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Lake County Sheriff's Office Makes DUI Enforcement a Priority

Waukegan, IL - A roadside safety check held on June 12th by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in unincorporated Antioch resulted in 7 DUI arrests and multiple other citations.

CLICK IT OR TICKET.jpgThe Lake County Sheriff’s Office also announces plans for a July 4th weekend traffic enforcement effort. Deputies will be focusing on intoxicated and unbuckled drivers. Additionally, a reminder that the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit will be enforcing all boating laws on Lake County waterways during the July 4th Holiday weekend.

The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve an intoxicated driver and/or unbuckled motorist. The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort. 

“Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season. All too often this means more traffic and more traffic crashes. Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times” said Sheriff Mark C Curran Jr. “Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive drunk. So our deputies will be out in full force this Independence Day showing zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers, seatbelt law violators and boat operators.”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will join the Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments in a statewide enforcement effort that begins June 22 and runs through July 5th.

To avoid a potential crash or arrest, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive intoxicated.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket”

Registered Sex Offender Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

On Tuesday June 23rd an early morning search warrant was executed in the 28000 block of N Sky Crest Drive in Mundelein, the Ivanhoe Estates subdivision. The search warrant was the result of a child pornography investigation conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes Unit.

Nicholas Hermann2.jpgArrested was Nicholas Lee Hermann (54) of N Sky Crest Drive, Mundelein who is a registered sex offender.  Evidence was seized from his residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media.  A firearm was also located within the residence and seized. Under Illinois law Hermann is prohibited from possessing firearms due to being a convicted felon.

A forensic examination of the media devices revealed an extensive amount of images and videos, identified as child pornography, which involved children under the age of 13. 

Hermann was subsequently charged with ten (10) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each a Class 1 Felony.  These child pornography charges were enhanced due to Hermann’s 2003 conviction of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. The previous conviction was the result of an arrest in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. 

Hermann was also charged with one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon, a Class 3 Felony.

Based on the extensive amount of child pornography located on the seized electronic media, further investigation will be conducted to determine if additional charges will be sought.  

Hermann is being held in the Lake County Jail on $500,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for July 21st at  10:30 am in courtroom C-120.

Anyone with information on Hermann, which would be relevant to this investigation, is asked to contact Detective Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit at (847) 377-4145.

COMMUNITY ALERT - Beware of Ruse Burglaries

“Ruse” burglaries are crimes in which the offender uses a “ruse” to get their victim distracted in order to commit a burglary. Victims are physically present at the home when the burglary is taking place. Ruse burglars target seniors and people living alone. The offenders generally travel in pairs, allowing one offender to distract the homeowner while the other offender enters the home to search for and steal cash, jewelry and other items. Offenders use many story lines including:

• Repairing unilock pavers.

• Blacktop, seal-coating, or driveway repair.scam-alert.jpg

• Inquiries about the homeowner’s water supply or water pressure.

• Informing the homeowner there is an electrical problem outside of the home.

• Offering to repair gutters, fences or tree trimming and landscaping.

• False statements about problems with the neighbor’s house.

• Questions about homeowner’s property lines.

• Inquiries about homes for sale in the neighborhood.

Do not allow anyone in your home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment. If you live near a senior citizen, warn them.  If a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are driving (make, model, color, type) and their attire and physical characteristics.

If you do not choose to speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked or unattended. A legitimate utility or government worker will never object if you ask for ID. You may verify with the utility company or local government agency if the individual was sent to your residence.

If you feel you were the victim of a ruse burglary or if you have seen suspicious vehicles and/or subjects approaching elderly neighbors, please call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200 to report these incidents, or call 911 if the incident is in progress. Please be ready to provide the offender’s vehicle description and a license plate number.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Boaters to New Laws 

Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is again reminding boaters of the new watercraft laws taking effect in 2015:

water-ski-flag.jpgWatercraft Towing: SB1479

Senate Bill 1479 requires any watercraft towing a person to display a bright orange flag at the highest point of the boat’s helm. The flag must be visible from all directions and continuously displayed.

Watercraft Seizure: SB3434

Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure and forfeiture of watercraft used in the commission of repeated specified offenses including operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or combination thereof.

Mandatory Boater’s Education: SB3433 (Effective January 1, 2016)

Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after January 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.

“Know the laws and obey the laws – they’ll keep you, your family and friends safer on the waterways,” stated Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.

In addition, Sheriff Curran reminded mariners, “Boaters love the adventure and fun of a day spent on the water. However, accidents can happen quickly – so don’t just carry a life jacket – “Wear It!”

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