LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Arrest Warrant Issued for Lake Forest Man
On August 29, 2014 an arrest warrant was issued for
Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 Block of East Laurel Ave in Lake Forest for
five counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony) and five
counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony).
On August 25, 2014 a female victim, under the age of 13,
reported to her grandparents that Vucic had inappropriate sexual contact with
her multiple times in 2012.
Vucic is a teacher at Gavin School District and is
believed to have fled to Germany.
Bond was set in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for the
We are requesting anyone who has additional information
or who has been a victim of Vucic to contact our non-emergency communications
center at 847 549 5200.
Man Charged with Third Lake and Wildwood Residential Burglaries
On August 25, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office
charged a man with a residential burglary and numerous other vehicle burglaries
which occurred in the Third Lake and Wildwood areas.
Between August 20- 23, 2014 numerous residences and
vehicles in Third Lake and Wildwood were burglarized. The Lake County
Sheriff’s detective investigating the case developed information through
surveillance videos of the subject using stolen credit cards and was later able
to identify the suspect.
A warrant for Unlawful Use of a Credit Card was obtained
for Johnathan J. Hacker, 34, of the 100 Block of Main Street in Round Lake
Park. Hacker was arrested on the warrant by the Lake County Sheriff’s
Office on August 25, 2014.
While in police custody, Hacker provided numerous
locations where property he had stolen could be found and that stolen property
was subsequently located.
Hacker was charged with Residential Burglary, six counts
of Burglary, Theft Over $500.00 dollars, three counts of Identity Theft and two
counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card.
Hacker’s jail bond is set at $100,000.00.
He is scheduled to appear in court on September 24, 2014
at 1:30 pm.
Reserve Deputy Recruitment
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Unit is currently accepting
Reserve Deputy Unit is a volunteer unit which augments the Sheriff’s Office in
times of natural and man-made emergencies. The unit works directly under
the direction of the Highway Patrol Division and also assists municipal police
agencies. Reserve Deputies can be called upon to provide traffic and
crowd control, search for missing persons, and participate in crime scene
evidence searches. You may have met one of our Reserve Deputies at the
Lake County Fair, Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Libertyville days, or Shop
with the Sheriff.
Reserve Deputy attends a 120 hour training course over a 5 month period.
Classes are held one weeknight each week and up to two Saturday’s a
month. Classroom and hands on instruction are required.
in becoming a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy? You must be 21
years old, a U.S. Citizen, a Lake County resident, and have a high school
diploma or equivalent. Candidates must be of good moral character and be
in good health with the ability to stand for long periods of time.
can be printed from www.reservedeputy.com or
picked up at 1301 N. Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048. The application
deadline is October 1, 2014 and can be mailed or dropped off at 1301 N.
Milwaukee Av Libertyville, IL 60048. Please address all applications to
the attention of Lt. Ryan McCormack.
more information contact Lt. Ryan McCormack at RMcCormack@lakecountyil.gov or
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is once
again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National
Prescription Drug Take Back event.
On September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm anyone having
unwanted or unused prescription drugs can drop them off at one of the following
locations for proper disposal. Beach Park Village Hall located at 11270
W. Wadsworth Rd Beach Park, Volo Village Hall located at 500 S. Fish Lake Rd
Volo, and Fremont Township Office located at 22385 W. Route 60 Mundelein, IL
This event will be the second national event
this year. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 685
pounds of medication at the spring 2014 Prescription Drug Take Back event held
in April. Last year Lake County collected 6,700 pounds of medication.
Ridding medicine cabinets of these prescription drugs
prevents children from accidently consuming them and unauthorized users from
obtaining them. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to limiting
the availability of prescription drugs and protecting our environment by
properly disposing them.
School is in Session
week marks a time most parents look forward to…the kids head back to school!
is the beginning of new adventures and experiences for our children, who are
both excited and apprehensive about being back in school. Sheriff Mark C.
Curran Jr. is reminding everyone to be extra watchful driving, make sure to
stop for school buses loading children and be cautious of pedestrian
Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring and enforcing school zone speed
limits and the hands free cellular phone laws. For more information on
the 2014 cellular phone ban click the Back to School image on the right and view the New Laws for 2014 PowerPoint.
Sheriff's Office Staff Serve It Up
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants have teamed up with the Law
Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois to host a Tip-a-Cop night
to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois.
Please join us on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm,
Lake County Sheriff's corrections officers, deputies, explorers and reserve
deputies will host and assist food servers to help raise money for Special
Olympics Illinois at the Deer Park California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant located
at 20502 N Rand Rd Deer Park, IL 60010.
Additionally, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 Red Robin
Restaurants will once again be hosting the Tip-a-Cop event as well.
Last year's Tip-a-Cop was a huge success with the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office raising the most money, $2,267.00, in the state of
Illinois. The Red Robin event will be at 20506 N Rand Rd Deer Park, IL
60010. The time has yet to be determined.
Money raised from both events will go towards the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run total.
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.