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WOODSTOCK – An elderly Woodstock woman died Saturday after a two-car collision on Route 14, according to the Woodstock Police Department.

Patricia T. Arvidson, 83, died at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock from injuries she sustained when her vehicle struck a truck at the intersection of Route 14 and Rose Farm Road, according to a news release.

Both drivers were attempting to make left-hand turns onto Rose Farm Road from Route 14 in opposite directions when they collided, the release states. The drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

The driver of the truck and a passenger were not injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

** Available for a limited time at http://www.nwherald.com/2013/02/25/woman-dies-after-two-car-crash-in-woodstock/aikifxx/.

Residents are being urged to avoid the roadways this afternoon as heavy snowfall continues to blanket McHenry County, and for those who have to drive, leave plenty of extra time for the commute home.

Several accidents were being reported throughout the county, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. That has forced municipalities, including Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lakewood and Cary, among others, to begin following their emergency snow plans. "When you get snow like this, it is hard for anybody to keep up," said Ed Markison, assistant maintenance supervisor for the county's Division of Transportation. "We're doing the best we can."

A crew of 14 trucks were plowing county roads as of 2:15 p.m., and a second shift is scheduled to overlap starting at 3:30 p.m. Those workers will plow throughout the evening commute. The Illinois State Police has also initiated its emergency snow plan — if all cars involved in an accident on the expressways are driveable, exchange information and report crash later.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Police are looking into “suspicious circumstances" surrounding a Sunday morning fire and death of a Crystal Lake man, who died of smoke inhalation.

The man, identified by the McHenry County Coroner's Office as 49-year-old Dunn Mizell, died Sunday after a fire in the basement of his 1709 Moorland Lane home.

The coroner's office said in a news release Mizell died of smoke inhalation. Mizell's carbon monoxide level was elevated, and toxicology results are pending, the coroner's office added. Police tape cordoned off the two-story home Sunday as investigators tried to piece together the events that surrounded the man's death.

“There are many pieces to the puzzle to determine the cause of death or circumstances leading up to it," Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said. Authorities said a McHenry County Sheriff's Office deputy had driven Mizell's wife home Sunday morning, but the woman could not enter the house because the garage door was disengaged and appliances had been turned over and were blocking a side door.

WOODSTOCK – A man listed on the McHenry County sheriff's Top 10 Fugitive List has been apprehended in West Dundee.

Kostas Lymberopoulus, 25, of Woodstock, was arrested Friday on a probation violation warrant for six counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. He also had a failure to appear arrest warrant out of Kane County for theft.

Investigators were unable to locate Lymberopoulus after an arrest warrant was issued March 8, according to a news release. Deputies also believed that he had fled the area.

Lymberopoulus was later located outside a retail store at the Spring Hill Mall at 3 p.m. Friday by members of the sheriff's office's apprehension unit and U.S. Marshal's Task Force.

He was still being held at the McHenry County Jail as of Monday afternoon.

** Available for a limited time at http://www.nwherald.com/2013/04/15/top-10-fugitive-arrested-in-west-dundee/ayj9tv2/

For 90 frantic minutes Monday afternoon, Gregg Sierminski and his wife wandered through the chaos, searching for their daughter, Rachel, who finished the Boston Marathon a half hour before two explosions near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 100 others.

Rachel Sierminski, a member of Marian Central's 1998 state championship cross country team, was running the famed Boston course for the first time. Despite knowing she had finished, Sierminski, who lives in McHenry and works as a dentist in Wonder Lake, was forced to deal with uncertainty while he and his wife continued their search for their daughter.

Initially, their search was unsuccessful as they got lost in the congestion that followed the two explosions. They heard the blasts from a few hundred yards away and finally located Rachel an hour and a half after she finished.

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