Press Releases


On 02.26.19 the Wabash County Sheriff's Office received information that a juvenile had made a threat on the Wabash County Courthouse. The juvenile has just attended a court hearing and was upset at the outcome. The Sheriff's Office immediately notified the Court Security Officer of the situation. The Sheriff along with Officers from MCPD went to the juvenile’s residence and took that person into custody. The juvenile was taken before the judge and subsequently is now being held in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.


On January 24th, 2019, 47 year old James M. Kimmel of Keensburg was arrested for driving suspended and an active Wabash County warrant. During that arrest Kimmel was observed by Deputy Bogard tossing items out of the vehicle in the area of Highway 1 and E 700 Rd. around the railroad tracks. As Kimmel exited the vehicle a plastic bag containing a white substance (suspected methamphetamine) was found in the driver's seat. Kimmel was placed into custody and a subsequent K9 Free Air Narcotics search of the area of the railroad tracks revealed another similar packaged substance laying in the snow. Kimmel was transported to the Wabash county Jail where his bond was set at $2,000 cash. (the substance later field tested positive for methamphetamine)

Later that day a search warrant was issued for Kimmel's residence. Deputies executed that warrant which resulted in the finding of more suspected methamphetamine and a shotgun along with ammunition reloading supplies. Kimmel posted bond later that evening. On February 4th 2019 Kimmel was taken into custody on a Wabash County warrant charging use of property and possession of weapon by a felon. Kimmel remains in the Wabash County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

On 02.28.19 at approximately 8:35 p.m. Deputy Bogard conducted a vehicle stop on Highway 8 between Keensburg and Bellmont for a traffic violation, which left the Kimmel residence in Keensburg. During the vehicle stop Deputy Bogard deployed K9 Roy for a K9 Free Air Narcotics Sniff on the 2006 Dodge truck. K9 Roy gave a positive alert on the vehicle. A subsequent search of that vehicle ended in the seizure of 96 grams of crystal methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle, 47 year old Steven "Todd" Taylor of West Salem was taken into custody. Taylor was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to deliver over 15 grams less than 100 grams. Mr. Taylor's bond was set at $200,000 or $20,000 cash and he remains in custody.

The Wabash County Sheriff's Office remains vigilant when it comes to the sale, distribution or use of methamphetamine in Wabash County.

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

 

 

On Monday, 56 year old Glen E. Howder of Lawrenceville Illinois was taken into custody on a Wabash County warrant. Howder was immediately extradited back to Wabash County by the Sheriff's Office. Howder is being held on a $500,000 or $50,000 cash bond charged with 4 counts. Count 1 of Child Pornography, count 2 Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, count 3 Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and count 4 Unauthorized Video Recording. The charges stem from an 18 month investigation conducted by the Wabash County Sheriff's Office covering Wabash and Edwards counties which also led to a warrant being issued out of Edwards County on Feb. 26th, 2019 charging Howder with 5 counts of Child Pornography. Howder's bond in the Edwards County case was set at $200,000 or $20,000 cash. Howder remains in the Wabash County Jail on a total bond of $70,000 cash.

The Wabash County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the case by the Wabash County State's Attorney's Office, Edwards County State's Attorney's Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Edwards County Sheriff, Illinois State Police Digital Crimes Unit, and the Guardian Center.

 

IL Sheriff's Association

For Immediate Release
January 31st,  2019

ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $50,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2019-2020 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 Sheriff's Office, will be awarding 1 scholarship in the amount $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 2019-2020 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. 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, 2019 (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.

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 For Immediate Release
January 2018

ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS

 

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 www.ilsheriff.org. 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. 

2018-2019_ISA_College_Scholarship_Application.pdf

ECIS

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.

By Benjamin Yount | ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK:

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.*

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