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Barrington Hills acting Police Chief Joseph Colditz has been elevated to the top spot on a permanent basis.

He replaces Richard Semelsberger, who retired in June after four years as the top cop. Colditz, who will receive $135,000 in the first year of his new job, previously served as deputy chief.

Village President Martin McLaughlin said the village received 45 applications for the post. That number was narrowed to eight, with three finalists then interviewed by the village board’s personnel committee.

McLaughlin said his decision to appoint Colditz, which was ratified by the village board last week, was based in part on his good relationship with police officers and strong budgeting skills.

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It’s not Batman or Superman, but police departments throughout the Chicago suburbs and northwest Indiana have a new crime-fighting partner: Amazon.

Department officials said their partnerships with the company’s Ring unit, which sells home security systems, most notably the glowing combination doorbell and camera, are already helping them investigate crimes. Partnerships have been established with police departments around the region including Naperville, Aurora, Elgin, Palos Heights, Skokie, Lincolnwood, and Hammond. Others, such as the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, are still considering the proposal.

Ring and its companion app, Neighbors, enables owners of both Ring and non-Ring security systems, or anyone who might have taken video on a cellphone, to share them online and comment on images.

Police, through their partnerships with Ring, in many cases established just months ago, can use the app to send out community alerts, and also seek out privately owned videos that could be used in criminal investigations. Police, however, don’t have unfettered access to videos.

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Rebecca June Soderman

Family members of an 18-year-old Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

The emotional impact statements about the death of Rebecca June Soderman were made Friday before McHenry County Judge Micheal Coppedge, weeks after the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Zeek, 25, of Rolling Meadows pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

Zeek, who was speeding in a 25 mph zone on Plum Tree Road west of Rock Ridge Road in Barrington Hills, was sentenced to 2 ½ years of probation. He was also sentenced to community service and served 30 days of a 180 day jail. Should he violate his probation the remainder of his jail sentence will be imposed, prosecutors said.

Family members of an 18-year-old Lake Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

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Related: Rolling Meadows man sentenced to probation for fatal 2017 crash

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A Rolling Meadows man was sentenced to probation Thursday in connection with a single-vehicle crash that killed a Lake Barrington High School student.

More than two years after Matthew Zeek lost control of his vehicle while speeding in a 25-mph zone, the 25-year-old accepted an offer from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Zeek to 2½ years of probation in connection with the March 3, 2017, crash that killed 18-year-old Rebecca Soderman and injured a 16-year-old passenger.

Zeek, of the 2400 block of Sigwalt Street, was driving 93 mph in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling west on Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills when the crash occurred.

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Daily Herald reports: A Barrington Hills resident has been identified as the man who died Monday afternoon after he was struck by a car in the village, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nick Santoro, 86, was dead after the collision which occurred about 5:45 p.m. Monday at Dundee Road near Potter Lane. Santoro was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m., according to the medical examiner. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Dundee Road was closed for several hours between Bateman and Healy roads as authorities investigated the crash. Police said the driver was cooperating with the investigation.

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An 86-year-old man died Monday evening after being struck by a car, Barrington Hills police said. The crash occurred just before 5:45 p.m. at Dundee Road near Potter Lane, according to a news release issued late Monday night.

Dundee Road remained closed between Bateman and Healy roads until 10:30 p.m. while authorities investigated.

The driver cooperated with investigators. The victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.   Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

Annually, almost 110,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

This Sunday, June 2nd, the men and women of the Village of Barrington Hills Police Department will be participating again – rain or shine in this year’s LETR benefiting Special Olympics Illinois beginning at 8:00 AM. “You, too, can participate in this largest fundraising campaign for Special Olympics by making a donation to this cause and/or line the street to cheer on VBHPD. For donations, contact Sergeant Ron Riedel at 847-551-3006 or by email rriedel@vbhpd.net” 

Note: Due to the construction on Route 62, the run will begin at Route 62 and County Line Road in Algonquin, then north to the Town of McHenry.

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