February 2016 News Flash
 
  

                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 
Crime Stoppers Took Time To Honor Fallen Officers

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. On Friday May 8th, representatives of the Lake County Crime Stoppers attended the ceremony held at the Lincoln Memorial Plaza in Waukegan, Illinois. Crime Stoppers would like to thank the men and women behind the badge in Lake County and throughout our great nation for their dedication to keeping us safe.

 
        
 
 
   
 
 
 
  
 

                                      Special Announcement                                                            

                   
 

 
NEW COMMUNITY POLICING AWARENESS 
BILLBOARD UNVEILED


Lake County Crime Stoppers, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LCMEG)and Clear Channel Outdoor have teamed up again creating a new New Community Policing Awareness Billboard with a focus this year on Reporting Guns, 
Drugs (heroin), Gangs, Human Trafficking, Teenage Prostitution, Crimes Against Children, Violent Criminals, Sex Offenders and Wanted Fugitives. This is the thirtieth in a series of Billboards to promote public awareness. The location of this year's Billboard is on the Northeast Corner of Washington and West Streets, Waukegan, Illinois. This theme ties in with our other Community Policing and Crime Prevention Awareness programs which are annually presented by Law Enforcement Agencies of Lake County.  
On our streets today, approximately Six of Ten children are solicited for Illegal Drugs (especially heroin), in and around the Lake County area. It should also be known that many young females are solicited to get into the prostitution arena doing sexual favors for money.
 
This is a call out to Parents, Educators and Concerned Citizens whereas to, BE AWARE, PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, GET INVOLVED, REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
 
If you have information regarding this type of crime or any other felony crime or felony fugitive, contact the Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222. Cash rewards up to $1,000.00 are paid for information that lead to an arrest, and remember,
we want your information, NOT YOUR NAME.
 
See Something, Hear Something, Say Something; and remember Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Crime Stoppers Does. 

This program is a collaboration of Lake County Crime Stoppers, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LCMEG) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Roycealee J. Wood, Regional Superintendent of Lake County Schools assists in the distribution of various Gun Stopper Posters and other information to the Schools after she reviews the information for its merit and noteworthiness for the schools of Lake County, Illinois.
 
Our thanks go out to everyone involved in this ongoing Community Policing and Crime Prevention Awareness program.

     
 
DID YOU KNOW 
 
                           
LAKE COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS
                          
HAS BEEN SERVING  LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS FOR OVER 32 YEARS 
 
 
"1983 TO 2016"
 
 
 
 
Crime of the Week
                              
(February 8, 2016)                                          
 
 
WANTED FUGITIVE 


Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office / Warrants Division are seeking your help in the whereabouts of an Dwayne Little a Wanted Fugitive..
 
Dwayne Little, Male Black, DOB: 11-13-1978, Height: 5' - 07", Weight: 185 Pounds, Black Hair and Brown Eyes is wanted on a Warrant in Lake County, Illinois.  The Outstanding Warrant is for Criminal Damage to Government Property.
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to call when suspicious activity or a suspicious person
is observed, and do not try to confront suspicious subjects yourself. 
 
If you have any information about this crime or any other felony crime or felony fugitive, contact Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222847-662-2222. 

If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 dollars.
 
See Something, Hear Something, Say Something, and remember  "Crime Doesn't Pay; But Crime Stoppers Does" 
 
Crime Stoppers wants your information - NOT Your Name 

Also, abuse of the elderly is a crime, so let's not forget to report this type of crime as well.
 

For other information etc., check our Lake County Crime Stoppers Web Site. 

 
 
 
 
 
Crime of the Week
 (February 1, 2016)
 
WANTED FUGITIVE 
 
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office / Warrants
Division are seeking your help in learning the whereabouts of an Melissa N. Hervas a Wanted Fugitive.
 
Melissa N. Hervas, Female White, DOB: 04-09-1987, Height: 5' - 06", Weight: 162 Pounds, Brown Hair and Hazel Eyes is wanted on a Warrant in Lake County, Illinois. The Outstanding Warrant is for Retail Theft.
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office would like 
to remind everyone to call when suspicious activity or a suspicious person is 
observed and do not try to confront the suspicious subject yourself.
 
