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Kenneth Smith, 35, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for the third time in the March 6, 2001 death of Raul Briseno, 34, seen here the summer before he was murdered on a family vacation in Acapulco. (Photo provided by the Briseno family)

67-year sentence — again — for 2001 Burrito Express slaying

For the third time since the 2001 slaying of a McHenry restaurant owner, a former Park City man has been sentenced to 67 years in … Read more ›

Dale Hojnacki

Police officer accused of stealing from department

A longtime far northwest suburban police officer stands accused of stealing money from the department he worked for. Dale Hojnacki, 35, has been charged with … Read more ›

McHenry city police officer arrested, charged with theft

The Northwest Herald reports: An 11-year veteran of the McHenry Police Department was charged Tuesday with theft of money confiscated in a drug arrest, Police … Read more ›

Huntley Trustee Nick Hanson has been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and harassment through electronic communication. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Huntley trustee faces misdemeanor charges

Ongoing personal issues between two former friends have led to misdemeanor charges against a far northwest suburban trustee serving his first term in office. Huntley … Read more ›

Warrant roundup nets 24 arrests

A total of 24 residents were arrested during a recent warrant roundup led by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit. Members of the U.S. … Read more ›

Man allegedly caught selling drugs to undercover detectives

A Linderhurst man has been arrested on drug charges after allegedly selling cocaine to undercover detectives, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. Brett Bairstow, … Read more ›

Cops: Taxi driver planned to meet prostitutes, attacked, robbed instead

A taxicab driver was reportedly attacked and robbed at a Crystal Lake motel where he went to meet with two prostitutes, according to police. Seven … Read more ›

Wallace Henshall

Police: Burglar caught selling stolen items on Craigslist

A Round Lake man with a lengthy criminal past was caught selling tools on Craigslist that he allegedly stole from two far northwest suburban hardware … Read more ›

Kenneth Smith, 35, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for the third time in the March 6, 2001 death of Raul Briseno, 34, seen here the summer before he was murdered on a family vacation in Acapulco. (Photo provided by the Briseno family)

Man found guilty for third time in 2001 McHenry murder

For the third time since the 2001 slaying of a McHenry restaurant owner, a former Park City man was convicted of the crime. A McHenry … Read more ›

Russell Palermo

Huntley insurance salesman wanted for fraud

Authorities are searching for an insurance salesman from far northwest suburban Huntley accused of collecting money for cancelled policies. A total of 29 charges have … Read more ›