Press Releases

2015 Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship


The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a…

Sherrod pleads guilty in July 2013 Murder


February 18, 2015: Kankakee, IL – Sixteen-Year-Old Vinshawn Sherrod, of rural Pembroke Township, pled guilty in a Kankakee County Courtroom earlier this morning in the July 28th, 2013 murder of 70 Year-Old Thad Wells Jr.  Sherrod pled guilty in exchange for 27 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, which will make him eligible for paro…

Thinking for a Change Program

Thinking for a Change seeks to improve decision-making skills among the Criminal Justice population.

The Thinking for a Change Program (T4C) program has been identified as making a huge difference in the Jerome Combs Detention Facility (JCDC) in Kankakee County.

A Graduation ceremony will be held in Courtroom 300 of the Kankakee County Courthouse at 10:30 am on Friday January 23, 2015 to…

St Anne Man to Serve 14 Years for Trafficking

Urbana, Ill. – JB Brown, Jr., aka Cocoa, 37, of the 400 block of Circle Drive, St. Anne, Ill., was sentenced today to a term of 174 months (14 years, 6 months) in federal prison for trafficking heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for…

Sheriff’s Deputies Respond to Another Shooting in Rural Momence

October 25, 2014: Kankakee, IL – At approximately 12:34 am this morning, deputies responded to the Kavaliers Sports Bar (17969 E Rt. 114, Momence, IL) regarding a shooting that had just taken place.  Upon arrival, responding deputies reportedly observed the victim, Tashon L. Jones, 24 years-of-age from Pembroke Township, on the ground just outside of the bar.  Bar patrons were tending to…

Child Pornography Suspect Arrested

October 22, 2014: Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County resident, Eric L Knieriem (37 years of age) of rural Buckingham, was arrested on Monday (10/20/2014) after an extensive investigation into Child Pornography.  Agents from the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force worked in conjunction with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office High Technology Crime Unit, the Sycamore Police Department,…

Sheriff’s Deputies Respond to Shooting

October 16, 2014: Kankakee, IL – Deputies from the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of 14700 E Central St (Pembroke Township), Hopkins Park, IL, at approximately 02:20 Hrs. this morning regarding a gun-shot victim. Upon arrival, deputies observed an unresponsive male, whom was later identified by police as 25-year-old, Obededom Hammond of rural Pembroke Township.

Fugitive Captured After Taunting Law‐ Enforcement on Social Media

KANKAKEE, IL-  A fugitive, who taunted the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office by posting on her SnapChat, “Marcoo Polooo.  Come Find Me.” was apprehended Saturday in Tampa Bay, FL.  Alyssa M Smith, 22 of Kankakee, IL, was taken into custody on her outstanding warrant for Driving Under the Influence.

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office has gained attention recently by their use of,…

Illinois Rail Safety Week

During Illinois Rail Safety week, which runs September 14th to September 20th, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office want to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks. Did you know that Illinois has one of the biggest rail systems in the United States? According to the Illinois Commerce Commission:

Illinois has more than 7,400 miles of railroad track, the second…

Tips to deal with hot weather

Undersheriff Mike Downey warns area residents to be cautious during this extreme hot weather we are currently experiencing.   “Common sense and moderation is the key to surviving this kind of heat,” advised Undersheriff Downey.  Here are some common tips to help during a hot weather period.

Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible.
Drink plenty of fluids…

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