Press Releases

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…

Police announce school traffic enforcement initiative

August 14, 2014: Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Sheriff’s Officers will work in concert over the next several weeks in an intensified traffic enforcement initiative. The initiative is being conducted in conjunction with the beginning of the new school year. Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski indicated that his officers as well as police agencies throughout the county will be out in forc…

Man Accused in Oktoberfest Attack Gets Sentenced

Aug 7, 2014‐ KANKAKEE, IL‐ 22 year‐old Bradley resident Eric D. Wheeler was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections in a Kankakee County Courtroom this afternoon in connection with an Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse case from last year. Wheeler was accused of battering and sexually abusing a 23 year‐old female in rura…

St Anne Resident Convicted in Heroin Trafficking Case


August 1, 2014- KANKAKEE, IL- Sun River Terrace (rural St. Anne) resident J.B. Brown Jr (a.k.a. “Cocoa”), 37 years of age, was convicted of federal drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a felon in Urbana yesterday.

A jury deliberated for approximately four hours Thursday afternoon before returning with the guilty verdict. Brown was arrested in June of 2013 at his…

Suspect in Sun River Terrace Homicide Arrested

JULY 11, 2014‐ KANKAKEE, IL‐ The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 year-old Rex L Frank (10/14/1992) earlier this morning for the murder of 36 year-old, Rion S. Maiden, of Sun River Terrace. While investigators continue to look into details of the July 5th incident, it appears that the homicide may have been a result of a botched burglary/robbery.

Frank was the victim of a…

Man sentenced to life in prison for sex offenses in Kankakee County

JUNE 27, 2014- KANKAKEE, IL- A repeat child sex offender from South Carolina was sentenced to life in prison, plus 30 years, for 4 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and 1 count of Possession of Child Pornography.  Sixty-Seven year-old, Jerry Lee Hendricks (12/11/1946), of Patrick, SC, was sentenced yesterday (6/26/2014) in U.S. District Court in Springfield, IL.

Hendricks was convicted…

Murder suspect takes 35 year plea

JUNE 25, 2014‐ KANKAKEE, IL‐ Cory B Gardner (M/W 03/01/1985), who was charged in the April 16th, 2012 murder of Tawayne Sharp in Kankakee, plead guilty to the Homicide earlier today in front of Judge Kathy Bradshaw‐Elliot. Gardner took a plea in exchange for 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (to be served 100%). First Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Dickenson praised…

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