Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
May 7, 2014

REGION I
A complaint of a loud camp site led to the arrest of a camper.  A camper at Starved Rock State Park was arrested for unlawful use of weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of <2.5g of cannabis.  A loaded handgun, along with the drugs, was found in his backpack in his vehicle.  He was lodged in the LaSalle County Jail.

An individual was picking mushrooms in Sandy Ford Natural Area with his 15 month old son and his pregnant wife.  He was cited entering a restricted area closed to the public.  The area is closed while turkey hunting is taking place.  After the citation the CPO located a turkey hunter 150 yards away.  The CPO arrested the turkey hunter for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of <2.5g of cannabis.  The hunter was under the influence of marijuana and was not allowed to drive his vehicle.

A fisherman at Starved Rock State Park was arrested on an $8000 warrant for failure to appear in court for driving without a license.  The fisherman was also cited for fishing in a restricted area.

Working on a timber investigation, a CPO obtained a felony theft warrant for an unlicensed timber buyer.  As the investigation continues, more charges are anticipated. 

A CPO responded to a domestic battery in progress in rural Oquawka.  The officer separated the parties involved before the situation got out of hand.  The case was turned over to the local Sheriff’s Office once deputies arrived on the scene.

A District 6 CPO, while checking anglers in Rockford, encountered three men fishing along a small creek.  While checking licenses, the CPO noticed one man move out of the view of the CPO.  The CPO changed position and observed one of the anglers who appeared to be hiding something.  The CPO approached the angler and discovered a cannabis pipe which had been discarded by the angler. The angler was arrested.
 
A Savanna man was arrested in Mississippi Palisades State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis less than 2.5 grams.

A Davenport man was cited for not having P.F.D. s on his boat.  He was warned for an expired fire extinguisher and for his battery terminals not being covered.

Two turkey hunters were cited for hunting without licenses and warned for no Habitat Stamp.

Two turkey hunters were cited for hunting after hours.

A District 1 CPO completed an investigation from the 2013 Antlerless Only Deer Season.  The hunter from Milan, IL used his remaining Henry County deer permit to take a doe.  However, the antlerless season was closed in Henry County for 2013.  Enforcement action was taken and the hunter was issued a citation for the violation.   

A CPO arrested an Iowa man on multiple wildlife charges.  The subject (a non-resident) poached an 8 point buck in Fulton County in 2012.  The Iowa man did not have an “either sex” firearm deer permit for 2012 so he used his left over 2011 firearm “either-sex” deer permit instead.  The subject forged the tag to look like a 2012 tag and used another person’s confirmation number from a 2009 deer harvest.  The subject never reported the deer harvest to IDNR.  The subject wanted to get the buck mounted so he took it to a taxidermist and this is where the violation was discovered.  The man received multiple citations for the various violations and a written warning.  The deer antlers have been seized.  The subject has a mandatory court appearance coming up in Fulton County.

A Region 1, District 1, CPO observed an abandoned car parked along Barstow Road in Rock Island County.  The subject, who drove the vehicle there, was found on adjacent property fishing in a private pond.  The subject did not know who owned the property and did not have permission of the owner to be fishing there.  In addition the subject didn’t have a valid fishing license.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.      

An officer cited a subject for taking ten catfish over the limit at Powerton Lake.  This particular subject was a repeat offender and will likely get his fishing privileges suspended.

While checking for fishing licenses at the Oregon Dam, an Oak Lawn man forgot his license in the vehicle.  When a District 1 officer escorted him back to the vehicle he could see drug paraphernalia in plain view.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 7 grams of cannabis.  The man was arrested and his grandson came to the Ogle County jail to bail him out.

A District 7 CPO participated in the first annual Knoxville Kids Fishing Derby.  The CPO and the DNR district fisheries biologist electro-fished a nearby lake and brought several species of sport fish for display.  Literature and other items were distributed to participating young fishermen and fisherwomen.  The Knoxville High School IHSA Bass Fishing Team served as mentors for their younger counterparts.  Fishing poles and tackle were given away as prizes to each participant for their first fish caught that day.

A District 7 CPO patrolled DNR sites in Knox County which included Victoria PHA, Buffalo PHA, T-Lake PHA, Snakeden Hollow SFWA, and Spoon River State Forest.  Turkey hunters, fishermen, boaters, and motorists were found mostly in compliance.  A written warning was issued for an expired trailer registration.

REGION II
A Lake County CPO received a complaint of subjects that had shot geese at a party on Easter Sunday.  After speaking with the witness, the CPO and CPOT went to the residence of the incident.  There were still two dead geese floating in the pond, three days after the incident.  The geese were seized.  Later that evening, the CPO and CPOT returned to find the resident home.   After an interview, the subject gave the names of the subjects who shot the geese at his party with an air rifle and air pistol.  The CPO and CPOT went to the violator's place of business and interviewed him and his son.  The juvenile son admitted to shooting the geese with his father.  They thought it would be fun and admitted to firing over twenty shots.  The father was issued citations for unlawful take of geese out of season, shooting an air gun over water, and wanton waste.  Several written warnings were also issued. 

A CPO and CPOT followed up on an open field report, with a subject wanted on a failure to appear warrant.  While preparing to call the subject in the apartment building, he came walking towards the CPO and CPOT.  His identity was verified and he was taken into custody.  His bail was $75,000/10%.  He was unable to post and was transported to the Lake County Jail. 

REGION III
Region 3 CPOs attended a Personnel/Equipment Inspection at the Region 3 office at Clinton Lake.

A CPOT/CPO cited a Mattoon man at Lake Paradise for failure to release four short Largemouth Bass.

A CPOT/CPO assisted a Shelby County deputy with a domestic battery.

A CPOT/CPO cited a Mattoon man and Tuscola man for fishing without permission in Coles County.

A District 11 CPO assisted Lincoln Trail State Park with collection of an overdue contract bill.

REGION IV
No activity reported.

REGION V
A CPO assisted Jackson County sheriff’s deputies with a man with a gun call.  The Union Pacific Railroad called in a report of a subject on their railroad right of way waving an assault rifle at a conductor in one of their locomotives.  The subject was located with the assault rifle but denied waving it at the conductor, instead stating he was just target shooting.  A review of the locomotive's video camera footage will determine which way this investigation goes.
 
While on Cedar Lake patrolling by boat, a CPO came across an individual who did not have any wearable life jackets in his boat.  The subject was cited for the violation. 

While conducting fish enforcement details from a boat on Cedar Lake and Kinkaid Lake, a CPO issued several written warnings for minor boating and fishing violations.

A CPO patrolled Crab Orchard Lake and Lake Egypt writing warnings and citations for boating equipment violations.

