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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


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.


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.


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


Missing Crystal Lake boy Andrew 'AJ' Freund: Boy, 5, did not leave home on foot, police say

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (WLS) -- A 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy last seen on Wednesday night remains missing, and police said Friday that they are focusing their investigation on the boy's home.


WATCH: Illinois police rescue donkey in middle of interstate

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX/AP) - A Cook County Sheriff's police sergeant made a different sort of rescue on the Jane Addams Tollway Wednesday morning. Sgt. Bonnie Busching came upon a donkey needing assistance on eastbound I-90, just east of Arlington Heights Road. Her body camera recorded her ne


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.


Cook County Board Could Vote To Allow Probe Of Jussie Smollett Case

Next week Cook County county commissioners could vote to expand the power of the inspector general’s office, which investigates fraud, waste and abuse in Cook County government.


Mom of Missing Crystal Lake Boy No Longer Talking to Cops: Attorney

The mother of a missing Crystal Lake boy is no longer speaking to police, her recently acquired defense attorney said Friday, after her lawyer said authorities might be considering her a suspect in the child’s disappearance.


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.


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.


DCFS takes custody of younger son of Crystal Lake woman whose 5-year-old is missing

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken custody of the younger son of a Crystal Lake mother whose 5-year-old son is missing. DCFS has had contact with Andrew "AJ" Freund's family since he was born in 2013 with opiates in his system and amid neglect allegations against his m


Elmhurst mourns death of police dog Diesel

A police dog named Diesel, who has served in Elmhurst for nearly nine years, died this week from liver cancer, officials said Friday. A 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, Diesel was trained as a tracker to lead officers to evidence at crime scenes and to be protective of his handler and partner, officer


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.


Lombard agrees to sell downtown land for redevelopment

A proposal to build a $31 million mixed-use development on a long-vacant property in downtown Lombard has taken another step forward. Trustees on Thursday approved a redevelopment agreement with Holladay Properties that paves the way for the Indiana-based real estate firm to buy the site along South


My Salon Suite opens in Palatine

PALATINE -- National salon suite franchise My Salon Suite has opened a new location at 220 N. Smith St., Suite 117 in Palatine. The Palatine My Salon Suite includes a collection of private, spacious suites for a variety of health and beauty professionals. The new location is more than 4,588 square f


Two arrested in Elgin after drug complaint

Two 23-year-old men were arrested Thursday in Elgin after police responded to a drug complaint, stopped two vehicles including a taxi, and found drugs and a loaded handgun, authorities said.


Days After Gun Charge, Felon Led Cops On High Speed Chase: Police

OAK LAWN, IL -- Before an admitted Insane Deuce gang member led police on a dangerous 90-mph chase last weekend from Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood to northwest suburban Schaumburg, the convicted felon was out on bail for driving a stolen minivan and possessing an illegal gun in Oak Lawn, reports


Foley running in Distance Night at Palatine

Galva High School’s Caelin Foley will run in the prestigious Distance Night at Palatine event Saturday, April 20. Foley is among 38 runners competing in the 3200-meter run. The event at Chic Anderson Stadium at Palatine High School brings the best high school runners from Illinois and the Midwest to