Grundy County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Grundy County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 111 E Illinois Ave., Morris, 60450 IL
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Phone: (815) 942-0336
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Grundy County Sheriff's Office is located at 111 E Illinois Ave., Morris, 60450 IL. The Grundy County Sheriff's Office phone number is (815) 942-0336.

Grundy County Sheriff's Office News

*** Phone Scams *** We have received multiple complaints today regarding another phone scam. It has been reported that a male subject is calling Grundy County residents claiming to be a Sheriff’s Deputy. They caller claims that the resident is in legal trouble and attempts to convince them that there is a warrant for their arrest. He then tells them that they can post bond with pre-paid debit cards numbers. Sheriff Kevin Callahan would like to remind everyone that the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office will never make a call like this. It is never recommended that you purchase a pre-paid card and provide the numbers to anyone that you don’t know and trust over the phone.

*** For Immediate Release *** Sheriff Kevin Callahan announces the arrest of Antaysia Broadway and a male juvenile on 10/27/2018 for possession of a stolen firearm. On October 27th at approximately 12:30AM Deputy Struck was on patrol in the area of Interstate 80 near mile marker 112. Deputy Struck observed a vehicle traveling at 95 miles per hour in a posted 70 mile per hour speed zone, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle being driven by Antaysia Broadway. Upon Deputy Struck’s approach of the vehicle he observed multiple bullet holes in the back of it. Deputy Struck requested assistance and a short time later Deputy Hetelle arrived. After a brief conversation with the vehicles occupants the vehicle was searched. Located inside the vehicle was a loaded pistol that was reported stolen out of Springfield. Both subjects were placed under arrest for possession of a stolen firearm. Sheriff Callahan commends these two deputies and stated, "Our proactive approach to policing and traffic enforcement enabled us to take another firearm off the street."

*** Traffic Alert *** The following is a message from the Morris Lions Club with parking details and hours of operation. The 32nd annual Morris Lions Club Fall Classic Swap Meet and Car Show is this weekend at a new location, The Grundy County Fair Grounds, on Route 47 one mile north of I-80. Saturday, October 13th is a swap meet and car corral only from 10 am until 4 pm. All spectators will be parking one mile south of the Fair Grounds on Route 47 in the grass lot between the T/A Travel Center and the Pilot Travel Center. Free shuttle buses will be running from the parking lot to the Fair Grounds from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Sunday, October 14th is a swap meet, car corral and classic car show. Show cars will enter at the Fair Grounds middle entrance starting at 7 am. All spectators will again be parking one mile south of the Fair Grounds on Route 47 in the grass lot between the T/A Travel Center and the Pilot Travel Center. Free shuttle buses will be running from the parking lot to the Fair Grounds from 6:30am until 5:00pm. All vendor vehicles should enter the south entrance at the Fair Grounds prior to the show times. Some handicapped parking is available at the spectator parking areas and handicapped parking for power chairs is available at the Fair Grounds entering through the south entrance. Any golf carts on trailers will be charged $10 to park on site. Be aware the North entrance of the Fair Grounds is EXIT ONLY during the entire duration of the setup and show. A copy of the show flier and spectator parking map is available online at our website www.morrislionsclub.com

What an exciting morning. Sheriff Kevin Callahan was visited by Jeff and Jamie Eberhard from Micro Pantries with enough of their "Emergency Backpacks" to deploy them in every squad car in our fleet. The Emergency Backpacks were originally designed to assist homeless individuals at a time of need and contain snacks, water, a toiletry kit, and some cold weather gear. These backpacks will be distributed to individuals as short term assistance while we work to find a more permanent solution for them in a time of need. Thank you to the Eberhards and Micro Pantires for taking the time to help those in need in Grundy County!

Sheriff Kevin Callahan was saddened to hear of the passing of Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Odom. Deputy Odom served the people of Grundy County in the 1970s. Deputy Odom returned to the Sheriff’s Office in February of 2009 to work as a court security officer. Deputy Odom was proud of his time with the Sheriff’s Office, especially the time that he spent as an undercover narcotics agent. We send our condolences to Ray’s family.

*** For Immediate Release *** Over the past 6 months the Grundy County Sheriff’s Merit Commission has been working to complete written exams and oral interviews to provide an eligibility list to hire from. The list became official on September 7th. We want to thank the 5 members of the Merit Commission for all of the work they do with NO COMPENSATION, and we are extremely grateful for their time and commitment. They volunteer their time to provide us with quality candidates to choose from. This year we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the top three candidates in a pool of nearly 120 grew up in the area, and all three of them attended the Grundy Area Vocational Center (GAVC). We think this demonstrates the impact the vocational center has on young adults. Sheriff Callahan is happy to announce that the top three candidates, Thomas Youskevtch, Tyler Post, and Alicia Headrick, have all been offered positions with the Sheriff’s Office and have accepted. Sheriff Kevin Callahan explains, “Growing up in this community and attending GAVC nearly 40 years ago, I have firsthand knowledge of the impact that vocational center schooling has on individuals. My office has supported the vocational center by offering guest speakers, ride alongs, and surplus equipment that is used to train these students and will continue to do so as long as I am in office. The GAVC Criminal Justice Program continues to prove itself by producing some of the best candidates in the area for police positions and I couldn’t be happier to support them in any way possible.”

