Office of Law Enforcement
A Region 1 Officer observed a snowmobile cross a state highway and enter a Hardees parking lot. A stop of the snowmobile found that the registration had expired two plus years ago. A citation was issued for expired registration expiration decals.
A Region 1 Officer cited a timber truck driver for no proof of ownership papers and issued a written warning for no daily haul sheet.
A Region 1 Officer instructed students about snowmobile laws and educated them on safe snowmobiling practices.
Region 1 Officers worked a waterfowl detail in Winnebago County.
A Region 1 Officer is investigating the hunting without permission of a known poacher in the Lee/Whiteside County area.
The Mercer County State's Attorney's Office reviewed a case that a Region 1 Officer made involving out of state subjects archery deer hunting without permits, licenses, and habitat stamps. One of the subjects left the state and failed to meet with the officer as he agreed to. The State's Attorney's Office filed long form complaints against him, charging him with unlawfully archery deer hunting without non-resident deer permits in possession, unlawfully hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license, and unlawfully hunting without a habitat stamp.
Region 1 Officers conducted several random inspections on local taxidermists.
Goose hunting has picked up tremendously in Region 1. Along with this comes the annual bout of decoy thefts. Hunters are encouraged to permanently mark their decoys so they can later be identified.
A Region 1 Officer arrested a Tennessee resident for multiple deer hunting violations. An eight point buck was seized reference the investigation.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a possible deer poaching complaint. A headless deer had been found in a wooded area. The officer met with the complainant and inspected the body. A cause of death could not be determined, but noted the deer appeared to be older and the area had been subject to harsh weather lately. While investigating the scene a neighbor approached the officer and stated he had found the deer next to his tree stand 2 days prior. The neighbor stated he could not determine cause of death, but decided to take the head. The neighbor showed the officer the head and confirmed the advanced age of the deer. The neighbor was issued a written warning for failure to report a deer taken by methods other than lawful hunting or vehicle/deer collision.
A Region 1 Officer assisted a Region 3 Officer in an arrest of three male subjects in northern Livingston County for hunting by aid or use of a motor vehicle. The two officers observed the subjects driving down a rural road shining spotlights from their vehicle. The officers then made a traffic stop on the vehicle and recovered an uncased loaded 22 cal. rifle from inside the vehicle.
A Region 1 Officer, with the recent snowfall, worked snowmobilers in LaSalle and surrounding counties. The officer cited an individual for operating a snowmobile without a driver’s license and another individual for operating a snowmobile without registration.
Large snowfall in Region 1 brought many old snowmobiles out of storage. A stop of two sleds in Fulton County resulted in a citation for expired registration.
Two Region 1 Officers worked a snowmobile detail on the Hennepin Canal. The detail was directed at individuals operating on the closed trail. The detail involved a marked vehicle and snowmobile. Several individuals were stopped and several warnings and citations were issued. Enforcement was taken on a variety of issues, including everything from registration, to safety equipment, to the closed trail.
A Region 1 Officer is currently working on a watercraft titling investigation.
A Region 1 Officer towed a car abandoned at Rock Cut State Park. The vehicle is under investigation for multiple hit & run incidents. The officer checked to see if there were any reports of hit & run reported for this vehicle due to extensive front end damage. There were no reports at area police agencies looking for this vehicle at the time of my towing of this car.
A Region 1 Officer investigated a snowmobile crash. The operator lost control of his snowmobile, fell off, and slid into a parked trailer. The operator was taken to the hospital and was treated for a cut to his leg. The snowmobile was not registered. The operator was cited for not having registration and for operating too fast for conditions.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a call of a poached deer in Ogle County. The deer had been shot from the road and was still lying in a field. The officer sat behind a barn and waited for the shooter to return for the deer. After four hours, the shooter returned in a car driving down the road with the headlights off. The car stopped and dropped the shooter off to retrieve the deer. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and instructed the subject in the field to return. After the interview, it was discovered he was a non-resident with no hunting license, habitat stamp, permits, shot the deer from the roadway, hunted without permission, and took the deer with a firearm out of season. Appropriate citations and warnings were issued. One shotgun and the deer were seized.
A Region 1 Officer was working the I & M Canal. The canal was open to snowmobilers due to the amount of snow we have had recently. The officer stopped six sleds for a compliance inspection and found two violations. As the officer was writing out written warnings for the violations, an ATV drove past the officer and individuals on the sleds. After issuing the written warnings, the officer located the ATV and issued a citation for unauthorized vehicle on the canal. The ATV operator thought he could ride on the canal since the trail was open to snowmobilers.
