Antioch Incident Linked to Gurnee Shooting Death

Antioch Incident Linked to Gurnee Shooting Death

Two crime scenes, two vehicles and one long barrel rifle.

Sgt. Chris Covelli, spokesperson for Lake County Major Crime Task Force said, “The information they had is somebody was going door-to-door soliciting asking for money.”

When Antioch officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, the male driver refused and instead rammed the police squad car and sped away. But that’s not all.

“A witness reported that there were shots fired from the offending vehicle,” Covelli said.

Police are still working to confirm that detail but say the car was later found at a residence in unincorporated Antioch where an eight-hour standoff took place before a man and woman were taken in for questioning.

Covelli said the man was not involved, but owned the car used in the incident.

The woman was the third passenger in the car.

As for the other two?

“They were able to flee the unincorporated Antioch residence prior to police officers arriving,” Covelli said. “The two of them subsequently entered a Toyota Prius. The Prius is owned by a relative of the male.”

ABC7 stopped by the home registered to the white Toyota Prius but the person who answered the door declined to comment.

That white Prius was later spotted Wednesday afternoon in Gurnee where officers were called to respond to two unconscious people inside the car. Those two people have been identified as Meyerin and Jordan J. Huff, who rammed the police car earlier in the day.

Covelli said the Prius was stopped at a stop sign near the intersection of Harper and Gould for an extended period of time, forcing drivers to go around.

When paramedics arrived, they attempted to engage with the female driver, but she drove away with the unconscious man inside. She crashed into a Gurnee fire truck and crashed again at Chittenden Park near Route 41.

Meyerin then ran away leaving the male unconscious inside the car.

“He had symptoms very similar to overdose type symptoms,” said Covelli.

Authorities later found Meyerin standing in the southbound lanes of Route 41 waving a long barrel firearm and, at one point, investigators said prior to them blocking the roadways, she approached a passing car with the gun. The driver of that car told investigators and then they maneuvered around her and got away.

Witness video obtained by ABC7 showed her erratically standing on the highway surrounded by officers.

Covelli said the firearm she was holding looks similar to a rifle and fired .45 caliber ammunition.

“They engaged with the female for several minutes. They pleaded with the female to put the weapon down and negotiated with her to drop the weapon. She was subsequently shot by two Gurnee police officers,” Covelli said.

Meyerin was pronounced dead shortly after she was taken to a hospital in Libertyville. The Lake County Coroner’s office said preliminary autopsy results indicate she died from multiple gunshot wounds and that toxicology results were still pending.

The man is now in police custody at the Antioch police department.

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Woman Shot While Fleeing Police with a Long Gun in Gurnee

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Wednesday afternoon that because both the Antioch and Gurnee cases involved a long gun and occurred two days after the bank robbery involving such a weapon, authorities “are looking to see if there is a connection.”

Covelli said the woman was shot by Gurnee police officers after she fled police and crashed her vehicle into a wooded area at Chittenden Park in Gurnee around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. He added that an unconcious man was also inside the vehicle.

According to Covelli, officers set up a perimeter and discovered the woman walking in the southbound lanes of Route 41, and two officers were involved in engaging her. He added that he did not have any information on the number of shots fired by police and whether both officers or just one struck her with gunfire.

“The Gurnee police officers attempted to give her medical aid before paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital,” he said, adding that she was later pronounced dead.

The two officers were taken by ambulance to be checked out at an area hospital as a precaution. The man was also transported by an ambulance for treatment and is expected to live, said Covelli, who added that the man had not suffered a gunshot wound despite the vehicle appearing to have a bullet hole in it.

According to Covelli, the incident started at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Gould Street on the village’s east side, where Gurnee police received a call about a suspicious vehicle.

“The woman told dispatch that she felt uncomfortable approaching the vehicle because it had a bullet hole in it,” he said.

When officers arrived, Covelli added, they immediately noticed the unconscious man in the passenger seat and called for an ambulance. A fire department vehicle arrived and the woman took off in the vehicle, striking the fire department vehicle, he said.

The woman drove approximately six blocks to Chittenden Park before crashing.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune article

Police Surround Antioch Home After Police Squad is Rammed

Police activity has shut down part of Route 83 in unincorporated Antioch between Grass Lake and Beach Grove roads.

All District 34 schools are on soft lockdown until the situation is resolved, officials said. This includes one school in Lake Villa and four in Antioch.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a driver rammed into an Antioch police car about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after the officer pulled over the driver. A witness told authorities a shot may have been fired at the officer.

There was no police pursuit, officials said, but officers soon located the suspect’s car in unincorporated Antioch. The man is believed to have barricaded himself inside a home in the 40500 block of Route 83.

Police are on the scene. At least five people, including a young girl, could be seen being led out of the home Wednesday morning. It is not clear who else is inside.

No injuries were reported.

Metra has stopped North Central Service trains inbound and outbound from Round Lake Beach to Antioch.

This is a developing story reported by WGN9 news

UPDATE: 3:30 pm

A barricade situation in Antioch Township ended with two people in custody Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said a male military veteran and a woman were taken into custody after police stormed a residence

The situation closed Route 83 between Grass Lake and Beach Grove roads in the north suburbs. The suspects are awaiting potential charges.

Masked Pair Rob Gurnee Bank Monday Using an AK-47

Two suspects who wore red face masks and used an AK-47 rifle are being sought following what the FBI described as a takeover-type bank robbery in Gurnee late Monday morning.

According to an FBI statement released Tuesday, the white couple escaped in a blue 2015 to 2018 Nissan Rogue from the Norstate bank at 5384 Grand Ave.

