Drug Induced Homicide Arrest
Vander Tuuk 10-31-19

(Waukegan, IL) A Park City man is facing charges in the death of a Lake Villa woman. Earl Epps is accused of delivering a heroin/fentanyl mix to Tara Garcia back on October the 4th. The 47-year-old took the drug believing it to be just heroin, and later died of an overdose. An investigation connected Epps to the delivery and the 41-year-old was arrested at his residence on October 29th. He now faces charges of drug induced homicide, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and witness intimidation. Epps is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on a 1-million-dollar bond.

Round Lake Brothers Accused of Home Depot Thefts in Several States
Vander Tuuk 10-31-19

(Downers Grove, IL) A pair of Lake County men accused of stealing from a DuPage County Home Depot, are accused of similar thefts in 19 other states. Prosecutors say both John and Michael Miotke are currently facing theft charges. But an ongoing investigation into the pair could lead to more serious charges down the road. The Round Lake brothers are accused of fraudulent returns on hundreds of items in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and more…to the tune of 926-thousand-dollars. The 42-year-old’s are currently free on bond

Senate GOP Offers Its Own Ethics Idea After Bribery Charge
Associated Press 10-31-19

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois Senate Republicans have joined the call for ethics reform in Illinois after a state representative was charged with bribery. State Sen. Jason Barickman said his plan would allow the Illinois Inspector General to initiate investigations without the currently required approval of the Legislative Ethics Commission, which is made up of lawmakers. Barickman’s bill would also give the inspector subpoena power. Democratic State Rep Rep. Luis Arroyo was named this week in a federal bribery case. Democratic State Sen. Martin Sandoval is also under investigation for possible fraud…and Democratic Sen. Thomas Cullerton has been indicted for embezzlement. GOP leaders call their proposal a commonsense starting point.