LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces Moratorium on Evictions Until January 5, 2015
On Thursday, December 18, Sheriff Mark Curran announced a moratorium on all evictions until January 5, 2015.
"Times are tough for a lot of folks and there's no need to evict during the holidays," stated the Sheriff.
The Lake County Sheriff's website link http://tinyurl.com/odvonf4 provides detaials of the eviction process.
Round Lake Man Charged with Manufacturing Child Pornography
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 resulting in the issuance of a search warrant.
On December 18, 2014 the search warrant was executed and James R. Weeden, 63, of the 200 block of Switchgrass Drive in Round Lake, was arrested at his residence. Evidence was seized from the residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. A forensic examination of the media devices revealed thousands of images and videos identified as child pornography.
During the investigation it was determined Weeden took nude photographs of a child under 13 years of age, while the child was visiting his residence.
Weeden was charged with five counts of Manufacturing Child Pornography (Class X felonies) and five counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 felonies).
Weeden's jail bond was set at $1,000,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 23, 2014.
Anyone with information on Weeden, which would be relevant to this investigation, is asked to contact Detective Christopher Covelli of the Sheriff's Office Cybercrimes Unit at 847.377.4145.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Proud to Participate in "Bring Joy to the Jail" with Mary's Mission
On Saturday, December 20, 2014 Sheriff Mark Curran and members of the Lake County Sheriff's Office will join Mary's Mission & Shelter Care and a host of community and faith-based leaders in the annual "Bring Joy to the Jail" celebration at the Lake County Community Based Corrections Center (LCCBCC), located at 15 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan.
Sheriff Curran will be participating in the Christmas Parade and then welcoming guests at the toy and food give-a-way scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the LCCBCC.
"We're excited to help folks in the community and appreciate Rev. Lacey's efforts," stated the Sheriff.
Reverend Lacey will begin the "Bring Joy to the Jail" celebration with a Christmas Parade commencing at Mary's Mission located at 642 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan and heading north to 15 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue. Lacey, founder of Mary's Mission & Shelter Care organizes the event each year to benefit families of the incarcerated.
Questions regarding donations and the Christmas Parade should be directed to Mary's Mission at 847.623.2136.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Recognizes Hank Bogdala's Contribution to Merit Commission
17, 2014 Sheriff Mark Curran presented a plaque to Hank Bogdala in recognition
of 4 years of outstanding service to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit
Commission. Bogdala was recognized for ensuring the goals of the commission
were reached and helping maintain the integrity of the hiring and promotional
processes. Hank Bogdala and his wife Bev joined Sheriff Mark Curran,
Undersheriff Ray Rose, Chief John Byrne and Deputy Chief Jeff Burke for an
informal gathering at the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Hank
supported my commitment to professionalism as well as my desire to bring
greater diversity to the office, I am grateful for his service.”
Waukegan and North Chicago public and parochial schools, Hank continued his
education through the State of Illinois Revenue School, Police Investigator
School and Firefighter (U.S.A.F.) certification. Bogdala remained a life-long learner and community leader in the Waukegan area. He served in the U.S. Air Force during
the Korean War and later worked as a revenue inspector for the State of
Illinois and Police Investigator for the Secretary of State. In addition, Hank
was a local business owner and part-time faculty member of CLC’s Continuing
public service to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission is one of
nearly 40 volunteer public service accomplishments. The next chapter for Hank
is completing a historical documentary on the City of Waukegan.
Hank and Bev
Bogdala continue to reside in Waukegan, where they enjoyed raising five
children together and now relish in spending time with nine grandchildren and
Lake County Sheriff's Office CERT (Court Emergency Response Team) Deputies Save Life in Waukegan Courthouse
On Friday, December 12, 2014 Court Emergency Response Team (CERT) Deputy Jonathan Triplett and (CERT) Deputy David Sabourin,
who are assigned to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Court Security Division,
encountered an unresponsive male lying on the first floor of the Lake County
The Deputies utilized one of the AEDs that are located throughout the court complex. After attaching the AED to the victim
the device instructed the deputies to start CPR. Deputies then started CPR
which continued for 6 minutes until the stricken male victim regained
consciousness. The Waukegan Fire Department transported the male subject
to Vista East Hospital in Waukegan for treatment.
Sheriff Mark Curran attributes the subject's survival to the quick life-saving actions of Deputies Triplett and Sabourin, as well as the extensive CERT training and the availability of the AEDs in the court complex.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Issues Scam Alert!
