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WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
July 7, 2010

REGION I
While completing watercraft safety inspections from a department issued patrol boat on the Rock River in Winnebago County, a District 6 CPO observed a man and a woman each riding older model personal watercraft (PWC) in violation of the posted No Wake Zone.  The investigation revealed neither operator had fire extinguishers or sounding devices with them as required.  In addition, the PWC ridden by the female did not have 3" registration numbers in contrasting color to the hull as required.  Each operator received a citation for the fire extinguishers and written warnings for the other operation and equipment violations.

A Region I CPO was working the fireworks event at Prophetstown State Park when he observed subjects in the campground light off a large aerial bomb that went along the ground and exploded on a busy walkway into the campground.  Fortunately, nobody was walking along it at the time or serious injury could have occurred.  The subjects were located and cited for the violation of fireworks in the park.

A Region I CPO was on Bike Patrol in Prophetstown State Park for the fireworks when he was approached by a camper who stated a young child had wandered into their camp over a half hour earlier and nobody had come looking for him.  After walking around the campground with the three year old child, the parents were located and were not aware of how long he had been gone. 

A District 6 CPO stopped a pontoon boat with two small children onboard. One child, an infant, and the second, a four year old child, were not wearing personal flotation devices. The CPO explained the law to the operator, provided a boating law digest and issued a citation for the violation.

While patrolling the Mississippi River, CPOs located a subject operating a watercraft while holding up a towel.  Conducting a safety inspection on the watercraft, the operator was found to be intoxicated.  He was cited for operating under the influence of alcohol and blew a .089.  During the same shift, they had another watercraft cut in front of the patrol boat.  The operator of the second watercraft was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
    
A District 1 CPO was on foot patrol in White Pines State Park campgrounds when he observed a campsite with a large group of people to be in possession of a large amount of alcohol in a restricted area. The CPO entered the campsite and further discovered five subjects sitting in a two-man tent smoking cannabis.  Two subjects were arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia and 8 citations were issued for possession of alcohol in a restricted area. 

District 1 CPOs were on foot patrol in Lowden State Park when they observed a campsite possessing alcohol in a restricted area.  CPOs entered the campsite and discovered one of the subjects at the site had a warrant for his arrest out of Florida. The subject was arrested and an alcohol citation was issued.

District 1 CPOs conducted a boat patrol on the Rock River in Lee and Whiteside Counties before providing on-water security for the Dixon Petunia Festival Fireworks.

 

A District 7 CPO worked a canoe detail on the Mackinaw River, during the 4th of July weekend.   The officer arrested two individuals for unlawful consumption of alcohol and two individuals for no wearable life jackets.

District 7 Officers worked Canton Lake after a District OUI detail in the Peoria area was cancelled. The first boat stop of the day resulted in an OUI arrest, and personal flotation device citation.  The arrested subject refused chemical testing, and immediate notice of suspension of his watercraft operation privileges was served.

A District 7 CPO interviewed the prime suspect in a criminal damage to a nature preserve case in McDonough County.  Charges are expected this week.

While checking boats at the Colona Boat Ramp, a District 1 Officer heard a call on county band radio for a suicidal subject in the area.  The man walked into a neighbor’s garage with a pistol and said he was going to shoot himself and anyone who tried to stop him.  The intoxicated man then left on the railroad tracks toward the Hennepin Canal.   The CPO checked the bike path on the canal while the city officers checked the residential area.  The city officers found the man in his front yard with self inflicted wounds to both wrists.  He did not follow verbal orders from the city officers on scene and the taser was deployed.  The gun was found in a backpack on the ground within reach.  The man was transported to the hospital for treatment.    

CPOs worked a boating detail on Pool 16 of the Mississippi River.  During the detail one CPO arrested a subject for OUI (BAC .099). 

District 1 CPOs was on river patrol near the Prophetstown Rt. 78 Bridge.  A boat was stopped for a safety inspection.  It was obvious from the start the operator was impaired.  He was unable to recite his English alphabet past the letter G.  The subject became combative.  He was transported to shore where the District Sgt. and three Whiteside County Deputies were waiting.  The boat launch was full of people waiting to see the fireworks.  The subject nearly fell down when he stepped off the front of the boat and staggered to the park office for processing.  The subject refused to give officers even basic information and was verbally abusive the entire stop.  The subject had an extensive criminal history to include a murder charge.  The subject was arrested for operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and obstructing a peace officer.  The subject was unable to post bond and was confined at Whiteside County jail.

A CPO charged a New Lenox man with OUI and resistance to officers after the man refused to bring his watercraft to the boat ramp at Allan Park in Ottawa along the Illinois River during the July 4th celebration.  Instead the man attempted to elude officers by running up river.  Officers acted quickly by apprehending the man with their patrol boat that had been parked at the ramp.  The man's BAC was .15.

District 6 CPOs arrested several subjects for unlawful entry into a restricted area at Starved Rock.  After bringing the large group back to the squad, one of the juveniles took off into the weeds but came back after she was attacked by several thousand mosquitoes.

A CPO made an arrest of a male subject for Operation of a Watercraft under the Influence of Alcohol.  The arrest was made on the Illinois River near Allen Park. 

District 6 CPOs responded to a call of a male juvenile who had drowned at Lake DePue.   After speaking with witnesses, it was learned a 15 year old male had swam into the lake after a soccer ball.  He was unable to make it back to shore and went under water.  Two witnesses attempted to find the boy but were unsuccessful.  With the assistance of the Peru Rescue Squad, the boy's body was recovered.  He was pronounced dead on scene by the Bureau County Coroner.

A District 6 CPO assisted the Putnam County Sheriff's Department in locating a female subject who was reported to be locked in the trunk of her car.  She said she didn't know how she got there and said her hands were bound with duct tape.  The female was located and taken to a local hospital.  The CPO assisted with interviewing the victim and the case is still under investigation.

