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Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Boaters to New Laws 

Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is again reminding boaters of the new watercraft laws taking effect in 2015:

water-ski-flag.jpgWatercraft Towing: SB1479

Senate Bill 1479 requires any watercraft towing a person to display a bright orange flag at the highest point of the boat’s helm. The flag must be visible from all directions and continuously displayed.

Watercraft Seizure: SB3434

Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure and forfeiture of watercraft used in the commission of repeated specified offenses including operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or combination thereof.

Mandatory Boater’s Education: SB3433 (Effective January 1, 2016)

Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after January 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.

“Know the laws and obey the laws – they’ll keep you, your family and friends safer on the waterways,” stated Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.

In addition, Sheriff Curran reminded mariners, “Boaters love the adventure and fun of a day spent on the water. However, accidents can happen quickly – so don’t just carry a life jacket – “Wear It!”

Antioch Woman Charged With Attempted Murder After Setting Boyfriend on Fire

On Sunday May 17th at 7:27 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 25000 block of

Golfview Avenue in unincorporated Antioch to a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies found a male victim suffering from severe burns to his torso, arms, face and head.

Roberts2.jpgPreliminary investigation showed the victim and his girlfriend, Deborah C. Roberts (34), were engaged in a domestic dispute when Roberts pushed the victim down the stairs of the front porch injuring his foot. Roberts then doused the victim in gasoline and set him on fire.

The victim was able to put the fire out with a garden hose while Roberts continued to pour gasoline on him. Roberts was taken into custody and transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

The victim was transported to Advocate Condell Hospital suffering from second and third degree burns over 45 percent of his body. The victim was then flown to the burn unit at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee where he remains in critical condition.

Deborah C. Roberts was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Flammable Substance (Class X Felony) and Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony).

Roberts is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on $250,000.00 bond with her next court date being June 10th in courtroom C-120.

Lake County Sheriff's Correctional Officers Praised at Graduation

CO Graduates 5-15-15.jpgOn Friday, May 15, 2015 five Lake County Sheriff’s Correctional Officers graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute’s Basic Corrections Academy. Graduates included Officers Daniel Pennington, John

Verden, Gregory Pecciatelli, Michael Sears and John Venetsanakos. Officer Daniel Pennington was selected outstanding Corrections Officer of the 39-member graduating class and Officer Sears graduated in the top 10% of the class scholastically and served as a section leader. Officers attended the training at the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office from April 11, 2015 to May 15, 2015.

The 200 hour academy provided instruction in Illinois state statutes pertaining to corrections, Illinois Department of Corrections standards, defensive tactics, firearms training and first aid, to name a few.

The corrections officers were hired in March, 2015 and begin their assignment May 18, 2015.

Chief David Wathen stated, “I’m very proud of this graduating class. They were praised by their instructors and class members and I look forward to their successes at the Lake County Adult Corrections Facility.”

From left to right: Corrections Officers Daniel Pennington, John Verden, Gregory Pecciatelli, Michael Sears and John Venetsanakos.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Joins Illinois Click It or Ticket Campaign to Save Lives

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will join the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state for the 2015 Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign which kicks off May 11. During the campaign, officers will be cracking down both day and night on motorists and passengers failing to wear their seat belts. 

CLICK IT OR TICKET.jpgA new law effective January 1, 2012 requires all Illinois motorists and passengers to wear seat belts. A state-wide observational survey conducted by IDOT in 2014, revealed the overall usage rate for rear seat occupants was 84% compared to front seat occupants at 94.1%. In 2013, back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 48 fatalities and over 7,500 injuries. Out of the 48 fatalities, 24 were not wearing a seat belt.

Sheriff Curran stated, "Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound. Law enforcement will be cracking down on seat belt violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement observes you on any Lake County roadway, at any time, without a seatbelt, you can expect to get a ticket - not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions."

Provisional numbers show that during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend there were twelve fatalities on Illinois roadways. Three of those fatalities were alcohol-related. Remember - wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver. This year's Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign runs from May 11 through May 25, however, officers are enforcing seating belt laws year-round. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket and may save a life.

For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit

Remember: In Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will have extra manpower on the road for DUI and seat belt patrols from May 14, 2015 - May 25, 2015.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Saves 4th Overdose Victim - Sheriff Declares, "Heroin epidemic worsening."

heroin epidemic.jpgOn May 13 at approximately 12:49 a.m. Lake County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to an assist rescue at a residence in the 900 block of Route 60 in


Volo. Upon entering the scene, Deputy Alex Dador spoke to the victim’s mother who stated her son was unresponsive and laying on the floor. The victim’s girlfriend was also present at the residence. The girlfriend reported the victim “shot up” three times starting at 11:00 p.m. on May 12, 2015. The girlfriend further stated the victim fell to the bathroom floor and became unresponsive after the third dose of heroin. The girlfriend then stated she woke up the victim’s mother for assistance. The victim’s mother attempted to administer a dose of Naloxone without success. The mother obtained the Naloxone from an anti-drug organization because her son is a drug addict. While Deputy Alex Dador was speaking to the victim’s mother and girlfriend, he administered one dose of department issued Naloxone. Within 15 seconds the male victim regained consciousness and began speaking. Wauconda Rescue arrived at the scene and began to treat the victim. The victim was able to get up and walk to the ambulance on his own prior to being transported to Northern Illinois Medical Center for further medical treatment.

The Naloxone injection administered by Deputy Alex Dador resulted in the fourth save by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the 12th save by Lake County law enforcement since the formation of the Lake County Opioid Initiative. Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, “In less than 5 months, 12 overdose victims were brought back to life. That’s a better statistic than 12 heroin deaths in 5 months. But it underscores a larger problem – heroin is on the rise and as a community we need to do more. I want residents to know our Special Investigations and Gangs Unit is partnering with federal agencies and targeting high-level drug distributors. Our deputies are providing anti-drug forums within our schools and communities. Now, I am asking the public to assist – if you see something – say something. Call Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847.662.2222 – you remain anonymous but the information you provide can save lives.”

The next community drug forum is set for Monday, May 18, 2015 at St. Dismas Catholic Church, 2600 Sunset Avenue in Waukegan beginning at 7:00 p.m. The forum is entitled Drug Awareness: Drugs That are Killing Our Children and What Can We Do To Stop It? Admission is free and more information is available at 847.623.5050.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was at the forefront of the Naloxone initiative working closely with members of the Lake County Opioid Taskforce. The Sheriff’s Office collaborated with the Lake County Health Department in training all members of Highway Patrol, Warrants, Civil and CID, as well as members of the Court Security and Jail CRT Teams. In addition, each squad car is equipped with a Naloxone kit and Naloxone is strategically placed in areas of the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail for easy access by CRT members.

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