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Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
March 3, 2010

REGION I
A Region 1 Officer was checking ice fishermen at a state site.  When two fishermen were checked, a father and son, the father stated that his son was 15.  The CPO had the youth write down his name address and date of birth.  The birth date given indicated he was only 15.  Follow-up investigation found the son had given a date of birth two years off of his correct date.  He had provided the correct address.   This enabled the CPO to locate the two subjects at home.  After discussing a possible obstruction charge with the state's attorney, it was decided to issue the son a citation for no fishing license, the father a citation for being an accessory, and written warnings for obstruction and failure to notify Illinois Secretary of State of a change of address.

Region 1 Officers conducted several timber truck inspections and Boat Registration Inspections this week. 

A Region 1 Officer conducted a commercial establishment inspection of a local timber buyer. Upon reviewing all the records provided, the investigation is continuing to ensure all 4% fees have been paid to the state of Illinois.

A Region 1 Officer responded to unlawful taking of undersized walleye complaint in the village of Byron in Ogle County.  The subjects were gone by the time of arrival, however, two other fishermen were found in violation for fishing licenses not in possession. 

 A Region 1 Officer was checking ice fishermen at a state site.  Two fishermen were found to have an over limit of bluegills.  One claimed to have only caught her limit, while the other claimed to have caught the remaining fish.  A citation was issued and the fish were seized as evidence.

Two commercial inspections of wild game fur breeders were conducted by a Region 1 Officer.  One was found to have accidentally purchased a permit from a license vendor.  He has requested a hunting license but was sold the fur breeder permit instead.  While talking with the subject, it was determined he had harvested two deer the prior season.  He was issued a written warning for not having a valid hunting license or habitat stamp.  He was advised to examine his privileges more carefully on his point of sale printouts in the future.  The other wild game fur breeder did not have complete records for the raccoons she had in possession.  She was issued a written warning and instructed to bring her records up to date.
 
A Region 1 Officer closed a poaching case with occurred in October of 2009.  A Henderson County resident pleaded guilty to the illegal taking of whitetail deer with a rifle.  The subject was fined $996 dollars.  A .22 caliber rifle, a compound bow and three deer heads were awarded to the IDNR.

A Region 1 Officer responded to a complaint with a County Animal Shelter Officer regarding a person with 13 dogs, 2 squirrels, 1 skunk, and numerous birds inside his residence.   The squirrels and skunk were illegally kept in captivity without any permits and seized from the residence.  Enforcement action was taken for the animals taken from the wild and retained alive.   

A Region 1 Officer cited an individual, with four class A misdemeanors for fraudulently obtaining deer permits.  The individual also harvested two deer without valid permits.

A Region 1 Officer investigated the possession of an illegally taken turkey that was on display in a taxidermy studio in Whiteside County.  The investigation evolved into a commercial inspection of the establishment in which several other taxidermy violations were discovered, along with the illegally taken /unlawfully possessed wild turkey.  Appropriate citations and written warnings were issued, turkey mount and other specimens were seized as contraband.

REGION II
CPOs cited five fishermen for fishing without permission.  One of the fishermen dropped a cannabis pipe and a bag of cannabis down a hole in the ice.  The cannabis floated and was recovered.  The individual was arrested for possession of cannabis and pollution of the waterways.

CPOs arrested an ice fisherman on Crystal Lake for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.

A CPO arrested an ice fisherman on Killarney Lake for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.

A CPO arrested an ice fisherman on Killarney Lake for possession of cannabis and fishing without a license.

A CPO arrested two ice fishermen on Spring Lake for possession of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, and no valid fishing license. 

A CPO observed a suspicious vehicle with four occupants parked in the main parking lot of Illinois Beach State Park.  After the driver observed the CPO he quickly left the parking lot with no seatbelt on.  After conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, the CPO learned the driver was a missing run away juvenile.  The other three passengers were later found in possession of cannabis and 24 illegal prescriptions pills. 

CPOs arrested two ice fishermen on Third Lake for possession of drug paraphernalia and less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. 

A CPO attempted to stop three snowmobiles operating upon the roadway on Grass Lake Road.  The first operator fled the scene, but the other two were unable to get away.  The two subjects that were stopped were uncooperative at first with identifying the first subject until the CPO located IDs on them belonging to a friend who had recently turned 21.  The subjects admitted their friend gave the IDs to them so they could use them to attempt to buy alcohol.  They contacted the first subject and he agreed to return to the location to receive a citation for failure to stop for inspection and operating upon the highway.  The other two subjects were issued citations for operating snowmobiles upon the highway and the IDs were seized.

REGION III
Nothing Reported

REGION IV
Nothing Reported

REGION V
Nothing reported

Law Enforcement Reports for March 10, 2010

REGION I
A Region 1 Officer cited an individual who was ice-climbing after the frozen waterfalls were closed for the season.

A Region 1 Officer stopped to check an individual that was fishing.   The individual did not have his fishing license in possession.  The officer wrote the warning and went back to issue the individual a warning.  The individual had been joined by two of his friends.  When the car door opened the officer was overwhelmed with the strong odor of marijuana.  A search of the car revealed two baggies with residue that field tested positive for the presence of cannabis.   Two individuals were cited and a family member was called to remove the car.

A Region 1 Officer checked walleye fishermen on the Illinois River.

A Region 1 Officer spoke to a Cub Scout group about the duties and responsibilities of a Conservation Police Officer. 

A Region 1 Officer removed an untagged deer stand from the state site that was left after the site removal deadline. 

