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Joliet man charged with possessing child pornography

A Joliet man was charged after officers found child pornography during a search of his home Thursday in the southwest suburb. Samuel Prado-Fraile, 46, was charged with a felony count of possession of child pornography, according to Illinois State Police and the Will County sheriff’s office.


Joliet Police Find Gun, Bag Of Marijuana In Car: PD

JOLIET, IL - While most residents of Joliet were asleep, on-duty Joliet Police pulled over a car with only one working headlight and police found a gun and bag of marijuana inside the car, reports show. All three occupants of the car were taken into custody and put in detention.


FBI refuses to release records on bank robbery investigation in Joliet

The FBI has refused to release records on a supposed bank robbery that led police to the home of a man who was fatally shot by a detective. The Herald-News received a letter Thursday from FBI Record Section Chief David Hardy denying a Freedom of Information Act request for records on the bank robber


Harrah's casino murder suspect refused to show up to court: records

A 25-year-old man charged with fatally stabbing and robbing a man at Harrah’s Casino hotel in Joliet refused to appear in court this week, records and an official said. On Tuesday, Robert Watson, 25, refused to appear in court before Will County judge David Carlson, according to court records.


10th DUI Arrest For Joliet Resident Ronald Meimers

JOLIET, IL - A 55-year-old Joliet man who lives in the 2300 block o f White Birch Lane remains in Will County's Jail after the Illinois State Police hauled him away in handcuffs on April 13 for his tenth criminal case involving driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court records.


2 top execs leaving Kim Foxx's State's Attorney's Office

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two top executives are leaving the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. The ABC7 I-Team confirmed that April Perry and Mark Rotert are both leaving the office at the end of April, according to the spokesman for the State's Attorney.


Rockdale Man Stabs Wife In Chest: Complaint

JOLIET, IL - A 41-year-old Rockdale man who lives on Davis Avenue was arrested by Rockdale Police in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of his wife around 4:24 a.m. on Sunday, April 14. The criminal complaint states that Glen Ray Higginbotham stabbed his wife in the chest this past weekend. His


Joliet Splash Station not opening for summer

A technicality during a voting procedure means Joliet's Splash Station waterpark will not open this summer and possibly could close forever. The Joliet Park District was attempting to get a subsidy of $120,000 from the City of Joliet to reopen the popular venue this summer after voters on April 2 ov


Splash Station Will Be Closed In 2019, Park District Confirms

JOLIET, IL - The Joliet Park District is grappling with a projected $1 million deficit this year and the city of Joliet said no thanks to providing the park district with $120,000 to operate the Splash Station Waterpark along Route 6. After getting the cold shoulder from Joliet, the Joliet Park Dist


Will County Jail Roundups For April 18

JOLIET, IL - The following people are the latest new inmates at Will County's Jail. Ashley Barr, 25, 1300 block of Highland Avenue, Joliet, arrested by Will County Sheriff's Office on residential burglary charges.


Mueller Report Release: Redacted version made public

WASHINGTON -- The redacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller has been released to the public. President Donald Trump said he's "having a good day" following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.


Dusty the Donkey saved from traffic on I-90

A Cook County sheriff's sergeant encountered unexpected obstacle on the Northwest Tollway around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. The sergeant found a donkey -- named Dusty -- standing in the middle of traffic near Arlington Heights Road, sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.


10 Big-Ticket Events Coming Up Near New Lenox

NEW LENOX, IL — New and exciting events are coming to the New Lenox area all the time. Whether you're looking to attend a concert or sporting event, theater performance or magic show, Patch's partnership with TicketNetwork has you covered. Here's your weekly roundup of the top big-ticket events comi


Make-A-Wish grants Joliet boy's wish to star in film

The Make-A-Wish Foundation recently helped a local boy write, star in and premiere his own movie at the Rialto Square Theatre. On Wednesday, the Rialto opened its doors to the community for a free preview of “The Serum.” But it was no ordinary film premiere. Thirteen-year-old Bonaparte Moutima of Jo


Splash Station In Joliet Closed To The Public

Splash Station in Joliet is closed to the public. After the Joliet Park District’s referendum didn’t pass and a subsidy of 120 thousand dollars didn’t get approved from the Joliet City Council the water park is closing to the public. Splash Station has never operated in the black. The lazy river has


Rockdale Woman Stabs Lover With Steak Knife, Police Say

JOLIET, IL - A 30-year-old Rockdale woman has remained behind bars all week at the Will County Jail after Rockdale Police say she stabbed her common law husband in his face, arm and inner thigh following an altercation inside their residence on Monday morning.


Police: Woman spiked Illinois state trooper’s drink

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) — A Beardstown woman reportedly spiked an Illinois State Trooper’s sports drink with an unknown substance during a meth bust in Schuyler County on Tuesday.


Joliet mayor wants new look at homelessness in city

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk wants the city to take a new look at homeless issues in the aftermath of the fatal stabbing of a Harrah's Casino hotel guest last month. O'Dekirk announced this week that he is forming a task force that will examine, among other topics, the number of homeless people coming into Jo


Andy & Sophie to Retire after 45 Years in Joliet

If you've lived or worked in Joliet during the last 4 decades, you certainly have heard of Andy & Sophie's from any of their countless, loyal customers. You probably have read about them in local papers, including the Chicago Tribune. If you are lucky, you have enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked lunch


Donkey found wandering on I-90 in suburban Chicago

CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - A donkey was found wandering Wednesday in the middle of I-90 near Arlington Heights Road, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said. The donkey, named Dusty, escaped a trailer just before noon.