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THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Parents Arrested for 2006 Parental Abduction From Las Vegas

At 11:20 pm Tuesday January 27th a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol spotted what he described as suspicious activity in the truck parking lot of the Truckstops of America in unincorporated Russell.

Malagon-Castillo2.jpgInvestigation by the Deputy showed that a female identified as Maria Rosaline Malagon-Castillo (40) of Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin had a 2007 outstanding arrest warrant out of Las Vegas for Non-Custodial Parental Abduction that had occurred in 2006.

Further investigation showed the male subject later identified as Victor Manuel Ruiz-Garcia (39) was also wanted by Las Vegas Metro PD for the same 2006 Non-Custodial Parental Abduction. During the course of the initial investigation it was determined that Ruiz-Garcia, an over the road truck driver, was in possession of a fake Nevada commercial driver’s license that had been Suspended.

Both children related to the Las Vegas arrest warrants, and listed as missingRuiz-Garcia2.jpg

through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, were located by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies in the 7800 block of 88
th Street in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin.

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted an investigation and found that both children were deemed wards of the State of Nevada in 2006. The parents fled Nevada with the two children to avoid an investigation by Las Vegas Metro PD into an allegation of drug abuse of Malagon-Castillo during pregnancy.

The children ages 14 and 9 were turned over to a family member with the permission of the Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas) Department of Family Services pending review of the case in Nevada later today.

Ruiz-Garcia and Malagon-Castillo were remanded to the Lake County Jail on NO BOND pending extradition back to Nevada.

Sheriff Curran Announces Rookie K-9 Naming Contest - Update! All Lake County Middle Schools Invited to Participate in K-9 Naming Contest

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Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced a Rookie K-9 Naming Contest for three new K-9’s joining the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in early April.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office School Safety Team invited local middle school students to participate in a “Rookie K-9 Naming Contest”.  Contest rules require the following:

 

·         Participating students be enrolled in a Lake County Middle School within the jurisdiction of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

·         K-9 names must be one or two-syllable  

·         Entries must be received no later than March 4, 2015


Winning names will be announced two weeks following entry deadline. 


Click HERE for the Contest Form.




Lake County Sheriff Steps Up DUI/Seat Belt Enforcement for Super Bowl Weekend

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend focusing on drunk drivers and seat belt violators.

“We are reminding everyone that if you choose to drink and drive in Lake County this weekend, you risk being arrested” said Sheriff Mark C Curran Jr. “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. “

Sheriff Curran also reminds Lake County residents to “always designate a sober driver and do not let friends drive drunk. These are just two of several simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest due to drunk driving”.

Other important tips include:

-          Call a Taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely

-          Report Drunk drivers to law enforcement

-          Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off

-          Always buckle up- it’s your best defense against a drunk driver 

“This weekend is traditionally a deadly and dangerous time, therefore we will have a low tolerance for drunk drivers so remember, designate a sober driver before the party begins” Said Sheriff Curran. “To help combat this trend we will increase our proactive enforcement efforts with additional deputies this weekend to keep our streets and communities safe.” 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Super Bowl enforcement effort is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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 begins March 12, 2015.  Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand how the Sheriff’s Office maintains law and order for Lake County residents.

CPA.pngThe Academy is a 10-week long program with classes held each Thursday evening beginning March 12. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise and is designed to provide a hands-on experience.  Training takes 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. Upon completing the 10-week program, students graduate on May 21, 2015. 

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, on the Lake County website at www.lakecountyil.gov/sheriff or the tiny url http://tinyurl.com/opus26j.  Interested residents must have their application in by February 27, 2015.  For further information contact Deputy Roman Buchberger at 847-377-4211.

Sheriff Curran Announces Three New K-9 Teams

Funding made possible with a grant from the D.A.S. Charitable Fund

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced the selection of the following Deputies as K-9 unit members:

·         Deputy Craig Somerville

·         Deputy Dwight Arrowood

·         Deputy John Forlenza

Each member (aka K-9 handler) is assigned a K-9 that will remain with the handler for the duration of the K-9’s career.

Selection Process

Deputies interested in being considered for the three (3) available positions were required to submit resumes and letters of interest provide ideas about the K-9 program and how the program would benefit in the safety of Lake County residents. Deputies then participated in two sets of interviews with command staff. Deputies’ accomplishments and backgrounds were weighed heavily in the process.

Funding the K-9s and Training

Funding for the purchase and training of the three new K-9s was made possible with a grant from the D.A.S. Charitable Fund. Sheriff Curran stated, “We are thankful to D.A.S. for the generous grant enabling the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to restore our K-9 unit. Replacing aging K-9s is costly but necessary to maintain optimum safety and operability.”

Breed Selection

The German Shepard breed is selected because of their intelligence and overall adaptability to the extreme cold and heat experienced in the Midwest, as well as the drive and characteristics needed to perform the many law enforcement K-9 tasks. Tasks include tracking, contraband detection and article and cadaver searches.

Training

The selected rookie K-9s are matched with the deputy handlers based on compatibility. Each deputy is assigned a German Shepard partner creating a K-9 team. Each team begins training in early April. The TOPS Police K-9 Training Program in Grayslake is considered the premier K-9 training facility serving 67 law enforcement agencies including the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as well as Waukegan P.D., Wheeling P.D. and Buffalo Grove P.D.

TOPS pre-train the rookie K-9s for two months before assigning them to a deputy. The K-9 training program is a rigorous 450-500 hour program working with both the K-9 and its deputy handler. Following the training, K-9s remain on a maintenance program for the balance of their careers.

