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A Region I CPO was informed of some minors who were lighting fireworks in the campground at Johnson Sauk Trail. When approached, several illegal fireworks were seized and destroyed and the minor's mother was cited for having fireworks in the park. Later that evening the same mother and son were involved in a disagreement which resulted in the minor assaulting his mother and the minor being transported to the hospital for observation. It was reported by the mother that the minor was bipolar.
A District 6 CPO inspected several boats on the Illinois River. Several citations and warnings were issued for boating safety violations.
A Region I CPO arrested a subject for OUI. The subject was upset because he stated he was on parole and would have to go back to prison.
A District 7 CPO was checking fishermen at the Woodford Fish and Wildlife area, and discovered an individual wanted on two warrants and in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and jailed. The Officer also arrested a subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol during the same weekend.
While conducting an on water boat safety check, a Region I CPO arrested a boat operator for operating while under the influence.
On Thursday at about 1:30 p.m., a Region I CPO was inspecting watercraft at a local boat ramp in Rockford, IL. During the CPO's observations of a boater attempting to load his boat onto his boat trailer, a boat safety inspection, and observations of the boater during face to face interactions, the CPO provided Field Sobriety Testing. These SFST confirmed the suspect was in fact intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for OUI.
District 7 Officers and the District Sgt. worked an OUI detail in the Chillicothe boat ramp area. Numerous warnings for boating violations were issued, and 2 arrests were made for OUI violations.
A CPO investigated a boat accident over the Memorial Day weekend. Three Chicago men had recently purchased a fishing boat and decided to take it out for its maiden voyage over the holiday weekend. The men launched the boat in the Fox River but failed to check to see if a plug was in the boat. The boat made it down-river several hundred yards before sinking. The men, who were all wearing Personal Flotation Devices, were rescued from a debris pile and transported to shore by the Ottawa River Rescue Squad. The watercraft was recovered.
On May 29th 2010 (Saturday night on Memorial Day Weekend), two District 1 CPOs were working on Mississippi River Pool # 16 onboard a patrol boat. The first stop of the night resulted in an OUI arrest. The subject was nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol at .148% B.A.C. As that arrest was just finished up we were called to respond to a pleasure boat vs. barge accident below Lock & Dam # 16. We were told a short time later that the accident was on the Iowa side of the river and Iowa DNR was going to handle it. The CPOs then went back to doing multiple boat safety inspections. We observed a boat turn around and head for backwaters when they saw our marked patrol boat. We were able to operate into 2 ft. of water and make the stop. The stop resulted in another OUI arrest. Several tickets and warnings were issued for boats operating without any navigation lights. It was a busy Memorial Day Weekend.
A Region I CPO conducted a boat patrol on the Rock River between Oregon and Byron resulting in two citations and two written warnings.
Region I CPOs worked an IDOT grant detail resulting in 8 citations and 17 written warnings for various boat and traffic violations.
A Region I CPO assisted another CPO with a turkey hunting investigation from Hamilton County. The CPO located the suspect and issued him a citation for unlawfully turkey hunting without a valid turkey permit.
While completing boat safety inspections along the Rock River in Winnebago County, a Region I CPO observed a visibly intoxicated passenger of a boat he was inspecting at the Sportscore Boat Launch stumble to her car, get in, put her seatbelt on and start the car in an attempt to drive home. The CPO intervened, administered standardized field sobriety to the subject and arrested her for D.U.I. The subject had a breath alcohol limit of .21% at the time of her arrest; just under three times the legal limit of .08%.
A District 6 CPO issued citations to three subjects for hiking into a restricted area at Starved Rock State Park.
A CPO was patrolling the Rock River in a jon boat on Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend. A pontoon boat towing a jet ski was traveling in front of her and there appeared to be a group of people on inner tubes floating downstream from the Coal Town Slough. As the CPO got closer, she used her binoculars and observed the group of "tubers" to actually be an overloaded very small boat. And as the pontoon boat passed the overloaded boat, the waves from the pontoon came up and over the sides of the overloaded boat. The CPO quickly approached the overloaded boat before it capsized as the water was quickly filling the paddleboat. There were 4 very large adults on a small plastic paddleboat. No one was wearing a lifejacket, nor did they have any on board. All persons claimed they knew how to swim but the panic was obvious on their faces. The CPO pointed to the one passenger and told him to board the front of her boat. As they were passing out life jackets, the heaviest passenger on the paddleboat began to panic and pulled herself onto the bow of the CPO's boat. At that point, the bow of the CPO's jon boat was within inches of the water. This woman weighed approximately 230 pounds and the limit for the CPO's boat was only 4 persons or 550 pounds. The CPO quickly moved to the back of her boat and the other man onboard had to move to the rear half of the boat in order to counter balance the weight on the bow. The CPO ordered all passengers to stop moving until both boats could be stabilized. Once stable The CPO motored both boats toward the nearest shoreline. The two remaining passengers in the paddleboat used a plastic cup to bail water out from the foot compartments and both boats continued to float downstream near the shoreline. However since the paddleboat is not completely sealed, the inside of the boat was full of water. The weather began to change dramatically and dark storm clouds moved into the area. The CPO requested assistance from Moline Fire and they responded to the area with their boat. Moline Fire Department arrived and the paddleboat was towed at a slow pace to keep it upright. All boats were safely on shore when the storm hit with heavy rain and lightning. The passengers of the paddleboat had one vehicle at Green Valley, so they took cover in their vehicle. After the storm passed, the CPO met the passengers at the Colona Boat Ramp where they had launched the paddleboat. One operator was issued a citation for overloading and one operator was issued a citation for no life jackets. This situation could have ended tragically but the timing of the CPO helped save four potential victims.
A Region I CPO cited an individual for failing to immediately release a smallmouth bass from the Illinois River. The bass was 15 1/2" the minimum length is 18".
