Police make third arrest in drug-induced homicide case

Police make third arrest in drug-induced homicide case

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police reported Tuesday that all three people believed to be involved in a drug-induced homicide in Winthrop Harbor are now in custody, including the dead man’s sister, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Matthew Townsend died of a heroin overdose on May 4 at his home in the 100 block of Sheridan Road, according to Winthrop Harbor police Sgt. Chris Willets.

Investigators found that Townsend picked up heroin twice the day of his death — once in the evening in Winthrop Harbor, then a few hours later in Waukegan, Willets said. Townsend then went back home, where he was later found dead.

On June 10, police arrested Townsend’s sister, Laura R. Townsend, 18, of the 10700 Block of 17th St. in Zion.

She faces one count of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) in connection with her brother’s death, according to Willets. She was picked up in Waukegan by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Task Force. She is being held on $100,000 bond and her next court date is July 9.

According to police, Matthew Townsend had snorted the heroin and he had also taken Valium.

Deanne Dominowski, 46, of Winthrop Harbor, is being held in Lake County jail on $25,000 bond this week after she was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly providing Townsend the Valium.

The third suspect identified in the case, Reginald Jackola, 21, of the 1500 block of 2nd Street in Winthrop Harbor, was charged with drug-induced homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was apprehended in early June on the 38700 block of North Sheridan Road in Beach Park.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sara Balmes said Jackola was also wanted on two unrelated warrants, one for battery and one for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to deliver.

Police said Jackola confessed to providing Townsend with the drugs and is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond. His next court date is July 9.

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