Lake in the Hills rapper denies he threatened Crystal Lake police officer


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By CHELSEA McDOUGALL – cmcdougall@shawmedia.com Source: Northwest Herald WOODSTOCK – The attorney representing Gerard Golston says his client was merely expressing himself in a rap video posted to Facebook that authorities say threatened a police officer. Crystal Lake-based criminal defense attorney George Kililis filed an appearance to represent 25-year-old Golston, of Lake in the Hills, … Continued

Guest View: Casciaro family questions unfair to innocent man


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Source: Northwest Herald Pete DePierro, who worked in the butcher’s department, was the last person to see Brian Carrick alive at the store. He was clear he saw Carrick argue with Shane Lamb and Mario Casciaro. Fact. In grand jury testimony in 2007, Casciaro testified he did not see any cut on Robert Render’s hand … Continued

Deceased former suspect’s role in Brian Carrick murder still debated


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By CHELSEA McDOUGALL – cmcdougall@shawmedia.com Source: Northwest Herald His family and the attorney looking to overturn Mario Casciaro’s murder conviction have been pointing the finger at another man, as they raise questions about Robert Render’s involvement in the 2002 disappearance of Brian Carrick. The Casciaro family and their attorney Kathleen Zellner are asking how Render … Continued

Rowland: Young talent needed for Best Under 40


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Source: Northwest Herald The McHenry County Business Journal and the Northwest Herald are seeking nominations to recognize McHenry County professionals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to their profession, company and community. Many of the people who have earned this distinction have accomplished all three. Take a look around – or … Continued

Lakemoor woman continues potty planter fight


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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI February 3, 2010 WOODSTOCK – A Lakemoor woman ticketed for using two toilets and a sink as flower planters is maintaining her challenge to the village ordinance after a judge upheld its constitutionality Wednesday. An attorney for Tina Asmus, who was fined $25 in June, said he plans to review how Lakemoor … Continued

Judge says no proof man’s bail came from illicit means


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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI January 22, 2010 WOODSTOCK – A 36-year-old Palatine man accused of running a large-scale marijuana growing operation walked out of the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday after prosecutors unsuccessfully challenged his bail. Prosecutors attacked Phillip Koeckritz’ girlfriend’s claims that she gathered just more than $10,000 to pay his bail and sheriff’s processing … Continued

Charge dropped in death


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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI – jduchnowski@nwherald.com January 16, 2010 WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors said they were continuing to investigate Brian Carrick’s 2002 disappearance after dropping a charge Friday against a man accused of concealing his homicide. Prosecutors dropped the felony charge against Robert Render, 24, of the Johnsburg area, but it can be refiled at any time, … Continued

Concealing homicide charge dropped in Carrick case


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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI – jduchnowski@nwherald.com January 15, 2010 WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors dropped charges today against the 24-year-old Johnsburg area man accused of concealing Brian Carrick’s 2002 homicide. Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said the investigation into Carrick’s disappearance remains ongoing. The felony charge against Robert Render was dropped this morning, but can be refiled at … Continued

Probation ordered over false piercing consent


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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI – jduchnowski@nwherald.com January 12, 2010 WOODSTOCK – A 46-year-old Crystal Lake woman accused of improperly signing a consent form for a 16-year-old girl to get her belly pierced was sentenced to two years of probation today. Eileen P. Kozlowski, of 639 Chardonnay Lane, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor attempted … Continued