LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cauley’s jail bond was set at $50,000.00. He is
scheduled to appear in court on October 21, 2014.
California Man Extradited on Warrant Following Courthouse Threat
On September 12, 2014 at approximately 12:00 pm the Lake
County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a threat made
against the Lake County Courthouse located at 18 N County St in Waukegan.
On September 12, 2014 at approximately 11:45 am an
unknown male called the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services
Inspector General’s Office stating he was going to kill people and light up the
Gurnee Police Department and Waukegan Courthouse. It was believed the
caller’s driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support and
that Gurnee Police Department had arrested him for driving on the suspended
A search of the courthouse for a bomb was negative and
security personnel were increased.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the
incident and identified the caller as Daniel B Pederson, 33, of the 4600 Block
of Park Adelfa St in Calabasas, California.
Pederson had two outstanding warrants: a 2011
Failure to Appear Arrest Warrant for Criminal Damage to Property and a 2013
Violation of Order of Protection Arrest Warrant.
On September 18, 2014 an arrest warrant for Pederson was
issued for Making a Terrorist Threat (Class X) with bond set in the amount of
On September 25, 2014 Pederson was arrested on the
warrant in California.
On October 13, 2014 Pederson was extradited to Illinois.
Pederson appeared in bond court on October 14, 2014 and
his bond was set at 2,000,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in court on
November 18, 2014.
ASIS International Illinois North Shore Chapter Recognizes Deputy Ari Briskman at 2014 Dinner
On October 9, 2014 the ASIS International Illinois North
Shore Chapter recognized Deputy Ari Briskman for his life saving efforts at
their annual awards dinner.
On July 8, 2014 Deputy Briskman responded to an
unresponsive one year old boy in unincorporated Lake Villa. When Deputy
Briskman arrived he had difficulty communicating with the child’s parents
because of a language barrier. Deputy Briskman administered CPR and the
child coughed becoming responsive. The child was transported to Advocate
Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where it was determined he suffered a
febrile seizure caused by a high fever.
As a result of Deputy Briskman’s actions he was nominated
for the ASIS International Officer of the Year Award and the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office Live Saving Award.
Photo from left to
right: Reserve Deputy Dave Wilson, Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr., Deputy Ari
Briskman, Lieutenant Chris Thompson, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose
Lake County Sheriff's School Safety Team STOMPS Out Bullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and today is Blue Shirt
Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention. The Lake County Sheriff's Office School
Safety Team is STOMPing Out Bullying and wearing our anti bullying polo shirts.
Join us in educating our
children about bullying.
Wondering if your child is being bullied? Check
out the tip sheet at Stomp Out Bullying http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/parents-page/tip-sheet-signs-your-child-being-bullied/
Wondering if your child or
college student is being cyberbullied? Learn how to understand and handle
cyberbullying at http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/parents-page/tip-sheet-how-understand-and-handle-cyberbullying/
Residents Warned of Phone Scammers
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 requests money be wired to an account for bond or
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 the call.
Other scammers are more hostile. In Lake County, a
scammer stating he is Steve Martin from the IRS is calling residents. 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.
Josiah Giles Commended for 911 Skills
County Sheriff’s Deputies presented 10 year old Josiah Giles with a plaque for
calling 911 on August 5, 2014 when his great aunt had a medical emergency. The
plaque was presented at the Newport Fire District with family and friends
children to call 911 is encouraged by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. At
community events and school presentations, the 911 practice phone allows young
children to pretend and prepare as they answer instructions provided by an
automated dispatcher. In the case of Josiah, he remained calm, answered
questions and followed the dispatcher’s instructions, allowing the Newport Fire
District to quickly respond to his residence and provide the necessary care to
his great aunt.
County Sheriff’s Office 911 Radio Dispatchers developed 911 guides to share
with the public. Please visit www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff and
click on the Community Services tab at the top of the page to view the 911
guides and activity book for children.