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An Algonquin family that lost a special dog in Barrington Hills earlier this month is hoping someone found her and will return her or that she’ll be spotted.  

Jason Martin said Xena, a coon hound-ridgeback mix, got away from him near Penny Road Pond and Old Sutton Road, ran into a wooded area, and disappeared. That was nearly two weeks ago. 

Martin described Xena to be “brown like a deer, white chest, white feet, with black muzzle. She is really easy to spot with those colors.” She weighs about 60 pounds.  

And although dogs are special to everyone, what makes Xena special is that she has been a comfort to Martin’s 13-year-old son, Jack, who has sarcoma.

“Ever since my son was diagnosed with stage-4 sarcoma, he’s been going through all these treatments and he’s been down a little here or there and she helps him out. Every boy loves their dog. It’s a big help to have her around and now that she is gone, it’s too bad for him. We would love to have her around. We have other dogs, but she’s part of our family. We’d like to have her back and Jack misses her pretty bad.”

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Two people were hurt in a three-car Barrington Hills crash Wednesday night, police said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Springwood Lane shortly after 6 p.m., Barrington Hills police officer Jason Currie said. Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with minor injuries.

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A number of area fire departments responded to a structure fire in Barrington Hills that left a vacant, two-story single-family home a total loss.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District officials said. Deputy Chief John Knebl said the house had been vacant for quite a while and no one was living in it.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire about 2:35 p.m. at 11365 Haegers Bend Road. The fire was declared out at 6:27 p.m., although crews remained on the scene until 7:30 p.m to investigate the fire and search for hot spots, officials said.

Because of the heavy fire conditions and the home’s location in a remote area without fire hydrants, the response was upgraded to a second alarm, which calls for additional units. The fire was attacked from the exterior, and water was shuttled in with the assistance of mutual aid fire departments.

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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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