Sheriff Announces Results of DUI Enforcement Campaign
On April 27,
2015 Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. announced the results the Roadside
Safety Check held on Saturday, April 25. The safety check was conducted from
11pm -3am in Beach Park at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and Beach Road.
A total of 45
citations were written including 3 DUI Arrests, 4 felony weapon
charges including the recovery of a defaced firearm, 2 felony drug
charges, 4 Driving While License Revoked citations and 4 child
restraint citations. Two of the arrests for DUI had passengers in the
vehicle who were under the age of 12.
Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the
motoring public” said Sheriff Curran. “The potential to come across these
checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their
consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits or not drive a motor vehicle
after drinking. It also encourages drivers and passengers to use their seat
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.
“Each year in
Illinois hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Do not risk
losing your license, your car, your freedom or your life by driving impaired.
If you choose to drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you” said Sheriff
Office will continue extra enforcement in May with a roadside safety check
scheduled for May 1, 2015 from 11pm-3am at an undisclosed
location in unincorporated Lake County. Extra Deputies will be on the streets
looking for impaired drivers the following weekend as well.
working the Roadside Safety Check will be looking for impaired drivers, drivers
operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked
driver’s license, uninsured vehicles, seat belt violations and other violations
of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
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.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Steps Up DUI Enforcement
On April 16, 2015 Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. announced upcoming DUI Enforcement details and a Roadside Safety Check in coming week.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will
conduct a Roadside Safety Check and additional patrols in an effort to reduce
alcohol related offenses from April 17 through April 25 according to Sheriff
Mark C. Curran, Jr.
The Roadside Safety Check is scheduled for
April 25, 2015 during the hours of 11:00pm-3:00am at the intersection of Lewis
Av and Beach Rd in Beach Park. “The Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool
for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public” says Sheriff
Sheriff Curran also reminds Lake County
citizens that each year in Illinois hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol
related crashes. “Do not risk losing your license, your car, your freedom or
your life by driving under the influence of alcohol. If you drive impaired, law
enforcement will arrest you” says Sheriff Curran.
Deputies working these details will be
looking for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a
suspended or revoked driver’s license, seat belt violations as well as other
violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
The Roadside Safety Check and the
additional patrols are 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.
Waukegan Exchange Club Honors Command Officer and Deputy of the Year
On April 14, 2015 the
Waukegan Exchange Club held their annual presentations for Command Officer of
the Year and Deputy of the Year. Sergeants John Hall, Robert Kenyon and
Tom Struck were nominated for Command Officer of the Year. Detective
Chris Covelli, Deputy Adam Domerchie, Court Security Officer Jon Triplett, and
Deputy James Yanecek were nominated for Deputy of the Year. The Waukegan
Exchange Club awarded Sergeant John Hall Command Officer of the Year and Deputy
Jon Triplett Deputy of the Year.
Sergeant John Hall received the Command Officer of the Year for
his dedication to utilizing technology to enhance inmate programming and
streamline processes as well as his steadfast support of fellow officers
requiring IT assistance.
Hall is a 24-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Adult
Correctional Facility. In late 2013, the national GED program transitioned
from paper test to computerization. The challenges facing inmates were
two-fold; inmates preparing to take the exam must have the computer skills
necessary to take the test, and early test-takers were required to be
completely finished by December 31, 2013 before test scores expired. Sgt. Hall
implemented a plan for a smooth transition to the new GED testing and created
the jail’s first computer lab.
Sgt. Hall assisted in Jail Booking to complete the digital display
of housing and booking information, retiring the manual 28-year old magnetic
board. He was also instrumental in the implementation of a digital officer log
used throughout the facility, replacing paper books and enabling efficient
access to officer activities. Lastly, Sgt. Hall filmed, edited and produced
training videos for new officers.
Deputy Jon Triplett is an 8-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s
Office Court Security Unit. Triplett serves as a member of the Tactical
Response Team (TRT), a TRT sniper and is a lead trainer for the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office. Triplett is a founding member of the Court Emergency Response
Team (CERT) initiated by Sheriff Curran, resulting in increased court safety
Deputy Triplett represents the Sheriff’s Office with pride and
distinction. He strives to “raise the bar” and puts forth his best effort in
each endeavor. In addition to his assigned responsibilities, Deputy Triplett
works off-duty training members of the judiciary on defensive measures to
enhance personal safety.
Deputy Triplett received the Waukegan Exchange Club’s Deputy of
the Year award for his rapid response to a court house visitor who fell to the
ground and was unresponsive. Triplett quickly called for a rescue unit and
simultaneously grabbed the nearest portable AED. Deputy Triplett then joined
his partner Deputy Sabourin, who was performing CPR, and attached the AED. The
AED indicated no electrical activity whatsoever, and the computerized voice
from the device advised to continue CPR. Both Triplett and Sabourin continued
with CPR for more than 6 minutes, until the gentleman opened his eyes and began
Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, “I am proud of the 2015
Exchange Club nominees and recipients. Their dedication to law enforcement and
protecting the public over self-interest is truly admirable. Congratulations to
Command Officer of the Year Sgt. John Hall and Deputy of the Year Court
Security Officer Jon Triplett for their accomplishments and achievements.”
