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Fatal Crash in Unincorporated Fremont Township

Unincorporated Fremont Township, IL - On July 30, 2015, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported traffic crash with injuries.  Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Harley Davidson Motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Route 176 east of Fairfield Road, in Unincorporated Fremont Township.  Initial indications are the driver of the motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve in the road, as the driver approached West Ivanhoe Road. 

The motorcycle struck several small trees and a utility pole.  The driver was not wearing a helmet and sustained significant injuries as a result of the crash.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This crash was reported to Lake County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 5:30AM by an individual walking on West Ivanhoe Road, not an actual witness to the crash.  The exact time of the actual crash is currently unknown.

The identity of the deceased driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Both lanes of Route 176 have been reopened.  The investigation continues through the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit. 

As additional information becomes available it will be forwarded via press release.

Antioch Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Donald Mueller.jpgOn Friday July 24th the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit, along with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes Unit, arrested an Antioch man in connection with an investigation into suspected child pornography. The investigation began in December of 2014 and continued until mid-July of 2015.

As a result of this investigation a $100,000.00 arrest warrant was issued for Donald E. Mueller (58) of the 41000 Block of N Route 83, Antioch for three (3) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each a Class 2 Felony.  Mueller was arrested without incident on Friday July 24th at his Antioch residence.

A forensic examination of electronic media devices possessed by Mueller revealed an extensive amount of images identified as child pornography. These pornographic images involved children under the age of 13. 

Due to the high volume of child pornography possessed by Mueller, additional forensic examinations will be conducted of the electronic media.  It is possible that additional charges will be sought against Mueller following the outcome of the continuing forensic investigation. 

Mueller is being held in the Lake County Jail pending an appearance in courtroom C-120 on Saturday morning July 25th.

Any further information will be conveyed via official press release at a later date.


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On Wednesday, July 22nd, a Lake County Grand Jury was presented with facts of this case.  After hearing the facts and evidence, the Grand Jury indicted James M.  Parsino on five (5) counts

 of Dissemination of Child Pornography, each a Class X Felony, and five (5) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each a Class 2 Felony. 

After additional investigation was conducted, it was determined Parsino (50) not only possessed Child Pornography, but electronically disseminated numerous child pornography videos involving children under the age of 13, to other individuals. 

Each Class X Felony carries a possible sentence of a minimum of 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Parsino is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on $250,000.00 bond. 

Anyone with information on Parsino relevant to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Christopher Covelli of the Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit at 847-377-4180.


Car Crashes Into Beach Park Daycare Center

On Wednesday July 22 at approximately 9:15 a.m., a vehicle being driven by a 16 year old female crashed through the wall of the Lee’s Family Daycare and Learning Center located at 38833 Sheridan Rd Beach Park. The vehicle crashed through the wall and entered a room where several children were having breakfast.

Preliminary investigation shows that the 16 year old driver was turning into the driveway of the daycare center when she hit the accelerator instead of the brake causing her to lose control and strike the wall of the building. Investigation showed the Aunt of the driver, Ranie Hall (33) 1300 block of 30th Ave Kenosha Wisconsin allowed the juvenile to operate the vehicle without a license or learner’s permit.

One 11 year old child from the daycare was transported to Vista Hospital at the request of the parents. None of the other 21 children and 8 adults was injured as a result of this crash. All parents of the children at the daycare center were notified and responded to the scene.

The 16 year old driver was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and no Insurance.

Hall was cited for Allowing An Unlicensed Driver to Operate a Motor Vehicle.

Both are scheduled to appear in Traffic court in Round Lake Beach on September 14th at 3:00 pm.

Any further information will be conveyed via official Lake County Sheriff’s Office Press Release.

Teen Attacked While Jogging in Unincorporated Barrington

On Friday July 17th  at approximately 3:00 p.m. Lake County Deputies responded to the 26000 block of Lakeland Dr. in unincorporated Lake Barrington to a report that a jogger had been attacked by an unknown male subject.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 16 year old female was jogging along the roadway when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male. The victim did not hear the approaching attacker because she was wearing headphones at the time.