A Region 1 Officer responded to several furbearer complaints.  

A Region 1 Officer worked the opening week of the 2009 Paddlefish Season at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River in Henderson County.  Due to multiple sport fishing regulation changes, the officer spent two days responding to questions about the rule changes.

A Region 1 Officer was dispatched by ISP District 1 to a water pollution investigation on the Rock River in Ogle County.  There were no obvious signs of an environmental impact.  The complainant had observed a brownish, highly aerated substance floating on the surface of the river in an eddy.  It was determined to be a natural phenomenon of bacteria and algae decomposition as a result of ice out.

A Region 1 Officer observed three subjects ice fishing on the Thomson Causeway of the Mississippi River from a distance.  After determining who was fishing, the officer approached the subjects out on the ice.  When the middle subject saw the officer approaching, he got up from his bucket and ran over to a fish on the ice and picked it up and threw it into one of the holes.  Through a field interview and observations of the fish, it was found that the German Valley subject was getting rid of an undersized largemouth bass that he had caught and kept in his possession.  The appropriate citation was issued. 

A Region 1 Officer responded to a complaint of an individual hunting in a city park.   A subject was identified and an investigation is pending.

A Region 1 Officer arrested a subject that was fishing at a local cooling lake. He was cited for illegal possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area.  The same subject was also found to be in possession of cannabis and was wanted on two warrants for battery.

REGION II
A CPO arrested a subject in Illinois Beach State Park for D.U.I.-drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and no insurance.  After searching the vehicle the CPO arrested one of the passenger's for possession of 27.8 grams of cannabis.
 
CPOs arrested an ice fisherman on Grays Lake on a Failure to Appear Warrant for DUI.  Bond was $25,000.00 / 10%.  The subject was transported to the Lake County Jail.

CPOs cited a Non-Resident Fisherman from Wisconsin on Druce Lake for failure to immediately release a 23 inch Northern Pike where a 24 inch minimum length limit applies.

REGION III
Nothing reported.

REGION IV
A CPO attended a hunter safety class in Macoupin County. 33 students attended the class.

A CPO assisted an 84 year old male subject that fractured his ankle at Pere Marquette State Park.  He was the first one on the scene and guided the ambulance to his location.

A District Sergeant attended a hunter safety class in Jersey County.  Ninety-three students attended the class.

A Clinton County officer made several arrests over the course of a week on subjects illegally snagging fish below the Carlyle Lake Dam.  Two subjects were in possession of 138 lbs of Flathead Catfish.  The officer has filed for civil penalties against the subjects for the illegal fish.

The fishing season is heating up at Coffeen Lake in Montgomery County.  The Montgomery County officers have been very busy lately protecting this exceptional fishery.  They have recently issued a total of twenty-nine written warnings and eleven citations for boating and fishing violations. Recent arrests consisted of crappie below the legal limit and one subject with 5 bass over the posted possession limit, some of which were also under the legal limit.  They also arrested two subjects for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and another subject for driving with a suspended license and for no valid fishing license.  This subject was also wanted on two warrants for failure to appear on a DUI arrest and for failure to appear for Speeding.

A Monroe County Officer received a call from the Sheriff’s office regarding subjects shining from a vehicle.  The officer met with Sheriff’s deputies and interviewed the subjects.  The subjects admitted to shining from the vehicle, shooting from the vehicle, and the illegal take of an opossum out of season.  The subjects also admitted to attempting to take a skunk and coyotes with deer slugs.  The appropriate charges were issued.

A Madison Co Officer, while patrolling State property arrested two individuals driving under the influence of alcohol.  The first subject had a blood alcohol content of 0.123% .  This subject and his passenger were also found to be in possession of over 11 grams of marijuana.  The second subject had a blood alcohol content of 0.236%. 

Two St Clair County officers attended a hunter safety class in Shiloh were 140 students were present.  This class was sponsored by the Shiloh Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  The Chapter graciously donated equipment to the officers during the class that will be used to enhance their enforcement activities.

A Madison Co Officer was patrolling Horseshoe Lake St Park when he observed two subjects with an inflatable boat.  The subjects were in possession of crappie, bluegill, shad, and other fish but did not have any fishing poles.  The officer subsequently found the subjects were using gill nets to illegally take fish in Horseshoe Lake.  The appropriate citations were issued.  

REGION V
A CPO reported the disposition on a subject arrested for unlawful use of another’s permit.  The subject was fined $100.00, assessed court costs of $222.00 and placed on 90 days court supervision.

A CPO reported the disposition on a subject arrested for unlawful take of bobcat.  The subject was fined $70.00 and assessed court costs of $118.00.

A CPO reported the disposition on two subjects arrested for hunting deer before hours from a vehicle.  Both subjects were fined $250.00, ordered to pay $750.00 to Illinois Conservation Foundation, assessed court costs of $306.00 and placed on 12 months conditional discharge.

A CPO reported the disposition on a subject arrested for unlawful use of another’s permit.  The subject was fined $187.00.

A CPO reported the disposition on a subject arrested for hunting deer over bait.  The subject was fined $250.00, assessed court costs of $293.00 and placed on one year court supervision.

A CPO reported the disposition of five Kentucky subjects cited for multiple loaded weapons in vehicles and permit violations.  The subject paid $645.00 in fines.

A CPO attended the Lake Sara boat show for three days. 

District #14 CPOs completed their Haz/Mat; First Aid; CPR/AED; & Bloodborne training this past week.

District #14 CPOs also concentrated on closing out field reports and evidence.

