Williamson County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Williamson County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 404 North Van Buren St., Marion, 62959 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (618) 997-6541
Fax: (618) 997-3405

Williamson County Sheriff's Office is located at 404 North Van Buren St., Marion, 62959 IL. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office phone number is (618) 997-6541.

Williamson County Sheriff's Office News

Press Release - Range Day for Hunters October 30, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that the Sheriff's Office Firing Range will be open to persons that would like to sight in their hunting guns for the upcoming firearm deer season. The Range will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The Range will be open rain or shine. Hunters are invited to come and sight their firearms at the Range. The Range provides a safe and controlled environment for this activity. The Range is equipped with a pavilion shelter, shooting benches and sand bags. Marked distances range from twenty-five yards to two-hundred yards. Hunters can bring shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols to the Range. The Sheriff's Office will provide targets. Hunters may bring their own targets if they wish. The physical address of the Range is 18567 Philadelphia Road, Marion, IL. Directions to the Williamson County Firearms Range are as follows: Route 13 east of Marion to Stilley's Mill Road (Tru Bilt is on the north side of Route 13 at Stilley’s Mill Road.); turn north on Stilley's Mill Road to Philadelphia Road; Turn east on Philadelphia Road and go to the dead end. You will see the Range signs at the first gate. For more information contact Deputy John Fleming at jfleming@wcsheriff.com, or by phone Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-889-2298. ###

Press Release 10/16/18 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will host a Handgun Safety Class for residents of Williamson County. This Handgun Safety Class will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The class will consist of three hours of classroom discussion at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (located at 404 North Van Buren, Marion) and four hours of range activity at the Williamson County Firearm Training Facility. The Handgun Safety Class will focus on basic safety for handgun owners and their families, proper cleaning and storage of handguns, and Illinois laws concerning possession of firearms. This class does not meet the criteria for training requirements under the new Illinois Concealed Carry Law. Class size will be limited to 12 people. Participants in the class will be allowed to bring their handgun to the class, and will be allowed to fire their handgun at the range. Anyone bringing a handgun to the class must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid FOID card. For more information contact Deputy John Fleming, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at 618-889-2298. To apply for the class contact Jennifer Pritchard at 997-6541 ext. 1302. ###

Press Release – Women’s Self-Defense Class October 11, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is offering another Women’s Self-Defense class to residents of Williamson County. The class will be on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6PM until 10PM. It will be held at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. This class will be limited to 20 people. There is no charge for the class. To sign up or for additional information contact Lt. Dennis Pinkerton at 618-997-1301 ext. 1319. ###

Press Release – Wanted Subject October 10, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking the public for help in locating a wanted subject. James G. Marks, 44 years old from Pittsburg, has an active arrest warrant for Criminal Damage to Property. Additional charges of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault are expected. Marks is described as a white male, about 5’06” tall and about 150 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be in the Pittsburg, Paulton, or Marion areas of the county. Sheriff Vick asks that anyone who knows the location of James Marks to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541 or their local law-enforcement agency. Persons with information concerning the whereabouts of James Marks may also contact Williamson County Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers can be contacted by calling 1-800-414-TIPS (8477), by online message at www.williamsoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637). If a text message is used, the tipster needs to begin the text with the word “quicktip_”. Persons contacting Crimestoppers do not have to leave their name or telephone number. They will remain completely anonymous, and receive a tip number for identification. Information received that leads to an arrest may make the caller eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. ###

Press Release October 4, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is proud to announce that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back event. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office, along with hundreds of other local law enforcement agencies, will host drug collection events on Saturday October 27, 2018 from 10 AM until 2 PM. The Sheriff's Office's event will be at the Williamson County Administrative Building at 407 N. Monroe Street in Marion. This event allows people to dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medication. This medication will be disposed of by the DEA in an environmentally safe way. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office will also allow residents to dispose of needles and "sharps" at the same time. These sharps must be kept separate from the medications. The Sheriff's Office will dispose of the sharps through its Jail contracts. The John A. Logan College, Carbondale, West City, Murphysboro, Cobden, Mt. Vernon, DuQuoin, and McLeansboro Police Departments, and the Saline, Jackson, Massac, and Perry County Sheriff’s Offices will also host collection sites in our immediate area. Other collection sites and additional information can be found at the official DEA site: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ ###

Press Release 09/25/18 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will host a Handgun Safety Class for residents of Williamson County. This Handgun Safety Class will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The class will consist of three hours of classroom discussion at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (located at 404 North Van Buren, Marion) and four hours of range activity at the Williamson County Firearm Training Facility. The Handgun Safety Class will focus on basic safety for handgun owners and their families, proper cleaning and storage of handguns, and Illinois laws concerning possession of firearms. This class does not meet the criteria for training requirements under the new Illinois Concealed Carry Law. Class size will be limited to 12 people. Participants in the class will be allowed to bring their handgun to the class, and will be allowed to fire their handgun at the range. Anyone bringing a handgun to the class must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid FOID card. For more information contact Deputy John Fleming, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at 618-889-2298. To apply for the class contact Jennifer Pritchard at 997-6541 ext. 1302. ###

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Press Release - Church Safety Workshop Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce another Church Safety Workshop. This Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 4th, from 6PM until 8:30 PM. The Workshop will be held at the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church, Located at 16891 Pittsburg Road in Pittsburg, Illinois. This Workshop is intended to be an introduction to basic security concepts. It will also include a brief overview of information from the ALICE- Active Shooter Civilian Response Program. There is no need to register or enroll for this workshop. Simply attend on October 4, 2018 at 6PM. Contact Deputy Brian Murrah at 618-997-6541 ext. 1318 or bmurrah@wcsheriff.com with any questions.

