The annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade is back December 5 and 6.
Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.
Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.
Weather permitting, Santa will visit the downtown Crete area on Monday, December 5, and the Lincolnshire/Swiss Valley area on Tuesday, December 6, scheduled to take off from Crete Public Works at 5PM. Weather may cause schedule to change, check the Crete Country Christmas Facebook page for updates.
The Crete PD therapy canine, Lilly, is recovering well and expected to be back on duty soon.
“Lilly is healing great! Her surgical incision has healed, and she is showing all positive signs with rehabilitating her leg. We are still on exercise restrictions, so we won’t be running around for a few more weeks,” a post on the Crete Police Department Facebook page said Monday.
Lilly came to Crete via the Florida ‘Paws and Stripes’ program back in September.
“Myself and Officer Taylor went down to Florida and trained with Lilly, and brought her back here. She is trained in child victim interviews, to be involved in community events, she’ll be part of our recruiting team and community policing team.” Crete PD Sgt. Konvalinka said.
Back in Crete, Lilly partnered up full-time with Sgt. Konvalinka and went out in the community to meet people at Crete Library and Crete Park District. She also participated in the Crete Clean-Up Day.
“She’s still a puppy and still getting used to big groups, so we’re doing a little bit at a time. But everyone loves her,” Sgt. Konvalinka said.
However, being a Sunshine State native, and having never experienced colder temperatures before, Lilly wasn’t quite prepared for the Illinois climate.
“She was playing and slipped, and she broke a hind leg, which required surgery to repair. She was discharged from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is resting comfortably at home. Lilly’s rehabilitation period is expected to be 8 weeks,” Sgt. Konvalinka said in a Facebook post on October 23rd.
A little over three weeks later, Sgt. Konvalinka is very optimistic about Lilly’s recovery.
“Lilly has been coming to work on light duty since her surgery, and everyone has been great in helping care for her. Needless to say, she is a pretty spoiled girl around here,” he added.
If all goes well, Lilly is expected to be back in service later this month.
Crete Police Officer Robert Kiser was promoted to Detective, at the Village board meeting on Monday night.
“He’s been with the department for four years,” said Crete Police Chief Pieritz. “Productive and a great member of our department. As cases get more difficult, as we get busier, it’s been apparent that we needed another detective. I’m glad he’s coming aboard.”
Crete Police Deputy Chief Groszek (right) and Detective Lucia were recognized at a recent Chicago Police Department awards ceremony, for their part in an investigation that resulted in the apprehension of Chicago gang member, Clifford D. Stokes.
On November 5th and December 7th of 2019, individuals stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools from Shorewood Home and Auto in Crete, IL. When detectives later processed the scene, DNA evidence was recovered and linked to Mr. Stokes – a known gang member and dangerous criminal.
Through further investigation and collaboration with a Chicago Police Task Force, DC Groszek and Detective Lucia were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Stokes. On February 28 of 2020, officers from the Task Force located and attempted to apprehend Mr. Stokes on Crete’s warrant. After initially fleeing in a stolen vehicle, Mr. Stokes was captured by members of the Task Force.
“I’d like to thank the Chicago Gang Enforcement Team Area South-Unit 312 for their assistance,” Crete Police Chief Pieritz said.
Mr. Stokes was held in Cook County and subsequently transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility in Joliet. He later pleaded guilty to Class 2 burglary.
“We’re dedicated to public safety and will pursue any criminal in our jurisdiction,” Chef Pieritz said.
He added that it is rare for outside police departments to be invited to Chicago Police Awards ceremonies, and that they were very grateful for our assistance.
Crete PD’s very own Al Taylor is participating in the Five-O Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser for Special Olympics at Grundy County Speedway this afternoon. This ‘friendly’ stock car race features agencies from the greater Chicagoland area. Here’s the video from a couple years back:
Officer Taylor has so far raised over $3000 for Special Olympics Illinois. He will represent the Village of Crete in squad #133 today at Grundy County Speedway, located 8890 N Rt. Illinois 47 POB 846, Morris, IL 60450.
