Round Lake Beach Woman to Get Mental Fitness Exam in Murder Case
Vander Tuuk 10-17-19

(Waukegan, IL) A Round Lake Beach woman accused of murdering her son over two years ago, could get her trial delayed. Jamie Jones is accused of beating 6-year-old Carl Rice Jr. to death back in the summer of 2017, then taking his lifeless body on a Metra train from Lake County to Chicago. Jones is currently scheduled for trial next month, but an upcoming mental fitness exam could delay that date. The defense says if the exam shows that the 31-year-old is free of mental issues, then proceedings should go on as planned. Jones is facing multiple counts of murder, as well as aggravated battery of a child and concealment of a death.

Charges Filed Against Lake County Jail Corrections Officer
Vander Tuuk 10-17-19

(Waukegan, IL) A Lake County Jail Corrections officer is facing two felony charges, after an investigation by Sheriff’s officials. Authorities say Manuel Duarte is accused of modifying electronic time cards several times between November of 2017 and into this year. Officials say the falsifications led Duarte to receive over 20-thousand-dollars for hours he didn’t work. He now faces one felony count of theft, and one felony count of official misconduct. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says they have also initiated the termination process for the Corrections officer.

2 Illinois DCFS Workers Sued Over McHenry County Boy’s Death
Associated Press/Vander Tuuk 10-17-19

CHICAGO (AP) The estate of a 5-year-old McHenry County boy who was murdered earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit contending that two state child welfare workers ignored clear signs that the boy was being abused. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday asserts that DCFS worker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, Andrew Polovin, either didn’t investigate allegations that AJ Freund had been abused, or found such allegations unfounded despite concerns raised by police and others. Back in April, AJ’s body was found buried in Woodstock, not far from his family’s Crystal Lake home. His parents, Andrew Freund Sr. and Joann Cunningham, are charged with his murder.

Wauconda Police Get Raises, New Contract
Vander Tuuk 10-17-19

(Wauconda, IL) Wauconda Police officers will get raises for the next several years, under a deal approved this week. The Wauconda Village Board approved the new four-year deal with the Fraternal Order of Police. The deal will give 17 patrol officers raises of 2.5% this year, to 3.5% in the last year of the deal. Police sergeants in Wauconda work under a different labor deal. In addition to the raises, officers will pay more for health insurance premiums, as well as higher deductibles.