Press Release – 4th Anniversary of the Murder of Lisa Uzzle September 6, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would again like to remind the public of the murder of Lisa Uzzle, and encourage anyone who might have information on the case to help law enforcement close the case. “Lisa was murdered four years ago. We know that there are people who know things that would help us solve the case. This investigation is still an active investigation, still a case that we think about daily and want to bring to a conclusion,” says Sheriff Vick. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541. People with information can also contact Williamson County Crimestoppers at 1-800-414-8477 (TIPS). Any information provided through Crimestoppers will remain completely anonymous. ###

Press Release – Runaway Juvenile September 4, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking for help from the public in locating a runaway juvenile. Emma M. Tate, 16 years of age, left her home in rural Marion in the early morning hours of Monday, September 3, 2018. Emma is described as 5’3” tall and weighing about 100 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes and may be wearing black eyeglasses. Emma has been entered into the national database of juvenile runaways. Emma is believed to be in the Marion, Lake of Egypt, or West Frankfort areas. Anyone who has information on Emma’s location is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency. ###

Press Release August 31, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for membership on the Williamson County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. The Sheriff’s Auxiliary is an organization of unpaid volunteers who have limited law enforcement authority while working under the supervision of a full-time Deputy. Members of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary come from diverse backgrounds such as federal employees, state employees, business owners, part-time police officers, attorneys, physicians, accountants, engineers, architects, bankers and college students. The Sheriff’s Auxiliary has provided security for a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, secured crime scenes, provided security at community events and assisted in times of natural disaster among other duties. Applicants must be 21 years of age and Williamson County residents. Applicants must also have, or be able to have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and Illinois FOID card. Applicants must pass a background check. Applications for Sheriff’s Auxiliary will be available Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM, or from 6 PM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sheriff’s Office. Electronic copies of the application are also available. Send an email requesting an application to wcsoauxiliary@gmail.com. Applications for Sheriff’s Auxiliary will be accepted until 4:00 PM on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Press Release – Runaway Juvenile August 31, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking for help from the public in locating a runaway juvenile. Jaliyah Harris-Scott, 16 years of age from Colp, left her home in the evening off Monday, August 27, 2018. She was reported as a runaway by her Grandmother on the evening of Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Jaliyah has been entered into the national database of juvenile runaways. Jaliyah is believed to be in the Carbondale area. Anyone who has information on Jaliyah’s location is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency. ###

Press Release – Women’s Self-Defense Class August 30, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is offering another Women’s Self-Defense class to residents of Williamson County. The two-day class will be on Tuesday September 11 and Wednesday September 12 from 6PM until 10PM. It will be held at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. This class will be limited to 20 people. There is no charge for the class. To sign up or for additional information contact Lt. Dennis Pinkerton at 618-997-1301 ext. 1319. ###

Press Release – Stolen Kubota Side-by-Side August 22, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking for help from the public in locating a stolen Kubota Side-by-Side. This vehicle is a 2011 Kubota RVT 500 4x4 side-by-side. When it was stolen it had a 60 inch Kubota snow plow, model V4308A, attached to it. The vehicle was taken from a residence west of Carterville between August 6 and August 11, 2018. Pictures of equipment similar to the stolen vehicle and snow plow will be attached. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541. Anyone with information concerning this theft may also contact Williamson County Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers can be contacted by calling 1-800-414-TIPS (8477), by online message at www.williamsoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637). If a text message is used, the tipster needs to begin the text with the word “quicktip_”. Persons contacting Crimestoppers do not have to leave their name or telephone number. They will remain completely anonymous, and receive a tip number for identification. Information received that leads to an arrest may make the caller eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. ###

08/08/18 Press Release – Missing Juvenile Located in Williamson County Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that a missing juvenile from Olive Branch, Mississippi was located Sunday morning. The juvenile went to the Lake of Egypt Fire Department on Lake of Egypt Road and asked firefighters to contact proper authorities. He was accompanied by an adult male, identified as Jason St. Aubin, 29 years of age from the Lake of Egypt area. The juvenile was taken into protective custody, and Deputies and caseworkers from Department of Children and Family Services reunited the juvenile with his parents later that day. On Tuesday August 7, Williamson County Deputies worked with Detectives from the Olive Branch Police Department to serve arrest warrants from the State of Mississippi and Illinois search warrants at an address on Lakeview Drive at Lake of Egypt. Jason M. St. Aubin and Juan E. Andrade (30 years old from Lake of Egypt area) were taken into custody on Kidnapping charges from the State of Mississippi. The investigation continues, and charges in the State of Illinois are expected. ###

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office are very proud to be involved in The Southern Illinois Miners Baseball “Stand Up For Blue” night.

