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Office of Law Enforcement

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORTS


September 8, 2010

REGION I
A District 1 CPO arrested a subject for OUI while working an IDOT grant at Prophetstown State Park.  The subject’s BAC was .174.

A CPO patrolled Argyle Lake State Park during their annual Labor Day Tractor Show and Swap Meet.  Another CPO was assigned to coordinate traffic control.  Approximately 50,000 people attended the annual event.  Traffic control was complicated due to the fact the area received four inches of rain a couple of days before the event.

District 7 Officers worked Teal Season Enforcement Details. Violations of shooting hours and taking wood ducks during closed season were observed.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

District 7 Sergeant and Officers conducted a boat enforcement detail on the Mackinaw River.  Few canoes and small boats were present due to low water levels but several violations were still found.

CPOs and a District Sergeant were called to Ottawa Canyon at 9:00 pm and assisted two 17 year old subjects off the trails after they became stuck on a ledge and couldn’t get down in the dark. One of the juveniles was in possession of drug paraphernalia. They were released to a parent and charges are pending through juvenile court.

A District Sergeant handled a 10-50 motorcycle crash on Rte 71.  The driver rolled her bike on a sharp curve and was airlifted to a Rockford Trauma Center with head injuries.

A District 6 CPO conducted an investigation of unlawful baiting of doves. He arrested one subject for hunting dove by the aid of bait, one subject was arrested for unlawfully taking over the limit (22 doves) and one subject was arrested for unlawfully receiving doves from another.  A total of 42 doves were seized.

While on foot patrol in the campground at Rock Cut State Park, a District 6 CPO walked into a noisy tent campsite after quiet hours.  Along with a noise violation, the CPO found a minor drinking and several other adults unlawfully possessing/consuming alcohol in a state park where it is posted “prohibited.”

While traveling to Rock Cut State Park, a District 6 CPO observed a man on a dirt bike motorcycle traveling Eastbound on the North road shoulder of IL Route 173 against traffic flow.  In addition to unlawfully riding on the road shoulder, other violations observed and addressed by the CPO including:  failure to wear eye protection while riding motorcycle, improper lane usage, no headlight, no taillights, no turn signals, no license plates and no insurance.  The officer allowed the man to phone family members to pick up the motorcycle and remove it from the highway.

A District Sergeant and Region Captain participated in a Viper Patrol with multiple local, state and federal agencies in the Port of Quad Cities during part of the Labor Day Weekend.  Viper patrols are put together by the Federal Transportation Agency to ensure security across a wide range of transportation modes.  This patrol took place on the Mississippi River in the Port of Quad Cities.  The Illinois Conservation Police used the patrol boat it received through a Homeland Security Grant.

A District 1 CPO worked the Mississippi River as a part of a DHS VIPER detail in the Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend.  Several checks of local businesses on the Mississippi River were conducted to ensure public safety along the waterway.  This was the first waterborne VIPER detail conducted in Illinois by Department of Homeland Security.

A District 1 CPO was checking fishermen along the Rock River in Whiteside County at Lawrence Park in Rock Falls when he observed several subjects fishing the shoreline.  From a hidden vantage point, the CPO observed, photographed and took notes of the fishermen.  When he conducted the compliance checks on the shoreline, several of the subjects left the shoreline and stated they were not fishing, but when showed the photographs of themselves fishing they admitted they had no license.  Appropriate citations were issued and the subjects posted bond.

CPOs did an OUI boat patrol detail on Mississippi River Pool # 16 on Labor Day weekend.  This resulted in three citations and six written warnings being issued. 

Dist. 1 CPO worked dove fields in Whiteside County on opening day of dove season discovering various violations that resulted in several written warnings and a citation.

A District 1 CPO worked an IDOT Grant detail at Morrison Rockwood State Park that resulted in several written warnings for IVC (Illinois Vehicle Code) violations and an illegal transportation of alcohol arrest.

District 1 CPOs worked the opening weekend of the early Teal season on pools 13 & 12 of the Mississippi River.  Teal and goose harvests were steady, with only minor violations discovered.  One three generation family group of teal hunters were towed back to the safety of the boat ramp on pool 12 after their motor had failed after the hunt.

On opening day of dove season, a CPO worked hunters in Mercer County.  Watching a couple of hunters, one of the subjects shot a dove and failed to attempt to retrieve it.  Approaching the subjects, neither hunter had a HIP number.  One hunter was issued a citation for wanton waste.  Both subjects received written warnings for their HIP numbers.  

As a CPO returned to the Colona Boat Ramp, she met with an anxious step father.  His 18 year old step daughter and 3 of her friends decided to float down the Rock River on tubes.  It had been several hours and they had not returned.  He was very concerned for their safety and there was only 1.5 hours until sunset.  The CPO patrolled upstream and located them approximately 2 miles from the launch.  The young girls were very cold, shivering, and asked for assistance.  The CPO took the girls downstream to the boat ramp where the step father was waiting.   All were returned safely and warmed up quickly in their car.     

