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five lake county residents indicted on election-related charges


with early voting under way for the march 20 primary election, officials have announced the indictment of five people on felony charges related to the november 2016 general election in lake county.the charges against the five local residents began with information uncovered by the lake county clerk's office, and then the cases were developed through an investigation by the lake county state's attorney's office.assistant state's attorney fred day said the cases all involve alleged crimes stemming from the nov. 8, 2016 general election, and the lengthy time frame prior to charges included initial discovery of the alleged crimes by the clerk's office, followed by the need to interview both witnesses and those eventually charged in the cases as part of the investigation.according to day and co






5 lake county residents indicted on election-related charges


with early voting underway for the march 20 primary election, officials have announced the indictment of five people on felony charges related to the november 2016 general election in lake county.the charges against the five local residents began with information uncovered by the lake county clerk’s office, and then the cases were developed through an investigation by the lake county state’s attorney’s office.assistant state’s attorney fred day said the cases all involve alleged crimes stemming from the nov. 8, 2016 general election, and the lengthy time frame prior to charges included initial discovery of the alleged crimes by the clerk’s office, followed by the need to interview both witnesses and those eventually charged in the cases as part of the investigation.according to day and cou






district 128 board member, secretary indicted on election-related perjury charge


a community high school district 128 board member and an administrative secretary were indicted wednesday on perjury charges related to the circulation of election nominating papers, according to lake county state's attorney's office officials.the district includes libertyville and vernon hills high schools.ellen mauer, a board member for 12 years and current board secretary, has been indicted by a lake county grand jury on four counts of perjury, officials said. the charge is a class 3 felony that carries a potential sentence of two to five years in prison upon conviction. it is also probationable.denise zwit, secretary to district superintendent prentiss lea and a district employee of more than three decades, was indicted on three counts of the same charge, authorities said.according to






ex-north chicago cop surrenders on charges alleging on-duty solicitation of pros


a former veteran north chicago police officer was indicted wednesday on charges including official misconduct for allegedly soliciting a prostitute while on duty, according to the lake county state's attorney's office. ludwin w. barreno was indicted by a lake county grand jury on charges of official... (jim newton)






district 128 board member, secretary indicted on election-related perjury charge


a community high school district 128 board member and an administrative secretary were indicted wednesday on perjury charges related to the circulation of election nominating papers, according to lake county state's attorney's office officials.the district includes libertyville and vernon hills high schools.ellen mauer, a board member for 12 years and current board secretary, has been indicted by a lake county grand jury on four counts of perjury, officials said. the charge is a class 3 felony that carries a potential sentence of two to five years in prison upon conviction. it is also probationable.denise zwit, secretary to district superintendent prentiss lea and a district employee of more than three decades, was indicted on three counts of the same charge, authorities said.mauer, who is






former lake county coroner indicted on perjury charges


emily k. colemanthe bannockburn resident set to be lake county's next coroner said one of the first things on his to-do list is sitting down with the funeral directors and police chiefs in the area to "mend some bridges that have been a little broken."one week after election day, gurnee-based dentist and republican...






ex-lake county coroner indicted on perjury charges over election signatures


"we live in an era now where elections are called into strict scrutiny," towne said. "... we need to make sure that the petitions that are being circulated are done so in a true and accurate fashion. we need to ensure the integrity of the process, and this prosecution i believe will allow the justice system to consider all of the factors that were looked into and investigated."the class 3 felony perjury charges carry a possible sentence of two to five years in prison and also are probational.tony briscoe is a tribune reporter; emily coleman and jim newton are lake county news-sun reporters.






ex-lake county coroner indicted on perjury charges over election signatures


"we live in an era now where elections are called into strict scrutiny," towne said. "... we need to make sure that the petitions that are being circulated are done so in a true and accurate fashion. we need to ensure the integrity of the process, and this prosecution i believe will allow the justice system to consider all of the factors that were looked into and investigated."tony briscoe is a tribune reporter; emily coleman and jim newton are lake county news-sun reporters.






ex-lake co. coroner indicted on perjury charges over election signatures


emily k. colemanthe illinois supreme court will not hear lake county coroner thomas rudd's appeal of a decision to block him from the november ballot as an independent, ending rudd's efforts to run for re-election as something other than a write-in candidate.the state's highest court didn't provide a reason for...






