Ogle County Sheriff's Office

Leaf River Fire Protection District

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of a Leaf River firefighter who died last week.

According to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, by the time authorities got to the home of the Wood family in Leaf River early Friday morning, they found it engulfed in flames.

County governments are responsible for building regional police stations and jails.   But when those buildings get too old, there may be obstacles to getting them replaced.

Back in the 1960s, Ogle County built its current jail. About 10 years later, Lee County followed suit.  These buildings have served their purpose, but Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says keeping the facility running has become increasingly difficult.

Earlville Superintendent Waiting For Word On His Future

Dec 11, 2015

A Northern Illinois school official is working from home and waiting for word on his future.

Earlville School District Superintendent Wade Winekauf was arrested last month on a charge of domestic battery. Ogle County State's Attorney Eric Morrow says the office is reviewing the police reports and other information for possible charges. Mr. Winkauf's bond return day is Thursday, December 18th, at 9:00. Charges will be filed before that date and time.


Almost $11,000 is unaccounted for in an internal audit of a northern Illinois sheriff’s department’s towing fund. The Ogle County Sheriff's Department expects the audit to take a couple of months. 

The forensic audit also found about $61,000 in fees were not deposited in the county's general fund as required.

The investigation began after a forensic auditor could not account for the money in the administrative tow fund, which was controlled by former Sheriff Michael Harn. An ordinance allows the sheriff's department to charge $350 to tow vehicles.