A CPO took a complaint from a business (that owns many acres) in Williamson County of persons fishing and hunting without permission. The owners had never called or complained in the last decade, but they have now decided they want violators prosecuted.

A CPO conducted water patrol for fishing and boat violations on Little Grassy Lake. Violations were handled with appropriate action.

CPOs conducted water patrol on Crab Orchard Lake for fishing and boating violations.

A CPO came across a stranded boat with motor problems on the south end of Little Grassy Lake.  A clogged carburetor was suspected to be the problem.  The CPO towed the boat and the two occupants to the north boat ramp.

CPOs conducted water patrol on Lake of Egypt enforcing fishing and boating regulations.  Several fishing and boat warnings and citations were issued.

A CPO spoke at a Hunter's Safety Class at the Du Quoin Middle School.

While patrolling lakes in Perry County and Pyramid State Park, CPOs issued citations to two fishermen for failing to immediately release largemouth bass that were in the protected slot limit. 

A CPO observed two ATV's and one dirt bike motorcycle operating unlawfully on a closed portion of Union Co State Fish & Wildlife Area.  He caught up to the three machines and activated emergency lights.  The two operators of the ATV's turned around and when they saw his squad took off at a high rate of speed.  This created so much dust that the motorcycle could not see well enough to flee and stopped.  After addressing the violations with the operator a brief discussion led to the identification of the others that fled.  Later that day he located the other two individuals and enforcement action was taken.

A District 16 Sergeant is investigating a TIP of three individuals who were allegedly using dynamite to fish with on the river.  The complaint is pending investigation and the area is under surveillance.

A CPO spoke with multiple 5th grade classes at the Conservation Days held at Hamilton County Conservation Area.  

Multiple boat patrols on Rend Lake resulted in several citations and warnings issued for boating and fishing violations. 

 

Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
May 14, 2014

REGION I
A District 6 CPO working Starved Rock State Park arrested a 19 year old Cook County man for unlawful possession of alcohol in a restricted area, consumption of alcohol by a minor and littering. The subject had a .230 Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) but insisted he had only one beer.

A District 1 CPO was on routine patrol from a Jon boat and checked four young Colona men fishing from the shoreline.  Three of them failed of have a valid sport fishing license.  While the CPO was issuing citations for the violation, two of them continued to make negative comments about the enforcement actions taken and remarks about being a tax payer or the officer “increasing her salary” by writing tickets.  The CPO told them instead of posting cash bond or taking them to jail, she would release them on their signature with an optional Notice to Appear.  One man said, “Oh really, what are you going to do?  Take us all in your little boat?”  Another man first refused to sign the citation, so the CPO left it on the picnic table while she finished the paperwork with the rest of the offenders.  She asked the offender if he wanted to sign it and he put his hand out as to ask for an ink pen.  The CPO handed him the ink pen, he signed it, and then tossed the ink pen to the table.  After the paperwork was all distributed, one of them made a comment about how it would be a shame if the officer returned to her truck and trailer with all the tires flattened.  The CPO was not overly concerned since she had their information written in citation form.  And when the CPO returned to her squad there was no damage to the truck or trailer.   

A District 6 officer handled a boat accident on the Illinois River.  A flat bottom Jon boat with four individuals in it sunk in rough water.  The four individuals, including a 2 ½ year old boy, had their PFD’s (life jackets) on as the boat sank under them.  A passing boat picked them up and took them back to the Starved Rock boat ramp.  After the officer dealt with the accident, he talked to the boat owner about recovery of the boat.  The officer was able to locate the boat using side scan sonar; it was 16 feet under the water in the barge channel.  A local company recovered the boat a few days later.

District 1 CPOs and the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department searched Morrison Rockwood State Park for a missing/ suicidal subject from Clinton, IA.  The subject was located near the west end of the park, next to the silt pond with non life threatening/superficial cuts to both of his arms.  The subject was transported to the Clinton Hospital by Morrison Ambulance.

District 1 CPOs searched Pool 15 of the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 14 for a missing Colona boater involved in a boat accident.  The CPOs utilized side scan sonar equipment and were among many other searchers including Iowa DNR and many other local Fire Departments.

A District 1 CPO issued multiple written warnings and citations during his patrols of Whiteside County over the Mother’s Day Weekend.  These were violations of the Boat Registration and Safety Act and the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.                          

A CPO was advised that a boat was taking on water on Mississippi River Pool # 14. A CPO responded immediately with a boat to aid in the rescue.  Preliminary information was that the boat and several occupants went through the roller gates at Dam # 14 in Hampton IL.  The CPO along with Iowa DNR, multiple Fire and Rescue crews from Illinois and Iowa and a search helicopter participated in the rescue.  Four of the five occupants were rescued and taken to the hospital.  One person was held overnight and the rest were released.  One man is still missing.  The recovery effort has been scaled back to daily surface searches.  Due to the rough water just below the dam crews were unable to effectively drag or use side scan sonar to recover the missing man.   

A District 7 CPO assisted the Illinois State Police District 7 Vehicle ID investigator in identifying the owner of a boat and trailer towed from the interstate in Knox County.  He also assisted the local Boy Scout camp with watercraft registration and title documentation for a donated boat.

A District 7 CPO observed an illegally parked vehicle at Pheasants Forever Fields in Knox County.  After locating four fishermen along the northwest pond shoreline, three were found not to have valid fishing licenses.  Each was issued a citation for fishing without a valid fishing license.  The driver of the vehicle was issued a written warning for unlawful parking in a prohibited area.

A 34 year old Rockford woman was fishing Yellow creek in Freeport when she was checked for a fishing license.  At first the woman stated she was fishing for her children.  When asked, there were no kids around.  Then the woman insisted she get in touch with Wal-Mart because it is their fault she does not have a license.  A citation was issued for no fishing license.

A District 1 CPO responded to a complaint from a turkey hunter of hikers in a closed area. Two Freeport men were issued tickets for entering a closed area. The area is closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. during the spring turkey season.  The hikers were looking for morel mushrooms.  They were aware of the closure.

A District 1 CPO conducted sport fishing compliance checks on a private association lake.  Two non-residents were issued tickets for fishing without a valid fishing license.

A District 1 CPO attended a court proceeding in which a Leland man pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a wild turkey and one count of unlawful possession of a white-tailed deer after he used his cousin’s free land owner permits instead of his own.  He paid a total of $764 and received one year court supervision.  Multiple turkey fans and deer mounts were seized and forfeited to the State of Illinois. The cousin pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to unlawful possession of a wild turkey.  He paid a total of $502 and received one year court supervision.

A District 1 CPO attended a court proceeding in which a Stockton man pleaded guilty to one count of trapping out of season.  He paid a total of $502 and received one year court supervision.  Eight traps were seized and forfeited to the State of Illinois.

A CPO and Office of Law Enforcement Trainee were in marked uniform patrol in Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County when they observed two individuals who had climbed on top of a large rock formation which is restricted to climbing.  As the officers approached on foot, they observed one of the individuals quickly jam an object into their pocket.  Further investigation revealed the subject’s unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. 

 A CPO in Winnebago County worked area lakes on a Jon boat and addressed fishing and boating violations to include insufficient number of PFD’s, fire extinguisher not in serviceable condition, batteries not covered or secured to the hull and, on one lake, unlawful use of minnows.

Two CPO’s in Winnebago County worked with area scuba divers and recovered a fishing boat that had sunk the weekend prior on Pierce Lake.  There was a complete recovery of the boat and its contents which prevented any pollution hazard.

REGION II
A CPO and CPOT found a subject in possession of a 19 inch walleye on Nippersink Lake.  There is a protected slot size of 18 to 24 inches.  The subject was issued a citation.

REGION III
A District 19 Officer attended the Boat Accident School (Level 1) at Chain O' Lakes.

A District 19 Officer was patrolling along the Sangamon River in Macon County when, from a distance, he saw a man and woman both snagging.  When he made contact with the couple, neither had a fishing license and both admitted to
"jigging" but not snagging, even though both had only a treble hook on the end of their lines.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A District 19 Officer and a District 11 Officer assisted the Nuclear Power Plant Security at Clinton Lake with exercises dealing with threats to overall plant security.  The Officers assisted in operating a boat for role players and the Officers conducted the exercises in complete darkness and for long, extended hours.

A District 19 Officer and his "Officer-in-training" issued a local subject a citation for the unlawful take of sport fish (Bluegill) by use of a cast net along Clinton Lake. 

A District 19 Officer and CPOT issued two out of town subjects fishing without permission at Clinton Lake as they were located within the hot water discharge area near the Nuclear Plant.

A District 19 Officer and CPOT issued a McLean County subject for speeding, going 49 mph in a 30 mph posted zone, inside Moraine View State Park.

A District 19 Officer and CPOT worked a plain clothes detail on Clinton Lake targeting illegal fishing and illegal mushroom hunting.  Two fishermen were spotted in an unusual area and the CPOT investigated further.  After approaching them, the CPOT found one fishermen did not have a fishing license and the other was using illegal methods to fish by using a net in a 2 pole and line area.  The CPOT interviewed them and found they had cannabis in their vehicle.  The cannabis was seized and enforcement was taken.

While patrolling Clinton Lake, a District 19 Officer and CPOT responded to a roll-over accident just north of the park.  They were the first law enforcement on scene and as they approached the wrecked vehicle they heard yelling about 1/8 of a mile south of the vehicle.  As they approached they noticed that the female driver was covered in blood and was attempting to leave the scene.  When she noticed the officers approaching she asked one of the volunteer firemen to make the officers leave.  Further assistance was given to the DeWitt County Sheriffs' Department who handled the accident.

REGION IV
No activity reported.

REGION V
A Fayette County CPO arrested two subjects on warrants at Ramsey State Park.  In addition, one of the subjects was in possession of meth.

A CPO and Sgt worked fish enforcement at Newton Lake.  Multiple warnings were written for boating violations and two subjects were cited for fishing in a restricted area.

An Effingham County CPO arrested a subject a Forbes State Park wanted on a warrant.

An Effingham County CPO investigated a TIPS complaint of subjects frog gigging out of season.  The subjects were located and appropriate citations issued.

An Effingham County CPO received a complaint of a subject possessing a wild deer.  The subject was located and stated he has possessed the deer for one year.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO and Sgt worked a commercial fishing detail on the Wabash River in Wabash County.  A roe fisherman was cited for unlawfully using gill nets to take sturgeon and failure to have roe harvest permit in possession.

CPOs attended the Region 4 inspection at Sparta World Shooting Complex.

A CPO spoke with a high school student for a class project about the duties and responsibilities of a CPO.  
CPOs conducted a sport fishing detail on Cedar Lake.  One individual was issued a citation for insufficient PFD's and another for failure to have a fishing license while fishing.  Several other subjects were issued written warnings for minor boating and fishing violations. 

CPOs conducted a sport fishing detail on Kinkaid Lake.  Several written warnings were issued to individuals for minor boating violations.

A CPO conducted patrol by ATV at Burning Star #5 property reference to recent complaints of trespass and fishing without permission complaints.

A CPO conducted water patrols on Lake of Egypt and Crab Orchard Lake by work boat.  The patrols had to be cut short because of rain storms.

A CPO assisted a boater on Little Grassy Lake with motor failure.  The man was very thankful for the assistance.

A CPO issued a citation to a Johnston City man that was in possession of two unlawful sized large-mouth bass.

A CPO patrolled Johnson County and Lake Egypt for fishing and boating violations. Several warnings were issued, however the rains hampered the patrols.

A CPO cited two fishermen in Perry County for fishing without a license.

 

Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
May 21, 2014

REGION I
The District 7 Supervisor, a CPO, a Region 4 CPO, and a CPO Trainee all responded to a boat accident at Argyle Lake State Park.  Two persons capsized a small Jon boat while fishing at the lake.  One subject swam to shore while the other went missing.  McDonough County Sheriff’s Department was the first agency on scene.  Several fire departments responded and searched the area on land and on the water.  Side scan sonar was utilized, and divers from McDonough County and Brown County searched for the missing subject.

A District 6 CPO working Starved Rock Campgrounds arrested an Oak Lawn man for the unlawful display and use of an air handgun in a State Park.  The subject was observed shooting rapidly into a dark wooded area towards another camp site.  Further investigation disclosed the subject was under the influence of alcohol.  Multiple citations were issued to the owner of the air gun and other campers at the site.

A District 7 officer arrested a Peoria subject on an outstanding US Marshall’s warrant.

A CPO conducted a traffic enforcement detail at Rock Cut Sate Park.  The detail targeted moving violations as well as equipment violations.  The detail resulted in 8 citations and 7 written warnings.  Two stops resulted in arrests to include wanted on warrant, driving while revoked and driving while suspended.

A CPOT rode with a District 6 officer for a couple of days between training officers.  During the two days the CPOT received a warm welcome to LaSalle County.  The officer and CPOT handled a domestic battery in a state park, a homeless couple with several dogs and cats camping in another state park, a vehicle accident in which a young lady fell asleep while driving, and along the way they checked a few fishermen.

A CPO and CPOT were in marked uniform patrol in Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County when they observed two individuals who had climbed on top of a large rock formation which is restricted to climbing.  As the officers approached on foot, they observed one of the individuals quickly jam an object into their pocket.  Further investigation revealed the subject’s unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. 

A CPO in Winnebago County worked area lakes on Jon boat and addressed fishing and boating violations to include insufficient number of PFD’s, fire extinguisher not in serviceable condition, batteries not covered or secured to the hull and on one lake, unlawful use of minnows.

Two CPO’s in Winnebago County worked with area scuba divers and recovered a fishing boat that had sunk the weekend prior on Pierce Lake.  There was a complete recovery of the boat and its contents which prevented any pollution hazard.

A boat accident occurred at Dam # 14 near Hampton.  Four of five people on board were rescued alive.  On May 16th  the missing person from the boat, a Colona IL man, was recovered from the Mississippi River by Sunset Marina in Rock Island IL.  The boat accident investigation is ongoing.

A 35 year old Oregon woman was applying for State Employment at Castle Rock State Park when a standard background check revealed an active Stephenson County Warrant.  Officers called the woman and asked her to come to the state park and complete paperwork.  When she arrived and was identified the arrest warrant was served and she was brought to the Ogle County Jail for her warrant from 2008.

A short northern pike and some nervous behavior led officers to investigate a 45 year old McConnell man as he was trying to divert officers’ attention.  During the investigation the man and his son were removing a 12 inch northern from a stringer.  The boy called his dad to come and pick him up from the Pecatonica River fishing area.  The man provided his

identification which revealed he was revoked for driving.  Citations were issued for the IVC violations and the boy was warned for the under sized fish.

A District 1 CPO conducted sport fishing compliance checks on the Apple River.  An Apple River man was issued a ticket for possession of a smallmouth bass during the closed season.

A District 1 CPO conducted sport fishing compliance checks on a private association lake.  A Chicago man was issued a ticket for fishing without a valid fishing license.  Multiple warnings were issued for sport fishing without a valid sport fishing license in possession.

A District 1 CPO conducted boat safety and registration compliance checks.  The violations observed and documented were:  unsecured battery, no Type IV throw able device, and PFD’s not readily accessible.

A Savanna man was arrested for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia at Mississippi Palisades State Park by a District 1 CPO.

A Mt. Carroll woman was also cited for being in the park after hours.

While conducting boat safety inspections, a District 1 CPO issued warnings for battery terminals not being covered, failure to wear lanyard cut-off, and a non-serviceable fire extinguisher.  A citation was issued to a Davenport man for not having any lifejackets in his boat with two occupants.

REGION II
A District 2 officer issued 9 citations and 4 written warnings.  One citation was for a 19 inch Northern Pike at Lake Zurich.

A District 2 CPO responded to a TIPS complaint on Grass Lake on Saturday.  One subject was charged with possession of a 21 inch walleye.  There is an 18-24" protected slot size. 

Activity was low due to unseasonably cool weather.  There was snow falling in Lake and McHenry Counties on Friday, May 16th. 

REGION III
No activity reported.

REGION IV
A Jersey County CPO stopped a vehicle at Pere Marquette State Park for failure to signal and improper lane usage. The driver had a suspended drivers license, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis.  He was arrested and transported to the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department.

Adams County CPO investigated a fatal boat accident in McDonough County.  The accident is under investigation.

Adams County CPO attended a Risk Watch Fair.  The CPO talked about lifejacket safety.  Six hundred Quincy 3rd graders attended.

Calhoun County CPO attended the Great Rivers Festival with the Wildlife Education Trailer in Madison County at Corp of Engineers Lock and Dam 26.

REGION V
A CPO taught hunter safety classes in Franklin County and Hardin County.

A CPO responded to a hunting without permission complaint in White County.  The caller had seen trucks from Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Illinois on the property and no one had permission.  They wanted to have enforcement action taken.  The CPO cited the guide on the hunt (also the judge of the cast), because it is his job to locate properties and obtain permission for the hunters prior to the hunt.  The man had permission for him to be on the property but when the landowner found out he had brought all these others they wanted him cited.  The guide was cited and the other participants were issued written warnings for hunting without permission.

CPOs completed range officer duties at 10 mile Creek.

A CPO conducted complimentary boat inspections at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County on May 16th.

A CPO is attempting to identify and track down a subject that was reported by a land owner for fishing without permission.

A CPO conducted water patrol by workboat on Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County looking for fish and boating violations.  Multiple fish and boating violations were documented.

A CPO and CPOT responded to a boat accident on Wesselin Lake at Pyramid State Park.  Two fishermen were changing fishing spots when they hit a submerged rock and their boat sank.  No one was injured.  The two made it to bank and walked to their truck.  They returned the next day and with assistance were able to remove the boat from the water. 

A CPO and CPOT conducted a fishing patrol by boat on Cedar Lake.  Minor boating violations were noted and documented with warning. 

A CPO assisted multiple agencies with arrest of an armed suspect who committed an armed robbery and double murder in Cairo, IL.

A CPO conducted a boat registration investigation in Union County.

A CPO arrested a Missouri operator on Kinkaid Lake who failed field sobriety testing and had numerous equipment violations.  He was arrested for OUI and submitted a breath sample which indicated a BAC of .137%.

District 16 CPOs attended firearms training at 10 Mile Conservation Area Range.

A CPO issued several park citations at Ft. Massac State Park.

 

Office of Law enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
May 28, 2014
 (includes Memorial Day Weekend)

REGION I
While on patrol in Lowden State Park, a District 1 CPO and CPOT observed a campsite to have alcohol in a restricted area.  As the CPOs were approaching, one of the subjects at the picnic table began stuffing something in a sleeping bag sack.  The CPO later found cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms in the bag.  Further inspection of the site revealed a glass cannabis pipe.  Two subjects were arrested; one for possession of cannabis 2.5-10 grams, with pending charges for possession of a controlled substance, the other subject was arrested for drug paraphernalia.  Both received citations for alcohol in a restricted area.

While conducting ramp checks in Ogle County, a District 1 CPO and CPOT observed a boat on the water with 9-10 people.  As the boat saw the CPOs at the ramp they traveled back upstream then traveled downstream past the ramp. Several minutes later, the same boat returned to the ramp, now with only 5 people.  The CPOs conducted a safety inspection and discovered there were only 4 PFDs on board.  The operator of the boat had been drinking and was given field sobriety tests.  The operator was found not to be OUI.  When questioned about the other 5 passengers, the operator informed the CPO they had dropped them off because they were underage and had been drinking as well as they did not have enough PFD’s on board.  The CPO instructed the operator to contact the subjects.  The operator complied and called one of the subjects. The operator then handed the phone to the CPO who instructed them to return to the road.  The subject hung up on the CPO and failed to comply.  Numerous phone calls were made to the subjects instructing them to return to the road.  Soon, assistance from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon Police Department, and another CPO and District Sergeant were requested to help in locating the subjects.  The subjects were soon located running through town and later through a corn field before they were caught and taken into custody.  The subjects were all charged with underage consumption and resisting/obstructing a police officer.  The operator of the boat was issued a citation for improper number of PFDs and two warnings for minor equipment violations.

