WLIP Voice of Lake County 2/27/18

Waukegan Murder and Arrest
Vander Tuuk 2-27-18

(Waukegan, IL) Waukegan police have made an arrest after a homicide in the city. On Saturday, February 24th, police received a call about a fight in the parking lot of the La Canoa Restaurant on Green Bay Road. Upon arrival, officers found four stabbing victims (all males in their early 20’s), and after interviewing witnesses, took Jonathon Celis into custody. One of the 4 stabbing victims, identified as 24-year-old Oscar Castaneda, died from blood loss due to his injuries. Celis is now facing charges including first degree murder. The 23-year-old is being held on a 2-million-dollar bond. He’s due back in court on Thursday.

Two Arrested in Mundelein Social Media Threat
Vander Tuuk 2-27-18

(Mundelein, IL) A social media threat against the Mundelein High School has resulted in a pair of arrests. The post was brought to police attention on Saturday by several people who saw it on SnapChat. The post warned students not to go to school on Monday, and showed a hand holding a gun. Police investigated the threat and made the arrests on Sunday. 18-year-old Juan Bello has been charged with disorderly conduct, while the second suspect was referred to juvenile court. Police say both suspects admitted to the incident, and said it was poor decision making on their part. The gun from the post was found…it was determined to be a fake. The online threat prompted tighter security at the school on Monday.

Corrections Officer Charged With Battery
Vander Tuuk 2-27-18

(Waukegan, IL) A Lake County Jail corrections officer is in trouble with the law, after allegedly making unwanted advances at a food service employee. Darin Chansky of Kenosha faces a pair of complaints from the employee for alleged incidents that took place in January. In the first incident, Chansky was accused of making inappropriate sexual gestures at the female in front of inmates. The second incident was similar, only this time, the 49-year-old was accused of touching the woman inappropriately, also in the presence of inmates. Chansky was placed on leave, an investigation took place, and he’s now been charged with battery. He’s currently free on a 20-thousand-dollar bond. He’s due back in court on March 5th.

Crimestoppers Reward for Information on Zion Robbery
Vander Tuuk 2-27-18

(Zion, IL) The Lake County Crimestoppers and the Zion Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a robbery suspect. Back on January 31st, just before midnight, a man walked into the Jewel grocery store along 20th Avenue, and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspect was described as a black male in his mid 40’s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing between 140 and 170 pounds. Anyone with more information on this, or any other Crimestoppers case is being encouraged to call 847-662-2222. Your confidential information could lead to a 1-thousand-dollar cash reward.

Lake County Jail inmates complete survey on drug addiction
Associated Press/Vander Tuuk 2-27-18

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) Hundreds of Lake County Jail inmates have completed a survey on drug addiction to help county officials fight the opioid crisis. Sheriff Mark Curran says the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management created the confidential eight-page survey. Inmates answered questions about why they were incarcerated and whether they abused illicit substances. He says 430 inmates out of 540 at the jail agreed to participate. Curran says said the questionnaire will hopefully show underlying root causes of why a person turns to substance abuse. A Lake Forest school team is compiling survey results. The answers will help the jail determine which programs might best assist inmates struggling to overcome addiction. Almost 65 percent of those incarcerated nationwide are considered to have a substance-abuse problem.

Bicentennial-themed program to boost math, science pursuits
Associated Press 2-27-18

AURORA, Ill. (AP) Illinois’ Bicentennial coordinators have announced a three-year program to encourage students in low-income areas to pursue careers in technology, medicine, education and business. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger announced the “Illinois Bicentennial STEM Fusion” campaign late last week at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Applications for the program are due April 13. It’s an outgrowth of the IMSA Fusion and STEM student enrichment program. It encourages math and science pursuits among students who are under-represented in those fields. Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday on Dec. 3.



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