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Mom Defends Teen Son Charged With Hate Crime: ‘He’s A Good Child’

On Tuesday, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov broke the story about a 14-year-old student who was charged with a hate crime against a fellow classmate.


Omid Babakhani. (Credit: CBS)

Crystal Lake 8th Grader Charged With Hate Crime After Alleged Attack On Fellow Student

An alleged hate crime, in a northwest suburban school results in felony charges against an eighth grader Tuesday.


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3-Month-Old Among 7 Hurt In Crystal Lake Crash

even people, including a three-month-old child, were hurt in a crash in northwest suburban Crystal Lake Friday evening.


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Crystal Lake Man’s Snowmobile Falls Through Ice In Wisconsin

An Illinois man is being treated for hypothermia after his snowmobile fell through the ice on a lake in northern Wisconsin.



Northwest Suburban Man Hit By Ice Cream Truck, Critically Injured

A northwest suburban man is in critical condition after he was hit by an ice cream truck while crossing a highway Monday night in Crystal Lake.


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Suspect Apprehended In Crystal Lake Home-Invasion, Stabbings

Jimmy Bell Jr., 30, of Elgin was arrested Monday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the home of a relative after a warrant was issued for his arrest on two counts of attempted homicide.


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Elgin Man Wanted For Attempted Murder In Crystal Lake Double-Stabbing

A manhunt is underway by police in McHenry County for the ex-boyfriend of a woman left for dead this morning in her Crystal Lake home.


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Crystal Lake Man Charged With ‘Secret Shopper’ Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors have alleged 46-year-old Michael McKay sent out fake money orders – ranging from $900 to $2,000 – to more than 600 homes across the U.S., asking people to be “secret shoppers.”


Cynthia Rodriguez committed suicide after being bullied on Facebook, her family says. (CBS)

Northwest Suburbs Grappling With Teen Suicides

It’s become a crisis in the far northwest suburbs: teen after teen taking their own lives. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.


A house in the 3200 block of Carrington Drive in Crystal Lake was leveled by a fire on May 1, 2013. The fire spread to at least two neighboring homes. (Credit: CBS)

Crystal Lake Fire Demolishes Home, 3 Firefighters Hurt

A house in Crystal Lake was completely destroyed in a fire Wednesday afternoon, and two firefighters suffered heat-related injuries while fighting the blaze, which spread to four neighboring homes.


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Man Dies After Dirt Bike Crash In Crystal Lake

A man died Sunday after a dirt bike crash last week in northwest suburban Crystal Lake.


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Suburban Man To Open Bar That Won’t Serve Alcohol

A suburban businessman thinks he’s found a new opening in the bar business: a bar that serves no alcohol, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


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Police: Crystal Lake Man Dead After House Fire

Police are investigating the death of a northwest suburban Crystal Lake man who died after a fire in his home Sunday morning.


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Hidden Camera Found In High School Locker Room, Student Charged

A Crystal Lake Central High School student was arrested Thursday after a hidden camera was discovered in the boy’s athletic locker room, police said.



Church Uses Texting To Engage Members During Lent

A Catholic Church in the northwestern suburbs tried something new on Wednesday to try to get occasional-Catholics to become more regular Mass-goers.


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Man Threatened Family Members Inside Crystal Lake Home

A northwest suburban man was arrested Saturday after wielding a gun and threatening family members, who barricaded themselves inside a room to escape him.


Derrick Blakely visits a gun show in Crystal Lake. (Credit: CBS)

Local Gun Show Camera Shy

CBS 2 visited a gun show at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn.


Marsha Lanza talks about the family life of the shooter in Newtown Conn. (Credit: CBS)

Crystal Lake Aunt Gives Insight On Newtown Shooter’s Family Life

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman spoke with Nancy’s former sister-in-law Saturday morning in Crystal Lake, and learned a lot more about the killer.


Crystal Lake Man Found Dead In Chicago Alley

Investigators in Chicago are trying to determine what led to the death of a 21-year-old Crystal Lake man.


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Best Places For Black Friday Shopping Deals In Chicago

For many shoppers, shopping on Black Friday is synonymous with crowds. To find great Black Friday deals in Chicago, consider shopping off the beaten path at the following independent stores.