One Dead In Antioch Township House Fire
On Sunday March 15 at 10:19 a.m., Lake
County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported residential fire located in
the 38000 block of Drexel Boulevard in unincorporated Antioch Township.
A preliminary investigation indicates the fire
appears to have started in an upstairs room of the three-floor residence. Six of
the seven residents were able to escape the fire prior to the arrival of
The seventh, identified as Lowell B. Simonson
(76), was unable to escape the burning residence and was located in an upstairs
bedroom by firefighters. Lowell Simonson was pronounced dead on the way to
Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.
Patricia A. Simonson (74) managed to escape
the fire and was also transported to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center
where she remains in serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation.
Lowell and Patricia’s daughter and three
grandchildren, as well as Patricia’s disabled sister, were treated for minor
injuries at the scene and released.
The origin and cause of the fire remains
under investigation by “Quad 2” area fire investigators and the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. The house was a total loss.
Any further information regarding this
investigation will be conveyed via official press release.
Lake County Sheriff Reminds Motorists Luck Won't Get Them Home Safely This St. Patrick's Day
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced today they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day to crack down on intoxicated drivers. Unbuckled motorists also will be ticketed.
“We are reminding everyone this weekend through St. Patrick’s Day to drive sober and buckle up,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. “If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI arrest.”
“Too often, St. Patrick’s Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of drunk driving,” said Sheriff Curran. “That is why starting March 13 and running through March 22nd, we will be working overtime with extra DUI and seat belt patrols to catch and arrest anyone who is driving under the influence.”
In addition to looking for intoxicated drivers, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up seat belt enforcement particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.
Sheriff Curran said “always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving”. Other important tips include:
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
- Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
- Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving under the influence.
If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;
- If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
- Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk;
- Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.
“Driving drunk is a deadly decision and it is against the law. We will show zero tolerance so remember to designate a sober driver before the party begins and always buckle up” said Sheriff Curran.
The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety.”
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.