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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.

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Lake County Sheriff's Office Warns Resident of Phone Scammers

In addition to the information below which was released on October 2, 2014 a new phone scam is on the rise in Lake County.  Telephone scammers are stating they are calling from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division.  The scammer tells the victim they missed jury duty and in order to avoid being arrested for Contempt of Court they must purchase gift cards in the amount of several hundred dollars.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not accept gift cards as a form of payment for bond or any other fine.  The accurate number for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division is 847.377.4300 and is answered Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm.  Anyone receiving a telephone call from one of these scammers should call their local police agency and file a report. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be alert when speaking to strangers on the phone. Scammers are on the rise in Lake County and nationally. Some scammers appear to be very friendly referring to the victim by first name and asking about their family. Then the scammer tells the victim they are a grandchild or relative stranded in jail or another country. The scammer then asks for money to be wired to an account for bond or air fare.

If you get a call like this, take down the phone number and tell them you will call them back. Then call your local police agency for assistance in verifying if the call is a scam.

Other scammers are more hostile. In Lake County, a scammer claims to be Steve Martin from the IRS. Scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury tell victims they owe money to the government and that it must be paid immediately through a credit card, pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Those who refuse are told they will be arrested, deported or have their business license or driver’s license suspended.

The IRS and U.S. Treasury will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone or wire-transfers. If you get a call like this slam on the scam and call your local police agency.

Roadside Safety Check & Halloween Patrols

Between October 25, 2014-October 31, 2014, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Roadside Safety Check and additional Halloween Patrols.

The Roadside Safety Check is scheduled for October 25, 2014 during the hours of 11:00 pm-3:00 am at an undisclosed area in Lake County.  A Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public.

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 these details 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 and additional Halloween Patrols are 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. 

2014 Marine Unit Statistics

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was exceptionally busy this year.  The boating season began at the end of April and ended on October 11, 2014.  The Marine Unit operated 4 days a week with a total of 15 Marine Unit Deputies.  This boating season has been documented as the coldest and wettest in the last 10 years. 

The Marine Unit received a total of 917 calls for service, handled 12 accident reports, and responded to a record low of one fatality.  When the Marine Unit was not responding to calls for service they conducted 642 safety boarding’s, 568 traffic stops where they issued 331 citations, made 54 operating under the influence arrests, and conducted 84 business checks. 

Increased enforcement along with the increased responsibility of boat operators contributed to the safety on the waterways in Lake County this year, making this one of the lowest injury seasons dating back to 2007.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office plans to continue on that track in 2015.  

Prostitution Arrest

On October 13, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit arrested Vernell Cauley, 35, of the 1800 Block of Aberg Av in Madison, Wisconsin after a traffic stop which was part of a highway interdiction detail. 

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:00 pm Cauley was pulled over on northbound I94 near Route 120 and provided false identification to avoid apprehension on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections escape warrant.  Through interview it was learned that Cauley was pimping two female passengers in the vehicle which he posted advertisements on Backpage.com for. 

Cauley was charged with Obstructing Justice (Class 4 Felony), Promoting Prostitution (Class 4 Felony), Fugitive from Justice (Class 4 Felony), Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, and Driving while License Suspended.

Cauley’s jail bond was set at $50,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear in court on October 21, 2014.



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Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.
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