A District 6 CPO stopped a boat on the Illinois River near Ottawa for being overloaded and having no lights on after sunset.  The operator and one passenger were found to have been consuming alcohol.  The operator passed field sobriety tests, but was charged with unlawful operation of a watercraft without lights when required, unlawful consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor and was issued several other boat warnings.  The one passenger was also charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

A District 6 CPO conducted a boat patrol at a private lake in Putnam County where the officer had received complaints of several boating violations.  The officer was only there for a brief time, however, out of the five boats checked, three of them did not have the appropriate amount of PFD's for the passengers along with other violations.  The appropriate citations were issued. 

At 7:15 pm on July 2, two 16 year old juveniles started canoeing down Indian Creek from the Sheridan area.  The juveniles had left a residence for a short canoe ride and never returned.  After being gone for 4 hours the parents notified the Illinois Conservation Police.  The Conservation Police and the Ottawa Rescue responded in an attempt to locate the juveniles.  Ottawa River rescue started the search down the creek from Sheridan, while the Conservation Police started their search up the creek from the Fox River near Weldon.  At approximately 4 am the Ottawa River Rescue located both juveniles unharmed.  The juveniles stopped and had started a fire on the shoreline.  The juveniles were escorted to Ayers Landing in Weldon where they were reunited with their family.  The juveniles were cited for operating a watercraft without personal flotation devices. 

REGION II
A CPO arrested a subject at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park for possession of alcohol in a restricted area.  He was also wanted on a parole violation by the Department of Corrections for failure to appear on a larceny charge.  There was a no bond hold and he was transported to the Lake County Jail.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI.  As the operator approached the Rt. 12 bridge on the Chain O' Lakes, the current pushed the boat sideways into the bridge.  He was stopped and failed Field Sobriety Tests.  During the arrest procedures, he urinated in his pants.  The subject blew a .140%.

A CPO cited the 19 year old passenger of a vehicle in Illinois Beach State Park for littering, illegal transportation, and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.  The subject threw a beer bottle out of the car after drinking it.

A CPO cited a Gurnee man for possession of short fish.  The individual, who had on two previous occasions dumped fish on a CPO, was caught at Lake Carina with three undersized Largemouth Bass.  The fish measured 6 inches, 6 1/2 inches and 7 inches.  A 15 inch minimum length limit applies on the lake.  The man was trying to stuff the fish into a plastic jug when he saw the CPO approach.

CPOs arrested a subject on Grass Lake for OUI and violating a posted no wake zone.  His BAC .117%.

CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft for OUI on the Chain O' Lakes.  His BAC was .110%

A CPO arrested a subject in Illinois Beach State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia.

REGION III
Nothing reported.

REGION IV
A District Sergeant and CPOs assisted District 13 in providing security for the Alton Fireworks display.

A District Sergeant and CPOs provided security for the Otter Lake Fireworks display.

CPOs, along with Missouri Water Patrol, provided security for the Hannibal, MO fireworks display.

CPOs, along with Missouri Water Patrol, provided security for the Louisiana, MO fireworks display.

A CPO was patrolling Gillespie Lake when he conducted a watercraft inspection. During the inspection, he noticed the odor of alcohol on the operator’s breath. The subject failed field sobriety tests. The subject had a blood alcohol content of .114.

A CPO also arrested the owner of the watercraft for allowing the person to operate the watercraft under the influence.

REGION V
A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on the Ohio River near Elizabethtown.

A CPO also investigated a boat accident on Rend Lake involving a houseboat that struck a submerged object and took on water. Fortunately, the houseboat made it to the dock and the water was pumped out.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake.

A CPO also investigated a boat accident on Rend Lake involving a skier mishap. The skier tried to jump the wake, did the splits, and injured both his hips.  The skier was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Mt.Vernon.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake.

A CPO also caught a fisherman in possession of a short bass on the Ohio River.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake.

A CPO caught a fisherman with an over limit of bluegill at Dolan Lake.

A CPO also issued two boaters citations for “unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor” on Rend Lake.

District # 14 officers worked a boating detail on Rend Lake during the annual fireworks show. There were no boat accidents or significant incidents to report from that detail. 

A CPO arrested a subject on Centralia Lake for OUI.  The subject failed all field sobriety tests after being stopped for no navigation lights at 11:00 pm.  The subject refused all chemical tests.

A CPO arrested a subject wanted on warrant at Sam Dale State Park while dealing with the subject over his dog running loose.

A CPO arrested a subject for possession of cannabis after watching them drive down a dead end road at Ramsey Park.  The subjects stopped and turned off their lights.  The CPO approached the two subjects on foot and observed them smoking from a pipe.  A passing deputy saw the CPOs flashlight and drove back to him.  The Deputy’s K-9 hit on the vehicle, two one hitters and a third pipe were found.

A CPO observed a vehicle parked in a remote location at Ramsey State Park but could not locate the subject.  A few days later he observed the same vehicle at another location at the park.  After watching the area, he saw a subject in the woods.  The subject ran and threw objects.   When the CPO caught up, he observed dirt on the subject’s knees and under his fingernails.  The subject denied any wrong doing but eventually admitted to digging ginseng and throwing the roots upon seeing the CPO.  The CPO located several ginseng plant tops lying by disturbed ground.  Charges are pending on the subject.

CPOs arrested two subjects for digging ginseng out of season, without permission and without a license.  These two are well known as one just came off revocation in March and the other is currently revoked until 2013.

CPOs both took stolen hoop net reports.