A Region I CPO cited an individual for failing to secure two children under the age of 13 in life jackets. As the parents were pulling into the dock, they saw the CPO and immediately put the jackets on their children
A District Sergeant was on the way home from working a late shift at Rock Cut and responded to a domestic battery in Steward. Lee County Sheriff's Police were en route but were a distance away. He made contact with the subjects and held them until the Sheriff Deputy arrived. The male had struck the woman and forced her into a car. He was arrested for domestic battery and unlawful restraint and taken to jail.
A District Sergeant and CPO were working an IDOT detail and handled a personal injury vehicle crash near Starved Rock State Park. The driver lost control of his car on a curve and ended up striking a tree near the Illinois River bank. He was charged with DUI and driving too fast to avoid an accident. The front seat passenger was charged with no seatbelt. The rear seat passenger was charged with possession of less 2.5 grams cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
CPOs arrested a camper at Chain O' Lakes State Park for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area.
CPOs assisted a couple at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp who had accidentally locked their 18 month old child in the vehicle with the keys. The CPOs were able to open the door and reunite the child with its very happy mother.
A CPO cited two individuals during an IDOT detail for illegal transportation of alcohol.
A CPO cited a subject for possession of a 10" Largemouth Bass at the McHenry Dam (minimum 14").
While working an IDOT detail at Illinois Beach State Park, a CPO stopped a van because the front seat passenger did not have a seatbelt on. After a computer check of the driver, the CPO learned he was a Sex offender. The occupants in the vehicle were one 15 year old boy, two 14 year old girls, one 13 year old girl, and one 11 year old boy. The driver was arrested for being with five persons under the age of 18 in a state park and he was not the parent or guardian of said children. He was charged with five Class 4 felonies. The offender was first arrested when he was 14 for molesting a 5 year old boy. After interviewing the five children, the CPO learned the sex offender had smacked one girl on the butt several times, was holding her hand, and was hugging two of girls. The sex offender had asked one of the girl’s friends if she liked him and if she wanted to kiss him.
CPOs and a District Sergeant assisted in the investigation, search, and eventual recovery of a 13 yr old Morris youth who drowned in the Illinois River in Morris. The CPO utilized side scan sonar to locate the victim, and the crew worked late into the night refining their mark of the location of the victim so that when the divers were able to enter the water the next day, the markers were within inches of the victim and recovery was swift.
CPOs arrested a subject for OUI while checking boaters on the Kankakee River in Kankakee.
A CPO was called to a personal injury boat accident that occurred on the Kankakee River in Kankakee. An impaired boat operator struck another boat from the rear late at night. All persons in both boats incurred minor injuries and were treated and released. The operator of the at-fault boat was cited for OUI (.237) and for reckless operation of a watercraft.
A CPO arrested a subject wanted on a warrant out of Will County.
A CPO took out two investigators from the Tri County auto theft unit on a boat patrol on the river system targeting stolen watercraft. Over one hundred checks were performed but no stolen watercraft were located.
CPOs and a District Sergeant assisted in a multi agency traffic detail involving President Obama. The President was participating in a ceremony at Abe Lincoln National Cemetery located just south of Joliet honoring veterans. CPOs blocked off of the roadways near DesPlaines CA utilized to get the President to and from the location.
A CPO arrested two men found to be using a seine net to unlawfully take aquatic life in the I&M canal. The men were taking everything they could seine, including turtles, snakes, and a variety of fish.
District 3 CPO's issued 75 citations and 116 written warnings over the Memorial Day weekend.
While working a patrol boat detail Saturday on Lake Decatur, a CPO arrested a Macon county subject for OUI.
A CPO arrested a Macon county subject Sunday for OUI while working a patrol boat detail on Lake Decatur.
A District Sergeant arrested a Dewitt county subject for DUI in Mascoutin State Recreation area. The subject had a BAC of .103.
While investigating a fishing without permission/trespassing complaint, a CPO arrested two subjects for criminal trespass and four fishing citations on a private lake in Macon county.
A CPO investigated a minor boat accident that involved the operator of the boat getting injured by the boat prop.
A CPO found three juvenile subjects to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at Kickapoo State Park while on patrol.
A CPO arrested two subjects for possession of drugs at a Champaign County Forest Preserve lake. The drugs were found during a routine fishing license check.
A CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject for driving while suspended and no proof of insurance. The driver was parked in the roadway to let the passenger urinate along side of the road when the CPO approached. The passenger was also cited for illegal transportation of alcohol.
While on boat patrol Friday night at Clinton Lake, CPOs arrested two subjects for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
While on boat patrol at Clinton Lake CPOs arrested two subjects for dram shop violations. A 24 year old was providing alcohol to a minor while boating.
While working a patrol boat on Lake Decatur CPOs encountered two underage drinkers and arrested them for illegal consumption of alcohol.
While working Mascoutin State Recreation area a District Sergeant and CPOs arrested three Chicago area teens for dram shop violations and additional alcohol in a restricted area citations. Officers were investigating an alcohol complaint on the subjects at the Mascoutin beach.
A CPO is investigating a battery/disorderly conduct complaint that occurred in the Middlefork horse campground.
A CPO assisted Dewitt County with a vehicle accident that occurred at Clinton Lake. The vehicle lost control just as it was entering a bridge that crosses Clinton Lake. The vehicle jumped the guard rail and shot out into the lake and became submerged. The female driver was able to exit the vehicle as it sank, through the sunroof of the vehicle. A nearby fisherman boated over to the vehicle and assisted the woman to shore.
A CPO is also investigating a property damage only boat accident on Rend Lake. A jet ski ran into a pleasure boat at the boat ramp.
A CPO evicted six subjects for unauthorized camping at the Rend Lake Wildlife Management Area.
A CPO arrested a subject for driving while license suspended and illegal transportation of alcohol at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park.
A CPO also caught a subject with an over limit of crappie on Rend Lake.
A CPO arrested a subject on warrant in Jefferson County.
A CPO arrested a subject for driving while license suspended at the Rend Lake complex.
