Effingham County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Effingham County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 101 N. Fourth Street, Suite 101, Effingham, 62401 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (217) 342-2102
Fax: (217) 342-2213

Effingham County Sheriff's Office is located at 101 N. Fourth Street, Suite 101, Effingham, 62401 IL. The Effingham County Sheriff's Office phone number is (217) 342-2102.

Effingham County Sheriff's Office News

October 23, 2018 NEWS RELEASE Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Illinois 217/342-2101 The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office recently sold t-shirts to support Breast Cancer Awareness. $700.00 was donated to St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center. Non-uniform employees of the Sheriff’s Office are authorized to wear the shirts to work on the Fridays during October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pictured are Sheriff’s Office personnel presenting the donation to the Wellness Center. Pictured left to right in the front row are Office Deputy Pam Rieman and Administrative Aide Mary Hoopingarner. Back row is St. Anthony Hospital Director of Philanthropy Michael Wall, Telecommunicator Billie Bales, Office Deputy Gena Blair, Sheriff David Mahon presenting check to Womens Wellness Supervisor Ashley Davis, Communications Supervisor Tina Daniels and Jail Administrator Marnie Raber.

PRESS RELEASE Release Immediately Release Date: 09/25/18 Illinois Rail Safety Week – 10 Tips to Save Your Life The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) is coordinating the fourth, statewide Illinois Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 23rd to 29th, in partnership with Metra Railroad, along with support from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, railroads, schools, and various private sector agencies. The ILACP is also pleased to announce that Operation Lifesaver has declared the same week as National Rail Safety Week, and the ILACP is proud to be part of the national effort. During Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks. Please be proactive to keep a tragedy from occurring either on or around railroad tracks. To remain safe please follow the ten tips, offered by Operation Lifesaver, when crossing railroad tracks; - Walking or playing on train tracks is dangerous and illegal. - Be prepared to stop at crossings. - Cross train tracks at designated highway/railroad crossings. - Look for the crossbuck sign, lights or gates at crossings. - Listen for warning bells and whistles. - Obey the signals. - If one train passes, make sure a second train is not approaching on another track in the same or opposite direction. - Obey the directions of a police officer or member of a train crew directing traffic at a crossing. - Cross the tracks in low gear; do not change gears while crossing. - If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out quickly, and move away from the vehicle and tracks; call the emergency number posted at or near the crossing and call 911. If you would like more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org or contact the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Please Drive Safely, Sheriff David J. Mahon

September 18th, 2018 Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Illinois 217/342-2101 We have been notified that the National test of the Emergency Alert System has been postponed until October 3rd, due to Hurricane Florence. The Effingham County Sheriff's Office does not administer the test, but we want you to be informed. Printed below is the notice we received. IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) The National EAS and WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.” Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test. The test was originally planned for September 20, 2018 but has been postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

August 30th, 2018 Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Illinois 217/342-2101 The Effingham County Sheriff's Office received this notification from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. They will be conducting a test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alert System on September 20th. The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is not administering these tests, but we want you to be informed. For more information you can visit: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/07/23/nationwide-test-emergency-alert-system-be-conducted-september-20-2018 "A national alert test for both WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities will take place on September 20th at 2:18 EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue a Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert testing the Presidential WEA capabilities. The test message will be available to all compatible cell phones. Please note, some older cell phones may not receive the test message. The nationwide WEA test will be followed by a nationwide EAS test approximately 2 minutes after the WEA is issued. WHEN: Thursday, Sept . 20 at 2:18 p.m. EDT for Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Thursday, Sept . 20 at 2:20 p.m. EDT for Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) More information: • The alert title will be "Presidential Alert ". • The use of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) will be utilized for both tests (WEA and EAS). • The test will happen during the school day, so FEMA/FCC have teamed up with the Department of Education to make sure all educators will be aware of the test. • An increase amount of sensitivity for preparedness and education is in current planning phases for the tests due to it being a Presidential Alert. This also may be the first time cell phone users will receive an alert. FEMA looks to have educational messages sent out publicly about a week prior to the test. o The times and order of the tests are on purpose so that once someone sees the 'THIS IS A TEST' alert on their phone, they may go to a radio or television and can see the same alert that will emphasize 'THIS IS A TEST'."