While assisting a camper with a boating question, a CPO noticed a Jeep drive by at a high rate of speed.  Speed in the campground is posted at 10 miles an hour.  The CPO stopped the vehicle.  The driver had a
revoked license and was intoxicated.  The driver failed field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest.  Numerous campsites were grateful that the driver was arrested as numerous children were riding bicycles on the road in the campground.

A District 7 officer worked a waterfowl enforcement detail at Rice Lake.  At approximately 12 minutes before legal teal hunting hours the officer observed four wood ducks fly over head.  The birds then flew over a group of hunters and the hunters killed three of the birds.  The officer went to check the hunters and they denied shooting the birds.  The officer conducted several interviews and discovered the individuals had misidentified the ducks and shot them.  When they retrieved the birds, they stomped them in the mud.  The individuals were cited for the violations.

A District 6 CPO made an arrest of a male subject for possession of cannabis.  The arrest was made at the Illini State Park Campgrounds.  A citation for possession of alcohol in a restricted area was also issued during the incident.

REGION II
A CPO arrested a dove hunter in Kane County. CPOs walked in on foot spotting one hunter with a shotgun in his hands and the second hunter attempting to hide in the weeds.  The second hunter took off into the woods, circled around, and came out on the far edge of the field where the CPO stopped him.  The hunter initially said he was just out walking, but after a field interview he confessed to hunting dove without a license and took the CPO to his shotgun and hunting vest that were hidden in the weeds. Appropriate citations were issued and his shotgun was seized as evidence.

CPOs stopped two male subjects entering a corn field in the western rural portion of Kane County. Both subjects were temporarily detained and searched for officer safety reasons, one subject had a machete and garbage bags in his possession, the other had a knife and garbage bags. The Sheriff’s Department was contacted and both subjects admitted to looking for cannabis plants in the field after initially insisting they were cleaning up trash along the railroad tracks and trails. In addition, the Narcotics Task Force was contacted and plans were made to fly the area for plants. Both subjects were released.  No charges at this time.

While checking fishermen along the Fox River, a CPO cited a subject for failure to immediately release an undersized walleye.

A CPO arrested a subject while swimming at a local gravel pit for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A CPO arrested a 19 year old female fishing under the Route 12 bridge on Pistakee Lake for possession of cannabis.

A CPO arrested a camper at Illinois Beach State Park for possession of cannabis.  The individual also received a written warning for violating the quiet hours of the campground.

While working an IDOT detail at Illinois Beach State Park, a  CPO arrested a subject for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol in a restricted area.

A CPO arrested a fisherman on Pistakee Lake under the Route 12 bridge for possession of cannabis.

A CPO arrested a camper at the Chain O' Lakes State park for possession of cannabis.

A CPO cited a fisherman at DesPlaines Pond for failing to release a short northern pike (14 inches).

A CPO cited a subject for an undersized largemouth bass (12 1/2") on Pistakee Lake (14" limit).

A CPO cited two subjects for undersized largemouth bass (9") and northern pike (22 1/2") in Lake County. 
A CPO arrested two subjects for unlawfully taking mussels in restricted waters.

A CPO arrested five subjects for unlawful possession of drugs over the Labor Day weekend.

CPOs arrested a subject for OUI while patrolling the Kankakee River in Grundy County.  Subject blew a .177

A CPO arrested two subjects for being wanted on warrants while patrolling during the Labor Day weekend.

While on IDOT details, a CPO made the following arrests:  one DUI (blew a .177), one revoked driver, one suspended driver, three illegal transportation of alcohol

A CPO arrested a subject for careless operation of a watercraft on the Kankakee River near DesPlaines CA.  The boat was being driven at a high rate of speed over rough water while a passenger on the boat was holding onto the ski bar and being flailed all over, nearly causing ejection.  The passenger was willingly participating in the activity.

A CPO made a unique dove case.  Two subjects made a dove trap out of fencing and wood.  Bait would be placed within the trap, and when doves flew into the trap, it would be sprung by an individual hiding in the weeds that would trip the trap, causing the fencing to collapse onto the doves.  While killing time waiting for doves to arrive, the subjects passed the time by shooting doves off of some power lines with pellet guns.  Appropriate charges were filed.

REGION III
Nothing reported.

REGION IV
CPOs caught three subjects in Jersey County for shooting teal early. Upon checking them, they were in possession of lead shot and did not have their bag limit separated. They were also short of personal flotation devices.

A CPO caught three subjects in Calhoun County hunting teal and Canadian Geese over bait. They were hunting over millet that had been broadcast. All three subjects admitted to having knowledge the millet was there and it was broadcast.

