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DCFS has investigated past abuse, neglect allegations in case of missing boy

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The Department of Children an Family Service said Friday they have been involved with the family of a missing Crystal Lake boy since 2013 and have investigated allegations of abuse and neglect.


Police focus on missing Crystal Lake boy's house; parents plead for his safety

Authorities investigating the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy from Crystal Lake said Friday there is no indication he was abducted or even left his house. After a night of activity Thursday, the search for Andrew "AJ" Freund, missing since Wednesday night, slowed with no signs of police activity F


Visitation, funeral set for the Rev. John Smyth, former Maryville Academy leader

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Rev. John P. Smyth, the longtime leader of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, who died Tuesday. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, at the Chapel of Saint Joseph at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located next to Maryville at 11


VIDEO: Cook County Sheriff's Officer rescues donkey wandering on I-90

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) -- A donkey was found wandering down a busy expressway Wednesday in the northwest suburbs. Dusty the Donkey has become an internet sensation. Dashcam footage shows Sgt. Bonnie Busching approaching the 4-foot-tall donkey on I-90. RAW VIDEO: Donkey found wandering on I-90


1 Boy Rescued, Another Missing in Wauconda Lake: Officials

Two boys, 9 and 10, were on a paddle boat Friday in a north suburban lake when they began screaming for help, officials said, prompting nearby fishermen to rescue one while divers continue searching for the other.


Elk Grove Village man charged with attempted murder of mail carrier

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- An Elk Grove Village man has been charged with trying to kill a U.S. Postal Service worker who was delivering mail in the western suburb on New Year's Eve.


9-year-old missing in Wauconda lake after boating mishap

WAUCONDA, Ill. — Emergency crews are searching for Bangs Lake in Wauconda for a 9-year-old reported missing in the water Friday night. Crews were called to Edgewater Parkway and Monroe Avenue in Wauconda around 7:30 p.m.


Two top deputies resign from Cook County State's Attorney's Office

CHICAGO — Two of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's top deputies — the office's chief ethics officer and the head of the Conviction Integrity Unit — have submitted resignations and will be leaving next month.


Maine Township Agency Day to feature Trauma Informed Care: A Conversation workshop

Maine Township's 37th annual Agency Day has been scheduled for Friday, May 3, at Manzo's Banquets, 1571 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines. The day begins with breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with luncheon and networking beginning at noon. The day will feature Trauma Informed Care:


Fatal Crash Closes Inbound Edens At Dempster Street

SKOKIE, IL — A fatal crash shut down all inbound lanes on the Edens Expressway during afternoon rush hour Friday. A tractor-trailer had pulled over around 3 p.m. on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of Interstate 94 around the Dempster Street overpass, according to Illinois State Police.


Search for second boy in Wauconda's Bangs Lake called a recovery effort

Wauconda police have confirmed crews are searching for a young boy who fell into Bangs Lake Friday night, and they're calling it a recovery effort. Wauconda police and fire officials said two boys, ages 9 and 10, were on a paddleboat and became distressed, then went into the water around 7:20 p.m. F


3 Illinois Companies Have Best Outlook For 2019

ILLINOIS — Three Illinois companies were recognized as having the best outlook for 2019, according to an annual rating from Comparably released this week. Comparably, a workplace culture and compensation monitoring website, ranked 50 large and 50 small or mid-sized companies for outlook.


Five possible human hearts found in Chicago alley

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) - Chicago Police are investigating after what they say could be five human hearts were found in an alley on Friday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police found the remains around 9:30 a.m. in an alley off the first block of East Benton Place.


5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

It's thrill time this weekend with the season opening of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee and the Walker Stalker Convention and Heroes and Villains Fanfest in Rosemont. For more fun ideas for the weekend, see dailyherald.com/calendar.


Arlington Heights woman accused of stealing car from South Elgin gym

An Arlington Heights woman, out of prison for just less than two weeks, is back behind bars in DuPage County, accused of stealing a car from a South Elgin fitness center. Nicole Crook, 31, of the 1600 block of East Central Road, is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving with a li


Morton Grove police fly drone over rooftops of homes in search for evidence, motive in fatal January shooting

Morton Grove police recently were back at the scene of a fatal January shooting, looking for any evidence that may have been missed during earlier searches as the investigation into the death of 30-year-old Anthony Del Barrio continues on.


Police reports: Three charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary in Lincolnwood

The following items were taken from the Lincolnwood Police Department reports and press releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Sorrell R. Towers, 22, of the 5600 block of Ada Street, Chicago, Devon Johnson, 28 of the 3600 block of West Cermak Road, Chicago, and Daquan R. Blakney


After perjury conviction, gang leader’s associate now facing gun, drug charges

An associate of feared Chicago gang leader Labar “Bro Man” Spann is facing new charges after, police say, she was caught with two loaded handguns and a two-liter bottle containing liquid PCP.


Woman, 55, injured in Near West Side shooting

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 58-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting Friday in the Near West Side. About 11:48 p.m. the woman was in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 2400 block of West Van Buren Street when two unknown vehicles fired shots at each other, Chicago police said.


Jaris McCullum, Former Glenbard East Student, Accused Of Sending Threatening Message To Current Student

Chicago (CBS) — A former student at Glenbard East High School in Lombard has been accused of sending a threatening message to a current female student at the school. Jaris McCullum, 18, has been charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct and one felony count of harassment through electronic