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Murder Sentence Delayed
Vander Tuuk 2-23-18

(Waukegan, IL) A man found guilty in a Highland Park murder will have to wait longer to find out his fate. Philip Vatamaniuc was supposed to be sentenced Thursday for his part in the 2013 shooting death of Colin Nutter. But the judge delayed the proceedings until next week, while Vatamaniuc’s lawyers seek a new trial. The 22-year-old, along with Benjamin Schenk and Michael Coffee were all charged with Nutter’s murder after a drug robbery attempt. Schenk pleaded guilty to his part in the crime and is still awaiting sentencing. Coffee was recently found mentally fit, and is expected to go to trial in early September.

Man Id’ed in Fatal Wauconda Area Accident
Vander Tuuk 2-23-18

(Wauconda, IL) An Elgin who died after being pinned between two trucks near Wauconda, has been identified. The Lake County Coroner’s Office says Fidel Hernandez’ cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries. The incident took place just after midnight Tuesday near Route 176 and Fairfield Road. A preliminary investigation shows that Hernandez pulled over his box truck to adjust his load, which had become unstable. A 45-year-old colleague then pulled over his truck to assist, but forgot to put the vehicle in park, causing it to roll into the 47-year-old. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. The incident remains under investigation…though there has been no indication at this point, that the 2nd driver will be charged nor cited.

Toys R Us to Close 200 More Locations
Vander Tuuk 2-23-18

(Chicago, IL) After announcing the closure of 180 stores, including two in Lake County, Toys R Us is reportedly planning to close another 200 locations. The company has been trying to emerge from bankruptcy since last fall, and announced the original set of closures in late January. The new set of closures hasn’t been officially announced, but the “Wall Street Journal” claims disappointing holiday sales is driving the company in that direction. It’s unclear what, if any, Lake County locations will be affected this time around. The Vernon Hills Babies R’ Us and the Highland Park Toys R’ Us were slated for closing during the January announcement…it’s expected they will officially shut their doors by April.

Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation
Associated Press 2-23-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Advocates for gun control have renewed their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations don’t go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly. The state Senate last year advanced legislation to license gun dealers, but it stalled in the Illinois House due to opposition from gun rights groups. The groups argued that licensing would increase the price of purchasing a firearm by as much as $300. To calm those fears, Democrats in the Senate advanced companion legislation on Wednesday to limit the cost of licensing fees to $1,000 for a five-year period. Lawmakers are revisiting the measure in the wake of the recent Parkland, Florida school shootings.

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