From August 24th thru September 7th the Will County Sheriff’s Office ramped up its enforcement efforts in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving campaign showing zero tolerance for impaired driving and seat belt violations. During the roadway safety details, 365 vehicles were checked for seatbelt compliance along with IL vehicle code compliance resulting in 156 total citations. Additionally, two felony arrests and four DUI’s were issued.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office feels that the campaign was worthwhile and stressed the importance of removing the four drunk drivers from our local roads. Sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement Sergeant Vince Gambino stated, “The way we see it, if we saved one life during this campaign by getting a drunk driver off the roads, the campaign was successful.”
This high-visibility campaign aimed to increase awareness about the dangers of drunk driving through a strict no-nonsense enforcement. Television, radio and social media played its part in spreading the message to all who traveled our roads during the campaign. This law enforcement crackdown was coordinated by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as part of the statewide Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns. –end-
The Will County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in this year’s National Drug Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating law enforcement agencies across the country are coordinating the event and have set the date for Saturday, September 26th from 10am to 2pm. The Will County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting the prescription medicines in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, located at 14 West Jefferson Street in downtown Joliet.
This event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. No needles of any kind will be accepted.
Since the National Take Back Day was initiated in 2010, Americans have turned in over 4 million pounds of prescription drugs at the 5,653 sites across the nation. Other Will County participating sites include the following Police Departments: Lockport, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Mokena, and Naperville. For other participating locations or for more information, please visit: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing that they have begun handling all Will County foreclosure sales. The Sheriff’s Office received the judicial orders from the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt on September 1, 2015. Will County was one of the few counties in Illinois who continued to outsource their foreclosure sales. For several years Dunn, Martin, Miller and Heathcock have handled the sales and although the Sheriff’s Office appreciates their proficiency and professionalism over the years, a decision was made to bring the services back to Will County in order to gain an estimated $225,000 per year to the budget.
This initiative was first proposed over two years ago and in December of 2014 the large undertaking was approved and put in motion. Since then Dunn, Martin, Miller and Heathcock have been working with the Sheriff’s Office to insure that the transition goes smoothly. December 1, 2015 is the targeted date for the completion of the transition.
Anyone interested in finding information regarding the Sheriff’s sales will soon be able to find a link on our website: www.willcosheriff.org
New Lenox Township - On 9/9/15 at 11:40pm Sheriff's deputies were called to New Lenox Police Department regarding a subject who came to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint. Deputies spoke with a 15 year old male who stated that he was going to a friend's house, walking along Old Plank Trail, around the 500 block of Illinois Highway at about 10pm, when he was approached by three subjects with bandanas over their faces. The juvenile stated that one of the subjects ordered him to the ground and held a gun to the back of his head. The subjects then took off the juvenile's outer clothing, stole his wallet, and threw his cellphone into the trees before running off.
At approximately 2:17am (9/10/15), near the intersection of Joliet Highway and Northgate, New Lenox PD questioned three male subjects matching the description of the offenders. Sheriff's deputies took custody of the subjects and transported them to the Sheriff's Investigation Division. One of the subjects was not involved in the incident and was released.
Joshua Grebic, age 21, of 32803 Nikki Lane in Wilmington and Jesse Mitchell, age 22, of 201 E. Woodlawn in New Lenox were both charged with armed robbery and will appear in bond court today. The third offender involved in the incident remains at-large. A search warrant was executed at the offender's residence yesterday where firearms and a controlled substance was recovered. Charges are expected.
Sheriff's detectives believe that this was an isolated incident and that the juvenile victim had prior contact with one or more of the offenders and had arranged to meet them at that location to make an illicit purchase.
NOTE: After initial posting of this press release Ryan A. Doolin, age 20, of 601 Southgate Road in New Lenox was picked up on a warrant and charged with armed robbery. He was the offender who was 'at-large' mentioned in the initial press release. -end-
Crete Township - Will County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 24000 block of Meadowood Road, Crete, regarding a suspicious vehicle on Saturday, September 5th at 5:47am. Upon arrival they observed a Ford Expedition parked on private property, alongside a driveway, unlocked, unoccupied, and with the keys in the ignition. Deputies spoke with the homeowner who stated that it was not his vehicle and he did not know who it belonged to. While on scene deputies were approached by a nearby resident who lived on Thorn Lane. The resident advised deputies that he was at his residence when he observed an unknown individual walking around inside.
Deputies then observed a male black wearing dark clothing coming toward the vehicle. When the subject saw the deputies he turned and entered a heavily wooded tree line. Deputies began approaching the subject when he began running further into the woods. Crete, University Park, and Steger police were requested at the scene to assist in setting up a perimeter of the area and a search was conducted.
Tario L. Fuller, age 39, of 226 Mantua in Park Forest was arrested for residential burglary and resisting a peace officer. Fuller was positively identified as the individual who was inside the Thorn Lane home and was found to have USC on his person that was missing from the residence.
Fuller is currently at the Adult Detention Facility where bond was set at $105,000 (10% to apply). He is also being held on an active FTA warrant out of Macon County, IL.
The Will County Sheriff's Office was dispatched around 8am this morning, September 8, 2015 to William E. Young Elementary School, 16240 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, regarding a bomb threat. Office personnel reported that when they arrived at the school and listened to the voice messages from the weekend, an individual who did not identify himself, indicated that a bomb was located in the building. Students and staff were immediately evacuated, without incident, to Luther J. Schilling School, 16025 Cedar Road, Homer Glen, which is located across the street from W.E. Young.
Sheriff's deputies completed a search of the school and met with negative results for any explosive devices. DuPage County Bomb Squad was immediately notified and conducted a supplemental search of the school with their canines, which also met with negative results. The school was given an 'all clear' before students and staff were allowed back into the building at 11:55am. School administrators are making any further decisions regarding the completion of the school day. -end-