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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.

LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Arrest Warrant Issued for Lake Forest Man

On August 29, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 Block of East Laurel Ave in Lake Forest for five counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony) and five counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony).

On August 25, 2014 a female victim, under the age of 13, reported to her grandparents that Vucic had inappropriate sexual contact with her multiple times in 2012. 

Vucic is a teacher at Gavin School District and is believed to have fled to Germany. 

Bond was set in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for the arrest warrant.

We are requesting anyone who has additional information or who has been a victim of Vucic to contact our non-emergency communications center at 847 549 5200.

Man Charged with Third Lake and Wildwood Residential Burglaries

On August 25, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office charged a man with a residential burglary and numerous other vehicle burglaries which occurred in the Third Lake and Wildwood areas.

Between August 20- 23, 2014 numerous residences and vehicles in Third Lake and Wildwood were burglarized.  The Lake County Sheriff’s detective investigating the case developed information through surveillance videos of the subject using stolen credit cards and was later able to identify the suspect. 

A warrant for Unlawful Use of a Credit Card was obtained for Johnathan J. Hacker, 34, of the 100 Block of Main Street in Round Lake Park.  Hacker was arrested on the warrant by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on August 25, 2014.

While in police custody, Hacker provided numerous locations where property he had stolen could be found and that stolen property was subsequently located.

Hacker was charged with Residential Burglary, six counts of Burglary, Theft Over $500.00 dollars, three counts of Identity Theft and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card.

Hacker’s jail bond is set at $100,000.00.

He is scheduled to appear in court on September 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm. 

Reserve Deputy Recruitment

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Unit is currently accepting applications. 

The Reserve Deputy Unit is a volunteer unit which augments the Sheriff’s Office in times of natural and man-made emergencies.  The unit works directly under the direction of the Highway Patrol Division and also assists municipal police agencies.  Reserve Deputies can be called upon to provide traffic and crowd control, search for missing persons, and participate in crime scene evidence searches.  You may have met one of our Reserve Deputies at the Lake County Fair, Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Libertyville days, or Shop with the Sheriff. 

A Reserve Deputy attends a 120 hour training course over a 5 month period.  Classes are held one weeknight each week and up to two Saturday’s a month.  Classroom and hands on instruction are required.

Interested in becoming a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy?  You must be 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen, a Lake County resident, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Candidates must be of good moral character and be in good health with the ability to stand for long periods of time.

Applications can be printed from www.reservedeputy.com or picked up at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048.  The application deadline is October 1, 2014 and can be mailed or dropped off at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048.  Please address all applications to the attention of Lt. Ryan McCormack.

For more information contact Lt. Ryan McCormack at RMcCormack@lakecountyil.gov or 847-377-7020.

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is once again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event.

On September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm anyone having unwanted or unused prescription drugs can drop them off at one of the following locations for proper disposal.  Beach Park Village Hall located at 11270 W. Wadsworth Rd Beach Park, Volo Village Hall located at 500 S. Fish Lake Rd Volo, and Fremont Township Office located at 22385 W. Route 60 Mundelein, IL 60060.

This event will be the second national event this year.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 685 pounds of medication at the spring 2014 Prescription Drug Take Back event held in April.  Last year Lake County collected 6,700 pounds of medication.


Ridding medicine cabinets of these prescription drugs prevents children from accidently consuming them and unauthorized users from obtaining them.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to limiting the availability of prescription drugs and protecting our environment by properly disposing them.

School is in Session

This week marks a time most parents look forward to…the kids head back to school!

This is the beginning of new adventures and experiences for our children, who are both excited and apprehensive about being back in school.  Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. is reminding everyone to be extra watchful driving, make sure to stop for school buses loading children and be cautious of pedestrian traffic. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring and enforcing school zone speed limits and the hands free cellular phone laws.  For more information on the 2014 cellular phone ban click the Back to School image on the right and view the New Laws for 2014 PowerPoint.

Sheriff's Office Staff Serve It Up

California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants have teamed up with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois to host a Tip-a-Cop night to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois. 

Please join us on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Lake County Sheriff's corrections officers, deputies, explorers and reserve deputies will host and assist food servers to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois at the Deer Park California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant located at 20502 N Rand Rd Deer Park, IL 60010.

Additionally, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 Red Robin Restaurants will once again be hosting the Tip-a-Cop event as well.  Last year's Tip-a-Cop was a huge success with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office raising the most money, $2,267.00, in the state of Illinois.  The Red Robin event will be at 20506 N Rand Rd Deer Park, IL 60010.  The time has yet to be determined.

Money raised from both events will go towards the Lake County Sheriff’s Office 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run total.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" Campaigns From August 15th Through Labor Day

If you think you can travel over Labor Day intoxicated or without wearing your seat belt – think again.  The 2014 Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns will kick off August 15.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing intoxicated driver and seat belt laws. Additionally, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit will be on the same schedule patrolling and enforcing the laws of the waterways.   

In Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in all seating positions in the car, not just the front seats.  Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckled up, especially in the back seat.  Our goal is to save more lives, so the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock, looking for those who are not buckled up, in all seating positions.  If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you can expect to be ticketed.

Too many people die or are seriously injured each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our deputies will be out in full force this Labor Day showing zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers. 

While this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” enforcing campaigns run from August 15 through September 1, deputies are out enforcing intoxicated driver and seat belt laws year-round.  

Buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and encourage your loved ones to do the same.  You will help us save lives. 

In addition to the increased intoxicated motorist/seat belt enforcement patrols, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a road side safety check with Gurnee Police Department on August 30. 

For more information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaign, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org

Lake County Residents Invited to Participate in Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police AcademyLake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is pleased to announce the next Citizen Police Academy Course being offered beginning September 18, 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand how the Sheriff's Office maintains law and order for Lake County residents.

The academy is a 10-week long program with classes running approximately 3 hours every Thursday evening. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening and students graduate on November 20, 2014. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise, granting the participants a hands-on experience. Training will take place at the various Sheriff's Office facilities throughout the county, including the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail located in Waukegan, as well as the Highway Patrol Division located in Libertyville.

The academy is offered free of charge to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, be of good moral character, and have no felony convictions. Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff's Administration Office located at 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan or on the Lake County website www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff. Interested residents must submit applications by September 12, 2014. Contact Deputy Roman Buchberger at 847.377.4211 for further inquiries.



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Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.
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