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Sheriff Curran Receives Award at United Belizeans of Northern Illinois Annual Gala
On Saturday, August 16, Sheriff Curran received the Distinguished Above and Beyond Award at the United Belizeans of Northern Illinois (UBNI) Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala. UBNI is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing opportunities for Belizean Americans by raising awareness through advocacy, education and service. They strive to enrich cultural identity, bring unity and empower families in their community.
Sheriff Curran served as Keynote Speaker at the well-attended Annual Gala held in the Gurnee Holiday Inn. The Sheriff was honored with the award for his steadfast commitment to supporting immigration reform and eliminating racial bias.
The attached photo is Sheriff Mark Curran and President Carlos Burns at the Gala.
Lake County Jail Promotes Six Officers to Rank of Sergeant
Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. is pleased to announce the promotion of Corrections Officer Richard Geirlach, Corrections Officer Robert Kenyon, Deputy Sheriff George Love, Corrections Officer Timothy Pfleger, Corrections Officer Timothy Reidy, and Corrections Officer Nora Wilson to the rank of Sergeant.
Sergeant Richard Geirlach began his career in the Corrections Division in 2005. He graduated correctional officer training in 2006 and held positions including classification officer, external transport officer and maintenance officer. Sergeant Geirlach received the Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011 when he discovered a fire in the jail laundry room. He alerted staff and fought the fire until it was extinguished. He also received the Sheriff’s Accommodation Award in 2014 for volunteering his time for high school training demonstrations. Sergeant Geirlach was a Reserve Deputy from 2002-2007, where he was a training officer, communication officer, quartermaster, and eventually promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant Robert Kenyon began his career in the Corrections Division in 1996. He graduated correctional officer training in 1996 and earned the Top Scholastic Achievement Award at his graduation. He held positions including central control officer, maintenance officer, booking officer, classification officer and field training officer. Sergeant Kenyon assisted and participated in the Lake County ESDA and Reserve Deputy Units from 1987-2003.
Sergeant George Love began his career in the Corrections Division in 1997. In 2001, he became a Deputy Sheriff, and in 2003 he became a Field Training Officer for the Highway Patrol Division. Sergeant Love received SWAT training from the FBI academy in 2005 and was a member of the tactical response and negotiation team. In 2007, Sergeant Love and his team were faced with an unfortunate incident that turned into a violent encounter with the offender. Actions taken by Sergeant Love and his team became necessary for the protection of life. In 2007, Sergeant Love received the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions. In 2013, he was a class supervisor for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage for the basic academy class for new recruits. He was commended for his professionalism, dedication, and commitment in ensuring the success of the class.
Sergeant Timothy Pfleger began his career in the Corrections Division in 1991. He graduated correctional officer training in 1991 and held positions including booking officer and external transport. In 2003, he was selected as one of the founding members of the Correctional Response Team (CRT) and was named the Executive Officer in 2006. Sergeant Pfleger obtained the Training Coordinator position in 2011 and develops and implements training to correction officers and deputies. Sergeant Pfleger is also a firearms instructor. In 2013, Sergeant Pfleger became a crisis intervention officer and received training at the FBI academy in special weapons and tactics.
Sergeant Timothy Reidy began his career in the Corrections Division in 1997. He graduated correctional officer training in 1997 and held positions including jail reception, booking officer, central control operator and external transport. Sergeant Reidy is a Field Training Officer and a former member of the CRT. He is a certified defensive tactics instructor and is a graduate of Herzing University with a degree in Public Safety.
Sergeant Nora Wilson began her career in the Corrections Division in 1995. She graduated correctional officer training in 1996 and held positions including central control operator, booking officer, classification officer, and jail reception. In 2005, after witnessing the high number of youth returning to the jail, she became a mentor for Big Brother, Big Sisters of Lake County. She also hosted recruits from the Great Lakes Naval Academy who could not go home for the holidays. Sergeant Wilson volunteers to participate in job fairs, administer the physical agility tests for potential new hires, and the Lake County Fair.
A promotion ceremony was held on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Lake County Court Complex.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Announces "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" Campaigns From August 15th Through Labor Day
If you think you can travel over Labor Day intoxicated or without wearing your seat belt – think again. The 2014 Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns will kick off August 15.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing intoxicated driver and seat belt laws. Additionally, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit will be on the same schedule patrolling and enforcing the laws of the waterways.
In Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in all seating positions in the car, not just the front seats. Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckled up, especially in the back seat. Our goal is to save more lives, so the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock, looking for those who are not buckled up, in all seating positions. If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you can expect to be ticketed.
Too many people die or are seriously injured each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our deputies will be out in full force this Labor Day showing zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers.
While this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” enforcing campaigns run from August 15 through September 1, deputies are out enforcing intoxicated driver and seat belt laws year-round.
Buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You will help us save lives.
In addition to the increased intoxicated motorist/seat belt enforcement patrols, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a road side safety check with Gurnee Police Department on August 30.
For more information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaign, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org
Lake County Residents Invited to Participate in Citizen Police Academy
Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. is pleased to announce the next Citizen Police Academy Course being offered beginning September 18, 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand how the Sheriff's Office maintains law and order for Lake County residents.
The academy is a 10-week long program with classes running approximately 3 hours every Thursday evening. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening and students graduate on November 20, 2014. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise, granting the participants a hands-on experience. Training will take place at the various Sheriff's Office facilities throughout the county, including the Lake County Courthouse and Lake County Jail located in Waukegan, as well as the Highway Patrol Division located in Libertyville.
The academy is offered free of charge to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, be of good moral character, and have no felony convictions. Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff's Administration Office located at 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan or on the Lake County website www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff. Interested residents must submit applications by September 12, 2014. Contact Deputy Roman Buchberger at 847.377.4211 for further inquiries.
Wisconsin Man Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
On July 23, 2014 a Lake County Grand Jury indicted Jason E. Wiese, 28, of the 200 Block of 3rd Street in Melrose, Wisconsin for three counts of Grooming (Class 4 Felonies preparing someone with the goal of sexual abuse) and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Class A Misdemeanors).
In 2013, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit began an online child exploitation investigation. Wiese began communicating with who he believed was a 14 year-old girl. During the on-going communication, Wiese began grooming who he believed was the 14 year-old girl. Wiese sent numerous lewd images of himself and requested lewd images in return from who he thought was the 14 year-old girl. He also had numerous sexually explicit conversations with the "girl."
Wiese was very active on the Paltalk Internet chat application. Paltalk is a chat application where individuals can communicate via text and webcam transmissions in chat rooms or through private messages. Wiese was using the Paltalk username “jasonweasle” and would frequent the “teens only” section of Paltalk.
On May 14, 2014 a $50,000 arrest warrant was obtained for Wiese for three counts of Grooming and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child. On May 15, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit and cyber investigators with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office met with Jackson County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Office detectives. Wiese was arrested at that time without incident.
During an interview with Wiese, he said he has communicated with others online from Illinois. He also indicated he has “been with a few girls” from Illinois.
Wiese is scheduled to appear for arraignment on August 6, 2014 at 9:00 am.
Attached is Wiese’s Jackson County booking photograph as well as his Paltalk profile picture. If you recognize Wiese as someone who has communicated with or solicited your child please contact Detective Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit at 847.377.4145.