On Thursday, November 12th, Will County Sheriff's deputies, who police Homer Glen, chipped in to help the "Be Their Guide. Don't Provide" campaign that targets parents of high school students at Lockport Township High School. Chestnut Health Systems, funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHA), was issued a grant to deliver this message to area parents. The campaign seeks to lower the rate of underage drinking by targeting the risk factors of parents/adults who provide alcohol to youth, along with parents/adults not setting clear rules and messages regarding disapproval of underage drinking.
Throughout the campaign emails will be sent with the "Be Their Guide. Don't Provide" message and information, along with brochures, ink pens, and note pads that will be distributed to parents during Lockport High School parent involved school events. Radio ads have also been completed and are being aired on local radio stations and Sheriff's Office deputies were asked to distribute posters in their policing community. Sheriff's deputies accompanied Cherry Powell, Prevention Coordinator and intern Jessica Olson, both of Chestnut Health Systems, in delivering posters to 15 Homer Glen businesses. Businesses targeted were those who sold alcohol and those who serve numerous daily customers. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is advising the public and trucking industry that Sheriff's deputies will be strictly enforcing the newly posted 5 ton weight limit on Manhattan-Arsenal Road between Rt. 53 and Brandon Road near Elwood in Jackson Township. Due to the concern of residents who live on this roadway, the Will County Board endorsed and passed a resolution stating that the 15 ton weight limit would be reduced to 5 tons. The resolution was approved on October 22, 2015.
New signage is in place on both north and southbound Rt. 53 and on Manhattan-Arsenal Road. This enforcement is in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/11-305 and 625 ILCS 5/15-107.
A letter was sent to the Illinois Trucking Association notifying them of this change. To view the letter and/or to view the statutes, please visit our website at www.willcosheriff.org.
The Will County Sheriff's Office took two 15 year old male students of Lincoln Way East High School into custody today at about 12pm. The juveniles were picked up at the school and brought to the Sheriff's Investigation Division for questioning. Both boys made statements indicating that the posted threats to an online chat group was a ploy in order to get another juvenile into trouble. The boys made statements that they never intended to harm anyone.
Both juveniles are currently being charged with felony disorderly conduct with more charges pending after review. The juveniles will be brought to the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center in Joliet where they will appear in court tomorrow.
The Sheriff's Office would like to inform the public that a chat group post from a Chicago news organization reporting numerous injuries occurred today at a "Frankfort High School" was fabricated. It is unclear at this time who the originator of the post was. The investigation remains open at this time. -end-
Last night, October 27th, at 6pm, the Will County Sheriff's Office was advised by the FBI that they had received a tip regarding a threat of a school shooting at Lincolnway East High School, 201 Colorado in Frankfort Township. According to FBI personnel, the tip was discovered on a social media site/app. Sheriff's deputies, along with school administrators, conducted a search of the high school. Nothing of an evidentiary nature was found.
Through their invesitgation the FBI was able to locate the possible offender, a 15 year old male, sophomore student at LW East. Will County Sheriff's detectives and FBI personnel visited the residence last night and spoke with the juvenile and his parents, who fully cooperated and agreed to a search of their residence. No firearms or explosives were located.
The Will County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the FBI, are continuing their investigation regarding this matter. At this time it appears that this incident may be a hoax, in that it looks as if the possible offender was not the originator, nor the sender, of the threatening message. Investigators remain diligent in locating the IP address of the sender.
The Sheriff's Office has assigned extra deputies to the school today at the request of school administrators. The school has notified parents of the incident via email. -end-
This Sunday, October 25, 2015 from Noon to 5pm, Firehouse Subs in Joliet, is hosting an event to raise money to assist the Will County Sheriff's Office in providing Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) for their squad cars. This program was initiated by Firehouse Subs to provide area public safety agencies with extra funding in order to purchase needed equipment and training.
It's easy to help! Just plan to spend your lunch or dinner at Firehouse Subs, grab a donation flyer when you arrive, and 15% of all proceeds will go to this worthwhile cause!
Firehouse Subs is located at 1522 IL Route 59 in Joliet. Thanks for your support! -end-
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-