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THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving and protecting all of Lake County through a department of law enforcement professionals.

LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Lake County Sheriff's Office Child Safety Seat Check Point During Child Passenger Safety Week

September 14th-20th, 2014 is Child Passenger Safety Week.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will have a Child Safety Seat Check Point on September 20, 2014 from 10:00am-2:00pm at our Highway Patrol Substation located at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av in Libertyville.

Sheriff’s Deputies will check any vehicles and child safety seats brought in for proper installation as well as answer questions.  This event is free to the public.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Releases Labor Day Enforcement Crackdown Numbers

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office made 12 impaired driving arrests and issued 34 safety belt citations during the recent Labor Day impaired driving crackdown,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.  A total of 247 citations were issued with 14 of the safety belt citations issued after 9 p.m.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this nationwide effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off our roads and more people buckled up during late-night hours.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including paid advertising and over $1 million in additional police activity.

Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours when statistics show the most people drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.

The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overcampaign.

Additionally, our Marine Unit Deputies issued 34 citations, including six for operating while intoxicated, one drug arrest and conducted 81 safety board inspections. 

Lake County Sheriff's Office Raising Rail Safety Awareness September 14 - 20 During Illinois Rail Safety Week

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association in promoting vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, from September 14th to September 20th.   In 2013, Illinois experienced 126 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, resulting in 40 injuries and 21 fatalities.  In addition, there were 52 trespasser incidents, resulting in 27 injuries and 25 fatalities.  During 2013, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision fatalities and trespasser fatalities.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is placing signs in locations close to train stations to promote rail safety awareness and education. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations to warn both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property. 

Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is against the law to stop your vehicle anywher within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 50 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells).  When crossing railroad tracks, you must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings.  For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

Beach Park Man Charged with Reproduction of Child Pornography

On September 4, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued for Bernard H. Wewers, 19, of the 10200 Block of W. Bairstow Ave in Beach Park, for three counts of Reproduction of Child Pornography (Class X felonies).  Wewers was arrested at his residence without incident, following the issuance of the arrest warrant.

In September of 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit with assistance from cyber investigators of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the locating of numerous child pornography images and videos.  A forensic examination of electronic media used by Wewers’ confirmed he not only possessed numerous images and videos of child pornography, but he had also been reproducing the child pornography files he acquired.

Additional charges are pending further review of the evidence collected during the investigation.

Wewers’ bond was set at $300,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear in court on September 12, 2014.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Beach Park Man

On September 3, an arrest warrant was issued for Joshua Malombo for allegations stemming from an incident that occurred on August 29, 2014.  Thwarrant includes the following charges; Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class 1 Felony), Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon (Class 3 Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 4 Felony), 5 counts of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Class 4 Felonies) and Aggravated Assault (Class 4 Felony).  Malombo’s bond was set at $500,000.

UPDATE: On September 4, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Joshua Malombo was successfully apprehended by members Lake County Sheriff's Warrant Division, Special Investigations Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Malombo was located at an acquaintance's residence in the 1500 block of Lorelei in Zion.

Chicago Communications Donates Portable Radios to Lake County Sheriff's Explorer Post 2066

Chicago Communications LLC donated 12 Motorola UHF HT750 portable radios to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2066.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is thankful to Chicago Communications for their generous donation.  This donation will enable the post to communicate with one another and Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center.  The value of the donated radios is $5,000.00 which provides a significant financial savings to the tax payer.

Explorer Post 2066 currently has 22 members.  The donated radios will be used by the Explorer Post members for special details which they work for example the Lake County Fair and last Sunday’s Taste of Serbia festival in Libertyville. 

Chicago Communications LLC is headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois and also has a location in Chicago.  On August 28, 2014, Lisa MacGillivray, Marketing Director, Karl Morath, Account Executive, and Owen Lauerman, Government Account Executive presented the radios, charging station and speaker microphones to Explorer Post 2066 Deputy Chief Austin Demski, Sergeant Kyle Klask, and advisor Deputy Jason Plichta at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  Motorola Solutions donated the speaker microphones to Explorer Post 2066 which were also presented by MacGillivray, Morath and Lauerman.

Sheriff Curran's School Safety Team Prepared for Drills

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office School Safety Team is prepared to assist area schools with required law enforcement safety drills. Senate Bill 1625, signed into law last summer, requires school districts to have at least six drills – three evacuation drills, one bus evacuation drill, one severe weather drill and one law enforcement drill.  Forty-five public and private schools are served by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. stated, “Our goal is to prepare school staff and students in case of a threat involving weapons.  It’s important to have a plan in place and a demonstration of the plan so everyone knows what to do, where to go and how to respond. Being prepared saves lives.”

Members of the School Safety Team include Sergeant Andrea Usry, Sergeant Sara Balmes, Detectives Kyle Brown, Vincent Ramirez and David Tomasello.  All members of the School Safety Team are State Certified Juvenile Officers and members of the Lake County Juvenile Officer's Association.  Many of the team members received special training in areas including Child Neglect and Abuse, Forensic Interviewing of Children, Child Death Investigation, School Threat Evaluation, Sexual Exploitation, Search and Seizure, and regular attendance of Juvenile Law update classes.

