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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. 
       The Lake County Sheriff's Office Named Official Winner of Aftermath's K9 Contest
       Lake County Sheriff's Office and Deer Park Town Center Partner to "Stuff a Squad"

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Deer Park Town Center invite the public to join in bringing unwrapped toys to the "Stuff a Squad" event to benefit needy children. The event is set for Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Deer Park Town Center located at 20530 N Rand Road in Deer Park, from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  The Sheriff's squad car will be located adjacent to Noodles and Company. Lake County Sheriff's personnel look forward to greeting visitors, collecting toys and filling the squad. Toys for Tots collects all donated toys.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots runs through December 21st at the following locations:

·         25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Waukegan

·         1301 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville

Additional Reward Offered in Fatal Pedestrian Hit-And-Run

An $8,000.00 reward is being offered for any tip which leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the hit-and-run crash which claimed the life of James A. Spicak.   $1,000.00 is being pledged by the family, $1,000.00 is being pledged by Lake County Crime Stoppers, and over $6,000 of reward money has been raised by members of the community.

On October 12, 2015, at approximately 11:00PM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 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, lying in a ditch near the roadway, unresponsive.  Spicak was pronounced deceased a short time later, after being transported to Condell Hospital.  It was determined Spicak was struck near his mailbox by a hit-and-run driver in the area of West Pope Boulevard and North Eugene Avenue. 

It is believed the vehicle was leaving the Horatio Gardens subdivision, traveling westbound, toward Weiland Road when this occurred.  It is likely the vehicle sustained damage during the crash which could include damage to the bumper, grille, and/or hood areas.

This crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit and Criminal Investigations Division.  Anyone in the community with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (847-549-5200) or Lake County Crime Stoppers (847-662-2222).

The family of Spicak created a gofundme account [] to raise reward money.

Members of the media wishing to speak with the Spicak family can contact Detective Christopher Covelli for further information.

Lake County Sheriff's Office and Red Robin Serve a Victory for Special Olympics

On October 24 2015, the Lake County Sheriff's Office joined law enforcement members from across the state in the Annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop event. Deputies and officers as well as volunteers acted as "Celebrity Waiters" alongside Red Robin wait staff to help raise funds through "tips" for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

According to Special Olympics, Illinois, Red Robin's Deer Park location raised the greatest amount at $3,222.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office thanks the management and staff at Red Robin in Deer Park and the customers who kindly contributed. According to Special Olympics, Illinois, the combined contributions of 18 Red Robin locations totaled $33,000.

Thanksgiving Traffic Safety Patrols

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will continue extra traffic enforcement November 16- November 29, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday campaign. “Whether you are traveling out of state or in the area during the holidays, please make sure everyone stays safe and is wearing their seat belt. Everyone in the vehicle no matter where they are sitting must wear a seat belt” said Sheriff Mark Curran.

Far too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle-up, especially late at night. Remember, wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver. “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock” Said Sheriff Curran. Deputies will also focus on DUI and speeding enforcement.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office concluded increased enforcement of seat belt and DUI laws from October 30 - November 1, 2015 as part of the Halloween weekend campaign. 

Deputies working these details ensured all Illinois Vehicle Code laws were being followed. During the two DUI details and two seat belt details 53 citations were written including 4 DUI arrests, 11 seat belt citations, one warrant arrest, two Driving While License Suspended citations, one open alcohol citation, and 34 other traffic citations were issued.

The additional patrols were 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 Participating in Toys for Tots

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the United States Marine Corp and several local law enforcement agencies to collect gifts for Toys for Tots. Sheriff Mark Curran stated, "You're invited to join us in giving toys to needy children throughout Lake County. Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys that are suitable for children through the age of 16. Let's fill the boxes Lake County!" 

Beginning November 1, 2014 and ending December 21, 2014 new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at two locations.  

Drop off locations:

  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Waukegan
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office, 1301 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville

Please note Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons or gifts of food.

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