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Roadside Safety Check & Halloween Patrols

Between October 25, 2014-October 31, 2014, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Roadside Safety Check and additional Halloween Patrols.

The Roadside Safety Check is scheduled for October 25, 2014 during the hours of 11:00 pm-3:00 am at an undisclosed area in Lake County.  A Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public.

Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Don’t risk losing your license, your car and your freedom. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you.

Deputies working these details will also look for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and to ensure all Illinois Vehicle Code laws are being followed.

The Roadside Safety Check and additional Halloween 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. 

2014 Marine Unit Statistics

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was exceptionally busy this year.  The boating season began at the end of April and ended on October 11, 2014.  The Marine Unit operated 4 days a week with a total of 15 Marine Unit Deputies.  This boating season has been documented as the coldest and wettest in the last 10 years. 

The Marine Unit received a total of 917 calls for service, handled 12 accident reports, and responded to a record low of one fatality.  When the Marine Unit was not responding to calls for service they conducted 642 safety boarding’s, 568 traffic stops where they issued 331 citations, made 54 operating under the influence arrests, and conducted 84 business checks. 

Increased enforcement along with the increased responsibility of boat operators contributed to the safety on the waterways in Lake County this year, making this one of the lowest injury seasons dating back to 2007.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office plans to continue on that track in 2015.  

Prostitution Arrest

On October 13, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit arrested Vernell Cauley, 35, of the 1800 Block of Aberg Av in Madison, Wisconsin after a traffic stop which was part of a highway interdiction detail. 

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:00 pm Cauley was pulled over on northbound I94 near Route 120 and provided false identification to avoid apprehension on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections escape warrant.  Through interview it was learned that Cauley was pimping two female passengers in the vehicle which he posted advertisements on for. 

Cauley was charged with Obstructing Justice (Class 4 Felony), Promoting Prostitution (Class 4 Felony), Fugitive from Justice (Class 4 Felony), Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, and Driving while License Suspended.

Cauley’s jail bond was set at $50,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear in court on October 21, 2014.

California Man Extradited on Warrant Following Courthouse Threat

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 12:00 pm the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a threat made against the Lake County Courthouse located at 18 N County St in Waukegan. 

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 11:45 am an unknown male called the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services Inspector General’s Office stating he was going to kill people and light up the Gurnee Police Department and Waukegan Courthouse.  It was believed the caller’s driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support and that Gurnee Police Department had arrested him for driving on the suspended driver’s license. 

A search of the courthouse for a bomb was negative and security personnel were increased.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and identified the caller as Daniel B Pederson, 33, of the 4600 Block of Park Adelfa St in Calabasas, California. 

Pederson had two outstanding warrants:  a 2011 Failure to Appear Arrest Warrant for Criminal Damage to Property and a 2013 Violation of Order of Protection Arrest Warrant. 

On September 18, 2014 an arrest warrant for Pederson was issued for Making a Terrorist Threat (Class X) with bond set in the amount of $1,000,000.00. 

On September 25, 2014 Pederson was arrested on the warrant in California.

On October 13, 2014 Pederson was extradited to Illinois.

Pederson appeared in bond court on October 14, 2014 and his bond was set at 2,000,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear in court on November 18, 2014.

ASIS International Illinois North Shore Chapter Recognizes Deputy Ari Briskman at 2014 Dinner

On October 9, 2014 the ASIS International Illinois North Shore Chapter recognized Deputy Ari Briskman for his life saving efforts at their annual awards dinner. 

On July 8, 2014 Deputy Briskman responded to an unresponsive one year old boy in unincorporated Lake Villa.  When Deputy Briskman arrived he had difficulty communicating with the child’s parents because of a language barrier.  Deputy Briskman administered CPR and the child coughed becoming responsive.  The child was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where it was determined he suffered a febrile seizure caused by a high fever. 

As a result of Deputy Briskman’s actions he was nominated for the ASIS International Officer of the Year Award and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Live Saving Award. 

Photo from left to right:  Reserve Deputy Dave Wilson, Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr., Deputy Ari Briskman, Lieutenant Chris Thompson, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose

Lake County Sheriff's School Safety Team STOMPS Out Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and today is Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention. The Lake County Sheriff's Office School Safety Team is STOMPing Out Bullying and wearing our anti bullying polo shirts. Join us in educating our children about bullying. 

Wondering if your child is being bullied? Check out the tip sheet at Stomp Out Bullying

Wondering if your child or college student is being cyberbullied? Learn how to understand and handle cyberbullying at

Residents Warned of Phone Scammers

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be alert when speaking to strangers on the phone. Scammers are on the rise in Lake County and nationally. Some scammers appear to be very friendly referring to the victim by first name and asking about their family. Then the scammer tells the victim they are a grandchild or relative stranded in jail or another country. The scammer requests money be wired to an account for bond or air fare.

If you get a call like this, take down the phone number and tell them you will call them back. Then call your local police agency for assistance in verifying the call.

Other scammers are more hostile. In Lake County, a scammer stating he is Steve Martin from the IRS is calling residents. Scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury tell victims they owe money to the government and that it must be paid immediately through a credit card, pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Those who refuse are told they will be arrested, deported or have their business license or driver’s license suspended.

The IRS and U.S. Treasury will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone or wire-transfers. If you get a call like this slam on the scam and call your local police agency.

Josiah Giles Commended for 911 Skills

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies presented 10 year old Josiah Giles with a plaque for calling 911 on August 5, 2014 when his great aunt had a medical emergency. The plaque was presented at the Newport Fire District with family and friends present.

Preparing children to call 911 is encouraged by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. At community events and school presentations, the 911 practice phone allows young children to pretend and prepare as they answer instructions provided by an automated dispatcher. In the case of Josiah, he remained calm, answered questions and followed the dispatcher’s instructions, allowing the Newport Fire District to quickly respond to his residence and provide the necessary care to his great aunt.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office 911 Radio Dispatchers developed 911 guides to share with the public.  Please visit and click on the Community Services tab at the top of the page to view the 911 guides and activity book for children.

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