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Opioid overdoses in Illinois killed nearly twice as many people as car crashes last year, but public health officials and addiction specialists say most people either don't know or don't care.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said that families of addicts and law enforcement are starting to wake up to the crisis. But they say there are still too many people in Illinois who think drug addictions is only the users' problem.

"Fully 80 percent of individuals who find themselves dealing with a heroin addiction got their start on a legitimate prescription from a doctor," Shah said. "So we have to think about the stigma attached to this crisis. And we have to wonder if that's part of the reason why, up until very recently, people wanted to sweep it under the rug."

On 11/13/17 at approximately 2300 hrs. the Sheriff's Office received a complaint of possible poaching in the area of Highway 11 and Friendsville Ave. The vehicle a Chevrolet Lumina was reported to be driving around in a field looking to be chasing an animal and the complainant advised a shot was fired.

The vehicle was reported to have left the area south bound on Friendsville Ave. towards Mt. Carmel. The vehicle was located by the deputy on N 1550 Blvd. and Friendsville Ave. and a traffic stop was conducted.

The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 18 year old Zachary R. Morrell of Mt. Carmel and a juvenile with two weapons being recovered along with ammunition.

Morrell was charged with Harassment of wildlife and unlawful use of weapons. The juvenile was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and harassment of wildlife.

**The Sheriff's Office did not locate any injured wildlife at the time of the incident.

The Sheriff's Office is taking sealed bids for a 27' Coachman Catalina 2015 camper, 2006 Chevy Impala, and a 2002 Toyota Tacoma with 165k miles. Submit your bid to 120 E.4th st. Mt.Carmel IL 62863. Bids will be taken until 5p.m. on Friday , November 3rd, 2017. The bids will be opened live on Monday Nov. 6th. Please indicate which item you are bidding on the outside of the envelope. *Reserve must be met on camper & Tacoma.*

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Pictured is Wabash Co. Sheriff J.Derek Morgan, Kyle Schell (IPMG risk management consultant), and Wabash Co. Board Chairman Tim Hocking, receiving a check for $745 for a training Grant the Sheriff's Office received. This training was for a criminal investigations class for Deputy Bogard & a court security class for Deputy Ledbetter. The Sheriff's Office continually looks for GRANT OPPORTUNITIES to due to budget constraints.  This type of training would not have been possible without this grant.  

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We have a NEW SCAM making it's way around to Wabash County residents. A resident received a call from a 642-676-1223 number and a male who identified himself as Kevin Brown with the US treasury grant department. The resident reported that the male stated that in December of 2016 they drew 1700 names of individuals who have paid their taxes on time, had not filed bankruptcy, had no trouble with the law, and has not been involved with drugs.The male informed her that she was going to be awarded $9,700.00 that she did not have to pay back. The male gave her a name and number, 315-294-0453 - April Jones, to call and verify the claim along with a "grant number" (CB589). The Sheriff's Office checked the phone number and found that it has been flagged as a scam from multiple sources.

We contacted "April Jones" whom had an out of country accent, with broken English. Ms. Jones became verbally abusive once she was asked if this call was a SCAM. When asked if she was with the U.S. Treasury Department she abruptly hung up the phone.

*****Don't be a victim, If it sounds too good to be true, It IS!*****

Contact Information

Wabash County Sheriff's Office
120 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-2706
Wabash County Jail
110 East 4th Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5531