Crime & Courts

Gang task force nabs 9 in Harvard

HARVARD – The Harvard Police Department called in the county’s Gang Task Force in response to a rash of gunfire and gang activity.

Three shootings that occurred last month remain unsolved, but the Task Force was able to make a number of unrelated arrests since being activated Friday and Saturday.

“We stepped up patrols and details in response to the shootings,” Harvard Police Chief Dan Kazy-Garey said.

One man was injured in one shooting incident, and in the two others, bullets struck buildings or vehicles. Kazy-Garey believes the shootings were gang-related.

Kazy-Garey added there were no new details or leads in those incidents.

Since being activated in the Harvard area, the McHenry County Gang Task Force made 18 gang contacts, nine arrests, three traffic arrests and found about 15 grams of marijuana, a scale, paraphernalia and a loaded handgun, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Task Force made the following arrests:

• Jose Sirilla, 18, of Rockford, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Four Harvard juveniles were charged with trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• One Harvard juvenile was charged with trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

• One Harvard juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana.

• One Harvard juvenile was charged with unlawful contact with a street-gang member.

• One Rockford juvenile was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Administered through the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Gang Task Force is made up of 18 area police departments. Officers from Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Harvard, Lake in the Hills, Lakemoor, McCullom Lake, McHenry, Wonder Lake and the Sheriff’s Office assisted in this detail.

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