A District Sergeant stopped a motorcycle for speeding 91 mph in a 55 mph zone in Jersey County. The subject did not have a motorcycle classification. He was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a DUI. 

A District Sergeant stopped three motorcycles for speeding 49 mph in a 30 mph zone.  One operator did not have a motorcycle classification and no insurance.  He was arrested for all three violations.  A second operator lied about his name. His motorcycle did not have any registration on it.  Once the vehicle identification number was run, it came back expired with the subject’s true identity. The subject was revoked.  He was taken to the Jersey County Jail and arrested for obstructing justice, driving while revoked, no insurance, and speeding.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Brown County, thirty students attended.

While checking dove hunters at Sangchris, a CPO observed a motorcycle go behind a machine shed located near the field.  Prior knowledge of the shed owner’s vehicle led the CPO to check it out.  After sorting through several stories, the cycle was towed and the operator was issued citations for no cycle classification, no insurance and improper use of registration.

During routine patrol of the Sangchris area, a CPO came upon a vehicle parked inside the guard rail along the highway.  A check of registration found the operator wanted on an active warrant.   The operator was located under a lake bridge fishing with a juvenile son. The operator was advised of the warrant.  The CPO made arrangements for family to pick up the child and take care of the vehicle before transporting the father to jail.

On Labor Day a 911 call from Jacksonville Police Department went out advising the description of a vehicle containing eight adults and kids, two of whom were suspected of shoplifting various items from the local Wal-Mart in Jacksonville. Several minutes later, the CPO observed the suspect vehicle pull off a street into a yard.  He stopped at the residence and held the suspects at that location until Jacksonville Police Department arrived to assess the situation.  The driver of the vehicle, who had previously been banned from Wal-Mart property, was arrested for criminal trespass to land.

REGION V

A CPO participated in the ginseng detail at a location in Red Bud.

A CPO discovered vandalism at Lake Murphy State Park.  He is currently investigating the damage in search of a suspect.

A CPO had an investigation ongoing on a subject who illegally brought dangerous animals (rattlesnakes) from out of state into Illinois.  A subject was bitten by one of the snakes.  Federal charges are being sought

A CPO responded to Trail of Tears State Park.  A subject drove off the road and into several trees.  He was arrested for driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident to the police.  He was taken to the Union County Sheriff’s Department for bonding.  His vehicle was towed. 

A CPO, on the IDOT Grant, arrested a subject for passing in a no passing zone, and driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC greater than 0.08% 

A CPO, while checking fishermen, tested a subject for OUI which indicated he was not under the influence but was found to be wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failure to appear on a revoked driver’s license court appearance.
  
A CPO completed a deer hunting complaint from last fall. One of the two offending subjects was found guilty of six burglaries and sentenced to 13 years by Williamson County and another 13 years by Johnson County.  In that plea deal he was given amnesty on all wildlife charges. The other subject was charged with hunting without permission, hunting with no whitetail deer permit and hunting without a hunting license. He was also issued four written warnings.

A CPO conducted a boat inspection that resulted in the seizure of the boat with the HIN plate removed.  An investigation is underway.

A CPO arrested a woman on a warrant while on a motorist assists with her vehicle on Route 13.

A CPO arrested a Jackson County man for OUI on Kinkaid Lake on Saturday. The man had a BAC in excess of .08. He was processed and bonded.

A CPO assisted two boats with engine failure on Kinkaid Lake.

A CPO conducted bank patrol along the Mississippi River all week in search of the young man that drowned two weeks ago on a dike dam.

A CPO referred a case to DCFS in reference to a complaint about unfit living conditions on a family in Alexander County.

A CPO discovered a sunken Jon boat wedged onto a dike on the Mississippi River in Alexander County.  Upon further investigation he discovered the boat was stolen from Pulaski County.  A full investigation is underway.  The boat cannot be recovered due to the dangerous condition that exists on the River.   

A CPO arrested an Alexander County man for having an uncased firearm in his vehicle.

A CPO responded to three teal hunting complaints which were unfounded.

A CPO is conducting interviews again on the drowning case that occurred two weeks ago in Alexander County

A CPO apprehended a Union County man for possession of an unplugged gun and possession of an unsigned stamp.

A CPO caught three subjects shooting doves from their ATVs in Saline County. The subjects’ shotguns were uncased and unplugged.  Two of the subjects had revoked FOIDS. The CPO seized two shotguns and issued the appropriate citations.

CPOs participated in “Operation Native Root” involving illegal harvesting and selling of ginseng in Illinois and Indiana.

District #14 CPOs worked details at the DuQuoin State Fair.

District #14 CPOs worked dove and teal hunter details over the Labor Day weekend.

September 15, 2010

REGION I
A CPO made an arrest of a male subject for driving without a valid driver's license.  The arrest occurred in Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County.  The subject was stopped for speeding in the park and was found to have no valid driver's license at that time.