A CPO caught a subject with an over limit of crappie on Rend Lake.
A CPO arrested a subject for driving under influence of drugs at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park. Subject dropped a one hitter pipe while stepping out of the vehicle and admitted to smoking cannabis that night. Subject was taken to local hospital for blood draw.
A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake. Subject blew .19.
A CPO arrested a subject for DUI at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park.
A CPO also arrested a subject for possession of drug paraphernalia at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park.
June 9, 2010
A District 1 CPO arrested a man who fled after being instructed to return to the dock for a compliance check. The man was instructed several times to return to the dock before he turned the boat downstream and took off. Before taking off, the CPO was able to clearly identify the operator and record the boat registration numbers. A follow up investigation led to the arrest of the operator at his house.
A Region I CPO arrested a subject for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. The subject ultimately was found to have a BAC of .118.
A Region I CPO was working along the Rock River in Whiteside County was checking fishermen when he observed several individuals fishing on the point of Lawrence Park in Rock Falls. A check of the subjects found two of the subjects were denying fishing and stated they could not speak English. After nearly an hour with the subjects, they finally produced valid identification and were cited for fishing without valid licenses, a check revealed they had licenses in the past but just had not purchased one for this year.
A Region I CPO was traveling between Sterling and Dixon on Route 2 when he was passed by a subject who appeared to be looking down at his phone. After passing the CPO and failing to signal lane changes three times while passing vehicles and almost causing an accident by cutting off a vehicle he had just passed, the CPO pulled alongside the subject and observed him texting while driving. The CPO pulled back in behind the subject and activated his emergency lights and had to utilize the siren to get the attention of the subject who finally pulled over approximately a mile later. The 17 year old driver was cited for texting while driving and issued warnings for the other violations.
A Region I CPO responded to a complaint of a subject in possession of a live whitetail deer in a pen. Upon inspection the subject had an expired permit to have the deer and was issued a written warning and instructed to get the permit renewed.
A Region I CPO responded to a complaint of criminal damage and criminal trespass to state property in McDonough County. A local landowner destroyed a section of a nature preserve in order to improve drainage on a separate section of property. Charges are pending
Region I CPOs were on boat patrol on Mississippi River Pool # 14. They conducted ten boat safety checks while underway. Six written warnings and one citation was issued during this patrol. They assisted Iowa DNR in a search for an OUI suspect boat near Princeton Beach Iowa.
Four individuals were hiking the trails at Starved Rock State park. All four of the hikers had been consuming Coors beer and Jagermeister prior to arriving at the park for the hike. Two of the group left
A CPO made an arrest of a male subject for possession of cannabis and hiking in a restricted area in Illinois Canyon at Starved Rock State Park.
A CPO attended the Moline Conservation Club Fishing Derby at the Rock Island Conservation Club. It rained most of the morning; however that did not deter the 110 kids from attempting to catch the biggest fish.
A District 7 Officer was contacted by an individual whose dog got caught in trap. The officer met with him and discovered the trap was a snare that had been set on land, near a cattle fence. The officer interviewed the landowner and spoke with several other contacts in the area. The officer then questioned a suspected employee and got a confession that the employee was using snares to catch coyotes. The subject was cited for unlawful use of a snare on land and trapping during the closed trapping season. The Officer also assisted in the arrest of a subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol during the same weekend.
Two Region I CPOs conducted a self-initiated boat safety detail with the Winnebago County Forest Preserve Police along the Kishwaukee River in Winnebago County. The detail focused on watercraft O.U.I. operators, unregistered canoes, kayaks and rafts, insufficient number of wearable personal flotation devices (PFD), minor possession/consumption of alcohol and littering. The detail produced an O.U.I. arrest, a pollution of waterways arrest and several arrests for registration/PFD violations.
A District 6 CPO stopped a vehicle for disobeying a stop sign at Starved Rock State Park. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. There were two children in the vehicle when he was arrested. The driver gave a breath sample of .159 BAC. The driver was also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver.
Two District 6 CPO's and the District 6 Sergeant responded to a report of a child who had drowned on the Fox River near Millington. Several river rescue, fire departments, and police departments responded also. It was later found that there was a miscommunication between the parent of the child and it was the family dog that was missing in the river. The dog was located unharmed. All the children were accounted for and were safe
A CPO cited two Mattoon men at Lake Paradise in Coles County for pollution of a waterway after encountering the men and finding that they had littered numerous beer cans along the shoreline of the lake.
CPOs conducted a boat safety inspection checkpoint at Lake Mattoon. Numerous boats were inspected and resulted in the issuance of one citation and 18 written warnings being issued for violations of the Illinois Boat Registration & Safety Act.
A District Sergeant, while foot patrolling the Walnut Point State Park tent campground, encountered a large group of northern Illinois young persons in possession of a substantial amount of beer and vodka. The tent campground in the park is a posted alcohol prohibited area as well. The campsite renter, a 20 year old man from Aurora, IL, was charged with possession of alcoholic liquor by a minor and possession of liquor in a posted alcohol prohibited area of an Illinois State Park.
A CPO gave a boating safety talk at the annual Paris YMCA boating and fishing seminar.
A CPO also gave a boating safety talk at the Old Navy Kids Safety Day at Tuscola.
A CPO was contacted by Vermilion County regarding six subjects floating the Vermilion River in inner tubes that had just gone over a low head dam. None of the tubers were injured in the incident but the CPO was able to catch up to the group and issue each a citation for pollution of waterways. The group was drinking heavily and was just throwing their empties into the river.
A CPO arrested a Vermilion County subject that was wanted on a warrant while on boat patrol on Lake Vermilion.
A CPO, with the assistance of Dewitt County, arrested a subject at Weldon Springs State Park who was wanted on a McLean County warrant. The CPO and Dewitt County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Weldon Springs after a 911 call advising that a very intoxicated subject was causing problems in the park.
A CPO arrested a Macon County subject for OUI at Lake Decatur. The CPO was doing boat inspections at one of the ramps when he encountered the drunken boat operator.