Press Release – Drug Identification Class July 26, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to announce that the Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Drug Identification class for residents. This class will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. This class will cover basic drug identification, including different types of meth labs. The class will also cover current drug trends including prescription drugs and heroin. No pre-registration is necessary. ###

Press Release – Women’s Self-Defense Class July 24, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is offering another Women’s Self-Defense class to residents of Williamson County. The two-day class will be on Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7 from 6PM until 10PM. It will be held at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. This class will be limited to 20 people. There is no charge for the class. To sign up or for additional information contact Lt. Dennis Pinkerton at 618-997-1301 ext. 1319. ###

The Williamson County Sheriffs Office would like to invite everyone to the Southern Illinois Miners Stand Up For Blue night at rent one park. Half of all the proceeds from ticket sales are going to the Williamson County FOP Cops and Kids program. We hope to see everyone.

Press Release – Arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor July 10, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to thank the public for their help in the location and arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor. Taylor had two arrest warrants for Felony Theft cases. There were also charges pending from other theft cases. One of the pending theft cases occurred yesterday morning, when Taylor allegedly stole a vehicle on Farner Street in the Village of Bush. Video from a neighbor’s residence played an important part in the investigation of this vehicle theft. Taylor was located in Herrin by Officers from Herrin Police Department and Deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office just after Midnight this morning. Taylor attempted to flee on foot from officers and was apprehended by a Williamson County Canine. Additional charges concerning a number of related thefts are anticipated. Clips from the surveillance videos of yesterday’s vehicle theft will be attached. Video starts out with suspect vehicle entering the area from left to right, then suspect vehicle leaves from right to left, after suspect vehicle leaves you will see the stolen vehicle leave from right to left. ###

Press Release – Arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor July 10, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to thank the public for their help in the location and arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor. Taylor had two arrest warrants for Felony Theft cases. There were also charges pending from other theft cases. One of the pending theft cases occurred yesterday morning, when Taylor allegedly stole a vehicle on Farner Street in the Village of Bush. Video from a neighbor’s residence played an important part in the investigation of this vehicle theft. Taylor was located in Herrin by Officers from Herrin Police Department and Deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office just after Midnight this morning. Taylor attempted to flee on foot from officers and was apprehended by a Williamson County Canine. Additional charges concerning a number of related thefts are anticipated. Clips from the surveillance videos of yesterday’s vehicle theft will be attached. Video starts out with suspect vehicle entering the area from left to right, then suspect vehicle leaves from right to left, after suspect vehicle leaves you will see the stolen vehicle leave from right to left. ###

Press Release – Arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor July 10, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick would like to thank the public for their help in the location and arrest of Lester Aaron Taylor. Taylor had two arrest warrants for Felony Theft cases. There were also charges pending from other theft cases. One of the pending theft cases occurred yesterday morning, when Taylor allegedly stole a vehicle on Farner Street in the Village of Bush. Video from a neighbor’s residence played an important part in the investigation of this vehicle theft. Taylor was located in Herrin by Officers from Herrin Police Department and Deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office just after Midnight this morning. Taylor attempted to flee on foot from officers and was apprehended by a Williamson County Canine. Additional charges concerning a number of related thefts are anticipated. Clips from the surveillance videos of yesterday’s vehicle theft will be attached. Video starts out with suspect vehicle entering the area from left to right, then suspect vehicle leaves from right to left, after suspect vehicle leaves you will see the stolen vehicle leave from right to left. ###

Press Release – Wanted Subject June 27, 2018 Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking the public for help in locating a wanted subject. Lester Aaron Taylor, 35 years old from Herrin, has two active felony arrest warrants for Burglary. Deputies attempted to take Taylor into custody last night at a residence in the Blairsville area, but Taylor was able to flee and was not located. Additional charges, including Resisting a Peace Officer and Manufacture of Methamphetamine are expected. Taylor is described as a white male, about 5’10” tall and about 145 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is believed to be in the Herrin or Blairsville-Hurst-Bush areas of the county. Sheriff Vick asks that anyone who knows the location of Lester Aaron Taylor contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541 or their local law-enforcement agency. Persons with information concerning the whereabouts of Lester Aaron Taylor may also contact Williamson County Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers can be contacted by calling 1-800-414-TIPS (8477), by online message at www.williamsoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637). If a text message is used, the tipster needs to begin the text with the word “quicktip_”. Persons contacting Crimestoppers do not have to leave their name or telephone number. They will remain completely anonymous, and receive a tip number for identification. Information received that leads to an arrest may make the caller eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. ###