The White County Sheriff's Department has located ELIJAH I. JAMES, DOB 11-19-1989. White County has a warrant for James for UNLAWFUL RESIDENCY OF A CHILD SEX OFFENDER - 500 FEET OF VICTIM. James had been living at 124 North St., Maunie, IL

A request for information was placed on our website and we were able to obtain his location in Evansville, IN. Evansville Police Department located Mr. James and placed him under arrest. He will be transported back to White County after he waives extradition.

I appreciate all the help from the public in this matter.

Stay Safe this Winter!
Winter is quickly approaching and with winter come hazardous road conditions. We would like to remind everyone to exercise caution when traveling on snow and ice. If you must travel during hazardous conditions we urge residents to pack a winter travel supply kit, prepare your vehicle for winter conditions, and exercise safe winter driving.

Winter travel supplies should include: Booster cables, two or more blankets, snow shovel and scraper, flashlight and extra batteries, extra clothing, high calorie non-perishable food, extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze, flares or reflectors, and a piece of bright cloth. Prepare you vehicle by checking the ignition, fuel, cooling, and exhaust, systems, belt, fluid levels, brakes, wiper blades and fluid, tire tread and pressure, defogger, battery, and lights. Always fill the gasoline tank before a long or even short trip to take maximum advantage in case of trouble.

Please use common sense while driving near maintenance equipment and snow plows. Remember that conditions in front of the plow are usually much worse and it is recommended that you stay a safe distance as visibility can be reduced by blowing snow. Most importantly slow down! Winter conditions make it much more difficult to slow and stop in the event that something happens.

Road condition inquiries for the Illinois Department of Transportation are available at 800-452-4368, and Indiana Department of Transportation at 800-261-7623.

Please stay safe out there!
Distracted Driving is Dangerous
There is no doubt that the improvement of technology in today's society has greatly benefited law enforcement and our society as a whole. However, improvements in technology have led to a new threat on our roadways - distracted driving.

Dialing numbers on cell phones or typing text messages requires attention that should be paid to the task of driving.

There are three main types of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) and cognitive (taking your mind off what you are doing). While all distractions can endanger drivers and fellow motorists safety, texting while driving is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Shockingly, statistics show that texting while driving is just as dangerous as operating a motor vehicle after four alcoholic beverages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that nearly 5,500 people are killed on our nation's roadways every year.

It is clear that the dangers of texting while driving are serious. A life is more precious than taking a call or responding to a text message. It is imperative that we put the safety of others above our own need to access technology.

The men and women of the White County Sheriff's Office are committed to keeping you and your family safe. If you find yourself reaching for your cell phone while driving, take a second to think about the dangers you are putting yourself and others in before you pick up the phone. Ask yourself, is it really worth it?

- White County Sheriff Doug Maier
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