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Lake County Cybercrime Unit Works To Protect Children

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Cybercrime Unit pursues online predators who seek to meet underage children and those who possess inappropriate images and videos of children. Follow these officers as they conduct a search warrant for a man believed to be in possession of child pornography. Persons placed under arrest are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 
Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle in Unincorporated Grayslake 
On October 3, 2015, at approximately 8:30AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Wildwood Presbyterian Church, located at 18630 West Old Gages Lake Road, Unincorporated Grayslake, for a traffic crash with injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows numerous pedestrians were standing in line, outside of the church, for a food drive, which was taking place at the church.  A 2002 Toyota Camry, driven by a 72 year old female, was in the parking lot of the church.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Toyota drove toward the front of the church, through the front doors of the church, and the Toyota struck several people.  The Toyota also struck tables and other objects which were set up for the food drive.

One pedestrian was pinned between the front bumper of the vehicle and an interior wall of the church.  The pedestrian had to be extricated by fire department personnel. 

A total of five individuals were transported to Condell Hospital in Libertyville via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  There were other individuals who were injured after being struck with debris, but were not transported to the hospital.

The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

20150919_093251 copy.jpgLake County Sheriff's Deputies Pull a Plane to Raise Money for Special Olympics

On September 19, 2015, the  Lake County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Special Olympics Plane Pull event at O’Hare International Airport.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office “Plane Pullers” team worked together to pull an Airbus A300 Cargo Jet, weighing 180,000 pounds, a distance of 12 feet in 10.67 seconds! 

The Sheriff’s Office “Plane Pullers” raised $2,449.00 in donations for Special Olympics, Illinois.  Participants from the Sheriff’s Office included Sheriff’s Deputies, Corrections Officers, Reserve Deputies, and Explorers.  This year marks the seventh consecutive year the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the plane pull event. 

Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office personnel enthusiastically volunteer their time to participate in events which raise money for the Special Olympics.  Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy David McNichol has coordinated these efforts for years, which has resulted in raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.  

Unincorporated Grayslake Homicide Investigation

On September 29, 2015, at approximately 8:15AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 31294 North Alleghany Road, Unincorporated Grayslake, for an unresponsive female.  Deputies arrived and found Dena E. Seymour, 46, of 31294 North Alleghany Road, deceased at the scene.

Amin.jpgLake County Sheriff’s Detectives and member of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force immediately began an investigation.  Preliminary investigation revealed Seymour had been shot more than once.  During the investigation, a person of interest was identified.  The person of interest was determined to be Leo Amin, 30, of 1100 block of Lakeview Avenue, Crystal Lake.  During the investigation, it was learned Amin and Seymour had a dating relationship.

At approximately 8:00PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives received notification Leo Amin had been located in Chicago, deceased.

Information regarding the cause and manner of Amin’s death will be released by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  An autopsy has been scheduled at 1:00PM on September 30th, for Seymour at the Lake County Coroner’s Office.  The cause and manner of Seymour’s death will be released by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Person of Interest Sought in Grayslake Homicide Investigation

Person of interest reference Unincorporated Grayslake homicide investigation: Leo Amin; DOB: 1/17/85, 5’11” approx. 200 pounds, Bald, Brown eyes.  Last seen driving a silver or gold 2005 Nissan Altima (IL REG: E357840).  Consider Amin armed and dangerous.  If located contact 911.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Receives Funding for Body Cameras

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce $73,000.00 in federal funding through the Body Worn-Camera Pilot Implementation Program to purchase body-worn cameras for Sheriff’s deputies.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office was one of only three Illinois law enforcement agencies to be awarded this funding.  Chicago Police Department and Elgin Police Department are the other two agencies which were awarded the funding. 

“The Body Cameras will give the Sheriff’s Office the ability to stay at the front of cutting edge technologies. Both the public and the Sheriff’s Deputy will benefit from this grant,” said Raymond Rose, Lake County Undersheriff. “Law enforcement is under tremendous scrutiny in an age where every action taken can be dissected in an instant; this now gives us the ability to both teach and learn while at the same time enhance mutual trust which is necessary for us to be successful in our mission.”

The Department of Justice announced $20 million for a new Body Worn-Camera Pilot Implementation Program in May 2015 as part of a broader effort to expand funding and training to law enforcement agencies through community policing initiatives. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was one of 258 applicants requesting funding and one of 73 to be awarded the funding. Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “We are grateful to Senator Dick Durbin for his assistance in securing the grant.”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to a high level of police service, public transparency, and will be placing an order in the future for 292 body cameras.  The body cameras will be worn by sworn members of the Sheriff’s Office who interact with the public on a daily basis.  This will include more than just first responders and comprises the following divisions: Corrections, Court Security, Criminal Investigations, Highway Patrol, Marine Unit, Warrants, and Sheriff’s Gang Task Force. 

Sheriff’s Deputies and Command staff are excited for the additional level of transparency.  The Sheriff’s Office will be the largest Lake County law enforcement agency to deploy body cameras.  

Sheriff's Office Collecting Coats for Veterans and Their Families

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Veteran’s Assistance Commission, several local law enforcement agencies and many schools to collect coats and outerwear for Operation Stand Down 2015. The collection period begins Friday, September 11 and ends on Wednesday, October 7.


Court Officer Pacheco.pngThe Lake County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to you to join us in bringing gently used coats, gloves, hats, socks and scarves to one of the following locations:


 Lake County, IL Government, 18 N County Street, Waukegan
• Lake County Sheriff's Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan
• Lake County Sheriff's Office, 1301 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville (entrance off Winchester Road)


Donated items will be delivered to the Midwest Veterans Closet located at 2323 Green Bay Road in North Chicago, IL.

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