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Habitual Car Thief Recently Released From DOC Arrested After Multi-County Crime Spree

Earlier this morning, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Illinois State Police and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office with the apprehension and arrest of 21 year-old, Zachary M. Palmer, of Wilmington, IL.  Palmer, who was recently paroled (on June 2, 2021) after serving time for multiple Motor Vehicle Thefts, is suspected (and subsequently being charged with) stealing thr…

Sheriff’s Detectives Asking For Information Regarding Death Investigation in Rural Aroma Park

At approximately midnight overnight, sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the rural Aroma Park area located a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway near 3500 E on 2000S Rd (commonly referred to as Day Road).  Shortly after exiting their patrol vehicle to investigate why the vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the roadway, deputies located an unresponsive subject nearby in a farm…

County Emergency Response Team Assists Illinois State Police with Barricaded Fugitive

Sheriff’s deputies, officers from several local law enforcement agencies and the Kankakee County Emergency Response Team (ERT) assisted the Illinois State Police yesterday in Oak Creek Estates Mobile Home Park. Information shared by the IL State Police to Tri County Auto Theft Task Force Officers provided information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts. Officers were on scene in an effort to…

Wisconsin Man Arrested At Local Motel After Holding Victim At Gunpoint

Deputies were dispatched to a local motel in the 2700 South block of US Route 45/52 shortly after 4am this morning in regards to an Unlawful Restraint/Kidnapping situation where the victim was able to escape and notify police.  The victim, who was bound at the ankles, fled to another motel several blocks away where she was able to call 911.  Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers…

Deputies Locate Multiple Stolen Trailers in Pembroke Township

Earlier yesterday morning, Sheriff’s Deputies located several stolen trailers, power tools, along with multiple other stolen items in rural Pembroke Township.  Deputies met with the victim of one of the stolen trailers who believed he had located one of his stolen trailers based on a specific and unique paint-job.  After executing a search warrant on the property later in the day,…

Illumination Event To Be Held May 9th At The Kankakee County Courthouse

Starting May 9th, you may notice that the Kankakee County Courthouse will be changing colors. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department hasteamed up with the Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education’s Life Education Center and Pledge for Life Partnership to Illuminate the Courthouse.

On May 9th, the lights on the Courthouse will change to Lime Green to reflect the beginning of…

Countywide Collaborative Effort Results in Dozens of Arrests

Representatives from each police municipality in Kankakee County, in addition to the IL State Police, KAMEG, the United States Marshals Service and the Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force worked collectively yesterday during a countywide effort to apprehend fugitives and otherwise prevent crime.  During the effort, local law enforcement attempted 137 outstanding arrest warrants, resulting in over…

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Announces Scholarships

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of…

Medical Staff At JCDC Tends To Multiple Detainees Test Positive For The Coronavirus

The full-time Medical Department of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is working vigorously to treat multiple detainees at the Jerome Combs Detention Center after several began displaying symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

“Only one particular housing unit has been affected at this point,” said Sheriff Mike Downey.  “Thankfully, we are in possession of the Abbott Rapid Test that…

Thanksgiving Weekend Traffic Enforcement Results in 80 Citations

Throughout the course of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, like many other local municipalities, participated in traffic enforcement, particularly in an effort to crack down on impaired and distracted driving.

The detail resulted in 55 vehicles being stopped, resulting in 80 citations to include:

10 Citations for Failing to Wear Seatbelt(s);1…

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