A CPO located two deer stands with a large feeder nearby full of corn near Hebron in McHenry County. After checking the area several times he caught two archery deer hunters hunting over a large quantity of corn dumped on the ground. When he asked them what happened to the feeder, they explained someone had recently stole it from them, so they dumped approximately 100 pounds of corn on the ground to hunt over. Both hunters were also in possession of a firearm while archery deer hunting. Appropriate citations were issued.
CPOs responded to a call of a lost hiker in Volo Bog State Natural Area. The 45 year old subject decided to walk the three mile circular walking trail in the park with his dog during the day. After walking to what seemed an unusually long time for the subject, he believed he was lost and had walked over 4 miles. The subject called 911 for help and the two CPOs were notified and responded. The CPOs spoke with the subject on the phone, determined that there were no medical issues, and had the hiker describe his location to them. He was instructed to wait in place, but did not. When CPOs located the subject at the 1.5 mile marker on the trail, he thanked them, but was disappointed they did not arrive on an ATV or Snowmobile so he would not have to walk back to his vehicle.
CPOs responded to a complaint on Fox Lake that snowmobilers were intentionally skipping a large area of open water in Stanton Bay and attempting to run over geese. Two subjects were observed repeatedly crossing the open water and later apprehended at their residence. Both admitted to crossing the water three times and were cited for careless operation of a snowmobile. The harassing of wildlife complaint was unfounded. One of the subjects was additionally warned for failure to display registration decals.
A CPO arrested the operator of a snowmobile in McHenry County for traveling upon the highway against traffic and OUI-Snowmobile. The subject registered a .132 BAC when submitting to the breathalyzer test.
A CPO received a call from the contact line of three Polish men ice fishing on McCullum Lake, who were in possession of a short northern pike. As the CPO approached the ice shanty, the one subject outside, picked up what appeared to be an undersized northern pike, and tried to pass it under the shanty to the subjects inside, then pushed the snow back against the shanty. The subject ignored verbal commands, and acted like nothing happened. When questioned about the fish, he claimed he "didn't speak English". The other two subjects, who were highly intoxicated, refused to cooperate using the "no English" defense. A search of the shanty revealed no fish. After a lengthy search, in several inches of snow, an undersized northern was found hidden several feet from the ice shanty. The first subject was charged with obstructing a police officer and possession of an undersized fish. The other two subjects were also charged as accessories for possession of an undersized fish. The subjects walked to a nearby residence since they were instructed not to drive. The local police department was informed of the violators’ location and indicated their vehicles would be towed since the park was closed after sunset.
A Mattoon man, arrested for OUI on Lake Shelbyville, pleaded guilty in Moultrie County court. He was fined $1507. A minor passenger and the Tuscola man that provided alcohol to him were fined $588 and $952, respectively.
A Mattoon man, arrested for OUI on Lake Shelbyville, pleaded guilty in Moultrie County court. He was fined $1311.
Two Sigel youths, arrested at Lake Mattoon dam for underage consumption of alcohol, pleaded guilty in Shelby County court. They were fined $786 and $449, respectively.
A Strasburg man, cited at Hidden Springs State Forest for allowing an unauthorized driver, child safety restraint violation, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, pleaded guilty in Shelby County court. He was fined $1114.
A Mattoon youth, arrested at Lake Mattoon for underage consumption of alcohol, pleaded guilty in Cumberland County court. He was fined $361.
A St Clair County officer was working evening goose hunters near Troy, IL. The officer observed a goose hunter shooting at geese after legal hours. The officer made contact with the subject and found him to be in possession of lead shot.
A St Clair County officer responded to a complaint regarding possible illegal traps near Freeburg. The officer located the traps and is investigating the case.
A CPO reported the disposition on a drug charge where the subject was convicted for possession of cannabis and paid $561.00 in fines and costs.
A CPO reported a subject arrested for dumping deer carcasses pleaded guilty and paid a $100.00 fine.
District 15 officers issued 23 citations and 6 written warnings.
A CPO responded to a TIPS complaint from the Chief of Police in Fairfield. The CPO arrested a subject for shooting a coopers hawk in city limits. The subject was cited for an uncased firearm, shooting from the road, use and aid of a motor vehicle and unlawful take of bird of prey.
CPOs arrested a trapper during the first late winter deer season for trapping without permission, untagged traps, no blaze orange and an uncased firearm.
A CPO arrested a second trapper for retaining species alive.
A CPO charged a Florida subject for two counts of falsification of residency to obtain resident deer permits and hunting licenses.
A District Sergeant reported the disposition on a criminal sexual abuse case for which the female defendant was found guilty, sentenced to two years probation and sexual offender program compliance. She was fined and assessed costs of $1061.00.
A subject cited for speeding, no insurance and multiple other traffic violations was fined $892.00.
A CPO reported the disposition on four Herrick subjects arrested for possession of cannabis in Fayette County. Two subjects pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and two subjects pleaded guilty to possession of paraphernalia. The subjects paid $1881.00 in fines.