A CPO arrested a Cook County subject who was wanted on a warrant out of Livingston County. He encountered the subject while checking fishermen at White Oaks Lake in Bloomington.
A CPO arrested a Harwood Heights man at Eagle Creek State Park for driving while license suspended. The man was originally stopped for speeding in the park.
A CPO arrested a Shelbyville man on the entrance road to Wolf Creek State Park for DUI. The man refused chemical testing. The man was incarcerated in the Shelby County jail awaiting bond.
A CPO arrested a Cahokia man driving on the highway below the Lake Shelbyville dam. The man was observed by the officer throwing papers out his window while driving. Upon being stopped, it was learned the man did not have a driver’s license and only had a Mexican ID Card. Additionally, the man had no insurance for the vehicle as well. The man was cited for no valid driver’s license, no insurance and littering from a motor vehicle.
CPOs arrested an Effingham man for OUI on Lake Shelbyville. The man additionally was operating the watercraft with an insufficient number of wearable PFD's (personal flotation devices) for all the passengers on board. The man was cited for the violations and recorded a BAC of .118%. The man was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail awaiting bond.
A CPO arrested a Mattoon man at Lake Paradise in Coles County on charges of unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The man was incarcerated in the Coles County Jail awaiting bond.
A CPO arrested a LaPlace man near Lake Shelbyville after observing him drive off the roadway. The man was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for improper lane usage and DUI. The man refused chemical testing and was incarcerated in the Moultrie County Jail awaiting bond.
CPOs arrested an Orland Park woman after observing her erratic Personal Watercraft (PWC) operation on Lake Shelbyville. The woman was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for OUI and careless operation of a watercraft. The woman recorded a BAC of .127%. She was incarcerated in the Shelby County jail awaiting bond.
A CPO assisted another CPO on a traffic stop in Eagle Creek State Park and when walking up to the scene observed another car stopped behind one CPOs truck which contained an open can of beer behind the driver’s seat. Check of the Lincoln, IL driver found that he was intoxicated. Subsequent search of the vehicle found cannabis and drug paraphernalia in the driver’s area of the car. The driver was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol, DUI and possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The man recorded a BAC of .101% and was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail awaiting bond.
A CPO arrested a Toledo man in Wolf Creek State Park on charges of speeding, no trailer lights and DUI-Drugs. The passenger from Mattoon was also arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The driver refused chemical testing. The men were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail awaiting bond.
On a traffic stop near Lake Shelbyville, a CPO arrested a Decatur man, who was a passenger in the car, on charges of possession of cannabis.
A District Sergeant arrested an 18 yr. old Marshall man in Lincoln Trail State Park during a traffic stop for speeding. The man was found to be in possession of a bottle of hard liquor and was charged with possession of liquor by a minor.
A District Sergeant cited a Champaign man in Walnut Point State Park for driving a motorcycle in violation of classification. The man was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the park with no operating taillight. The female passenger, who was the actual owner of the motorcycle, also did not possess the
June 16 & 23, 2010 (Two Weeks)
A District 1 Officer and the Region Captain responded to a 911 hang-up that was traced back to the center of the Rock River downstream of Rock Falls. A thorough search via Jet Boat was conducted and several miles of shoreline, along with the low head dam, were checked for anyone in distress. Several fishermen in boats were also interviewed. Report was unfounded.
A District 6 CPO watched a 70's model motorboat launch onto the Rock River from Sportscore Boat Launch in Winnebago County and violate the posted NO WAKE ZONE while motoring out of the bay. Shortly after, the CPO observed the same motorboat being towed back into the launch due to mechanical difficulty. The CPO approached the boat, shared with the operator the wake zone violation he observed and completed a boat safety check of the craft. The operator and his wife did not have current registration on the boat, had only two child sized P.F.D.'s (personal flotation devices) aboard, did not have a TYPE IV throwable P.F.D. as required for such vessel, no horn or whistle and an unstrapped exposed battery.
A CPO attended the 100 year Celebration of the Round Barn at Johnson Sauk Trail. The vendors and outdoor events were cancelled due to severe storms. However the Round Barn remained open for tours. At the end of the day, one of the Round Barn volunteers tripped and fell straight backward. The elderly woman was transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital for treatment.
A CPO responded to a call for a man with a fawn in his basement. The man stated he had picked up an abandoned deer from the side of the road and had it overnight. It was later revealed from the children present, that the man had the deer for 2-3 days. He wanted to hold the deer so all of his children would get a chance to see it. The man had relayed the fawn to a wildlife rehab prior to the officer's arrival. The man was issued a written warning for retaining the fawn alive without authorization from a CPO.
CPOs conducted an investigation into a suicide that took place at Starved Rock State Park. A Chicago area man locked himself in his vehicle with a tank of helium in an attempt to asphyxiate himself. One CPO was first on the scene after a park visitor reported the unresponsive man. The CPO broke the passenger side window of the vehicle and removed the man. The man was flown to Saint Francis Medical Center where he later died. Because of the nature of the incident, HAZMAT crews were brought in as a precautionary measure.
A District 6 CPO investigated a traffic crash on the I & M Canal near Seneca. The driver of a semi made a wrong turn and drove down the I & M Canal and struck an over-hanging tree. The tree fell onto the cab of the truck and the driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries
District 6 CPO's conducted an OUI detail. A CPO and District Sergeant observed a boat travelling up the Fox River in Ottawa. When the vessel was stopped for inspection the operator became quiet. During the inspection a large amount of beer cans were observed in the boat. The boat was towed to the docks by the Conservation Police Officers. At the docks, a CPO conducted field sobriety tests. The tests indicated that the operator was impaired and he was subsequently arrested for OUI. The individual submitted to a breath test which resulted in a B.A.C. of .106. The boat was released to the owner. The owner was aboard the vessel at the time of the inspection and only had a small amount of alcohol in her system.
