Thursday, April 11, 2013
Could there be a connection between the 2012 death of Highwood restaurateur Giacomo Ruggirello and a former Buffalo Grove resident accused in an extortion/murder plot?
Defense attorneys for Steven Mandell, an ex-Chicago cop from Buffalo Grove who is accused in a plot to extort and kill a Chicago real estate mogul, have subpoenaed the Highland Park Police Department for its records into the investigation of the Sept. 2012 death of Giacomo Ruggirello, who owned the Highwood restaurant Trattoria Giacomo, reported the Chicago Tribune. On Sept. 25, 2012, fire and police responded to a fire at Giacomo's home in the 1700 block of Midland Avenue, in Highland Park, shortly before 1 a.m. His badly burned body was found in the home, Patch reported. Giacomo's Italian restaurant was burglarized earlier that day and an accelerant may have been used in the house fire, reported the Tribune. The reason for the subpoena …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Some bodies had been stored for several years.
Friday, September 21, 2012
For the first time in 10 years, the Lake County Coroner's Office (LCCO) has cleared the backlog of long-term stored decedents. The bodies of the deceased individuals were stored at the Coroner's Office because no family or next of kin had claimed them, and therefore there was no one to pay for a proper burial. In 2011, the Coroner's Office made it a priority to clear this backlog and finally lay these bodies to rest. Some of the bodies had been there for several years, even dating back to June 2008. "In order to provide a proper burial to the decedents, our deputies conducted thorough background checks and other research to find family members or other programs to help with burial costs," explained Lake County Coroner, Artis Yancey. …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Coroner Artis Yancey of Waukegan was defeated Tuesday.
Coroner Artis Yancey of Waukegan lost his bid to stay in office Tuesday night to political newcomer Thomas Rudd of Lake Forest in the race for the Democratic nomination for Lake County coroner. According to unofficial totals, Rudd received 12,877 votes, or 53.78 percent, while Yancey received 11,066 votes, or 46.22 percent, in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, Steve Newton of Antioch claimed victory over Howard Cooper of Bannockburn. Newton received 26,070 votes, or 56.14 percent, while Cooper garnered 20,370 votes, or 43.86 percent. The totals do not include provisional or late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots. "I'm very proud of all the hard work and all the people that contributed to this campaign," said Yancey, who gathered …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Two Democrats, two Republicans answer questions at League of Women Voters forum.
Like their counterparts running for Recorder of Deeds, the four candidates for Lake County Coroner debated over whether the county should maintain a coroner's office or move to a medical examiners system in Sunday's candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County (LWV) at the University Center in Grayslake. Dr. Thomas Rudd, a Lake Forest resident, is a Democratic candidate and has never held an elected office, but has run for the Lake County Sanitary District twice and lost. He is passionate over moving the county from a coroner's office to a medical examiner's system. Artis Yancey, a Waukegan resident, has a 20-plus year career in law enforcement in Waukegan including a short stint as chief of police. The …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Republican candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County answer questions at League of Women Voters forum.
With the retirement of Sally Coffelt, current Clerk of the Circuit Court for Lake County, Gerald Dietz and Keith Brin are vying for the Republican slot in the March 20 primary to run against Democratic candidate Cynthia Pruim Haran, who is running unopposed. Dietz and Brin participated in Sunday's candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County (LWV) at the University Center in Grayslake. Dietz, of Round Lake, has never held an elected office, but touts his legal background as an attorney who specialized in representing government entities. He has served as chairman of the Lake County Community Development Commission from 1996-2011. Brin, of Highland Park, has also never held an elected office, but for the past …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
County Board Chairman Stolman says coroner appointee has unblemished career.
Former Waukegan Police Chief Artis Yancey has been appointed Lake County Coroner. Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman announced the decision at a press conference, Monday. The county board will vote on the appointment of Yancey at its April 12 meeting. Former coroner Dr. Richard Keller resigned in February after pleading guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. "Artis Yancey is extremely qualified for this position. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, working up the ranks in the Waukegan Police Department from a patrol officer to detective, sergeant, deputy chief, and police chief. His experience and proven ability to be an effective leader makes him the …
Friday, February 25, 2011
After pleading guilty, Dr. Richard Keller steps down and sheriff fills vacancy on interim basis.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is currently overseeing operations in the Coroner’s Office after Dr. Richard Keller resigned on Tuesday. Keller, the county's coroner, was charged with obstructing justice and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, according to Lake County State's Attorney Michael Waller. Keller pled guilty to the two felony counts that alleged he provided methadone to staff and clients at the Green Dragonfly Clinic in Waukegan without proper medical exams. The doctor is accused of withholding the required documentation, which authorities had subpoenaed. After pleading guilty to both charges, Keller immediately resigned his post of six years on Tuesday, and is required to give up his medical license as well. Under …