lake county sheriff's deputy indicted on felony perjury charges


a lake county sheriff's office deputy has been indicted on charges of perjury due to inconsistencies in his testimony during a 2016 court hearing on a dui case, authorities announced wednesday.deputy sheriff justin hill, 28, of kenosha, was indicted by a lake county grand jury wednesday on three felony counts of perjury, according to the lake county sheriff's office.following the indictment, a lake county circuit judge issued a $10,000 arrest warrant for hill, who subsequently surrendered himself to the sheriff's office wednesday afternoon.he was released after being processed and posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bail.according to sgt. christopher covelli of the sheriff's office, inconsistencies were allegedly discovered in hill's testimony during a court hearing on the potential statutor






perjury trial for former lake county coroner pushed back to january


for the second time this year, a lake county judge struck down a motion to dismiss election-related perjury charges against former lake county coroner dr. thomas rudd. circuit judge victoria rossetti denied a motion thursday to reconsider her previous refusal to dismiss five counts of perjury against...






new prosecutor on board for former lake county coroner's jan. 16 perjury trial d


for the second time this year, a lake county judge struck down a motion to dismiss election-related perjury charges against former lake county coroner dr. thomas rudd. circuit judge victoria rossetti denied a motion thursday to reconsider her previous refusal to dismiss five counts of perjury against...






lake county officer indicted on rape charges, state police say


a lake county grand jury indicted a lake county police officer thursday on rape and other charges, according to a release from the indiana state police.the five-count indictment includes two counts of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and criminal confinement filed against nicholas medrano, 34, of lakes of the four seasons.according to the state police, detective mike bailey began his investigation in the fall when the lake county sheriff's department asked the state police to investigate the case. the complainant was a co-worker of the officer, the release said.lake county prosecutor bernard carter, in a release, said medrano is on leave as a police officer.court records indicate the offense occurred in january 2013. no other information was available.lake county police deputy chief da






indicted lake county sheriff insists he is innocent


a federal judge wednesday denied sheriff john buncich's request to have his firearms returned.judge paul cherry ruled that buncich, who was indicted in november on public corruption charges, could not amend the conditions of his release to allow the return of his firearms, which his attorney argued...






two women indicted on identity theft charges after dentist visit


two chicago women were indicted on charges of identity theft by a lake county grand jury nov. 1 in waukegan, according to the lake county state's attorney's office and the deerfield police department.the charges against kaya washington, 28, and beverly henry, 40, both of chicago, came after an investigation by deerfield police that included a subpoena of facebook records to determine the identity of one of the women, according to deerfield police detective brad tokarz.both washington and henry are charged with two counts of identity theft, one of unlawful possession of a credit card, and another of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to cynthia vargas, communications manager for the lake county state's attorney's office.washington posted $10,000 bond, and police are still looking fo






brooklyn park man indicted in fatal stabbing of pregnant woman


a brooklyn park man was indicted by a dakota county grand jury friday in the fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman carrying his child.vern jason mouelle, 23, was indicted with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, according to the dakota county attorney's office. mouelle's alleged actions were premeditated and with intent to kill.moulle fatally stabbed senicha m. lessman, 25, on her neck in her eagan apartment on jan. 24, according to charges. the attack also killed the unborn son she had been carrying for 32 weeks.lessman's mother had identified mouelle as the child's father, according to the charges."these charges reflect allegations that this was a premeditated and intentional domestic-related homicide," county attorney james backstrom said in a written






district 128 officials turn themselves in on perjury charges


a board member and an administrative secretary at community high school district 128 turned themselves into authorities on perjury charges thursday, and were released after posting signature bonds.ellen mauer, a board member for 12 years and current board secretary, and denise zwit, secretary to district superintendent prentiss lea, both face perjury charges for alleged violations related to election petitions for the april 4 election, according to the lake county state's attorney's office.according to lake county grand jury indictments for the two defendants, both affirmed in writing that they had personally collected signatures on candidate petitions for the district 128 school board election while the state alleges they did not collect the signatures.the school district includes liberty






