Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
July 11, 2012
A CPO stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal and observed the driver making movements between the driver and passenger seats. An open Budweiser beer was found between the seats. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for DUI. During an inventory of the vehicle a small safe was found with a scale and 5g of marijuana packaged for distribution. The driver had a BAC of .17.
A CPO cited an individual for kayaking on the Illinois River without an appropriate personal floatation device. The 200 pound male was kayaking with a small child’s PFD.
A CPO cited an individual for failing to secure a ten year old child in a PFD while boating on the Illinois River.
While on boat patrol on Mississippi River Pool 17, a CPO had a watercraft attempt to pass him in rough congested waters. Stopping the watercraft, the CPO found the operator to be impaired. The operator was cited for OUI and submitted a breath sample indicating he had a BAC in excess of .08.
During a CPO’s day off, a subject called the CPO’s work cell leaving a voice mail wanting to know where he could obtain a Nuisance Animal trapping license. When the CPO called the number left by the subject, he got an answering machine with a greeting indicating the subject was already running a nuisance animal business. The CPO called the subject covertly and a female answered. The CPO asked how much they would charge to remove a raccoon from his attic. The female could be heard conferring with a male and stated a $75.00 consultation fee and $50.00 per animal removed. It was found the subject had been running the business for at least one year without a license. The appropriate citations were issued.
CPOs responded to a 911 call that was placed to LaSalle County in reference to a 33 year old white male subject that had been canoeing on the Fox River. The male victim had an apparent medical condition that sent him into an unresponsive state while on the river north of Ayers Landing. Friends and family that were canoeing with the subject performed CPR until rescue units could arrive. The male subject was transported down river to an ambulance that took him to Ottawa Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Exact cause of death is not known at this time, pending autopsy.
A District 7 CPO responded to a watercraft accident near Henry, Illinois. A watercraft towing a wake boarder, hit a wake, causing the wake boarder to injure his ribs. The injured wake boarder was transported to a hospital in Princeton where he was treated and released. A citation was issued to the boat operator for no competent observer.
A District 7 Officer received a complaint from Tazewell County Animal Control of a subject keeping a three foot long American Alligator as a pet without the proper endangered species permit. The alligator was seized and relayed to the Department's Herpetologist. Investigation into where the alligator originated continues.
OPERATION DRY WATER
CPOs were on boat patrol on the Illinois River checking for compliance of the boat registration and safety act. They stopped a boat that had four occupants who were recently bow fishing. There were two large alcohol cans in the boat near two females. One female just turned 20 and the other was 19. The females submitted breath samples of .05 and .08. The females were taken back to shore where they were issued citations and fingerprinted. The operator of the boat was cited for gift of alcohol to a minor; he was fingerprinted and released on an I-bond.
A District 6 CPO was conducting boat inspections at a boat ramp along the Rock River with the District Sergeant. During the inspection of a vessel, the CPO developed reasonable suspicion that the operator was possibly under the influence. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered and the boater was arrested for OUI.
A District 7 CPO patrolling Lake McMaster and the Illinois River was performing boat safety compliance checks concentrating on Operation Under the Influence. Five boats were checked at Snakeden Hollow resulting in two written warnings. On the Illinois River, patrolling with another CPO, many boats were checked resulting in ten written warnings for equipment and registration violations. One boat was stopped after the operator waited to pass right to right with the patrol boat until within 100 feet. Instead of finding an intoxicated operator, a 13 year old daughter of the owner was found to be operating the boat. She had passed an on-line boat safety class. The owner had failed to obtain registration in her name and was issued a citation for failure to transfer certificate of number. A personal watercraft operator was observed travelling at approximately 30 mph while not wearing his life jacket. A safety examination of his watercraft found a non-serviceable fire extinguisher, no horn/whistle, and a missing registration sticker. He was issued written warnings for these violations, and a citation for failure to wear his PFD while operating a PWC.
District 7 CPOs participated in the Nationwide “Dry Water” efforts to curb impaired boat operation by conducting boat patrols in the Peoria area. Multiple boat checks were completed and warnings and citations issued. No OUI arrests were made.
A District 1 CPO conducted a boat patrol on Pool 12 of the Mississippi River. Boat safety, registration and fishing compliance checks were completed. The following violations were documented: improper display of registration and operation of a motorboat without engine cut off lanyard.
A District 1 CPO documented the following violations on Pool 15 of the Mississippi River as part of Operation Dry Water: failure to have battery secured from shifting, operation of a motorboat without engine cut off lanyard and fishing without a valid sport fishing license.
A CPO assisted another CPO with a boat accident on the Illinois River at Spring Valley. There were no injuries, but the boat was under water when the CPO arrived at the scene.
A CPO in Henderson County finished a permit fraud investigation in McDonough County. The case involved two subjects who attempted to manipulate the permit system in order to receive free tenant deer and turkey permits.
A CPO, in Winnebago County, worked a follow-up investigation involving a felony motor vehicle burglary which occurred in Rock Cut State Park over the Memorial Day Weekend. The investigation is ongoing.
A District 1 CPO responded to a swimming-related drowning on the Rock River. The young man was attempting to swim across the Rock River with a friend. One of the men was rescued by a bystander in a boat and the other swimmer went under the water approximately 30 yards from the shoreline, unable to resurface. Rescue teams from both Rock Island and Henry Counties launched their boats and deployed sonar equipment. Several hours later, the body was recovered from the water.
Several complaints regarding captive raccoons have been investigated as the breeding season has several young and birthing raccoons infesting homes and outbuildings. Officers advise removing food and shelter limits the ability of infestation.
A CPO arrested a subject for failure to have his child in a PFD while out on water patrol of the Illinois River. Various written warnings were also issued.
A CPO cited a fisherman for fishing on State Property that is posted No Trespassing. He was cited for Fishing Without Permission.
A CPO made an arrest of a male subject for operation of a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. The arrest occurred shortly after 8 PM at the Illini State Park boat ramp on the Illinois River.
A District 1 CPO patrolled Johnson Sauk Trail SRA and stopped a vehicle for speeding. The driver did not have a valid license due to a suspension from a previous DUI. Since the driver was cooperative, she was fingerprinted on scene after her grandfather arrived to post the cash bond for the Kewanee woman.
A District 1 CPO patrolled the Hennepin Canal and as she approached two young men fishing, one of the men picked up a bucket. The CPO asked the young man what he was doing and he said they were just getting ready to leave. The CPO advised him to put the bucket back down and he complied. Inside the bucket was a single largemouth bass which had not yet been measured by the 16 year old fisherman who had picked up the bucket. He presented a valid Illinois Fishing License and the largemouth bass was measured at 13.25 inches. The young man was issued a citation for the short bass and the fish was returned to the water.
A District 1 CPO worked an IDOT enforcement detail at Morrison Rockwood State Park. Multiple traffic stops were conducted in the park for Illinois Vehicle Code violations. One citation was issued for a seatbelt violation, one citation was issued for no fishing license and multiple written warnings were issued for other various IVC violations.
A District 1 CPO worked an IDOT enforcement detail at Sunset Marina in Rock Island. Multiple traffic stops and boat safety inspections were conducted. A citation was issued to the operator of a boat that had three small children onboard with no life jackets on the children. Multiple written warnings were issued for boating and IVC violations.
On June 30th, a boat accident investigation was started stemming from an incident that occurred on Mississippi River Pool 14 near Hampton. Eye witness reports and a complainant stated a large cabin cruiser was headed toward the entrance to Safety Harbor in Hampton at a high rate of speed. The cruiser was creating a dangerous wake with waves up to four feet high. This wake caused a new 17 foot Bass Tracker boat to be thrown onto the rip rap outside Safety Harbor. The Bass Tracker boat was completely out of the water. The subjects in the Bass Tracker reportedly requested aid from the operator of the cruiser. The operator of the cruiser allegedly stood up and extended the middle finger of one of his hands upward and stated “ F--- you, you’re on your own”. The cruiser proceeded to dock in Safety Harbor. This boat accident remains under investigation.
A District 1 CPO is investigating a personal injury boat accident in which a boat struck the dam of Apple Canyon Lake causing one passenger to be ejected from the watercraft. Both the operator and passenger were injured. The investigation is ongoing.
A District 1 CPO conducted boat safety, registration and fishing compliance checks on a private lake. The following violations were addressed: operation of an unregistered watercraft, improper display of registration, operation of a watercraft over 16 feet without a Type IV throwable device, and operation of a watercraft with unsecured batteries.
A District 1 CPO conducted boat safety and registration checks on Pool 12 of the Mississippi River. The following violation was addressed: unlawful passenger location.
A District 1 CPO completed a personal injury/property damage boat accident investigation that took place on the Rock River in Ogle County. The accident occurred when the operator of one boat was spraying another boat and hit them causing damage to the struck boat, ejecting a passenger out of the struck boat and injuring the operator of the struck boat. The operator of the striking boat immediately fled the scene and failed to render aid. The operator of the boat that fled the scene was located in Winnebago County and charged with Reckless Operation of Watercraft and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Boat Accident. The operator of the boat that was hit was charged with OUI.
While working an IDOT grant in Morrison Rockwood State Park, a District 1 CPO stopped a vehicle for seatbelt violations. During the course of the stop, it was discovered the driver was unable to provide proof of insurance and the passenger had a warrant for his arrest. The driver was issued a citation for the insurance and the passenger was arrested and taken to the Whiteside County Jail. Both subjects were issued warnings for the seatbelt violations.
Two District 1 CPOs conducted a boat patrol on Pool 14 of the Mississippi River. During the patrol, the CPOs stopped at the Albany boat ramp and conducted ramp checks. One of the checks resulted in the arrest of a subject for OUI. The subject was highly intoxicated and was operating a boat with young children on board. The subject was transported by Whiteside County Sheriff’s office to the Whiteside County Jail.
A CPO, in Winnebago County, responded to a two-boat collision that occurred on the Rock River. The operator of one of the boats involved fled the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival. The operator of the other vessel involved sustained a fractured collar bone and dislocated shoulder. Charges pending state’s attorney review.
A CPO noticed a boat entering a launch which appeared overloaded. A boat safety inspection revealed the boat was indeed overloaded and was short four wearable life jackets. In addition, it was discovered by the CPO that the operator was under the influence of alcohol.
While working a watercraft patrol on the Rock River in Winnebago County, two CPOs stopped an older model pontoon boat to conduct a boat safety inspection. The inspection revealed the boat operator was not wearing the lanyard cut off tether as required. Also noted was the observed difficulty the operator had maintaining his balance retrieving safety equipment. Further investigation revealed the operator to be under the influence of alcohol or OUI.
Two District 6 CPOs located six individuals in a restricted area at Starved Rock State Park. During a consent search of their backpacks, a one-hitter pipe and over sixteen grams of cannabis were found. Several citations were issued.
While checking fisherman at LaSalle Lake, a District 6 CPO located two different groups with alcohol. Possession of alcohol is not allowed at the lake. Citations were issued.
A District 6 CPO, while working an IDOT, DUI/OUI Grant detail, was conducting boat safety inspections of vessels along the Rock River at a boat ramp in Rockford. During the inspection of a vessel, the CPO developed reasonable suspicion that the operator, a Machesney Park man, was under the influence. The CPO conducted Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and arrested the operator for OUI.
While patrolling Illinois Beach State Park-North Unit, a CPO conducted a registration check on a vehicle parked in the Beach Ridge Day Use Area. Records showed the registered owner was a Registered Sexual Predator. The CPO was waiting near the vehicle when the sexual predator returned with a female subject, who was later determined to be 17 years old. The CPO arrested the sexual predator for being present in a public park and for communicating with a child under age of 18 in a public park.
CPOs assisted a family who was boating on Petite Lake. The operator advised the CPOs that his wife was having trouble breathing and needed medical attention. They were taken to the nearest marina and an ambulance was notified. The female subject was transported to the hospital for a possible heart attack.
CPOs were patrolling the Chain O’ Lakes, when they witnessed a boat accident on Petite Lake. The operator of Unit 1 was thrown approximately three feet above Unit 2 and landed in the water. One CPO arrested the operator of Unit 1 for operating under the influence of alcohol, operating with a BAC over .08, and careless operation. The operator's BAC was .203. When the CPO asked the operator of Unit 1 if she was hurt she said, "No. I'm okay. I workout." The CPO also arrested the passenger of Unit 1, who was thrown off prior to the accident, for allowing a person to operate a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.
A CPO cited a subject for possession of two undersized walleye (9 1/2 and 12 1/2 inches), where there is a 14 inch minimum size limit on the Chain O' Lakes.
A CPO cited a subject for possession of an undersized largemouth bass (9 inches) where there is a 14 inch minimum size limit on the Chain O' Lakes. The fisherman was also issued a warning for no fishing license. The subject was wanted for contempt of court in Winnebago County, but was outside the geographic limits.
A CPO stopped a car for speeding at Illinois Beach State Park. The driver had no drivers license and a small child in the back seat was not secured in a child safety seat. The driver was issued three citations and a licensed driver removed the car.
A CPO cited the operator of a watercraft for towing a water skier without an observer, a fisherman for failure to immediately release an eleven inch Largemouth Bass where a 14 inch minimum length applies, a non resident for fishing without a license, and a fisherman for failure to immediately release a 19 inch Walleye within the 18-24 protected slot limit while working on the Chain O' Lakes.
A CPO was on patrol at the Chain O' Lakes State Park when he observed a subject at the boat ramp get into his truck with a beer in his hand and drive. He stopped the vehicle and arrested the subject for DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol. The subject blew .114
CPOs stopped a boat on Lake Marie for violating the no wake zone. The operator was arrested for OUI. The subject's BAC was .154
CPOs stopped a watercraft on Nippersink Lake after the subject switched locations with a passenger on the boat after he saw the patrol boat. The subject was arrested for OUI with a BAC of .094. He was also issued warnings for not having a type 4 PFD or a fire extinguisher.
A CPO arrested a subject at the Chain O' Lakes state park boat ramp for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. The subject had a BAC of .132.
CPOs arrested a subject on Nippersink Lake for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. The subject had been allowing his 12 year old son to operate throughout the day, but later took control of the helm. The subject had a BAC of 0.163.
CPOs arrested an individual on Pistakee Lake for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and insufficient PFDs. His BAC was .154
CPOs arrested an individual on Nippersink Lake for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. His BAC was .117
CPOs arrested an individual in a rental boat on Grass Lake for violating the no wake area and operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. Her BAC was .216
CPOs arrested an individual on Nippersink Lake after the fireworks display for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. His BAC was .158
While working at Illinois Beach State Park, a CPO arrested a subject for obstructing identification, one subject for driving while suspended, two with no valid driver's license, three subjects with no proof of insurance, three with no seat belt, and two child restraint citations.