A CPO reported the disposition on a Stonington subject arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance (prescription pills) who was given two years supervision and fined $1783.00.
A CPO reported the disposition on a Vandalia subject arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The subject was fined $158.00 and given 60 days in jail.
A CPO reported the disposition on two Ramsey subjects arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. Both subjects pleaded guilty. One subject was fined $1144.00 and placed on supervision for one year. The second subject was fined $884.00, 30 days in jail and two years supervision.
A CPO reported the disposition of a Decatur subject arrested for possession of cannabis who was fined $150.00 and given six months supervision.
A CPO reported the disposition on a Vandalia subject arrested for OUI. The subject was placed on two years supervision and paid fines and costs of $3307.00
A CPO reported the disposition on a Brownstown subject arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The subject paid $1144.00 in fines and costs.
A CPO reported the disposition on a Mulberry Grove subject arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The subject was fined $1134.00.
A CPO reported the disposition on two Ramsey subjects arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. Both subjects were fined $1336.00 each and placed on one year supervision.
A CPO reported the disposition of a Beecher City subject arrested for possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The subject was fined $1166.
A CPO reported the disposition on a Coffeen subject arrested for DUI. The DUI was amended to reckless driving charges and the subject was fined $2151.00 and placed on two years supervision.
A CPO reported the disposition on two subjects arrested for unlawful take of deer. Both subjects paid a $75.00 fine, court costs and a $250.00 civil penalty.
A subject arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance was assessed court costs of $523.00 and sentenced to one year in prison.
Two subjects arrested for shooting Wood ducks and Widgeon during teal season were each fined $275.00.
The day before dove season a baited field was located. On opening day CPOs assisted in surveillance and take down of the field. Three subjects arrested for hunting dove over bait pleaded guilty to federal charges and paid $525.00 each. Additionally, one subject pleaded guilty to placement of the bait for hunting purposes and paid a $1025.00.
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A Region 1 Officer attended a Department of Lands plan of work meeting at the Region Office.
A Region 1 Officer investigated a snowmobile accident in Lee County. The operator of the snowmobile struck a field irrigator traveling approximately 70mph and was thrown approximately thirty feet. The operator was transported to the hospital by ambulance and admitted for a broken femur.
Region 1 Officers worked a snowmobile detail in Stephenson County. Over fifty snowmobiles were inspected during the detail, resulting in eight citations and ten warnings.
A Region 1 Officer was patrolling in Whiteside County for coyote hunters. While observing a group hunt, several trucks were surrounding the area on the roadways and blocking the field. A stop on two of the trucks in the roadway resulted in a subject being found in possession of an uncased gun in the truck. The subject was warned for use and aid of a motor vehicle while hunting coyote and hunting from a roadway and cited for the uncased gun.
A Region 1 Officer stopped several snowmobiles on I & M Canal. One of the subjects was wanted on warrant and didn't have a driver’s license.
A Region 1 Officer is investigating the alleged activities of an unlicensed outfitter.
Region 1 Officers worked a snowmobile detail on the Hennepin Canal from Colona to Sterling and completed 15 inspections. Officers observed a 1978 John Deere snowmobile on the ice with no operator. As officers were inspecting the snowmobile, the operator returned with a new belt. The operator stated he purchased the snowmobile at least 8 months ago from an E-bay sale out of Ohio. The operator was unsure how to obtain registration since there was no paperwork that came with the snowmobile. The officers explained the process and provided him with an application for registration and a snowmobile digest. The operator was issued a citation for no valid registration and a written warning for no headlight. Prior to leaving, the operator was able to get the headlight functional.
Region 1 Officers worked a snowmobile detail in Stephenson County. The detail consisted of three snowmobiles and two squads patrolling the local trail system. The patrol was targeted at safety, registration, and alcohol related offenses. Numerous sleds were stopped and inspected. Several violations of registration and safety equipment were observed and addressed.
A Region 1 Officer was checking firearm deer hunters. A Hampton man was issued a citation for shooting a 6 point buck with his firearm during the antlerless only firearm season in Whiteside County. He advised that he thought it was a doe and that he shot it at 35 yards in the trees.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a personal injury snowmobile accident west of Morrison in Whiteside County. A Morrison man was found face down in a chisel plowed cornfield with his broken up snowmobile on top of him. Subject was transported to Morrison Hospital and then air lifted to St. Anthony's in Rockford for treatment of his several broken ribs, internal bleeding, and collapsed lung. Snowmobile accident report and charges are pending further investigation.
A Region 1 Officer conducted a snowmobile patrol via snow machine on the Hennepin Canal in Whiteside County during the evening hours. No violations were noted.
