Lake County Sheriff's Office Makes DUI Enforcement a Priority
Waukegan, IL - A roadside safety check held
on June 12th by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in unincorporated Antioch
resulted in 7 DUI arrests and multiple other citations.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office also
announces plans for a July 4th weekend traffic enforcement effort.
Deputies will be focusing on intoxicated and unbuckled drivers. Additionally, a
reminder that the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit will be enforcing all
boating laws on Lake County waterways during the July 4th Holiday
The intensified enforcement effort will focus
on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic
deaths occur late at night and involve an intoxicated driver and/or unbuckled
motorist. The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.
“Summer is in full force, and so is the
summer travel season. All too often this means more traffic and more traffic
crashes. Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times” said
Sheriff Mark C Curran Jr. “Too many people die each year due to those who
choose to drive drunk. So our deputies will be out in full force this
Independence Day showing zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers, seatbelt law
violators and boat operators.”
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will join
the Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments in a
statewide enforcement effort that begins June 22 and runs through July 5th.
To avoid a potential crash or arrest, the
Lake County Sheriff’s Office recommends designating a sober driver and not
letting friends or family members drive intoxicated.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by
federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. The
crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists “Drive
Sober of Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket”
Registered Sex Offender Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
On Tuesday June 23rd
an early morning search warrant was executed in the 28000 block of N Sky Crest
Drive in Mundelein, the Ivanhoe Estates subdivision. The search warrant was the
result of a child pornography investigation conducted by the Lake County
Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes
Arrested was Nicholas Lee Hermann
(54) of N Sky Crest Drive, Mundelein who is a registered sex offender.
Evidence was seized from his residence which included multiple electronic
devices capable of storing electronic media. A firearm was also located
within the residence and seized. Under Illinois law Hermann is prohibited from
possessing firearms due to being a convicted felon.
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.
Hermann was subsequently charged
with ten (10) counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each a
Class 1 Felony. These child pornography charges were enhanced due to
Hermann’s 2003 conviction of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child.
The previous conviction was the result of an arrest in Winnebago County,
Hermann was also charged with one
(1) count of Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon, a Class 3
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
Hermann is being held in the Lake
County Jail on $500,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for July 21st
at 10:30 am in courtroom C-120.
Anyone with information on
Hermann, which would be relevant to this investigation, is asked to contact
Detective Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes
Unit at (847) 377-4145.
COMMUNITY ALERT - Beware of Ruse Burglaries
“Ruse” burglaries are crimes
in which the offender uses a “ruse” to get their victim distracted in order to
commit a burglary. Victims are physically present at the home when the burglary
is taking place. Ruse burglars target seniors and people living alone. The
offenders generally travel in pairs, allowing one offender to distract the
homeowner while the other offender enters the home to search for and steal
cash, jewelry and other items. Offenders use many story lines including:
• Repairing unilock pavers.
• Blacktop, seal-coating, or
• Inquiries about the
homeowner’s water supply or water pressure.
• Informing the homeowner
there is an electrical problem outside of the home.
• Offering to repair
gutters, fences or tree trimming and landscaping.
• False statements about
problems with the neighbor’s house.
• Questions about
homeowner’s property lines.
• Inquiries about homes for
sale in the neighborhood.
Do not allow anyone in your
home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment. If you
live near a senior citizen, warn them. If
a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are
driving (make, model, color, type) and their attire and physical characteristics.
If you do not choose to
speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked
or unattended. A legitimate utility or government worker will never object if
you ask for ID. You may verify with the utility company or local government
agency if the individual was sent to your residence.
If you feel you were the
victim of a ruse burglary or if you have seen suspicious vehicles and/or
subjects approaching elderly neighbors, please call the Lake County Sheriff’s
Office at 847-549-5200 to report these incidents, or call 911 if the incident
is in progress. Please be ready to provide the offender’s vehicle description
and a license plate number.
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:
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.
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.
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
“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!”