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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. 
          
Unincorporated Zion Shooting

On February 7, 2016 at approximately 1:40AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Pinsters Bowling Alley, 1646 Sheridan Road, Unincorporated Zion, for a report of a person with a gun.  When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they located several hundred people fleeing from the bowling alley, and learned shots had been fired.  Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with officers from Winthrop Harbor Police Department and Zion Police Department, set up a perimeter around the scene to search for victims and offenders.

Sheriff’s deputies located a shooting victim who was shot in the leg and the head.  Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Platt administered life-saving measures and applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg, stopping the blood loss.  The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital.  He is expected to survive.

Preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was likely gang related, following a dispute between rival gang members.  Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force continue to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (847) 549-5200 or the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force Tip-Line at (847) 377-4424.

Long Grove Critical Traffic Crash

On February 3, 2016 at approximately 9:05PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Lake Cook Road and Hicks Road, in Long Grove, for a traffic crash with injuries.  When Deputies arrived, they found a 2005 Ford Expedition and a 2005 Toyota Camry in the roadway, both with significant front-end damage. 

Preliminary investigation shows the driver of the Toyota was traveling eastbound on Lake Cook Road and attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Hicks Road.  As the driver of the Toyota began turning left, the front of the Toyota struck the Ford, which was traveling westbound through the intersection. 

The driver of the Toyota was transported by paramedics to Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, with critical injuries.  Four of the six occupants in the Ford were transported to Northwest Community Hospital, in Arlington Heights, with non-life threatening injuries.

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

Update: 

On February 4, 2016, Hoffman and Carlos appeared in Bond Court.  A Lake County Judge set Hoffman’s bail at $400,000 and Carlos’ bail at $10,000.  Both are currently being held at the Lake County Jail.  Their next court date is February 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM in Courtroom C-120.

Fox Lake Drug and Child Pornography Arrests

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit along with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes Unit conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the issuance of a child pornography search warrant.

On February 3, 2016 a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 0-100 block of Riverview Avenue in Fox Lake, with the assistance of the Fox Lake Police Department.  When detectives attempted to make entry into the front door of the residence, they learned it was reinforced and fortified, but were ultimately able to make entry. 

Upon entry into the residence, detectives discovered a loaded firearm and a significant amount of drugs.  The quantity and packaging of the drugs were consistent with the sale of narcotics.

As a result of the investigation Joshua S. Hoffman, 24, and Mariah M. Carlos, 19, were arrested at the Riverview Avenue residence, where they both reside.  Evidence was seized from the residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media, along with the loaded firearm and drugs. 

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A forensic examination of the electronic media devices revealed they contained hundreds of videos identified as child pornography.  It was also determined during the investigation that Hoffman reproduced at least one video containing child pornography, where the children depicted were under the age of 13. 

Hoffman was subsequently charged with:

One Count of Reproducing Child Pornography (Class X Felony)

  • Seven Counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 Felonies)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Distribute (Class 2 Felony)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – Over 1,000 Grams (Class 3 Felony)
  • One Count of Criminal Fortification (Class 3 Felony)
  • One Count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – No FOID (Class 4 Felony)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – LSD (Class 4 Felony)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Psilocybin Mushrooms (Class 4 Felony)
  • Carlos.jpgOne Count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – MDMA (Class 4 Felony)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Numerous Pills (Class 4 Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor)

Carlos was subsequently charged with:

  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Distribute (Class 2 Felony)
  • One Count of Unlawful Possession of Cannabis – Over 1,000 Grams (Class 3 Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor)

Hoffman and Carlos are being held in the Lake County Jail pending a bond hearing on February 4, 2016 at 9:00AM, in courtroom C-120.

Sheriff Curran reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Superbowl Weekend Traffic Enforcement Detail

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct extra traffic safety patrols during Super Bowl weekend, focusing on seat belt violators and drunk drivers.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “If you plan on drinking alcohol during the game, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins.  Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle intoxicated, please remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

“Always designate a sober driver and do not let others drive drunk. These are just two of several steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest due to drunk driving,” said Undersheriff Ray Rose.  “It’s not worth risking lives or getting arrested.”

Other important suggestions include:

  •          Call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely
  •           Report drunk drivers to law enforcement
  •           Spend the night where the activity is being held
  •           Always buckle-up

This weekend is traditionally a deadly and dangerous time, therefore the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will have a low tolerance for drunk drivers.  To help combat drunk drivers during the Super Bowl, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will increase proactive enforcement efforts with additional sheriff’s deputies to keep our streets and communities safe.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Super Bowl enforcement effort is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Businesses of Salon Burglaries

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is alerting Lake County businesses of an increase in burglaries.  Over the last several weeks, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in burglaries to businesses, specifically targeting salons.  These have been occurring throughout Lake County and neighboring counties, during the evening and overnight hours.

During these incidents, the offender(s) have primarily gained access to the salons by using force (breaking a window/forcing the door open).  The burglaries have occurred throughout Lake County and haven’t been limited to a specific geographical region. 

“To reduce the risk of loss, remove cash and expensive valuables from your business every night,” said Sheriff Mark Curran. 

Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “We encourage business owners to take proactive measures and utilize burglar alarms/video surveillance systems.  Additionally, members of the public should report any suspicious activity by dialing 9-1-1.”

Additional safety tips include:

·         Ensuring there is ample lighting both inside and outside of the business, while the business is open and closed

·         Having a secure safe to house cash/valuables when it’s necessary to leave them overnight

·         Reinforce door frames

·         Utilizing door locks with deadbolts

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives are working with other area police detectives to locate those responsible for the burglaries.  Anyone with information surrounding the burglaries is encouraged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4250 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office provides business security surveys to businesses located in sheriff’s patrol areas.  These surveys help business owners identify areas where security can be enhanced at a business.  If interested in a business security survey, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit at 847-377-4211.

Lake County Sheriff Announces Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarship

Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Illinois Sheriff's Association will be awarding a $500 college scholarship to a local student seeking to pursue higher education during the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. 

Those applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
  • Scholarship must be utilized at an institution of higher learning within Illinois     
  • Student must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2016-2017 school year (excluding summer session)

Guidelines include submission of a 350-word essay. This year's essay question focuses on the heroin epidemic locally and nationally. Applications are now available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office or on the website at http://tinyurl.com/htnwm7j. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office; 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan, IL by March 15, 2016 (must be postmarked by this date.)



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