May 4 Kicks Off National Correctional Officers' Week
In 1984, President Ronald
Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating "National Correctional Officers'
Week." The first full week in May has since been recognized as National
Correctional Officers' Week to honor the work of correctional officers and
correctional personnel nationwide.
In 1996, Congress officially
changed the name of the week to National Correctional Officers and Employees
Week. The names of 585 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial. These courageous heroes are forever remembered,
and their light continues to shine through their memory, and through the
selfless men and women who continue to serve each day.
Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. Joins Sheriff's Personnel in Providing Jail Tours and CSI Presentations to Local Students During 2015 Law Day Sponsored by the 19th Judicial Circuit and the LCBA
Nearly 200 students participated in a host of Jail tours and CSI presentations at the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Tours were provided by Inmate Programming staff including Mark McCorley, Sam Cunningham and Todd Fletcher. CSI presentations were offered by Detectives Lakesha Wilkerson and Lana LeMons.
Lake County Sheriff's Detective Covelli Receives 2015 Valor Award
Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. nominated Detective Chris Covelli
for the 2015 Valor Award presented by the 100 Club of Chicago.
Detective Christopher Covelli was nominated for his successful
pursuit of child exploitation predators. Over the past 12 months, Covelli’s
investigations resulted in 25 proactive arrests, including 8 arrests for
Indecent Solicitation of a Child, 12 for Possession and Dissemination of Child
Pornography and his collaboration with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office
leading to the arrest of a registered sex offender reproducing child
pornography. The latter case was the first Class Super X felony in Lake County.
Detective Covelli’s staunch dedication to protecting children resulted in 6
children being rescued from homes where sexual abuse was occurring. All 6
children are now in foster homes and being monitored by the Illinois Department
of Children and Family Services.
Detective Covelli started his career in 2005 in a Lake County
suburb and transferred to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 2010. Covelli was
assigned to Highway Patrol and in 2012 was transferred to the Criminal
Investigations Division. In 2013, the Lake County Sheriff’s Cyber Crimes Unit
was formed and Detective Covelli named the lead detective of the unit. Covelli
is certified as an accident investigator, cell phone forensic examiner,
homicide investigator, voice stress analysis examiner, field training officer
and juvenile officer.
Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, "We are tremendously
proud of Detective Covelli’s dedication to targeting child pornography and
child sexual abuse offenders and extend our congratulations as a 2015 recipient
of the Valor Award.”
In 1980, the Board of Directors of the 100 Club of Chicago
established the Valor Award to be presented annually to those police officers,
firefighters and paramedics who, by their actions, performed above and beyond
the call of duty and in the highest tradition of their respective departments. The
recipients are chosen by the awards committees of the Chicago Police and Fire
Departments, the Illinois Police Association and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs
Association. Because of the stringent standards imposed by those peers, there
might be times when the Valor Award will not be given. The Valor Award is the
only civilian award that is permitted to be worn on the awardee’s uniform in
every municipality within Cook and Lake Counties.
Waukegan Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Cybercrimes Unit, along with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes
Unit conducted an investigation into suspected child pornography.
The investigation resulted in a
search warrant that was executed in the 2000 block of Washington Street in
Waukegan on Tuesday, April 28.
Arrested was Saint Alexander (34)
of Washington Street, Waukegan. Evidence was seized from his residence
which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic
A forensic examination of the
media devices revealed an extensive amount of images and videos identified as
child pornography, which involved children under the age of 13.
Alexander was subsequently
charged with ten (10) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each a
Class 2 Felony .Each count carries a possible prison term of 3 to 7 years in
the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Based on the extensive amount of
child pornography located on the seized electronic media, further investigation
will be conducted to determine if additional charges will be
Alexander is being held in the
Lake County Jail on a $150,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for
May 19th at 10:30 am in courtroom C-120 for a preliminary hearing.
Sheriff Announces Results of DUI Enforcement Campaign
On April 27,
2015 Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. announced the results the Roadside
Safety Check held on Saturday, April 25. The safety check was conducted from
11pm -3am in Beach Park at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and Beach Road.
A total of 45
citations were written including 3 DUI Arrests, 4 felony weapon
charges including the recovery of a defaced firearm, 2 felony drug
charges, 4 Driving While License Revoked citations and 4 child
restraint citations. Two of the arrests for DUI had passengers in the
vehicle who were under the age of 12.
Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the
motoring public” said Sheriff Curran. “The potential to come across these
checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their
consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits or not drive a motor vehicle
after drinking. It also encourages drivers and passengers to use their seat
country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45
minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in over 40 percent
of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
“Each year in
Illinois hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Do not risk
losing your license, your car, your freedom or your life by driving impaired.
If you choose to drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you” said Sheriff
Office will continue extra enforcement in May with a roadside safety check
scheduled for May 1, 2015 from 11pm-3am at an undisclosed
location in unincorporated Lake County. Extra Deputies will be on the streets
looking for impaired drivers the following weekend as well.
working the Roadside Safety Check will be looking for impaired drivers, drivers
operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked
driver’s license, uninsured vehicles, seat belt violations and other violations
of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Safety check is 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.
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.