Waukegan Man Charged with Delivery of Heroin

Beginning in July of 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted a month long investigation resulting in an arrest for the delivery of heroin.

An undercover detective purchased heroin from a street gang member of the Four Corner Hustlers. 

On August 27, 2014 Clifton D. Johnson, 21, of the 100 Block of S Genesee St in Waukegan was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, two counts of Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Resisting a Police Officer.

Johnson’s jail bond was set at $200,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear in court on September 15, 2014.

Additionally, this year the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has made 19 arrests seizing approximately 64 grams of heroin and $18,744.00.

Roadside Safety Checks

Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. announces the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct Roadside Safety Checks in Lake County during the month of September.

A Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public.

The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking. It also encourages drivers and passengers to use their seat belts.   

Safety checks are designed to keep the road safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.

Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.

Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Don’t risk losing your license, your car and your freedom. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you. 

Deputies working the Roadside Safety Check also will also look for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and to ensure all Illinois Vehicle Code laws are being followed. 

The Roadside Safety Check is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Lake Forest Man

Michael R. VucicOn August 29, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the Block of East Laurel Ave in Lake Forest for five counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony) and five counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony).

On August 25, 2014 a female victim, under the age of 13, reported to her grandparents that Vucic had inappropriate sexual contact with her multiple times in 2012.

Vucic is a teacher at Gavin School District and is believed to have fled to Germany.

Bond was set in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for the arrest warrant.

We are requesting anyone who has additional information or who has been a victim of Vucic to contact our non-emergency communications center at 847.549.5200.

Man Charged with Third Lake and Wildwood Residential Burglaries

Johnathan J. HackerOn August 25, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office charged a man with a residential burglary and numerous other vehicle burglaries which occurred in the Third Lake and Wildwood areas.

Between August 20- 23, 2014 numerous residences and vehicles in Third Lake and Wildwood were burglarized.  The Lake County Sheriff’s detective investigating the case developed information through surveillance videos of the subject using stolen credit cards and was later able to identify the suspect.

A warrant for Unlawful Use of a Credit Card was obtained for Johnathan J. Hacker, 34, of the 100 Block of Main Street in Round Lake Park. Hacker was arrested on the warrant by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on August 25, 2014.

While in police custody, Hacker provided numerous locations where property he had stolen could be found and that stolen property was subsequently located.

Hacker was charged with Residential Burglary, six counts of Burglary, Theft Over $500.00 dollars, three counts of Identity Theft and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card.

Hacker’s jail bond is set at $100,000.00.

He is scheduled to appear in court on September 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm.

Reserve Deputy Recruitment

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Unit is currently accepting applications.

The Reserve Deputy Unit is a volunteer unit which augments the Sheriff’s Office in times of natural and man-made emergencies.  The unit works directly under the direction of the Highway Patrol Division and also assists municipal police agencies.  Reserve Deputies can be called upon to provide traffic and crowd control, search for missing persons, and participate in crime scene evidence searches.  You may have met one of our Reserve Deputies at the Lake County Fair, Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Libertyville days, or Shop with the Sheriff.

A Reserve Deputy attends a 120 hour training course over a 5 month period.  Classes are held one weeknight each week and up to two Saturday’s a month.  Classroom and hands on instruction are required.

Interested in becoming a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy?  You must be 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen, a Lake County resident, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Candidates must be of good moral character and be in good health with the ability to stand for long periods of time.

Applications can be printed from www.reservedeputy.com or picked up at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048.  The application deadline is October 1, 2014 and can be mailed or dropped off at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048.  Please address all applications to the attention of Lt. Ryan McCormack.

For more information contact Lt. Ryan McCormack at RMcCormack@lakecountyil.gov or 847.377.7020.

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back

DEA National Prescription Drug Take BackThe Lake County Sheriff’s Office is once again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event.

On September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm anyone having unwanted or unused prescription drugs can drop them off at one of the following locations for proper disposal.  Beach Park Village Hall located at 11270 W. Wadsworth Rd Beach Park, Volo Village Hall located at 500 S. Fish Lake Rd Volo, and Fremont Township Office located at 22385 W. Route 60 Mundelein, IL 60060.

This event will be the second national event this year.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 685 pounds of medication at the spring 2014 Prescription Drug Take Back event held in April.  Last year Lake County collected 6,700 pounds of medication.

Ridding medicine cabinets of these prescription drugs prevents children from accidently consuming them and unauthorized users from obtaining them.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to limiting the availability of prescription drugs and protecting our environment by properly disposing them.

Lake County Residents Invited to Participate in Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy applkicationLake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is pleased to announce the next Citizen Police Academy Course being offered beginning September 18, 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand how the Sheriff's Office maintains law and order for Lake County residents.

The academy is a 10-week long program with classes running approximately 3 hours every Thursday evening. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening and students graduate on November 20, 2014. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise, granting the participants a hands-on experience. Training will take place at the various Sheriff's Office facilities throughout the county, including the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail located in Waukegan, as well as the Highway Patrol Division located in Libertyville.

The academy is offered free of charge to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, be of good moral character, and have no felony convictions. Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff's Administration Office located at 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan or on the Lake County website www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff. Interested residents must submit applications by September 12, 2014. Contact Deputy Roman Buchberger at 847.377.4211 for further inquiries.


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Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.
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