Region 1 Officers issued three subjects twelve citations and seized a deer and a .22 rifle for various deer poaching violations.
A Region 1 Officer investigated a serious snowmobile accident in Henderson County. The accident occurred on January 8th, 2010. The officer was not informed of the accident until January 11th, 2010. Using ambulance reports, the officer is in the process of tracking down the subjects involved in the event. The investigation continues.
A Region 1 Officer worked snowmobiles. Several citations and warnings were issued.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a report of two men who had broken through the ice while riding an ATV on Spring Lake near Depue. The two men were able to make it out of the water and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the ATV was issued two citations including one for DUI.
A Region 1 Officer received a complaint from a landowner that he had subjects riding snowmobiles on his property. He had stopped the subjects and was waiting for me to arrive. I arrived and three subjects were each issued citations for snowmobiling without permission.
A Region 1 Officer attended a week long instructor development training certification course at a local mobile training unit.
A Region 1 Officer patrolled the I & M Canal for snowmobiles. The officer issued a citation to an Illinois resident who had registered his snowmobile in Wisconsin, but not in Illinois as well. An Illinois resident operating their snowmobile in Illinois must have Illinois registration.
Region 1 Officers conducted a snowmobile detail in the Orangeville, Cedarville, and Lena area of Stephenson County and made several arrests for registration and safety violations. Officers have been targeting drunk operators and making arrests.
A Region 1 Officer conducted a detail on the Illinois and Michigan canal checking snowmobiles for compliance with the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act. One citation was issued for an
A Region 1 Officer checked multiple snowmobiles and investigated several deer hunting incidents that happened during the firearm deer season.
A Region 1 Officer was temporarily assigned to the Illinois State Police Academy to serve as a Recruit Class Supervisor. This class commenced on January 10th and will graduate April 2nd.
A Tennessee resident was arrested in Mercer County for archery deer hunting without a non resident deer permit, non-resident hunting license, and habitat stamp. The charge against him for hunting without a habitat stamp was dropped in a plea agreement. He received fines and costs totaling $564.00 for his violations.
A subject in Mercer County was arrested for possession/use of fraudulently obtained deer and turkey permits and accessory to his 16 year old son taking a whitetail buck without a valid permit. The son shot a 19 point buck and tagged it with his dad's fraudulent landowner deer permit. All fraudulently obtained deer and turkey permits were seized and forfeited to the department. The charge against the subject for the fraudulent permits was dropped in a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to the accessory charge and received fines and costs totaling $264.00. The deer head was forfeited to the department.
CPOs arrested two subjects for taking over the limit of Canada Geese.
A CPO cited two subjects for hunting deer over bait and possession of a firearm while archery deer hunting. The subjects were hunting over a large amount of shelled corn and carrots. They were found to be in possession of a .22 rifle and two handguns while they were bow hunting. The subjects advised the firearms were for protection.
A CPO cited a subject for hunting without permission near Wauconda. The complainant had a violator that hunted his property last season, but was not caught.
CPOs responded to a snowmobile accident on Nippersink Lake, New Year’s Day. When they arrived at the scene, there was an ATV with two wheels floating near the thin ice, with no one around. After searching the area and talking to neighbors, the mother of the ATV operator said her daughter tried to help a subject who had broke through the ice on his snowmobile. The snowmobile operator was identified and issued citations for careless operation (due to the obvious unsafe conditions), expired registration, & pollution of waterway. The ATV operator came out after the initial incident, trying to help retrieve the snowmobile, then broke through the ice. She was verbally warned. Both subjects exited the water under their own power with no injuries. The machines were retrieved the next day.
CPOs arrested an ice fisherman on Crystal Lake for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, and fishing without license in possession.
CPOs arrested an ice fisherman on Spring Lake for possession of cannabis, and fishing without license in possession.
CPOs were notified of a snowmobile accident that occurred outside of Marengo, IL. Two separate snowmobile operators drove off a berm located adjacent to a snowmobile trail. Both operators were taken by ambulance to Sherman Hospital and released.
CPOs investigated a personal injury snowmobile accident that occurred in Livingston County. The operator was traveling along Route 17 when he struck a culvert. The operator was transported to a nearby hospital where it was determined that he had broken his pelvis.
Several underage subjects arrested at Clinton Lake for illegal consumption of alcohol pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay a fine and court costs totaling $597.00 each. The subject charged with supplying the alcohol to the minors took a plea agreement and was ordered to pay fines and court costs of $839.00 for failing to have the required amount of personal floatation devices on board the boat he was operating at the time of the offense.
Two underage subjects arrested at Mascoutin State Recreational Area pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of alcohol and were each ordered to pay $597.00 in fines and court costs.
A drunk driver arrested in DeWitt County took a plea agreement to a reduced charge of reckless driving. The subject was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $3,329.75 and placed on probation for 18 months.