CPOs patrolled the Illinois River. The operator of a Yamaha Wave Runner was issued a citation for no registration. She was also issued written warnings for no fire extinguisher and no sounding device.
A District 1 CPO conducted boat patrols on the Rock and Mississippi Rivers resulting in various boating violations. Watercrafts on both rivers were assisted during patrols by being towed to safety by IDNR Conservation Police Boats.
A District 6 CPO stopped a vehicle for improper lane usage. The female driver was found to have open alcohol in the vehicle and was found to be under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and given a breath sample that registered .218 BAC. She was released on bond.
While checking boaters on the Rock River, a Region I CPO encountered a subject onboard a vessel that was holding an infant. The infant was not wearing a PFD as required by state law. The operator of the vessel was issued a citation for failure to have a child under the age of 13 yrs. wear a PFD.
A District 6 CPO arrested a driver for driving while license suspended after a registration check showed his driver's license was suspended. He was arrested and released pending his court date.
A Region I CPO was performing fishing compliance checks along the Rock River in Prophetstown State Park when he observed two men fishing along the shoreline and looking suspiciously as he pulled up. A check of the subjects found them to have in possession a smallmouth bass during the closed season. The subject claimed he did not know what type of fish it was but since he had a license he should be able to keep any fish he caught. The regulations were explained and the subject was given a copy of the fishing digest along with his citation for the smallmouth bass that was not only out of season, but under the size limit as well.
A Region I CPO responded to a 911 call of three juveniles in the river just above the dam in Rock Falls and in need of rescue. Along with Rock Falls Fire Department and Rock Falls Police, the three young men were picked up by boat and escorted to shore and safety. The subjects stated they started wading near the upper dam and when they reached the bridge above the lower dam they realized how close they were to going over so they went to the sea wall and attempted to get out of the water. A local motorist observed the boys and was in fear for their lives so he dialed 911. No injuries were sustained and the subjects were released to legal guardians.
CPOs worked boat enforcement and OUI details on Pools 16 & 17 of the Mississippi River. While checking sport fishermen along the Mississippi River, they located subjects packing up to leave a bank fishing area. One CPO observed a registration sticker on their vehicle that didn't look like it was secured as a sticker normally would be. The numbers on the sticker did not match the vehicle registration numbers. One of the subject's did not have a valid sport fishing license. Neither subject had a valid driver's License. The registration on the vehicle came back expired. The subject who did not have a fishing license was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a sport fishing violation in LaSalle County. As we were talking to the subjects, a second vehicle pulled up. They advised they were with the two subjects we were detaining. In an effort to locate a valid driver I identified and ran one of the three subjects in the vehicle who claimed to have a driver's license. He came back suspended. None of the three individuals in the second vehicle had a valid driver's license. We arrested the subject who was wanted on the Warrant and issued him a citation for fishing without a sport fishing license. Both drivers were issued citations for driving with a suspended driver's license. One of the drivers was also issued citations for driving a vehicle with expired registration and misuse of a vehicle registration sticker. One CPO has an investigation into the illegal registration sticker pending.
On June 19 a local police department received two 911 hang-ups. The police department obtained the GPS coordinates from the phone and noticed that the coordinates came back to the Little Vermilion River. As the CPO
A CPO was contacted by the local sheriff's department reference a lost person. The highly intoxicated man had called 911 to say he was separated from his party and he was lost on the shoreline of the Rock River. The officer talked to the lost person by phone and narrowed down a location by landmarks. The local fire department had already been dispatched to the area by the sheriff's department and with the aid of directions from the CPO, they "rescued" the lost man. They transported him to the boat ramp and the CPO spoke with the man. He was floating on a blow up toy boat but the boat had a small hole in the plastic and it was taking on water. So the man floated to the shoreline but his friends continued downstream. The man said he knew how to swim and he did not have a PFD. The CPO recognized the man as a self proclaimed alcoholic and asked if he would be willing to provide a breath sample to check his alcohol level. The man laughed and said "Oh, I will be at least a 2. I know, I'm an alcoholic." He agreed to blow and had a .266 BAC. There were no criminal violations, so the man was released to his father.
CPOs arrested two watercraft operators for OUI while patrolling the Chain O' Lakes.
CPOs encountered a subject wanted on Duck Lake for contempt of court - deadbeat dad. However, the CPOs portable boat with a 3.5 HP motor was no match for the 24' pontoon boat that the wanted subject was on. He was able to make it to shore and fled on a bicycle. The CPO obtained an arrest warrant for resisting arrest/$25,000.00 bond, and contacted a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy with the Warrants Division who is an avid waterfowl hunter and supporter of the DNR. The subject was picked up on the warrant the same day it was issued and is currently in the Lake County Jail.
A CPO arrested the operator of a watercraft for OUI on the Fox River at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp. The subject submitted a breath sample revealing a .104% BAC.
District 2 CPOs conducted a Sound Meter Detail resulting in two watercraft operators on the Fox River receiving citations for operating motorboats with inadequate muffler systems.
A CPO was checking fishermen at DesPlaines CA and arrested a man for failure to appear on charges of delivery of 1-15 grams of cocaine. Bond amount was $100,000, 10%. He was also cited for no fishing license. Later the same day, the CPO was patrolling the same site in an area known for partying, he found a group of people consuming alcohol in violation of the site's alcohol ban, and arrested another subject for failure to appear on domestic battery charges and for the alcohol violation. The subject complained of an asthma attack upon being handcuffed and was transported to the hospital. The subject made several statements about killing himself and was on medication for a bi-polar condition, and admitted himself to the psychiatric ward of the hospital.