 

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
July 14, 2010

REGION I
While completing watercraft safety inspections from a boat launch along the Kishwaukee River in Winnebago County, a CPO observed a man paddling to the launch in an unregistered kayak with a child passenger.  After losing his balance getting out of the vessel, a boat safety inspection was conducted.  The inspection revealed the vessel did not have any proof of registration nor were there any wearable life jackets aboard the boat.  Further face-to-face communication with the operator about the violations led the officer to suspect that the operator might be under the influence of alcohol.  He failed field sobriety testing and a portable breath test result above .08% B.A.C. confirmed suspicions.  The man was charged with OUI/Watercraft, operation of an unnumbered watercraft, and insufficient number of wearable PFD.'s - none.  After being transported, the operator refused to blow into the department’s intoximeter which resulted in his boat operating privileges being suspended for a minimum of two years.

A District 7 CPO completed a permit fraud assignment from the permit section in Springfield.  A Fulton County subject was cited for providing false information to obtain free Property Only Deer hunting permits.  The subject had been living away from home for multiple years, and was using his parents address to receive free permits even though he did not permanently reside with them

A District 6 CPO made an arrest of a male subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.  The arrest took place on the Illinois River at the Illini State Park boat ramp near Marseilles.

While patrolling Black Hawk State Historic Site, a CPO located a vehicle parked in the park after hours.  Approaching the vehicle, the passenger compartment was filled with smoke.  One of the occupants was arrested for possession of cannabis. 

While working at Sunset Park, a CPO checked a group of subjects fishing.  One of the subjects had taken two under-sized walleyes.  Upon checking the subject through the Illinois State Police, he was also found to be wanted on a warrant.  The subject was cited for the walleyes and arrested for the warrant.  One of the other subjects in the party was a resident of Iowa fishing on an Illinois resident fishing license.  He was also cited. 

While working at Sunset Park, a CPO located a watercraft approaching the dock.  After the operator had trouble docking his boat, the CPO conducted a safety inspection on the watercraft.  After administering field sobriety tests, the operator was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol.  The operator had a .149 BAC. 

A CPO cited a fisherman for possessing a short walleye on the Mississippi River.

A CPO issued a citation for no registration to the owner of a canoe being utilized at Lake Storey.  One of the owner’s college-aged children was issued a written warning for not having wearable life jackets in the canoe.  Only type IV throwable PFDs were on board.

A CPO patrolled Lake McMaster/Snakeden Hollow with his issued jon boat.  A kayak owner was issued a written warning for no registration.  The inflatable kayak he purchased was inspected.  A boat registration inspection form was completed, and he was provided a registration application and sales tax form to obtain his registration.

A Region I CPO was checking fishermen along the Rock River in Rock Falls when he observed four subjects fishing.  A compliance check found two of the subjects were fishing without a license.  The subjects tried to say they were only watching the poles for their friends, but had been observed for fifteen minutes fishing and the friends were over 100 yards away with their own poles.

A Region I CPO observed a subject fishing at Lake Le Aqua Na and upon approaching to perform a compliance check the subject put down the pole and looked the opposite direction.  When asked for his license he stated he left it at home, when informed that it would be checked by computer he asked if it was good through the end of July.  When explained when the license expires he stated he did not have one, he was issued a citation for no fishing license.

District 1 CPOs were on foot patrol in White Pines State Park campgrounds when they observed a campsite possessing alcohol in a restricted area. After watching the site for 20 minutes and listening to the site continually talk about smoking marijuana, one of the subjects began smoking cannabis. CPOs entered the site and arrested the subject possessing the cannabis and paraphernalia. Further inspection of the site led to the discovery of another subject possessing cannabis and paraphernalia. Two subjects were arrested and two citations were issued citations for possession of alcohol in a restricted area. 

District 1 CPOs were on boat patrol when they assisted Ogle County deputies with a call of a subject passed out along the river and another waving down traffic. The CPOs arrived along with the deputies to discover two extremely intoxicated subjects covered in mud along the river bank. The subjects were in one of three canoes traveling from Bryon to Oregon.  The two subjects got separated from the group and decided to go to shore and drink.   The subjects were transported by deputies to Oregon and the CPOs towed their canoe and located the other members of their group while on the way to Oregon.  The subjects were reunited with the other members of their group at their vehicle and released to a sober driver.

A District 6 CPO stopped a boat for having no lights on after dark.   The boat had several violations and the operator was issued a citation for Illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and unlawful operation of a watercraft without lights when required.  He was also issued three written warnings for other boating violations

A District 6 CPO and Sergeant issued several subjects citations for entry into a restricted area.  One subject was found to be in possession of alcohol while under 21 years of age.  A female Juvenile tried to run away and hide from the CPOs, however, after a phone call to her on her cell phone she decided to return.  She was released to parents with charges pending.

While on boat patrol of pool 12 of the Mississippi River, District 1 CPOs assisted the JoDaviess County Sheriff's Dept with the possible theft/criminal damage to property of a golf cart at a boat ramp.

Intoxicated subject "borrowed" the cart and went for a joy ride at the boat ramp, and then was involved in an altercation with another intoxicated subject.  CPOs arrived to the scene by boat and assisted with diffusing the situation.  No arrests were made.

While on boat patrol on the Rock River in Whiteside County, a District 1 CPO conducted surveillance on a group of young adult tubers floating down the river.  The surveillance, and a field interview, confirmed that one of the subjects was disposing of his beer cans into the river after he drank them.  He was charged with pollution of waterways and they were all educated on the proper use of our Illinois Waterways.

A District 1 CPO responded to a boat accident on the Mississippi River in Port Byron.  A boat struck a log and was taking on water.   It was occupied by a man, his wife, and four children.  The Port Byron Fire Department and LeClaire Fire Department responded.  The boat was towed into the Captain's Quarters Dry Stack Marina in LeClaire, IA.  The CPO spoke to the boat operator and determined the accident had occurred on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River.  The Illinois CPO on scene contacted the Iowa CPO by phone and informed them of the property damage only accident.  The information was forwarded to the Iowa CPO for an accident report.