former coroner rudd pleads not guilty to perjury charges


with several supporters watching in the spectator gallery, former lake county coroner dr. thomas rudd pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury friday morning in lake county circuit court.the charges against rudd, 70, allege he committed perjury by signing election petitions that were collected by others, not himself, prior to the 2016 primary election.after the allegations surfaced, but long before he was indicted, rudd withdrew his nomination for re-election as a democrat, and he unsuccessfully ran in the general election as a write-in candidate.prior to entering rudd's not guilty pleas, rudd's defense attorney, jed stone, asked for a substitution of judges, and circuit judge victoria rossetti was assigned the case, replacing circuit judge daniel shanes.last fall, shanes heard and den






muttontown mayor, husband indicted on tax fraud charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjulianne beckerman, muttontown mayor, leaves nassau county courthouse on wednesday, oct. 18, 2017 in mineola. (credit: howard schnapp) muttontown mayor julianne wesley beckerman and her husband wednesday were indicted on charges of tax fraud related to not paying state taxes from 2010 to 2014.acting nassau county supreme court judge terence murphy unsealed a grand jury indictment that charged beckerman, 48, with five counts of tax fraud and one count of three consecutive years of failure to file state taxes. she pleaded...






muttontown mayor, husband indicted on tax fraud charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjulianne beckerman, muttontown mayor, leaves nassau county courthouse on wednesday, oct. 18, 2017 in mineola. (credit: howard schnapp) muttontown mayor julianne wesley beckerman and her husband were indicted wednesday on charges of tax fraud related to not paying state taxes from 2010 to 2014.acting state supreme court judge terence murphy of nassau county unsealed a grand jury indictment that charged beckerman, 48, with five counts of tax fraud and one count of repeated failure to file income and earnings taxes. she pleaded...






former lasalle county prosecutor accused of misconduct, calls case 'vindictive a


a special prosecutor assigned to a high-profile case in lake county has been put on administrative duties after being indicted on official misconduct charges in connection with his previous job as lasalle county state's attorney.brian towne was prosecuting former lake county coroner thomas rudd, charged with perjury over his 2016 primary election petitions. rudd is supposed to go on trial oct. 23, and a replacement prosecutor has yet to be named.towne is the subject of a 17-count indictment handed down tuesday alleging misconduct during his time as lasalle county's top prosecutor. the charges include having his staff conduct political activity during office hours, donating thousands of dollars in public funds to a local high school club and paying personal expenses with money generated thr






former lake county coroner pleads guilty to reduced charge in election-related p


a negotiated plea deal approved wednesday ended the lengthy court battle over perjury charges lodged against former lake county coroner dr. thomas rudd related to his nominating petitions for the 2016 primary election.under terms of the agreement, rudd pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disregarding the election code, and the felony charges of perjury against him were dismissed.the agreement, approved by judge victoria rossetti, also states that rudd must serve two years of conditional discharge — a less stringent form of probation that doesn't require regular reporting to a probation officer — and includes a stipulation that rudd cannot be employed by any form of government or run for public office for a period of five years after his conditional discharge period ends.rudd must also






man indicted for kidnapping, throwing 7-year-old off bridge


westborough, mass. (ap) — a massachusetts man has been indicted on multiple charges for allegedly kidnapping his friend’s 7-year-old daughter and throwing her off a bridge.the worcester county district attorney’s office says 36-year-old joshua hubert was indicted thursday on two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and strangulation.prosecutors say hubert attended a cookout with the girl’s family aug. 26. authorities say he took the girl from her worcester home around 2:30 a.m. the following morning, choked her and threw her off the interstate 290 bridge into lake quinsigamond (kwin-sig’-uh-mund).the girl survived and swam about 100 yards (91 meters) to shore for help. prosecutors say the girl had visible, non life-threatening injuries.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4






lake county election preview: will county buck trend of low turnout?