A CPO is investigating a canoe capsizing event that occurred on the backwaters of the Kankakee River in Wilmington. Four people went out in a canoe. One female passenger in the middle was highly intoxicated and leaned too far to one side causing the canoe to capsize. All occupants were wearing life jackets. A witness grabbed a canoe and towed in the capsized canoe and 3 of the occupants of the original canoe. The other occupant, the intoxicated female, began swimming to shore where she was able to stand up in the shallow mucky bottom and was seen crawling in the watery muck towards the shore. Once the three other occupants reached shore, they observed the intoxicated female within 8 feet of shore, so they went in to their hotel room to dry off. Five minutes later they came back out to find the intoxicated female face down in the shallow watery muck and unresponsive. CPR was performed by the victim’s hotel roommate (the hotel is their residence) and the victim was revived and transported to the hospital (where a BAC of over .23 was determined), where she is recovering. It is unsure whether the victim passed out due to intoxication, to exhaustion, or a combination of both. She is expected to make a full recovery.
A CPO arrested 12 subjects for trespassing into a local quarry.
CPOs arrested three subjects for over-limit of walleyes at Heidecke Lake.
While checking fishermen at Kankakee River State Park, a CPO arrested a subject for driving suspended and littering. She arrested the driver's girlfriend for unlawfull possession of a short walleye.
CPOs arrested seven people for unlawfully trespassing at a private quarry.
A CPO arrested 2 subjects at DesPlaines CA for littering and for unlawful possession of alcohol.
CPOs arrested a subject for OUI while patrolling the DesPlaines River in Grundy Co. The subject blew a .091
While patrolling at DesPlaines CA., a CPO arrested a subject for DUI. The subject refused to submit a breath sample. Charges may be upgraded since the driver had children in the vehicle with him at the time of the arrest.
A CPO attended side scan sonar training.
District 3 CPOs completed second quarter defensive tactics training.
A CPO investigated a case in Moultrie and Macon Counties that has resulted in charges against a Bethany man for unlawful taking of a 13-point buck whitetail deer, Failure to tag archery Killed whitetail deer & unlawful use of another person’s deer permit. The deer was illegally killed during the 2009-2010 Illinois Deer Hunting Season and was taken to an area taxidermist to be mounted. Subsequent check with the taxidermist recovered the illegally taken deer head and found that the taxidermist had not held a taxidermy license for the last 2 years. The taxidermist was cited for engaging in the business of taxidermy of protected wildlife without a valid taxidermy license. The man who gave his deer permit to the Bethany man to be used on the illegally taken deer was also charged with the permit violation. Court action is pending in this case.
A CPO arrested a Chicago man in Wolf Creek State Park for unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
CPOs assisted Moultrie County Sheriff's Dept. with a fight at the Sullivan Beach on Lake Shelbyville. Two teenage girls got into a fight after a verbal altercation.
A District Sergeant worked the annual Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Charleston. Approx. 80 kids attended this year’s event.
A CPO was checking fishermen at Gordon Moore Park when he observed a subject whom he had checked before driving into the park. The CPO, believing the subject had a revoked license, made contact with the subject. The subject was indeed revoked and he was arrested.
A CPO and District Sergeant were patrolling Frank Holten State Park when they observed subjects in a parked car passing what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette from the front driver to the back passengers. They proceeded to stop the vehicle and the District Sergeant ordered the subjects to remain still. The backseat, passenger side subject jumped out of the vehicle and proceeded running North. He was quickly apprehended and arrested for possession of marijuana and for resisting arrest. When asked why he ran, the subject said he didn’t want to get caught with the cannabis because he had felony gun charges pending against him.
A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park off of Bend Road with an intern. He observed a vehicle parked in the hunter parking lot and decided to investigate. He and the intern approached the vehicle and observed a man and woman having intercourse. The male subject was arrested for public indecency and driving with a suspended license. The female subject was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and public indecency.
A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he stopped a vehicle for driving 29 mph in a posted 10 mph zone. The driver was found to have a revoked license and no insurance. He was arrested and his vehicle was towed.
CPOs were patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park in the campground area when one CPO recognized a subject he had dealt with the year before. The CPO knew the subject had an active warrant so he made contact to identify the subject. The subject was wanted on two warrants, a Madison County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while revoked charge and a Randolph County warrant for failure to pay child support.
A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he stopped a subject for driving 27 mph in a posted 10 mph zone. The subject was found to have a suspended license and no valid insurance.
A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park when he stopped a subject for driving 30 mph in a posted 10 mph zone. The subject was found to have a suspended license.
A CPO was returning to Clinton County after working an IDOT detail in Madison County when he observed a subject shining a spotlight near a rural pond. Believing the subject was frog gigging, he began surveillance on the subject. The CPO observed the subject wading in the pond and pulling a canoe along with him. The subject was shining the bank and he observed him gig a frog. The CPO made contact with the subject at approximately 11:20p and the subject was in possession of 13 frogs. The subject also did not have a valid sport fishing license.
CPOs were patrolling the Kaskaskia River checking recreational boaters. They observed a boat running at full speed with a female passenger standing up in the boat. They activated the emergency lights and the driver and female passenger quickly changed locations. The driver was arrested for OUI and had a breath alcohol content of 0.134%. The subject’s driver’s license was also found to be revoked for a prior DUI.
CPOs were again patrolling the Kaskaskia River checking recreational boaters. They observed a jon boat with a small child operating at full speed and the child did not have on a lifejacket. They activated their emergency lights and made contact with the boat. The operator was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for OUI. He had a breath alcohol content of 0.149%. This subject was also found to have a revoked driver’s license for a prior DUI.
A CPO attended a boat safety event at the Nelson Center in Springfield. Approximately 100 people were in attendance. He also assisted ISP with a vehicle fire on I-55 near exit 109. There were no injuries.
A CPO issued one individual a citation for over limit of bass and issued citations in Sangamon County for speeding and disobeying a stop sign.
While patrolling the Illinois River, a CPO observed a watercraft towing a skier without an observer. He stopped the watercraft and during the safety inspection found two equipment violations. A check with the Illinois State Police revealed the operator of the watercraft was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.
While patrolling the Illinois River, CPOs stopped a watercraft for a safety inspection. The under- age passenger was in possession of alcohol.