If you have any information about this crime or any other felony crime or felony fugitive, contact Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222847-662-2222.  
 
Also, abuse of the elderly is a crime, so let's not forget to report this type of crime as well.
 
If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 dollars. 
 
See Something, Hear Something, Say Something; and remember Crime Doesn't Pay; But Crime Stoppers Does"
 
Crime Stoppers wants your information - NOT YOUR NAME  
 
For other information etc., check out Lake County Crime Stoppers Web Site: 
 
www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Special Announcement
   
(December 14, 2015)

 

 CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake County Crime Stoppers, and the Antioch Police Department are seeking your help in learning who damaged the two statues (shown below) which were on display in the downtown area of Antioch, Illinois.  The statues were part of the Charles Dickens Village Display.  The male statue was on display in the area of 900 Main Street and the female statue was on display near the intersection of Lake and Toft Streets.


                         

                    Damaged Male Statue               Damaged Female Statue

On Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Monday, November 30, 2015 the heads of the male and female statues were removed.  The damage is believed to have occurred in the early morning hours, possibly between 12:00 am and 3:00 am.

Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Antioch Police Department would like to 
remind everyone to call when suspicious activity or a suspicious person is observed, and do not try to confront suspicious subjects yourself.

If you have any information about this crime or any other felony crime or felony fugitive, contact
Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.   

Also, abuse of the elderly is a crime, so let’s not forget to report this type of crime as well.

If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 dollars. Also in addition to the Lake County Crime Stoppers reward, the Antioch Chamber Board of Directors is offering a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the offender(s).

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something; and, remember "Crime Doesn't Pay; But Crime Stoppers Does"

Crime Stoppers wants your information - NOT Your Name.

For other information etc., check out Lake County Crime Stoppers Web Site; www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Special Announcement  
(October 23, 2015) 
  
 $8,000.00 REWARD
 
 
     Offered in Fatal Pedestrian Hit-And-Run
 
 

A $8,000.00 reward is being offered for any tip which leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the hit-and-run crash which claimed the life of James A. Spicak.   $1,000.00 is being pledged by the family,$1,000.00 is being pledged by Lake County Crime Stoppers, and over $6,000.00 of reward money has been raised by members of the community.

 

On October 12, 2015, at approximately 11:00PM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a person lying down near the roadway in Unincorporated Prairie View.  When Deputies arrived they located James A. Spicak (68), of the 16000 block of West Pope Boulevard, lying in a ditch near the roadway, unresponsive.  Spicak was pronounced deceased a short time later, after being transported to Condell Hospital.  It was determined Spicak was struck near his mailbox by a hit-and-run driver in the area of West Pope Boulevard and North Eugene Avenue. 

 

It is believed the vehicle was leaving the Horatio Gardens subdivision, traveling westbound, toward Weiland Road when this occurred.  It is likely the vehicle sustained damage during the crash which could include damage to the bumper, grille, and/or hood areas.

 

This crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit and Criminal Investigations Division.  Anyone in the community with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (847-549-5200) or Lake County Crime Stoppers (847-662-2222).

 
 
 
 
 
                      Special Announcement 
 (June 11, 2015)
 
Illegal Guns

 
Lake County Gun Stoppers will pay a $100.00 Cash Reward for any information leading to the recovery of an illegal gun that someone is carrying in a public place.
 
This community program is brought to you by Crime Stoppers to help ensure safety in places like Schools, Playgrounds and or Buses.  So if you have any information regarding a person who could be illegally carrying a firearm in a public place, please call Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222847-662-2222, before it's to late.
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers, the Lake County Sheriff's Office and all other Lake County Law Enforcement Agencies are seeking your help in this very important matter.
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers, the Lake County Sheriff's Office and all other Lake County Law Enforcement would also like to remind everyone to call when suspicious activity or a suspicious person is observed, and do not try to confront suspicious subjects yourself.

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something; and, remember "Crime Doesn't Pay; But Crime Stoppers Does"

Crime Stoppers wants your information - NOT Your Name.
 