 

Law Enforcement Reports for March 17, 2010

REGION I
A CPO and Region Captain assisted a District 1 Police Department with the underwater search for evidence of a criminal case they are working.  The evidence has not been located to date.  The mission is ongoing.

The Region Captain gave a presentation to the Royal Neighbors of America in Rock Falls on the duties of the Illinois Conservation Police.

A CPO investigated the reported death of a bald eagle. The deceased eagle was collected and will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A CPO responded to a TIPS complaint regarding an injured bald eagle.  The eagle was caught and relayed to a rehabilitator.

After receiving information from a Warren County landowner, a CPO recovered the remains of an immature bald eagle.  The carcass was found at least 1/2 mile from the nearest roads.  No evidence of a potential crime was apparent on the remains of the bird.  After discussing the find with USFWS, the bird was shipped to the feather repository in Colorado. 

A CPO issued an individual a citation for unlawfully using the dumpster at the Marshall Fish and Wildlife area.

A District Sergeant issued a citation for insufficient life jackets. This type of boat was involved in an abnormally high number of watercraft fatals last year.

A CPO arrested a male subject for possession of a ring neck pheasant without a valid Wild Game Bird Breeders permit.  The subject had been warned before by Bureau County Animal Control in reference to possession of wild animals.

REGION II
A CPO cited a patron of Illinois Beach State Park for public nudity.  The subject claimed in his home State of Florida it was permissible to be naked inside your vehicle in a public area.

CPOs responded to a complaint of unattended and excessive ice fishing devices on Lake Miltmore.  They discovered 7 devices unattended in the water, additional ice fishing devices and equipment, large amounts of trash on the lake, and approximately forty abandoned fish including a 5 pound largemouth bass on the ice.  After the CPOs removed the evidence; the complainant arrived and described the fisherman.   The CPO recognized the fisherman as an individual he arrested two weeks ago for possession of drug paraphernalia and fishing without a license due to a revocation of privileges for unpaid child support.  The CPOs interviewed the fisherman at his residence and then returned that evening to issue citations but the subject and his car were gone. CPOs arrested the subject 1 1/2 hours later for driving while license suspended, no insurance, expired registration, fishing without a license, unattended ice fishing devices, and pollution of the waterways.  The subject's girlfriend was also issued a citation for unattended ice fishing devices.

REGION III
While on patrol at Spitler Woods State Park in Macon County, a CPO observed two subjects sitting in a parked vehicle.  After a short period of time, the CPO noticed the driver appeared to be smoking cannabis.  Upon making contact, the CPO smelled burnt cannabis and ordered the subject to remove his hands from his pockets.  The driver made furtive movements and failed to comply with the CPO’s orders after repeatedly being told to keep his hands from his pockets.  The driver was subsequently arrested for obstructing a police officer.  A search revealed the driver was also in possession of cannabis, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
 
A person arrested for driving without a driver’s license in DeWitt County failed to appear for a court date.  The court ordered the bond money originally posted at the time of arrest ($100.00) forfeited and the person was found guilty of the charge.
 
A Bloomington hunter arrested in McLean County for Unlawful Taking of a White-tailed Deer and Unlawful Archery Hunting White Tailed Deer without a Permit pleaded guilty to the charges.  The hunter was ordered to pay a fine and court costs totaling $150.00.
 
A CPO is investigating a deceptive practice case that occurred at Mascoutin State Recreational Area.  A camper passed a check for camping fees that was returned for insufficient funds in the amount of $60.00.  Several attempts to contact the camper have failed.  Charges are currently being referred to the DeWitt County State’s Attorney. 

A subject from Redbud who was arrested at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles County for Unlawful Harvest of Wild Ginseng during closed season and Driving While Licensed Revoked pleaded guilty to the charges.  The subject paid a total of $795.00 in fines and court costs and was jailed for 90 days.  The ginseng and digging tool the subject was found in possession of was ordered forfeited to the Department of Natural Resources.
 
A CPO investigated a complaint of Unlawful Cutting of Timber without Permission of the Landowner that occurred in Cumberland County.  After thorough review, it was found the timber buyer unlawfully cut trees on twenty acres of property.  Upon presenting the findings to the landowners, they were able to come to an agreement with the timber buyer on the sale of the downed logs.
 
A driver arrested for Speeding, Driving While License Suspended and No Proof of Insurance in Shelby County negotiated a plea of guilty.  The driver agreed to plead guilty to Speeding and was ordered to pay $515.00 in fines and court costs.  The other charges were dismissed in the plea agreement. 

A driver arrested in Neoga for DUI-Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Cannabis, Resisting Arrest and Failing to Use Turn Signal in Cumberland County negotiated a plea of guilty.  The driver pleaded guilty to DUI-Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was order to pay $2,776.00 in fines and court costs.  The driver was also placed on court supervision for 2 years.
 
A driver arrested in Shelby County pleaded guilty to Driving While License Suspended.  The driver was ordered to pay $642.00 in fines and court costs.  The charge of No Proof of Valid Insurance was dismissed in the plea agreement. 

While on patrol near the Lake Shelbyville Dam, a CPO observed a vehicle illegally parked in the roadway.  Upon contact with the driver, the odor of burnt cannabis was detected and a small amount of cannabis was observed on the vehicle’s center console.  The CPO also observed several knives on the vehicle’s floorboard near the center console.  During a search, the driver was found in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  Additional cannabis was found in the vehicle along with a switchblade knife.  The driver was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. 

