A house has exploded at 14145 S. Parker Road in Homer Township. A robo-call has been sent out for evacuation of the area within a half mile radius of the residence. People are being asked to leave their homes immediately within this range. Homer Village Hall is open for evacuated residents. Emergency personnel are going door to door to help with the evacuation. Nicor gas remains on scene. They are reporting at least a 5 hour minimum time frame to cap the leak. The public is asked to call Nicor with any updates. Two people were taken to Silver Cross Hospital with burn injuries. Extent of the injuries is unknown at this time. -end-
3:30 pm: The Will County Sheriff's Office is advising motorists and residents in and around 143rd Street and Parker Road in Homer Township to avoid the area because of a gas leak. Nicor Gas is currently at the scene, along with NW Homer Fire District, Homer Emergency Management Agency, and Will County Emergency Management Agency. The situation is being closely monitored by these agencies. No evacuations are taking place at this time however residents in the area are being informed by emergency personnel.
Homer Consolidated School District #33C and Will County School District #92 were immediately notified of the situation and arrangements were made for alternative transportation home for the students safety.
The following roads are closed at this time: 135th to Parker , 143rd to Lemont Rd, 151st to Parker, and 143rd to Bell Road.
We are asking motorists to please stay clear of these areas until Nicor has safely secured the leak. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing the apprehension of murder suspect, Tariq J. Pinnick, age 20, of Lockport. On November 30, 2016 Will County Crimestoppers received a tip with information of Pinnick's possible whereabouts. Sheriff's detectives contacted the United States Marshalls and Georgia's Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office where they began looking for Pinnick. On December 8th, Pinnick was picked up at a residence in Norcross, GA and was taken into custody.
Pinnick remains in custody in Georgia on unrelated felony obstructing justice charges. Upon completion of his court proceedings he will be extradited back to Will County to stand trial for First Degree murder.
On January 13, 2016 Will County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Barry Avenue in Lockport Township where they found Dylan Somma, age 22, with a single gunshot wound to his chest and unresponsive. He was transported to Silver Cross Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Sheriff's detectives believe that Pinnick shot Somma during an altercation over the purchase of drugs. A warrant was issued for Pinnick on January 14th.
Will County Crimestoppers will be issuing the $5,000 reward money to the person who provided the tip leading to the arrest of Tariq Pinnick. -end-
On Sunday, November 13th, around 3:45am, two subjects entered the Mobil Gas Station at 1600 New Lenox Road in Joliet Township and committed an armed robbery. A male employee called 911 after he was pushed to the ground and was threatened to be shot if he moved. The suspects were able to gain entry behind the counter, open two registers and take an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects also stole 5 cartons of Newport cigarettes and several hats that were on a rack. The employee was then pushed into a back room where he was told not to call the police. The man was not injured and refused medical treatement.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public in identifying the two suspects. Anyone who may be able to identify the offenders or these vehicles is asked to contact the Will County Sheriff's Office, Investigation Division at 815-727-8574 ext: 4933. Tips can also be submitted on our website at www.willcosheriff.org. Click on "Submit a Crime Tip".
Offender #1 is described as male/black, 5'10", and 170 lbs. He was wearing a tan jacket, white shirt, and black pants with white gym shoes. This individual was driving a newer model, dark colored, Jeep SUV.
Offender #2 is described as male/black, 5'9", 250 lbs., wearing a brown fur coat, blue jeans, and light blue gym shoes. He was driving an older model box style Chevy Suburban with the front license plate attached to the grill area. It appears that a spare tire is in place on the driver's side rear of the vehicle.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Javier Heredia-Rios, age 32, of 312 N. Eastern Avenue in Joliet for the murder of Oscar Garrido-Castro, age 36, of Joliet. Today, the Will County Coroner’s Office positively identified Garrido-Castro and stated cause of death to be blunt force trauma and strangulation. The arrest of Heredia-Rios comes 11 hours after Sheriff’s Deputies located Garrido-Castro’s deceased body in an abandoned 2004 GMC Envoy in Joliet Township.
Heredia-Rios and Garrido-Castro were long time acquaintances and were together on Sunday, October 16, around 6:30pm, at Mora Builders, 12145 W. 159th Street in Homer Glen where Heredia-Rios is employed. The business was closed at the time and the two men allegedly began to argue about sexual advances that Garrido-Castro made to Heredia-Rios. The altercation escalated and Heredia-Rios struck Garrido-Castro in the head with a hammer and then strangled him. Heredia-Rios then placed Garrido-Castro into Garrido-Castro’s vehicle and drove it to Rosalind Avenue, west of Farrell Road, in Joliet Township, where he abandoned the vehicle.
Yesterday, after the vehicle and body were found on Rosalind, the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division began making contact with family members of the registered owner (Garrido-Castro) and learned of escalating situations between the two men. Detectives tracked Heredia-Rios to his residence at 11:00pm. He voluntarily came to the Investigation Division where he cooperated with detectives. By his own admission, Heredia-Rios stated that when he was approached by officers he was on his way to Mexico. Heredia-Rios is an undocumented immigrant and has been issued a temporary visitor’s driver’s license.
Javier Heredia-Rios was charged with four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Concealing a Homicide. He will be booked into the Will County Sheriff’s Adult Detention Facility later today. He will appear in court tomorrow at 1:00pm. –end-
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Antonio S. David, age 52, of 506 Larkspur Drive in Bolingbrook, DuPage Township. On 9/15/16, deputies from the Sheriff’s Fugitive Warrant Division traveled to the Larkspur address to serve a M.A.N.S. (Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad) warrant on David for two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. David was not home at the time but deputies were told by a relative that he would be home shortly. Deputies relocated down the street and shortly after observed David driving a Chevy Camaro toward his home. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and placed David in custody.
While running the registration on the Camaro it was discovered that the registration did not match that vehicle. Before the Camaro was towed a search was conducted. Located inside was a US Marshal’s badge, fraudulent identification, four cell phones, three handguns, a loaded magazine, laptops/tablets, a tactical bag with a SWAT patch and a GPS. Deputies also observed a suspicious switch located in the console of the vehicle with wiring attached to the back of the vehicle. Deputies believed that this switch appeared consistent with placing police lights on a vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies then traveled to David’s residence and obtained a consent to search from a family member in order to verify there were no more police items at the home. During the course of the search deputies located a methamphetamine lab in the basement of the home.
The residence was secured and a warrant to search was obtained the next morning. Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team arrived on scene to secure the home for safety. Sheriff’s deputies, MANS agents, and the IL State Police Meth Team conducted a thorough search of the home. In addition to the meth lab, they located numerous security cameras inside and outside the residence, several computers and laptops, drug equipment, two rifles, two handguns, various calibers of live ammunition and a large amount of US currency. David possesses a valid conceal carry permit.
Antonio S. David was charged with Armed Violence, possession of drug equipment, possession of syringes/needles, possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of possession/delivery of methamphetamine. He is being held at the Adult Detention Facility on an $865,000. Bond (10% to apply).