While patrolling the Mississippi River, CPOs assisted a watercraft with eight people on board that was stuck on a wing dam. The watercraft had broken down and drifted onto the wing dam. The watercraft was towed to the nearest marina.
A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Jersey County. Fifty students attended the class.
A CPO was conducting watercraft safety inspections at the Quincy Boat Ramp, when he observed a watercraft coming into the ramp after sunset with no lights. Further inspection resulted in a couple of equipment violations. A check with the Illinois State Police revealed the operator was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A CPO assisted the Illinois State Police and the Pike County Sheriff's Department with a personal injury ATV accident on the roadway.
A District Sergeant assisted a watercraft back to the boat ramp after running out of gas on the Mississippi River.
A CPO picked up an individual on a warrant arrest in Morgan County and issued citations for no fishing license and no boat trailer registration. He and another CPO also investigated a non-boat accident in Menard County.
A CPO and District Sergeant responded to an accident on the Mississippi River in Calhoun County. A subject jumped off a watercraft head first into shallow water. The subject was transported to a St. Louis Area Hospital.
A District Sergeant was told that a subject had a warrant for his arrest in Missouri for boating under the influence. The District Sergeant contacted the Missouri Water Patrol and confirmed the warrant. Missouri Water Patrol arrested the subject
A CPO is investigating a boat accident that occurred this weekend at Lake of Egypt involving the security patrol and a PWC. The accident is property damage only.
CPOs arrested a Williamson County man for OUI this weekend at Lake of Egypt. The operator had a BAC in excess of .19.
CPOs arrested two Belleville men for trespassing on private property at Lake of Egypt when the two men parked on private property and refused to leave. The men were processed and bonded. Criminal charges are pending.
A CPO gave a presentation to a large group of kids at a fishing derby in East Cape Girardeau.
A CPO completed a boat accident investigation resulting from a capsizing incident.
CPOs arrested a Jackson County man for OUI on Kinkaid Lake. His BAC was in excess of .14. He was processed and released.
A District Sergeant and CPO responded to a lost man at Giant City State Park. The man entered a dangerous cliff area of the park looking for his girlfriend, with no light or cell phone. The CPO and two Jackson County deputies located the man at 2:00 a.m. He refused treatment and was released.
A CPO is investigating a Union County man for unlawfully taking turkey out of season. Charges are pending upon completion of the investigation.
A CPO arrested a subject for OUI on Rend Lake. The subject blew .158.
June 30, 2010
While working an IDOT detail at Sunset Park, a CPO observed a subject driving into the boat ramp area. The driver had trouble backing his trailer into the water. Making contact with the driver, he was found to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and blew a .220.
A CPO patrolled the Illinois River with another CPO. The operator of a personal watercraft was issued written warnings for improper registration display and no sounding device. Another boater was given assistance due to a dead battery.
A Region I CPO was working recreational boats on Mississippi River Pool 14 in conjunction with Iowa Conservation Police, USFWS, Coast Guard and US Army Corp of Engineers Law Enforcement during Operation Dry Water and completed multiple inspections and resulted in several violations being addressed. Field Sobriety tests were administered; however no OUI arrests were made. Most of the subjects commented on the publicity of the detail and knew the Law enforcement would be heavy which resulted in compliance.
While running radar at Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area, a Region 1 CPO observed a truck and van go by pulling trailers with racks of canoes. The CPO followed the group to the boat ramp and learned they were boy scouts coming in to take several girls scouts out for canoe rides. The CPO inspected the 14 canoes which are exempt from registration, however five had no HIN. A majority of the PFDs they had were in poor condition and many were not the appropriate size for some of the small children. The PFDs which were no longer serviceable were pulled out and the CPO explained to the leader why they were no longer safe. Those unserviceable PFDs were disposed of in the garbage. The CPO assisted the kids in putting on the PFDs correctly and made sure they were of the appropriate size. There were approximately 75 kids at this event throughout the day.
A CPO responded to a boat crash. An individual was operating a boat (with three occupants) on the Illinois River above the Marseilles Lock and Dam. The operator lost control of his 19' boat after doing numerous circles in the river. The boat struck a dock which caused the boat to become airborne and strike an unoccupied vessel on a lift. The airborne boat then landed on shore in front of the lifted vessel. One occupant of the boat ran from the scene on foot, but was later apprehended by Marseilles Police Department. The boat was removed from the scene by Seneca towing. Seneca towing had to hoist the boat over a fence onto a flatbed truck in order to remove the boat from the scene. The operator of the boat stated that he struck an object in the river, and the object caused him to lose control. He was cited for operating a watercraft without proper registration. All occupants refused medical treatment.
Alcohol was involved in the incident as the passengers of the boat were extremely intoxicated; however the operator of the boat had no alcohol in his system. The incident is still under investigation.
A District 6 CPO returned canine parts that were seized to be tested to see if the animal was a wolf. The USFWS lab determined the animal was a dog/wolf hybrid.
District 7 CPOs had OUI/DUI grants scheduled in Peoria and Tazewell Counties in conjunction with Operation Dry Water. The Friday night detail was cancelled due to high water and lack of boating activity. The Saturday detail in Peoria County resulted in numerous compliance checks and one OUI arrest. The subject arrested had a B.A.C. of 0.170%.
A District 1 CPO worked an IDOT Grant conducting boat safety checks at ramps along the Rock River in Rockford. The detail resulted in numerous citations and warnings for registration and safety equipment violations.
District 1 CPOs took part in Operation Dry Water by conducting a boat patrol along the Rock River in Lee and Whiteside Counties. Several citations and written warnings were issued for various registration and safety equipment violations.
As part of Operation Dry Water, and a complaint of a poker run occurring on a state lake, numerous boats were inspected. One operator was arrested for OUI.
A District 7 Officer worked Operation Dry Water on the Illinois River. He issued several written warnings and assisted another officer in the arrest of an individual for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.