A CPO assisted Oglesby Police Department on an incident in which a homemade bomb was placed near their water treatment plant.  Kane County’s bomb squad was called and the bomb was removed and destroyed.

A District 1 CPO was patrolling Henry County when he was passed on Rt. 78 by a vehicle traveling at a very high rate of speed.  The CPO used the moving radar in his squad to lock the speed of the vehicle at 80 mph in a posted 55 mph zone with heavy traffic due to the holiday travelers.  A traffic stop was made and resulted in a citation to the driver for speeding who gave the excuse he was lost and frustrated because he just wanted to get back to Rockford where he lived.

While on patrol in Rock Cut State Park, a CPO clocked on radar a motor vehicle traveling 38 mph. in the posted 20 mph. zone.  The CPO then watched the car drive through a stop intersection.  The traffic stop revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license and no insurance.  A ride to jail was given to the driver.

A CPO investigated a complaint of a boat rental service conducting business on the Kishwaukee River in Winnebago County.  The complaint was confirmed after the proprietors were located and interviewed by the officer.  Citations were issued for unlawful engagement of a boat rental business without a license, failure to display valid rental boat registration, failure to display rental boat placards and failure to display person/weight capacities on rental boats.  The business was ordered to cease operations until proper state licensing, registrations, placards and weight capacities were obtained and displayed. 

A CPO assisted a District Sergeant with an investigation that was started last year at Starved Rock after a felon left a handgun in a room at the Starved Rock Lodge.  The subject was interviewed at Brookfield Police Department and numerous felony charges are pending in LaSalle, Will, and Cook County for perjury, possession of weapon by felon, and ID theft.

REGION II
A CPO arrested a subject at Illinois Beach State Park-North Unit for possession of drug paraphernalia, no valid driver's license, and no insurance.

A CPO cited a subject at Waukegan Harbor for fishing while privileges are revoked for child support.

A CPO responded to a report of an armed robbery at Illinois Beach State Park - North Unit.  The victim, a Mississippi resident, stated two men approached him with a gun and demanded money.  After telling the robbers he did not have any money, they stated they would shoot him if he did not give them money.  In fear of his life, the victim gave them his wallet with $375.00 inside.  The victim stated he did not have any credit cards and his driver's license was not in his wallet at the time.  The victim had been shot two weeks prior to this incident in Mississippi.  When asked why he was shot, the victim said he owed someone $13.00 for fishing supplies.  When the victim described one of the suspects, he gave the same clothing description as what he was wearing.  The victim also had a strong odor of burnt cannabis omitting from his person.  Do to the curious circumstances of this incident, it is believed to be a drug deal gone bad. 

CPOs stopped a boat with two hunters in it who admitted to hunting teal in an area which is a wildlife refuge/rest area.  The subjects had one teal on the boat.  They were issued appropriate citations. 

A CPO arrested a subject fishing along the Fox River for failure to immediately release a 22" Northern Pike.

REGION III
CPOs arrested a Dwight man for OUI on Lake Shelbyville. The man recorded a BAC of .121% and was jailed awaiting bond.

CPOs arrested a Rochester man for OUI on Lake Shelbyville. The man recorded a BAC of .089% and was jailed awaiting bond.

A CPO cited two Moultrie County teal hunters in the Shelbyville State Fish & Wildlife Area for unlawful taking and attempting to take blue wing teal before legal hunting hours.

CPOs arrested a Mattoon couple during a traffic stop at the Lake Shelbyville Complex. The driver was arrested for DUI-Drugs, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Transportation of Open Liquor in a Vehicle, and Improper Lane Usage. The passenger was arrested for Illegal Possession of Open Liquor In A Vehicle By A Passenger, Possession Of Cannabis, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. 

A CPO cited three northeastern Illinois men in a vehicle for Illegal Transportation Of Open Liquor In A Vehicle during a traffic stop in Eagle Creek State Park. 

A CPO arrested a Chicago man near the Lake Shelbyville Complex on an arrest warrant for driving while suspended. 

A CPO arrested a Harwood Heights man on an active Shelby County arrest warrant in Eagle Creek State Park during a “quiet hours” violation complaint. 

A CPO cited five campers for violating the posted liquor possession regulation in the Fox Ridge State Park campground. 

A CPO is investigating a reckless operation of watercraft complaint from patrons of Sullivan Marina on Lake Shelbyville. This investigation is continuing.      

A CPO arrested a Macon County subject for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at Lincoln homestead along the Sangamon River in Macon County.  While checking fisherman along the river he encountered the subject.

While working Clinton Lake in a patrol boat a CPO encountered a Bureau County subject that was wanted on two warrants.  The subject was wanted out of Peoria and Tazewell County.

