COPPER THEFTS (8-25-2014)
Over the weekend the Sheriff's Department had four reports of electric poles being cut down with a chainshaw in order to steal the copper from the meter loop. This is very costly to the people who own the pole, in several instances the line is to grain bins and is vital to the farming operation. This is also very dangerous. Crimestoppers will offer a $500.00 reward for any information which leads to an arrest in this matter.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
METH LAB RECOVERY (8-11-2014)
The active meth lab recovered from a vehicle on Friday morning is another indication that the meth problem is still a major concern. The meth response team advised they are seeing an increase in meth related activity. A tip from the public led directly to the arrest and locating this meth lab. I again ask the public to be involved and notify the Sheriff's Department of any suspicious activity. Your help is extremely valuable and appreciated.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
SCAMS (7-10-2014)
We have had an increase in scams in White County during the past few weeks. The scam is supposedly from Publisher's Clearing House, advising you that you have won %50,000.00. In order to get the prize money they ask that you obtain "red dot" prepaid visa cards and send to them, or wire money through Western Union. This money is supposed to be for taxes or processing fee. The call may be followed up by someone claiming to be from a "consumer fraud"
division of the government. They will advise they are trying to catch the people who are scamming you, and will also want money to further the investigation. This will be the same people.

These people will try to make you think they are your friends and trying to help you. Be assured that they are not. They are very good at what they do and will take your money. Any legitimate prize you have won will not require that you send money to obtain the prize. If it looks to good to be true then it is!!! Do not send any money or give any information about your bank!!!

Feel free to contact the Sheriff's Department and we will try to assist you in getting the calls to stop. They can be relentless and call 20-30 times a day. We advised you to talk to these people as little as possible. Hand the phone up when you recognize that it might be a scam. They will eventually quit calling if you will not talk to them.. You will be less likely to become a victim of a scam if you understand how the scams work, and that there are people out there trying to take your money!!!

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
RX TAKE BACK EVENT (4-28-2014)
The RX Take Back Event was conducted this past Saturday at the White County Sheriff's Office. Over 55 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were taken in during the event. I would like to thank the public for their participation. This provides a way for the public to dispose of these drugs and takes them out of their homes. We have numerous thefts that target these type drugs and this will reduce those thefts. The drugs have been sealed and will be transferred to the DEA for destruction. Thanks again.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
Warrant Served on Sheriff's Dept. Employee (3-8-2014)
Illinois State Police served a warrant on a Melissa L. Kittinger (DOB 5-23-78) on 3-7-14 who is employed as a dispatcher at the White County 911 dispatch center. The warrant had two counts of Unlawful Communication with a Juror. The warrant was obtained by Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood, who had been appointed as a special prosecutor. Bond on the warrant was $1,500.00 cash.

Mrs. Kittinger posted the $1,500.00 cash and was released.

She has been placed on paid suspension until further notice.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
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