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Lake County Jail corrections officer receives national ‘Correctional Officer of the Year’ award for saving inmates

A Lake County Jail correctional officer was awarded nationally as “Correctional Officer of the Year” for saving the lives of multiple inmates in 2020. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Corrections Officer Elvis Fejzic received the award recently in Boston during the Major County Sheriffs of America fall conference. Fejzic had also been awarded as […]

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Sheriff announces Waukegan non-profit center will provide alternative to the Lake County Jail

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that a non-profit center in Waukegan will now be an alternative to jail for those who have mental health issues or substance use disorders. The Independence Center, in partnership with the Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Lake County Government, announced the expansion of the […]

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Former Lake County correctional officer arrested for having sexual contact with an inmate

A former Lake County correctional officer was arrested and charged after an investigation showed she had sexual contact with an inmate in December, officials said. Elizabeth A. Blomstrand, 40, of the 100 block of Knobb Hill Lane in Gurnee, was charged with two counts of custodial sexual misconduct and two counts of official misconduct. In […]

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Video shows Lake County Jail correctional officers save man who tried jumping over railing

Newly released video shows two correctional officers spring into action and save an inmate who tried harming himself by jumping over a railing at the Lake County Jail. Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said the incident happened around 12 p.m. Monday. Correctional Officers Garrett Parsell and Matthew Bellavia were escorting a 28-year-old […]

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Face masks to be required in all Lake County government buildings regardless of vaccination status

County officials have announced that face coverings will be required again in all Lake County government buildings starting on Monday as COVID-19 cases rise in the state. The requirement will be for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, according to Alex Carr, Interim Chief Communications Officer for Lake County. Carr said the mandate comes after the […]

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Corrections officers save inmate who overdosed, collapsed at Lake County Jail

Three correctional officers are being hailed for saving an inmate who suffered a drug overdose and became unresponsive at the Lake County Jail, the sheriff’s office said. Lake County Correctional Officers David Juarez and Daniel Pennington were conducting rounds in the Community-Based Correctional Center Wednesday evening. Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said the […]