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McHenry County Human Trafficking Task Force arrests man who allegedly tried to solicit child for sex acts

The McHenry County Human Trafficking Task Force arrested a Woodstock man who allegedly tried soliciting a child online for sex acts during a sting operation, prosecutors said. Woodstock Police Department Chief John Lieb and McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Wednesday that Jesus Cortez, 32, of Woodstock, was arrested during a human trafficking sting. […]

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Federal court allows lawsuit to proceed in case of former McHenry County inmates who claim they were forced to perform unpaid labor

A judge ruled a federal lawsuit can continue after multiple former immigration inmates at the McHenry County Jail claimed they were forced to perform unpaid labor while detained. The suit was filed in April in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, court records show. The plaintiffs include Aleksey Ruderman, Jason Clarke, […]

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Driver flees scene after crashing car off roadway into creek near Woodstock

Police were unable to locate a driver who fled the scene after crashing their vehicle off the roadway and into a creek near Woodstock Wednesday evening. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock Fire Rescue District responded around 10 p.m. Wednesday to Charles Road and Nelson Road in unincorporated Woodstock. Dispatchers initially received an automated […]

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Police seek help in locating man reported missing for several days from Woodstock

Police say they are seeking the public’s help in locating a man, who possibly has dementia or Alzheimer’s, that has been missing from Woodstock for several days. The Woodstock Police Department announced Friday evening that they are searching for John P. Seputis, 71. Seputis was reported missing Friday by friends, police said. The man possibly […]

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Woodstock man charged after his juvenile girlfriend used his cannabis device, leading to her being hospitalized

A man was arrested after his juvenile girlfriend used an electronic cannabis device in Woodstock which reportedly caused her to “hallucinate and run in to the street,” court documents said. Aaron Montgomery, 21, of Woodstock, was charged with child endangerment and contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor. A criminal complaint filed in McHenry […]

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Police canine assists officers in finding drugs possessed by conviction felon that also had gun in Crystal Lake

Officers arrested a convicted felon after he was found, with the help of a police canine, in possession of cocaine and a gun during an investigation in Crystal Lake, authorities said. Police officers conducted a traffic stop around 3:25 p.m. Thursday in the area of Northwest Highway and Exchange Drive in Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake […]

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Man charged with criminal intimidation of Woodstock woman, distributing her sexual images without her consent

A man has been arrested after he allegedly criminally intimidated a Woodstock woman and distributed her nude images without her consent, court records show. Justino D. Vasquez-Torres, 30, of Belvidere, was charged with two counts of intimidation, a Class 3 felony, and eight counts of non-consensual dissemination of a sexual image, a Class 4 felony. […]