suffered severe arm injury

A Waukegan police officer, who was named employee of the month, has been recognized for saving a subject who suffered a life-threatening injury last month. Waukegan Police Officer Mallory Baker was selected as the Waukegan Police Department “Employee of the Month” for August. Baker is currently assigned to the Patrol Division’s day shift. Baker was […]

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Police remain vigilant after rumors of gang-targeted shootings in Waukegan, North Chicago area circulate on social media

Rumors of planned gang retaliation shootings in the Waukegan and North Chicago areas are circulating on social media after at least nine people were shot this week in the two cities. In an apparent email sent by local activist Margaret Carrasco to city officials in Lake County, Carrasco said “word on the street” is that […]

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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 […]