REGION IV
On March 15, upon entering a gas station, a District 10 CPO noted a rather disheveled truck. The owner/operator exited the station with beer. The CPO thought he recognized the individual from previous arrests in 2002 and 2006.    A quick check using his MDC confirmed the identity. A second check showed the person was wanted from the 2006 arrest and driving on a revoked license.   The subject sped from the station only to be stopped a short distance away.   The driver was arrested for his 5th driving while revoked. The original revocation was for DUI resulting in felony charges in addition to the warrant. 
A District 10 officer continued to compare records from the '09-'10 hunting season on Department lands with those of the POS harvest reports and license purchases.  Follow up has several individuals being cited for not having a hunting license or habitat stamp as required.
A subject was arrested on an outstanding warrant after he was stopped for speeding 85 mph in a 55 mph zone near the Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA.

REGION V
A CPO obtained $1500.00 in restitution and $750.00 in fines on a Jackson County man for unlawful cutting of timber without permission.

A CPO investigated a Union County man for dumping trash in a watershed area, the man admitted dumping trash and was cited.

A CPO responded to a trespassing complaint in rural Jackson County. The complaint was unfounded.

District #14 CPOs completed their Haz/Mat; First Aid; CPR/AED; & Bloodborne training this past week.

District #14 CPOs also concentrated on closing out field reports and evidence.

March 24, 2010

REGION I
Three District 7 officers and Captain Hunter participated in a multi-agency dual purpose drill on the Par-a-Dice Casino in East Peoria, Port of Peoria, Illinois River.  The USCG conducted the annual emergency evacuation drill onboard the boat first and then the training was shifted to a terrorist based scenario involving an adversarial force of ten armed (small arms) subjects which took the passengers on the boat hostage.  The boat was loaded with employees of the casino role-playing as passengers.  This was a multi-agency drill involving the IDNR Police, Fon-Du-Lac Park Police Water Patrol, ISP Tactical Response Team, S.W.A.T. from Peoria City and County, ILEAS S.W.A.T. and several local fire and EMS.  The IDNR Police and Fon-Du-Lac Park Police provided water-based support for the ISP Tactical Response Teams' water assault on the boat.  Additionally, the two water patrol units provided evacuation of arrestees from the casino boat after the assault.  A debriefing will be conducted at a later time. 

A Region 1 District 6 Officer spent a great deal of time checking sport fishermen. Currently there are a lot of undersize walleye and northern pike being caught, which requires a substantial effort to inspect fishermen's creel limits.

A Region 1 District 7 Officer conducted an ongoing deer case investigation.  The officer conducted interviews and discovered that an individual was using his wife’s permits to tag antlered deer.  The subject was also found to be hunting on property he didn't have permission to hunt on.  The investigation also revealed that multiple individuals had been hunting without licenses or habitat stamps

A Region 1 District 7 Officer responded to a request from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department to patrol a series of levees in Henderson County.  The officer used a work boat to check areas of the levee system not accessible by vehicle

A CPO assisted Knox County Sheriff’s Department on a suspicious vehicle complaint.  A car which had been sitting on a township road for several hours was occupied by one subject, who was wanted on a $100,000 Meth warrant in McDonough Co.  The responding deputy took the subject into custody without incident.   The CPO walked the surrounding wooded areas for several hours looking for a possible meth lab.  The subject claimed to have just broken down while travelling down the township road.   No evidence of any meth activity was found nearby.  At the responding MEG officer's request, the CPO checked another area nearby for recent activity.  Meth, precursors, and other materials were found in the vehicle which was awaiting arrival of the response team to remove any hazardous materials.

A CPO cited two individuals for unlawfully snagging in closed waters. 

A Region 1 District 6 Officer collected the remains and investigated the shooting of a possible wolf in Lee County.  

District 6 CPO's and Sergeant conducted a detail with the SOS Police at the Leland Auction. We inspected approximately 25 boats, 30 ATV's, and several boat motors.
 
A CPO and District Sergeant arrested a subject after he was stopped for unlawful operation of an ATV on the roadway. He took off and was apprehended in a nearby barn.  He was taken to the LaSalle County Jail and charged with fleeing to elude, operation on the road, and Failure To Appear warrant out of DeKalb County.

A District Sergeant and CPO met with the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk and Judge Shore in reference to problems we have been having with OUI revocation notices.  We hope the meeting will correct the problems we have had in the past.

REGION II
A CPO is investigating an ATV accident that occurred on the I & M Canal trail near Joliet.

A CPO arrested a subject for DUI while working at DPCA.  The subject had been smoking marijuana just prior to operating his vehicle.

District 3 CPOs assisted Indiana DNR officers with the search, and eventual recovery, of a subject from Illinois who went missing while recreating near the Kankakee River in Indiana.  It is believed that he went out onto the then frozen surface of the river to rescue his dog and fell through the ice.  Side scan sonar was utilized by a CPO.

A CPO cited two different subjects for undersized fish in Lake County.  One subject had an undersized northern pike, and the other a short largemouth bass.

During the month of March, a CPO assisted Wisconsin DNR with two separate residence fraud cases.  Both subjects were Illinois residents who purchased resident Wisconsin hunting and fishing licenses over the last five years.  The CPO interviewed the subjects, and both gave written statements, which were forwarded to the Wisconsin Warden.  Both subjects are being charged in Wisconsin, where the statute of limitations allows them to go back five years for these violations. 

REGION III
CPOs and a District Sergeant worked together in the preparation and manning of the education trailer at the annual Cross County Mall Boat Show in Mattoon.  A large turnout of people toured the education trailer and asked numerous questions of the officers manning the display.