The statement added that it was a takeover-type robbery, which the agency describes as one where the suspects draw attention to themselves as opposed to a non-takeover, where the suspect tries to stay unnoticed.

According to the FBI, the first suspect was described as a white woman about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds and carrying a black duffel bag. She was wearing a red face mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes.

Female suspect

The second suspect was described as 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing a similar red face mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and black “Jordan” brand shoes with a red sole, according to the FBI.

Male suspect

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Accused RLB Cultural Center Treasurer Seeking a Plea Deal

The former treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the nonprofit organization is prepared to accept a negotiated plea deal if she is accepted into the county’s alternative prosecution program, attorneys said in court Tuesday.

Debra Knill, 46, previously pleaded not guilty in Lake County felony court to theft charges after she was accused of stealing $10,609. 25 from the nonprofit organization between Aug. 1, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.

However, defense attorney Jeremy Harter told Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes that Knill is asking to move the case to the alternative prosecution program and plead guilty.

Defendants accused of nonviolent crimes can formally petition the court to enter the program.

Knill was facing up to seven years in jail if found guilty on any of the three counts of theft over $10,000. Probation is also an option. She remains free from Lake County jail on a $25,000 signature bond.

Authorities said civic center foundation officials discovered money was missing after several vendor invoices from previous festivals were not paid. Foundation officials examined account records, discovered a discrepancy in funding, and contacted Round Lake Beach police.

Read the entire article in the Daily Herald

Extended Ramp Closures at Grand & US 41 in Gurnee

IDOT announced that extended ramp closures will take place at Grand Avenue (IL 132) and US 41, beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, May 29.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that extended ramp closures will take place at Grand Avenue (Illinois 132) and Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) in Gurnee, beginning Tuesday, May 29th, weather permitting. The ramp closures are necessary to allow for the widening of Grand Avenue and related ramp improvements, part of the ongoing project on Grand Avenue between Estes Street and Magnolia Avenue.

Starting May 29th, the ramp from Grand Avenue to northbound Skokie Highway will be closed, as well as the ramp for southbound Skokie Highway to Grand Avenue. A posted detour will direct traffic to use N. Riverside Drive (Illinois 21).

The ramps are expected to reopen by Monday, August 6th. Traffic on Grand Avenue will remain one lane in each direction between Estes Street and Magnolia Avenue.

District 116 Considering iPads for all HS Students

The Round Lake Area Unit 116 board is considering giving an iPad to every student at Round Lake High School next year and increasing the number of district middle and elementary school students with devices as well.

If the board were to go ahead with the plan, it would be the second expansion of its free computer program in the last six months.

Dejan Kozic, the district’s director of technology and innovation, said their students and teachers have done wonderful things with technology so far and they are excited to expand the plan.

“This is where we need to go as a district,” Kozic said after presenting the plan to the board Monday night. “We need to prepare students for life beyond Round Lake.”

The plan calls for the number of iPads in the district to rise steadily over the next three school years.

This fall, iPads would be in the hands of every high school student, in 38 of 73 classrooms at the middle school level and in 48 of 150 classrooms at the elementary school level. In the 2019-20 school year, every middle school student would have one, as would as elementary students in 86 out of 150 classrooms. And in 2020-21, every elementary school student would have an iPad.

Expanding the program would cost the district about $334,000 next year. That figure would cover the cost of a three-year lease for the new devices. Kozic said the expansion wouldn’t cost much more than what the district had already planned on spending on technology next year. The board could vote on the expansion as soon as the June meeting.

Read the full article in the Daily Herald

Dr. Constance Collins Named Superintendent of the Year

Round Lake District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins, who retires at the end of June, was named Superintendent of the Year by her peers Wednesday night.

The honor came as a shock to Collins who gave a speech earlier during the Lake County Superintendents End-of-the-Year Recognition Dinner as one of four soon-to-be retirees.

From the beginning Collins set high goals for the district and changed expectation for what the district could accomplish. Round Lake 116 had been struggling in the ’90s so much that it was run by the state from 2001 through 2011.

Collins oversaw the $29 million Round Lake High renovation that created STEM classrooms and labs, new athletic facilities and a business incubator program. She implemented the district’s celebrations of Hispanic heritage, something the district had previously lacked despite a more than 70 percent Hispanic student population.

The high school’s graduation rate increased from 72 percent to 90 percent in the last three years. And the high school was named one of Illinois’ top schools in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

 

Read the entire article in the Daily Herald

Vipers Bitty Ball Playoff Game and Awards Ceremony

These two videos show the final playoff game and awards ceremony for the Vipers Bitty Ball League in Round Lake. Please allow time for them both to load.

 

St. Joseph School has been approved as a Common Sense School

St. Joseph School recognized as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

ROUND LAKE, IL – Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. Joseph School as a Common Sense School.

St. Joseph has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our school’s commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of St. Joseph School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. “St. Joseph deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

St. Joseph has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School,” said Principal Abbie Miller. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

For more information about St. Joseph School, go to http://www.stjosephrl.com. To learn more about the criteria St. Joseph School met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

About St. Joseph School
St. Joseph Catholic School, as part of St. Joseph Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, will spread the Good News. The mission of St. Joseph School is to prepare all students for success by offering a quality education within a family-centered community; consisting of a solid foundation in the Catholic faith, a challenging academic curriculum, opportunities to develop leadership skills and character building through the teaching of moral values. St. Joseph School’s pastor, parish, principal, faculty, staff, families, and students will support this mission.

About Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense’s education resources, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.

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