An intoxicated boater arrested on Clinton Lake pleaded guilty to operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. The subject was placed on supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $1,421.00.
A Decatur man arrested near the Sportsman’s Complex Pond (Decatur) for possession of cannabis (2.5 to 10 grams) pleaded guilty in a Macon County court. The subject was placed on supervision for 9 months and ordered to pay fines and court costs of $570.00.
A Decatur man arrested at Spittler Woods State Park for possession of cannabis pleaded guilty in a Macon County court. The subject was placed on supervision for 9 months and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service in addition to fines and court costs of $533.00.
A Blue Mound man found in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia at the Lake Decatur Spillway took a plea agreement in a Macon County court. The cannabis charge was dismissed and the subject agreed to plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on supervision for 12 months and paid a fine and court costs of $1,191.00.
A Decatur man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia pleaded guilty in a Macon County court and was ordered to pay $1,196.00 in fines and court costs. In addition, the subject was placed on supervision for 12 months. The man was arrested at Spitler Woods State Park.
While working late winter firearm deer hunters in Shelby County, a CPO observed a bow hunter who was not wearing blaze orange. While addressing the violation and conducting a compliance check, the bow hunter revealed that he had killed an 8 point buck in October. The CPO noticed the hunter still had an either sex and antlerless only archery tags in his possession. A check of harvest records through the Point of Sale network revealed the hunter had only purchased one set of bow tags and that he did not check the deer. The subject was followed back to his residence in Decatur, where the deer antlers were seized. The subject was cited for unlawful possession of a white-tailed deer issued several written warnings.
A Moultrie County landowner contacted a CPO after he discovered a tree stand on his property. The landowner explained that he had not given permission to hunt his property and had gone to the trouble of leaving two notes on the tree stand warning the hunter that there was no hunting allowed. The tree stand and climbing sticks were seized at the landowner’s request.
A Mattoon man pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in a Cumberland County court and was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $1141.00. The man was arrested at Lake Mattoon. Charges of possession of cannabis were dismissed in the plea agreement.
A Champaign man arrested at Wolf Creek State Park pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in a Shelby County court. The subject was ordered to attend a drug treatment program, pay fines and court costs totaling $1386.00 and placed on supervision for 12 months. A charge of possession of cannabis was dismissed in the plea agreement.
A Shelbyville man arrested on the Kaskaskia River pleaded guilty in a Shelby County court to possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was ordered to pay fines and court costs of $1161.00. A cannabis charge was dismissed in the plea agreement.
Several underage subjects arrested at Cove #5 on Lake Shelbyville pleaded guilty in a Shelby County court to numerous violations. The subjects were found drunk and in possession of drugs while boating. The operator of the boat pleaded guilty to operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and was fined $2121.00. One passenger pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and was fined $1151.00 and the other passenger pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and was fined $474.00. Several other charges including; illegal consumption of alcohol, possession of cannabis and obstructing a peace officer were dismissed in the plea agreement.
A Beecher City man found in possession of drugs at Wolf Creek State park pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in a Shelby County court. The subject was placed on supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay $1661.00 in fines and court costs. A cannabis charge was dismissed in the plea agreement.
A Seneca man who was stopped for traffic violations at Wolf Creek State Park pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to use turn signal. The subject was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $1,621.00. A cannabis charge was dismissed in the plea agreement. A passenger in the vehicle was also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol and paid a fine of $75.00.
A Rushville man pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sale of protected aquatic life and one count of sale of aquatic life taken with sport fishing methods. He was fined a total of $750 plus court costs. This case was initiated by the former Division of Investigations and completed by District 9 and 10 officers.
A Havana subject pleaded guilty to driving while his license was suspended in Fulton County and was fined $359 with costs. This same subject had previous game and boating violations. This was the result of a District 10 officer checking duck hunters at the Emiquon NWR.
A CPO arrested several individuals in Scott and Cass County for falsifying information to get deer permits.
A Mclean County subject pleaded guilty in Logan Conty for allowing a minor to hunt deer over bait. He paid a total of $350 in fines and costs. The charge of allowing a minor to hunt without a permit in possession was dismissed.
A CPO also took possession of a deceased bald eagle that will be forwarded to the USFWS.
A CPO arrested a subject in Jefferson County for "unlawful take/ possession of deer". Two deer antlers and hides were seized.
A CPO reported the disposition of a subject arrested for OUI in Effingham County. The OUI was amended to reckless operation and the subject was fined $1000.00 plus costs of $660.00. The subject was placed on court supervision for one year.
A CPO reported the disposition of a burglary case at Sam Parr State Park concerning thefts from multiple boats left at the lake marina.
A CPO reported the disposition on two subjects arrested multiple times for Ginseng violations. One subject paid $2524.00 and the second subject paid $2000.00. Both subjects are revoked. Sale of the ginseng netted another $1235.00 to the Department.
A CPO assisted U.S. Marshals, Pulaski, Union, and Alexander County Sheriffs in a search for three escapees from Tri-County Detention Center. The three escapees were being held on state and federal charges. The escapees are still at large and as of today have not been located.
CPOs are investigating a meat processing facility in Johnson County for possible Sportsman for Hunger violations.
A CPO responded to three trespassing complaints in Jackson County. Two of the three were founded.
A CPO is investigating an Alexander County man for unlawfully taking deer out of season, the case is still under investigation.
A CPO is investigating three Marion men for unlawfully taking an over limit of geese. The case is still under investigation pending federal charges.
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A Region 1 Officer was patrolling Green River State Wildlife Area and came across a truck parked on the roadway at an intersection in the site. The subject in the truck was using binoculars to look at a field for coyotes. The officer followed the vehicle a short way and made a stop on the vehicle when the registration was run through the State Police and found the registered owner was revoked. The subject had a restricted driving permit in possession and admitted to hunting coyote. There was a rifle in the passenger seat in a case with rounds on a sleeve on the stock. The subject was warned for hunting from a roadway and failure to have hunting license in possession.
A Region 1 Officer conducted several field checks on compliant deer hunters and found no violations.
A Region 1 Officer located a subject deer hunting during the late antlerless gun season. While checking the subjects hunting area, the officer located a salt block. The subject was cited for hunting over bait.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a complaint of deer that had been poached in Fulton County. While gathering evidence and taking photos, a vehicle stopped and reported a second deer lying in a field approximately two miles away. Both deer appear to have been shot from the road, with an approximate time of shooting near midnight. This was determined through time of death forensic testing.
A Region 1 Officer reconstructed a snowmobile accident in rural Henderson County. The accident occurred after a subject drove a snowmobile down a bridge embankment and struck a fence post. The subject was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery. The driver of the snowmobile was charged with failure to apply for registration.
Region 1 Officers continue to check ice fisherman and goose hunters. A Region 1 Officer also cited a subject for over the limit of catfish at a local cooling lake.
A Region 1 Officer made several arrests of subjects for possession of untagged deer and failure to report harvest of deer through multiple investigations in DeKalb County.
During the late-winter deer season, a Region 1 Officer found a trapper checking his traps near a county highway. He had parked illegally on the wrong side of the road. Both he and his friend were not wearing blaze orange as required during the firearm deer season. Written warnings were issued for the blaze orange violation and for improper lane usage.
A Region 1 Officer completed a crash report on a minor traffic accident that occurred in the lower parking lot of Starved Rock State Park.
A Region 1 Officer spent time transferring the District 6 evidence from the old office to the new location.
A Region 1 Officer responded to an injury snowmobile accident. Using the department issued snowmobile, the officer located the injured individuals. The officer shuttled emergency personnel and supplies to the accident site. The officer directed additional personnel to a better staging location and assisted with establishing a landing zone. After the injured were assisted, the officer began the accident investigation.
A Region 1 Officer worked firearm deer hunters in Rock Island County and Mercer County.
Two Region 1 Officers assisted the Mercer County Sheriff's Department with a death investigation.
Region 1 Officers were investigating a case in Mount Carroll where a subject was selling deer meat to his co-workers. Charges are pending.
A Region 1 Officer conducted snowmobile safety checks.
A Region 1 Officer dealt with a complaint of waterfowl hunters hunting near eagles.
A Region 1 Officer performed a compliance check on a group of eight snowmobiles in Whiteside County, which resulted in seven citations for registration violations and revoked driver’s licenses.
A Region 1 Officer arrested one Whiteside County and one Lee County man for unlawfully taking three deer with a firearm in a county with no late firearm deer season.
A Region 1 Officer arrested a Cook County man for unlawfully taking a 6 point buck in Carroll County during the late winter antlerless only firearm deer season.
A Region I Officer attended a public meeting along with a region fisheries biologist to answer questions in reference to the June 2009 fish kill on the Rock River in Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside Counties.
A Region 1 Officer captured an injured adult Bald Eagle in Carroll County and relocated it to a federal rehabilitator.
A Region 1 Officer investigated a report of a motor oil spill. The investigation is pending.
A Region 1 Officer issued a subject a citation after he was found to have dumped a pile of litter on his property and burned it. The litter included a roll of old carpet and a bed mattress.
A CPO arrested an ice fisherman on East Loon Lake for possession of cannabis.
A subject arrested for driving while suspended, no insurance, and failure to secure children in safety seats, pleaded guilty in Lake County Court and was fined a total of $1,632. The subject was originally cited for a fishing violation and told not to drive away.
