Sister among 3 charged in Lake County man’s fatal overdose

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(WINTHROP HARBOR) Three people—including his own sister—have been charged with felonies for their roles in the drug overdose that killed a 25-year-old north suburban man last month.

Reginald Jakola / photo from Winthrop Harbor police

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

Investigators learned Townsend had 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.

Reginald Jakola, 23, of Winthrop Harbor, was arrested and charged with drug-induced homicide and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (heroin), police said.

Jakola confessed to providing Townsend with the drugs, Willets said. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

Townsend’s sister, Laura R. Townsend, 18, of Zion, is facing one count of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) in connection with her brother’s death, according to Willets. Court information was not immediately available.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for 46-year-old Deanne J. Dominowski of Winthrop Harbor, who is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, police said.

Willets said Dominowski provided Townsend with Valium, which was also found in his system after his death.

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