While completing watercraft safety inspections along the Kishwaukee River, in Winnebago County, a District 6 CPO hailed a canoe in to the boat launch for inspection and was disregarded. The CPO proceeded downstream and was able get the vessel to stop on the second attempt. During the safety inspection, the CPO observed an empty 24 pack beer box and 15 empty beers floating on the floor of the boat. Both operators of the canoe showed signs of inebriation, however, the front paddler fell flat while stepping out of the canoe and was visibly intoxicated. After administering field sobriety to the front paddler, it was determined by the CPO he was under the influence. Subsequent breath samples from the portable breath tester and RBT IV Intoximeter confirmed the CPO’s findings. The boat operator was taken to the Winnebago County Jail in lieu of bond.
A District Sergeant investigated a car crash at Starved Rock State Park. A female subject talking on the cell phone pulled out onto Route 178 and struck a northbound car as it passed the entrance. The driver of the offending vehicle was issued citations for failure to yield to oncoming traffic, unlawful use of a cell phone in a construction zone, and operation of uninsured motor vehicle.
A District 6 CPO arrested a male subject on the Illinois River at the Seneca Boat Ramp for OUI. The operator was also cited for failure to have one PFD for each passenger. The operator gave a breath sample that registered .117 BAC.
A District 6 CPO made an arrest of a male subject for driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest was made near Illini State Park in LaSalle County. The subject was nearly three times the legal limit allowed
A CPO observed two subjects attempting to load a boat onto a trailer at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp at 11:30 p.m. One subject fell off the pier and into the water. The other subject drove the vehicle partially up the boat ramp and parked. The driver was later observed dumping the contents of beer cans out of the boat. When the driver exited the boat, he slipped in the beer he just spilled out and fell on his back side. The driver failed Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for DUI. He refused a breath test.
CPOs arrested a subject at the Chain O' Lakes State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A CPO arrested an individual at Illinois Beach State Park for possession of cannabis.
CPOs arrested the operator of a watercraft on Lake Marie for OUI. The operator's BAC was .137%
A CPO arrested a subject for battery at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp. The subject struck him in the chest while he was inventorying a vehicle for a DUI arrest made by another CPO. The subject was a highly intoxicated passenger in the vehicle. He was arrested and taken to Lake County Jail.
A CPO arrested a subject for DUI at the Chain O' Lakes State Park. She had a BAC of .173%
CPOs arrested 11 individuals for unlawful entry/trespass to private property. Some were fishing without permission; others were jumping from cliffs into the quarry.
A CPO made two wanted on warrant arrests.
CPOs received a TIP complaint involving three men using commercial fishing devices to illegally take fish from a small lake in Bolingbrook. They began conducting surveillance on the property and caught the men using four seine nets and an expensive air raft to catch 99 crappie and three bluegill. Appropriate charges were filed.
A CPO arrested a subject for DUI while returning home from a late shift. The subject refused to submit a breath sample.
A CPO arrested a subject wanted on a warrant.
A CPO arrested a subject for DUI while working an IDOT grant detail at DPCA.
A CPO cited two Macon County persons for illegal transportation of open liquor on a public highway after encountering the couple driving their golf cart down the roadway near one of the access areas at Lake Shelbyville.
A CPO and District Sergeant noticed a large black smoke flume rising up from behind a rural residence in Coles County. Upon the officers’ arrival, a volunteer fireman also responded to the scene to check out the large smoke flume, it was found that a Mattoon man was burning pieces of furniture, plastic piping, construction and demolition debris in violation of the open burning law of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. The man was cleaning out and remodeling the house and also had a large roll-off dumpster he could have used to legally dispose of the items. The man was cited for the open burning violation.
CPOs responded to a report of an unaccounted for fisherman at Pana Lake. The mans boat was found adrift in the lake with no one onboard. Conservation Police sonar boats, along with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff's Dept and the Shelby County Dive Team sonar boat, began searching the lake. The following day the Conservation Police sonar boat located the 66 year old Bloomington man’s body and Dive Team members made the recovery. Autopsy is pending in this investigation.
The investigation of a serious injury two boat crash that occurred on Lake Shelbyville in May has been completed and resulted in charges against a Carpentersville man of careless operation of watercraft, violation of boating traffic rule, failure to bear to the right to avoid collision, and failure to wear lanyard cut-off switch on motorboat as required. The operator of the other boat, who was from Decatur, was also cited for failure to wear lanyard cut-off switch on motorboat as required.
A CPO gave a talk about hunting and outfitter laws at the Marshall Rotary Club.
A CPO used the education trailer and gave talks about wildlife at the annual Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation District picnic at Walnut Point State Park.
A CPO closed the road at Pere Marquette State Park after a storm swept through the area knocking down several trees. He also completed a crash report when a subject ran into a tree and damaged his vehicle.
While checking fishing licenses, a District Sergeant encountered a subject with no fishing license. The subject was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear for driving while suspended. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.
While on patrol, a District Sergeant ran a registration check on a vehicle. He then ran a check on the registered owner. The registered owner was wanted on a warrant for fishing without a license. The driver was the registered owner; he was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.
While on patrol, a District Sergeant ran a registration check on a vehicle. The registered owner was suspended. The driver was the registered owner. He arrested the subject for driving while suspended. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.
A CPO caught two fishermen “snagging” fish below the Rend Lake spillway.
CPOs responded to a domestic battery complaint at the Wayne Fitzgerell State Park primitive camping area involving a mother and daughter. Both mother and daughter were arrested and taken to the Jefferson County jail. The CPOs followed the procedures of the Department’s General Order.
A CPO arrested a Jackson County man for OUI on Kinkaid Lake. His BAC was in excess of 095. He was processed and bonded.
A CPO arrested a Jackson County man for driving without a valid driver’s license. He posted bond, was processed and released.
D 16 CPOs attended the Sonar Instructor School at Lake Murphysboro State Park.
D 16 CPOs attended the funeral detail of Lt. Mike Teas from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. He was a great supporter of the IDNR and he started the Sheriff’s patrol for the county.