On 2/3/16, around 3:15pm, Will County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) deputies were traveling on Wilmington-Peotone Road, near Rt. 50, Peotone Township, when they observed a Ford F-350 pickup truck conducting a traffic violation. Deputies made a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, Juan M. Hernandez, age 36, of 422 Elwood in Joliet. Hernandez appeared visibly nervous and while deputies were executing a violation check on him they observed Hernandez making several furtive movements inside his vehicle.
GSU contacted the Sheriff’s Office, K-9 deputy and his canine partner, Roxy, who made a positive indication of drugs inside the vehicle. A search was completed and 5 kilos/5,864 grams of Cocaine was located. Estimated street value of this seizure was $250,000.
Juan Hernandez was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, no front registration plate, and disobeying a stop sign. He will appear in bond court later today. –end-
On 1/27/16 at 2:33pm the Will County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit was in the Bolingbrook area when they observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was made at Weber Road, south of Boughton Road, where the deputies spoke to the driver, Winfred Richter, age 26, of 224 Williamsburg in Romeoville, and observed an open white plastic bag with multiple bags of suspected cannabis inside. Richter was found to have 289.0 grams of cannabis. He was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug equipment. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office continues to seek help from the public for any information leading to the arrest of Tariq J. Pinnick, age 19, of 122 Riverview Avenue in Lockport Township. Pinnick is known to frequent the Lockport and Joliet areas and was currently enrolled at Lewis University in Romeoville. A $1 million warrant for First Degree Murder was issued for Pinnick's arrest last week.
Crimestoppers of Will County has announced that up to $5,000 cash reward will be paid to any persons who furnish information leading to Pinnick's capture. All calls/information will remain anonymous.
Pinnick is believed to be armed and danger0us.
Or you may call the Will County Sheriff's Office at: 815-727-8575
On Friday 1/8/2016 the Will Count Sheriff's Office arrested Blaique P. Morgan 19 of 1702 Houston, Joliet and a 17 year old on 3 counts of murder for the homicide that occurred at 1704 Houston, Joliet on Thursday 1/7/2016.
Blaique Morgan and the 17 year old alledgedly killed the 62 year neighbor over a long standing neighbor dispute.
Blaique Morgan is currently being held at the Will Adult Detention Facility and will be in bond court on Saturday morning. The juvenile will appear in juvenile court on Monday 1/11/2016 at the River Valley Justice Center.
Today, 1/4/16, around 10:30am, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of S. Cherry Hill Road in Manhattan Township regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival deputies placed Michael J. Bernhard, age 22, of 23263 S. Cherry Hill Road, Manhattan, in custody without incident after speaking with his mother who stated that Michael had attempted to stab her while they were inside the family car. Mrs. Bernhard stated that she was getting ready to drive her son, Michael, to the train station in order for him to return to college. While she began backing out of the driveway her son asked her to stop the vehicle because he forgot something inside. When he returned to the inside of the vehicle he pulled out a 6" butcher knife and proceeded to attack her. Mrs. Bernhard stated that she attempted to defend herself and then slammed the car into reverse and pulled down the driveway in order to possibly attract attention for help. It was at this time that a relative, who lives nearby, observed the vehicle and the struggle going on inside. The relative called 911.
Mrs. Bernhard was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and was treated for cuts and abrasions to her hands, arms, and throat. She was later released. Michael Bernhard was also transported to Silver Cross for evaluation and was later released to Sheriff's detectives. He was brought into the Sheriff's Investigation Division for questioning and was subsequently charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Attempted Murder. It is believed that Michael Bernhard was attempting to kill his mother for insurance money to pay for his college tuition. He will appear in bond court tomorrow morning.
– Target in New Lenox
This year the Will County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group (SOG) was honored to be able to participate in the Heroes and Helpers program at the Target in New Lenox on Sunday, December 13th. Target reached out to the Special Operations Group with a grant of $1500 and the opportunity to brighten this Christmas for up to 25 children. With $500 donations from the F.O.P. union and M.A.P. union, SOG was able to arrange for 25 children to have $100 to come out and shop with a member of SOG. Morningstar Mission in Joliet coordinated the selection of the children and worked directly with the Sheriff’s Office for this event. These 25 were selected from those who were not able to be a part of the Shop With A Sheriff that was held on December 5th . It was an amazing time to serve the community and watch the faces of the kids light up this Christmas season.
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