A CPO arrested two drivers for revoked driver's license, one subject for obstructing identification, one driver for no insurance, one child restraint citation, and one failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
A CPO and Lake County deputies responded to a fight in progress at the day use area of Illinois Beach State Park. Some North Chicago residents got into an argument over members in their party owing $5 for gas money to get to the park. A fight ensued where people were hit with grilling utensils, pork chops, ketchup bottles, and fists. The fight was broken up by the time officers arrived, both sides were combatants, and no one wanted to press charges.
A CPO responded to a call of a child bleeding from the head after being hit with a rock at Illinois Beach State Park. The CPO and Beach Park Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and the child was transported to the hospital.
A CPO assisted a motorist at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp who backed his trailer too far into the water, dropping it off the edge of the concrete. When the subject loaded his Boston Whaler onto the double axle trailer and began to pull out, the front axle broke off and became lodged under the back axle. They were able to eventually unload the boat and with the assistance of park personnel and a tractor, were able to move the trailer into the parking lot.
A CPO came across a vehicle that ran off the road and was stuck in the ditch. A witness approached and claimed the driver had committed multiple lane infractions over the last several miles. Upon approaching the driver, multiple indicators of alcohol impairment were observed. The driver failed field sobriety and was arrested for DUI. She had a BAC of .241.
While on an IDOT detail, a CPO stopped a vehicle occupied by a driver and four passengers for speeding and improper lane usage. After observing the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, the driver was separated from the occupants and interviewed on potential open alcohol in the vehicle. A passenger admitted to having an open beer. Upon searching the vehicle, a small glass container with a white powdery substance was located. Additionally, a drug pipe with cannabis residue, a bag with 6.4 grams of cannabis, a bag with less than 2.5 grams of cannabis and a container with a drug pipe and less than 2.5 grams of cannabis were located. The driver was cited for speeding and improper lane usage. One passenger was cited for illegal transportation of alcohol. Another passenger was arrested and transported to the county jail for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of 2.5 to 10 grams of cannabis. The following day, a drug test kit confirmed the white powdery substance to be cocaine. Charges are pending for possession of a controlled substance.
A CPO observed several individuals and small children hanging out in a popular swimming hole. Two adults were drinking beer in an alcohol restricted area. One of the subjects was sitting on a tube in the creek. Prior to making contact with the individuals to address the alcohol issue, the subject on the tube was observed holding a drug pipe. Upon approaching the subject, he stood up slowly with his back to the CPO. Once back to shore, the drug pipe had disappeared and the subject denied ever having any pipe. A search of the subject’s belongings revealed a different drug pipe and a baggy with cannabis. In addition to being arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, the subject earned a ticket for polluting the creek with his pipe that disappeared. Two additional citations were issued for possession of alcohol in a restricted area.
A CPO, while on patrol in Moultrie County, arrested two Bethany men for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Cannabis at the Bethany Boat Ramp in the Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Area.
A District Sergeant arrested a Sullivan man for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol in Shelby County.
A District Sergeant arrested a Mason man for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol in Shelby County, leaving the 9th Street boat ramp on Lake Shelbyville.
A CPO, while patrolling Shelby County, saw very black smoke rising in the air. Upon investigating, he located a Mode man burning a house including shingles. The subject had been cited by the CPO three weeks earlier for the same violation. The CPO cited the man for an EPA burning violation.
A CPO investigated a car/bicycle accident in the Mascoutin State Recreation campground. A kid was riding his bike along side of the road when he was struck by a passing vehicle, knocking him into the ditch. The vehicle did not stop after the accident. The bicyclist suffered minor injuries and the vehicle was not found.
While working an IDOT Grant detail around Clinton Lake, a CPO arrested a Dewitt County subject for DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol. The subject was stopped for speeding and couldn't understand how he could have been speeding with his cruise control set. During the stop the subject asked "how fast am I going now" and the CPO had to explain that he currently was stopped. Over an hour after the stop the driver was found to have a BAC of .179.
While working an IDOT Grant detail at Clinton Lake, a District Sergeant arrested a McLean County man for OUI. The Sergeant encountered the subject while doing ramp checks of boaters as they came into the dock. The subject was found to have a .122 BAC.
While working a patrol boat on Clinton Lake, a CPO arrested a subject for unlawful possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were found during the safety inspection of the watercraft.
A CPO also made an arrest of a Dewitt County juvenile for unlawful possession of alcohol. The subject was traveling with another car that the CPO had stopped for a vehicle code violation.
While patrolling Mascoutin State Recreation area, a CPO made a vehicle stop and discovered the driver didn't have a driver’s license, the vehicle wasn't insured, the four passengers all had open alcohol, three of the four passengers were underage and the 21 year old occupant had provided all the alcohol to the minors. It was also discovered that one of the passengers was wanted on a warrant out of McLean County. CPOs had the vehicle towed and spent the rest of the afternoon filling out citations and transporting people to jail.
While on boat patrol at Clinton Lake, CPOs arrested several subjects for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia which were discovered during a safety inspection of the boat. The operator of the boat was also found to be under the influence of drugs and was arrested for operating a watercraft while under the influence of drugs.
While on boat patrol at Clinton Lake, CPOs arrested a subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. A safety inspection was conducted on the boat and the CPO found the operator to be under the influence of alcohol. The operator had a BAC of .10. The three passengers of the boat had all been consuming alcohol and were found to be under age and were arrested.
While on boat patrol at Clinton Lake, CPOs arrested a subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. During a safety inspection of the boat, the CPO found the operator to be under the influence of alcohol. The CPO arrested the operator and found him to have a BAC of .11.
A District Sergeant handled a submerged vehicle accident at Mascoutin State Recreation area boat ramp. While launching a jet ski, the operator of a 2010 Dodge pickup backed too far down the ramp. Once the rear tires of the truck got into the algae, the truck slid rearward and became submerged at the end to the boat ramp.
District 19 CPOs responded to several emergency medical calls throughout the week. Injuries to visitors on Clinton Lake and at Mascoutin State recreation area kept Clinton ambulances and CPOs busy.
A CPO made a traffic stop on a vehicle near Clinton Lake. During a check of the driver and the passenger’s licenses it was found that the passenger was wanted on a warrant. The passenger was taken into custody and transported to the Dewitt County jail.
A District Sergeant and CPO stopped and inspected a watercraft on the Illinois River at Grafton. Two passengers and the operator were under 21. All three had been consuming alcohol.
A CPO stopped a vehicle pulling a jet ski. The trailer did not have any lights. Two passengers under the age of 21 had been consuming alcohol.
A District Sergeant and CPO were patrolling the Illinois River, when they observed a personal watercraft coming close to canoes and kayaks and spraying them. The subject was arrested for careless operation.
A CPO was checking fishing license at John Hay Recreational Area. One subject did not have a fishing license. The subject was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.
A CPO was checking fishing license, when he encountered a subject with no fishing license. The subject was wanted on a warrant to revoke his supervision.
A CPO spoke to 50 children at the Brown County YMCA on the duties of a conservation officer.
A District Sergeant attended a Youth Expo at Piasa Harbor with the wildlife education trailer.
A District Sergeant and CPO provided a perimeter for the Grafton Fireworks display and kept boaters out of the area.
