Crime & Courts

Police arrest Lake in the Hills woman in connection with fatal overdose

Paige S. Hoover, 23, of the 400 block of Crystal Lake Road, Lake in the Hills.
Paige S. Hoover, 23, of the 400 block of Crystal Lake Road, Lake in the Hills.

A 23-year-old woman remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday afternoon on charges accusing her of delivering drugs to a man who police found dead in his home later that day.

Police believe Paige S. Hoover, of the 400 block of Crystal Lake Road, Lake in the Hills, provided 45-year-old Peter Fonte with the heroin and fentanyl on which he overdosed May 18, according to a criminal complaint.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is sometimes combined with heroin or other drugs to enhance the effects.

Authorities discovered Fonte dead in his Cary home May 18, when the man’s mother called 911 to report he wasn’t breathing, Cary Deputy Police Chief Jim Fillmore said.

Fonte’s bedroom contained items consistent with heroin use, and messages on his phone detailed an arrangement with Hoover to get drugs, according to a motion that McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Miller filed in court Thursday.

The pair was seen together May 17 and May 18 – the day Fonte’s body was discovered, according to the motion.

A further search of both Fonte and Hoover’s phones found she had traveled to Cook County on multiple occasions to pick up drugs and bring them back to McHenry County, Miller wrote.

Hoover is charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony punishable by as many as 30 years in prison. She would need to post $15,000 to be released from the county jail.

Representatives with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Cary Police Department could not be reached to comment.

It was not immediately clear how much heroin and fentanyl Hoover is accused of delivering. She is due back in court Monday.

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