Friday night, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said it would meet with Illinois State Police to conduct roadside safety checkpoints in Washington Park, Illinois.
The Village of Washington Park recently lost its mayor, John Thornton, to violence. On April 1st, a gunman shot and killed Thornton as he drove through the village after working an overnight shift: www.kmov.com/news/local/Persons-of-interest-in-Washington-Park-murder-case-released-89841837.html
Following the mayor's murder, Washington Park trustees hired a new police chief who said he planned to reach out to other area police agencies to help combat crime in Washington Park.
See our coverage of the May 4th installment of the new police chief here: www.kmov.com/community/blogs/reporters-blog/Search-for-Suspect-in-Washington-Park-Mayors-Murder-New-Mayor-Hires-Bodygaurd-92828829.html
May 14th, St. Clair County County officers went to Washington Park to saturate the area with officers. Police say questioned loiters in the Royal Lands Food Mart parking lot and arrested two people for a warrant and possession of marijuana.
Officers then went to a home on Rt. 111 on a drug investigation and arrested three people (one for obstructing a peace officer, one person went to jail for outstanding warrants and the third was arrested for possession of marijuana).
St. Clair County says officers made 9 arrests between 2:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day. Four of the arrests were for outstanding warrants. Two people were arrested for possession of marijuana. One person went to jail for obstructing a police officer and two others were arrested for driving with a suspended or invalid drivers license.
Friday, May 28th, officers from St. Clair County and ISP planned to set up sobriety and seat belt safety checkpoints over the holiday weekend.