Police and safety officials in Will County are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is joining the IL Department of Transportation (IDOT), the IL State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt and impaired driving laws.
"Whether you are going across town or across the state this Thanksgiving, please make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belt. As of January 1, 2012, by law in Illinois, everyone must wear a seat belt no matter what seating position," said Will County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Byland. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt and arrest those choosing to drive impaired."
Will County Emergency Management Agency reports scattered damage,
No serious injuries resulting from Sunday storms
Will County Emergency Management Agency is reporting scattered damage as a result of Sunday afternoon’s storm. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.
Will County Sheriff’s Deputies reported a funnel cloud at 12:15 p.m. Sunday near Interstate 55 and Route 113.
The storm caused major structural damage in the Village of Diamond to the Christian Life Assembly of God Church and the Chrome Rack Bar. People were trapped inside the church, but rescue workers brought everyone to safety with only minor injuries. A gas and a propane leak in the vicinity were quickly contained. Several homes along the I-55 Frontage Road also sustained minor damage.
The Mayor of Diamond and the Grundy County Sheriff have informed Will County EMA that they have issued an overnight curfew in the Diamond Estates area.
The storm downed power lines and left trees and debris in the roadway on Interstate 55 near Rt. 113. Crews were working Sunday afternoon to clear the Interstate.
The storm also damaged at least nine structures, including homes, in the 13000 block of Bruns Road in Manhattan Township. There were no serious injuries, only minor cuts and bruises. Four houses were left uninhabitable, and there was significant structural damage to several pole buildings as well as non-structural damage to several other houses. The Red Cross and Salvation Army were on the scene Sunday assisting residents.
Downed power lines were reported in the areas of County Line Road and Klemme Road in Eastern Will County; and Strip Mine Road near Wilmington and Braidwood.
Several houses in a mobile home community near Frankfort at Stuenkel Road east of Harlem Avenue sustained roof damage in the high winds.
Will County Emergency Management Agency and the Will County Sheriff’s Department are assisting Grundy County officials in the Coal City area. Will County EMA has dispatched its Mobile Incident Command Center to Coal City to assist local rescue workers in managing the scene.
Motorists are advised to be alert for downed power lines, standing water and debris in the roadways. Downed power lines are extremely dangerous and should be avoided. Report power line damage to 1-800-EDISON1.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office announced today the arrest of James J. Borg, formerly of 135 SE Circle Drive, Unincorporated Joliet Township. Mr. Borg was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Detectives at 11:00 a.m. today as he left the Rehab Center of Chicago, 345 E. Superior, Chicago, Illinois. On October 18th, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Borg charging him with 3 counts of Aggravated Arson (Class X Felony) and 1 count of Residential Arson (Class 1 Felony).
Mr. Borg was a renter of the residence located at 135 SE Circle Drive, Joliet and was discovered by a neighbor in the flaming rubble of the structure after the house exploded July 14th at approximately 9:14 p.m. Borg survived this explosion and was treated for severe burns.
Borg shared the residence with Anne Gay, who was reported missing on June 22, 2013. Borg and Gay had shared the residence for several months before her disappearance. The Will County Sheriff’s Office along with the State Fire Marshall’s Office jointly worked on this arson investigation.
Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas stated, “The Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate Ms. Gays’ whereabouts, however, no new leads have developed that have aided us in solving this case.“
Borg is currently being held on a bond of $750,000 and will appear via video court at the Will County Courthouse, court room 305, tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing 'Trick or Treat" hours for residents living in unincorporated Will County to be Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 3:30pm thru 6:00pm. To ensure a fun and safe Halloween please remember these safety tips:
* Houses welcoming 'trick or treaters' should leave porch lights on.
* Parents need to make sure children can see clearly out of their costumes and should accompany all young children guiding them along sidewalks.
* Children should take treats home and allow parents to inspect them before eating.
* 'Trick or treaters' should cross streets only at intersections.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Marjorie Foutz. On Thursday, October 17th, at approximately 6:46pm, Foutz was reported missing from her residence by her husband. She was last seen at the residence at 5:00pm. Foutz suffers from various medical conditions including advanced cardiac disease and diabetes. No foul play is suspected.
Marjorie Foutz went missing from 36735 S. Irish Lane in Wilmington, IL. She is described as a 67 year old white female, 5'01", 155lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a sweatshirt with "Spirit" on the front and white Khaki pants.
The Will County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of local police and fire agencies, searched the area yesterday evening with negative results. A second search began this morning and at this time Foutz has not been located.
Should anyone have any information on Foutz' whereabouts or information that may aid in her location, please contact the Will County Sheriff's Office at 815-727-8575 or call 911.
Tips may also be submitted online at www.willcosheriff.org (click Tip tab)
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am to 2pm the Will County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. A disposal receptacle will be available for drop off in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, in downtown Joliet. No needles of any kind will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
During last year’s National Take Back Day, Americans turned in over 488,395 lbs. (244 tons) of prescription drugs at the 5,653 sites across the nation. This initiative is operated by the DEA and is in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies. It addresses vital public safety and public health issues. Medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, should be eliminated due to potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about National Take Back Day please visit:
www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539
Other sites participating in the medication disposal initiative
Bolingbrook Police Department: 375 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook
Mokena Police Department: 10907 Front Street in Mokena
Orland Park Police Department: 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue or 10500 Orland Parkway in Orland Park
Plainfield Police Department: 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive in Plainfield
Will County Sheriff’s Office: 14 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet