October 2011

Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
September 5, 2012

Region 1
A fisherman reported seeing the roof of a submerged vehicle in Mississippi River Pool # 16 in the Rock Island City area (Sylvan Slough).  The CPO teamed up with Living Lands and Waters founder to get the car removed from a very difficult location.  His crew handled all dive and rigging operations.  Debris and mud around the base of the vehicle had to be removed with high power water hoses to break the suction on the vehicle.  A long barge rope was then attached to the cable of a large (semi) sized wrecker provided by Grisham’s Towing of East Moline.  The vehicle was drug to the river’s bank, where it was quickly determined the car was stolen earlier this year from Port Byron.  The car then had to be drug up the steep bank, across rip rap and multiple obstructions, onto a bike path then lifted over a seven foot high fence before it was placed on a flatbed truck and hauled away.  Pregracke and Grisham’s Towing provided their time, equipment and services at no cost to IDNR.  This successful and difficult operation was covered by multiple media sources in the Quad City area. 

A CPO was invited to speak to a group of students aboard the Living Lands and Waters classroom barge.  The barge is used in as many as sixty river clean ups in multiple areas each year.  The barge also serves a dual purpose, having classroom facilities on it used to educate students in many aspects of the outdoors. 

A CPO spoke to forty Moline High School students about the duties and life of a Conservation Police Officer.  The CPO was invited back the next day to address a sixty student class.     

A CPO stopped a minivan traveling through Rock Cut State Park doing 45 mph in the posted 20 mph zone.  The local area woman, angry at being stopped, justified the excessive speed in an impatient tone of voice, telling the officer she was lost and had a migraine headache.  Additional violations discovered during the stop included an expired registration sticker and an obstructed windshield.  Upon returning to the vehicle to address the violations with the impatient woman, her six year old son yelled at the CPO saying, “It’s about time!”, suggesting the officer was not working fast enough. 

A CPO stopped a car in Rock Cut State Park for improper display-no front license plate, obstructed windshield, and failure to wear seat belt – driver.  Upon running the drivers Texas License, the CPO learned that man had a suspended Illinois Driver’s License.  The CPO offered to allow the adult female front seat passenger to drive the car from the scene to avoid a tow, but when her name was run through the state computer, she too, returned with a suspended Illinois Driver’s License.  

While patrolling along the Mississippi River, a CPO located two subjects in a parked vehicle.  Approaching the vehicle, a billow of smoke came from the vehicle when the door was opened.   Both occupants were found to be in possession of cannabis. 

A District 6 CPO was driving back to his residence from a detail at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. The officer stopped at a rest area on I-55.  As the officer exited the rest area building he was stopped by an individual.  The individual asked to talk to the officer. The officer assumed the man had a hunting or fishing question, but he was wrong.  The individual turned out to be a truck driver who was a recovering alcoholic. He had been alcohol free for four years, but had fallen off the wagon.  He had parked his truck in at the rest area the night before and proceeded to drink a large amount of whiskey.  The individual wanted to be admitted to a hospital.  The officer contacted the local Illinois State Police district.  ISP contacted EMS who responded to the rest area.  The officer made sure the man’s semi-truck was secure and informed ISP the truck would remain at the rest area until the trucking company made arrangements to have it removed.

A District 6 CPO found a fisherman in possession of an eleven inch smallmouth bass and an eleven inch largemouth bass near Marseilles on the Illinois River.  The possession limit is one bass and bass must be a minimum of eighteen inches to keep in possession. The largemouth bass was still alive and was released back into the river.  The smallmouth bass was dead.  Enforcement action was taken.

A District 6 CPO located an individual fishing without a valid sport fishing license at LaSalle Lake. During a routine check through the Illinois State Police, it was determined the individual was wanted on a warrant out of Livingston County.  He was transported to the LaSalle County Jail.

A CPO was involved in a search for a person who hikers reported hearing cries for help.  the CPO and District Sergeant responded to the scene and spoke with the hikers who stated they thought they heard a man yelling that he fell in a hole and needed help.  After Rescue and Fire Departments were dispatched, a large number of personnel hiked the area extensively and were unable to locate anyone. 

