November 2014 News Flash
 


                                 
     
 
 HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 
 From the Members of Lake County Crime Stoppers 
 



DID YOU KNOW 
 
 
LAKE COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS
                          
HAS BEEN BEEN SERVING  LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS FOR OVER 31 YEARS 
 
 
"1983 TO 2014"
  
 
 Crime of the Week 
(November 17, 2014)
 
WANTED FUGITIVE 
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office / Warrants
Division are seeking your help in learning the whereabouts of a Vernon L.Jones a Wanted Fugitive.
 
     Vernon L. Jones, Male Black, DOB: 0`1-15-1990, Height: 5' - 08", Weight: 225 Lbs, Black Hair and Brown Eyes is wanted on a Warrant in Lake County, Illinois.
The Outstanding Warrant is for 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 847-662-2222.  
 
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    
 
Crime of the Week
(November 3, 2014)

WANTED FUGITIVE 

Lake County Crime Stoppers, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office / Warrants Division are seeking your help in learning the whereabouts of a Tyler Vesterfelt a Wanted Fugitive. 

Tyler Vesterfelt, Male White, DOB: 09-07-1992, Height: 6' - 01", Weight: 195 Pounds, Blond Hair and Blue Eyes is wanted on a Warrant in Lake County, Illinois. The Outstanding Warrant is for Possession of Controlled Substance... 

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 847-662-2222.

Also, abuse of the elderly is a crime, so lets 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  
 
 
 
 
 
Crime Stoppers, law enforcement join with schools to fight drugs

Oct 14, 2014
Lake County Crime Stoppers, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Mundelein Police Department, Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that the crime and drug prevention rulers for Lake County’s public middle-school and high-school students have been delivered.

“This project was funded in part by Lake County Crime Stoppers as well as from drug asset forfeiture accounts. The monies seized from drug dealers is helping to educate our youth on the dangers of drugs. It is a wonderful thing when you can reach over 70,000 children on their dime,” said State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim.

“We are grateful for the partnership with the schools, this is an important message. Although, we still believe the strongest message is the one that comes from parents,” said Sheriff Mark Curran.

The entities involved in the production of the rulers are most concerned that students are provided with information that can be utilized in crime and drug prevention. The misuse and abuse of prescription medication and heroin is increasing. As a result, it was felt that students in Lake County’s public middle schools and high schools need to be reminded that Lake County Crime Stoppers is available to hear their voices. It is important for youth to report crimes that occur within their communities.

“Taking measures to ensure our youth are educated on the dangers of drug use is a vital first step to keeping them safe. These rulers are a simple yet ever-present reminder of those dangers. Mundelein was happy to partner with the States Attorney’s Office, Crime Stoppers, and the Sheriff’s Office on this important initiative,” said Mundelein Police Chief Eric J. Guenther.

Crime Stoppers is a program separate from the emergency telephone number 911 system and allows a member of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity, without the fear of reprisal, apathy or reluctance to get involved. It thereby allows the person to provide crime solving assistance to the authorities without being directly involved in the investigation process.

Lake County Crime Stoppers is a resource of local law enforcement departments, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. Law enforcement cannot solve all the crimes on their own, forensic science and investigative skills are vital, along with information from the public. Crime Stoppers recognizes that someone other than criminals may have information about crime. The program provides anonymity (callers are given a code number instead of being asked for their name, and calls are not traced or recorded) and pays cash rewards when their information leads to an arrest.

All students in the Lake County area are urged to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222 to report information on any person who possesses illegal drugs especially “Heroin that Kills” in a public place.
   
 
Crime of the Week
(September 2, 2014)

$1,000.00 REWARD 

Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Waukegan Police Department are seeking your help in the death of Monica L. Williams..


The Waukegan Police Department / Criminal Investigation Division is actively investigating leads into the death of Monica L. Williams, which has been ruled a homicide.  The incident occurred on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her apartment in the 200 block of West Drive, Waukegan,Illinois. 

Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Waukegan 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. 

If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash
reward of up to $1,000.00 dollars.

If You 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:
www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Special Announcement
(September 30, 2013)

Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office / Criminal Investigation Division are seeking your assistance in the homicide investigation of Harry Dahms.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating the homicide of Harry Dahms of unincorportated Newport Township from June 1, 2012.




Harry Dahms -- 68 years old                                 Vehicle Belonging To Mr. Dahms


Mr. Dahms was last seen at his residence on May 31, 2012. He was last seen
wearing a black long sleeve shirt, khaki cargo shorts and tan work boots.

Mr. Dalms was known to frequent the TA Truck Stop and Toor's Truck Stop on I-94
at Russell Road BP Gas Station at 8011 Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin,
the Bristol Route 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin and the Restaurant 45 North in
unincorporated Antioch Township.

Anyone who may have seen Mr. Dahms (or his vehicle) on or after May 31, 2012
or has any information about this crime is urged to call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 847-377-4250 or the Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something; and, remember "Crime Doesn't Pay; But Crime Stoppers Does"
Lake County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000.00 for
information leading to the arrest of the offender.
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 847-662-2222 or visit www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.


              
 

 
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County program takes 243 guns off streets

Buy Back program reduces crime, and accidental shootings 

December 16, 2008
Besides the usual assortment of old shotguns and hunting rifles collected on Saturday, there were some more villainous weapons that had been adapted for the street: two sawed off shotguns with sawed-off stocks and a sawed-off rifle.
"Some people say this isn't worth the money, but if collecting one of these guns saves a life, you can't put a price on that," said Andy Anderson, executive director of Crime Stoppers, which sponsors the program along with Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group. The program helps prevent accidental shootings, suicides, homicides, and other gun-related crimes.
For each of the 243 guns turned in, a $50 gift certificate to Dominick's  store was provided. 
Each gun will be run through the Northern Illinois Crime Laboratory to see if it was used in a crime and then will be destroyed, Anderson said.
"In no way does this infringe on someone's Second Amendment rights. These guns were forfeited without legislative or executive action," said Sheriff Mark Curran.
"As you can see, many of these were not well-maintained or kept in a safe location. That creates a risk, and that's why it is money well spent," Curran said.
Sheriff's deputies were stationed at each drop-off point in the county. The majority of handguns were revolvers, which Curran said are slowly becoming extinct because of the popularity of handguns with ammunition clips.









 

SPECIAL NOTICE
 
The 2012 Lake County Gun Buy Back Program has been postponed for the year due to lack of Funding and Manpower.  The program has been rescheduled for 2014. 
 
 
Lake County Crime Stoppers has a new mascot and his name is Officer Tips. Officer Tips was made possible through a donation from Ernie's Wrecking and Towing Service - Vernon Hills Illinois.




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