A CPO gave a presentation at a Hunter Education Class at the Windsor Gun Club.

A CPO gave a presentation at a Hunter Education Class at Lake Land College.

CPOs received a report of a stranded boat on a large submerged mudflat on Lake Shelbyville occupied by a Dalton City man and a Cerro Gordo man. The lake was staged at normal winter pool which is approximately 5 ft. below normal summer pool depth. The officers were unsuccessful in being able to maneuver to the stranded boat and the mud was too deep to be able to wade to it. Assistance was requested from a District Sergeant who brought the Conservation Police airboat from Carlyle Lake to assist with the rescue of the stranded boaters. No injuries were reported. The boat could not be recovered and will be monitored and recovered when water level in the lake rises. 

A CPO arrested a Mattoon man along the Little Wabash River below Lake Mattoon for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The man was also cited for a fishing license violation. 

A CPO cited an Arthur taxidermist for Possession of Untagged Species in his facility during a commercial facility inspection. The taxidermist was also issued additional warnings for other violations.

A CPO arrested a Findlay man near Lake Shelbyville for Driving While License Suspended, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.

While checking fishermen at Clinton Lake, a CPO observed a subject throw a plastic baggy into the water as he approached.  After citing the subject for littering and releasing the subject, the CPO obtained his hip waders from his squad to retrieve the baggy.  Upon recovery of the baggy, the CPO discovered it contained cannabis.  A short time later, the subject was stopped by a DeWitt County Deputy and held until the CPO’s arrival.  The subject was arrested for Possession of Cannabis. 

While on patrol at Clinton Lake, a CPO made a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have a front license plate.  Upon contact with the driver, a strong odor of cannabis was detected and the subject was questioned about the odor.  The subject removed a plastic baggy containing cannabis from his front pocket and admitted to smoking cannabis a couple hours earlier.  During a search of the vehicle, a partially burnt joint was found in the ash tray.  The subject was charged with Possession of Cannabis.

A Danville man arrested at Lake Vermilion for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI) negotiated a plea of guilty.  The OUI charge was amended and the subject pleaded guilty to Reckless Operation of a Watercraft.  The subject paid fines and court costs in the amount of $1,200.00.

REGION IV
Nothing reported.

REGION V
A CPO arrested a Johnson County man who was wanted on a Failure to Appear warrant while fishing. The man was taken to Tri-County, processed and jailed pending bond.

A CPO assisted Jackson County on a missing man at little Grand Canyon. The man was found while en route.

A District Sergeant towed in a stranded boater on Kinkaid Lake. The man had run out of fuel and used his cell phone for help.

D 16 CPO's attended DT update at Lake Murphy SP.

A District Sergeant and CPO assisted D 14 on updating and computer maintenance at Lake Murphy State Park.

A CPO caught a subject in Franklin County killing a Canada Goose during closed season.  The CPO seized the goose and is processing a referral to the USFWS.

District #14 Officers received computer training at Lake Murphysboro State Park on Friday.  

March 31, 2010

REGION I
A District Sergeant and CPO attended an awards banquet with the Rockford Park District.  The CPO and IDNR Fisheries received an award for their involvement in making a kids fishing program a success this past year.

A District Sergeant and CPO investigated a fall at Wildcat Canyon in Starved Rock State Park. A twenty year old female had climbed off the marked trails to take a picture and fell approximately 25-30 feet. She was treated at the scene until Utica Fire arrived. The female was transported across the Illinois River by Ottawa River Rescue and then flown to OSF in Peoria by helicopter. The female's condition has been upgraded from critical. The Officers issued her three companions citations for being in a restricted area. Charges are pending against the 20 year old.

A District Sergeant issued several tickets and warnings at Starved Rock State Park for unlawful climbing off marked trails.

A District Sergeant met with an Arson Investigator from the Illinois Fire Marshal's office after a 2008 District 6 squad caught fire and burned destroying everything from the front bumper to the dashboard.
 
A Region I Officer stopped two individuals kayaking on the Apple River.  The vessels did not have registration and there was only one PFD between both of them.  After an interview, both individuals admitted to boating in a state area, closed to boating.  The regulations regarding boat equipment and property rights were explained.   Appropriate enforcement action was taken and information on registration application was explained.

A CPO apprehended two Winnebago County residents who were wanted for retail theft at a Winnebago County Menards Store.  As the CPO was patrolling on the west side of Rockford, he was listening to an ISPERN radio dispatch complete with physical, vehicle and license plate descriptions, advising that a retail theft had just occurred within the past 20 minutes.  As the ISPERN reported the address off of the suspect vehicle's license plates, the CPO was just crossing that same street and was only a few blocks from the residence of the suspects.  The CPO arrived and successfully obtained a confession from one of the individuals and he was taken into custody prior to the Sheriff's Department arrival.  It was also discovered they had thrown the stolen item out of their open car window off of Rt. 173 after leaving the store due to the fear of being caught.  Both suspects had numerous arrests for retail theft in the past.  The CPO turned the subjects over to the Sheriff's Department who charged both individuals for retail theft, obstructing a peace officer, and depositing injurious material upon a highway.   The entire incident was captured on an in-store video camera which Sheriff's Department had recovered as evidence to the crime.

While patrolling Green River State Wildlife Area in Lee County, a District 1 CPO observed a hunter at an adjacent hunt club returning to his vehicle which was parked along the road.  A compliance check revealed the subject did not have his hunting license in possession.  The subject was issued a written warning for the violation.

On March 23-25, 2010 the ISP Tactical Response Team (all three teams); Carroll County Sheriff's Department, USCG and IDNR Police conducted joint training in the Port of Quad Cities out of Fulton, Illinois.  There was time set aside for classroom briefings on boating laws (presented by a District Sergeant and CPO -IDNR Conservation Police), and USCG operations in the Port of the Quad Cities (presented by USCG-MSD-Quad Cities).  After classroom sessions, the teams launched the boats for area familiarization and mission pre-planning including critical infrastructure in Rock Island and Carroll Counties.

A Region 1 District 7 Officer conducted an investigation regarding the illegal use of landowner deer permits in Warren and McDonough Counties.  Two subjects were charged with falsification of address information in order to obtain free landowner deer and turkey permits.  A total of ten charges were submitted to the states attorney’s offices for prosecution.

REGION II
A CPO cited two different subjects for undersized fish in Lake County.  One subject had an undersized northern pike, and the other a short largemouth bass.

During the month of March, a CPO assisted Wisconsin DNR with two separate residence fraud cases.  Both subjects were Illinois residents who purchased resident Wisconsin hunting and fishing licenses over the last 5 years.  The CPO interviewed the subjects, and both gave written statements, which were forwarded to the Wisconsin Warden.  Both subjects are being charged in Wisconsin, where the statute of limitations allows them to go back 5 years for these violations. 

REGION III
Nothing reported

REGION IV
A CPO finalized a case in Randolph County involving a meat processing business illegally selling processed deer meat.  An undercover purchase of deer sausage was made from the processing business.  The officer then made contact with the owners and the appropriate charges were filed.

A CPO inspected a jon boat a subject had attempted to title/register.  The CPO found the Hull Identification Number (HIN) had been tampered with and did not belong to this boat.  The boat was seized and the appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO arrested a subject on a warrant for failure to appear for a theft charge.  The subject was taken into custody and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

While patrolling Coffeen Lake, a CPO encountered two subjects in a remote parking lot.  He approached the subjects and both men were breathing heavily and sweating.  The CPO found the subjects had trespassed on Railroad property and stolen railroad ties, spikes, and mounting plates.  The CPO was assisted by a Montgomery County Deputy and a Railroad police officer.  The subjects were taken into custody after they returned the items back to where they had gotten them.

A CPO arrested two subjects for fishing without a license at Coffeen Lake.

A CPO worked several boat patrols at Coffeen Lake checking recreational boaters/fishermen.   He inspected 60 boats during his patrols and found 18 violations.

A CPO reported the disposition on an OUI case in Randolph County.  The subject was found guilty of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and fined $500.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal use of a cast net to take sport fish.  The subject pleaded guilty and was fined $150.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving underage drinking on the Kaskaskia River.  The subject operating the boat pleaded guilty of operating a boat after sunset without navigation lights.  The subject paid $75.00.  The underage subject completed an alcohol risk education class and had the underage consumption charge dismissed.  The subject that provided the alcohol was fined $300.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI involving illegal drugs in Clinton County.  The subject was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and possession of 7.9 grams of marijuana.  The subject was fined $3,402.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal hunting from a vehicle.  The subject pleaded guilty to hunting from the vehicle and was ordered to pay a fine of $586.00.  The firearms were returned to the subject.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal take of a deer without a valid permit.  The subject pleaded guilty to taking a deer without a permit and also possessing captive raised deer without a game breeder’s permit.  The subject was fined $150.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of an OUI case on the Kaskaskia River in St Clair Co.  The OUI charge was dismissed and the subject was found guilty of the no wake violation.  The subject paid a fine of $450.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal deer hunting during closed season.  The subject pleaded guilty to hunting deer during closed season in Madison County.  The charges of hunting deer without a permit and possession of another person’s tag were dismissed.  The subject paid a fine of $200.00 and was sentenced to 6 months supervision. 

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI case involving illegal drugs in Madison County.  The subject was found guilty of possession of marijuana and paid a fine of $300.00 and given one year supervision.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI in Madison County.  The subject pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving revoked-DUI.  He was sentenced to one year probation, must complete an alcohol treatment program and fined $752.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI in Madison County.  The subject pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.08%.  He was sentenced to two years probation, completion of an alcohol treatment program, and fined $1,850.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal hunting deer over bait, hunting without permission, and the illegal transportation of an uncased bow.  The subject agreed to a plea of guilty on hunting without permission and was fined $200.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal fishing without a license and obstructing an officer.  The subject pleaded guilty to obstruction and was sentenced to 6 days in jail.  The fishing license charge was dismissed.

A CPO reported the disposition of another case involving two subjects fishing without a license and one for obstructing an officer.  The one subject pleaded guilty to no fishing license and was fined $100.00.  The other subject pleaded guilty to obstruction and was fined $894.00. 

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving hunting without permission, no valid hunting license, uncased bow on a vehicle, and no valid deer permits. The first subject was fined $275.00 and the other subject failed to appear in court.  He has a warrant out for his arrest. 

District Supervisor responded to a call from the Mason County Sheriff's Office regarding an alleged poached deer near Havana.  The subject had retrieved a deer that was supposedly dragged behind a riding lawn mower and stashed behind a shed.  Of course, the deer had not been field dressed and proceeded to swell and smell.  The deer was determined to be a road kill.  The "offender" would not give an accurate account of what happened and refused to say how he obtained the deer.  A citation was issued for failing to maintain records of a vehicle killed deer.

