Early Friday morning, June 26, 2015 the Will County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in unincorporated Joliet Township regarding a call of an unknown sex crime. Deputies arrived on the scene to discover that Terrance A. Harper-Means, (DOB: 6/26/87), had sexually abused a female child under the age of ten who was staying at the residence, along with Harper-Means. The child has no relation to Harper-Means.
The Will County Sheriff's Investigations Unit was notified and conducted an investigation into the allegations. Terrance A. Harper-Means was arrested for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and is being held at the Adult Detention Facility pending a bond hearing.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing the start of the Independence Day traffic enforcement crackdown focusing on drunk drivers and unbuckled drivers/passengers. The intensified enforcement effort will concentrate on late-night hours as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunk or unbuckled motorist. This crackdown is part of a statewide, 4th of July, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.
Sheriff's Office Traffic Sergeant Vincent Gambino stated, "For everyone's sake, don't drink and drive or you will be arrested. This campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving - no excuses. And click it or ticket means just that!"
The Will County Sheriff's Office recommends designating a sober driver and not allowing friends/family to drive drunk. Other tips include planning ahead for a sober driver that will be attending the same event, calling a taxi or a sober friend/family member for a ride home if you are drunk, promptly report drunk drivers on roadways by pulling over and calling 911, and make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.
Hundreds of police and sheriff's departments throughout Illinois will be ramping up enforcement efforts to make our roads safer. The campaign runs from June 22nd through July 5th. The crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT. -end-
From May 11 thru 25th, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) supported law enforcement agencies statewide to remind motorists to buckle up both day and night during the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. The Will County Sheriff's Office joined other law enforcement agencies in this annual effort to get more motorists to buckle up, in the front seat and the back seat - and save more lives.
During the campaign the Will County Sheriff's Office issued 133 total moving and non moving citations which included 12 seat belt citations and warnings and 2 child safety seat violations.
The annual Click It or Ticket mobilization may be over in Will County, but that is no excuse to stop using your seat belt, and remember, in Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit excuted a search warrant on May 28, 2015 at 1321 Milkweed Drive in Joliet. As a result of an investigation and the search warrant, Jason Brown, age 31, of the Milkweed Drive address, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug equipment.
The Will County Gang Suppression Unit recovered 12.4 grams of heroin and three firearms that have been reported stolen in Will County. Jason Brown is currently being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility pending a bond hearing on Friday, June 29, 2015. -end-
For the 13th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops, including Sheriff’s deputies who will be at the Homer Glen location at 14135 S. Bell Road. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 29th from 5am until 2pm.
This fundraising event is to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Each guest who visits Cop on a Rooftop that day and makes a donation will receive a free donut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium coffee. Other items, such as t-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donation amounts.
The IL Special Olympics offers year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 special needs athletes. The IL Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $35 million over 29 years to help support Special Olympics athletes and their accomplishments. Each year more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal, IL in June.
Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to support this worthy cause in Homer Glen. Please come out, make a donation, and grab your morning coffee!
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the Investigations Division as the recipient of the 2015 Unit Award. These individuals will be honored May 21st at the Sheriff’s annual Awards Banquet.
They are: Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, Lt. Jeff McKenzie, Sgt. Mike Kelley, Sgt. Dan Troike, Sgt. Dan Jungles, Adm. Clerk Lisa Kikkert, and Coordinator Janet Weakley, Detectives: Jeff Cowe, Mike Corsi, Jim Jones, Jeff Tolbert, Tom Omiecinski, James Zdzinicki, Pete Piazza, Jim Burnette, Brian O’Leary, Tony Policandriotes, Dan Procarione, Corey Burket, Chris Cavera, Matt Griebel, Rick Todd, Dave Dobrowski, and Jeremy Viduna.
The Unit Award is granted to a division that displays outstanding performance of duties that greatly enhances the image of the Sheriff’s Office. This past year, every member of the Investigations Division worked tirelessly on each and every case assigned to them in hopes of preserving the quality of life to each and every citizen of Will County.
In 2014, 405 cases were assigned to these detectives, with 334 of those cases resulting in arrest. 207 individuals were arrested on felony charges and 233 individuals were arrested on misdemeanor charges. 893 courtesy calls were also completed by detectives and our exceptional support staff was responsible for completing 578 cases/reports.
The work ethic, professionalism, and determination that these detectives and support staff exhibited was second to none. –end-