Lake County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of St. Patrick's Day Enforcement Campaign
On March 27, Lake County Sheriff Mark C.
Curran Jr. released the results of the
recent St. Patrick’s Day
As a result of this enforcement initiative, Lake
County Sheriff’s Deputies made 6 DUI arrests, issued 37 Seat
Belt Violation citations, 5 citations for Driving While Using a
Cell Phone, 6 citations for Driving While License Suspended, 3
drug arrests and 87 other assorted traffic citations.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with other state and local law
enforcement and highway safety partners in Illinois for this St. Patrick’s Day
DUI enforcement campaign,” stated Sheriff Curran.
The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement
combined with a variety of outreach activities including a strategic media
campaign as well as additional enforcement activities.
Patrick’s Day “crackdown” was funded by federal traffic safety funds through
IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety, which is part of the statewide “Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.
One Dead In Antioch Township House Fire
On Sunday March 15 at 10:19 a.m., Lake
County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported residential fire located in
the 38000 block of Drexel Boulevard in unincorporated Antioch Township.
A preliminary investigation indicates the fire
appears to have started in an upstairs room of the three-floor residence. Six of
the seven residents were able to escape the fire prior to the arrival of
The seventh, identified as Lowell B. Simonson
(76), was unable to escape the burning residence and was located in an upstairs
bedroom by firefighters. Lowell Simonson was pronounced dead on the way to
Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.
Patricia A. Simonson (74) managed to escape
the fire and was also transported to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center
where she remains in serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation.
Lowell and Patricia’s daughter and three
grandchildren, as well as Patricia’s disabled sister, were treated for minor
injuries at the scene and released.
The origin and cause of the fire remains
under investigation by “Quad 2” area fire investigators and the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. The house was a total loss.
Any further information regarding this
investigation will be conveyed via official press release.
Sheriff Curran Announces ISA Scholarships for Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse
Sheriff Curran announced the Illinois Sheriff’s Association is awarding scholarships to cover the cost for the Annual Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse. The CGTI is a five-day youth leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). The CGTI is being held Sunday, July 19 through Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
The week-long youth leadership training is geared for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills, meet other youth from around the state and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities. The Institute helps students take an active role in preventing alcohol and drug use among their peers. Institute participants take a “no use” pledge and learn how to promote healthy lifestyles in their school. CGTI teaches the value of tolerance, and students practice how to handle themselves in situations where bullying and violence may arise.
The ISA is awarding 60 scholarships statewide. Scholarships are filled quickly. For scholarship consideration applications must be submitted to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office; 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan, IL by May 29, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date.) As a participant the following will be furnished: tuition, lodging, t-shirt, workshop materials, recreation and meals. Transportation is not included.