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Zion man found guilty of possessing gun as a habitual criminal | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


A Lake County jury recently found a Zion man guilty of being an armed habitual criminal after authorities say he tried to hide a gun during a 2022 traffic stop.

Carnell Wesson, 30, was found guilty after a trial that concluded Sept. 7. Jurors also found Wesson guilty on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, in addition to the habitual criminal charge

The charges came after a March 2022 stop of a vehicle in which Wesson was a passenger. Zion police said that Wesson was in the back seat and appeared to hand something to the driver as officers approached.

Wesson then exited the vehicle and entered a nearby house, police said. Officers located two firearms under the front seat of the vehicle, and Wesson was arrested when he came outside. DNA testing matched him to one of the guns, police said.

He was able to post bond, but was arrested earlier this year for an alleged shooting incident in December. Wesson is awaiting trial on that charge. He faces a six to 30-year term on the case for which he was just found guilty.

“We appreciate the effective work of the Zion Police Department and the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Lab. Once again, our prosecutors were able to turn a successful investigation into a ‘guilty’ verdict,” State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said in a news release.

“We also see from these two cases that using a cash bond system makes our communities less safe,” Rinehart said. “Under the SAFE-T Act, we would have sought detention for the March 2022 incident, and he could not have committed the December 2022 shooting had detention been ordered.”

Wesson had been held in lieu of $1.25 million bail following his most recent arrest. A date for sentencing probably will be set in October.

Training in the Park

Gurnee’s popular Training in the Park program is returning this month. Gurnee firefighters will be providing demonstrations along with their trucks, and Gurnee police will be putting on K9 demonstrations.

In addition, the village’s public works department will also have some heavy equipment on hand for inspection. The village said it’s a great way for residents to connect with local heroes and gain a greater appreciation for what they do.

The programs all start at 6 p.m. The schedule is: Sept. 18, Christine Thompson Park; Sept. 19, Vineyard Park; Sept. 20, Betty Russel Park; Sept. 25, Hunt Club Park; Sept. 26, Southridge Park; and Sept. 27, Ravinia Park.

Soft lockdown

Two men have been charged after a recent Gurnee incident that prompted a soft lockdown at a local school and area businesses.

Police responded on Sept. 8 at around 11 a.m. to a reported armed robbery with a handgun reportedly stolen in the 1000 block of Minthaven Court. Police said they searched the immediate area and learned that the suspects had likely fled and were possible heading for the Waukegan train station.

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Waukegan police conducted a search of the station and saw three people who matched the descriptions of the armed robbery suspects. They were arrested and police said they recovered two handguns in their possession, including the one originally reported stolen in Gurnee, police said.

Jaylen C. Montgomery, 18, of Gurnee, and Curtis Owens, 18, of Chicago, were both charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The third subject was released without charges.

Child-seat safety

The Lake County sheriff’s office said it will make child passenger safety a priority during the second half of September as part of a campaign with the National Highway Safety Administration.

Car seats are used improperly about half the time, according or federal statistics. Children are often placed in the wrong type of restraint, or the child safety seat is not properly fastened, leaving children vulnerable in a crash.

Round Lake Park Police will offer free child safety seat checks Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Round Lake Area Park District building, at 814 Hart Road.

Police and technicians will be on hand to offer safety tips, and make people aware of the law about child safety system use in cars and the correct methods of car seat installation.

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