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Teen Burglary Suspects, Victim Had Prior Relationship

Jacob Lynn was a source of marijuana supply to Josh Norris and Joseph Mahoney, according to Mahoney’s lawyer.

A prior relationship existed between the and a 17-year-old resident of the home, according to the attorney for one of the suspects.

Joseph Mahoney and Josh Norris, both 17, of Deerfield, were charged with breaking into a Highland Park home in the 3000 block of Parkside Aug. 3 where Jacob Lynn, 17, lives. stemming from the police investigation into the burglary.

“It came out at the bond hearing (for Norris and Mahoney) that he (Lynn) was a previous source of supply for marijuana,” Mahoney's lawyer Chris Cronson said. “They weren’t just throwing darts at a dart board.”

Charging all three 17 year olds as adults was the only option because of policy. It was not at the discretion of the prosecution, according to Ari Fisz, chief of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s felony review division.

“If it’s a felony and they’re 17 they’re charged as adults, period,” Fisz said. “If it’s a misdemeanor the default is to charge them as minors.”

At this time, Norris and Mahoney are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in Lake County Court in Waukegan. But Lynn’s attorney has wasted little time setting legal events in motion.

A lawyer for Lynn has filed a motion to be considered at a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday in Lake County Criminal Court in Waukegan ahead of Lynn’s scheduled arraignment at 9 a.m. Aug. 30. Fisz told Patch the case file did not yet indicate the nature of the motion or name of the lawyer.

See Patch’s review of the complete coverage of these cases for more details.