A CPO arrested a Macon County subject for obstructing a peace officer.  This subject was wanted on a warrant early in the spring when a CPO encountered him fishing without a license.  The subject ran from the CPO and escaped.  This subject was picked up in Macon County over the weekend on a warrant and the CPO was notified, enabling him to charge him from the earlier incident in the spring. 

A CPO arrested a subject wanted on a $75,000 warrant.  The subject was fishing at the Clinton Lake spillway when the CPO found him.

A CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject for DUI over the weekend near Clinton Lake. 

A CPO handled a car deer 10-50 that occurred over the weekend. 

While working the patrol boat on Clinton Lake, a CPO arrested a subject for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

A CPO investigated a fish kill in Champaign County.

A District Sergeant arrested a Livingston County subject for reckless operation of a watercraft.  The Sergeant was notified of the complaint while working the Mascoutin Boat Ramp at Clinton Lake.  The Sergeant found the subjects at the Weldon boat ramp, preparing to leave the area. 

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI.  The subject was operating a pontoon boat when it was stopped by officers to conduct an inspection of its safety equipment. 

LAST WEEKEND’S ACTIVITY
A CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject that was wanted on a warrant out of Mclean County for failure to appear.  The CPO encountered the subject while checking fisherman.

A CPO arrested a Champaign County subject for unlawfully musseling in closed waters.  The subject had illegally taken 37 mussels from the Clinton Lake Spillway area. 

REGION IV
A CPO and District Sergeant were working surveillance of a baited dove field in Randolph County when they heard shots coming from the West of their location.  No one was hunting the baited dove field so they set out on foot to locate the area of the shots.  They located four subjects hunting geese on a private pond.  The hunters had harvested four geese but two hunters were in possession of unplugged guns and a third was “floating” a fourth shell in his shotgun.

CPOs and a District Sergeant continued working a baited dove field in Randolph County.  They set up surveillance on the field from daylight to dark before the subjects finally started hunting.  The subjects were observed committing several violations in addition to hunting over the baited field. 

A CPO was working teal hunters at Carlyle Lake when a group of hunters told him there was a jon boat overturned on the lake.  The CPO had the hunters take him to the boat and he located the body of a subject along the shoreline.  The subject had drowned.  The CPO stated the subject did not have on a lifejacket and there was not one on the boat. 

A CPO was working dove hunters along the Mississippi River when he found a subject in possession of an unplugged shotgun.

A CPO was working teal/goose hunters along the Mississippi River when he observed two subjects on an ATV dressed in camouflage.  He made contact with the subjects and found them to be in possession of loaded uncased shotguns.

A CPO was working teal hunters in Madison County when he found a subject hunting without a Federal Duck Stamp.

A CPO arrested a subject for falsifying his identification.  The CPO was checking fisherman on Chouteau Island when a subject attempted to pass off another subject’s fishing license as his own. 

A CPO was patrolling Chouteau Island Complex when he made contact with a subject in the area after the posted closing time.  The subject had a revoked license, no insurance, and had three outstanding warrants.

A CPO was patrolling the Chouteau Island Complex when he observed subjects riding ATV’s on the roadway.  He stopped the subjects and found one of them was wanted on a warrant.  

 

REGION V
A CPO located three subjects digging ginseng and goldenseal on U.S. Forest Service property in Jackson County.  Subjects were referred to USFS for prosecution each receiving a $275.00  federal citation and all goldenseal, ginseng, and digging tools were seized.  The poaching of these roots on federal and state lands is continuing to be a problem.

A CPO is investigating a dumping complaint on the Jackson/Randolph County line.  A number of computer monitors and television sets (about a pick-up truck load) have been dumped in a large ditch next to a rural roadway.  All the monitors and tv's are of the old tube type and have been stripped of any metals.  This is the third time this type of dumping has been found in this area.

CPOs assisted the U.S. Forest Service with their efforts to locate and eradicate any cannabis production on public lands.  This multi-agency detail included local, state and federal officers targeting state and federal lands for cannabis grown operations.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate to allow the National Guard helicopters to fly, so a majority of the detail was canceled.  Hopefully this detail may be re-scheduled to address this concern.

A CPO assisted Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and PMS with a search for two lost hikers in the Little Grand Canyon.  Ironically, the couple who were from the St Louis area, had a magazine in their truck opened to an article that stated "The Challenges of the Little Grand Canyon".

A CPO continued daily searches along the Mississippi River banks in search of the drowning victim the entire week.

A CPO is investigating a boat accident that occurred in Alexander County.  The Missouri jon boat drove into rough waters near the dike and the boat was swamped. The operator made it to shore and secured the boat. Multiple efforts were made to retrieve the boat in the dangerous waters but the effort was unsuccessful.

A CPO began an investigation of a boat with the Hull Identification Number removed and sold to an individual with no title. The investigation so far has shown the boat was sold numerous times over the last 20 years. The investigation is still ongoing.