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Lake
County Sheriff Mark Curran issued an alert to Lake County residents of phone
“scams” taking place this holiday season.
most current scam is the IRS scam. Scammers identify themselves as IRS Agents
and tell victims they owe the IRS back taxes. Victims are directed to purchase
cash cards or “money packs” and call the IRS Agent back with the cash card
number to satisfy the amount owed.
common scam is the Grandparent/Relative scam. Scammers contact victims claiming
to be an “attorney” from Canada or another country and representing one of the
victims’ relatives. The attorney tells victims that money is required to release
jailed relative. Victims are directed to purchase cash cards and… victims’
money will be gone in seconds. Always
hang up and call the named relative before paying anyone on the telephone.
increased scams are being perpetrated by sophisticated organized criminal
organizations and are nearly impossible to track. Once a victim loses their
money, the chances of recovering funds are slim. A number of these scams
originate in India, Africa and assorted Asian countries as well as the U.S.
are two examples of the numerous “scams” hitting Lake County over the last 12
months. Click here
to view a list of the most current phone scams.
you receive a call requesting payment by cash card, bank account or credit card
information you are encouraged to hang up and notify your local police
the IRS or any legitimate law enforcement agency will not ask for payment over
In addition to "phone scams" there have been a number of scams through the U.S. Postal Service. Be cautious when responding to any solicitation for money that you are not personally familiar with. Click here for a list of scheme alerts from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Common sense is your best defense against these criminals.
Todd Fletcher Named Reentry Specialist at Lake County Jail
On Monday, December 15, 2014, Todd Fletcher was hired to fill a vacancy for the position of Reentry Specialist at the Lake County Adult Correctional Facility effective immediately. Fletcher holds a Bachelor's degree in general studies from Columbia College in Missouri and a Master of Arts (MAT) from Rockford College in Illinois. Prior to becoming pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lake Forest, Fletcher successfully served 23 years in the U.S. Navy.
Fletcher continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the College of Lake County, the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism and the North Shore Minister's Alliance. Fletcher served as a volunteer at the Lake County Adult Correctional Facility for several years.
Fletcher's successful military career, educational experiences and dedication to serving those in need were key factors in his selection for the position. Reentry specialists assess inmates seeking reentry services at the jail. They are tasked with planning for a successful release from custody and a productive integration into the community. Specialists also work closely with social service organizations committed to providing a continuum of care for inmates facing challenges as well as scheduling behavioral and educational programming focused on preparing inmates for productive, self-sustaining futures.
Todd Fletcher and his wife Patty have been married over 22 years and have two children.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces Three Graduates of the Northwestern Staff and Command School
The Lake County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the graduation of three command officers from Northwestern's Staff and Command School on Friday, December 12, 2014.
Deputy Chief Edmund Haras with the Criminal Investigations Division, Lieutenant Michael Keller with the Criminal Investigation Division and Sergeant Anthony Parisi with the Training Division successfully completed the 10-week program. Deputy Chief Edmund Haras was elected President of the class by his colleagues.
Illinois Operation Lifesaver Presents Excellence Award to Lake County Sheriff's Detective Ann Schiltz
On Wednesday, December 10, the Illinois Operation Lifesaver Enforcement Committee presented Detective Ann Schiltz the Achievement of Excellence Award. The award was presented at the year-end meeting and awards ceremony held at the Elmhurst Village Hall located at 209 North York Road in Elmhurst at 10:30 a.m.
In late 2013, Detective Schiltz assisted investigators of the Canadian National Railroad and Metra in a death investigation in unincorporated Lake County. While Schiltz's highly-skilled and thorough investigative performance was recognized at the award's ceremony, Special Agent Eric Graf with the Canadian National Railroad stated, "beyond Detective Schiltz's professionalism...what impressed me the most was that it was apparent she really cared. She cared about the deceased and the family...she cared about the railroad employees...and she cared about the truth...caring is something that cannot be taught."
Operation Lifesaver's mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at thighway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate the public about rail safety.
Photo above includes (left to right) Deputy Chief James Kveton, Elmhurst P.D., Detective Ann Schiltz and Sergeant Andrea Usry of Lake County and Special Agent Eric Graf, Canadian National Railroad.
Lake County Sheriff's Office "Shop With A Sheriff" Adds Smiles
The Lake County Sheriff's Office "Shop With a Sheriff" brought deputies, officers and many volunteers together for an opportunity to bring an evening of smiles for roughly 100 children in need. A special thank you to Dominos Pizza for food and refreshments for the children, to Walmart for loads of wrapping paper, to our volunteers from our Senior Advocate, Reserve Deputy and Explorer programs to our deputies, officers and personnel staff!