A CPO arrested two Mclean County subjects that were illegally hunting squirrels at Moraine View State Park. The complaint came in from an archery deer hunter that was hunting the area. The archery hunter complained when a .22 rifle round whizzed by his tree stand when the hunters took a shot at a squirrel. You can only hunt squirrels with a shotgun at Moraine View.
A CPO arrested several snowmobilers in Livingston County for registration problems and for failing to immediately stop for a law enforcement officer.
A CPO testified before a Grand Jury and received indictments for an open dump investigation that she is conducting in Mclean County.
A CPO arrested two Dewitt County subjects for hunting without permission and littering. The CPO was called when the landowner found the two subjects and numerous empty beer cans that they had left on his property.
CPOs arrested a Dewitt County resident for killing a deer without a valid firearm deer permit.
A CPO arrested three Macon County subjects for taking over the daily limit of geese and for failure to maintain separate bag limits. The hunters were goose hunting corn fields in Dewitt County.
A District Sergeant and a CPO arrested a Mclean County hunter for illegally transporting a loaded, uncased handgun in a motor vehicle.
While patrolling the Lake Shelbyville Dam area, a CPO observed a pickup truck spinning its tires at a high rate of speed doing "doughnuts" in the snow covered parking lot. Upon stopping the truck, which was occupied by two Shelbyville men, the passenger was found to be in possession of an open bottle of beer. The driver was cited for unnecessary spinning of tires and the passenger was cited for illegal transportation of open liquor in a vehicle.
A District Sergeant and a CPO developed an investigation that found a Metcalf man had three illegally taken gun killed deer hanging at his residence during the second segment of the Late Winter Antlerless Only (LWAO) Firearm Deer Season. The heads of the deer had been removed as well as the sex organs. Subsequent investigation revealed that two of the deer were basket rack bucks and the third deer was a doe. It was confirmed the man killed all the deer during the LWAO Gun Deer Season without having any firearm deer hunting permits and two of the deer were tagged with other person’s permits, and their harvest was fraudulently reported to IDNR. The antler racks had been cut from the buck’s heads and the heads had been thrown into a feeder stream of Brouilletts Creek near Metcalf. Additionally it was confirmed the man killed another 7 point buck during the second regular firearm deer season and tagged it with his wife's deer permit and fraudulently reported the harvest, as well as another 4 point buck he killed by archery methods in November. Through the investigation, it was revealed the man killed a total of four (4) antlered deer during the combined archery/firearm deer seasons and had killed two (2) of the antlered deer with a firearm during the Late Winter Antlerless Only Firearm Deer Season. It was also discovered that the man was denied the issuance of an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card. The man’s wife was also charged with unlawful loaning of deer permits to another person, fraudulent harvest reporting to IDNR and accessory to the unlawful possession of illegally taken whitetail deer. The firearm was seized as a public nuisance and numerous court actions are pending in this case. The deer carcasses, antlers and heads were seized and the carcasses are being processed by an area meat processor for donation to the Edgar County Food Bank.
CPOs encountered a deer drive-by archery deer hunters on the Lake Shelbyville public land complex during the Late Winter Antlerless Only Firearm Deer Season. They cited a Pana man in the group for failure to wear required blaze orange clothing while hunting during a firearm deer season. While investigating this case, a CPO encountered one of the hunters in the group hiding in a prone position behind a tree and took him into custody. The man was wanted on a $75,000.00 bond arrest warrant out of DuPage County for aggravated battery of a police officer. The man was additionally cited for pollution of a waterway for littering beer cans along the lake.
A CPO, upon request of the Illinois State Police, responded to a report of a head-on traffic crash near Bethany. The crash resulted in the death of the two occupants of one of the vehicles and severe injuries to the driver of the other vehicle. The survivor was subsequently charged with DUI.
District 11 Conservation Police filed 29 Illinois Wildlife Code charges throughout the 5 open counties in the district during the second segment of the 2009, Late Winter Antlerless Only Firearm Deer Season. Hunter participation during the weekend was noticeably higher with the warmer weather.
A CPO arrested a subject for driving while revoked.
CPOs were patrolling Siloam Springs State Park, when they encountered a subject stuck off the roadway. The subject was in possession of cannabis.
A CPO recovered a bald eagle which had been struck by a vehicle. The eagle was landing on a dead animal along the road, when it was accidentally struck.
A CPO assisted with a fatal vehicle accident where he was first on scene. The CPO called in two life flights to take out the remaining survivors who were both ejected through the windshield.
A CPO spoke to a group of Boy Scouts about CPO duties.
A CPO reported the disposition of a subject charged with hunting deer over bait. The subject paid $476.00 and got 60 days supervision.