Region 2
While on a foot patrol of Rock Creek, a CPO arrested a subject for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.

While on a boat patrol of the Illinois River, CPOs arrested a boat occupant for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.

A CPO stopped a van occupied by a male driver, his wife and their four children ages 6, 8, 9 and 17.  Indicators of alcohol impairment were observed on the driver.  After failing field sobriety, he was arrested for DUI.  He had a BAC of .095. 

A CPO arrested a fisherman on a warrant for aggravated battery (battery causing great bodily harm).  Bond was $3500. 

A Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy requested the assistance of a CPO on a traffic stop.  The CPO responded to the area.  The deputy received a complaint of three subjects driving around and shooting doves from the vehicle/roadway.  After observing a vehicle matching the description from the complainant, he initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Upon searching the vehicle, he located a loaded, uncased handgun and an uncased air rifle.  Interviews were conducted by the deputy and CPO.  One subject admitted to shooting a dove off a power line from the vehicle.  Enforcement action was taken for hunting with the aid of a conveyance, transportation of an uncased gun, hunting from the roadway and hunting without a hunting license.  Both guns were seized. 

Region 3
A District Sergeant and CPO, while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville, stopped a boat with Improper Display of Registration operated by a Villa Grove man.  The man failed Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for Operating a Watercraft Under the Influence of Alcohol with a .152 BAC and was transported to the Moultrie County Jail.

A CPO, while patrolling Eagle Creek State Park in Shelby County, stopped a Blue Mound man operating a vehicle with no visible registration.  The man failed Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, DUI with BAC over .08, Improper Lane Usage and Operation of a Motor Vehicle with No Valid Registration. The man had a .177 BAC and remained in the Shelby County Jail awaiting bond.

CPOs assisted in a sonar search for two missing victims on Lake Carlyle.

A CPO cited a St. Joseph man for having three crappie over limit and five crappie under 10" limit on Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County.

A CPO cited a Decatur man for hunting doves with an unplugged shotgun on the Shelbyville Wildlife Management Area in Moultrie County.  The man was also issued written warnings for No HIP number and No Free Site Permit.

After finding a boat adrift on Lake Shelbyville with no operator, CPOs discovered that the last registered owner had sold the boat to an Argenta man.  The boat, which had been tied to shore, drifted away during the night.  A CPO located the new owner in Coon Creek campground.  The man was issued two boat written warnings and a citation for Failure to Transfer Certificate of Number.

A CPO stopped a truck near Lake Mattoon that was losing brush they were hauling onto the roadway.  The driver a Mattoon man had a Suspended Driver’s license.  The CPO transported the subject to the Shelby County jail and issued him citations for Driving While License Suspended and No Proof of Insurance.

While working Clinton Lake bank fishermen, a CPO arrested a female subject that was wanted on a warrant out of McLean County.  The female subject was transported to the Dewitt County Sheriff's Office for booking. 

While investigating a raccoon complaint, a CPO found the offender to be wanted on a warrant out of Piatt County.  The raccoon complaint was unfounded, but the CPO transported the wanted subject to the Piatt County Sheriff's Office for booking. 

A CPO investigated a two boat accident that occurred on Clinton Lake this weekend.  The operator of a house boat struck a fishing boat, causing the fishing boat occupant to be thrown into the water.  Nearby boaters rescued the subject.  Clinton ambulance transported the subject to John Warner Hospital in Clinton.  The house boat operator was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested by the CPO for OUI.  The operator had a .22 BAC. 

A CPO investigated a leaving the scene of an accident complaint at Mascoutin State Recreation area.  This subject was eventually found and received a citation. 

A CPO arrested a fisherman at Clinton Lake for unlawful possession of cannabis. 

A CPO investigated a battery complaint that occurred at Mascoutin State Recreation area.  His investigation led to the arrest of a camper for battery.  

A CPO also had a warrant arrest at Clinton Lake over the weekend. 

Miscellaneous alcohol and fish citations were also issued. 

Region 4
A CPO used sonar on Carlyle Lake to help look for two missing boaters.  Additional officers, along with COE Rangers, continued searching for the missing subjects on the surface.   