PHOTO: Left to right; Sgt. Robert Kenyon, Sgt. Tom Struck, Deputy
James Yanacek, CSO Jon Triplett, Det. Chris Covelli, Deputy Adam Domerchie and
in front Sgt. John Hall.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Recognizes National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office understands
the safety of the public, law enforcement and first responders rests in large
part on a group of highly skilled and dedicated professionals who answer the many 911 calls received at the Lake County 911
Lake County Sheriff’s telecommunicators
respond to the majority of Lake County’s 911 calls. In fact, the 27 dedicated
professionals at the Lake County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center receive
over 200,000 calls per year. Dispatch services are provided to the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Lake County MEG, Lake
County Major Crimes Task Force, Lake County Emergency Management Agency, Lake
County Department of Transportation and the Lake County Animal Control
All telecommunicators undergo an intensive training
regimen in the use of state-of-the-art CAD, mapping and communication
technologies. Continuing education is provided to keep pace with changes in
technology. The introduction of GEOLINKS and enhanced 911 telephone system provide
mapping tools with the ability to pinpoint cell phone locations (depending on
the cellular provider), enhancing the ability to track both victims and
In early 2015, the renovation of the Lake
County Sheriff’s Office Emergency 911 Communications Center was completed. The
eight-week construction project encompassed every information, communication
and building system within the dispatch center. The redesigned Watson
Dispatch Workstations are ergonomically designed to allow telecommunicators the
option to sit or stand while working. Radio and telephone touch-screens use
adjustable mounts created to extend and swivel within reach of every tele-communicator.
Adjustable monitor mounts allow eight computer screens to be mounted in front
of each position - granting quick access to critical information needed for 911
dispatch duties. Smart lights will soon be installed at each workstation
alerting co-workers when a tele-communicator needs assistance or is occupied.
An elevated media wall was also installed with large screen monitors,
providing access to the Lake County Passage Traffic Cameras, Building Security
Cameras, and the Weather Channel. The completed project was designed to
update a nearly 15 year-old system and layout.
Sheriff Mark C.
Curran, Jr. stated, "Quietly, behind the scenes, telecommunications
personnel are the first response to a call for help and the link between the
public and first responders. I would like to take this opportunity to
personally congratulate, thank and recognize each of you individually for your
sacrifices and contributions to the residents of Lake County and the Lake
County Sheriff's Office."
The Lake County Board passed a resolution at
the April 14, 2015 meeting proclaiming the week of April 12, 2015 as National
Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.
Sheriff's Office Announces Winners of K-9 Naming Contest
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Lake County Sheriff's Office
held a press conference to acknowledging the Lake County middle school students
who submitted winning names for the Rookie K-9 Naming Contest held last month.
The K-9 handlers escorted their Rookie K9s during the press conference along
with TOPS Kennel owner and K9 trainer Alex Rothacker.
The press conference was held at 10:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Lake County Courthouse located at 18 North County Street in
The following K-9 names were selected and below each K-9 name is
the student's name and respective school.
Kaddarius Carr from Beach Park Middle School
Justin Diggs and Jimmy Klem from Millburn Middle School
Andrew Frels from St. Joseph's Middle School (unable to attend)
Matthew Gauza from Caruso Middle School
David Lokietko from Big Hollow Middle School
Samuel Fischer from Fischer Christian Academy
Emma Uren from Uren Academy
Anna Sicco from St. Joseph Middle School
Deputies Dwight Arrowood and Craig Somerville, K-9 handlers,
were introduced with assigned K-9s Duke and Diesel. Sgt. James McKinney
represented K-9 handler Deputy John Forlenza with K-9 Dax.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office extends its gratitude to the
participating students and schools. Over 670 names were submitted from 31
middle schools and home school programs throughout Lake County.
The purchase and training of the three K-9s was made possible by
a generous grant from the D.A.S. Charitable Fund.
Sheriff Curran Announces ISA Scholarships for Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse
Sheriff Curran announced the Illinois Sheriff’s Association is awarding scholarships to cover the cost for the Annual Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse. The CGTI is a five-day youth leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). The CGTI is being held Sunday, July 19 through Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
The week-long youth leadership training is geared for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills, meet other youth from around the state and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities. The Institute helps students take an active role in preventing alcohol and drug use among their peers. Institute participants take a “no use” pledge and learn how to promote healthy lifestyles in their school. CGTI teaches the value of tolerance, and students practice how to handle themselves in situations where bullying and violence may arise.
The ISA is awarding 60 scholarships statewide. Scholarships are filled quickly. For scholarship consideration applications must be submitted to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office; 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan, IL by May 29, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date.) As a participant the following will be furnished: tuition, lodging, t-shirt, workshop materials, recreation and meals. Transportation is not included.