The McHenry County Coroner has investigated the death of the driver involved in a car versus Metra train collision at Lily Pond Road in Woodstock. The driver, identified as 19-year-old Amanda L. Williams of Woodstock (formerly of Belvidere) was traveling southbound on Lily Pond Road when her vehicle apparently went onto the tracks at the Lily Pond Road crossing and was struck by the inbound Metra train. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner's office will conduct an autopsy. Cause and manner of death should be determined after all studies and aspects of the investigation are completed. Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire and Rescue, and Metra officials are also investigating.
Three armed robberies occurred in the City of Woodstock on February 7 and February 8. Woodstock City Police are receiving help in their investigation from McHenry County Sheriff's Police. Police say they believe there are similarities between the two robberies and they may have been committed by the same person. No one was reported hurt in any of the robberies.
In the first armed robbery on Saturday, February 7, 10:05pm at the Shell Gas Statoion on 315 N. Madison, a male white, 5'10", weighing 200 pounds with a camo hat and jacket, black pants-covered face with scarf or shirt, displayed a silver/yellowish handgun, semiautomatic style, and fled southbound on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
In the second armed robbery on Sunday, February 8, 8:27am at the Gas Cap Gas Station on 401 S. Greenwood, a male white in his early 20's, 5'10" to 6'0" tall, wearing a tan "cardardt" style jacket, black gloves, blue jeans, black ski mask exposing only his eyes, black/silver semiautomatic handgun, audio and video available, helped by Crystal Lake Police Dept. Canine who tracked the suspect to an adjoining business parking lot where it is believed the suspect entered a motor vehicle to flee. Cash was taken in the robbery.
In the third robbery on Sunday, February 8, 7:50pm at Sunrise Food and Liquor, 715 Madison, a male white nearly 6'0" tall with a black ski mask, gray jacket with black sleeves, black gloves, white tennis shoes, black/silver semi-auto handgun, fled on foot. McHenry County Sheriff's Dept. helped with a Canine and patrol units. Tracked the suspect to the area parking lot where it is believed he entered a vehicle to flee the scene. The amount of money was undetermined. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call the Woodstock Police Dept. at 815-338-2131.