July 6th, 2018 NEWS RELEASE Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Illinois 217/342-2101 During the afternoon of July 6th two men stopped at an elderly couple's rural home in the southern part of the county. They told the home owners they could see several holes in their roof and they would be willing to repair the roof, for the cost of the materials. The home owners refused their offer and the men left. Later in the afternoon the home owners answered a knock on their door. As they answered they saw a man climbing down a ladder, as if he had been on the roof. The man standing at the door told our home owners they had repaired their roof and they demanded $275.00 for their services. When the home owner told the men he was calling the Police the men left, driving a beige four-door truck. The man at the front door was described as having blonde hair, 30 to 40 years old and approximately 160 pounds. Our home owners did not loose any money and they did the right thing by calling the Police. The tactic used by the two men is common. They hope to guilt or coerce people into giving them money. If you have family members living alone or in a remote area be sure to talk to them about instances such as these. They should know they can always call 911 if they feel threatened or uncomfortable with someone who has come to their home. We stay safer by helping look out for one another.

July 3, 2018 News Release Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois 217/342-2101 On 06/27/18 at 0801AM Effingham County 911 Telecommunicator Jordan Ping took a 911 call of a female in labor who was traveling south bound on Interstate 57 approximately ten miles south of Effingham. The caller advised that her daughter was in active labor and that she was pulling over to wait on an ambulance. Telecommunicator Ping paged out the ambulance and Watson first responders and began pre-arrival instructions with the caller. The labor progressed rapidly and with the help of Telecommunicator Ping giving instructions over the phone to the mother, the baby girl was delivered before the ambulance and first responders arrived at 0812AM. Sheriff Mahon stated that Jordan did an outstanding job of staying calm and delivering pre-arrival instructions during a very stressful situation. He is a credit to his profession and the men and women who go to work every day and are prepared to assist our citizens on the other end of that emergency 911 call. 911 Telecommunicator Jordan Ping is pictured receiving a 911 Stork Delivery Award Pin from Effingham County Communications Supervisor Tina Daniels and Sheriff Dave Mahon.

July 02, 2018 Effingham County Sheriff's Office 217/342-2101 On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office conducted their annual Sheriff’s Posse Ride. The ride is a motorcycle fundraiser for a local charity in Effingham County. This year’s benefactor was Crisis Nursery of Effingham County. With the help of the many local merchants in the County, the Sheriff’s Office, volunteers and the local Blue Knights Chapter raised $5,253.00 for this very worthy cause. This amount reflects a $500. 00 donation from the Blue Knights. Sheriff Dave Mahon and Chairperson Cheryl Brian would like to thank Legacy Harley Davidson, and all the local businesses for their generous donations, which helped raise the money for such a great cause. Those presenting the check are pictured from L to R: Jim Brian; Committee Member, Cheryl Brian; Posse Ride Chairperson, Meghan Rewers; Executive Director of Crisis Nursery, with her son James, Sheriff Dave Mahon, Ron Will ; Crisis Nursery Treasurer, and Bob Fergus; Blue Knights Chaplain.

Another successful Effingham County Sheriff's Posse Ride was held on June 9th. Several area individuals and businesses donate toward this event and all of the proceeds are given to a worthy organization. This year's recipient is Crisis Nursery of Effingham County. Special thanks to Cheryl Brian, the Posse Ride Chairperson, and everyone who donated their time.