A CPO caught a subject shooting a deer from a roadway with a muzzleloader rifle during the late winter season in Jefferson County. That same subject also had in his possession an untagged deer.
A CPO also discovered a meth lab while working deer hunters. The CPO secured the scene until the local meth team arrived.
District #14 officers discovered several deer and uncased guns and bows violations during the late winter season.
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A Region 1 Officer made several arrests of subjects for possession of untagged deer and failure to report harvest of deer through multiple investigations in DeKalb County.
A Region 1 Officer received an e-mail from the Springfield Duty Officer about a subject who had purchased raccoons from an Iowa game breeder last July. Follow-up investigation found the subject had purchased the raccoons for dog training in Illinois. He was issued written warnings for not having an IL Game Breeders (Fur Bearers) Permit and for unlawful importation of wildlife from another state.
A Region 1 Officer responded to a call for assistance from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. The county was hit with a severe ice storm, which resulted in the loss of power for over half the county’s population. The officer handled numerous calls for service before power was restored.
A Region 1 Officer received a citizen complaint reference an ATV operating on the Rock Island Trail State Park. The officer located a parked ATV near the park trail head at a local bar. A Peoria County Deputy and the officer located the only subject with large amounts of clothing inside the bar and questioned him. The subject in question admitted to operating his ATV from Dunlap to Alta on the State Park Property and was issued citations for the violations. During the interview, outside the bar, another intoxicated individual was arrested for obstructing by the deputy.
A Region 1 Officer spent the week responding to calls of illegal hunting such as hunting too close to a dwelling, hunting over bait, shining, and "poaching." The poaching calls turned out to be butchered deer carcasses.
A subject pleaded guilty to the offense of OUI in Mason County. Fines and costs totaled $867.00 and the subject was given court supervision. Other court dispositions from the past summer and fall are being completed.
A Region 1 Officer in conjunction with other agencies is continuing to audit a local business for multiple possible charges.
A Region I Officer assisted the Illinois EPA with an illegal burning investigation. The EPA official requested assistance with the interviews because the subject could be combative. A large violation was discovered and the EPA is taking appropriate enforcement actions.
A CPO arrested a subject in the Illinois Beach State Park for possession of 9.4 grams of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.
A CPO was checking fishermen on Channel Lake when he received complaints about two intoxicated subjects on a gator/golf cart pulling an individual on a dog sled. The CPO observed the subjects traveling south from his location, swerving from side to side, causing the person on the dog sled to fall off several times. Approximately 30 minutes later the subjects reappeared and were traveling back to his location. The individual on the dog sled again fell off, landing on his back, where he remained for quite some time. The CPO borrowed an ATV and approached the subjects. Fortunately for the subject who fell off the sled he was so intoxicated that no injuries occurred. The operator of the gator was subsequently arrested for DUI, blowing a 0.126%.
After A CPO was finished checking fishermen on the south end of McCullum Lake he decided to drive to the north end. However, as he was driving there, a subject ran through a stop sign, turning in front of him. Three passengers were in the vehicle. The CPO initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle turned into a residential driveway, of which the driver’s father lived. The driver had the moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and stated that he did not have a driver’s license. The subject would not listen to verbal directions so backup was called. Several minutes later, the driver opened his door and proceeded to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit the subject was apprehended, handcuffed, and escorted back to the vehicle. A local officer was also on scene. Upon returning to the vehicle, the three passengers had also fled. They were located a short time later and one individual charged with disorderly conduct by the local agency. The driver was taken to the county jail where he was also charged with DUI. He was only 20 years old and blew a 0.095% several hours after the arrest.
CPOs were checking fishermen on McCullum Lake when one subject began collecting his gear as the officers approached. The subject then took off running across the lake. He was pursued across the lake where another individual, in a vehicle, stopped along the road. The subject jumped into the vehicle and took off. The officers were only about 30 yards away but could not obtain the plate. Guess they sometimes get away.
A CPO cited two fishermen on Deep Lake for unattended devices as a result of a tip from a local fisherman. He also cited a Wisconsin resident for fraudulently applying for an Illinois resident fishing license.
A CPO responded to two trespassing complaints in Alexander Co. both were founded, each was issued a citation for hunting without permission.
A CPO is investigating a complaint in Pope in reference to two men taking deer out of season. The case is pending investigation.
A CPO responded to an over limit complaint at the Marion City Lake, he is investigating it as double tripping case; the case is under investigation.
A CPO reported the disposition on a subject arrested for commercial fishing restricted waters and no commercial fishing license. The subject was fined $200.00 and court costs if $113.00 and the net was forfeited to IDNR.
A CPO reported the disposition on a subject who was arrested for transporting an uncased gun. The subject was fined $508.00 and placed on 6 months court supervision.