McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi announces that Patrick Kenneally has been named First Assistant State’s Attorney for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Bianchi says Kenneally’s experience as a prosecutor for nine years is remarkable as he has handled thousands of criminal prosecutions and has tried over 90 trials at all levels of the criminal justice system. His commitment to crime victims and their families earned him Turning Point’s Peace and Justice Award in 2009.
According to the State's Attorney, Kenneally helped launch the McHenry County Opioid Awareness Initiative. As a result, this month all police departments in McHenry County will be supplied with NARCAN, a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. In addition, Patrick has lead efforts to establish a program that would facilitate substance abuse treatment for anyone in the County who requests it as well as expand community education on the dangers of heroin.
Kenneally is in the process of saving McHenry County police time and taxpayers money by implementing software that will allow police to obtain electronic warrants, according to Bianchi. These warrants may also be used to combat drunk driving by allowing police to quickly obtain warrants for blood draws of those DUI suspects that refuse a breathalyzer.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force on Friday announced the arrest of Brian Freund following a search warrant served on his apartment 10 days ago in McHenry.
On July 26, 2016, members of the Narcotics Task Force (which includes the Lake in the Hills Police Department) served a search warrant in the 3900 block of Main St. and recovered approximately 180 grams of heroin, 2 scales, packaging materials, and $963.00 United States Currency. Mr. Freund was not home at the time and subsequently turned himself in to the McHenry County Correctional Facility on August 1. He bonded out that same day after posting 10% of the $150,000 bond.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force estimates the street value of the heroin seized at approximately $36,000. The Task Force has focused on curbing the sale of heroin and other opioids to residents of McHenry County and reminds citizens to leave narcotics related tips at 815-334-4760.