CPOs assisted in the search for the drowning victim along the Mississippi River.

September 22, 2010

REGION I
A District 7 Officer checking fishermen located a group of fishermen trespassing on a private lake in Fulton County.  All were cited for fishing without consent of the landowner, and one was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of fishing without a valid fishing license.

District 6 CPOs conducted a detail at Matthiessen State Park during a wine festival.  The CPOs stopped and cited six individuals that had open glasses of wine in vehicles.

A CPO conducted an investigation from a TIPS complaint of pollution of waterways. The suspect was reported to have dumped a large amount of construction debris along the river bank of a local river.  The investigation is continuing.

A District 1 CPO is investigating a timber case where a property line was crossed and trees were cut without permission of the owner

While patrolling in Rock Island County, a CPO located a vehicle parked in the roadway.  Approaching the vehicle, the driver tried to hide something between the front seats.  The driver of the vehicle was eventually arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.   

Two District 7 Officers were called to help with a large buck that had his antlers caught in a hammock.  Upon arrival the officers observed that the buck was not in a good mood as it had been caught in the hammock for a while.  The deer had a fairly large area it could roam but it was ultimately "stuck" with its antlers being caught in the remains of the hammock.  One officer lassoed the deer around the horns. They then pulled the uncooperative buck tight to a tree.  At this point the two officers, one at the head and one at the back legs, grabbed the deer and pinned it to the ground.  The hammock was cut from the antlers. The only remaining task was to get the rope off the deer and get off of it without getting kicked or gored.  At the count of three both officers scrambled to safety. The deer ran away.  Everyone was very thankful that the deer did not have to be dispatched.

REGION II
A CPO received a call about two subjects keeping small trout at Waukegan Harbor and putting them in their vehicle.  The vehicle was gone when the CPO arrived, but other subjects were observed.  Two subjects were found to be in possession of 24 undersized rainbow trout between six and seven inches.  Another CPO was contacted to assist with the paperwork.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken and the poles were seized

A CPO arrested a subject at Illinois Beach State Park-North Unit for possession of drug paraphernalia, no valid driver's license, and no insurance.

A CPO cited a subject at Waukegan Harbor for fishing while privileges are revoked for child support.

A CPO responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at Illinois Beach State Park - North Unit.  The victim, a Mississippi resident, stated two men approached him with a gun and demanded money.  After telling the robbers he did not have any money, they stated they would shoot him if he did not give them money.  In fear of his life, the victim gave them his wallet with $375.00 inside.  The victim stated he did not have any credit cards and his driver's license was not in his wallet at the time.  The victim had been shot two weeks prior to this incident in Mississippi.  When asked why he was shot, the victim said he owed someone $13.00 for fishing supplies.  When the victim described one of the suspects, he gave the same clothing description as what he was wearing.  The victim also had a strong odor of burnt cannabis emitting from his person.  Due to the curious circumstances of this incident, it is believed to be a drug deal gone bad. 

CPOs stopped a boat with two hunters in it who admitted to hunting teal in an area which is a wildlife refuge/rest area.  The subjects had one teal on the boat.  They were issued appropriate citations. 

A CPO arrested a subject fishing along the Fox River for failure to immediately release a 22" Northern Pike.

REGION III
A CPO arrested a Champaign man at Lake Paradise in Coles County on charges of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and pollution of a waterway.

A CPO investigated a trespassing complaint in Cumberland County and cited a man for unlawful trespass to harvest wild ginseng.

A CPO gave a talk at a Hunter Education Class at the Charleston Gun Club.  

A CPO arrested a Macon County subject for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at Lincoln homestead along the Sangamon River in Macon County.  While checking fishermen along the river he encountered the subject.

While working Clinton Lake in a patrol boat a CPO encountered a Bureau County subject that was wanted on two warrants.  The subject was wanted out of Peoria and Tazewell County.

A CPO arrested a Macon County subject for obstructing a peace officer.  This subject was wanted on a warrant early in the spring when the CPO encountered him fishing without a license.  The subject ran from the CPO and escaped.  This subject was picked up in Macon County over the weekend on a warrant and the CPO was notified, enabling him to charge him from the earlier incident in the spring. 

A CPO arrested a subject wanted on a $75,000 warrant.  The subject was fishing at the Clinton Lake spillway when the CPO found him.

A CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject for DUI over the weekend near Clinton Lake. 

A CPO handled a car-deer 10-50 that occurred over the weekend. 

While working the patrol boat on Clinton Lake, a CPO arrested a subject for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

A CPO investigated a fish kill in Champaign County.

A District Sergeant arrested a Livingston County subject for reckless operation of a watercraft.  The Sergeant was notified of the complaint while working the Mascoutin Boat Ramp at Clinton Lake.  The Sergeant found the subjects at the Weldon boat ramp preparing to leave the area. 