For other information etc., check out Lake County Crime Stoppers Web Site: www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com   
    
 
 
 
 
                     
                     
 
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  Tuesday, October 16, 2012|
Lake County, Illinois, news 
 
 

Anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers result in arrests

By CASSANDRA DOWELL - cdowell@shawmedia.com

Created: Monday, October 15, 2012 3:53 p.m. CDT


 

Andy Anderson, executive director of Lake County Crime Stoppers, greets Suzanne Willet, chief of the drug prosecution unit at the Lake County State's Attorneys office, during an awards ceremony in Waukegan. (Sheryl DeVore -sdevore@shawmedia.com)

Protecting anonymity while helping to prevent crime in the local community is the goal of Lake County Crime Stoppers. The chapter of the international nonprofit Crime Stoppers gives concerned residents a safe way to report illegal activity.

Since the chapter's inception in Lake County in 1983 more than 9,600 cases have been solved because of tips called into the Mundelein-based LCCS' office. In the same time period about $27.5 million dollars worth of property has been recovered and more than $900,000 has been paid out in reward money.

 Local law enforcement officials and other Lake County Crime Stoppers board members were recognized during an awards luncheon Oct. 11.

Bruce Johnson, vice chair of Lake County Crime Stoppers and retired chief of police for Round Lake Park, said Crime Stoppers' dedication to upholding anonymity of those who call in tips is vital to the organization's success.

"Perpetrators may want to enact retaliation on those who give information to police," Johnson said. "It’s so important that there is an entity so that when people want to give information but remain anonymous they can."

Crime Stoppers works directly with local law enforcement to make sure the appropriate authorities are notified of any tips called in.

When a call is received by Crime Stoppers, it is logged with the date, time, and a brief summary of the caller's information.

Laurence B. Nosbaum, assistant police coordinator with Lake County Crime Stoppers, said the Lake County chapter receives tips daily.

"We average about 100 calls a week," Nosbaum said. "With any crime in the community this gives a buffer because you don't have to give personal information. In fact, we don't even want to know your name. It makes people feel more comfortable coming forward."

A telephone is manned daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by members of Crime Stoppers. At night and on weekends an automatic answering device is used to record any information people want to leave. If the call is a toll call, people can call Crime Stoppers collect.

Nosbaum said it's important for those who call in tips to provide as many descriptors as possible.

"We want full descriptions of people, cars – whatever you're seeing," he said.

It's important for community members to report suspicious activity rather than look the other way because it helps to "clean up your own community," Nosbaum said.

"Would you want to have a drug dealer or burglar living next store? Especially if you have young ones, [reporting suspicious or criminal activity] is taking care of your own neighborhood."

Eugene Childers, LCCS Chairman of said it takes every member of a community to promote safety – not just law enforcement.

"We want to make all our communities safe – and that can't be done by law enforcement alone," Childers said. "We need the help of all our communities. You'd be surprised what the average citizen knows."

If a caller's information results in the arrest and indictment of an offender or the apprehension of a fugitive, contact will be made with the caller and arrangements made so that the person can receive his or her reward in cash and preserve anonymity.

Barb Pretzman, treasurer with LCCS, said funds for rewards come from police departments, the courts, attorneys and private donors.

Johnson said tips can relate to a variety of crimes, such as theft, homicide, drug offenses, gun violations and others. Some tips have even helped to close cases in other states, he said.

Suzanne Willett, chief of drug prosecution unit for the Lake County State's Attorneys Office, said her office has prosecuted cases that began by someone calling in an anonymous tip.

For example, someone may be smelling cannibis from their neighbor's house and see lots of people going in and out – they call the anonymous Crime Stoppers line, and then Crime Stoppers lets local police departments know about it, Willett said.

"They collect evidence and then we charge [the offender]," she said. "We are such a large county. We need people to stand up and work together. Like they say, 'it takes a village.'"

To report a crime or to learn more about Lake County Crime Stoppers, call 847-662-2222847-662-2222 or visit www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.


              
 

 
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