Channahon Village Board recognizes officer for drug bust

Village moves forward in agreement with Love's

Channahon Police Chief Shane Casey, right, gives Officer Mike Liebermann a certificate of accommodation at Monday night’s Channahon village board meeting.
Channahon Police Chief Shane Casey, right, gives Officer Mike Liebermann a certificate of accommodation at Monday night’s Channahon village board meeting.

Channahon police officer Mike Liebermann was recognized at Monday night’s Village Board meeting and given a certificate of accommodation for his role in the May 13 discovery of a trailer full of illegal drugs and the arrest of the two men who allegedly were transporting them.

Village Trustee Sam Greco explained a trucker had called the police department to report suspicious activity at Pilot Travel Center on Route 6, just east of Interstate 55.

“The truck and its occupants were thought to have left the area,” Greco said, “But Mike’s attention to detail located the truck. ... A sizable quantity of cannabis and Ecstasy pills were recovered, and two subjects were arrested. ... Mike’s dedication and approach to policing should be emulated by all who choose law enforcement for their career.”

Liebermann has been with the department since November 2017.

Channahon Police Chief Shane Casey thanked Liebermann for his dedication to the job.

“You did not accept the situation was resolved and gone,” Casey said. “Your comprehensive approach to policing allowed you to locate the suspicious semi, and ultimately your observations and tenacity led to 125 pounds of cannabis, two quarts of cannabis oil and over 1,100 Ecstasy pills and the arrest of two subjects.”

Casey said this was an example of collaborative policing, where a member of the public was “out there being our eyes and ears,” and reporting what he saw to law enforcement.

The dedication to the job is something all Channahon officers have in common, Casey said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, trustees approved the execution of an annexation agreement between the village and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.

Two additional ordinances involving Love’s – a special use permit and annexing property into Channahon – were deferred until Love’s closes on the property.

Should all legal matters be approved, the development will be located on 17 acres at the southeast corner of the I-55 and Bluff Road interchange.

An estimated 60 to 80 employees would be hired to staff the facility, and diesel, gas and sales taxes could bring Channahon an additional $2 million a year, officials previously said.

In the annexation agreement, Love’s will be responsible for roadway improvements on Bluff Road and at the Bluff and Exchange Boulevard interchange, including the installation of a traffic signal. The village will reimburse half of the cost of the signal to Love’s. The estimate for the total cost of the light is $173,168.

The business could also have an Arby’s, Chester’s Chicken and Godfather’s Pizza.

Trustees Monday also approved the purchase of a replacement vehicle for the village’s Community Development Department. For $27,630, a 2018 Ford Explorer base model with four-wheel drive will be bought through an Illinois State Purchase Contract at Morrow Brothers Ford. The village’s code enforcement officer will primarily use the vehicle. It replaces a 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

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