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce the hiring of Alicia Headrick as our newest Patrol Deputy. Alicia is a recent graduate of Lewis University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice in just three years! Alicia is a long-time member of the Sheriff Police Explorer Program and will be leaving to attend the Macon County Law Enforcement Academy on October 1st. Alicia is our third and final recruit that will be hired this year. We want to thank the five members of the Sheriff’s Merit Commission for their hard work all spring and summer long coordinating written testing, oral interviews, and the finalization of a list of extremely qualified candidates that became official on September 7th!

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce that Deputy Aaron Cory was recently recognized as a MADD hero. The MADD hero award is presented by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving annually. Deputy Cory is one of our traffic enforcement officers and also a certified drug recognition expert. Deputy Cory continues to be one of Illinois’ leading police officers for impaired driving enforcement. We are proud of what he does and appreciate the effort he puts forth each and every day.

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce that Deputy Greg Butterfield was the recipient of the “Looking Beyond the Safety Belt” award. Every year at the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge awards breakfast, individuals are recognized for a notable arrest that was made as a result of a traffic stop for a seat belt infraction. Deputy Butterfield made a traffic stop on a pickup truck occupied by four individuals. The driver of the pickup truck was not wearing his seatbelt. Deputy Butterfield engaged in conversation with the driver and passengers and ultimately arrested each of the four individuals. Charges filed included Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Heroin, and multiple traffic offenses. As a result of the arrest information was gathered that assisted the Morris Police Department in closing a burglary case that was reported earlier that same day. Congratulations Deputy Butterfield, and keep up the good work!

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce the hiring of Tyler Post as our newest Patrol Deputy. Tyler is coming to us from the Wisconsin State Police (WSP). Tyler was raised in rural Morris and attended Nettle Creek Elementary School and Morris High School. After High School Tyler attended Joliet Community College and began testing with Police Departments throughout the Midwest. Tyler was hired by the WSP in September of 2017 and graduated the WSP Academy #1 in his class. You may remember hearing about Tyler last year as we announced that he was our first Sheriff’s Police Explorer to be hired by a police agency. We are very excited to have Tyler back home and look forward to working with him for years to come.

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce the hiring of Thomas Youskevtch as our newest Patrol Deputy. Thomas was born and raised in Goose Lake and attended the Coal City school systems growing up so he may be a familiar face to many of you. He went on to obtain his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Western Illinois University in just 3 years. During Thomas’ college career he had the opportunity to do an internship with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas will be leaving to attend the Macon County Law Enforcement Academy on October 1st. Welcome to the team Thomas and good luck!!

Last night Sheriff Kevin Callahan had the opportunity to formally recognize Sgt. Paul Clampitt with a Certificate of Commendation. Sgt. Clampitt responded to the scene of an “unresponsive subject” call with CPR in progress. Upon arrival Sgt. Clampitt applied his AED which is standard issue for each of our squad cars. Sgt. Clampitt’s quick thinking ultimately saved the life of the unresponsive subject. Behind the scenes are two additional people that should be recognized. The first is Shawn Anderson of Coal City that provides our department with AED and CPR training every other year. Over the past decade Shawn has emphasized “use the training and do something, don't just stand there and watch.” Shawn has given all of our deputies the training they need to act when called upon. The second is Dr. Ari Delahera of Morris who was one of the driving forces behind equipping our squad cars with AEDs. Dr. Delahera provided much of the funding to get our AED program off the ground. He has given our deputies the tools needed to act when needed.

Sheriff Kevin Callahan announces that the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (MANS) with assistance from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris Police Department arrested Kenneth Benson Jr., 25 of Morris. After a lengthy investigation by MANS a search warrant was obtained for Benson’s home in Morris. The search warrant was executed on 8/14/2018. Among the items seized during the search warrant was approximately 7,000 grams of cannabis, 2,000 grams of concentrated cannabis wax, and over 90 vape pens containing cannabis. Kenneth Benson Jr was taken into custody and charged with possession with the intent to deliver cannabis more than 5,000 grams, a Class X felony.

*** Update *** The left lane of Interstate 80 is now open. *** Road Closure *** The Illinois State Police are investigating a traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 80 east of Route 47. We have been advised that Interstate 80 east bound will be closed for the next 4 - 6 hours. Traffic is being rerouted onto Route 47 - east on US Route 6 - north on Brisbin Rd to Interstate 80. Avoid the area if you can.

*** For Immediate Release *** Sheriff Kevin Callahan announces that a third Bank Robbery suspect has been arrested. On August 3, 2018 Sheriff’s Office Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Joshua Parsons (28) of Gardner. Parsons was taken into custody a short time later by Patrol Deputies. On July 25, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Bank Robbery at the First Midwest Bank in Gardner. After a swift and thorough investigation Corey Canterbury and Daytona Fisher were arrested and charged with the robbery. After Canterbury and Fisher were arrested the investigation continued. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Parsons played a pivotal roll in the robbery. Parsons has been charged with Robbery, Burglary, and Theft and is currently being held in the Grundy County Jail.

