Kendall County news briefs


The village of Montgomery is holding a recycling event for electronics in January at the Department of Public Works, 891 Knell Road.  (Photo courtesy of village of Montgomery)


Montgomery man charged with child pornography

On June 20, 2019, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office received two Cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating that a particular user was in possession of child pornography.

Kendall County Sheriff’s Detectives initiated a criminal investigation. During the six-month investigation investigators gathered, collected and examined multiple items of evidence.
On Dec. 13, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, executed a search warrant in the 50 Block of Hillstone Drive, Montgomery. Multiple items of evidence were seized and analyzed, and as a result of the investigation.

The Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office approved three charges of child pornography (Class 2 felonies) against Derek W. Jones, 31, 0-50 block of Hillstone Road unincorporated Oswego Township.
Jones was taken into custody without incident.

 Drug court holds third graduation
On Nov. 22, the Kendall County Drug Court Program held its third graduation. This was an exciting event, not only for the graduates but also for the Kendall County Health Department mental health staff.

The Kendall County Health Department is very proud and honored to be the treatment provider on the Kendall County Drug Court team.
The mission of the Kendall County Drug Court is to reduce recidivism for nonviolent substance using offenders by combining effective treatment and intensive judicial supervision in a therapeutic court setting which uses accountability, support and individualized treatment plans to encourage offenders to change their lives.
As the treatment provider on the team, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all potential participants to determine the offender’s substance use disorder(s) and treatment recommendations.

This evaluation is a part of the process in determining whether an offender is accepted into the program. Drug Court participants accepted into the program, who are initially recommended to attend intensive out-patient or out-patient treatment or following completion of residential treatment, participate in our CHOICES Program.

The treatment plan includes up to nine hours of group counseling per week and a
minimum of one individual counseling sessions per week. Each participant has their own individualized treatment plan that is continuously reviewed and updated with their clinician.
The treatment provider representative on the team works closely with the Drug Court team providing weekly status reports on the participants progress in treatment, providing expertise regarding the challenges the participants may be experiencing and recommending any needed therapeutic adjustments.
Graduates of the Kendall County Drug Court must successfully complete all five phases of the drug court program and must have remained abstinent for a minimum of one year.


 Village to hold electronics, hazardous waste recycling

The village’s special recycling event on Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, 891 Knell Road.

These recycling events are provided by DC Recycling and are for residential customers of DC Recycling who live within the Village of Montgomery and participate in the village’s waste hauling contract.

This does not include businesses, apartment complexes, or residents in Boulder Hill or other unincorporated areas. A photo ID will be required to verify residency.

TVs of all types, all electronics (basically anything with an electric plug or batteries, metal, rechargeable batteries, and household hazardous waste includes pesticides, cleaners, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, oil-based paint, CFL bulbs and weed killer, The January event does not include latex paint, tires or paper shredding.


New police officer graduates from Police Academy

Oswego Police Officer Zachary Townsend graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute in Champaign on Dec. 19, completing a 12-week resident program.

Officer Townsend will now begin an 800-hour Field Training Program (FTO) at the Oswego Police Department, learning agency policies, rules and regulations, procedures and practices and experience supervised “on street” policing before advancing to solo patrol status.

The Oswego police staff attended the academy graduation ceremony. From left are are FTO Coordinator Sergeant Nehring, Deputy Chief Norwood, Officer Townsend, Chief Burgner and Commander Bastin. (Photo courtesy of Oswego Police Dept.)

Police investigate armed robbery

Oswego Police responded on Dec. 17, at approximately 8:17 p.m., to the 100 block of Willowwood Drive North regarding a report of an armed robbery.
The parties had agreed to meet in order to complete an internet transaction.
The offender is described as a black male, approximately 19-20-years old, approximately 6-foot, slim build, with braided dreadlocks and wearing a black hoodie, black knit cap, blue sweatpants and black shoes.

He was armed with a semi-automatic black handgun in a brown satchel. The offender was last seen running from the area.
This is an active investigation and police are encouraging anyone with information to call 630-551-7300. Alternatively, information may be provided to Kendall Crime Stoppers at 630-553-5999. Callers remain anonymous and tips leading to arrests are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

District 308 announces 141 Illinois State Scholars

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 announced that 69 students from Oswego High School and 72 students for Oswego East High Schools’ graduating classes of 2020 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, 17,577 honorees join the other top students who have been honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.
Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 726 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.
“Each year we are impressed by the large number of SD 308 students who achieve the status of Illinois State Scholar; we are proud of the commitment and dedication these students have shown and know they will go far in their future endeavors,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Sparlin.
A complete list of the 2020-2021 Illinois State Scholars can be found on the ISAC website.