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Deputies Arrest 43 Year Old in Murder of His Step Father

At approximately 6:53 a.m. this morning, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 17774 E 7000S Rd in rural Pembroke Township in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies observed 68 year old Pembroke resident, Clarence Riley, in the home suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Riley, who was not breathing at the time of deputies’ arrival, was later…

Arrest Made in October ’16 Pembroke Murder

Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey has announced an arrest in the October 1, 2016 homicide of 46 year-old, Ralph Ledet (of Hopkins Park).  Earlier last week, 55 year-old, Pembroke Township resident, James E. Beals, was taken into custody by the US Marshal’s Service in Benton Harbor, MI.  Beals, who was taken into custody on the outstanding arrest warrant for Homicide, is awaiting…

Bank Personnel Foil Attempted Robbery

February 9, 2017 – Kankakee, IL – At approximately 9:20 this morning, sheriff’s deputies were summoned to the Federated Bank in Chebanse (110 First North St, Chebanse, IL) in regards to an attempted bank robbery. Bank personnel contacted the police after observing a suspicious person approaching the bank with an article partially concealing his face and wearing heavy clothing and gloves.

Chicago Man Pleads Guilty for Battering Kankakee County Correctional Officer

January 26, 2017 – Kankakee, IL – 28 year-old, Cordarryl Stevenson, of Chicago, pled guilty Monday afternoon in a Kankakee County Courtroom to Aggravated Battery causing Great Bodily Harm to a Peace or Correctional Officer. Stevenson was incarcerated in the Jerome Combs Detention Center in May of last year awaiting trial on two separate cases for Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery in Cook…

2017 Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship

Scholarship opportunity available to full time students in the fall of 2017. Please fill out and mail to 3000 S Justice Way, Kankakee, IL 60901 if interested.

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Fake Facebook Page Created to Mimic Sheriff’s Office Official Page

December 11, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – Within the last hour, it has been brought to the attention of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office that someone (unknown at this time) has created a fictitious Facebook account and titled it, Kankakee County Sheriff”s Office (https://www.facebook.com/Kankakee-County-Sheriffs-Office-21…).

“This page is not being administered by anyone representing…

Multiple Heroin Overdoses Being Reported Throughout Kankakee County

December 6, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey and Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner are reporting multiple heroin/fentanyl overdoses in the area.

“Area hospitals have reported several today alone,” said Sheriff Downey. “We’re not certain if there is a bad batch being distributed throughout Kankakee County or if it is extremely potent. All law enforcement…

Sheriff Downey Announces Additional Out-of-County Detainees to be Housed in Kankakee County

October 11, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – Sheriff Mike Downey addressed the Kankakee County Board at this morning’s meeting to announce the housing of additional out-of-county inmates and an increase to the Inmate Bed Rental revenues.  Effective Saturday (October 8th), Kankakee County began housing detainees for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE),…

Sheriff Downey Announces Additional Out-of-County Detainees to be Housed in Kankakee County

October 11, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – Sheriff Mike Downey addressed the Kankakee County Board at this morning’s meeting to announce the housing of additional out-of-county inmates and an increase to the Inmate Bed Rental revenues. Effective Saturday (October 8th), Kankakee County began housing detainees for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE),…

Four Murders In Less Then 36 Hours in Kankakee County

October 3, 2016 – Kankakee, IL – On Saturday, October l, 2016 at 1:11am the Kankakee County Sheriff s Office received a call of shots fired at 6624 South 17250 East Road in Pembroke Township. Upon arrival, deputies found 46 year old Ralph Ledet of Pembroke Township deceased in the driveway at that location. It appears that Ledet had suffered a gunshot wound. Illinois State Police Crime Scen…

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