Several more subjects received citations for hunting deer without buying a hunting license or habitat stamp.

Two Havana men were cited for obstructing more than half of the waterway with their commercial fishing devices and for failing to tag a commercial fishing device.

A Jacksonville subject was found to have taken an undersized bass at Lake Jacksonville.  A further check revealed the fisherman, who was also the driver of a pickup truck, was driving on a suspended license.  Appropriate action was taken.

Several individuals were cited for taking undersized fish at Lake Sangchris and Lake Springfield.

REGION V
A CPO located an item in the water at Lake Murphysboro State Park. The item was just barley sticking out of the water near the dam road. Upon further investigation he put on waders and entered the water and discovered the item was an ATM machine. He then contacted the Jackson County. Sheriff’s Department and determined the ATM was stolen from a tavern in Gorham. The Sheriff’s Department and the CPO contacted a tow service and they removed the ATM for crime scene processing. The ATM was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department for investigation.

The joint river detail put on by the USFWS was canceled due to high waters hindering the detail, the detail is to be rescheduled at a later date.

A District Sergeant and CPO assisted D 14 CPO's in computer maintenance and operation at LMSP.

A CPO arrested thee Massac County men for unlawful transportation of uncased firearms and operation of an ATV on a pubic roadway. The men were cited and released.

A CPO assisted Williamson County Sheriff on a traffic crash on Rt. 13 at their request.

A CPO assisted Williamson County Sheriff on a wanted on a warrant suspect.

A CPO arrested a fisherman on warrant in White County.  Subject was wanted on Sexual Abuse charges.

CPOs in an outfitter investigation in Jefferson and Jasper Counties.

District #14 CPOs concentrated on Spring equipment and boat maintenance this past week.

 

Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
March 31, 2010

REGION I
A District Sergeant and CPO attended an awards banquet with the Rockford Park District.  The CPO and IDNR Fisheries received an award for their involvement in making a kids fishing program a success this past year.

A District Sergeant and CPO investigated a fall at Wildcat Canyon in Starved Rock State Park. A twenty year old female had climbed off the marked trails to take a picture and fell approximately 25-30 feet. She was treated at the scene until Utica Fire arrived. The female was transported across the Illinois River by Ottawa River Rescue and then flown to OSF in Peoria by helicopter. The female's condition has been upgraded from critical. The Officers issued her three companions citations for being in a restricted area. Charges are pending against the 20 year old.

A District Sergeant issued several tickets and warnings at Starved Rock State Park for unlawful climbing off marked trails.

A District Sergeant met with an Arson Investigator from the Illinois Fire Marshal's office after a 2008 District 6 squad caught fire and burned destroying everything from the front bumper to the dashboard.
 
A Region I Officer stopped two individuals kayaking on the Apple River.  The vessels did not have registration and there was only one PFD between both of them.  After an interview, both individuals admitted to boating in a state area, closed to boating.  The regulations regarding boat equipment and property rights were explained.   Appropriate enforcement action was taken and information on registration application was explained.

A CPO apprehended two Winnebago County residents who were wanted for retail theft at a Winnebago County Menards Store.  As the CPO was patrolling on the west side of Rockford, he was listening to an ISPERN radio dispatch complete with physical, vehicle and license plate descriptions, advising that a retail theft had just occurred within the past 20 minutes.  As the ISPERN reported the address off of the suspect vehicle's license plates, the CPO was just crossing that same street and was only a few blocks from the residence of the suspects.  The CPO arrived and successfully obtained a confession from one of the individuals and he was taken into custody prior to the Sheriff's Department arrival.  It was also discovered they had thrown the stolen item out of their open car window off of Rt. 173 after leaving the store due to the fear of being caught.  Both suspects had numerous arrests for retail theft in the past.  The CPO turned the subjects over to the Sheriff's Department who charged both individuals for retail theft, obstructing a peace officer, and depositing injurious material upon a highway.   The entire incident was captured on an in-store video camera which Sheriff's Department had recovered as evidence to the crime.

While patrolling Green River State Wildlife Area in Lee County, a District 1 CPO observed a hunter at an adjacent hunt club returning to his vehicle which was parked along the road.  A compliance check revealed the subject did not have his hunting license in possession.  The subject was issued a written warning for the violation.

On March 23-25, 2010 the ISP Tactical Response Team (all three teams); Carroll County Sheriff's Department, USCG and IDNR Police conducted joint training in the Port of Quad Cities out of Fulton, Illinois.  There was time set aside for classroom briefings on boating laws (presented by a District Sergeant and CPO -IDNR Conservation Police), and USCG operations in the Port of the Quad Cities (presented by USCG-MSD-Quad Cities).  After classroom sessions, the teams launched the boats for area familiarization and mission pre-planning including critical infrastructure in Rock Island and Carroll Counties.

A Region 1 District 7 Officer conducted an investigation regarding the illegal use of landowner deer permits in Warren and McDonough Counties.  Two subjects were charged with falsification of address information in order to obtain free landowner deer and turkey permits.  A total of ten charges were submitted to the states attorney’s offices for prosecution.

REGION II
A CPO cited two different subjects for undersized fish in Lake County.  One subject had an undersized northern pike, and the other a short largemouth bass.

During the month of March, a CPO assisted Wisconsin DNR with two separate residence fraud cases.  Both subjects were Illinois residents who purchased resident Wisconsin hunting and fishing licenses over the last 5 years.  The CPO interviewed the subjects, and both gave written statements, which were forwarded to the Wisconsin Warden.  Both subjects are being charged in Wisconsin, where the statute of limitations allows them to go back 5 years for these violations. 