Effingham County Sheriff's Office 217/342-2101 News Release June 8th, 2018 We received a report of a scam involving Community Development Block grants. An Effingham County citizen received a FaceBook instant message from one of his contacts telling him he should check out a link offering Community Development Grants. He knew and trusted the sender, so he clicked on the link, read the material, and applied for a grant. He was approved for a grant, but became suspicious when he started receiving text messages from the grant organization requesting he wire money out of the country to pay the taxes on the grant, because it was held up in Customs. When he checked with the FaceBook message sender he discovered that her FaceBook page had been compromised and she was not aware that the message had been sent. The website where our caller was directed is a site anyone can go to and construct a form. When someone fills out and submits a form the original author of the form is contacted by email. This is how the people attempting the scam were able to obtain our victim's cell phone number. Even though our victim did not wire any money or provide financial transaction numbers, they still have some of his sensitive personal information from the form he completed. The phone number that showed up when our victim received the text messages goes to Googlephones when called and you can only leave a recorded message. These places are next to impossible for your local law enforcement to track and investigate, and the owners or authors usually reside outside of the United States. If you find it hard to believe someone could fall for a financial scam like this, think again. If the circumstances are right and you feel you have been advised by a reliable source you could become a victim. This particular site was very well constructed and appeared legitimate. The people that are trying to dupe you out of your hard-earned money put a great amount of time and effort into their plans and they only need to actually fool a small percentage of the population to be profitable. The best defense against these types of crimes is to be informed. A good source of information is www.identitytheft.gov. This site has a wealth of information designed to help you safeguard your information and finances. If you have experienced identity theft another excellent source of information is www.ftc.gov. This site is sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. Remember, the world we live in is constantly changing with new technology and the criminal element in our society will use every advantage they can find. Stay informed, stay safe.

Make sure and save the date! Annul Effingham County Sheriff's Posse Ride, June 9th, 2018. Registration is from noon till 1:30pm, with a blessing of the bikes at 1:45. The ride will leave Legacy Harley Davidson at 2:00. For additional information see the attached flyer of visit https://wwwfacebook.com/effinghamcountysheriffsposseride/ Hope to see you there for a great time and a great cause!

Effingham County and the City of Effingham have activated an alert system to provide emergency notifications. This system will alert everyone that signs up to any threat or emergency that occurs in their area. Residential land lines are all ready connected to the service, but business lines, cell phones and email addresses are not. You must sign up to receive notifications. You can choose to receive notifications by email, text, a phone call, or a combination of the three. If you live or work in Effingham County, please take a minute to sign up your mobile device and help us serve our community. Click on the link below or go to https://hyper-reach.com/ileffinghamsignup.html to be included.

SCAM ALERT Even though the deadline for filing Federal Income Tax has passed, we are still getting reports of citizens receiving scam Tax calls and text messages. The latest calls state that the caller has serious allegations against you, and you need to call the provided number back. If an unsuspecting victim calls the number they are informed that there are problems with their tax return and they must send money to rectify the error, or they will be criminally charged. The Internal Revenue Service never initiates contact by a phone call, text or answering service message. If you receive one of these telephone calls or text messages please delete it. Do not waste your time or energy attempting to reason with these criminals. Calling the number they provide or speaking with them on the phone usually only encourages more phone calls. We understand your frustration after you receive these calls, because we get them also. These calls generally originate outside of the United States and they are very difficult to track. Our best defense against this type of crime is knowledge of how these criminals work and remaining diligent in safeguarding our personal information. These criminals only require a small percentage of their scam calls to work to be profitable. Talk to your family members and friends, especially those that might be vulnerable to this type of crime, about the importance of never giving out personal or financial information to an unsolicited source.

Dedication

April 9th, 2018 This year, the week of April 8 through April 14 is designated as TC week. Please join us in recognizing the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Telecommunicators for their hard work and dedication to our department and to our community. We are truly blessed to have such a caring and professional staff manning our Control Center. These people change lives on a daily basis and they are the life blood of our Patrol Section, Fire and EMS. They are the first link in the chain of help offered by our Office to the citizens we serve. Without them, we would not be the professional organization we are.