While patrolling the Rock River, a District 1 CPO observed an overloaded boat.  As a boat inspection was completed the man was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The man admitted to smoking the marijuana on the boat prior to police contact.  He was arrested for the drug charges and OUI (Operation Under the Influence of drugs).   After the urine sample was provided, the man was transported to the nearest Mental Health Facility for an evaluation after suicidal comments were made to the officer.  The man admitted to trying to kill himself the night before by inhaling $135 worth of heroin.   The man told the CPO she had saved his life because his intention was to go home and shoot himself after he got home from his "last boat trip".     

A District 1 CPO was patrolling the Rock River and observed a jet ski with two people aboard.  Only one person was wearing a PFD and a ski rope was attached to the back of the Jet Ski along with a kneeboard in the footwell.  The 18 year old female operator was not wearing a PFD and both passengers had been taking turns towing each other on the kneeboard.   The female was issued a citation and the male was issued a written warning. 

REGION II
While patrolling Des Plaines CA, a CPO arrested a subject for DUI.  The subject blew a .181

While patrolling Des Plaines CA, a CPO arrested a subject for OUI.  The subject blew a .083

A CPO arrested a subject for driving while license revoked.

A CPO investigated a complaint of criminal damage to property that occurred at Goose Lake Prairie State Park.

A CPO was on patrol in rural Grundy County when a vehicle nearly t-boned his squad.  The driver was a juvenile that was not properly licensed and unfamiliar with the area and was distracted by very loud music within the vehicle.  The driver did not see a stop sign and entered an intersection at a fairly high rate of speed, became airborne, nearly struck the CPO's squad, landing on the other side of the intersection.  Appropriate charges were filed.

A CPO was checking fishermen at Braidwood Lake when she found two fishermen without licenses.  One was wanted on two warrants; the other lied about her date of birth and was arrested for obstructing a police officer.

CPOs arrested two individuals for OUI while working the Chain O' Lakes boat race on Thursday night.  The first subject was an 18 year old male who was trying to find a place to swim on Pistakee Lake.  He had a BAC of 0.158% and was charged for OUI and consumption of alcohol by a minor.  He subsequently had a no-bond warrant out of Kendall County and was transported to jail.  The second subject was trying to dock his boat at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp.  After two attempts he was able to bring the watercraft alongside the pier.  The subject was highly intoxicated and arrested for OUI.  His BAC was 0.328%.  He informed the officers that he was not driving home!!!

CPOs arrested a subject on the Fox River in Kane County for OUI.  The subject had a BAC of 0.269%.

A CPO arrested a subject in Illinois Beach State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia.  The subject was in possession of four drug pipes.

A CPO arrested a subject in Illinois Beach State Park for possession of cannabis. 

A CPO arrested a subject on Rasmussen Lake for possession of cannabis and no valid fishing license.

A CPO issued a citation and multiple warnings to a Marina in Lake County that has been operating a rental boat business on the Chain O' Lakes for the past nine years without a rental boat license.  The marina was advertising their services on Craigslist.

REGION III
While on patrol boat duty on Lake Shelbyville CPOs arrested a Pana woman for unlawful possession of liquor by a minor. The young woman was on court supervision for the same offense.

A CPO arrested a 19 year old Charleston man for DUI at Lake Mattoon. The man recorded a BAC of .108%. Several charges were filed in this case.

CPOs responded to a Personal Watercraft accident on Lake Shelbyville that resulted in injuries to two women from Sugar Grove and Batavia. The operator was jumping wakes behind a motorboat at a high rate of speed and flew off the PWC and sustained head, neck and back injuries when they impacted the water. They were quickly removed from the lake and transported to Shelby Memorial Hospital and treated and released.

A CPO is investigating a hit and run crash involving boat trailers at the Wolf Creek State Park boat ramp on Lake Shelbyville. The reported female driver from Edwardsville left the scene and the owner of the trailer advised he didn't know the exact identity of the driver. Subsequent investigation revealed the license plate displayed on the trailer did not belong on the trailer and that the owner had not registered and titled the trailer as required. The owner, from Vandalia, was cited for the registration violation and the investigation is continuing.    

While working Kickapoo State Park in Vermilion County, a CPO arrested four subjects (two were juveniles) for possession of cannabis.  In addition two of the subjects (one juvenile) were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Numerous citations for alcohol violations were issued as well. 

CPOs arrested a Fairmont man for Operating a Watercraft While Under The Influence of Alcohol while on boat patrol at Clinton Lake.  The subject’s BAC was recorded at .15.

While on patrol at Clinton Lake near West Side Access, a CPO observed the operator of a watercraft standing and urinating off the back of the boat in public.  Upon contact, it was discovered that one of the underage passengers had been consuming alcohol.  The operator passed a field sobriety test and admitted to giving the passenger the alcohol.  Both subjects were charged accordingly.

A CPO arrested three subjects for unlawfully snagging fish on the Sangamon River below the Lake Decatur Spillway.

CPOs responded to the Clinton Lake Marina after the driver backed a vehicle and trailer into the lake.  No injuries were reported.

A CPO took a theft report at the Mascoutin Campgrounds on Clinton Lake.  A subject reported that unknown persons broke into a camper and removed a bottle of 40 to 50 Vicodin Pills.

CPOs responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at Moraine View State Park in McLean County.  A 17 year old was evicted from the site. 

CPOs continue to work on the investigation where injured deer were discovered run down by vehicle(s) earlier this year in DeWitt County.  Several new leads have surfaced.     

 REGION IV
A CPO attended a boat safety class in Pike County. Sixteen students attended.

A CPO responded to a call from the Pike Sheriff's Department on his day off. The driver of a vehicle on a traffic stop fled the scene into a wooded area near the CPO's residence. The CPO and the Pike County Sheriff used ATV's to locate the subject. When the subject was taken into custody, he still had pipes and cannabis on him.

A CPO is investigating a watercraft fire that occurred on Gillespie Lake. The ventilator was not running, the carburetor arrestor had been removed, and the battery cover had been removed. The subject then attempted to direct wire the bilge pump to the battery which created a spark and caused the explosion.