*** For Immediate Release *** Zachary Palmer and a male juvenile arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding police. Sheriff Kevin Callahan announces that on Wednesday, August 1st Coal City Police took a report of a stolen motor vehicle from the BP gas station at Division and Broadway. At that time Grundy County Deputies saturated the area in an effort to locate the stolen vehicle. While investigators and patrol units continued to canvas the area, additional information was gathered that the stolen vehicle from Coal City was involved in a traffic crash in Woodridge and a second vehicle was stolen. Efforts turned to locating the second vehicle. The vehicle was located as it left Grundy County traveling into Livingston County. The vehicle was stopped and two male subjects fled on foot. After a thorough search of a roughly two square mile area the subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Livingston County Jail. Grundy County was assisted by the Dwight and Pontiac Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

*** Two Men Arrested for Robbery of Gardner Bank *** Sheriff Kevin Callahan reports that 22 year-old Corey S. Canterbury (Left) of Gardner and 22 year-old Daytona Fisher (Right) of Braceville were arrested on Thursday, July 26th. Grundy County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a bank robbery at the First Midwest Bank in Gardner on Wednesday, July 25th at 3:52 pm. Grundy County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives responded within several minutes, obtained a suspect description and learned that a suspect fled on a motorcycle. Sheriff’s detectives conducted a canvass of the area, spoke with witnesses and were able to develop leads on the suspects. Canterbury and Fisher were taken into custody within 24 hours of the robbery and were arrested after being interviewed by Sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Callahan credits the bank employees for remaining calm and following their protocol, the numerous citizens for calling or sending messages via social media to report leads and the diligent police work of the staff of the Sheriff’s Office in the timely arrests. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be forthcoming. “The community partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Gardner and Grundy County is the reason this incident and others are able to be resolved quickly,” Sheriff Callahan stated.

*** UPDATE *** Subject in custody. *** Request for Information *** The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 shortly after 3:45PM in Gardner. The male offender was driving a dark colored sport style motorcycle. Below are images captured by the bank’s camera system. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (815)942-0336 or Crimestoppers at (815)942-9667.

Another Junior Crime Fighter Day is in the books. Special thanks to the Grundy County Sheriff's Police Explorers for keeping all of our Junior Crime Fighters safe throughout the day! Also, thank you to the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency, Morris Police Department, Will County SWAT, and Morris Fire District for presenting to our young guests. We hope everyone had a great time and we look forward to doing it again next year!

*** For Immediate Release *** Two male juveniles placed under arrest for multiple burglaries. On July 3rd 2018 an alert citizen in the Village of Mazon witnessed two suspicious subjects walking around after dark. Grundy County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area to check on the subjects. Upon making contact with the subjects they fled on foot. Addition units from the Sheriff’s Office responded, located the subjects and took them into custody. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the subjects and juvenile charges are pending.

*** Traffic Alert *** *** Traffic Pattern Information *** Expect heavy traffic near the Grundy County fairgrounds on Monday July 2nd for the annual fireworks display. Again this year two exits will be used at the fairgrounds after the fireworks. All traffic using the north exit will be required to go north bound on Illinois Route 47 past Nelson Rd with the first available turn at Airport Rd. All traffic using the middle exit will be required to go south bound on Route 47 with the first available turn at Gore Rd. As always, the south exit will be closed and reserved for emergency traffic that may need to get into the fairgrounds. Granville Rd. and Nelson Rd. will be closed to traffic trying to get onto Illinois Route 47. Sheriff’s Deputies, Emergency Management Personnel and Sheriff’s Police Explorers will be on hand in an effort to make exiting the fairgrounds as smooth as possible.

Sheriff Kevin Callahan will be hosting another “Junior Crime Fighter Day” at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. This year the event will take place on July 11th from 9:00AM – 2:00PM. Students entering grades 3 – 6 are welcome to attend the event. Below is a copy of the flier along with a registration form. Registration is due by June 25th. This event is open to the first 80 children to register. We hope to see you there!

Sheriff Kevin Callahan is happy to announce the hiring of Greg Struck as a full-time patrol deputy. Greg has been a police officer since August 2017 and was employed by the Pontiac Police Department. He was raised in Morris and his career goal was to work for the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office currently has twenty-six full-time sworn deputies and sixteen have left other departments to join us and our mission of keeping Grundy County safe. Congratulations and welcome to Deputy Greg Struck!

*** 2018 Click It or Ticket Campaign *** As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 18 through 29, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-belt and car-seat use to keep all motorists safe. “Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan. “It’s such a simple and effective way to protect yourself while traveling. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe in the unfortunate event of a crash.” Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate, but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers. Of the 1093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use was known, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Seat belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputies will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested. “Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction,” said Sheriff Callahan. Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. Together, we can make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”

This morning Sgt. Clampitt had the honor of giving these fine young ladies a ride to school. As part of a fund raiser Aurora and Ameliah won a ride to school by a deputy. We hope the girls had a great start to their school day.