District 13 Sergeant and CPOs attended US Coast Guard training on Lake Michigan from August 27 to August 30.  The training involved the operation of the new port security boats.

While checking a group of three dove hunters, a CPO found two of the hunters to have more than three shells in their shotguns.  One hunter did not have a plug in the gun and had five shells in it.  The other hunter had a plug in the gun, but had floated a fourth shell in the carriage.  Citations were issued.

A CPO was patrolling department lands in the metro east area.  He observed two white males fishing Cahokia Canal on the east side of Route 203.  Their vehicle was parked in front of the sign stating no trespassing, hunting or fishing.  Both subjects had valid sport fishing licenses.  The CPO asked if they were aware that they could not fish this area without the permission of the landowner and they stated no.  One of the males stated that a Fairmont City officer ran them off of one of the canals yesterday.  They both received a citation for fishing without the consent of the landowner.

A CPO investigated information related to baited dove fields in St. Clair and Madison Counties.

A CPO and District Sergeant checked approximately 45 dove hunters at a hunting club south of Carlyle.  Several violations were cited. 

A CPO was working dove hunters on opening day when he located five hunters on a freshly baited field.  The subjects had broadcasted wheat in a mowed grass field prior to hunting.  They even had the partial bag of wheat with them when the officer made contact with them.   

Region 5
CPOs responded to a complaint of shot hitting a house from hunters in a private dove field in Perry County.  The field was loaded with cracked corn.  The case was referred to US Fish & Wildlife for the violation of hunting doves over bait.

A CPO and District Sergeant recovered a stolen vehicle at the Mt. Vernon Game Farm.  The vehicle was reported stolen a few hours earlier. 

A CPO wrote citations in Fayette County to two goose hunters; one for using an unplugged shotgun, the other for no waterfowl stamps. 

A CPO issued a citation to a dove hunter for shooting across a roadway in Clay County.

A CPO assisted the Jasper County Sheriff's Office in arresting a child sex offender in Sam Parr State Park.

A District Sergeant and CPOs worked  a dove field in Jackson County on opening day and discovered multiple violations including unplugged guns and licensing violations.  Multiple citations and warnings were issued.

A CPO cited a Carterville man for dove hunting with a gun capable of firing more than three rounds.

A District Sergeant and CPOs attended boat training at Calumet Coast Guard Station for the week. The class included boat docking, towing, operations, navigation and night operations.

A District Sergeant  and CPOs assisted Region IV at Carlyle Lake searching for two men that had drown. The search covered approximately six square miles of water and there was no known location where the accident had actually occurred.  Grid searches were conducted and nothing was located with sonar.


Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
September 12, 2012

Region 1
While checking anglers in Winnebago County, a CPO encountered two women (an 18 year old and 20 year old) sitting along the bank of an area lake. While conducting a check for fishing licenses and creel limits, the CPO noticed a cannabis pipe inside an open tackle box tray. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of alcohol containers at the scene. The 18 year old woman was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor and released to a parent at the scene. The 20 year old woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia/ possession of less than 2.5 grams cannabis and lodged at the Winnebago County jail.

Receiving a complaint about subjects at the Steel Dam, a CPO responded to the area.   Watching a group of fishermen for 3 ½ hours, the CPO observed the subjects repeatedly taking fish with a casting net.  Catching the subjects as they left after dark, the CPO seized three smallmouth bass (two undersized), six white bass, sixteen catfish, three bluegills, five carp, a crappie and 62 freshwater drum.  Five citations were issued to the group of fishermen. 

In June, a CPO received a complaint of tires dumped in, and around, Hennepin Canal State Park.  Over the following two months, in excess of 400 tires were dumped in the area.  Talking with local businesses, the CPO was able to locate a possible violator.  Interviewing the violator, the CPO received a confession.  Search and arrest warrants were executed on the subject and his residence.  The violator was charged with four Class A misdemeanors for operating an illegal tire storage facility and for dumping waste tires.  The case then led to two other individuals where three additional Class A Misdemeanor charges were filed.  The Illinois EPA is working with the CPO in an effort to clean up three illegal tire storage facilities (approximately 1000 tires).            

A District 7 CPO located two subjects trespassing on Ameren Cilco power plant property. One subject was fishing, while the other was not.  During an inventory of fishing equipment, cannabis less than 2.5 grams and a smoking pipe were located.  Multiple citations were issued with a mandatory court date.

A CPO in Henderson County worked the annual Labor Day event at Lake Argyle State Park in Colchester.  Numerous traffic issues were encountered over the three day event.  Traffic problems occurred after tropical storm Isaac dropped four to five inches of rain on the event. 

A CPO was completing boat safety inspections along the Rock River over the Labor Day Holiday weekend in Winnebago County when he came upon, and inspected, a large twenty-four foot pontoon boat filled to capacity with passengers.  In addition to not wearing the lanyard cut-off and not having a TYPE IV throwable PFD, the operator exhibited red, glassy/bloodshot eyes, loud, slurred/mumbled speech and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath as he spoke to the CPO face-to-face.  The operator failed three out of four field sobriety tests and blew a .151 BAC on the Intoximeter. He was transported to the county jail in lieu of bond.  

A Region Captain and CPOs attended a week long “Homeland Security Boat Operator Training Course” at the USCG Calumet Harbor Station on Lake Michigan south of Chicago.  Three new 25’ Work Skiff Homeland Security Boats were put into operation and crews were trained on operation of the twin engine (250 HP each) boats.  USCG personnel trained multiple CPO’s from around the State.

Region 2
CPOs were on patrol in a marked 19' patrol boat, issuing a recreational boater a citation for a life jacket violation, when three waterfowl hunters on Dunns Lake shot at some geese nineteen minutes after shooting hours.  All three hunters were issued citations.

A CPO arrested the operator of a watercraft for OUI on Nippersink Lake.  The operator's BAC was .107.  The boat was stopped after passengers onboard attempted to place beer bottles on the Route 12 bridge as the boat passed underneath it.  The two passengers were issued citations for pollution of the waterways.  Additionally, five other boaters were issued citations for pollution of the waterways at the same bridge also known as “beer can bridge”.  The bridge has several signs posted prohibiting the activity.

A CPO arrested the operator of a watercraft on Nippersink Lake for OUI.  A passenger on the watercraft was issued a citation for pollution of the waterways and the operator refused to submit a breath sample.

Region 3
No Activity Reported.

Region 4
A CPO investigated a personal injury boat accident on the Mississippi River in Calhoun County. Two subjects were riding a personal watercraft with no life jackets. They were doing figure eights 20 to 30 feet from a public boat ramp, when they fell off. The operator did not come up right away. When he came up, he could not move his legs. The subject was airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

A CPO interviewed two subjects in Jersey County for taking frogs before season. Two bags of frog legs were seized. One subject admitted to taking them early and the other subject admitted to cleaning them.

CPOs worked the Stump Lake area at the opening of teal season in Jersey County and issued the following citations and warnings:
Three counts of failure to maintain separate bag limits.
Three counts of unlawful take prior to legal shooting time.
Two counts of unplugged shotgun.
One count of no state waterfowl stamp and no HIP.

A CPO received a tip from a subject in Greene County regarding digging ginseng out of season.  He interviewed the landowner and obtained information on the subject digging on their land. He interviewed the subject, who admitted to digging ginseng out of season.  He seized .63 dry pound of wild ginseng as evidence.

A CPO was patrolling Adams County when he observed a truck parked in the middle of the road with the passenger and driver doors open.  He observed a subject throw something in the bed of the truck.  Two subjects got in the truck and drove away.  The CPO stopped them and asked them what they were doing.  During the stop, the CPO observed turtles in the bed of the truck. He also observed a pistol in the holster and long gun case in the truck.  The two subjects admitted to shooting turtles with a rifle and pistol.  Neither had a fishing license.

A CPO received information of a subject unlawfully taking deer in Adams County.  Several interviews have led to the subject admitting to possession of another person’s deer permit, taking an antlered deer without a permit, and falsification of a deer harvest report.

A CPO attended two hunter safety courses in Macoupin County.

