Press Releases


 For Immediate Release
January 2018



The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $53,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

Sheriff J. Derek Morgan , Wabash County, will be awarding one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

  • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
  • Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-2019 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2018 (must be postmarked by this date).

For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

 Follow the link below for the application packet. 



For 2018 the Wabash County Sheriff's Office will be starting a new Emergency Contact Informational System (ECIS) we will keep on hand here at the Sheriff's Office. Do you have a family member with Alzheimer's, experiencing dementia, or other Special Need?

Soon we will have our ECIS available on our website as well at the Office. This sheet will consist of normal contact information along with family contacts and the reason for the need. We will also ask for a picture of your loved one.

This will allow our responder to be informed as much as possible when trying locate your loved one in the event he/she wanders away from your home, or is found wandering without being reported.

This idea was developed after Deputy Kimmel and I responded to a residence in the county where a person with dementia wandered away from home. We knew the person's name but that was it. With our ECIS we will be able to send this information to deputies in the field in real time. MCPD has also advised they will participate. Deputy Kimmel and I did locate that missing person a short time after he was reported, safe with minor cuts.

I am excited to bring yet another helpful tool to our community and our police officers. This service will be available starting Jan. 3rd, 2018.


**All information obtained is confidential and will only be used for Law Enforcement purposes.

-Sheriff J. Derek Morgan 

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L to R: Deputy Art Kimmel, Sheriff Morgan, Randy Banks , Paula Banks & Maleigha Sanders

Yesterday prior to the parade I had the privilege of meeting Randy Banks & his wife Paula.

Randy won the Chamber's prize for the best Christmas lights at his residence. Paula & Randy donated their chamber winnings along with $100, for a total of $125 for shop with a cop & fireman.

Thanks for giving back Randy & Paula.


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.*

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.  

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!*****

The Wabash County Sheriff's Office is bringing in Phil Chalmers to speak with students on Aug. 30th, 2017 at the Mt. Carmel High School.  Chalmers will speak to the youth on a variety of topics and trends of today.

Today Sheriff Morgan and Jody Hanisch of Project Success spoke on the WSJD 100.5's Morning Show.  Sheriff Morgan serves as the ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs)  Chairman for Wabash County Project Success.  Morgan and Hanisch spoke about the direction ATOD is taking in getting the conversation started with Parents and Teens about alcohol and Cannabis use.  With recent decriminalizing efforts by the State of Illinois, ATOD is trying to raise awareness on the harmful effects of cannabis use on the mind and body.  To learn more about Wabash County Project Success and community coalition events go to

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