all across lake county, voters will travel to the polls on tuesday to choose mayors, village trustees, clerks, city councilors, aldermen, assessors, school board members and highway commissioners.and, if history is any indication, many more people will not.lake county is by no means unique in that respect.a study released last year by portland (ore.) state university found that fewer than 15 percent of eligible citizens across the united states turned out to vote for community leaders like mayors and city councilors. in cities like las vegas and dallas, turnout was in the single digits. the median age of voters was 57, with residents 65 and older being 15 times more likely to have voted than those between 18 and 34.lake county clerk carla wyckoff, who oversees local elections, said the mos






ex-lake county coroner's perjury trial pushed back days before it was set to beg


the election-related perjury trial of former lake county coroner thomas rudd has been delayed more than four months just days before it was set to begin.lake county circuit judge victoria rossetti on thursday granted a defense motion to postpone rudd's trial, and due to the availability of the attorneys involved on both sides, the trial, which had been scheduled to begin tuesday, is now scheduled for may 21.rossetti also granted a motion from prosecutor bernard murray with the illinois appellate prosecutor's office to disqualify rudd's second-chair defense attorney, burton odelson, due to potential conflict of interest concerns.odelson, whom lead defense attorney jed stone called "probably the best election attorney in the state," was disqualified by rossetti due to his previous representa






feds oppose sheriff's request to get guns back


a federal judge on tuesday agreed to push back the trial of lake county sheriff john buncich to april.the sheriff, who was indicted in november on a series of corruption charges, was slated for his trial to begin jan. 17, according to court documents, but judge paul cherry consented to delaying...a federal judge on tuesday agreed to push back the trial of lake county sheriff john buncich to april.the sheriff, who was indicted in november on a series of corruption charges, was slated for his trial to begin jan. 17, according to court documents, but judge paul cherry consented to delaying... (craig lyons)






hearing set for defense motion to dismiss charges against melodie gliniewicz


lake county prosecutors are pointing to previous court rulings and precedents in defending theft-related charges against melodie gliniewicz, the widow of the late fox lake police lt. charles joseph gliniewicz.as pretrial maneuvers continue, a hearing has still not been scheduled on a motion to...






lake elmo closes the book on its city library


nearly seven years ago, martha riel locked up lake elmo library on its last day of county ownership after a dispute over hours and services. soon she'll reopen it as a washington county library branch once again.as its new manager, she'll have the task of merging lake elmo's city library, which residents built from scratch since that bitter split with the county in 2011, into the county library network. on jan. 20, the library will open with a range of services.how will lake elmo residents react to the change?"i'm sure there will be a range of opinions, but i'm expecting a very smooth transition," riel said.the library will be open 40 hours monday through saturday, eight hours fewer than under the city's operation. but residents will have "a broader and deeper collection than they're had b






prosecutor accused of misconduct, calls case 'vindictive abuse of power'


a special prosecutor assigned to a high-profile case in lake county has been put on administrative duties after being indicted for official misconduct in connection with his previous job as lasalle county state's attorney.brian towne was prosecuting former lake county coroner thomas rudd, charged with perjury over his 2016 primary election petitions. rudd is supposed to go on trial oct. 23, and a replacement prosecutor has yet to be named.towne is the subject of a 17-count indictment handed down tuesday alleging misconduct during his time as lasalle county's top prosecutor. the charges range from having his staff conduct political activity during office hours, to donating thousands of dollars in public funds to a local high school club, to paying personal expenses with money generated thro






lake elmo closes the book on its city library


nearly seven years ago, martha riel locked up lake elmo library on its last day of county ownership after a dispute over hours and services. soon she’ll reopen it as a washington county library branch once again.as its new manager, she’ll have the task of merging lake elmo’s city library, which residents built from scratch since that bitter split with the county in 2011, into the county library network. by the first week of january, the library will be open with a range of services.how will lake elmo residents react to the change?“i’m sure there will be a range of opinions, but i’m expecting a very smooth transition,” riel said.the library will be open 40 hours monday through saturday, eight hours fewer than under the city’s operation. but residents will have “a broader and deeper collecti






lake elmo closes the book on its city library


nearly seven years ago, martha riel locked up lake elmo library on its last day of county ownership after a dispute over hours and services. soon she’ll reopen it as a washington county library branch once again.as its new manager, she’ll have the task of merging lake elmo’s city library, which residents built from scratch since that bitter split with the county in 2011, into the county library network. starting jan. 20, the library will be open with a range of services.how will lake elmo residents react to the change?“i’m sure there will be a range of opinions, but i’m expecting a very smooth transition,” riel said.the library will be open 40 hours monday through saturday, eight hours fewer than under the city’s operation. but residents will have “a broader and deeper collection than they






tennessee pastor indicted, accused of sexual abuse of minors


covington, tenn. — a tennessee pastor has been indicted on 47 charges related to sexual abuse of minors.tipton county sheriff's chief deputy billy daugherty told wreg-tv in memphis that 39-year-old ronnie gorton has been accused by three people, including one under the age of 13.gorton was indicted monday and jailed tuesday. he declined to answer questions from reporters as he entered jail.he is the former pastor of awakening church in atoka.gorton faces one count of rape, 16 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated sexual battery and several other charges.online jail records indicate gorton remained in jail wednesday night but didn't say whether he had a lawyer who could comment on the case.






