The Will County Emergency Management Agency is announcing Severe Weather Preparedness Week in IL on March 2 through 8, 2014.
Each year, individuals are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, including dangerous lightning and flash flooding, despite advance warning. Severe weather knows no boundaries as we saw on November 17th as tornadoes whipped through the Will County townships of Wilmington, Manhattan, Green Garden, New Lenox, Frankfort, and Washington. Fortunately no loss of life or serious injuries occurred as a result of those tornadoes.
To better prepare us for the severe weather season, severe weather spotter courses have been scheduled throughout the area. The 2 hour basic level course in recognizing severe weather also includes procedures for reporting severe weather to the appropriate agencies. Classes have been scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 at Lincoln Way West High School Performing Arts Center beginning with a health and safety expo at 5pm and training beginning at 7pm. A second class has been scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at Minooka High School South Campus; doors will open at 6pm for a safety fair with training at 7pm. The third class that has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th at Frankfort Fire Station 3; doors open at 9am with preparedness booths to view and training beginning at 10am.
Classes will be instructed by meterologists from the National Weather Service. Those interested in attending any of the classes are encouraged to register by calling 815-723-1455 to reserve your space. There is no cost to attend these classes.
Individuals and families can become better prepared for emergencies by learning about severe weather, becoming familiar with various warning systems, and identifying safe areas to take shelter at home, work, and school. For more information visit the Will County Emergency Management Agency website at www.willcountyema.org or call our office at 815-740-8351.
Harold R. Damron, EMA Director
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Nhat Van Hoang, male, DOB: 3/7/61 of 25212 Spring Street in Manhattan, IL.
On 2/16/14 at approximately 8:24pm the Will County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit executed a search warrant at the residence where they located 639 cannabis sativa plants along with a digital weigh scale, heat sealer and numerous boxes of heat sealed bags. The entire basement of the residence was split up into growing rooms, each containing elaborate electrical, venting, and irrigation systems. Mr. Hoang was not home when the search warrant was executed however he was taken into custody and arrested when surveillance officers observed him arriving at the residence the following day (2/17/14).
The search warrant and ultimate arrest was the culmination of a six month long investigation. The Manhattan Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office with both the search warrant and the arrest. The seized cannabis plants have an approximate street value of $350,000. A 2005 Acura SUV was also seized.
Hoang was charged with production of cannabis sativa plants, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug equipment. He is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility where bond has been set for $50,000 (10% to apply). ( Attachments see below : mugshot and two photos)
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- WHERE: Lincoln-Way Central High School, Route. 30 & Schoolhouse Rd, New Lenox.
- WHEN: March 6, 2014 through May 22, 2014
- FROM: 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
- COST: Free to the public
12 CONSECUTIVE THURSDAY EVENINGS
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The Citizens Police Academy is an informational program open to the general public. This program was designed to inform citizens of the community how the police and criminal justice system work and will be presented in a manner that is enjoyable for everyone who attends.
Some highlights of our program:
- Traffic Stops
- K-9 Demonstration
- Criminal Justice System
- Coroner's Office Tour
- Crime Scene Processing
- Tour of the Adult Detention Facility
- AND MUCH MORE!!!
The Will County Sheriff's Office will be out in force from December 20th through January 5th as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Will County.
The Will County Sheriff's Office said that its deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will be ticketed. The Sheriff's Office is giving fair warning to all partygoers. "You will see us making a lot of stops during this enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated officers will show zero tolerance," said Sgt. Steve Byland from the Traffic Division.
Data shows the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. Being arrested for DUI brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
"Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. Don't take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested," said Sgt. Steve Byland. "Please drive sober!"
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds though the Illinois Department of Transportation.
On 5-13-13 at 1328 hours, an unknown black male entered the TCF Bank, 21164 S. LaGrange Rd. in Frankfort, and deposited a fraudulent check for $2700.00 into the victim’s checking account. Five minutes later, a second unknown black male withdrew $500.00 from the same account using the victim’s ATM card at the Frankfort branch’s ATM. The account-holder immediately reported the activity and attempted to obtain reimbursement from the bank. It is believed all three men are taking part in a scam to make money from the bank in the supposed theft. Investigators are attempting to identify the two men seen in the photos displayed below in this post.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kankakee County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Honeycutt at 815.802.7156 in reference to case #2013-15221 or submit an anonymous web crime tip to the Will County Sheriff’s Office ( http://www.willcosheriff.com/pages/tips/formnew.asp ).