News

FOR THE MOST CURRENT PRESS RELEASES or NEWS

https://twitter.com/PikeCoSheriff
https://www.facebook.com/Pike-County-Sheriffs-Department-316305068511733/timeline/

 

AUGUST 14, 2018 PRESS RELEASE:

 

On August 13th at approximately 7:15, Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy effected what was believed to be a routine traffic stop on County Hwy #2 near Baylis.  Subsequent to the stop, the deputy searched the Chevrolet SUV and seized Methamphetamine, Controlled Substance in Prescription form, and Drug Paraphernalia.

During the stop, the officer identified the driver as, Cain I. Vincent (18) of Pittsfield and the passenger as Dusty L. Embree (23) of Griggsville.  Embree was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant of arrest in Pike County with a bond of $25,000.  Upon  arrest of Embree, he was placed in handcuffs and search when the deputy located drug paraphernalia on his person.

During a search of the vehicle, Embree fled on foot into a nearby cornfield out of sight of the officer.

A search of the area by Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, and other volunteer agencies  including K-9  was cancelled due to darkness.

It is believed that the prisoner fled after witnessing the officer locate felony drugs in the vehicle.

Agents continued the investigation with intelligence gathering the following 24-hours without success.

The escape is not believed to be a danger to the community and has had contact with law enforcement in the past without incident.

 

Paul F. Petty

Fire Weather Alert:   02/16/2017

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Saint Louis MO 202 PM CST Thu Feb 16 2017 ILZ095-097-098-MOZ018-019-026-027-035-036-061-063>065-072-073- 170000- /O.EXA.KLSX.FW.W.0001.000000T0000Z-170217T0000Z/ Adams IL-Calhoun IL-Crawford MO-Jefferson MO-Knox MO-Lewis MO- Marion MO-Pike IL-Pike MO-Ralls MO-Saint Charles MO- Saint Louis City MO-Saint Louis MO-Shelby MO-Washington MO- 202 PM CST Thu Feb 16 2017 …RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR MOST OF EASTERN MISSOURI AND PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS… The National Weather Service in Saint Louis has issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity…which is in effect until 6 PM CST this evening. * AFFECTED AREA…In Illinois…Fire Weather Zones 095…097 and  098. In Missouri…Fire Weather Zones 018…019…026…027…  035…036…061…063…064…065…072 and 073. * 20 FOOT WINDS…Southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 18 percent. * 10 HOUR FUELS…less than 9 percent. * IMPACTS…these conditions are conducive for the rapid spread  and growth of uncontrolled wildfires. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now… or will shortly. A combination of strong winds… low relative humidity… and dry fuels can contribute to extreme fire behavior. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

NOVEMBER 20th, 2016

Precision Pipeline Donation : Cpt. Pennock (left) Sheriff Petty (right) Cody Roundcount (Precision Rep), (Center)

Precision Pipeline Donation : Cpt. Pennock (left) Sheriff Petty (right) Cody Roundcount (Precision Rep), (Center)

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department accepted a $5,000 donation from Precision Pipeline Construction of Eau Claire, Wisconsin last week. Precision Pipeline has been in the area for several months installing the new underground line from North Dakota to Illinois.   The money was donated to assist in upgrading the departments aging equipment. Numerous law enforcement agencies have assisted in the security and welfare of the ongoing project for most of 2016 year. Sheriff Paul F. Petty stated, “This project has been an enormous boost to our local economy throughout the area and has put a great deal of locals to work. We are grateful for their kind donation which will enable us to upgrade some aging equipment within our deputy’s squad cars.”

***********************************************************************************

APRIL 4, 2016

 Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

IRS YouTube Video
Tax Scams: English | Spanish | ASL
Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview:
English
Be Cautious When Using Wi-Fi: English
Update Your Password Regularly: English

IR-2016-14, Feb. 2, 2016                                                                                            Español

WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

“Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don’t be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you’re not hearing from us.”

“There are many variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest or court action to trick you into making a payment,” Koskinen added. “Some schemes may say you’re entitled to a huge refund. These all add up to trouble. Some simple tips can help protect you.”

The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so.

This January, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced they have received reports of roughly 896,000 contacts since October 2013 and have become aware of over 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam.

“The IRS continues working to warn taxpayers about phone scams and other schemes,” Koskinen said. “We especially want to thank the law-enforcement community, tax professionals, consumer advocates, the states, other government agencies and particularly the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for helping us in this battle against these persistent phone scams.”

Protect Yourself

Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via a phishing email.

Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

The Pike County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office arrested Harley Davidson Johnson, of Griggsville, Illinois for armed robbery Friday night.

According to a news release, deputies responded to the BP Gas Station in Pittsfield on West Washington Street around 9 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies were able to collect information from store employees and immediately found multiple suspects.

Officials from the Pittsfield Police, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police recovered evidence in the crime including a handgun and money.

The investigation is ongoing and three individuals have been taken into custody

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:               NOVEMBER 5, 2015

 

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department would like to inform the public of two separate scams recently circulating the Pike County area.

