WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS ONE ON CHILD GROOMING CHARGE/Seeking information on additional victimsArrests Send feedback »
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-
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.
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
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-
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-