A CPO arrested a subject for OUI.  The subject was operating a pontoon boat when it was stopped by officers to conduct an inspection of its safety equipment. 

A CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject that was wanted on a warrant out of Mclean County for failure to appear.  The CPO encountered the subject while checking fishermen.

A CPO arrested a Champaign County subject for unlawfully musselling in closed waters.  The subject had illegally taken 37 mussels from the Clinton Lake Spillway area. 

 REGION IV
A CPO investigated a boat accident in Adams County.  The subject went out fishing and didn't return. The subject’s boat was found against the Dam.  CPOs assisted in looking for the subject. The subject’s body was recovered below Lock and Dam 21.

A CPO stopped a vehicle for speeding at Siloam Springs State Park. The check with the Illinois State Police revealed the subject was wanted on a warrant.

A CPO had two subjects from Alabama appear in Calhoun County Court.  One subject pleaded guilty and paid a total of $2335 for the unlawful taking of an 8 point buck. The second subject pleaded guilty and paid a total fine and court cost of $2912 for the unlawful taking of a spike buck and a 9 point buck.

REGION V
A CPO investigated a boat accident on Rend Lake involving a boat hitting a submerged object and tearing off the lower unit.  No one was injured in the accident.

CPOs attended a trapper education training class in Cass County.

A CPO completed a boat title investigation.  A boat inspection revealed a boat was sold to an individual that the HIN number had been removed.  The buyer was not given a title for the boat.  The boat was seized and later the confidential HIN was located.  The boat was not reported stolen.  The last registered owner was located in Colorado.  He has also been interviewed and is signing a power of attorney to release the boat to the individual that last purchased the watercraft.  He will be able to affix the confidential HIN and get title to the watercraft.  The subject that sold him the boat was issued a citation for failure to transfer certificate of number and written warnings for selling a watercraft with the HIN removed and selling a boat without having title to the watercraft.

A CPO attended a one day departmental IT meeting in Springfield.

A CPO participated in Cache River Days.  The CPO had approximately 250 people tour the CPOA wildlife trailer.  

A CPO continues to investigate the theft of artifacts from Ft. Massac state park.  This theft occurred about 20 years ago but a cooperating witness has just come forward with new information. 

A CPO attended and spoke at a Jake's Day event in Union county.   Seventy-eight children were in attendance at this well received event.

A CPO was one of the IDNR representatives at a wildlife habitat tour in Jackson County.   The tour was sponsored by the Middle Mississippi River Partnership and highlighted different public and private wildlife habitat areas in the county.

District 16 has suspended the search for a drowning victim in the Mississippi river near Cairo.  Unfortunately after countless hours of shoreline and sonar searches the victim has not been recovered.  The subject drowned on 08/15/2010 after attempting to swim across a portion of the river.

September 29, 2010

REGION I
A District Sergeant and CPO investigated a boat vs. barge accident in Spring Valley.

CPOs on their way to qualify for CWD sharpshooting when they were contacted by Buffalo Rock State Park Supt that a car had been locked in the park the previous night.  After arriving, they contacted the family and learned the driver had just been fired from his job and hadn't returned or been seen or heard from since Monday.  One CPO contacted the District Sergeant and he responded to assist.  A search was started in the park using K-9's, while the CPO and Utica Fire checked the Illinois River with sonar.  The second day CPOs resumed the sonar check and a large scale ground search was conducted.  The young man was found hanging from a tree in the park that afternoon.  The cause of death is being investigated by the LaSalle County Coroner's Office, Conservation Police, and ISP Crime Scene Services.

A CPO inspected 6 canoes and 4 Jon boats owned by the Illinois Police Association.  The boats were being sold as part of their Youth Camp auction.  No one knew if they had ever been titled/registered.  A check of the boats found they had never been titled and were exempt due to their use being solely on private property and unpowered.  Instruction was given to the auctioneer to have the buyers contact the DNR for registration inspections to obtain a title after the sale.

A District 7 Officer was checking fishermen at Canton Lake when he discovered what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle.  A check of the registration showed the owner was wanted on two warrants for offenses in Fulton and McDonough County.  The officer observed the vehicle for a short time until the owner returned.  The subject was arrested and taken to Fulton County Jail to post bond.  Bond on the two warrants was $8000 with 10% to apply. 

A District 7 Officer cited two subjects for fishing without a valid license.  The subjects were also issued 4 written warnings for illegal devices, untagged equipment, and snagging violations.

A man was hiking with his wife and dog about 1:20 p.m. in the Upper Dells at Matthiessen State Park.  Their dog was off leash, slipped on wet leaves near the canyon edge and plunged 35 feet to the bottom of a canyon. The owner then went to the same edge to check the dog and also fell.  Conservation Police, Park Staff, and Oglesby firefighters carried out the individual that fell and the dog from the bottom of the canyon.  The man was transported to the Hospital and the dog, a Labrador, was taken to an emergency vet clinic where it was stabilized.

