CL Police Report Holiday Enforcement Results

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department: The Crystal Lake Police Department Completes the Independence Day Crackdown to Save Lives The Crystal Lake Police Department recently has completed its participation in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained … Continue reading

Natural Gas Odor Comes from Routine NICOR Maintenance in Burton’s Bridge and Bad Atmosphic Conditions

I first learned of the gas smell when my wife called from her office in the Advocate Good Shepherd Building across from the Pingree Road Metra Train Station in Crystal Lake. She told me the building had been evacuated because … Continue reading

14 Years for Woman’s Crystal Lake Arson Murder Attempt

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: CARRIE GIL SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE OFFENSES OF ATTEMPT FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ARSON Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, … Continue reading

Com Ed Electric Line Sparking on Route 14

Right near the north end of the Virginia Street TIF District (you know the place, just look for the two $16,000 stone monuments) in front of the Crystal Lake Motel, high winds have snapped an electric line maintained by Commonwealth … Continue reading

Carrie Gil Found Guilty of Attempted Murder & Arson

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: CARRIE GIL CONVICTED OF ATTEMPT FIRST DEGREE MURDER, AGGRAVATED ARSON AND RESIDENTIAL ARSON Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Carrie Gil, 46, formerly of Crystal Lake, was … Continue reading

Little Girl Bicyclist Succumbs to Accident Injuries

I wrote about the large number of police and fire department vehicles speeding past our home on Lake Avenue in Lakewood on Wednesday morning before 8. The Crystal Lake Police Department put out a press release revealed that an 8-year … Continue reading

Lakewood Paying Private Fire Company $120,000 for Early Termination of Contract

At its Tuesday night meeting in the village-owned Red Tail Golf Course trailer complex, the Lakewood Village Board voted to hire the Woodstock Fire Protection District to replace American Emergency Service Corporation. The Gary Jensen firm, which provides privatized fire … Continue reading

Lakewood Moving Fire Protection from Private Company to Woodstock Fire Protection District

Four years ago negotiations broke down between the City of Crystal Lake and the Village of Lakewood concerning fire protection. Crystal Lake officials insisted that Lakewood residents pay an amount calculated by using the tax rate Crystal Lake residents pay. … Continue reading

Last Train – Sheriff’s Department’s Press Release on Phil Pagano’s Suicide

Thought you might be interested in this Friday press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department about Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano’s death.  I just found it. Sheriff’s Office Investigates Pedestrian – Train Fatality in Unincorporated Crystal Lake May 7, … Continue reading

Crystal Lake and Lakewood Bargaining Fire Protection

The end of January Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCaleb got Lakewood Village President Erin Smith to say that “in the future” Lakewood might be willing to discuss returning its fire protection to the Crystal Lake Fire Department. (The link provided … Continue reading

Local Veterans Offer to “Pay-It-Forward”

NASA Education has been a topic of a number of articles on McHenry County Blog. Started by John Blanchard, the organization’s goal is get veterans in need back on their feet and into the mainstream of American life. Twice a … Continue reading