One of the scams is a telephone recording that claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and requesting a return call and leaving a number.  It states that the IRS has tried to contact you numerous times and if you do not contact them , you will be subject to a lawsuit. Please be advised that the IRS will not be telephoning anyone to collect monies owed.  THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE SCAM and to date, this scam has taken thousands of dollars nationwide.   Do not return the call or attempt to investigate the matter in any manner as they will attempt to use tactics by scam artists that are extremely sophisticated in nature.

The second scam is generally over the internet including face book and email.  The scam artist claims to be in need of funding so that he may come visit you.  The scam artists involved are extremely good at human resource skills and very personable in nature.  They will make every effort to make you feel like a close friend.

Pike County has spent several thousand dollars in these types of scams.  We encourage all residents of this community to not respond to anyone wanting money from strangers and particularly from anyone using tactics such as threatening legal trouble or coercion.

We remind all citizens to hang up the phone and absolutely do not return any phone calls.

If you are a person who has released funding in the past, you are more than likely labeled as a more susceptible victim to scam artists.  Change your email and refrain from using face book for a period of time to release such contacts.

If you are aware of a loved one who has fallen prey to these scams, we encourage you to report the incident to law enforcement and we further encourage you to monitor your loved ones financial business by contacting your local bank and advising them of the situation.  Our local banks and stores with the ability to wire money are extremely aware of these scams and will make every effort to help those in need.

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

On 09/16/15 at 6:16 AM the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on County Highway #3, a quarter of mile South of Interstate 72.

A 2004 Pontiac, being driven by Bryce A Reel, age 23, of Pittsfield, Illinois was traveling north bound on County Highway 3, when the vehicle being driven by Reel collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet truck that was traveling southbound. The 2002 Chevrolet Truck was driven by William C. Miller age 49 of Baylis, Illinois.

Reel had to be extricated from his vehicle and received severe injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Miller received minor injuries and was later treated at Illini Community Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

 

Assisting at the scene were Pike County EMS, Pittsfield Fire Department and Air Evac.

 

 

APRIL 27,2015

3 Arrested after Meth bust

http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=1196585#.VT6cakWYfuM.facebook

 

 

 

APRIL 20, 2015

SCAMS:     Please click on the following link that will provide information on the prevention of scams.    Do’s and Don’ts before releasing personal information:

 

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/consmalert0305.pdf

 

CONTROLLED BURNS:

Contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Department  at 217-285-5011 before any Controlled Burns.   We notify and prepare all Fire Departments of all Controlled Burns.  This allow each Fire Department to be prepared for any  fires that might get out of control.

Please be aware of dry and/or windy conditions before starting a controlled burn.
Thank you for your cooperation

Pike County 911

Pike County Fire Departments

 

Scammers demanding untraceable cash

Scam artists are typically interested in one thing above all else: getting paid. They are out to make a quick buck (or many millions of bucks) by tricking consumers in to sending them money, especially if they can quickly turn it into untraceable cash. Over the years, wire transfer has been the method of choice for fraudsters looking to get paid by their victims. Recently, however, there has been an uptick in consumer complaints to Fraud.org reporting that scammers are asking them to use Green Dot MoneyPaks or Vanilla Reloads.

MoneyPaks and Vanilla Reloads are sold at thousands of major retailers. Users purchase the MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload and give cash to the clerk at the register to load on to them. By using the control number or PIN on the back of the card, the consumer can then add the funds onto a reloadable prepaid card or pay a MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload partner company directly.

While the misuse of MoneyPaks, Vanilla Reloads, or similar payment mechanisms isn’t new, NCL has received a significant number of complaints so far this year. The story of a consumer we’ll call “Chris,” who sent us complaint earlier this year is typical:

“The man called my place of business to say that my previous payment on my bill didn’t go through and that my business’s electricity would be shut off that day. … He requested that we pay only Green Dot MoneyPak. He even called me back to make sure I was going to pay it. He said I would get a call in 30 minutes from [the] reimbursement center for the card fees. I then realized that this was a scam and it was too late.”

These payment mechanisms have become popular with scammers because they are essentially the same as carrying cash. Fraudsters trick consumers into giving them the control number or PIN, which the scammer then uses to load the funds onto their own prepaid debit card. Since the funds are available instantly, the thief can use their debit card to take cash out of ATMs. These services aren’t protected from fraud the way that credit or debit cards are, the victim is typically left with nothing.

NCL is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams where they are asked to load cash onto a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or similar cash-based payment device. Only give out the control number or PIN to approved partners of these services (a list of these partners is available on the companies’ websites). Be sure to only load funds from a MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload onto a prepaid debit card that you or someone you know controls. If you receive a telephone call or email from someone claiming that you’ve won a prize, but need to pay a fee via MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload to collect it, it’s a scam. Also be wary of callers claiming to represent bill collectors, the IRS, or other companies who ask for payment on one of these devices.

 

Consumers who have been approached by a scammer can file a complaint at Fraud.org.