former mangano aide rob walker indicted on federal charges


rob walker, a former republican state assemblyman from hicksville who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, was indicted on federal charges of obstructing justice and lying to fbi agents on thursday, feb. 22, 2018. rob walker, who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, has been indicted on federal charges weeks before his former boss’ corruption trial starts.walker, 43, a republican and former state assemblyman from hicksville, surrendered thursday to federal officials at u.s. district court in central islip before pleading not guilty to obstructing justice and lying...






suspect in 5 slayings indicted and held on $75 million bond


cleveland — a man charged with killing five people in ohio has been indicted on aggravated murder charges in the deaths of three of them, a mother and her two college-age daughters.george brinkman jr. has been charged in the deaths of 45-year-old suzanne taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old taylor pifer and 18-year-old kylie pifer. their bodies were found june 11 at their home in north royalton, a cleveland suburb.brinkman was indicted tuesday on charges that include aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and offenses against a human corpse.the cuyahoga county prosecutor's office tells cleveland.com it will be seeking the death penalty.brinkman also faces murder charges in stark county in the deaths of 71-year-old rogell eugene john and 64-year-old roberta ray john.he is being






ex-nurse faces 3rd, 4th murder charges in children's deaths in texas


san antonio — a former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible in the deaths of up to 60 texas children has been indicted on two new murder charges.this file photo provided by the texas department of criminal justice shows genene jones. the former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible in the deaths of up to 60 texas children has been indicted on two new murder charges. the bexar county district attorney’s office said in a statement that jones was indicted thursday, june 29, 2017, in the death of an 8-month-old in 1981 and a 4-month-old a year later. she now faces four new murder charges. jones is serving a prison sentence for the 1982 killing of another toddler.the bexar county district attorney’s office said in a statement that genene jones, 66, was indicted thursd






suspect in 5 slayings indicted and held on $75 million bond


cleveland (ap) — a man charged with killing five people in ohio has been indicted on aggravated murder charges in the deaths of three of them, a mother and her two college-age daughters.george brinkman jr. has been charged in the deaths of 45-year-old suzanne taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old taylor pifer and 18-year-old kylie pifer. their bodies were found june 11 at their home in north royalton, a cleveland suburb.brinkman was indicted tuesday on charges that include aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and offenses against a human corpse.the cuyahoga county prosecutor’s office tells cleveland.com it will be seeking the death penalty.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.brinkman also faces murder charges in stark county in the deaths of 71-year-old






19 men, women indicted after north las vegas gang crackdown


north las vegas, nev. (ap) — authorities say 19 men and woman have been indicted following a monthslong crackdown on a north las vegas gang.the 35-count indictment against the southern united raza first onda surenos was unsealed on tuesday. those indicted face charges ranging from murder to racketeering.clark county assistant sheriff tom roberts said authorities “went after the head of the snake and cut it off.” the crackdown was called “operation spartan fist.”prosecutors are expected to decide soon whether to pursue the death penalty against five of the suspects who are facing murder charges.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.clark county district attorney steve wolfson said the operation led to the solving of two murder cases.wolfson said authorities have charged






nhl names its 100 greatest players; where's joe thornton?


sharks center joe thornton didn’t make the cut as the nhl on friday announced its 100 greatest players at a ceremony in los angeles as part of the league’s all-star weekend.thornton is 24th in nhl history and is second among all active players with 1,372 points in 1,417 regular season games over 18-plus years.larry robinson, who is in his third season as the sharks’ director of player development, did make the list as the nhl announced the players, not by rank, but in groups by decade and according to their position. robinson was announced as part of the group of 1970s defenseman.robinson, a hockey hall of famer who played 20 seasons in the nhl and won a combined nine stanley cups as a player and a coach, also spent three seasons from 2011-2014 as a sharks istant coach.the complete list of