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WOODSTOCK – Two people were injured and one cited for DUI after an overnight head-on crash near Woodstock that led to a car fire.

At 2:19 a.m. Sunday, members of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 3800 block of Alden Road near Woodstock for the crash involving two cars.

A 1998 Dodge Neon driven by 33-year-old Joseph F. Nootens, of 603 Waters Edge Drive, Apt. C, McHenry, was traveling south on Alden Road, while a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Debbie Ruiz, 21, of Harvard was traveling north.

The Dodge Neon crossed the center line and went into the northbound lane, striking the Cavalier head-on, according to a news release.

WOODSTOCK – The mother of a Harvard man killed in a 2010 crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit as she continues to search for the semi-truck driver she believes caused her only child's death.

Bret Huffar, 27, of Harvard was on his way to work at the Woodstock Culver's about 4 p.m. June 7, 2010, when an unidentified white semi-trailer traveling west on Route 14 near Bunker Hill Road crossed the center line, police said.

This caused Huffar's 1997 Buick LaSabre to go off the road into a ditch, re-enter the roadway, cross into the westbound lane, and collide head-on with a second semi. Huffar died instantly, police said. The driver of the second semi, Brian S. Kent of East Troy, Wis., was evaluated at the scene and released. But the driver of the first semi kept going.

In the lawsuit filed last week in McHenry County Court, Julie Huffar names Kent and the company he was working for, Offset Systems Service Corp. Also named are several other companies that “have information essential to the determination of who should be properly named as additional defendants."

Man acquitted in sex abuse case

WOODSTOCK A jury acquitted a 41-year-old McHenry man Thursday of four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Prosecutors alleged Gonzalo Ramirez-Palacios, of 400 Kensington Drive, fondled two female family members about two or three years ago, but a BGL attorney characterized the victims at rebellious teenagers who fabricated the allegations.

The verdict came after a three-day trial before Judge Gordon Graham. If he had been convicted, Ramirez-Palacios could have been sentenced to probation or up to seven years in prison.

Copyright 2008 Northwest Herald. All rights reserved.

WOODSTOCK – A Chicago man has been sentenced to five years in prison for agreeing to sell cocaine near a Johnsburg school.

David W. Stodolny, 41, was one of three people arrested in early March.

As part of a plea deal accepted on Monday by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, Stodolny pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony. In addition to the prison sentence, he must pay a $2,000 drug assessment fee plus a $100 lab fee and other court costs.

Other charges, including an aggravated battery charge for allegedly punching a corrections officer in the face, were dropped. According to the criminal complaint, Stodolny, as well as Theresa C. Stapleton, 24, of Johnsburg, and Isaac C. Jones, 30, of Lakemoor, agreed to deliver cocaine to “unknown persons" in exchange for money while within 1,000 feet of James C. Bush Elementary School.

Charges remain pending against Stapleton and Jones.

**Available for a limited time at http://www.nwherald.com/2012/05/14/chicago-man-sentenced-to-5-years-on-cocaine-charge/a4f7hmg/

NORWICH TOWNSHIP - Witnesses pulled a driver away from his burning vehicle, possibly saving his life, after a collision that occurred on Old Stage Road east of Highway 59 in Norwich Township around 6 a.m. Sunday May 13.

Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating the crash, that occurred when a four-door Pontiac Grand Prix left the roadway, collided with a tree and caught fire. Police, Oxford Centre firefighters and Oxford EMS responded to the scene, and the lone male occupant of the car was transported by air ambulance to London Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit attended and police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the collision. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to investigators to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

**Available for a limited time at http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/05/14/man-pulled-from-burning-car

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