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HEROIN BUST

Aug 26, 2014 -- 11:06am

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has arrested an Algonquin man on heroin related charges. On August 22, 2014, members of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force, which includes the Lake in the Hills Police Department, received information that a 1999 Nissan Maxima would be driving through the area with heroin in the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office Intelligence Led Policing Unit made a traffic stop on the Nissan in the area of Stonegate Road and Robinwood Drive, Algonquin. A short time a later, a K-9 Officer from the Crystal Lake Police Department arrived on scene and indicated to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.  Deputies searched the vehicle and recovered two grams of heroin packaged for resale and hypodermic syringes.  The Sheriff’s Office estimates the street value of the heroin seized at $400.00.  “The Heat Task Force" members are credited with helping make the arrest possible.  "Information sharing and community involvement is the key to helping Sheriff’s Police catch and stop the flow of heroin into McHenry County," according to Undersheriff Andrew Zinke.  Twenty year old Brandon Trina of Algonquin was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes, unlawful possession of paraphernalia.  Bond set at 60-thousand dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

WEST NILE VIRUS

Aug 15, 2014 -- 1:35pm

McHenry Ill. – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports that mosquitoes collected on August 6 from a mosquito trap in McHenry have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  This is the first positive test for WNV in McHenry County in 2014.  MCDH has tested 147 mosquito batches as of August 14; all other batches tested negative for WNV.  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) indicates that as of August 14, 31 other counties have reported 154 positive mosquito batches, 13 birds but no human cases so far this year.  IDPH reported 117 human cases in 2013, including 11 fatal.  Two human cases of WNV were reported in McHenry County in 2013. Ten birds collected in McHenry County have been submitted and tested with negative results.  

 

MCDH will continue to collect and test mosquito batches throughout the remainder of the season (mid-October) and will accept a limited number of dead birds for testing.  It is important to remember that the risk of WNV remains until the first hard frost. Residents should continue to use insect repellent when going out of doors in the evening, with long sleeved shirts and long pants for extra protection.  Other tips include emptying standing water from containers around the house and making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. 

 

Illness from West Nile virus is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches but serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and meningitis and death, are possible.  Persons 50 and older have the highest risk of severe disease.  For more information on WNV, visit www.mcdh.info (Environmental Health) or call 815-334-4585.

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