The Police Chief Frisco Melt vs the Fire Chief Dijon Burger. Available only from Wood’s Corner during the month of September. And at the end of the month, the sandwich with most sales wins the competition.
If cops win, the Fire Chief might be crossing guard for a day. If firefighters win, the Police Chief has to gear up and put out a fire.
Head down to Wood’s Corner and buy your favorite before the end of September. Located at 1403 Main St, Crete, IL 60417 · (708) 279-7934
Crete PD joined Beecher Police Department on Friday, August 19, at Dunkin’ Donuts in Beecher for the annual ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ event.
Sunrise till noon, law enforcement officers greeted customers at Dunkin’ Donuts locations around the country, handing out free donut coupons, selling t-shirts and baseball caps, collecting donations to help fund the Law Enforcement Touch Run, which benefits Special Olympics athletes.
From Crete Police Department, Officers Taylor, Krenner and Elza participated. They joined Beecher Police Department Corporal Sipple, Officers Drew and Arroyo, PD Admin. Asst. Linda Krug, Code Enforcement Officer David Harrison, EMA Director Bob Heim and EMA Officer Laura Voss.
Two new Crete Police Officers were sworn in at the Village board meeting on Monday evening.
John Iannucci and Nevin Lennett are the newest members of the Crete Police Department.
“This brings us to full staff of 21, for the first time in 5 years or longer,” Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said.
Officers Iannucci and Lennett are scheduled to start 14 weeks of training at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center on August 14. Three other Crete officers are currently attending police academy – one set to graduate about two weeks from now, the other two later next month.
“Once all of them graduate, they will enter a 12-week field training program at Crete PD. We won’t have them all fully trained and on street until March 2023,” Chief Pieritz said.
At that point, the total number of patrol officers will be 15, including detectives and school resource officers, four Sergeants, one Deputy Chief and one Chief.
The 2022 National Night Out Policing Community event is tonight, between 5 and 7:30 pm, at Monee Reservoir. Bring the whole family and join us for community fun, with lots of activities and great food. Here’s the video from last year’s event:
From Crete to Beecher to Monee – the 2022 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was successfully completed today, despite heatwave temperatures, thanks to the extraordinary resilience of police officers, athletes, their families and staff from Crete-Monee Special Athletics.
Big thank you to Crete Police Department for the strong showing of support, Crete Emergency Management Agency for assisting with traffic, Crete-Monee Special Athletics, Michelle Calderone and the athletes for being super awesome, and to everyone who came out to support the runners as they raise funds for Special Olympics.
Also thank you to Hazel Crest Police Department and Tinley Park Police Department.
Come out and cheer on Crete’s Finest as the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is passing through town today at around 11 am.
Started in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest, worldwide grass-roots fundraising movement for the Special Olympics. In Illinois alone, 3,000 police officers, sheriff’s deputies, correction officers, support staff and other volunteers, carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, to the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Normal.
Today, at around 11 am, Officers from Steger Police will pass on the Flame of Hope to Crete’s Finest, when they meet at Chicago and Richton. From there, Crete Officers will carry the flame to Main and Burville, passing it on to Monee PD.
This year’s Special Olympics Summer Games is scheduled for June 17 – 19.
“At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, officers were dispatched to the area of Brenner Court and Innsbruck Lane for a call of “shots fired.”,” the statement began.
Chief Pieritz says the victim told responding officers that after arriving home from work and sitting in their car, a tan or gold SUV pulled up behind and a black male suspect got out with a handgun and approached the victim in their vehicle.
“The victim placed their vehicle in reverse to get out of the area, and the suspect shot several rounds in their direction, striking their vehicle. The victim continued to drive in reverse, striking the suspect’s vehicle in the front passenger side. The victim fled the area in their vehicle and contacted the police,” Chief Pieritz said.
No injuries were reported and officers canvassed the area and collected evidence. Crete detectives are investigating the incident as attempted carjacking, and it appears so far to be an isolated incident.
Chief Pieritz is asking any witnesses, anyone with knowledge of a tan or gold SUV with damage corresponding to the episode, or residents who may have security footage of the incident, to contact Detective Lucia of the Crete Police Department.
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