A CPO attended a hunter safety course in Adams County.

A CPO attended a hunter safety course in Jersey County.

A CPO attended a hunter safety course in Brown County. 

Region 5 
A CPO cited a Jefferson County man for driving his vehicle off the road in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.  He also found two Franklin County men hunting doves in a closed area and had an OUI disposition at Rend Lake.  The subject received twelve months supervision and was fined $934.00.

A District Sergeant caught a Jefferson County man operating an ATV on private property without permission, operating on a railroad, operating on the roadway, and the man increased speed to try and evade upon a signal to stop.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO received a disposition on an Indiana man hunting in White County last deer season.  The man was given a $250 civil penalty, a $500 fine and forfeited a mounted seventeen point white-tailed deer.

CPOs made several cases on the opening of teal season at Rend Lake.  They cited four hunters for shooting teal prior to legal hunting hours.  Hunters were also cited for shooting Wood Ducks out of season and shooting a Cormorant illegally.  One hunter also had an unplugged shotgun while waterfowl hunting.

On opening day of teal season, CPOs wrote six citations for shooting before legal hours and one CPO wrote eight citations for shooting before legal hours.

A CPO and District Sergeant worked the Carlyle Lake walk-in hunting area.  The CPO wrote six citations for shooting before legal hours and one citation for using an unplugged shotgun.


Office of Law Enforcement
Weekly Activity Report
September 19, 2012

A CPO is investigating a boat explosion that occurred at a yacht club in LaSalle County.  The 27 foot boat was a total loss.

A CPO located an individual illegally drinking on the trails at Starved Rock State Park.  A check revealed that she had an active warrant for trespassing.   She was taken to the county jail.

For the second week in a row a District 6 CPO found a fisherman in possession of two short bass near Marseilles on the Illinois River.  The man had a ten inch smallmouth bass and a ten inch largemouth bass.  The possession limit is one bass and bass must be a minimum of eighteen inches to keep in possession.  Both fish were still alive and were released back into the river. The day before, in the same location, the CPO located a fisherman in possession of a 5 ½ inch smallmouth bass.  Enforcement action was taken.

A District 6 CPO located four individuals swimming in a restricted area of Starved Rock.  As the officer was going to make contact with the swimmers, he located four hikers climbing over a restricted area sign.  When the officer made contact, three hikers had already climbed over the sign, the other hiker was standing right in front of the sign.  The officer informed the one hiker it was his lucky day, since he had not climbed over the sign yet.  The four swimmers received citations for swimming in a restricted area and three of the four hikers received citations for illegal entry in to a restricted area.

A District 6 CPO responded to a possible deer poaching case.  A county deputy had received a call about a carcass being dumped on an adjoining property.  The deputy located the carcass, took photos and determined who had dumped it.  Being unfamiliar with wildlife laws, the deputy then called for a CPO.  The CPO met with the deputy and looked at the photos.  From the photos it was unclear to the CPO if it was a deer, but he could determine it was a large animal.  The CPO and deputy went to residence of the individual who had dumped the carcass. The individual had just returned from an elk hunt in Colorado.  On the way back, the hunter had not kept the meat cold enough and the meat had spoiled.  An investigation is underway at this time.

A District 1 CPO patrolled Carroll County and Pool 13 of the Mississippi River on opening day of the early teal season.  Written warnings were issued for various boating and migratory bird hunting violations.

A District 1 CPO responded to a TIPs complaint in Whiteside County for unlawful goose hunting.  The complaint was unfounded.

A District 1 CPO is investigating the unlawful operation of motor vehicles in/on the river bed of the Rock River in Whiteside County.

A CPO completed seven registration/title courtesy inspections of citizens who acquired various watercraft without procuring title.  These inspections provided registration/title, power of attorney and bill of sale paperwork along with instruction to facilitate proper registration and title completion.

A CPO, in Winnebago County, responded to Rock Cut State Park Olson Lake Swim Beach Parking Lot to investigate a motor vehicle burglary where the citizens left their automobile unlocked with valuables inside while they walked their dog on the trails. 