While on patrol, a District 1 CPO and CPOT received a call for assistance from another CPO who was on a DUI stop in White Pines State Park.  The CPOs arrived and were preparing to assist the other CPO with the tow when the CPOT asked the passenger if he was in possession of anything illegal.  The passenger informed the CPOT he had some cannabis in his bag.  A search of the bag revealed the passenger was in possession of a Mason jar containing 7.5 grams of cannabis and several items of paraphernalia.  The passenger was arrested and transported to the Ogle County Jail.

While checking bank fisherman at the Castle Rock State Park Boat ramp, a District 1 CPO and CPOT observed a canoe with three young children in the front not wearing PFD’s. One citation was issued for the violation.
 
A District 1 CPO conducted sport fishing compliance checks on the Apple River and private bodies of water. Two tickets were issued for fishing without a valid sport fishing license.  Multiple warnings were issued for fishing without a valid sport fishing license in possession.

Smoking cannabis and no fishing license at White Pines State Park was what caused an officer to detain a 17 year old man and his girlfriend.  The man’s red, puffy, bloodshot glassy eyes were a strong indicator of his recent cannabis consumption.  The girlfriend lied about her age and said she was 15.  The several tattoos on her arm indicated she was older.

Byron Public Appreciation Day was held at the firehouse as officers spoke about boating and boating safety.

Six feet two inches and 320 pounds of angry man, from Dixon, did not want to go to jail after being advised he had a $10,000 warrant.  A CPO called for assistance in securing the man as his verbal non compliance and stepping away from the arresting officer indicated he did not want to be arrested for his warrant.

A hat from a Conservation Police Sergeant was lost in a corn field after an extensive search for five fleeing subjects.  Ogle County, Oregon Police Department and several CPOs were attempting to arrest the five men on criminal charges when they fled.  Despite seeing the flashing police emergency lights and siren they continued to run as officers commanded them to stop from the 4x4 truck cruising along side of them in the 1,000 acre field.  One of the subjects later stated he could run the mile in 4 minutes and 30 seconds feeling confident that he could out run the police.  The 4x4 police cruiser used to apprehend the suspects was able to run the mile faster.

A CPO and a U.S. Coast Guard officer patrolled Mississippi River Pool # 14.  A total of 10 boat safety checks were conducted.  Multiple boat written warnings were issued.  When lightning and rain started the CPO switched to fishing enforcement and checked Lock & Dam # 14.  Three citations were issued for fisherman illegally snagging fish at the dam.

A CPO cited multiple subjects for not wearing life jackets over the holiday weekend                                                  

A District 6 Officer handled a boat accident over Memorial Day weekend. The boat, with four individuals aboard, was cruising on the Illinois River at approximately 35 mph when it struck a submerged object.  The operator struck his head on the windshield which resulted in a large cut and a broken nose.  No one else in the boat was injured.  The operator was driving himself to a local emergency room.

A District 6 CPO discovered eight subjects in a restricted area of Illinois Canyon.  As he approached he observed one subject smoking cannabis.  Further investigation revealed a grinder on a second subject and the owner of the pipe to be a third subject.  The officer discovered alcohol as well and four subjects were under the age of 21.  Enforcement action led to numerous citations and four subjects confined in LaSalle County jail.

A CPO from Henderson County cited an individual at Lake Argyle State Park for unlawful possession of 11 undersized crappie.  Appropriate enforcement action was taken and the fish were returned to the lake.

Two district 6 CPOs were patrolling Winnebago County checking anglers. They observed two parked cars along a stream that feeds into the Rock River. The CPOs began to scan the stream from a wooded hilltop.  They observed a man throwing a cast net into the stream. Shortly after, the man caught a small mouth bass and put it into a bucket.  Small mouth season is closed until June 15. The CPOs moved to confront the man and while doing so discovered a second man with a cast net. The men possessed a bucket containing two small mouth bass and two suckers. We informed the men that they can only take minnows, shad, and crawfish by cast net. The men were issued a total of five tickets and were released. 

A District 6 Officer was on a foot patrol at Starved Rock State Park and arrested seven individuals for unlawful possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area.

A District 6 officer arrested one individual for unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

A District 6 Officer was on boat patrol and arrested four individuals for not having proper PFD’s for children under 13 years old.
 
A District 6 Officer arrested eight individuals for unlawful take of fish in a nature preserve.

A District 6 Officer arrested one individual for operating a motor boat under the influence of alcohol and careless operation.
 
While checking boats along the Mississippi River a CPO and CPOT arrested a subject for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.  The subject submitted a breath sample and registered a BAC in excess of .08. 

While on boat patrol a CPO and CPOT arrested a subject that was wanted on a warrant since 2009.

While checking fishermen, a CPO and CPOT arrested a subject for the illegal possession of 10-30 grams of cannabis and the illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following up on a complaint, a CPO and CPOT arrested a subject for using a commercial fishing device in a restricted area (trammel net) and pollution of the waterway.  

A CPO worked in marked uniform boat patrol on the Rock River in Winnebago County when they observed a man operating his motorboat through the posted NO WAKE ZONE.  The stop and subsequent boat safety inspection revealed the operator to be under the combined influence of alcohol and prescription drugs.  In addition to the Wake Zone and OUI arrest, the operator was also in violation of operating an unregistered watercraft and insufficient number of PFD’s.

CPOs working on the Rock River in Winnebago County inspected a seven year old motorboat that did not have any registration numbers displayed on each side of the bow; only IDNR registration decals.  When questioned, the owner and operator advised he was told by the DNR they would be providing him with the 3” numbers.  When shown by the CPO that the citizen is responsible to purchase and display the 3” numbers matching those on the decal assigned, the operator quickly changed his story advising he had them displayed but removed them to order different numbers.  When the CPO informed the operator the number assigned remains the same for the life of the boat, the operator gave up lying to the officers and accepted the violation.  

A District 7 CPO and a CPOT checked fishermen at the Lincoln Park Lagoons at Lake Storey in Galesburg.  A female fisherman was observed walking away from a pole and a container of catfish bait.  She claimed the pole belonged to her son.  Upon further interview, the CPOT obtained a confession that she was fishing without a license.  She was issued a citation for fishing without a valid Illinois license.

A District 7 CPO patrolled DNR sites in Knox and McDonough counties.  A fisherman was observed paddling a small Jon boat at the Victoria Pheasant Habitat Area.  An inspection of his safety equipment found he had no wearable life jacket.  His registration numbers were also displayed improperly.  He had “IL 1234 ZZ” displayed which is the example numbers found in the instructions for proper display.  He was issued written warnings for his violations and loaned a Type 3 PFD to complete his fishing trip.  The proper numbers to display were also explained. 

