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Fifth Suspect Wanted for Waukegan Home Invasion Arrested in Highwood

On Wednesday, February 18 at 9:50 am Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 12000 block of Harrison Avenue in unincorporated Waukegan for a reported home invasion. The caller provided a vehicle description to the dispatcher at the Lake County Communications Center who broadcast the description to responding deputies.

A short time later a deputy observed the vehicle on Stearns School Road near Dilley’s Road in Gurnee. The deputy caught up to the vehicle that then pulled into a driveway in the 5300 block of Conifer Lane. Two males fled from the vehicle on foot and into the subdivision and were later apprehended by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Gurnee Police Department.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Gurnee Police Department Officers and K9, Kenosha County K9 and air support from AIR-ONE Emergency Response Coalition.

The 4 offenders are currently being interviewed and will be identified at a later time. The incident remains under investigation.


Bahena-Arcos2.jpgThe fifth suspect wanted in connection with the February 18 home invasion in unincorporated Waukegan was arrested in Highwood on Friday, February 20, 2015.

A joint investigation conducted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit, Warrants Division and the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force located Juan Bahena-Arcos (21) at a residence on Webster Stree in Highwood early this morning.

Bahena-Arcos is expected to have a bond hearing in courtroom C-120 later today.

The following are the offenders in the Home Invasion that occurred earlier today in unincorporated Waukegan along with their charges:

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Jose L. Villegas (28) of the 3300 block of Mobil Boulevard in Park City

Home Invasion (Class X Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony)

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Pablo F. Calix (19) of the 4200 block of Greenleaf Court in Park City

Home Invasion (Class X Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 3 Felony)

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Javier Montes (21) of the 400 block of Monroe Street in Waukegan

Home Invasion (Class X Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 3 Felony)

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Eduardo Solis-Marcelo (26) of the 1400 block of Cornelia Avenue in Waukegan

Home Invasion (Class X Felony), Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 3 Felony)

Lake County Residents Invited to Participate in Citizen's Police Academy

CPA.pngLake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is reminding residents the next Citizen's Police Academy begins March 12, 2015. Participants have the opportunity to see first-hand how the Lake County Sheriff's Office maintains law and order for county residents.

The academy is a 10-week long program with classes held each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Instruction is provided by sworn personnel and other members of the criminal justice system. Training takes place at various Sheriff's Office facilities throughout the county, including the Waukegan, Libertyville and Russell facilities.

The academy is offered free of charge to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, be of good moral character and have no felony convictions. Applications are being accepted through February 27.

If you are interested in applying to the academy, please click here or on the image above.


If you have any questions, please call 847.377.4211 and ask for Deputy Buchberger.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces ISA College Scholarships


The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced it will be awarding two (2) $500 college scholarships to local students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. Students must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. 

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin.

Those applying for scholarships must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents

Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois

Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session)


Applications are now available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office or on the website. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office; 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan, IL by March 15, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date.)

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.

cebrin goodman teen institue.jpgThe 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.

Waukegan Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

The Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) conducted a narcotics investigation that resulted in an early morning search warrant at an apartment at 34 N. Victory St. Waukegan on Wednesday February 11th.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Unit and the Criminal Investigations Division executed the search warrant at the apartment, which was located within ½ block of the Waukegan High School Washington Campus, and arrested Kyle C. Matus (21) and Lillian Serna (23) on felony drug and weapons charges.matus2.jpg

Found during the search was cannabis, ecstasy, promethazine/codeine, psilocybin (mushroom) extract, numerous prescription medications, live ammunition, cash and packaging materials.

Both Matus and Serna were charged with multiple felonies including the following;

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone (Class X Felony)

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance ( Class 1 & 4 Felonies)

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Matus is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for  February 13th at 9:00 am in courtroom C-120.

Serna is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond with her next court date scheduled for March 4th at 1:30 pm in courtroom C-120.

Lake County Man Arrested on Weapons Charges

On Saturday February 7th at approximately 11:00 pm Lake County Deputies responded to the area of Cambridge Blvd and Queensbury Ln in Beach Park to a report of a vehicle in the ditch and a man nearby holding what appeared to be a handgun.

Upon arrival Deputies located 2 subjects near the vehicle. One of the subjects, later identified as Delon J Carter (25) of the 36000 block of Traer Terrance in unincorporated Gurnee, was walking near the rear of the vehicle. When Deputies made contact with Carter they observed what appeared to be a handgun in the snow near where Carter had been standing.

Initial investigation showed that it was the “slide” for a Glock .45 calibre handgun. The Deputies were able to locate the remainder of the handgun and found that it was in fact stolen out of Kenosha Wisconsin.

Carter was arrested and charged with the following offenses:carter2.jpg

Unlawful Use of a Weapon By a Felon (Felony)

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony)

Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Felony)

Possession of Cannabis (Misdemeanor)

Bringing Contraband Into a Penal Institution (Felony)

Carter is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $100,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for February 11th.