Lake Villa Woman Arrested for Identity Theft From Charitable Organization

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Karrol L. Williams (45) of the 37000 block of N Columbus Dr. Lake Villa on Friday 01-23-15 and charged her with two counts of IDENTITY THEFT (Class 1 & Class 3 Felonies), Theft (Class 2 Felony) and Unlawful Use of a Credit Card (Class 3 Felony).

williams2.jpgWilliams was employed as the Financial Coordinator for the Community Youth Network, or CYN, which is a not-for-profit organization based in Grayslake. CYN provides counseling and specialized services to Lake County children and adolescents.

Investigation showed that from mid-2012 until late 2014 Williams used CYN credit cards for purchases that were later found to be personal in nature and not related to the CYN organization.

The investigation showed that Williams made personal purchases in the amount of $36,470.00 and then moved funds from other CYN accounts to the credit card accounts in an effort to conceal her theft.

Williams was remanded to the Lake County Jail on $10,000.00 bond. Her next court date is scheduled for February 11th at 9:00 am in courtroom C-120.

Gages Lake Man Charged with Reproducing Child Pornography

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit, with assistance from the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Cybercrimes Unit, conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the following arrest.

On January 22, 2015 a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 18000 block of W. Grand Dr. in Gages Lake. As a result of the investigation, Jason G. Rygiel (29) was arrested at this residence.  Evidence was seized from the residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. 

A forensic examination of the media devices revealed approximately one thousand images and videos identifiedJason Rygiel.jpg

as child pornography.  It was also determined during the investigation that Rygiel reproduced several videos containing child pornography. 

Rygiel was charged with five counts of Reproducing Child Pornography, each a Class X Felony.

Based on the extensive amount of child pornography located on the electronic media, further investigation will be conducted to determine if additional charges will be sought on the devices seized.

Rygiel is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $100,000.00 bond with his next court date scheduled for January 30th at 9:00 am in courtroom C-120 

Bastean is being held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000.00 bond.  He is scheduled to return to court on January 23rd.

Round Lake Man Charged with Indecent Solicitation of a Child

On January 19, 2015 a Round Lake man was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives for Indecent Solicitation of a Child and Driving with a Revoked Driver’s License.

Bastean2.jpgSteven M. Bastean (29), of the 1200 block of Canopy Drive in Round Lake, contacted who he thought was a 14 year old boy on a mobile social networking application.  The “14 year old boy”, was actually a Detective with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit.  Bastean requested to meet with boy, who he believed was 14 years old, at approximately noon to engage in sexual acts.  Bastean was instead met by Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detectives.

Bastean was charged with Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 3 Felony) and Driving while License Revoked (Class 4 Felony).

Bastean is being held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000.00 bond.  He is scheduled to return to court on January 23rd.

Antioch Man Arrested for Residential Burglary

An on-going investigation into a series of residential burglaries in unincorporated Antioch Township resulted in the arrest of Michael S. Roman (29) of the 4200 block of N. Lake Dr. in Antioch for residential burglary.Roman.JPG

Detectives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Antioch Police Department shared information that led to Roman’s arrest at 4:00 pm Monday January 19th 2015. Roman had on his person items that linked him to a residential burglary that had just taken place at 38000 N. 3rd Ave Spring Grove (unincorporated Fox Lake).

Roman was charged with Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony) and two counts of Felony Theft. Roman is being held in the Lake County Jail on $50,000.00 bond. Roman’s next court date is scheduled for February 23rd.

Lake Villa Man Arrested for Attempted Burglary

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a silent alarm at the Family Pantry located at 21190 Commercial Drive in Mundelein on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:30 a.m.

Trauthwein.JPGLake County Sheriff’s Deputies found Glenn E Trauthwein (33) of Lake Villa hiding in the bushes at the rear of the business. Further inspection of the building revealed that the wires to the alarm system had been cut and the rear door to the building had sustained extensive damage in what appeared to be an attempted forced entry.

In the immediate area of the door deputies located a police scanner, pry bars, drills and lock picking tools. Deputies also found industrial magnets believed to be used for defeating magnetic door locks in Trauthwein’s vehicle.

Trauthwein was charged with Attempted Burglary (Class 3 Felony), Criminal Damage to Property (Class 4 Felony) and Possession of Burglary Tools (Class 4 Felony).

Trauthwein is being held in the Lake County Jail on $25,000.00 bond. His next court date scheduled for January 23rd in C-120.

Attempted Murder Charges in Deer park Knife Attack

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Century Theater at 21600 W. Field Parkway in Deer Park at 8:45 pm for a reported stabbing.

Upon arrival Deputies found the victim, Katherine M. King (24) of Vernon Hills suffering from numerous stab dion daniel.jpg

wounds.  She was transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights where she was treated for at least 20 stab wounds, lacerations to her face and neck as well as both lungs being punctured. King is currently in ICU in critical condition.

The offender, Daniel J. Dion (18) of Des Plaines, was located a short time later and was treated for cuts to his hands at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Dion was later transported to the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division where he was interviewed and confessed to attacking King while inside her vehicle in the parking lot of the theater.

Preliminary investigation indicated that Dion met with King under the ruse that they would be going to a movie together. Dion then attacked King inside her vehicle while in the parking lot of the Century Theater. King was able to escape and run into the lobby of the theater for help.

Dion told LCSO Detectives that he wokeup in the morning with the intent to kill King because she annoyed him.

Daniel J. Dion was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm and Aggravated Battery on a Public Way.

Daniel J. Dion is being held in the Lake County Jail with NO BOND. Dion’s next court date is scheduled for February 2nd at 1:30 pm in courtroom C-202.



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Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr.
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