A District 7 CPO issued a citation to a man in a small Jon boat at Spoon Lake/Oak Run.  Upon loading it onto the trailer at the boat ramp, numerous beer cans and bottles were observed.  The elderly owner stated that the empties were from the Memorial Day weekend.  They were properly deposited into a nearby trash can by the boat operator.

REGION II
A District 3 CPO responded to a call of a woman suffering from possible heat exhaustion at Kankakee River State Park.  Fire/EMS arrived on scene and took the woman to the hospital for treatment.  The woman was in stable condition during follow up at the hospital.

A District 3 CPO handled a vehicle hit and run accident at Des Plaines CA resulting in property damage to the owner's vehicle estimated to be over $1500.

Several District 3 CPOs investigated a personal injury boating accident that occurred on the Illinois River near Morris.  A 21' Baja boat struck a pontoon boat injuring two persons.  The operator of the Baja boat submitted to a breath test revealing a BAC of .178.

A District 3 CPO arrested two individuals on Saturday in Romeoville for fishing without permission. 

A District 3 CPO on Sunday worked a personal injury accident at the Chippewa campground at Kankakee River State park involving a juvenile with a severe eye injury.

District 3 CPOs and a CPOT worked the Kankakee River in Kankakee County and wrote five citations for PFD violations for kids under 13 not wearing their life jackets, and wrote 20 written warnings for various equipment and boating violations.

District 3 CPOs on boat patrol on the Des Plaines and Kankakee Rivers arrested two boat operators for OUI.  In each case the operator refused to submit to a breath test.

A District CPO caught two fishermen fishing in Dresden cooling lake without permission, appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A District 3 CPO found a man and his wife fishing illegally on private property, appropriate enforcement action was taken.

CPOs worked the Kankakee River and Des Plaines River above Dresden Lock.  Multiple boating violations were observed, 7 Citations and 10 written warnings were issued.

A 19 year old male was arrested at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  He was camping in the park and was in violation of quiet hours.  In addition, all six subjects were under age and in possession of alcohol.

A subject was arrested on Nippersink Lake for violating a posted no wake area, operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol, operation of a watercraft with a BAC over 0.08 (.136%), and for an outstanding warrant out of Ogle County for failure to appear while driving with a suspended driver's license. 

A subject was arrested at the Chain O' Lakes State Park boat ramp for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  Subject blew a 0.085%. 

A subject was cited on the Fox River in Kane County for pulling a water skier without an observer. 

A CPO came across a subject with an 8" walleye, a 9" walleye, and a 9 3/4" largemouth bass (14-18" minimum for walleye and 14" bass) appropriate action was taken.

A CPO came across a subject with a 14" Northern Pike (24" min required).  He was attempting to get it off the stringer once he saw the CPO approaching, appropriate enforcement action was taken.

Two District 2 CPOs conducted Memorial Day small lakes patrol on Countryside, Gages and Round Lake in Lake County.  Several boating citations and written warnings were issued.  PFD and registration violations were most numerous. 

A District 2 CPO cited a subject for a 19" walleye at the McHenry Dam on the Fox River.  There is an 18-24" protected slot size.   

District 2 had a total of 66 citations and 58 written warnings, including one DUI, one OUI, one warrant arrest, and two drug arrests. 

While checking fishermen at a state site, a District 3 Officer observed a subject parked between two “no parking” signs.  Upon approaching her, the driver put the vehicle in drive as the officer observed the front seat passenger, through the open driver’s window, with an open bottle of beer.  Both violations for parking in a restricted area and illegal transportation of open alcohol were addressed.

While checking boaters at a District 3 state site, two subjects were cited for not securing their children in PFD's.

A District 4 CPO arrested a subject in Illinois Beach State Park for driving without a valid driver’s license.

A District 4 CPO cited an individual at Des Plaines River, Wadsworth Canoe Launch for operating a kayak without a personal flotation device and no water usage stamp as required.

A District 4 CPO arrested an individual for felony fleeing and eluding in Chicago after the subject did not stop when hailed to do so.

A District 4 CPO cited two persons for operating off-highway motorcycles on the roadway inside William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area. The subjects were also issued multiple written warnings for other off-highway vehicle act violations.

A District 4 CPO cited two persons for possessing and consuming alcohol inside William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area after the subjects attempted to hide alcohol in the presence of the CPO.

A District 4 CPO arrested a 34 year old Chicago man after the CPO observed him fishing from a kayak in the Des Plaines River.  Upon conducting a fishing license check and boat inspection the CPO observed a metal pipe sitting on the kayak seat between the man’s legs. The CPO obtained the pipe from the individual, who grew very nervous and began to cry. After a short interview the subject admitted to possessing drugs and handed the CPO a small vial containing four individual bags of cocaine totaling 2.1 grams. The man was arrested and charged with a felony for possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject had four previous arrests for dangerous drugs and multiple others for DUI and paraphernalia.

A District 4 CPO cited a person who was operating a motorboat without registration on Wolf Lake. The subject also had numerous other watercraft violations for which he was warned for.

A District 4 CPO conducted watercraft inspections at Burnham Harbor at Lake Michigan. That CPO issued two PFD citations, 2 registration citations, and 1 equipment violation citation.

A District 4 CPO observed a subject attempting to snag sport fish at Wolf Lake. The subject was cited for unlawful snagging.

A District 4 CPO stopped a subject for a traffic violation in Illinois Beach State Park. The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license and was arrested.

A District 4 Sergeant stopped a subject inside William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area for unlawfully operating an off highway motorcycle. The subject was cited for the violation and also issued multiple warnings for other off highway motorcycle violations.

District 4 issued a total of 54 citations and 106 written warnings including a felony arrest for drugs and an additional felony arrest for fleeing and eluding.

REGION III
A CPO and CPO Trainee arrested a Shelbyville man for pollution of waterways after he threw a plastic container containing a green leafy substance into a Shelbyville waterway.

A CPO arrested an Effingham man for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis<2.5 grams at Hidden Spring State Forest in Shelby County.

Two D11 CPO's investigated damage to State Property at Eagle Creek State Park.  Seven pedestal lights along the sidewalk behind the resort were kicked over and destroyed.  The investigation is on-going.

Two D11 CPOs encountered a group of individuals from the Coles County area fishing at the Lake Mattoon Dam.  After watching the group for some time, the officer's approached the group.  Two of the individuals had no fishing license and one of the men was under the age of 21 and consuming alcohol.  That man also was in possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis.  In addition the group had been trashing the area by throwing their beer cans on the ground and along the shoreline.  Multiple citations were issued.

