FOX LAKE, Ill. – Fox Lake has been through a lot.
First, a beloved Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was thought to be murdered, but a manhunt for three suspects came up empty.
Then, word came he’d committed suicide and he’d been stealing from a youth program he was in charge of--spending thousands on lavish vacations, porn sites, and restaurants.
Now, Lake County prosecutors say his wife Melodie Gliniewicz was in on it, and have charged her with several felonies.
“We’ve heard rumors about this I’m kind of inclined to wait to what the courts have to say because there are too many damn rumors,” said Dayton Osland.
That says a lot coming from Dayton Osland.
His band, The Joe Powers Country Band, played two benefits for Melodie and her family, raising thousands of dollars.
“We were disappointed that, in a sense, we participated in a fraud, but I think we’d do it again anyway,” he says.
He’d do it again, because at the time, that was the right thing to do. He along with the rest of the town are hoping those in power will do right by the town.
Gliniewicz’s attorney says she had no idea what her husband was up to and she’s looking forward to her day in court.