LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Residents Warned of Phone Scammers
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to
be alert when speaking to strangers on the phone. Scammers are on the rise in
Lake County and nationally. Some scammers appear to be very friendly referring
to the victim by first name and asking about their family. Then the scammer
tells the victim they are a grandchild or relative stranded in jail or another
country. The scammer then asks for money to be wired to an account for bond or
If you get a call like this, take down the phone number
and tell them you will call them back. Then call your local police agency for assistance in verifying the call.
Other scammers are more hostile. In Lake County, a
scammer stating to be Steve Martin from the IRS. Scammers claiming to be from
the IRS or the U.S. Treasury tell victims they owe money to the government and
that it must be paid immediately through a credit card, pre-loaded debit card
or wire transfer. Those who refuse are told they will be arrested, deported or
have their business license or driver’s license suspended.
The IRS and U.S. Treasury will not ask for credit card
numbers over the phone or wire-transfers. If you get a call like this slam on
the scam and call your local police agency.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces September Roadside Safety Check Results
Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. announced the
results of the September Roadside Safety Checks conducted by the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office during the month of September.
Across the country, an average of one
alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug
impairment are significant factors in over 40 percent of all fatal motor
vehicle crashes in Illinois. Safety checks are designed to keep the road safe
by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.
Deputies working the Roadside Safety Check
also look for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a
suspended or revoked driver’s license and to ensure all Illinois Vehicle Code
laws are being followed.
The Roadside Safety Check is funded through a
grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway
Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of
Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
Click here to see the results of September's Roadside
Lake County Sheriff's Office Takes 1st in Public Safety Division for Special Olympics Plane Pull
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office finished first place in
the Public Safety Division for the 2014 Special Olympics Plane Pull Event at
O’Hare Airport on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Sheriff’s Office team
pulled a UPS cargo jet a distance of 12 feet in 10.84 seconds and raised more
than $1,000 for Special Olympics.
The Sheriff’s Office team consisted of 18 members who
were thrilled to receive the Public Safety Division Champion Trophy.
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Results
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues
participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription
Drug Take Back event.
Sheriff’s deputies were on hand at three locations this
past Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, including 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
This event is the second national event this
year. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected a total 293 pounds of
medication this weekend from residents dropping off unwanted or unused
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.
Josiah Giles Commended for 911 Skills
County Sheriff’s Deputies presented 10 year old Josiah Giles with a plaque for
calling 911 on August 5, 2014 when his great aunt had a medical emergency. The
plaque was presented at the Newport Fire District with family and friends
children to call 911 is encouraged by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. At
community events and school presentations, the 911 practice phone allows young
children to pretend and prepare as they answer instructions provided by an
automated dispatcher. In the case of Josiah, he remained calm, answered
questions and followed the dispatcher’s instructions, allowing the Newport Fire
District to quickly respond to his residence and provide the necessary care to
his great aunt.
County Sheriff’s Office 911 Radio Dispatchers developed 911 guides to share
with the public. Please visit www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff and
click on the Community Services tab at the top of the page to view the 911
guides and activity book for children.
Office Secures Locations for Veterans’ Coat Drive
Coat Drive a Gift of Warmth to Veterans and Their
Families In Need
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 the upcoming Operation Stand Down 2014. We are now
reaching out to you, our community to join us in bringing gently used coats,
gloves, hats, socks and scarves to one of the following locations:
- Lake County Government Building, 18 N County Street, Waukegan
- Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan or 1301 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville
for Operation Stand Down 2014 were generously donated by Uline.
Stand Down is set for October 21, 2014 and conducted by the Veteran’s
Assistance Commission. The Stand Down is an opportunity for veterans in need to
receive a medical and dental assessment, a haircut, and referrals for
counseling services. All clothing collected is available for veterans and their
Yesterday, Court Security Officer Pacheco donated three
bags of clothing – join us in bringing the gift of warmth!
Libertyville Man Charged with Indecent Solicitation of a Child
On September 19, 2014 a Libertyville man was arrested for
three counts of Indecent Solicitation of a Child.
On September 19, 2014 Dario Spasic, 22, of the 32300
block of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville, contacted who he thought was a 14
year old boy on a mobile social networking application. The “14 year old
boy”, was actually a Detective with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Cybercrimes Unit. Spasic requested to meet with who he believed was
the 14 year old boy on the same day at approximately 10:00 pm. Spasic was
instead met by Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detectives.
During an interview, Spasic told detectives his
intentions were to meet with the 14 year old boy to engage in sexual
Spasic was charged with two counts of Indecent
Solicitation of a Child (Class 3 Felonies).
Spasic’s jail bond was set at $100,000.00. He is
scheduled to appear in court on September 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm.
Sheriff's Office to Continue Construction Zone Enforcement
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the
community that although the summer is coming to an end, road construction is
still occurring throughout Lake County. This means the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office will continue to enforce construction zone speed limits along
with cellular phone usage and seatbelt enforcement within those
Beginning in May 2014 through August 2014, the Lake
County Sheriff’s Office has issued 932 citations within the various construction
zones throughout Lake County, with 733 of those being for speeding in a
construction zone. This program has been expanded with the funds obtained
from the enforcement and will continue throughout the year as the weather
As a result of the ongoing enforcement, the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigation Unit has not responded to any
traffic crashes within construction zones this year.