While working a Boat Patrol on Lake Springfield, two District 10 CPOs observed a pontoon boat with a female passenger on board dancing naked while underway on a busy boating evening. While addressing the observed violation, the operator was determined to be impaired by alcohol. The operator was arrested for OUI and found to have an alcohol content of .117.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle speeding near the Lindsay Bridge. The two passengers were found to have open alcohol and appropriate citations were issued.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for not having trailer lights on the boat trailer. While completing the stop the CPO noticed the passenger had an open container of alcohol. Appropriate citations were issued.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. While completing the stop the CPO noticed the passenger had an open container of alcohol. Appropriate citations were issued.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for not stopping at a stop sign. While completing the stop the CPO noticed the passenger had an open container of alcohol. Appropriate citations were issued.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked on a side road without any lights on in a remote area. When the CPO approached, the vehicle turned on its lights and left quickly. As the CPO passed the area the vehicle had been parked at, he could smell a strong odor of burnt cannabis. A traffic stop of the vehicle resulted in the driver and a passenger being arrested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield when he observed a subject walking to a vehicle from the boat ramp area at Springfield Marina with an open can of beer. The subject got in a car with another subject and was leaving the Marina when the vehicle was stopped. The passenger was cited for illegal transportation of alcohol.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield when he performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for a signal violation. The driver was given field sobriety tests and failed. The driver was arrested for DUI and taken to Sangamon County Jail.
A District 10 CPO was participating in an IDOT Detail around Lake Springfield and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. While completing the stop, the CPO noticed the driver had a six pack of beer sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle. An inspection of the six pack revealed one of the bottles had been opened and was almost empty. The driver admitted to drinking the beer at the gas station he purchased the beer from. Appropriate citations were issued.
District 14 and 16 CPOs handled a double fatal boat accident on Rend Lake. Sonar units were deployed and utilized until the missing operator was recovered. The accident is currently under investigation by a Boat Accident Team Member.
A CPO cited a man for killing a deer without a permit and discovered another violation on administrative investigation for unlawful taking of a deer without a permit.
A CPO finished an administrative investigation on an individual using property only hunting permits. The man was cited for no valid permit and issued a warning for misrepresentation to obtain property only deer hunting permits in Franklin County.
An evening of fireworks on Rend Lake was interrupted for three boat operators arrested for OUI. A CPO was working off the Corp of Engineer's patrol boat. The CPO's OUI arrest registered .088. Another CPO arrested an operator for OUI while working off the IDNR patrol boat. He registered .141. Another CPO arrested a boat operator near the RLCD launch of Gun Creek. His OUI registered .149.
CPOs assisted boaters on Rend Lake after a severe weather storm rolled over the lake.
A CPO was notified of a swimmer that drowned in the Ohio River, north of the Golconda marina. The drowning occurred across the state line in Kentucky waters. They requested IDNR's assistance to recover the body. Three sonar boats manned by District 14 and 16 personnel scanned the river on July 3 and 4. The man was recovered by the CPO the morning of the July 5.
A CPO is investigating vandalism at the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Class A playground and men's shower building.
A CPO and District Sergeant responded to a late evening boat accident on Rend Lake. A passing storm produced waves that capsized a fishing boat. Two of the four occupants were rescued by a camper with access to a boat. The other two swam to shore. The boat sank to the bottom of the lake.
A District Sergeant responded to a boat accident on Rend Lake. An inexperienced boater, operating a rental boat, hit an underwater obstruction. A man fishing onboard was ejected. He suffered lacerations on his head, back and arms. He refused medical treatment. The operator headed north instead of south to the marina. The engine died shortly after the accident. The boat was towed back to the marina.
A CPO finished an administrative investigation in Franklin County. A man failed to tag a deer upon killing it.
A CPO cited a subject for skiing with no observer at Forbes Lake. Shortly after this incident the CPO cited a subject at the beach for possessing alcohol in a restricted area.
A CPO cited a subject for operating an ATV on state property at Newton Lake FWA.
CPOs worked an OUI detail at Rend Lake. Shortly after arriving at the lake, a CPO observed a boat with a passenger riding on the bow. After stopping the boat, the CPO noticed the operator showed signs of impairment. After conducting Field Sobriety Tests the operator was arrested for OUI and registered a BAC of .088.
A CPO arrested a subject for the second time within a month for driving while revoked in Forbes State Park. The subject was also cited for illegal transportation of alcohol.
A CPO arrested a subject wanted on a warrant while working Forbes State Park.
On July 1, a CPO was working an OUI detail at Forbes State Park. During a boat safety inspection, the operator was found to be a Child Sexual Predator. The subject was arrested for being in a state park and transported to the Marion County jail.
On July 4, a District Sergeant and CPOs responded to a drowning at Forbes State Park. Marion County sheriff, Shelby and Effingham County sonar/dive teams responded. The subject was located in a short amount of time. The CPOs interviewed witnesses at the scene who stated the subject attempted to swim out to the farthest buoy line and became exhausted.
A CPO worked Forbes State Park on July 4. He cited subjects at the beach for possession of alcohol in a restricted area.
A CPO arrested a subject at Vandalia Lake for OUI. The subject had a BAC of .11.
CPOs and a District Sergeant worked a detail at Forbes State Park. Two subjects were cited for possessing alcohol on the beach. The subjects had mixed drinks in Styrofoam cups and were extremely intoxicated.
A CPO worked a Youth Field Day at Sam Parr State Park with the education trailer.
A CPO encountered a vehicle crash on Route 37, south of Bonnie in Jefferson County. The CPO assisted the Sheriff's Department with the crash.
A CPO responded to a call of a woman being bitten by a raccoon in Richland County and discovered that four raccoons had been taken from the wild and being held as pets. The raccoons were taken to the Centralia lab and tested negative for rabies. Appropriate citations were issued.
A CPO responded to a complaint of Canada geese being shot in Wabash County. At the scene he located twelve dead geese. Suspects were developed and after a short while a confession was obtained. The owners of the small campground took it upon themselves to rid the area of the Canada geese. The owners did not allow any hunting on the rural lake and did not realize there was a September season. After offering alternative solutions to the goose problem, the CPO issued the appropriate citations.
A CPO conducted boat patrols on Lake of Egypt over the weekend. The normal high volume of boat traffic was off due to the excessively high temperatures. Several boats developed mechanical problems and had to be towed in. A severe thunder storm settled in over the lake on Sunday and brought dangerous high winds and rainfall of up to 4.5 inches. After the storm, a couple boats had to be towed off the shoreline to safety. A tree was blown onto the deck of a residence on the lake, injuring four persons that were sitting on that deck.
CPOs and a District Sergeant patrolled Lake of Egypt on Saturday for the fireworks display. Approximately 1200 boats came out into the heat to watch the fireworks and the event went without major incident.
A CPO cited a Williamson County resident for a deer permit violation from a 2010 harvested deer.
A CPO assisted several motorists that had developed vehicle problems due to excessive high temperatures.
A CPO arrested a subject on warrant originating in Winnebago County for aggravated DUI from 1999. The subject was taken to the Union County Jail and was processed.
A CPO was on patrol in Lake Murphysboro State Park and came across a stranded, overheated vehicle with the hood up in the ditch. The two individuals with the vehicle were both under age and in possession of alcohol. The two minors were cited and one of the parents of the minors came to pick them up. The vehicle was also removed.
