On 3/20/15, around midnight, Sheriff's deputies received a call regarding a shooting with possible victims in the area of Gardner and Nowell. Joliet Police were on the scene and had pulled over a vehicle on the 900 block of Gardner with six subjects inside. Two subjects advised that they had been at a party and had been shot. Joliet Fire personnel arrived and transported them to Presence St. Joseph Hospital. Both gunshot victims were male residents of Joliet. One was 20 years old with a gunshot wound to his hand, the other was 19 years of age with a gunshot wound to his hip.
Sheriff's deputies then located the residence in the 800 block of Sherman Street, Joliet Township, where the incident occurred. Deputies were advised that several shots had been fired during a party that was held in the basement of the home. Reports indicate that the party was in honor of a friend who would be going to the Department of Corrections to serve time on aggravated battery charges. The invitation to the party had been posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. Several people attended the party including seven male black individuals from Chicago who some attendees stated they did not know. While playing a dice game a disagreement arose and two of the Chicago partygoers displayed handguns and began shooting. All seven then left prior to police arrival.
Sheriff's deputies responded to St. Joes where they spoke to witnesses and involved parties who were not forthcoming with information. Hospital staff reported that two additional victims from the same incident had arrived and were being treated. Both male individuals were from Chicago; one was 17 years old with a gunshot wound to his hand, the other was an 18 year old who was shot four times in his groin/abdomen. All four victims are expected to recover.
The incident remains an active investigation. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body that was found in the area of Zurich and Brandon Roads, unincorporated Joliet Township. On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at approximately 6:00pm a citizen called in reference to the discovery of a deceased subject in the field off Zurich Road, near Brandon Road. The identity of the person is unknown; however, it appears to be the body of a female black. The Will County Coroner's Office will be performing an autopsy later today to determine cause of death.
At this time the death is being considered a suspicious death investigation. Anyone that may have seen or heard anything in that area is requested to contact the Will County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division at: 815-727-8574 or go to www.willcosheriff.org and click on "Submit a Crime Tip"
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing that they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick's Day to crack down on drunk drivers and unbuckled motorists.
Sgt. Vincent Gambino stated, "We are reminding everyone this weekend through St. Patricks Day to drive sober and buckle up. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI. We will show zero tolerance to anyone breaking the law."
Too often, St. Patrick's Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of drunk drivers. This is why, starting this weekend and running through March 17th, the Sheriff's Office will be working overtime to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk, as well as not wearing their seat belt.
The St. Patrick's Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT. -end-
Michael T. Hughes
1607 Rickey Drive
Charges: 6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography
On February 18, 2015 the Will County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a complaint of Child Pornography. As the result of the investigation by the Will County Sherriff’s Investigations Division and the Will County Sheriff’s High Tech Crime Unit, images of child pornography were retrieved from the cell phone of Michael T. Hughes of Joliet. Michael T. Hughes is currently incarcerated at the Will County Adult Detention Facility and charged with 6 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Bond was set at $200,000 (10% to apply). –end-
In order to assist the public with easy access in communicating with the Will County Sheriff's Office we have added a new Online Form Section to our website. The public now has several helpful tools available to them to assist with their needs as well as assisting our department.
In addition to our Crime Tips, House Watch Request, Contact us, and Online Reporting forms, we have added a request form that relates to the IL statutue for Freedom of Information (FOIA) and a Compliment/Complaint Form. This form was developed with hopes of assisting the Sheriff's Office with their commitment to transparency and professionalism.
We invite the public to visit our website at www.willcosheriff.org
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley will be awarding one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500.00.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:
- Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents.
- Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
- Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session).
Applications for Will County residents are now available for download with this link - Scholarship Application or at the Sheriff's Office in the Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Room 103 in Joliet, or on the Internet at www.ilsheriff.org. Will County Residents/Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE by MARCH 15, 2015.
For more information, please contact the Sheriff's Office, your local high school advising center, or college financial aid office.