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Hebron candidate charged in drug case

John Jacobson

HEBRON – The chairman of the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District Board and a candidate for Hebron village president was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of having crack cocaine.

John G. Jacobson, 65, of 12305 Jacob Ave., Hebron, appeared in rights court Wednesday morning, and his bond was set at $60,000. He posted the required 10 percent, or $6,000, and was released from the McHenry County Jail about 10:30 a.m.

About 6 p.m. Tuesday, a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy stopped Jacobson’s vehicle on Route 47 near Vanderkarr Road, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said. A dog from the Woodstock Police Department was called in and indicated the presence of a narcotic. About 3 grams of crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle, Zinke said.

Jacobson was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

A Class 1 felony typically is punishable by four to 15 years in prison; a Class 4 usually carries one to three years.

When contacted Wednesday, Fire Chief Scott Mullis confirmed that a man named John Jacobson was chairman of the fire board, but declined to comment further because he was unaware of any charges.

Hebron Village Clerk Jean Attermeier confirmed Jacobson filed paperwork to run for village president in the April 9 election. Jacobson is running against incumbent Village President Frank Beatty.

Court records show Jacobson also has a pending charge of driving under the influence. It is set to go to trial Feb. 5. His next scheduled court date on the drug charge is Jan. 25.

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