A District Sergeant and CPOs used sonar to search the Ohio River for a missing man. It was determined that he had jumped out of the boat that was broke down to help a girl that was swimming. The man never came up. The swimmer was not located and it was later determined that the location searched was not the location where the accident occurred. The Tow fish sonar was used in deep waters in excess of 40 feet in depth. GPS mapping was used to determine the scene was located 1300 feet into Kentucky waters. The case was turned over to them and CPOs assisted in attempting to locate the victim.
A District Sergeant and CPOs assisted with sonar at the Ohio River on a missing Kentucky man.
A District Sergeant and CPOs conducted an OUI enforcement detail on Kinkaid Lake on Saturday night. Three OUI arrests were made as all three operators blew in excess of .08. All three were taken to Jackson County jail where they were processed and bonded.
Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
July 18, 2012
A CPO arrested several boaters on the Illinois River for various infractions. Several written warnings were also issued
A CPO arrested several subjects for boating violations during a detail at Lake Holiday. Nine written warnings were also issued and several subjects were put through field sobriety testing.
A District 7 CPO responded to a missing person report on DNR property along the Illinois River in North Pekin in Tazewell County. After an ATV search met with negative results, sonar operations were conducted on the Illinois River. The victim was located during a surface check via boat just north of Pekin by the CPO. The investigation is still pending.
A District 7 CPO investigated a recreational boat fire close to the Murray Baker Bridge near Peoria. Occupants were rescued without incident; however, their boat was a total loss.
During a night patrol on the Illinois River, a District 6 CPO arrested an individual for operating a watercraft under the influence.
During a detail on Lake Holiday, a District 6 CPO arrested an individual for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. A large pontoon boat full of people came up to the club house docks. During a boat safety inspection the operator could barely keep his balance even though the boat was tied to a dock and the lake was calm. The officer was able to conduct horizontal gaze nystagmus, but the individual refused to submit to any other tests. At this point, the passengers of the boat started surrounding the officer and yelling. With the help of other officers on the detail they were able to find a sober operator and had the boat leave the area. The officer transported the individual to the county jail. At the jail, the individual found out an OUI would not affect his driving record and agreed to submit a breath sample. An hour and fifteen minutes after the officer made contact, the individual’s BAC registered .112.
A District 6 CPO was checking ramps on the Illinois River when he observed an individual operating a jet ski without a PFD. The individual had his trailer to the ramp and decided he didn’t need to wear the PFD to load the jet ski. A citation was issued.
A District 1 CPO completed an ongoing boat accident investigation stemming from a June 24 boat accident. A Hampton resident was arrested for Reckless Operation of a Watercraft and Failure to Render Aid. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rock Island County Jail for processing.
District 7 CPOs responded to a missing person complaint that was filed in Tazewell County. The female subject was last seen on IDNR property along the Illinois River. A check of the IDNR property by ATV was unsuccessful. The following morning, sonar and surface checks began and the female’s body was found downstream. Autopsy results showed the victim died from drowning and toxicology results are pending. The criminal aspect of this case is being handled by Illinois State Police Investigations.
As a District 1 CPO patrolled Mississippi Palisades State Park, a Jeep Wrangler was found stuck in the creek that flows through the park’s campground. The owner of the vehicle was issued a ticket for unlawful operation of a motor vehicle off the roadway. The vehicle was towed from the creek at the owner’s expense.
While on boat patrol on Mississippi River Pool 16, CPOs stopped a watercraft to conduct a safety inspection. The CPO found the operator to be impaired. The operator was cited for OUI and submitted a breath sample indicating he had a BAC in excess of .08.
While patrolling at Sunset Park in Rock Island, a CPO checked a subject preparing to trailer his watercraft from the boat launch. The subject was later arrested for DUI and submitted a breath sample indicating he had a BAC of .08.
While patrolling Hennepin Canal State Park, a CPO located a subject in possession of over 2.5 grams of cannabis. The subject fishing with him was found to be wanted on a warrant. Both subjects were arrested for their violations.
While patrolling in Rock Island County, a CPO and Rock Island County Sheriff’s Police located a vehicle parked under a bridge. Approaching the vehicle, two subjects came out of the brush near the vehicle. Both subjects were later arrested for the attempted illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. One of the subjects was also arrested for methamphetamine possession. The Quad Cities MEG unit was called for assistance.
A District 1 CPO conducted boat safety, registration and fishing compliance checks on a private lake. The following violations were addressed: improper display of registration, operation of a watercraft over 16’ without a Type IV throwable device, operation of a watercraft with unsecured batteries, operation of motorboat without engine cut off lanyard and sport fishing without a valid sport fishing license.
A District 1 CPO patrolled Apple River Canyon State Park. The following violations were addressed: violation of quite hours and possession of alcohol in a posted no alcohol area.
A CPO in Winnebago County received a complaint call from the state’s attorney’s office regarding a man who shot and killed a baby raccoon during the closed season in the village limits of Winnebago. The investigation validated the complaint and found additional wildlife violations of unlawful trapping furbearer animals during the closed season and unlawful possession and raising live pheasants in captivity without a bird breeder’s permit.
While working in Rock Cut State Park, a CPO received a call of a fire in a swing set mulch pit of one of the day use areas. Illinois State Police K-9 unit and the CPO arrived and put the 12” diameter fire out before it spread. Loves Park Fire arrived shortly thereafter and spaded the area over with a shovel then doused the area further due to the drought conditions.
A CPO arrested two subjects on two separate traffic stops. The first was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license. The second was arrested for driving a vehicle with registration suspended for mandatory insurance violations.
While conducting surveillance on a popular swimming hole within Des Plaines Conservation Area, a CPO observed a subject drinking beer in a posted alcohol restricted area. After finishing his beer, the subject threw the can in the creek before leaving the area. Contact was made with the subject, who had an extensive criminal history including arrests for homicide and dangerous drugs. It was further determined he had driven to the area without a valid drivers license. He was issued two citations and one warning.
While conducting surveillance on a popular swimming hole within Des Plaines Conservation Area, a CPO observed a couple being overly affectionate. Two families with small children were swimming in the same area. After one of the families left, the couple began looking around and believed they were alone, despite the second family hanging out a short distance away. Thinking they were alone, the female began giving the male oral sex. The CPO approached and arrested the subjects for public indecency.
A CPO was approached by a subject who claimed three individuals were partying and throwing their empty cans in the water at Des Plaines Conservation Area. Upon approaching the individuals and conducting surveillance on them, one subject finished her beer and threw the can in the water. Shortly after, a second subject finished his beer and threw the empty can in the woods, which landed at the CPO’s feet. Contact was made with the individuals, two of which were under the age of 21. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
While on a traffic stop, a CPO observed the odor of burnt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle. A search was conducted and a passenger was arrested for possession of cannabis. The subject had been arrested for the same offense in 2011.
A CPO stopped a watercraft occupied by two adult males and an eight year old child. Both adults were highly intoxicated. Despite his attempts to perform field sobriety tests, the high level of intoxication made it impossible for the operator to stand in place. Therefore he was unable to perform the appropriate tests. In addition to being arrested for OUI, he was also arrested for child endangerment. He later refused chemical testing.
A CPO arrested two subjects for driving on a suspended driver’s license and one subject for driving without a license while on a general patrol of Des Plaines Conservation Area.
A CPO arrested two Bethany men for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia at the Bethany Boat Ramp on the West Okaw River.
