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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. 
Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash in Unincorporated Prairie View

On October 12, 2015, at approximately 11:00PM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an elderly person lying down near the roadway in unincorporated Prairie View.  When Deputies arrived they located James A. Spicak (68), of the 16000 block of West Pope Boulevard, Prairie View, lying in a ditch near the roadway, unresponsive.  Spicak had injuries on his body consistent with being struck by a moving vehicle. 

Preliminary investigation indicates an unknown vehicle was traveling westbound on West Pope Boulevard in the area of North Eugene Avenue.  The vehicle struck several mailboxes and also struck Spicak, who was in the area of his mailbox.  Spicak was transported to Condell Hospital via ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased. 

The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.  Anybody with information regarding this crash is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222. 

Sheriff's Office Hosts Kuwaiti National Police

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was proud to host of a day-long training session of Kuwaiti National Police Officers. Members of the Kuwait National Police Force are attending Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Overseas Training Project on Traffic Enforcement and Traffic Engineering for Kuwait.  On October 5, 2015, the group of 18 Kuwaiti National Senior Police Officials and six Senior Engineers spent the day with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Lake County Department of Transportation speaking with Engineers and Traffic Management Specialists.

IMG_9639.JPGWhen the delegates arrived, they were greeted by Sheriff Mark Curran, Undersheriff Raymond Rose, State Representative Ed Sullivan, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, Lake County Board Vice-Chair Carol Calabresa, and Lake County Board Member Audrey Nixon. 

During their training with the Sheriff’s Office, the Kuwaiti Officers heard from the Sheriff’s Highway Patrol Division, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center, Lake County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Lake County I-Passage, and Lake County Department of Transportation.  By visiting these units of Lake County Government, Kuwaiti Officers received a hands-on feel of how Lake County Government addresses best practices for traffic education, engineering, and enforcement, in an effort to improve traffic safety.  Kuwaiti Officers were provided a practical look at managing large scale traffic events and traffic flows, which ties into their two week academic visit at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “I think it’s great we have officials from another country visiting the Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Government Facilities to look at our state of the art systems.”  Undersheriff Raymond Rose said “It’s an honor to be selected by Northwestern University Center for Public Safety to host a day of training for the Kuwaiti National Police Officers.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office takes pride in collaborating and sharing information with the Lake County Department of Transportation and Lake County Emergency Management Agency in an effort to Keep Lake County roadways safe.  

Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle in Unincorporated Grayslake 
On October 3, 2015, at approximately 8:30AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Wildwood Presbyterian Church, located at 18630 West Old Gages Lake Road, Unincorporated Grayslake, for a traffic crash with injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows numerous pedestrians were standing in line, outside of the church, for a food drive, which was taking place at the church.  A 2002 Toyota Camry, driven by a 72 year old female, was in the parking lot of the church.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Toyota drove toward the front of the church, through the front doors of the church, and the Toyota struck several people.  The Toyota also struck tables and other objects which were set up for the food drive.

One pedestrian was pinned between the front bumper of the vehicle and an interior wall of the church.  The pedestrian had to be extricated by fire department personnel. 

A total of five individuals were transported to Condell Hospital in Libertyville via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  There were other individuals who were injured after being struck with debris, but were not transported to the hospital.

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

20150919_093251 copy.jpgLake County Sheriff's Deputies Pull a Plane to Raise Money for Special Olympics

On September 19, 2015, the  Lake County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Special Olympics Plane Pull event at O’Hare International Airport.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office “Plane Pullers” team worked together to pull an Airbus A300 Cargo Jet, weighing 180,000 pounds, a distance of 12 feet in 10.67 seconds! 

The Sheriff’s Office “Plane Pullers” raised $2,449.00 in donations for Special Olympics, Illinois.  Participants from the Sheriff’s Office included Sheriff’s Deputies, Corrections Officers, Reserve Deputies, and Explorers.  This year marks the seventh consecutive year the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the plane pull event. 

Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office personnel enthusiastically volunteer their time to participate in events which raise money for the Special Olympics.  Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy David McNichol has coordinated these efforts for years, which has resulted in raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.  

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