REGION V
A CPO arrested a Williamson County man for OUI on Lake of Egypt. The man had a BAC in excess of .12. He was arrested and processed at Williamson County SO.

A CPO completed a boat accident investigation Property Damage on Kinkaid Lake.

A CPO completed a Property Damage boat accident that occurred on Kinkaid Lake, the case is still pending investigation.

A CPO is investigating a boat accident that occurred on Lake of Egypt. The accident involves a private patrol boat that is accused of damaging a PWC. The accident is a Property Damage only and is still under investigation.

July 21, 2010

REGION I
A District Sergeant was called out late at night to Sheridan for a missing person who had been swimming with a group of kids in a sand pit.  Upon arrival he interviewed the kids who were determined where the subject was last seen.  Ottawa River Rescue was contacted and the 19 year old male subject was located within 1 hour of dragging operations.

While completing watercraft safety inspections from a boat launch along the Kishwaukee River in Winnebago County, a CPO observed a woman paddling to the launch in an unregistered raft carrying a second female passenger.  A boat safety inspection revealed the boat to be unregistered.   Face-to-face communication with the operator about the violation led the CPO to suspect the person to be under the influence of alcohol.  Failed field sobriety testing and a portable breath test reading above .08% B.A.C. confirmed the CPO deductions.  The woman was charged with O.U.I. - Watercraft, O.U.I. - Watercraft above .08% B.A.C. and unlawful operation of an unnumbered watercraft.  The operator blew into the department’s intoximeter which displayed a breath alcohol reading of .214%; more than twice the legal limit allowed by statute.

A Region I CPO was checking fishermen at Johnson Sauk Trail when he observed three male subjects fishing and when they noticed the CPO, they all started to get anxious and move around nervously.  A check of the subjects revealed that two of the subjects did not have fishing licenses.  The two subjects were issued citations for the violation and thanked the CPO when he finished giving them the citations. 

A District 1 CPO conducted boat patrols on both the Rock and Mississippi Rivers throughout the weekend resulting in various boating violations being addressed accordingly.

A District 1 CPO responded to the complaint of unhappy campers who advised of an unruly bunch of campers that were disturbing the peace after the quiet hours went into effect at Apple River Canyon State Park.  The noisy bunch also had failed to pay/re-register for their site.  Citations were issued, and subjects were evicted from the State Park.

District 1 CPOs and Color Guard were involved with the funeral detail of retired Whiteside County Conservation Police Officer who passed away in northern Wisconsin on July 11, 2010. 

A District 1 CPO responded to a fight in progress on the Mississippi River in East Moline at Kay Island.  The CPO and a Deputy responded to the island by boat but the island was unoccupied.  While enroute to the fight, the CPO was notified by radio of a capsized watercraft.  Local fire departments located the capsized watercraft downstream from Kay Island as the officers were trying to locate the fight.  It was quickly determined the fight and capsized boat were the same incident.  All passengers of the capsized watercraft were located and the CPO interviewed all involved.  The men on the boat were involved in a physical fight on the island which continued into the watercraft eventually leading to its capsizing.   During the altercation, one of the men sustained a laceration to his forehead.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.  The operator of the watercraft admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages and he completed Boating Field Sobriety Tests.  The operator showed no signs of intoxication.  A boat accident report was completed.   Neither party wanted to file criminal charges against the other
A District 1 CPO worked Oregon Trail Days at Lowden State Park.

A District 1 CPO and Region 1 Captain provided a boat patrol for the Oregon Trail Days during a tubing event.  Approximately thirty tubers floated from Oregon to the Castle Rock State Park boat ramp without any incident

While working the Illinois River near Pekin two District 7 officers observed a boat pulling a tube with no observer. They stopped the boat and ultimately found the operator to be wanted on a warrant out of Tazewell County. They also found the owner to be in possession of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia.

A District 7 CPO observed a watercraft, with the individual operating, pulling a tuber with no competent observer.  He stopped the watercraft and found the operator was wanted on a warrant.  He then found cannabis and a one hitter on board the watercraft.  The CPO also arrested another individual for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.

A District 6 CPO made an arrest of a male subject for possession of cannabis and hiking in a restricted area.  The arrest took place at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois Canyon.  Several other subjects were also with the male subject and issued citations for hiking in a restricted area.

REGION II
Officers broke up a large gathering of people that spilled over into Illinois Beach State Park after a funeral in Zion had turned violent earlier in the day.  The funeral was for a young man who had been murdered.  One subject was maced and arrested.  He was charged with mob action and possession of cannabis.

CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft for OUI on Spring Lake.  His BAC was .203%.

CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft for OUI on the Fox River.  His BAC was .108%.

CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft on Grass Lake for OUI.  His BAC was .237%.

CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft on Bluff Lake for OUI and not displaying navigation lights when required.  His BAC was .109%.

While working the Chain O' Lakes state park boat ramp CPOs arrested a subject for operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol.  The subject had a BAC of 0.133%.

A CPO arrested two subjects at the Chain O' Lakes state park for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams and possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area.

A CPO arrested a patron of Illinois Beach State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area.  The subject was also wanted on a Lake County failure to appear warrant $5,000.00/10%.  He was transported to the Lake County Jail.

A CPO is investigating a boat accident that occurred on the Illinois River in Morris.  A subject launched his boat and it stalled.  Repeated attempts to restart resulted in an explosion and subsequent fire.  Both occupants of the boat were able to jump into the water and seek refuge in the shallow water.  The boat burned to the waterline and is a total loss.
 A CPO investigated a vehicle accident at DesPlaines CA.  A subject was loading a boat onto a trailer and had pulled forward on the launch ramp, stopped the vehicle to check the tow strap putting the vehicle in neutral, and when he exited the vehicle, it rolled back into the Kankakee River becoming completely submerged.  The vehicle was a total loss.