A CPO responded to a complaint from Mill Creek Lake Security. A Paris man battered a Security Officer from Mill Creek Lake while trying to leave after operating a watercraft impaired and causing damage to a rental boat. The CPO took a report and forwarded it to the Clark County State’s Attorney for charges.
A CPO arrested a Shelbyville and a Decatur man for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol in a motor vehicle.
A CPO and District Sergeant, coming off of Boat Patrol on Lake Shelbyville, arrested an Arkansas man and woman for possession of drug paraphernalia and 2.5 - 10 grams of cannabis in Wolf Creek State Park.
A CPO completed a Traffic Crash report for a Chicago man whose van slipped on the Eagle Creek State Park boat ramp and fully submerged. The van was recovered with the assistance of the Shelby County Dive Team.
A CPO responded to a boat accident on Lake Shelbyville where a ten year old girl was hurt when the tube she was riding on being pulled by a boat, flew ten feet into the air and slammed into the water. The girl was transported by ambulance to the Shelby Memorial Hospital for treatment and observation.
CPOs responded to Lake Mattoon to assist the Shelby County Dive Team to recover the body of a Windsor man who drown swimming from the beach. The man's body was located through the use of side scan sonar.
A CPO investigated a boat accident at Lake Iroquois where a 15 year old girl drove a ski boat onto land while pulling a skier. A passenger in the boat was thrown out of the boat, hitting a tree limb and landing on the ground. The injured girl was transported by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Champaign. The supervising adult was cited for allowing a youthful operator to operate the boat alone without attending a Boat Safety Class.
A CPO arrested a Mattoon woman on Lake Shelbyville Corps property in Moultrie County for possession of drug paraphernalia and less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.
A CPO cited a fishing guide on Lake Shelbyville for Overloading a Watercraft and Insufficient Number of Wearable Personal Flotation Devices during a boat safety inspection in Shelby County.
CPOs cited two Moweaqua minors for Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol on Lake Shelbyville in Shelby County.
CPOs responded to a medical emergency in Eagle Creek State Park where a Decatur man was having a bad reaction to heroin withdrawal from skipping a trip to the Methadone clinic. The man was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
CPOs, while on boat patrol on Lake Mattoon in Shelby County, arrested an East Peoria man wanted on two active Tazewell County warrants and transported him to the Shelby County Jail.
A CPO responded to an accident on Lake Shelbyville where a Herrick man, operating a small boat after the July 4th Fireworks display, had water come over the bow causing the boat to immediately sink in 40 feet of water. The man and four additional passengers were wearing their life jackets. A nearby boat saw their navigation lights quickly disappear and picked up all of them from the middle of the lake. The boat has yet to be located. The CPO issued the operator a citation for Failure to Transfer Certificate of Number.
A CPO and District Sergeant, while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County, arrested an Urbana woman for Operating a Findlay Marina rental boat Under the Influence of alcohol with a .142 BAC.
A CPO and District Sergeant, while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville, arrested a Bethany man for Operating a Watercraft Under the Influence of Alcohol, OUI over .08, Insufficient Life Jackets, Improper Passenger Location, No Battery Cover and Failure to Transfer Certificate of Number. The man had a .115 BAC. Two Decatur men on the boat were both arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Cannabis. All three subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail.
A CPO, responding to complaints of damage in Spitler Woods SNA in Mt. Zion, patrolled the area after 10 pm closing time and issued several written warnings and citation for violation of remaining after closing hours.
CPOs responded to a call for assistance on Clinton Lake. A family on a pontoon boat became stuck in the silt near the center of the lake in the Parnell Basin where the water is extremely shallow. To complicate matters, the incident occurred during the day when temperatures reached the upper 90’s. A jon boat was used by the CPOs to operate close to the pontoon boat where, after several attempts, the pontoon boat was finally dislodged. The family was rescued and safely escorted back to a boat ramp.
While working Lake Taylorville, a District 10 CPO observed a boat operating with several people on board and stopped them to do a safety inspection to ensure there were enough PFDs on board. While conducting the inspection, the operator was observed showing signs of impairment and was given field sobriety tests. The subject failed all tests and was arrested for OUI. The subject blew over a .20 on the RBT IV and was also cited for not having enough PFDs.
A District 10 CPO was working the Lake Springfield area when he checked some fishermen at Marine Point. While performing his inspections, he observed a subject who was urinating in public and appeared to be intoxicated. The subject got into a vehicle and started to leave when the CPO stopped him and tested him for DUI. The subject was arrested for DUI and refused to submit a breath sample.
A District 10 CPO was informed of someone stealing commercial fishing gear off the Illinois River. Upon investigating the complaint, he located the suspects and was able to find the stolen equipment. All subjects involved were interviewed and the primary subject was arrested for Class 4 felony theft and taken to the county jail. The subject used the excuse his fishing line got caught in the net and he pulled it up with the lure, then he decided he would take the net to the District Office for fisheries so the commercial fisherman could get it back. He was nowhere near the District Office, and had plenty of time to take it there since he had been past it already.
A District 10 CPO was patrolling Sangchris Lake State Park when he went through the campground and observed underage subjects in possession of alcohol. He entered the campsite and found seven minors in possession of, and consuming, alcohol. All seven subjects were arrested for the violations and removed from the park.
A CPO arrested a subject at Forbes Lake for OUI. The subject had a BAC of .14
A District Sergeant arrested a convicted Child Sex Offender in Sam Parr State Park.
A CPO conducted a hunter safety class in Clay County.
Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
July 25, 2012
A boat fire is being investigated at Barto Landing in Spring Valley. A male subject was unloading his boat at the ramp and after starting the boat, it caught on fire. The operator jumped to the boat dock and shoved the boat into the water, but it drifted back against the boat ramp, damaging the dock. No was injured. The owner had filled the boat with gas prior to going to the water and did not use the blowers before starting it. The boat was a total loss.
A District Sergeant received a call that a group of underage subjects were on the trails at Starved Rock State Park. The subjects had been drinking alcohol and were under the influence. The Sergeant and CPOs began a search for the subjects. Of the five subjects in the group, three were found to have fallen into French Canyon. One of the subjects was air lifted to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Three of the subjects were under age and had been drinking. Numerous citations were issued.
A District 1 CPO was informed by Henry County Sheriff’s Office of a man with a crossbow shooting at “cars” on the Illinois 78 bridge at Green River. Several police agencies were responding when a second call came in saying there were two men on the bridge shooting into the water. The CPO informed all agencies this is a common area for people to bowfish for carp. The CPO arrived and the young men were bowfishing with a compound bow. At no time did they shoot at any cars; however one young man shot from the roadway into the water at the carp and was cited for the violation.
A CPO located an individual in the Illinois River using a cast net in the attempt to catch sport fish. When the individual saw the officer he dropped the cast net and started walking to shore. The officer told the individual to retrieve the cast net or he would receive a citation for pollution of a waterway. The individual went back and searched for five minutes, but was unable to find the cast net. Two citations were issued.
CPOs were on boat patrol on the Illinois River. They had just complete a boat safety inspection when two 30 foot, twin V8 boats approached their patrol boat at more than 60 mph. One of the boats came within 20-30 feet of the patrol boat. When the officers made contact with the boat, the first words out of the operator’s mouth were “I screwed up”. The operator received a citation for Careless Operation.
