THE POWER PLANT DEVELOPERS HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR PETITION FOR A 450-MILLION DOLLAR POWER PLANT IN A MCHENRY COUNTY COMMUNITY. WITH THE CONTINUATION OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE OAKWOOD HILLS ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9TH, ENVENTURE PARTNERS AND NORTHLAND POWER SHORTCIRCUTED THE PROCESS BY GIVING THE VILLAGE WRITTEN NOTICE THEY HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR PETITION FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE PROPERTY ON VALLEY VIEW ROAD. FROM THE POWER PLANT OPPOSITION GROUP, JOE RICCIARDI, WHO APPEARED ON THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SHOW NORTHWEST SPECTRUM, SAYS MANY PEOPLE FORGOT HOW MUCH THEY LOVE THIS AREA UNTIL THIS POWER PLANT THREATENED OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE ALL HAVE A NEWFOUND APPRECIATION AND RESPECT FOR OUR VALUABLE WATER, CLEAN AIR, OPEN SPACES AND HEALTH. BRET GRAPENTHIN SAID THAT "WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT WE RECEIVED FROM STATE SENATOR DAN DUFFY AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID MCSWEENY, MCHENRY COUNTY BOARD MEMBER DONNA KURTZ AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO TOOK THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHY DEFEATING THE POWER PLANT PROPOSAL WAS SO CRITICAL TO THE PRESERVATION OF OUR HEALTH AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES FOR MUCH OF MCHENRY COUNTY.
On September 2, 2014 at approximately 6:43 A.M., the McHenry County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call for unwanted subjects at a residence in the 7300 block of Oakwood Lane, unincorporated Crystal Lake.
Upon arrival, Deputies found Brandon Mendez on the property with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. In addition, Nicholas Porcayo was taken into custody as an active participant of Intimidation and Trespass to Residence.
During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that Mendez and Porcayo arrived at the residence demanding to speak with the occupants. Mendez and Porcayo are suspected of forcing a locked door open by kicking it. Once inside, the homeowner, who was armed with a firearm, demanded Mendez and Porcayo leave the residence. Mendez and Porcayo refused to leave after repeated orders, and the homeowner shot Mendez as he advanced forward.
The facts of the investigation were reviewed by the McHenry County State's Attorney’s Office and Mendez and Porcayo were charged with Intimidation and Trespass to Residence.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.