LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
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
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 [https://www.gofundme.com/jamesspicak] to raise reward money.
Members of the media wishing to speak with
the Spicak family can contact Detective Christopher Covelli for further
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
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
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
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
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
Beginning November 1, 2014 and
ending December 21, 2014 new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at two
Drop off locations:
County Sheriff’s Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Waukegan
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.