CPOs and Ottawa River Rescue were called to the Fox River. A male and female canoeing on the river had gotten into an argument. The female had taken off in the canoe and left the male on shore. The female proceeded to lose her way and had called her father saying she was lost and injured. The canoe rental company launched a canoe upstream of her location and finally located her. The male had found a county road and walked back to the canoe rental company. The officers questioned the male to ensure a domestic battery had not occurred. The male stated no physical contact was made during the argument. When the female finally arrived at the officer’s location, she stated no physical contact occurred as well. No enforcement action was taken.
A District 1 CPO investigated a boat accident in Ogle County at the new Lowden State Park boat ramp. The accident occurred when a subject’s inoperable boat was being towed to the dock by another boat. As the towed boat approached the dock, one of the occupants stuck his hand out to keep the boat from hitting the dock and got his hand caught between the dock and the boat. The subject received a severe cut almost completely amputating his thumb from his hand. The subject was transported to the hospital where his thumb was able to be reattached.
While on boat patrol on the Rock River in Whiteside County, a District 1 CPO observed a boat pulling two young children on a tube without an observer on the boat. The boat was stopped and the operator was issued a citation for the violation.
A District 1 CPO and District Sergeant provided security on the water during the Dixon Fireworks.
A CPO and three other CPOs conducted a detail at Lake Holiday enforcing provisions from the Boat Safety and Registration Act. Altogether there were ten citations issued, forty written warnings and two OUI's. The District Sergeant coordinated/supervised the detail.
A CPO arrested four subjects for remaining in an area that was closed in Starved Rock State Park.
A CPO issued several boating written warnings on the Illinois River during the weekend of July 13 to 15.
A District 7 CPO conducted boat patrols on the Illinois River around Peoria. Numerous boat checks were made and enforcement action was taken on observed violations.
A District 1 CPO patrolled a private lake and conducted boat safety/registration and fishing compliance checks. The following violations were observed and documented: sport fishing without a valid sport fishing license (3), operation of a motorboat while towing a skier without a competent observer (1), operation of a watercraft without the required appropriate child size personal flotation device (1), operation of a watercraft without the sufficient number of personal flotation devices (4), operation of a motorboat without an engine cut off lanyard (4), improper display of registration (1), operation of a motorboat without a fire extinguisher (1), and operation of a motorboat without battery secured from shifting and covered (2).
A District 1 CPO patrolled Pool 13 of the Mississippi River and conducted boat safety/registration and fishing compliance checks. The following violations were observed and documented: sport fishing without a valid sport fishing license in possession (2) and operation of a motorboat without an engine cut off lanyard (1).
CPOs arrested a subject on Nippersink Lake for operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. The subject had a BAC of 0.111.
A CPO responded to a call from Chain O' Lakes State Park personnel regarding a subject who had driven off the main park road and wrecked her vehicle. The female subject was subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a BAC over 0.08, driving with an expired driver's license and failure to provide valid proof of insurance. The subject had extreme difficulty providing an adequate breath sample to register on the RBT4 and a manual override was taken with only a minute sample given. The subjects BAC still registered a 0.328. She was transported to the nearest hospital for evaluation and blood samples taken.
A CPO was driving through the city of McHenry, which was hosting its annual Fiesta days, when he observed a highly intoxicated male subject sprawled out on the sidewalk. The CPO stopped to assist the subject who was so drunk that he had tripped on the sidewalk and planted his face into it, leaving a gaping cut in his forehead and blood all over the concrete. The subject continually tried to stand up only to fall back down again. Medical personnel were called and transported the subject to the hospital for evaluation.
CPOs arrested a subject on Grass Lake for careless operation of a watercraft after the male subject, with two young children on the back of his PWC, came near full throttle within ten feet of another boat before turning abruptly and washing all occupants of the other boats with a massive wall of water.
A CPO arrested a camper at Illinois Beach State Park for possession of more than 2.5 and less than 10 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A CPO arrested a subject at Illinois Beach State Park for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver's license and for a Lake County failure to appear warrant for possession of a controlled substance. The subject was transported to the Lake County Jail.
A CPO and District Sergeant arrested a Decatur man for Operating a Watercraft Under the Influence of Alcohol while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County. The man refused chemical testing and was transported to the Moultrie County Jail.
A CPO, while patrolling along the Embarras River in Coles County, arrested a Paris and Warrensburg men for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Synthetic Cannabis.
A CPO, while patrolling along the Embarras River in Coles County, cited a Tuscola man for Operation of an Unnumbered Watercraft.
A CPO, while patrolling Wolf Creek State Park, cited a Mattoon man for Unlawful Entry Into a Closed Restricted Area by climbing around the barricades onto a closed boat dock.
A CPO, while patrolling Lake Paradise in Coles County, arrested two Mattoon men and one Humboldt man for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Synthetic Cannabis.
A CPO is investigating a Boat Accident/Tuber Mishap where a 15 year old Herscher youth suffered a broken wrist on Lake Shelbyville in Shelby County.
A District 10 CPO was working recreational boating enforcement on Lake Taylorville when he observed a boat which appeared to be over capacity. The vessel was a small fishing boat rated for four persons; there were seven people on board, four of which were children under the age of six. Only two of the children were wearing the appropriate PFDs. Appropriate citations and warnings for the violations were issued.
A District 10 CPO was working recreational boating enforcement at Lake Springfield when he observed a boat pulling a tube without the required observer. A stop of the vessel was made and the operator had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him. The subject was given field sobriety testing and failed. The subject was arrested for OUI and provided a breath sample showing his blood alcohol content as .091.
A CPO investigated a deer permit violation in which a hunter purchased a permit after legal hunting hours, then checked in a deer approximately twenty minutes later. He made contact with the subject and found he had a valid tag but didn’t tag the deer immediately. Instead, he returned to camp with the deer and then he and the others at the camp went to town. He purchased another tag while in town and tagged the deer with the tag he had just purchased. Appropriate action was taken.
A CPO was checking fishermen at Horseshoe Lake State Park. He approached two subjects and checked them for compliance. Neither subject had a license and one subject was wanted on two Madison County warrants.
A CPO was patrolling Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County and stopped a vehicle that was occupied by two adults and one small child. The child was not secured in the proper safety restraints. The subject was arrested for no driver’s license, no insurance, and the child restraint violation.
A CPO investigated a reported wrongful tree cutting near John M. Olin Nature Preserve. The CPO checked the area and found the neighboring property had been cleared by a neighboring property owner. No violations have been documented at this time.
A CPO was working a detail with fellow District officers at Lou Yaegar Lake in Montgomery County. He observed a white and blue boat approach the dock at Marina #2 and drop off a subject. The operator saw the CPO approaching and quickly pulled away from the dock. After several minutes, the subject finally came back to the dock and the CPO made contact with him and performed a boat safety inspection. The CPO had the subject perform field sobriety tests based on his observations. The subject failed the tests and was placed under arrest for OUI. The subject submitted to a breath test and had a blood alcohol content of 0.145.
A CPO investigated a personal injury case at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. The incident involved a local high school team and two coaches. While shooting skeet, one of the shooters had their gun barrel explode at the choke tube. The shooter suffered injuries to his left hand and an assistant was struck in the neck by metal shrapnel from the barrel. He received twelve stitches to his neck. No foul play was determined.