A CPO, in Winnebago County, responded with local law enforcement agencies to Rock Cut State Park Equestrian trail loops in search of a sixty year old man walking the trails naked indecently exposing himself.  Two women on horseback called 911 upon seeing the man on the trails. 

A CPO, in Winnebago County, responded to Rock Cut State Park Lake View Picnic Area to investigate a motor vehicle burglary where a jogger returned to his car to find the driver’s side rear window smashed out with clothing items stolen.

A District 7 CPO spoke with a male and female kayaking down the Kickapoo Creek in Peoria County.  The kayak was not registered and neither subject had a life jacket on board.  Enforcement action was taken.  

On July 28th, CPOs responded to a fatal boat accident on Petite Lake where a ten year old child was run over by a boat and killed.  The operator of the boat who hit the child was taken to the hospital and submitted a blood sample.  The blood sample revealed a BAC range of .09-.13 and cocaine was detected in the sample.  The subject was indicted via grand jury on multiple counts of reckless homicide and felony OUI.

A CPO investigated an individual in Spring Grove for illegally possessing Western Hognose snakes.  The subject was issued one citation and two written warnings for permit violations.

A CPO, while patrolling Walnut Point State Park, checked a Philo man who was coming off the lake from fishing with expired registration on his boat trailer.  A check of his driver’s license revealed he was wanted on a Champaign County Falure to Appear Warrant.  The CPO arrested the man and transported him to the Douglas County jail.

CPOs were on Lake Shelbyville checking teal and early goose hunters.  They saw a blind shoot what appeared to be a large duck.  Upon checking the blind, they located a Moweaqua man who admitted to shooting a Mallard Drake.  The CPO issued the man one citation.

A CPO attended a Basic Digital Photography Class for Law Enforcement Class taught by Department of Homeland Security at the ILEAS training center in Urbana.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class/field day in Adams County.  Approximately 200 students attended.

A District Sergeant attended a hunter safety class in Calhoun County.  Thirty-three students attended.

A District Sergeant attended a hunter safety class in Pike County.  Sixty-one students attended.

CPOs wrote four citations and multiple warnings to teal hunters on Rend Lake.  The men shot a Wood Duck out of season, shot before legal shooting hours and had license and stamp violations.

A District Sergeant and CPO cited a man for shooting early on Rend Lake.  The CPO also cited a teal hunter for shooting a red-winged blackbird.

CPOs cited a teal hunter for shooting three grebe during the teal season on Rend Lake.  The CPO also cited three hunters for shooting before legal shooting hours.

A CPO cited two separate groups of teal hunters on Rend Lake.  The first group shot a Shoveler out of season and two hunters shot before legal hours.  The second group had a man shoot at song birds while teal hunting.  A hunter also had lead shot while waterfowl hunting.   

A CPO cited subjects at East Fork Lake for taking over limit of crappie

A CPO assisted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with a missing person.  The twenty year old male subject was reported missing for a day after his vehicle was found parked at the Little Grand Canyon Trailhead.  Quickly into the search the subject was located and was able to walk out with the searchers.  After spending an evening in the canyon without food or water, he was taken to the local hospital to be checked out.

A District Sergeant and CPOs conducted sonar training with the Rend Lake Dive Team.  Training included the deployment and use of the Hummingbird and Sector Scan sonars.  Dive exercises utilizing the Sector Scan sonar and the team’s underwater communications gear to locate an object easily in "black water" conditions were very well received.  Future training with this dive team to include other applications with the sonar units is planned.

A District Sergeant and CPOs utilized sonar units at the Vienna Correctional Center freshwater lake.  This lake serves as the Vienna and Shawnee Correctional Centers freshwater supply.  Assessments of the water intakes underwater and plotting the depths of the lake proved to be instrumental in gauging the status of the Center's water supply in these drought conditions.   

District 16 attended the OUI FST training at Rend Lake.

A CPO responded to a Jackson County dispatch that three subjects had broken into a vehicle at the Kinkaid Lake Spillway and stolen five cased shotguns.  The suspects fled the scene in a late model Mercedes Benz pulling an old Jon boat.  He responded to the scene and passed the vehicle headed south on Route 3.  As he turned around to stop the vehicle, he observed gun cases being thrown out of the vehicle into the road and ditch.  The CPO stopped the vehicle which had two male subjects and one female subject.  They were arrested without incident and transported to the Jackson County jail. 

