The Latest: Official says officer's wife, son received texts

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Posted: Nov 05, 2015 8:56 PM
The Latest: Official says officer's wife, son received texts

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest developments in the investigation into the September shooting death of an Illinois police officer (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

An official tells The Associated Press that the wife and son of an Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself during a probe of a youth program he oversaw are two of the individuals with whom he exchanged some incriminating text messages.

Authorities investigating the September death of northern Illinois police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz released documents containing some of the thousands of pages of texts and Facebook messages he shared with others in the weeks before he died. The documents identified two of the recipients only as Individual #1 and Individual #2.

The official, who was briefed on the investigation, told The Associated Press's Don Babwin Thursday that Individual #1 was Gliniewicz's wife Melodie, who in one message suggests the couple may "need to hide the funds some how."

The official said Individual #2 was Gliniewicz's son D.J., who the officer warns that not repaying money spent on personal items could mean he "will be visiting me in JAIL!!"

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

An attorney for the family has not responded to AP's requests for comment Thursday.

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6:45 p.m.

A village administrator who police say was the target of an officer who staged his suicide says the case is "almost surreal."

Fox Lake Village Administrator Anne Marrin spoke Thursday about Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Police say he feared Marrin would expose him as a thief.

Det. Chris Covelli said Lt Gliniewicz sent a text in April asking a woman to set up a meeting with a "high ranking gang member to put a hit on the village manager."

Marrin said she never had anything but cordial and polite dealings with Gliniewicz, and never had any sense he was angry with her. She said she learned about the threat against her after Gliniewicz's death.

Marrin say she has been assured by police that she is safe.

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12:30 p.m.

An official says an Illinois police officer who killed himself tried to arrange for a gang member "to put a hit" on a village administrator because he feared she would discover he had been embezzling money.

Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Christopher Covelli also said Thursday that investigators found packets of cocaine in Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz's desk after his Sept. 1 death.

Covelli says investigators recovered deleted text messages in which Gliniewicz mentioned the possibility of planting something on the administrator, Anne Marrin, although he says they don't know if that's why he had the cocaine.

Covelli says Gliniewicz sent the text about arranging the hit to a woman last April, asking for help arranging a meeting with a high-ranking gang member. He declined to give her name.

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8:25 a.m.

An official says the wife and son of an Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself during a probe of the youth program he ran are also under criminal investigation.

The official, who was briefed on the investigation, told The Associated Press's Don Babwin Thursday that it centers on the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post from which Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz allegedly stole thousands of dollars over the course of seven years.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

He said Gliniewicz's wife, Melodie, and son D.J. are caught up in the probe. Melodie Gliniewicz took part in the Explorer program. D.J. Gliniewicz has angrily dismissed suggestions that his father took his own life.

The Associated Press has left voicemail and email messages seeking comment from an attorney for the family.

Authorities revealed the embezzlement investigation Wednesday and confirmed weeks of suspicion that Gliniewicz killed himself and staged the scene to look like he died in the line of duty.