LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Iowa Man Charged with Road Rage Stabbing
September 17, 2014, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office charged Scott Allen
Schultz, 45, of the 100 Block of Carter Street SW, Cedar Rapids Iowa with
aggravated battery stemming from a road rage incident in the area of Route 12
and Volo Village Road in Volo.
initial responding deputy recognized the victim sustained what appeared to be a
major injury to his leg near the femoral artery and immediately applied a
tourniquet to control the bleeding until rescue arrived. The victim was
transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center.
statewide broadcast was distributed to surrounding agencies and agencies along
the projected path of the offending vehicle/suspect.
vehicle was located by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office in the city of
Morrison Illinois, just shy of the Iowa border. Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Detectives responded to the City of Morrison and arrested Schultz.
was charged with aggravated battery by use of a deadly weapon, aggravated
battery causing great bodily harm, and aggravated battery upon a public
bond was set at $ 25,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in court on
October 6, 2014.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for contributing to
the solvability of this heinous crime. Many of the leads obtained were as a
direct result of the public, cell phone pictures, and cell phone video. These
tips led to the arrest of the suspect.
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.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Child Safety Seat Check Point During Child Passenger Safety Week
September 14th-20th, 2014 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will have a Child Safety Seat Check Point on September 20, 2014 from 10:00am-2:00pm at our Highway Patrol Substation located at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av in Libertyville.
Sheriff’s Deputies will check any vehicles and child safety seats brought in for proper installation as well as answer questions. This event is free to the public.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Releases Labor Day Enforcement Crackdown Numbers
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office made 12 impaired driving arrests and issued 34 safety belt citations during the recent Labor Day impaired driving crackdown,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. A total of 247 citations were issued with 14 of the safety belt citations issued after 9 p.m.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this nationwide effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off our roads and more people buckled up during late-night hours.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including paid advertising and over $1 million in additional police activity.
Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours when statistics show the most people drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.
The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Additionally, our Marine Unit Deputies issued 34 citations, including six for operating while intoxicated, one drug arrest and conducted 81 safety board inspections.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Raising Rail Safety Awareness September 14 - 20 During Illinois Rail Safety Week
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association in promoting vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, from September 14th to September 20th. In 2013, Illinois experienced 126 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, resulting in 40 injuries and 21 fatalities. In addition, there were 52 trespasser incidents, resulting in 27 injuries and 25 fatalities. During 2013, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision fatalities and trespasser fatalities.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is placing signs in locations close to train stations to promote rail safety awareness and education. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations to warn both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property.
Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 50 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). When crossing railroad tracks, you must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Lake Forest Man
On August 29, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 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.
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.