Two D11 CPOs while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville encountered a group of three individuals whose small sailboat had become partially swamped.  The CPOs offered assistance and made sure the three safely made it to the shore.

A CPO working Mill Creek Lake in Clark County arrested a Terre Haute, IN man for driving under the influence of alcohol with a .186 BAC.

A CPO working Mill Creek Lake in Clark County arrested a Robinson man for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol with a .083 BAC.

A CPO is investigating a property damage boat accident on Lake Shelbyville where a Mattoon man hit a submerged object causing his boat to become swamped.

While checking fisherman at Clinton Lake a District 19 Officer smelled burnt cannabis in the immediate area.  As the officer appeared one of the fishermen attempted to hide a pipe and a container of cannabis.  When the officer asked for it the fisherman handed it to him.  After asking if they had anymore two of the three fishermen provided two pipes, two plastic containers containing cannabis, and two baggies of cannabis.  Enforcement action was taken.

While patrolling Clinton Lake a District 19 CPO observed a white boat traveling on plane with three occupants dancing and singing loudly as it passed.  The CPO noticed that the display of registration was incorrect.  After stopping the boat the operator was found to be OUI.

A District 19 CPO watched three individuals launch a Jon boat with no registration or sticker attached on the Sangamon River in Macon County.  When the CPO met up with the individuals down the river he noticed they did not have a paddle pass or any type of PFD's on board.  Upon further inspection the CPO located marijuana inside a tackle box in a Tic-Tac case.  Proper enforcement action was taken.

While conducting boat patrol on Clinton Lake District 19 CPOs arrested a 21 year old Gibson City man for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.  The subject had a BAC of .100%.

REGION IV
A District 13 officer taught the law enforcement portion of a boat safety class in Madison County.

A District 13 officer attended the sonar operator class in Jackson County.

A District 13 CPO was on patrol at Carlyle Lake checking fishermen when he saw a truck pull into the boat ramp parking lot.  The CPO ran a registration check on the vehicle which showed the male registered owner had a suspended driver’s license.  After stopping the vehicle and verifying the driver was suspended, the CPO noticed open alcohol in the front floorboard and saw several plants that appeared to be cannabis plants in the back seat.  The driver was questioned and admitted the cannabis plants were his.  The driver was found to have a total of 20 plants in the truck.  The driver was arrested and taken to jail.  The driver told the CPO that he had just got out of jail earlier that day for possession of cannabis plants. 

Wildlife Turkey Enforcement from boat on Kaskaskia River, no violations found.

Attended Concealed Carry training for Law Enforcement/Attended Public speaking Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters
 meeting in St. Clair County.

Sport Fishing From boat Peabody River King on Beaver Lake.  One citation for over H.P. and six written warnings for boating violations.

A District 13 Officer was on patrol in Randolph County and observed two men fishing out of a small boat in a local pond.  The officer ensured the fishermen had their fishing licenses and inspected the boat for proper safety equipment.  The officer discovered that the boat operator did not have any wearable PFD’s aboard the boat and lacked other safety equipment.  The officer also inspected the fish they had and discovered that one of the fishermen was in possession of over limit of bass.  The fishermen were cited for their violations.
  
The Monroe County CPO arrested a turkey hunter for unlawfully turkey hunting with the aid of bait.  The subject was baiting turkeys using cracked corn placed within approximately 15 yards of his hunting blind.

A District 13 CPO worked with the site techs of Randolph County Conservation Area to remove four deer stands from the park.  The deer stands are required to be removed from the IDNR property by February 14.   Most of the stands did not have the owner’s name and address and a few had screw-in accessories.

A District 13 CPO worked with the site techs of Randolph County Conservation Area to remove five deer stands from the Turkey Bluffs Fish and Wildlife.  The deer stands are required to be removed from the IDNR property by February 14. Most of the stands did not have the owner’s name and address and a few had screw-in accessories.

A District 13 Officer attended “Report Writing” training at the Fairview Heights Police Department for two days.

A District 13 Officer was patrolling Randolph County Lake.  The officer made contact with a female who was in the park after the 10:00 p.m. and the vehicle registration was expired.  The female subject was issued a written warning for her registration and instructed to leave the park.  As the officer drove away, he observed two trucks heading to the park’s entrance.  The officer stopped both vehicles.  A teenage girl was driving the first truck and a teenage boy was driving the second truck.  They stated that they were in Rolling Hills Campground and had a campfire.  The officer did not notice any coolers or firewood but he did observe a fire pit in the bed of the boy’s truck.  The boy and girl were both vague about the location of their campfire.  The officer told them that he would go back to Rolling Hills Campground and inspect the campgrounds for any trash.  At Rolling Hills Campground, the Officer observed two vehicles parked in the walk-in camping only and multiple types of alcohol on the picnic table.  Two males and two females were sitting around a ground fire that was on the rocks.  The Officer issued warnings for the vehicles off of the roadway.  These campers stated they had arrived about dark and a truck was parked back into the woods and a campfire was visible.  The officer drove to the horse trail gate and followed truck tracks to a pile of hot campfire logs.  The officer observed several truck tracks making circles in the clover field.  A water bottle and the top half of a pizza box with the date and time were next to the logs.  The officer will be making contact with the teenagers who he had stopped at the park’s entrance.

A District 13 officer completed a hunting accident investigation that had occurred in early January.  Information about the accident had only come to light a week earlier.

While training with a new piece of sonar equipment, a District 13 officer discovered what appears to be two vehicles in a State Park lake.

A District 13 officer was contacted by a State Police Investigator in reference to an alligator that was found in East St. Louis.  The alligator was inside a residence where a search warrant had been served.  The alligator was seized and turned over to the DNR herpetologist.  The adults living at the residence were cited for possession of an endangered species.

Four District 13 CPOs participated in a commercial fish detail on the Kaskaskia River north of the Fayetteville boat launch.  The officers located twenty nets.  Two nets were seized because they had expired commercial gear tags and one of the nets had dead fish. 

A traffic stop conducted in Frank Holten State Park for driving over the posted speed limit.  The driver was cited for driving without a valid license and transported to St. Clair County Jail for several outstanding traffic warrants.

A District 13 CPO conducted a traffic stop on an individual in a Fish and Wildlife area.  The driver was wanted on a $4500.00 warrant for failure to appear for gift of alcohol to a minor.  A written warning was issued for the traffic offense and the driver was taken to jail for the warrant.

District 13 officers worked the IHSA Bass Tournament at Carlyle Lake.  The end of the first day was cut short by about an hour when the lake was cleared due to bad weather.

A District 13 officer conducted a boat registration and title investigation in Madison County.

A District 13 officer assisted Alberta Fish and Wildlife with the issuance of a subpoena.  The Illinois man who was served the subpoena is acting as a witness for Alberta in an illegal outfitter case.