March 29th, 2018 NEWS RELEASE Effingham County Sheriff's Office 217/342-2101 Deputy Phil Hardiek of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was recently presented with the Meritorious Service award from the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. The certificate states Deputy Hardiek is recognized, “for his quick thinking in coordinating personnel in the rescue efforts that ultimately saved a woman’s life. His actions exemplify excellent police service provided to his community”. Deputy Hardiek was nominated for the award by FOP Chairman of Trustees Terry Trueblood and Effingham County Sheriff David Mahon. The actions stated in the certificate occurred at the Dieterich Fourth of July Parade in 2017 when a woman, who was a spectator along the parade route, collapsed. The woman received CPR from EMS and her sister. The woman later recovered. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the recognition Deputy Hardiek received and Sheriff Mahon believes this one action exemplifies how the Effingham County Deputies serve our community. Pictured in the photo, left to right: Sheriff David Mahon, Deputy Phil Hardiek, FOP Chairman of Trustees Terry Trueblood, Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns.

DEPUTY SHERIFF ELIGIBILITY TEST The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, an affirmative Equal Opportunity employer, will conduct testing to establish an eligibility list for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Applicants must be 21 years of age before being considered for hire. Applicants must have or be able to obtain a valid Illinois driver’s license and be willing to submit to a background investigation. No one with a felony conviction will be accepted for testing. Individuals with prior law enforcement training are preferred, but not mandated. Applications may be picked up at the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, 101 North Fourth Street, Effingham, IL, or downloaded and printed from the Effingham County website http://www.co.effingham.il.us/sheriff-department. . All applicants must pay a non-refundable testing fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) upon returning their application and resume. All applications, along with a detailed resume and the twenty dollar payment, must be received by the Sheriff’s Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9th, 2018. Applications and resumes will not be accepted after the deadline. Persons who fail to pay the testing fee will not be eligible to test. Anyone who has applied prior to this notice must submit a new application and resume. Please bring your driver’s license or other issued photo identification to the following test date and time. Orientation and test date will be Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 6:00PM. The test will be given at the Effingham County Emergency Operations Center located at 311 Miracle Avenue, Effingham.

January 19, 2018 SHERIFF DAVE MAHON AND THE ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIPS The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $53,500 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-2019 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 Illinois. Effingham County Sheriff David J. Mahon, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.00. There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows: - Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents. - Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois. - Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-2019 school year (excluding summer session). Applications are now available at the Effingham County Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s Office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2018 (must be postmarked by this date). For more information, please contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Office 217/342-2101 Effingham, Illinois Released November 30th, 2017 Two Dieterich Illinois juveniles, age 14 and age 16, have been arrested by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office in two separate burglaries to the Dieterich School District Building. The two separate incidents involved vandalism and theft of property and currency. The first burglary was reported to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office on 11/20/2017. In this case, school officials reported vandalism in an office and an Apple iPad was stolen in the incident. The second case was reported to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office on 11/29/2017. In this case, school officials reported the theft of a safe containing over $1,000.00 and damage to locks and other school property. A review of the security footage and physical evidence in both cases, along with a cooperative effort between Sheriff’s Office employees and school officials, lead to the arrests in this case. Sheriff David Mahon said he was proud that the Sheriff’s Office and the school officials could work together to swiftly bring this case to a conclusion. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is prohibited from releasing the names of minors charged with criminal offenses in the State of Illinois. The case has been referred to State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler’s Office for prosecution. The juveniles charged in this offense are considered innocent, until proven guilty, in a court of law.

News Release November 2nd, 2017 Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Electric Bill Scam - Altamont Area The Effingham County Sheriff's Office received a message from the Altamont Police Department warning of an electric bill scam. A caller claiming to be with the Electric Department contacted a potential victim by phone and told them their electric bill was past due and their service would be shut off if the balance was not paid immediately. Since the call was placed to the potential victim after normal business hours, they were instructed to go to the local Casey's General Store and purchase a prepaid card to act as payment - the only payment the caller would accept. No Electric Department or Cooperative would ever call someone demanding payment in this fashion. If you receive a call similar to this do not provide any financial information and contact your local Police. Criminals who commit these acts of fraud are continuously working to create new ways to convince people to send them their money. Do your best to remain informed and vigilant. An interesting site to learn about the latest scams that are circulating is hosted by the Better Business Bureau at: https://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/news-events/news-releases/2017/06/bbbs-top-scams-of-2017-so-far/