A CPO investigated a hit and run minor property damage incident at DesPlaines CA.  A family returning from boating on the Kankakee River found damage to their tow vehicle in the parking lot.  Evidence suggests that another vehicle pulling a trailer cut a corner too sharply resulting in the trailer striking the victim's vehicle.

A CPO arrested a subject for illegal transportation of alcohol and later found out that the subject had provided false information belonging to her sister.  The sister provided information as to the suspect and the CPO was able to utilize Driver’s License photos on LEADS to determine who the actual violator was.  CPOs located the subject at her residence and served her with the illegal transportation charge, added the charge of providing a false identity to a police officer.  The violator was also wanted on a warrant out of Grundy County and admitted that this was the reason she provided false information, adding that she wasn’t a bad person, just really drunk at the time.  She was transported to the Grundy county jail for the warrant.

A CPO reported court dispositions for a subject arrested for DUI at DesPlaines CA:  $1250 fine for DUI, $200 fine for illegal transportation, $200 for improper lane usage.  Another subject arrested for DUI-drugs near DesPlaines CA was found guilty and ordered to pay $800 in fines and serve 240 hours of public service.  A subject arrested for obstructing a police officer at the DesPlaines CA boat ramp pleaded guilty and was fined $350. 

A CPO reported a court disposition in an interesting deer case.  The CPO had found a poached buck recently killed in an area where no hunting is permitted near the Empress Casino.  He seized the deer head and left a seizure tag with contact information for a person wanting to claim the deer to reach him.  Later that winter a subject called the law enforcement office claiming that the deer was his.  Subsequent investigation resulted in criminal trespass charges and filing a false police report filed against the subject.  He was found guilty of criminal trespass and fined $1750.

A CPO arrested a group of subjects at Kankakee River State Park for littering, jumping off of the cliffs, and for unlawful possession of smallmouth bass within the posted slot limit.

CPOs continue to catch and arrest people sneaking into a local quarry to fish without permission and to swim.  The landowners were so appreciative of the efforts of District 3 officers that they purchased and donated a nice set of binoculars for the officers to use in their enforcement efforts in the area, and have sent written correspondence to the Department thanking the Agency for the quality enforcement efforts they have received by District 3 officers apprehending people fishing without permission, trespassing, and hunting without permission.

REGION III
A CPO arrested a Mattoon man on charges of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia at the Wolf Creek State Park courtesy dock on Lake Shelbyville.

A CPO arrested a Charleston man on charges of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia while completing a boat inspection at the public ramp at Lake Mattoon.
 CPOs responded to a report of a sunken boat on Lake Shelbyville. The 33 ft. Donzi speed boat sunk after being driven recklessly which caused the boat to flip and capsize. The operator, from Mattoon, fled the scene due to possible intoxication. The owner of the boat, also from Mattoon, and two other Mattoon men lied to the officers about who the operator actually was.  Subsequent investigation is continuing and charges are pending in this case.  Additionally, the owner of the speed boat was arrested in 2009 for OUI on Lake Shelbyville by Illinois Conservation Police.

CPOs arrested three Vermilion County persons at Mill Creek Lake.  Two persons were arrested for minor consumption of liquor and one was arrested for gift of liquor to minors. 

CPOs arrested a Mattoon man for OUI at Lake Shelbyville. The man recorded a BAC of .184%. 

A District Sergeant arrested a Newman man in Walnut Point State Park for driving while suspended. 

CPOs are investigating a boat accident on Mill Creek Lake in Clark County. An Indianapolis, Indiana area woman was reportedly bow riding on a rental pontoon boat at the lake and was knocked into the lake by a boat wake and was struck by the front of a pontoon on the front of the vessel and injured. The investigation is continuing in this case.      

REGION IV
A Bond County officer was patrolling Eldon Hazlet State Park when she made a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations.  During the stop, the officer found the driver was in possession of cannabis.

A Bond County officer, while patrolling Eldon Hazlet State Park, found two underage subjects in possession of alcohol.  During the rest of the officer’s weekend patrol at Eldon Hazlet, she arrested eight subjects for fishing related violations and seven others for traffic violations.

A Madison County officer was patrolling the Metro East area over the weekend.  He had a very busy weekend making nearly seventy arrests for various violations.  The officer arrested twenty subjects for fishing related violations, ten subjects for park related violations at Horseshoe Lake State Park, fifteen traffic related violations, and one subject on an outstanding warrant.  He also had a subject flee on foot to avoid being arrested on a warrant.  The subject had already given the officer his information, therefore, another warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A CPO responded to a call from the Pike Sheriff's Department on his day off. The driver of a vehicle on a traffic stop fled the scene into a wooded area near the CPO's residence.  The CPO and the Pike County Sheriff used ATV's to locate the subject. When the subject was taken into custody, he still had pipes and cannabis on him.

A CPO is investigating a watercraft fire that occurred on Gillespie Lake. The ventilator was not running, the carburetor arrestor had been removed, and the battery cover had been removed.  The subject then attempted to direct wire the bilge pump to the battery which created a spark and caused the explosion.

CPOs provided security for a two day boat race at Havana.

 

 

REGION V

CPOs are investigating a boat capsizing at Crab Orchard NWR. The boat was anchored when a strong storm came in and the boat took on water over the stern and sank. The boat was towed into the launch site and the accident is under investigation.

A CPO and District Sergeant assisted the Harrisburg City Police Department on a vehicle recovery from the city lake.  It was initially reported that a car and young man was missing over a year ago. A fisherman reported that he was fishing near the launch and thought he snagged a car part.  We proceeded to the location where the CPO located the car approximately 75 yards from the launch with sonar. We then contacted a wrecker and removed the vehicle with the help of a local diver. It turned out that the car was stolen from a nearby town, driven to the lake, and purposely sank. The vehicle was not the one related to the missing person but rather stolen.