A CPO apprehended two brothers fishing at Peabody River King. He had just launched his boat when he observed the subjects returning to the boat ramp. He parked his squad, then hid near the parking lot to observe the subjects. The subjects began removing fish from their live well and throwing them in the lake. The CPO made contact with the subjects and ordered them to stop removing fish from their live well and to pick up the dead fish floating in the water that they had just thrown out. The subjects ignored his commands and continued removing the fish. The CPO ran to his boat and proceeded to their location. The CPO recovered two dead largemouth bass under the posted 15” limit. He also recognized the two subjects from the previous day. He had issued them three warnings for boat safety equipment violations. The appropriate enforcement action was taken.
CPOs were working an OUI detail on the Kaskaskia River over Memorial Day Weekend. They observed a boat enter the no wake zone near Baldwin Beach area that was occupied by several subjects. When the operator saw their patrol boat, he quickly traded places with a passenger. They made contact with the boat and determined the subject had been drinking. He was found to have a BAC of 0.161.
A CPO received a complaint of a subject in possession of two fawn deer. The subject was well known by the officer as he had arrested him in the past for hunting violations. A check on the subject thru ISP revealed the subject had multiple warrants for the previous hunting violations and for a probation violation. The CPO and District Sergeant made contact with the subject and took him into custody without any resistance. The two fawns were taken to a licensed rehabilitator. Charges were also filed for the unlawful possession of the deer as well.
A CPO and District Sergeant were working Eldon Hazlet State Park over the Memorial Day Weekend. They were enroute to launch a patrol boat when a call came in from Clinton County that a boat was sinking at the Allen Branch area. They proceeded to the location and gathered information from the occupant, who had been picked up and taken to the boat ramp. A tow service was contacted and the boat was towed back to the ramp. The boat was an older vessel and it is believed that the transom was leaking and when the operator tried to come onto plane the motor stalled and the boat was swamped. The CPO completed a boat accident report.
A CPO was working Eldon Hazlet State Park when he received a call pertaining to a boat accident that occurred near the Boulder Boat Ramp. Three subjects were operating a small jon boat out of the no wake zone. They attempted to pass a larger boat in front of them, but when they tried to cross the wake of the larger boat, the passengers were thrown from their boat. The operator tried to recover the boat before it capsized, and in doing so, struck a female passenger’s foot with the prop. The laceration only required stitches. The CPO completed a boat accident report and the appropriate enforcement action was taken.
CPOs setup a “buy/bust” on an individual advertising deer meat for sale in Madison County. One CPO worked covertly and purchased eight summer sausage stick and four packages of cheese brats for $80.00. As soon as the transaction was complete, the other CPO made contact with the subject and apprehended him.
A CPO was on assigned patrol in Frank Holten State Park when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. As they passed his location, he observed the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.
A CPO was working Lou Yaegar Lake in Montgomery County. While checking fishermen, he apprehended a subject in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The subject was taken into custody and transported to Montgomery County jail.
A CPO was patrolling the Carlyle Lake area in Clinton County. He was in the Keyesport area checking boats at the launch when he observed a boat occupied by four adults and four small children. Only one child was wearing a lifejacket. A boat safety check was conducted and, based on observations by the officer, the operator was asked to perform sobriety tests. The subject failed the tests and was arrested for OUI. His blood alcohol content was 0.094.
A CPO was patrolling the Carlyle Lake area in Clinton County. He was working the Keyesport area when he observed a vehicle failing to stop at a posted intersection. The CPO stopped the subject and found open alcohol in the vehicle and detected the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath. The driver was put thru FST’s and failed. The driver was arrested for DUI and taken to the Clinton County jail. The driver refused to submit to breath testing thereby suspending their driver’s license for one year.
A CPO was patrolling the Carlyle Lake area in Clinton County. He was headed to the Keyesport beach area when he observed two subjects on a motorcycle who were not wearing eye protection. He stopped the motorcycle and found that it did not have valid registration and the Vehicle Identification Number had been removed. The driver was also suspended. The motorcycle was impounded and an investigation is underway as to whether or not it is stolen.
District 13 CPOs worked a detail at Lou Yaegar and Glenn Shoals Lakes in Montgomery County. The detail was implemented due to the high volume of boat accidents and most recently, the fleeing attempt by a subject in custody for a felony warrant arrest. The detail yielded two OUI arrests and 80 contacts written for the weekend.
While at Forbes Lake State Park, a CPO made contact with a fisherman with no license. A computer check revealed the subject was a convicted Child Sexual Predator. The subject was arrested and transported to the Marion County jail.
CPOs were conducting an OUI patrol on Lake Sara in Effingham County. While conducting a boat safety inspection, another boat approached them and did not appear to be turning or slowing down. The officers began waving their flashlights and yelling to get the operators attention. The boat was stopped and the operator of the boat was arrested for OUI and showed a BAC of .14
CPOs were on patrol at Forbes State Park. They made contact with multiple subjects consuming alcohol in the restricted beach area. A computer check revealed one of the female subjects was wanted on two warrants.
A CPO cited a subject at Forbes Lake for not having a lifejacket on a toddler passenger.
A District Sergeant and CPOs conducted a sonar search on the Ohio River for a man who had drowned while trying to help his daughter. Extreme heat and low water slowed the efforts. The man was located the following day after he had floated to the surface.
A CPO obtained a $350.00 fine from an out of state hunter for an uncased bow and failure to check in a deer.
CPOs assisted at Rend Lake in operating sonar to locate a boat that had sunk over the weekend. The boat was located and the CPOs removed it from the lake. The CPO conducting the accident investigation had several charges against the operator of that boat.
Sonar was used to locate a stolen car in the Big Muddy River. The car was stolen and recovered from the river by a local agency.
A District Sergeant arrested a boater for OUI on Kinkaid Lake. The man’s BAC was in excess of .12. He was processed jailed and bonded.
A District Sergeant worked at the WSRC SCTP shoot on Saturday.
A District Sergeant and CPO attended the CAD workshop on the R 3 sonar boat.
District 16 CPOs patrolled Kinkaid Lake targeting OUI offenders. No persons operating under the influence were found, but multiple boating violations were documented.
A CPO worked a Ginseng/Goldenseal digger at Trail of Tears State Forest. This investigation is ongoing.
A CPO came across a structure fire in rural Williamson County. The un-occupied house was fully engulfed in flames and quickly spread to grass and brush surrounding it. The house was located along a fairly busy county road with several hills. After the fire department arrived, the CPO conducted traffic control at the scene for over two hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation and could have been caused by persons manufacturing meth.
A CPO conducted two commercial inspections of licensed taxidermist and has begun an investigation on a Williamson County outfitter.
A CPO is continuing an investigation on a Creal Spring subject that is reported to be shooting ducks and geese with an air rifle from his backyard on Lake of Egypt.
CPOs assisted a motorist near Evergreen Lake in Carbondale whose vehicle appeared to be on fire. The vehicle developed an oil leak which caused oil to spray on the hot engine causing quite a bit of smoke but no fire. The young motorist was given a ride back home to her mother and arrangements were made to recover the vehicle.
A CPO assisted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with a vehicle crash near the Kinkaid Spillway. Two subjects were in a Ford Excursion when it left the roadway and went down a fifteen foot embankment. Neither of the 20 year old subjects were hurt, but both were highly intoxicated. The subject driving the vehicle recorded a blood alcohol content of .22. Both subjects were charged with underage consumption of alcohol, and the driver was charged with DUI. They both admitted to driving around all day drinking, and stopping at the Kinkaid Spillway to drink some more before running out of beer.