While on foot patrol in Rock Island County, a CPO located a stand of cannabis plants near a residence.  The cannabis plants were tied to stakes for support.  Obtaining a US currency,  numerous drug paraphernalia items and a small amount of cocaine was seized.  The husband and wife at the residence were charged with three felonies each.  The charges were for possession, manufacture and production of cannabis.  Each received two Class 1 felonies and one Class 2 felony.    

A District 6 CPO arrested a subject for resisting/obstructing a peace officer after the subject ran from the CPO on a domestic disturbance call. 

A District 6 CPO received a call of a boater trying to lock through the Starved Rock Lock and Dam at the same time as a barge.  The boat was almost smashed by the barge.  The operator was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.  He later gave a breath sample that registered .089 BAC. 

REGION II
D3 CPOs provided security for over a two week period for an Asian carp detail near Morris.

CPOs manned the CPO Lodge trailer for a three day period where every 5th grader in Grundy County participates in the Natural Resource Tour at Goose Lake State Park.

D3 CPOs re-qualified for the CWD Sharpshooting program.

REGION III
A CPO responded to a TIPS complaint of hog confinement waste pouring into a dry creek bed in rural Cumberland County. The investigation revealed that the transfer of the waste from one holding lagoon to another resulted in the overflowing of the lagoon and the waste accumulated in the dry streambed. The waste leak was stopped and as much waste as possible was removed from the streambed. The owner of the facility was cited for pollution of a waterway.

A CPO responded to a medical emergency at Wolf Creek State Park reference an elderly woman that collapsed at a picnic. The woman was unresponsive and not breathing. A CPO administered CPR to the woman until medical personnel arrived. The lady did not survive.

A CPO investigated a gunshot wound incident at the Hand Trap Range at the Shelbyville State Fish & Wildlife Area. The victim from Peru, Illinois, shot himself in the right leg with a .22cal. pistol in his waistband while posing for a picture. The man was transported to a Decatur Hospital and is expected to survive.  One of the other persons present with the victim was cited for transporting uncased firearms in a vehicle. 

A CPO gave a presentation at a Hunter Education Class in Cumberland County. 

A District Sergeant and CPO responded to an in-progress complaint of two ginseng harvesters digging ginseng on private property without permission of the landowner in rural Coles County. One of the men was found to not have a required wild ginseng harvester’s license and he was also wanted on an active Coles County arrest warrant for failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge.  The men were from Chrisman and Henning, Illinois and one was on parole from the Dept. of Corrections and one was on probation out of Edgar County. 

A CPO gave a presentation at a Hunter Education Class in rural Shelby County.
REGION IV
A CPO was working teal hunters along the Kaskaskia River near New Athens.  He made contact with a couple of hunters and found them to be in possession of lead shot. 

A CPO was checking dove hunters at Washington County Lake.  He found one subject in possession of an unplugged gun.

A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park with another CPO.  He made a traffic stop on a vehicle and found the subject in possession of an open container of alcohol. 

A CPO was working teal/goose hunters in Washington County.  While checking some hunters, he found a subject who was short one stamp.

A CPO was working teal/goose hunters near Horseshoe Lake State Park.  He checked two groups hunting on private property south of the lake.  During his checks, he found one subject in possession of lead shot.

A CPO was patrolling Monroe/St Clair County for dove hunters.  He observed two subjects hunting a corn field North of Hecker and he stopped to check them for compliance.  One subject was found to be hunting without a license, HIP #, or habitat stamp.  The subject also did not have a FOID card.

REGION V
A CPO arrested a subject for DUI; driving while license revoked; and illegal transportation of alcohol at Pyramid State Park.

A CPO caught two subjects “snagging” fish below the Rend Lake Spillway.

CPOs attended the Mid-South Border Conference in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Representatives from six states, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, were in attendance.  Several items were discussed from budget issues, enforcement practices, and contacts were made.  Arkansas had a presentation on the West Memphis shootings of two police officers.  Arkansas Wildlife Officer was a responding officer who was in a Gun fight with the two fleeing suspects who had already shot and killed two West Memphis police officers and wounded two other officers.  The Officer was awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions.  Missouri officers presented two covert cases that they had recently concluded as well. 

A District Sergeant and CPOs attended the Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days event at John A. Logan College. The CPOA education trailer was set up for the event and a record 45,000 people attended the show.

CPOs attended the three day trapping school held by our agency.

A CPO responded to a landowner’s complaint in reference to ATV traffic on his property in Alexander County.

A CPO is investigating the unlawful digging of archeology remains from the Ft. Massac State Park.  He is attempting to recover the stolen remains from 1987.

A CPO has begun certifying ginseng at Lake Murphysboro State Park. Several pounds have already came in to be certified.

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