A CPO assisted the ISP and Metropolis Police Department on a suicide at Ft. Massac State Park. The case is still under investigation and no information is being released at this time.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake, subject blew a .17.

A CPO caught two teen drivers driving on the Wayne Fitzgerell State Park bike trail.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO also caught two separate groups “snagging” fish below the Rend Lake spillway.

July 28, 2010

REGION I
A District 7 CPO assisted Ontario Conservation Officer by serving summons to four Fulton County Residents for possession of an over-limit of walleye and making false statements to an Officer.  All four subjects are to appear in court in Ontario in September.

While conducting traffic stops at Rock Cut State Park, A Region 1 CPO encountered a female who was speeding.  Upon approaching and speaking with the woman, the CPO developed reasonable suspicion to believe she was driving under the influence. Standard Field Sobriety Tests confirmed the CPO’s suspicion and the CPO arrested the driver for speeding and DUI.

A District Sergeant handled a 10-50 motorcycle accident at Starved Rock after a subject hit a guardrail. The driver was charged with no motorcycle classification, and was airlifted to a Peoria Trauma Center with very serious injuries.

Then the Sergeant went back into Illinois Canyon and located several people and some very young children who had climbed into a restricted area to swim and drink beer. One subject took off and was caught by CPOs who were walking into the canyon from the bottom. They were all issued citations and evicted from the park.  While escorting the group out we received a call of a subject who had broken his leg in the lower area and then a couple minutes later a another call of a 15 year old who had taken off from his parents and was going to harm himself or someone else. Due to the number of intoxicated subjects and their criminal histories, CPOs were unable to respond.   Another CPO was contacted at home and asked to come to work early.  Just as he located the missing 15 year old, he received a call of a subject who had just gone through the Marseilles Dam. The CPO and Sergeant responded. The subject was operating his PWC when it died on him.  He attempted to restart it and was unable to keep it running.  The strong current was pulling him closer to the dam, so his buddy (who was also on a Jet Ski) attempted to tow the Jet Ski.  After the Jet Ski almost flipped the individual unhooked from the Jet Ski and dove into the water.  The individual was sucked through the dam and popped up 45 yards downstream.  Amazingly, he was able to make it to the shore where he refused medical treatment.  The Jet Ski was also pulled through the dam, but was in poor condition when it was recovered.  A couple of hours later a CPO was called to a subject who had just jumped off the I-180 Bridge. An ongoing search is underway.

District 1 CPOs took part in Carroll County river rescues, evacuations, and flood detail this past weekend.  After over 8.5 inches of rain fell in one night, the Plumb & Apple Rivers, along with Camp Creek and other Carroll County tributaries rapidly rose above flood stage.  The dangerous water levels flooded inland Carroll County as far east as Rt 78 and beyond.  Conservation Police Officers utilized their 4x4 squads and various types of watercraft to reach citizens who were trapped in their residences by flood waters.  Inland rural roads and agricultural fields were now waterways that were being navigated in boats by CPOs and other Carroll County Police, Fire, and Rescue personnel to get Carroll County citizens to safety.

A Region I CPO was called to assist Carroll County in a flood emergency and assisted with the rescue of eight subjects from flooded residences.  After 10 hours of residence checks and flood duties, the detail

was tasked with identifying and checking the status of a flooded rail yard that was in jeopardy of major destruction and possible hazmat releases.

A District 1 CPO investigated a boat accident near Byron.  One boat was jumping the wake of the lead boat 20 feet behind the boat as the lead boat shot a heavy stream of water from his jet boat hitting one of the occupants in the face. The occupant was knocked into the windshield of the boat hitting her head and neck. She was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated and released for severe neck and shoulder strain. Both operators were charged with careless operation.

 A District 6 CPO was checking fishermen for compliance with the Fish Code along the Fox River at Dayton Dam near the city of Ottawa.  One Chicago fisherman was observed fishing on the far south end of the Dayton Dam property.  Upon noticing the officer, the man ran up the river embankment, through an area of tall weeds into a wooded area and up onto the entrance road.  The officer identified himself, ordered the man to stop running repeatedly and began pursuit on foot.   The man continued to run west on the entrance road.   The CPO caught the man approximately 200 yards from where the foot pursuit had begun.   The fisherman was handcuffed and taken into custody.  The Chicago man stated that he ran because he did not have a fishing license.  The man was charged with resistance to officers and fishing without a license, was fingerprinted, posted $100.00 U.S.C. cash bond, given a court date and was released.

REGION II


A CPOs arrested a subject for OUI on Nippersink Lake.  The subject submitted a breath sample showing an alcohol concentration of .190%.

CPOs worked in conjunction with Algonquin Police Department to patrol the Fox River for the Founders Day Festival.  There were multiple boat violations and arrests made for illegal possession of professional grade fireworks.

CPOs encountered two minors in kayaks on Cedar Lake.  Both were consuming alcohol and one of the individuals was arrested for possession of cannabis.  Additional citations and warnings were issued for unregistered watercraft and insufficient personal flotation devices.

A CPO arrested two individuals at the Chain O' Lakes State Park.  One subject was arrested on a $5,000 outstanding warrant, possession of cannabis more than 2.5 but less than 10 grams, and drug paraphernalia.  The second subject was arrested for possession of cannabis more than 30 grams.

CPOs arrested a subject for OUI on Bluff Lake.  His BAC was 0.139%.

A CPO arrested a Clifton man who was camping in Lincoln Trail State Park on DUI charges. The man recorded at BAC of .106%. The man was incarcerated in the new Clark County Jail. The DUI arrest was the first processed in the new Clark County Jail facility. 

A CPO arrested a Mattoon man at Lake Paradise in rural Coles County on charges of DUI, no insurance, illegal transportation of liquor and illegal parking in the roadway. The man recorded a BAC of .254%. The driver also had three children in the car along with the kids’ mother. An additional passenger in the car, also from Mattoon, was charged with possession of cannabis 2.5-10 grams. 

