WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE JOINING FORCES IN DUI CAMPAIGN

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As summer winds down, the Will County Sheriff's Office is ramping up its traffic enforcement efforts as part of the national crackdown on drunk driving.  The high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation to curb drunk and drugged driving and to save lives.  From August 24 thru Labor Day, September 7th, law enforcement partners nationwide and all around Illinois will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.  Increased state and national messaging, along with roadside safety checks and increased officers on the roads, aim to drastically reduce the toll of impaired driving.  Seat belt laws will also be enforced.

In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S.  38% of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.  This amounted to 161 lives lost.  "Too many people think their actions don't affect anyone else," said Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Vince Gambino.  "They know it's illegal.  They know it's wrong.  But they do it anyway.  They make decisions as if those statistics just cannot happen to them."  Over 6,000 drunk drivers planned on making it to their destinations in 2013, but they did not.

The Sheriff's Office is emphasizing to all drivers that a little pre-planning is critical in preventing a horrible outcome if you plan to drink.  Designate a sober driver or call a cab.  But whatever you do, do not drink and drive. 

A roadside safety check will take place on Saturday, September 5th from 9pm to 1am at Caton Farm Road and Rt. 30 in Joliet.  Deputies will be checking motorists for IL law compliance on seatbelts, equipment, and driver's licenses.

This campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT.

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT CALLER ID SCAM

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It has come to the attention of the Will County Sheriff's Office that some residents have received phone calls who they believe are from the Will County Sheriff's Office, which appears as such on their caller ID.  The caller identifies himself as a detective and states that a warrant has been issued for their arrest from the Internal Revenue Service.  The caller then gives the resident a different phone number to call who will inform them of how much money they need to send to a specified address in order to clear up the arrest warrant.

This type of scam is commonly known as Caller ID Spoofing.  A caller ID display will show a phone number (in this case, a number from the Sheriff's Office) which is different from that of the phone from which the call was actually placed.

The Sheriff's Office is warning the public that this is a scam and that the Sheriff's Office does not call residents regarding warrants or being potentially arrested.  The Sheriff's Office also does not call residents asking for money or payments of any kind.  The motivation behind this scam is considered malicious and illegal and we are alerting the public to be cautious.

If you have fallen victim to this type of scam, or any type of scam, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 815-727-8575.    -end-

WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS ONE ON CHILD GROOMING CHARGE/Seeking information on additional victims

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS ONE ON CHILD GROOMING CHARGE/Seeking information on additional victims

On 7/8/15 Will County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Knights Inn, located at 24001 Lorenzo Road in Wilmington, regarding a welfare check of a female juvenile.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with Jeremy R. Hicks, age 34, of 25540 W.Cottage Road in Wilmington, and the 15 year old female that deputies were looking for, along with her female friend.  The three were located inside a room that had been reserved by Hicks.  The two girls were questioned and released to family members.  Hicks was also questioned and released at the scene.

Over the past week, Sheriff's detectives conducted an investigation of cell phone records and social media information and on 7/16/15 a warrant was issed for the arrest of Jeremy Hicks.  Hicks was taken into custody today and charged with child grooming.  Bond is set for $250,000 (10% to apply).

During the investigation, detectives came to suspect that there may be other juvenile victims of Jeremy Hicks in the southern Will and Grundy townships, specifically Wilmington and Coal City.  Sheriff's detectives are asking the public for any informjation that they may have regarding sexual relations and/or child grooming type behaviors such as inappropriate social media or cell phone communications between Hicks and other juveniles. 

If you have information please contact Detective Burket or Detective Grozik at the Will County Sheriff's Office, Investigation Division:  815-727-8574.    -end-

WILL COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ARRESTS THREE AT COM ED

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Early this morning, July 16, 2015, Will County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Pauling Road and Kankakee Street, unincorporated Manhattan Township, in reference to suspicious subjects trespassing on Com Ed property at 14040 Watkins Road.  Upon arrival deputies located three subjects as they were attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle.  Deputies stopped the vehicle and observed what could be used as burglary tools inside the vehicle.  The subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Will County Sheriff's Investigation Unit where they were subsequently charged with possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, and criminal damage to state supported property.  They are being held at the Adult Detention Facility awaiting a bond hearing.  The investigation remains open at this time.

Arrested subjects:

Robert L. Pitts, 701 Sibley, Hammond, IN  DOB: 9/5/68

Latora A. Lee, 115 E. 25th Street, Chicago Heights, IL  DOB: 1/25/90

Alfred L. Mitchell, 145 Blackhawk, Park Forest, IL DOB: 4/3/69

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFFS - FOURTH OF JULY ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN RESULTS

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The Will County Sheriff's Office was out in full force during the recent Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown.  Sheriff's deputies issued a total of 145 citations: 

8 arrests which include:  2-DUI, 1-felony, 5-suspended/revoked driver's license.  Also issued were 29 moving violations and 27 non moving violations along with 45 speeding citations, 9 seat belt citations, and 27 no insurance citations.

Law enforcement agencies throughout IL participated in this statewide effort to make our roadways safe during the busy Independence Day holiday.  This campaign featured high visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities. 

The 4th of July crackdown was coordinated by the IL Department of Transportation as part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket campaigns. -end-

WILL COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ARRESTS SEXUAL PREDATOR

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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. 

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