The attacker attempted to drag the 16 year old victim into the woods but she was able to fight off the attacker and run away. The victim contacted her mother who then contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The attacker was described as a white male in his early 40’s approximately 5’9” tall with light brown or blonde hair and wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and black gym shoes.

A search of the area by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by LCSO K-9, Wauconda PD and Tower Lakes PD was unsuccessful in locating the offender.

The victim was not seriously injured as a result of this attack.

Anyone having information concerning the identity of the attacker is urged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (847) 377-4250 or the Lake County Sheriff’s Communications Center at (847) 549-5200.

Any further information will be released via official Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release when it becomes available.

Lake Zurich Man Charged with Reproducing Child Pornography

On Thursday July 9th, an early morning search warrant was executed in the 100 block of Pine Ave, Lake Zurich. The search warrant was the result of a child pornography investigation conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes Unit. 

Arrested was Jonathon C. Crouter (23) of Pine Ave, Lake Zurich.  Evidence was seized from his residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. 

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A forensic examination of the media devices revealed hundreds of videos identified as child pornography involving children under the age of 13.  It was also determined during the investigation that Crouter reproduced several videos containing child pornography. 

Crouter was charged with ten (10) counts of Reproducing Child Pornography, each a Class X Felony. The offense of Reproducing Child Pornography occurs when an image containing child pornography is duplicated, distributed and stored on other electronic media devices. Each Class X Felony carries a possible sentence of a minimum of 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Based on the extensive amount of child pornography located on the electronic media, further investigation will be conducted to determine if additional charges will be sought on the devices seized.

Crouter is being held in the Lake County Jail pending a bond hearing on Friday morning July 10th in courtroom C-120.

Any further information will be conveyed via official press release.

COMMUNITY ALERT - Beware of Ruse Burglaries

“Ruse” burglaries are crimes in which the offender uses a “ruse” to get their victim distracted in order to commit a burglary. Victims are physically present at the home when the burglary is taking place. Ruse burglars target seniors and people living alone. The offenders generally travel in pairs, allowing one offender to distract the homeowner while the other offender enters the home to search for and steal cash, jewelry and other items. Offenders use many story lines including:

• Repairing unilock pavers.

• Blacktop, seal-coating, or driveway repair.

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• Inquiries about the homeowner’s water supply or water pressure.

• Informing the homeowner there is an electrical problem outside of the home.

• Offering to repair gutters, fences or tree trimming and landscaping.

• False statements about problems with the neighbor’s house.

• Questions about homeowner’s property lines.

• Inquiries about homes for sale in the neighborhood.

Do not allow anyone in your home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment. If you live near a senior citizen, warn them.  If a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are driving (make, model, color, type) and their attire and physical characteristics.

If you do not choose to speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked or unattended. A legitimate utility or government worker will never object if you ask for ID. You may verify with the utility company or local government agency if the individual was sent to your residence.

If you feel you were the victim of a ruse burglary or if you have seen suspicious vehicles and/or subjects approaching elderly neighbors, please call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200 to report these incidents, or call 911 if the incident is in progress. Please be ready to provide the offender’s vehicle description and a license plate number.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Boaters to New Laws 

Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is again reminding boaters of the new watercraft laws taking effect in 2015:

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Watercraft Towing: SB1479

Senate Bill 1479 requires any watercraft towing a person to display a bright orange flag at the highest point of the boat’s helm. The flag must be visible from all directions and continuously displayed.

Watercraft Seizure: SB3434

Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure and forfeiture of watercraft used in the commission of repeated specified offenses including operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or combination thereof.

Mandatory Boater’s Education: SB3433 (Effective January 1, 2016)

Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after January 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.

“Know the laws and obey the laws – they’ll keep you, your family and friends safer on the waterways,” stated Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.

In addition, Sheriff Curran reminded mariners, “Boaters love the adventure and fun of a day spent on the water. However, accidents can happen quickly – so don’t just carry a life jacket – “Wear It!”



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