District 13 Officers responded to a boat accident on the Kaskaskia River.  A juvenile was ejected from the bow of the boat and broke her femur.

District 13 Officers participated in the Homeland Security Detail for Vice President Joe Biden.  The Officers secured the Alton Mississippi River front with watercraft.

District 13 Officers tested the modifications to the Workskiff watercraft on Carlyle Lake.

REGION V
During the Memorial Day weekend a District 14 CPO observed a man and a little girl riding a small ATV in Cave-in-Rock State Park.  The CPO discovered the subject was wanted on a warrant and he was taken to the Hardin County Jail.  The girl was released to her mother.  

While working a boat patrol on Rend Lake, a CPO and CPOT arrested a man for unlawful operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol.  The man registered at .11% which is over the legal limit of .08%.

Over the holiday weekend people were cited for illegal transportation of alcohol in a vehicle and two vehicle drivers were cited for driving off the roadway in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.  Many other infractions were noted within the park including having fires in non-designated areas. 

A CPO assisted ISP with locating a wanted subject who had previously fled on foot from officers. The CPO took the subject into custody without incident.

A CPO addressed violations of unlawful operation of a vehicle on Department lands and an unlawful campfire was discovered in the Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve.

A CPO completed an investigation on a Benton man for not tagging or reporting the harvest of a turkey.  The subject also possessed a rifle killed Canada Goose.  The subject was charged with failure to report the harvest of a turkey and possession of an unlawfully taken Canada Goose.

A CPO with a CPOT stopped a vehicle for speeding.  The driver was driving with a revoked license.  The driver stated he had to run to town for his sick mother, otherwise he wouldn't be driving.  The CPOT asked what was so dire that he needed to drive.  He stated he needed weed-eater line for his weed-eater.  The driver was cited for driving with a revoked license and speeding.

The District 14 Sergeant and a CPO patrolled several small lakes and creeks over the weekend.  Seven citations and many warnings were issued for boating and fishing violations. 

An Effingham County CPO cited a timber buyer for failure to pay and wrongful tree cutting.  The State’s Attorney filed two felony counts against the subject.

A Marion County CPO arrested three subjects wanted on warrants in Marion County.

A Marion County CPO arrested a child sex offender in S.A. Forbes State Park.

A Marion County CPO wrote three tickets for no PFDs on lakes, four subjects for no fishing license, and nine written warnings for boating violations.

A Richland County CPO wrote nine warnings, three fishing license tickets, one ticket for no PFD, and fifteen warnings for boating violations.

A Lawrence County CPO and CPOT taught a hunter safety class in Wayne county.

A Lawrence County CPO and CPOT wrote three citations for alcohol violations at S.A. Forbes State Park.

A Lawrence County CPO and CPOT wrote five warnings, and one citation for no fishing license on the Wabash River. 

A Lawrence County CPO and CPOT wrote one citation for no PFD on Lake Sara.

A Fayette County CPO and District Sgt. wrote two subjects for OUI on Vandalia Lake.  The subjects blew .10 and .15 and one subject for insufficient number of PFDs.

A District Sgt assisted Marion County deputies with the apprehension of a man who fled in his truck across an open field.  The subject was under arrest for aggravated animal cruelty after he tied a rope around his horse and dragged his horse down the road.  The horse was badly damaged but is expected to recover.

A CPO instructed firearms training at the Highland Range for Region 4 Officers.

A CPO was contacted at home by a landowner in rural Jackson County who caught a subject root digging on his property.  The subject was in possession of numerous goldenseal roots and admitted he was trespassing.  The subject was cited for criminal trespassing and the goldenseal roots freshly dug up by the subject were returned to the landowner to be replanted. 

A CPO arrested a Williamson County man for OUI on Lake of Egypt with a BAC of 0.137.

A CPO issued five various boating citations and seventeen written warnings on Lake of Egypt. 

A CPO is investigating an outfitter for various violations including baiting, unlawful feeding of wildlife, and records violations. 

A CPO assisted a boater on Lake of Egypt; the operator stated that he had been bitten by a snake on the toe.  The subject showed a bloody snake bite.  I contacted Biologist Scott Ballard for consultation.  Ballard advised subject that the pattern of the wound was most likely from a non venomous water snake.  Refuge Officer Schelling and I escorted the boat to the campground where the subject was told to rest and monitor the wound.

A CPO assisted a USFWS Officer in arresting a Crab Orchard boater for OUI (BAC .199%). The subject was processed and bonded in Williamson County.

A CPO arrested a Crab Orchard boater for operating speedboat watercraft under the influence (OUI). The subject submitted a breath sample which indicated a BAC of (.211%).  He was processed and bonded at Williamson County.

A CPO and CPOT conducted boating patrol over the holiday weekend.  Several subjects were cited for insufficient PFD's while boating.  Other minor boating violations were noted and documented with written warnings.

A District 16 Sergeant, CPO and CPOT responded to a call of a possible body in a drainage ditch near Carbondale.   The object was found and determined to be carpet padding wrapped up in a tarp. 

A CPO was working in Williamson County when he observed a vehicle driving erratically on the roadway.  A traffic stop on the vehicle resulted in the driver being arrested for DUI.  The driver submitted a breath sample which showed his BAC at .149%. He was processed and bonded at Williamson County.

A District 16 Sergeant instructed sonar at Lincoln Nebraska to the Game and Parks Commission.  Eight students attended the four day class.

A CPO continues an investigation in finding the identity of a subject that was trespassing and fishing without permission on private property.

A CPO received information on a boat with around 15 persons on it that had been drinking all day and causing a disturbance in the neighborhood close to where the boat was anchored.  CPOs responded to a location across the lake and attempted to keep out of sight from the boat in question.  One of the CPOs knew another person that lived close to the location of the anchored boat and called that subject.  After gathering some useful information the CPO called other CPO's to their location.  These two CPOs were working in an unmarked Jon boat on Lake of Egypt also. The CPO had received information that the subject on the boat in question had binoculars and kept very close attention to the location of the marked patrol boat.  CPOs left the area and went to a location at the north end of the lake.  A short while later the boat in question pulled anchor and drove across the lake straight to the CPOs location.  The boat was stopped and found to have 16 persons aboard that were all highly intoxicated.  The operator was found to be intoxicated and under 21.  CPOs came back to the location of the stop made by the other CPOs.  The operator was taken away from the other passengers and field sobriety was completed. The father of the young man arrived and began to rant and rave at the CPOs.  He made some verbal threats.  After awhile the situation was calmed by the CPOs. The boat belonged to the father and was full of over 150 empty beer cans.  The father apologized for his behavior and statements and stated that he was "more mad at his son for driving the boat drunk".  The son was arrested for OUI, under age consumption of alcohol and overloading a watercraft.