A CPO arrested a Decatur man at Lake Shelbyville near the Sullivan Beach on charges of illegal transportation of open liquor in a vehicle, no insurance, and possession of <2.5 grams of cannabis. 

CPOs responded to a complaint of a battery involving a rural Shelby County boater on Lake Shelbyville. One CPO located the suspect in the parking lot at the 9th St. boat ramp.  Subsequent investigation found that the man had been in a physical altercation on the lake with two women which resulted in minor injuries to one of the women. The man was arrested on charges of careless operation of watercraft and battery and incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail. 

A CPO arrested a 20 year old Windsor man at Lake Shelbyville for unlawful consumption of liquor by a minor. The 17 year old female from Shelbyville who was with the Windsor man was also illegally consuming liquor and charges for her are being referred to the Shelby County State’s Attorney’s Office. Both were already on probation for underage liquor consumption.

A CPO cited three Macon and Piatt County men for unlawful possession of open liquor on an Illinois State Park Beach in Wolf Creek State Park. 

While working a boat detail on the Kaskaskia River south of Lake Shelbyville CPOs encountered a Shelbyville man in a boat that was tied up along the shoreline. The man became nervous when the officers approached. An empty bullet casing was observed in the bottom of the boat and when asked about it the man attempted to throw a box in the boat overboard. The CPO kept the box from going overboard and discovered that a loaded uncased pistol was in the box along with meth precursors. The man was arrested and handcuffed and taken back to the boat ramp. Subsequent investigation revealed the man was also in possession of meth. The man was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail on $10,000.00 bond.

A CPO is continuing the investigation of a boating accident that occurred on Lake Shelbyville early in July that resulted in the sinking of a 33' Donzi speed boat. The operator fled from the scene but was later identified by Conservation Police. The sunken boat was raised from the lake this week by a recovery company from southern Illinois. Charges are pending in this investigation. 

REGION IV
A CPO was patrolling Frank Holten State Park when he observed three subjects sitting in a parked vehicle drinking what appeared to be beer.  The doors were open and one subject was sitting on the edge of the door frame drinking a beer and there were food containers on the ground at her feet.  He made contact with the subjects and found two of the subjects were wanted on warrants, one for disorderly conduct and the other for felony forgery out of St Louis County.  The subjects were arrested for alcohol in a restricted area, littering, and driving with a suspended license.

A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he observed a vehicle violating the posted speed limit.  He stopped the vehicle and the driver did not have a valid license or insurance.  The appropriate action was taken.

A CPO was patrolling Eldon Hazlet St Park when he observed a subject violating the posted speed limit.  He stopped the subject and found the driver had a suspended license.  The appropriate action was taken.

A CPO was driving in Alton when he observed a subject pull up to an intersection on a go-cart.  The CPO stopped the subject and asked what he was doing and the subject replied he was just taking some movie rentals back to the store.  The appropriate action was taken.

A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he observed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit.  He stopped the vehicle and the driver did not have a license or valid insurance.  The driver did state she had a license in Mexico.  The vehicle was towed and the appropriate charges were issued.

A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park near Bend Rd.  He observed a vehicle disobey two road closed signs on Eagle Park Road to reach Route 203.  He stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver.  The driver stated she did not have a license on her person but did have insurance.  After two unsuccessful attempts at identifying the subject, the CPO advised the driver he would have to transport her to the county jail to determine her identity.  The subject then produced a driver’s license.  The subject was wanted on a warrant in St Clair County for battery.  She was also found in possession of crack cocaine.  She was transported to Madison County jail pending felony charges.

A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he observed a vehicle violating the posted speed limit.  He made a stop on the vehicle and found the subject to be DUI.  The driver was on probation for a previous DUI and is facing felony charges.  His breath alcohol content was 0.159%.

A CPO was patrolling the Cahokia Diversion Canal near Lewis and Clark Historic Site when he observed two subjects unlawfully snagging below the spillway.  The subjects observed him and attempted to hide their snag hooks.  The CPO made contact with them and questioned why they were illegally snagging.  The subject denied any wrong doing and became very argumentative. The CPO arrested both subjects and seized their equipment pending forfeiture.

A CPO was patrolling the low water dam area off of Chain of Rocks Road.  He observed a subject he had checked earlier in the day driving a blue Ford truck.  The CPO remembered the subject had a revoked license so he activated a stop on the vehicle.  The driver was arrested for driving revoked and no valid insurance.

REGION V
A CPO arrested a Troy subject on the Kaskaskia River for OUI.  The subject's BAC was .117.

A CPO and an Intern responded to a reported home invasion and shooting in Rural Fayette County and were the first unit on scene.  Upon arrival the victim was under a door and unresponsive.   The CPO cleared the scene and had the ambulance treat the victim.  The victim was flown out and interviewed.  The story did not match up with the details on scene and the victim admitted to shooting his dog and then himself before calling in the false report.

A CPO arrested a subject wanted on warrant.

A CPO arrested a subject for Illegal transportation, driving revoked and no insurance at Sam Dale State Park.  

A CPO participated in IDOT's Take a Kid to Work Day at Carbondale IDOT headquarters.  The CPO spoke about outdoor safety and the duties of a CPO to the thirty kids present.

A CPO is conducting an abandoned boat investigation concerning a kayak found on the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau.   The subject who now has the kayak told the CPO his grandfather found the kayak which was loaded with camping equipment almost five years ago.  The CPO's investigation is ongoing.

A CPO assisted the Williamson County Sheriff's with a suspected child abduction from the Crab Orchard Refuge campground.  The child and suspect abductors-family members of the complainant were located in Herrin.  The child was fine and a follow-up investigation into the circumstances of this incident is ongoing by Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake. (Subject blew .07)

A CPO investigated a boat accident on Rend Lake involving a boat sinking due to the subject’s failure to insert the boat plug. There were no injuries; just property damage only.

 

 

 

 

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