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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.

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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.

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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.

Covelli1.jpgDetective 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.

Saint Alexander2.jpgThe 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 media.  

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 sought.  

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.

“A Roadside 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 belt.”

Across the 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 Curran.

The Sheriff’s 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.  

Deputies 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.

The Roadside 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.

cebrin goodman teen institue.jpgThe 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.



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