The other subject was released without charges.

Lake County Correctional Officer Timothy Namovicz Named "Correctional Officer of the Year" by Illinois Sheriff's Association

Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. nominated Correctional Officer Timothy Namovicz as the Illinois Sheriffs' Association "Correctional Officer of the Year."

Namo2.jpgSheriff Curran described the incident of April 2, 2014 as Officer Timothy Namovicz responded to a suicide attempt in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU). An inmate was found unresponsive with severe wounds to his wrist. The inmate lost a significant amount of blood and Officer Namovicz immediately began administering first aid to stop the bleeding. Officer Namovicz, a CRT (Crisis Response Team) member, had a pressure dressing in his vest and utilized it on the wounds. Both Officers Namovicz and Robert Kenyon continued to administer aide to the inmate until Waukegan paramedics arrived on the scene.

Due to the quick action of Officer Namovicz the inmate survived. Jail Chief David Wathen stated, "We are all very proud that a life was saved. That's what this job is all about. Congratulations to Officer Nomovicz for earning the "Correctional Officer of the Year" award.

Officer Namovicz was chosen for the award from dozens of applicants from across the state. The award will be presented by Sheriff Curran, ISA President Sheriff Tom Templeton, LaSalle County and First Vice-President Sheriff Michael McCoy, Peoria County on Monday, March 30, 2015 during the Illinois Sheriffs' Association Winter Training Conference in Peoria, Illinois.

Lake County Sheriff's Correctional Officers Praised at Corrections Academy Graduation

Corrections Graduation 2-6.jpgOn Friday, February 6, 2015 five Lake County Sheriff's Correctional Officers graduated from the University of Illinois' Police Training Institute Basic Corrections Academy. Graduates included Officers Andrew Ebert, Geunyoung Pak, Brian Powers, Ryan Scullion and Roger Vines. Corrections Officer Andrew Ebert was selected outstanding Corrections Officer of the graduating class and Corrections Officer Geunyoung Pak graduated in the top 10% of the class scholastically. Officers attended training at the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office from January 5 to February 6, 2015.

The 200 hour academy provided instruction in Illinois state statutes pertaining to corrections, Illinois Department of Corrections standards, defensive tactics, firearms training and first aid, to name a few.

The corrections officers were hired in December, 2014 and begin their assignments February 9, 2015.

Chief David Wathen stated, "I am tremendously proud of this graduating class - they were praised by their class members and instructors. I look forward to their successes at the Lake County Sheriff's Office."

Armed Robbery at Gages Lake Liquor Store

Armed Robbery 2.jpegAt 11:26 am Friday February 6th 2015 a suspect described as a male black approximately 5’7” wearing all black and a mask robbed Gages Lake Food and Liquor located in the 18000 block of Old Gages Lake Rd in Gages Lake (unincorporated Lake County).

Preliminary investigation shows that the store owner’s wife was in the back room on the phone when a masked suspect entered the store, went to the back room and forced her at gunpoint to empty the cash register. The suspect then took her purse which contained cash as well her identification. The suspect then fled the store on foot in an unknown direction making off with approximately $200.00 cash.

The suspect displayed what appeared to be a small silver snub nosed revolver. A search of the area using a K9 was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

The robbery remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division. If anyone recognizes the suspect in the photograph or has any information concerning this robbery they should contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 847.377.4250 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847.662.2222.

Lake County Detective Wendell Russell Named "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by Lake County Juvenile Officer's Association

On January 30, 2015, Lake County Detective Wendell Russell was named “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the Lake County Juvenile Officer’s Association. Detective Russell was nominated by his peers for his dedication and commitment to the fair treatment of juveniles within the juvenile justice system. Russell consistently demonstrated his understanding of the seriousness of child abuse and child sexual abuse cases. Sheriff Curran stated, “Our office is committed to the protection and advocacy of children and congratulate Detective Russell who worked hard to achieve the respect of his peers.”

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Each year the Lake County Juvenile Officer’s Association members nominate a “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” whose achievement in protecting children is an example for the law enforcement community.

Detective Russell began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1988. In 2002, he became a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division and in 2012 was assigned to the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Photo (left to right) from the State’s Attorney’s Office, Investigator Dean Kharasch, Forensics Specialist Lynn Aladeen, Investigator Scott Kaiser, Investigator James Magna and Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Wendell Russell.

Sheriff Curran Announces Rookie K-9 Naming Contest - Update! All Lake County Middle Schools Invited to Participate in K-9 Naming Contest

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Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced a Rookie K-9 Naming Contest for three new K-9’s joining the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in early April.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office School Safety Team invited local middle school students to participate in a “Rookie K-9 Naming Contest”.  Contest rules require the following:


·         Participating students be enrolled in a Lake County Middle School within the jurisdiction of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

·         K-9 names must be one or two-syllable  

·         Entries must be received no later than March 4, 2015

Winning names will be announced two weeks following entry deadline. 

Click HERE for the Contest Form.

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