WLIP Voice of Lake County 3/1/18

Standoff Leads to Arrest
Vander Tuuk 3-1-18

(Round Lake Park, IL) Charges are pending against a Round Lake man after a barricade situation in Round Lake Park. The incident started Wednesday night when a woman called police to the 100 block of Model Court. The female told police that Jason Mcsorely had attacked her, then locked himself inside the home. She also told police that the man may have had a gun and a hand grenade. Officials made several attempts to negotiate with the 49-year-old, but eventually moved into the house early Thursday morning and were able to get Mcsorely into custody. He now faces charges including aggravated arson, aggravated domestic battery, and criminal damage to property.

Barricade Situation Cuba Township
Vander Tuuk 3-1-18

(Tower Lakes, IL) A barricade situation in Cuba Township led to the arrest of a wanted man. On Wednesday morning around 6:15, Sheriff’s deputies performed a well being check on a woman near Tower Lakes. The woman was located inside a residence with Thomas Kornfeind, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants for domestic violence. The 44-year-old then barricaded himself inside the home with the female, and deputies unsuccessfully tried to use a loudspeaker to get him to surrender. Eventually authorities made entry to the home and arrested Kornfeind, who was holed up in a bedroom. He’s currently in the Lake County Jail on a 250-thousand-dollar bond, and is due in court later this month.

Fatal Fox Lake Motorcycle Accident
Vander Tuuk 3-1-18

(Fox Lake, IL) A Volo man is dead after a motorcycle accident in the Fox Lake area. Police say the incident took place on Tuesday night around 6 o’clock. A preliminary investigation shows that Spurgeon Dyke crossed the road near Route 12 and Big Hollow Road, and ended up striking a guard rail. The 62-year-old was ejected from the motorcycle, and pronounced dead. An autopsy showed that Dyke died from multiple traumatic injuries, though toxicology reports are still pending. Fox Lake Police say the investigation into the incident is considered ongoing, and anyone that witnessed the accident is being encouraged to contact authorities.

CLC Tuition Increase
Vander Tuuk 3-1-18

(Grayslake, IL) Declining enrollment and continuing impact from the state’s 2-year budget stalemate have led to another tuition increase at the College of Lake County. The CLC Board unanimously voted in the 3-dollar per credit hour increase this week. The increase means students will be paying 141-dollars per credit hour overall. CLC officials say that number is in line with other community colleges in the area. The state’s 2-year budget impasse was said to dry up many resources that came from state funding, and institutions are still trying to catch up with what they lost. CLC has also lost enrollment, saying they are projected to be down just over 1 and a half percent starting next fall.

Illinois protecting against Russian election tampering
Associated Press 3-1-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois’ elections director says the state is taking steps to limit the possibility of Russian interference in the March 20 primary election. Steven Sandvoss, who heads the State Board of Elections, said Wednesday that the state is testing voting equipment and looking for vulnerabilities in the online registration system. The Department of Homeland Security says Russian agents targeted elections systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 election, including Illinois’. Hackers accessed online voter registration records of 76,000 active voters, who were notified by mail. Sandvoss says federal officials told him this month that the Russians likely will try again. Back in January, the state requested a detailed federal assessment on its system’s vulnerabilities, though Sandvoss could not say if that assessment will be ready before the March election.

Illinois House OKs state gun-dealer licensing
Associated Press 3-1-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The Illinois House has approved state licensing of firearms. The House voted 64-52 on the licensing plan by State Rep. Kathleen Willis. Advocates say federal licensing isn’t sufficient to stem the practice of straw purchasers selling weapons to criminals. Critics say state licensing is duplicative and onerous, and claim the $1,000 fee for a five-year license would be a burden on small shops. They also say the state would have to invest millions of dollars it doesn’t have to hire inspectors. The bill was already approved in the Illinois Senate and now goes to the Governor’s desk.


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