Monday, May 13, 2013
Deputy Eric Francke is on administrative leave without pay after being charged with solicitation of a sex act and obstructing justice.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, May 13
A Lake County Sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after being charged May 10 with solicitation of a sexual act and obstructing justice, according to a press release. Deputy Eric Francke, 33, has been a deputy with the sheriff's office since Sept. 2008. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Mundelein Police Department on April 11 of an on-going criminal investigation involving Francke, who was initially placed on administrative leave with pay. As of Monday, Francke was not receiving pay. Francke is free after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. Update: Police believe Francke, of Antioch, was a customer of two Chicago men who were forcing …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A look at weird crime news in the northern Chicago suburbs.
At Least Nothing Was Superglued to the Backyard Ceiling A Buffalo Grove resident reported someone moved several items around her backyard but had no idea who moved the items. Never Get In Debt With Mermaids Buffalo Grove police pulled a motorcycle out of a pond. The bike's owner told police he thought it had been repossessed. Local Magician Retires Someone turned in an unwanted pair of handcuffs to the Northfield Police Department. You Do The Math, Cuz I Can No Longer Do Math A Chicago man was charged with felony DUI and aggravated DUI after police saw his car veering between lanes in Niles. When officers stopped the driver, he produced a Mexican ID and told police he only had two drinks, but officers saw a box containing seven empty …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Highwood and Highland Park police are investigating four incidents in the past two weeks where students reported that they were approached by adults asking them if they wanted a ride.
The information below comes from the Cities of Highwood and Highland Park. The Highwood and Highland Park police are investigating four incidents in the past two weeks where students reported that they were approached by adults asking them if they wanted a ride. The first two both occurred after school outside of Oak Terrace School, on April 22 and April 24. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-30s with black spiky hair, a goatee and a tattoo of a star on his forearm. On May 7, a Northwood junior high student reported that she was approached near the Highwood Ballpark by a man in a vehicle asking if she wanted a ride. She refused and the man drove off. The man is described as a white male with fair skin in his late 40s, …
The following police-related items came from area Patches. When an arrest is referenced it should not be considered a conviction.
Inverness Woman Charged in Decades Old Murder Former Inverness resident Jacquelyn Greco, 66, was charged with arranging the murder of her husband in 1979. Greco, of Crystal Falls, Michigan was charged with first degree murder of her husband, Carl Gaimari. Police said Greco was having an affair and planned her husband's death. Police said that Greco had a burglary staged. On April 30, 1979, two men entered the residence and stated they were robbing the home. Police said the two men ordered Greco and the couple's three children – ages 13, 5, and 2 – into a bedroom, tied them up and locked them in a closet. Before they closed the closet door, the men took a box off of a top shelf that contained two handguns owned by Gaimari. Police said that …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called on the Archdiocese of Chicago Thursday to take action against ex-priest Russell L. Romano.
Members of SNAP—Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—want Russell L. Romano to be fired. Romano, who currently lives in Bolingbrook, works as a counselor for Advocate Health Care in the Illinois Professional Heath Program in Des Plaines, according to SNAP. He is listed on the Archdiocese of Chicago website as a priest with "substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct with minors." Romano was ordained in 1973 and laicized in May 2009, according to the site. In July 2009, it was revealed that Romano left the church in 1991 after three boys reported abuse, according to ABC. Romano was then serving at St. Barbara's in Brookfield. He was never formally charged with sexual abuse. SNAP members gathered in front of the Archdiocese of…
Drivers warned to buckle up or risk getting a ticket as police step up seat belt enforcement through Memorial Day.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, May 10
The 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign kicked off Friday in Illinois. The purpose of the campaign is to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and over 500 local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws. “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important for everyone to buckle up every trip, every time, day or night – no excuses,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt.” Provisional numbers show that during the 2012 …
Lisa Madigan is suing an Antioch-based company for home repair fraud involving storm victims from Highland Park and other communities.
Friday, May 10
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit against a Chicago area “storm chaser” home repair firm for failing to complete contracted projects and for failing to pay its supplier, resulting in thousands of dollars of liens put on customers’ homes. Madigan filed the lawsuit this week in Lake County Circuit Court against Perfect Restorations, based in Antioch, and company owners James Novack, James Hauser and Bruce Faber. Homeowners in Highland Park and the following communities were allegedly defauded by Perfect Restorations: Antioch, Grayslake, Gurnee, Ingleside, Lake In The Hills, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Round Lake Beach and Schaumburg. The lawsuit alleges Perfect Restorations marketed its services to homeowners in need of …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Gary Tsai was arrested at his Glenview home last week on federal charges of providing North Korea with tools and machinery to make weapons of mass destruction.
A Glenview resident and his father are facing federal charges for aiding North Korea in the production of weapons of mass destruction after being linked to the supply of weapons machinery to North Korea, according to a Department of Justice (USDOJ) press release. Yueh-Hsun Tsai, also known as “Gary Tsai,” 36, a Taiwanese native and a legal permanent U.S. resident, was arrested at his Glenview home last Wednesday. His father, Hsien Tai Tasi, also known as “Alex Tsai,” 67, was arrested the same day in Estonia. He remains in custody there, waiting to be extradited to the United States Both men were charged with three offenses — one count of conspiring to defraud the United States in its enforcement of laws and regulations prohibiting the …
Jacob A. Lynn was convicted last week of theft and possession of cannabis, a year after police investigation into a home invasion in his Highland Park led to his arrest.
Two Deerfield teens were charged in the home invasion.
A Highland Park teen who was arrested last year after two Deerfield teens broke into the home where he lives has been convicted of drug and theft charges. Police investigation into a Highland Park home invasion last year led to the arrest of Jacob A. Lynn, 18, who lives at the home that was broken into. He pled guilty last week of theft and possession of cannabis, according to Cynthia Trujillo Vargas, the Communications Manager at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. His arrest occurred two weeks after Deerfield teens Joseph J. Mahoney and Joshua S. Norris, 18, were arrested and charged as adults for home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm. "That whole investigation revolving around the home invasion …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Three men who tried to hold up a Deerfield store are charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.
Three men who were arrested for the armed robbery of a Deerfield cellular telephone store April 8 after a chase by Deerfield Police learned today they were indicted by a Cook County Grand Jury for both armed robbery and kidnapping. Lavell Hughes, 41, of Hazel Crest, Tony Johnson, 20, of Harvey and Andrew Wadlington-Anthony, 28, of Harvey appeared before Judge Marguerite Quinn in Cook County Criminal Court in Skokie for a preliminary hearing when they learned the news. Earlier: Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects After Chase “This case has been superseded by indictment,” Assistant State’s Attorney Ben Williams said nullifying any need for the hearing. Quinn set arraignment at 9:30 a.m. May 28 in Room 206 of the Skokie courthouse. At that …