A CPO attended a youth dove hunt in Jackson County with approximately ten to fifteen youth hunters.  They had recently passed their Hunter Safety classes and this was their first hunt.  The Hunter Safety group sponsors the youth dove hunt every year.  Compliance checks were conducted to give the young hunters an idea of what happens when they meet a CPO while in the field.

A CPO attended a hunter safety class in DuQuoin.  Thirty students attended.

A CPO assisted Alexander County and Illinois State Police on a search for three subjects who were pursued by the Cape Girardeau, MO. Police Department into Illinois after a drug arrest went wrong.  The subjects crashed into several vehicles in Missouri before coming into Illinois where they fled the vehicle on foot.

A CPO observed five hunters shoot teal more than thirty minutes prior to the legal shooting time, and again, five minutes before legal time.  He observed the subjects shoot multiple wood ducks during closed season.  He overheard the subjects laughing about killing wood ducks, stating that they thought they could shoot them since they weren't sure if they were in Kentucky or not.  The case is being referred to the USF&W Service.

A CPO arrested a teal hunter for shooting prior to legal hours and possession of an unplugged firearm.  

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

CPOs conducted several patrols of Rock Cut State Park in an attempt to arrest those suspects responsible for a recent rash of car burglaries.  Several park patrons have had their vehicles broken into and items stolen while parked at several of Rock Cut’s day use areas.  The case remains under investigation.  

A District 1 CPO arrested a Lyndon man for domestic battery in the campgrounds of Morrison Rockwood State Park after he was observed choking his girlfriend and holding her down on the ground, preventing her from getting up.   

A District 7 CPO stopped two timber trucks to verify proper timber transportation paperwork.  An inspection was completed on each and no violations were found.

A CPO utilized the District 1 Homeland Security boat in a Vice Presidential Security Detail.  Illinois Conservation Police worked with the U.S.C.G. and other agencies to secure the route during a recent trip to the Quad City area.  No unusual activity was noted.

A CPO, in Henderson County, worked a Vice-Presidential security detail with other law enforcement agencies to shut down a section of the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa.  The detail was a success.

A District 7 CPO has received in excess of fifteen reports of dead deer due to presumed EHD/Blue Tongue in Fulton County.  One cornfield that was picked had six dead deer in it.

A District 7 CPO received a TIP complaint referencing subjects trapping/killing beaver illegally.  The CPO did find an untagged trap and enforcement action was taken. 

No Activity Reported.

A CPO, while checking teal hunters in the Shelbyville Wildlife Area in Moultrie County, cited a Decatur man for possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting.

A CPO attended an Outdoor Program with the Wildlife Education Trailer at the Salisbury Church in Charleston.

A CPO attended Environmental Stewardship Days with the Wildlife Education Trailer at Walnut Point State Park.

While working teal hunters on Clinton Lake, a CPO checked two hunters that had unlawfully taken three shovelers.  The hunters misidentified the shovelers for blue winged teal when they came into their decoys.   

While working teal hunters in Macon County, a CPO arrested two teal hunters for the unlawful taking of Grebes.  The subjects shot the protected species while CPO Wichus was watching them. 

No Activity Reported.

A CPO cited a Jefferson County man for taking thirteen crappie over the limit at the Bonnie Dam area of Rend Lake.  The man had a total of thirty-eight crappie.

A CPO is investigating a hunting without permission complaint in Jefferson County.

A CPO cited three teal hunters for shooting before legal hours.  He also discovered the unlawful take of a Wood Dock.  The CPO cited a teal hunter for teal hunting with lead shot and caught an out-of-state hunter without a hunting license.     

A CPO instructed SFST in all five regions.

A CPO cited several dove hunters for license and FOID violations.

A District Sergeant and CPO attended the ITTF conference in Peoria.

CPOs assisted DOC with sonar to determine the remaining water at Vienna Corrections Center.

A CPO assisted Union County with a traffic crash.