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Wang August 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Day 1 of the new school year...are the kids in class?? SaveWoodfireChicken
Nina August 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Wang, one of the boys if not two are in a residential rehab program out of state according to what I know. Its devestating that it took this situation to get help for these kids. As a parent i can tell you it is very difficult and incredibly costly to secure care and intervention of this type for adolescents The state of Il budget cuts forced me to close a 22 bed MISA program last year, sending 22 kids of similiar age coupled with mental illness and substance abuse issues back to their families pre-maturely . For the good of the boys, their families and for the safety of the community; let's all hope our northshore young men are successful in their quest to get better and eventually get re-integrated into the community. They still need to be accountable for their actions; but when it comes to teens and substances; it's a tough nut to crack with little resources available.
Steve S. August 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
So basically, the state cut the funds for treating sick kids only to force them into prison and get an even bigger bill that the state cannot afford. Hmmm
Carl Lambrecht August 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Illinios still pays millions in penisons to people who worked one day in the system. This was made legal by corrupt legislators. Yet Illinois cannot help the real issues. Lets correct these many corrupt laws. Let vote our corruptions in November. Carl Lambrecht 847 432 8255
Curious Resident August 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Let's stay on topic...this isn't about corruption or pensions. This is about now three young men who are 17 years old, that got arrested and charged with various felonies. I hope that they are all receiving the mental health assistance they need as it is something that often goes untreated. Let the courts handle the cases and let's all pray for some really positive news and as the school year begins stay on top of what is going on. Get into facebook and listen to your kids...they know more and sometimes it just comes out!
Ed60062 August 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Poor sick kids with mental illnesses resulting from a society that can't provide a support system? Reminds me of "West Side Story"--except these kids come from the best our country has to offer. Kids need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and a couple of years behind bars will do them some good. Commit the crime, do the time.
forest barbieri August 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Likely a good lawyer suggested the treatment prior to their court date. Unfortunately, many of our poor do not have such good lawyers or the opportunity to pay for out of state treatment to show the court how they are on the road to recovery.
Steve August 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I told you guys there would be a motion to suppress.....
Steve S. August 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Very true, so wouldn't it make sense to invest dollars into prevention, education, and treatment (prevention and education being the least expensive) vs. not offering these things to kids and waiting until they are in trouble to then have to invest the dollars in the prison system (which is overcrowded anyway)?
Steve August 22, 2012 at 08:57 PM
There's almost always a motion to suppress in big cases such as this. More court time = more money in the lawyers pockets. PS you stole my name.
STOPTHEBASHING August 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM
WHY? are all you PATHETIC people leaving comments. Concerned citizens? PLEASE. Nobody in HP or DF have exciting life. HP and DF is the mecca of drama and opinions. I am the closes person leaving a comment on this situation and if circumstance were different. I would have been in that home the morning of the robbery. To the teens who rob that home..YOUR LUCKY I WASNT THERE THAT MORNING, CAUSE IF I WAS, I WOULD HAVE ATTACK YOU AND GOTTEN YOUR GUN, HOG TIED YOU AND THEM CALLED THE COPS. or I would have gotten shot and YOU PATHETIC teens would have been up on murder or attempt murder charges. Believe me the people reading this comment. If you can figure out who this is. Know that I wouldn't back down from two pathetic teens with guns. I have to much PRIDE for that. I would rather be shot. Plus then the pathetic DF teens, would be big bubbas, GF in prison for at least 15-20 years
STOPTHEBASHING August 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I just cant believe the citizens of HP and DF. The mecca of drama and stupid opinions. All you people commenting are JOKES. NON of you people know anything about the teenagers and who they are and how they were raised. The teens involved made a CHOICE. Remember, In life your given the power of CHOICE and FREE WILL to do whatever you want. I am the closes person to this situation making a comment to all you PATHETIC people making comments. Some of you might know who this is.... But if I were in that home at the time of the robbery. I would have attacked those kids who were robbing the place gun or no gun. If I would have gotten shot? Those pathetic DF kids would have been up murder or attempt murder charges. But sense we all know that DF teens are pathetic wimps, and those DF teens look like CRACK and COKE addicts anyways, they need the money and pot to support there HABIT. They wouldn't have shot me and I would have beat them and HOG TIED them, and then called the cops
Riverwoods August 23, 2012 at 01:18 AM
To Stopthebashing - I'm the furthest from the kids who were there that day. I'll wear that badge and the badge of a former DHS parent who would like to figure out why this kind of thing happens. Seriously. Drop the anger and talk. What's it like out there? And, thank you in advance.
Meshephelous August 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Don't make me snap my fingers in a Z Formation.
Rose August 24, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Riverwoods, and for anyone who would like to know what it's like here- I'm a student at HPHS and it's hell. Not everybody is rich. Believe me- my family was, and when the economy took a tumble, we did, too. At my school, if you are not in a clique then you are an outcast. I'm a natural extrovert but I'm so quiet in class because when I have reached out and tried to make friends here, they thought I was "weird" for being so open and friendly. At lunch, instead of laughing with friends I go to the library and do homework- remember, that's not who I am. I'm not that kind of person. There is SO much politics involved in the social world of the North Shore- if your older brother/sister was popular, you will be popular. If someone is not popular and wants to be, I hate to say this but the only way to do this (at least in most kids' minds) is to get involved with drugs (because then, people will have to respect you because you can "hook them up". Living up here doesn't mean a life of luxury, and anyone who thinks that just because you have money means you're happy is an idiot. -From a student
Rose August 24, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Riverwoods, and for anyone who would like to know what it's like here- I'm a student at HPHS and it's hell. Not everybody is rich. Believe me- my family was, and when the economy took a tumble, we did, too. At my school, if you are not in a clique then you are an outcast. I'm a natural extrovert but I'm so quiet in class because when I have reached out and tried to make friends here, they thought I was "weird" for being so open and friendly. At lunch, instead of laughing with friends I go to the library and do homework- remember, that's not who I am. I'm not that kind of person. There is SO much politics involved in the social world of the North Shore- if your older brother/sister was popular, you will be popular. If someone is not popular and wants to be, I hate to say this but the only way to do this (at least in most kids' minds) is to get involved with drugs (because then, people will have to respect you because you can "hook them up". Living up here doesn't mean a life of luxury, and anyone who thinks that just because you have money means you're happy is an idiot. -From a student
Riverwoods August 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Thank you, Rose, for your comment. My two daughters both "survived" DHS, but I think they'd agree with you that the social climate there was hellish. Beyond the social climate within the school we were oftentimes frustrated with the opportunities for teens outside of school. There's a bowling alley and hanging out at someone's house and.... little else. I don't think the problem with cliques is limited to the north shore. It's everywhere in some form or another. Your comment about becoming the local drug connection is interesting and probably more accurate than not. We've got a combination of kids who are bored and others who want to be popular. That's probably a simplistic overall view, but I think you've hit on something.
Stu Pidasso August 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Rose, I agree with your statement. When I attended HPHS some years back (15-20) We had some kids that were bored to the extent that they would case neighbors homes and rob them!! They then would sell off the stolen merchandise. They were not doing this for survival, but out of BOREDOM.It is the same now as it was then... not much to do around here but to do some drinking or get high to pass some time by!! I personally think from what I have seen in the past twenty years or so, it is part environment, part genetics, part luck in how one turns out in young adulthood. I have seen kids with very supportive parents go by the wayside, while their siblings were pretty straight. I have also seen kids whose parents were never there for them (which is very sad), and turn out spectacular as in solid job, no drug or alcohol problems etc., and great with their kids as they would not want them to experience what they did.. To a certain degree it's a crapshoot in life. As far as these kids go, they made some bad decisions and got caught. They will now have to face the consequences. These are not bad kids, they just need to improve their decision making skills, and know to what extent the consequences will be if caught.
ronniethelimodriver August 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I like dick...
kurt swanson September 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
for the record this is not my comment. sometimes you need to bring the bottom up to the person. the bottom is a lonely place
Guido McGinty September 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Sending someone to rehab for mj is beyond stupid. They usually get lumped in with smack/meth addicts. Anyone that espouses the idea that you will "cure" someone's mj vice by putting them in that environment is too stupid to breathe.
Guido McGinty September 04, 2012 at 12:28 AM
If you're voting for democrats or republicans, how exactly do you expect to fix anything? This is beyond stupid.
kurt swanson September 04, 2012 at 11:24 PM
lowercase ronnie the limo driver you can go elsewhere. quite fakin you ar RonnieTheLimoDriver.
kurt swanson September 04, 2012 at 11:25 PM
by the way moderator do your job

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