REGION III
Nothing reported

REGION IV
A CPO finalized a case in Randolph County involving a meat processing business illegally selling processed deer meat.  An undercover purchase of deer sausage was made from the processing business.  The officer then made contact with the owners and the appropriate charges were filed.

A CPO inspected a jon boat a subject had attempted to title/register.  The CPO found the Hull Identification Number (HIN) had been tampered with and did not belong to this boat.  The boat was seized and the appropriate enforcement action was taken.

A CPO arrested a subject on a warrant for failure to appear for a theft charge.  The subject was taken into custody and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

While patrolling Coffeen Lake, a CPO encountered two subjects in a remote parking lot.  He approached the subjects and both men were breathing heavily and sweating.  The CPO found the subjects had trespassed on Railroad property and stolen railroad ties, spikes, and mounting plates.  The CPO was assisted by a Montgomery County Deputy and a Railroad police officer.  The subjects were taken into custody after they returned the items back to where they had gotten them.

A CPO arrested two subjects for fishing without a license at Coffeen Lake.

A CPO worked several boat patrols at Coffeen Lake checking recreational boaters/fishermen.   He inspected 60 boats during his patrols and found 18 violations.

A CPO reported the disposition on an OUI case in Randolph County.  The subject was found guilty of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and fined $500.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal use of a cast net to take sport fish.  The subject pleaded guilty and was fined $150.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving underage drinking on the Kaskaskia River.  The subject operating the boat pleaded guilty of operating a boat after sunset without navigation lights.  The subject paid $75.00.  The underage subject completed an alcohol risk education class and had the underage consumption charge dismissed.  The subject that provided the alcohol was fined $300.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI involving illegal drugs in Clinton County.  The subject was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and possession of 7.9 grams of marijuana.  The subject was fined $3,402.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal hunting from a vehicle.  The subject pleaded guilty to hunting from the vehicle and was ordered to pay a fine of $586.00.  The firearms were returned to the subject.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal take of a deer without a valid permit.  The subject pleaded guilty to taking a deer without a permit and also possessing captive raised deer without a game breeder’s permit.  The subject was fined $150.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of an OUI case on the Kaskaskia River in St Clair Co.  The OUI charge was dismissed and the subject was found guilty of the no wake violation.  The subject paid a fine of $450.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal deer hunting during closed season.  The subject pleaded guilty to hunting deer during closed season in Madison County.  The charges of hunting deer without a permit and possession of another person’s tag were dismissed.  The subject paid a fine of $200.00 and was sentenced to 6 months supervision. 

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI case involving illegal drugs in Madison County.  The subject was found guilty of possession of marijuana and paid a fine of $300.00 and given one year supervision.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI in Madison County.  The subject pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving revoked-DUI.  He was sentenced to one year probation, must complete an alcohol treatment program and fined $752.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a DUI in Madison County.  The subject pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.08%.  He was sentenced to two years probation, completion of an alcohol treatment program, and fined $1,850.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal hunting deer over bait, hunting without permission, and the illegal transportation of an uncased bow.  The subject agreed to a plea of guilty on hunting without permission and was fined $200.00.

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving the illegal fishing without a license and obstructing an officer.  The subject pleaded guilty to obstruction and was sentenced to 6 days in jail.  The fishing license charge was dismissed.

A CPO reported the disposition of another case involving two subjects fishing without a license and one for obstructing an officer.  The one subject pleaded guilty to no fishing license and was fined $100.00.  The other subject pleaded guilty to obstruction and was fined $894.00. 

A CPO reported the disposition of a case involving hunting without permission, no valid hunting license, uncased bow on a vehicle, and no valid deer permits. The first subject was fined $275.00 and the other subject failed to appear in court.  He has a warrant out for his arrest. 

District Supervisor responded to a call from the Mason County Sheriff's Office regarding an alleged poached deer near Havana.  The subject had retrieved a deer that was supposedly dragged behind a riding lawn mower and stashed behind a shed.  Of course, the deer had not been field dressed and proceeded to swell and smell.  The deer was determined to be a road kill.  The "offender" would not give an accurate account of what happened and refused to say how he obtained the deer.  A citation was issued for failing to maintain records of a vehicle killed deer.

Several more subjects received citations for hunting deer without buying a hunting license or habitat stamp.

Two Havana men were cited for obstructing more than half of the waterway with their commercial fishing devices and for failing to tag a commercial fishing device.

A Jacksonville subject was found to have taken an undersized bass at Lake Jacksonville.  A further check revealed the fisherman, who was also the driver of a pickup truck, was driving on a suspended license.  Appropriate action was taken.

Several individuals were cited for taking undersized fish at Lake Sangchris and Lake Springfield.

REGION V
A CPO located an item in the water at Lake Murphysboro State Park. The item was just barley sticking out of the water near the dam road. Upon further investigation he put on waders and entered the water and discovered the item was an ATM machine. He then contacted the Jackson County. Sheriff’s Department and determined the ATM was stolen from a tavern in Gorham. The Sheriff’s Department and the CPO contacted a tow service and they removed the ATM for crime scene processing. The ATM was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department for investigation.

The joint river detail put on by the USFWS was canceled due to high waters hindering the detail, the detail is to be rescheduled at a later date.

A District Sergeant and CPO assisted D 14 CPO's in computer maintenance and operation at LMSP.

A CPO arrested thee Massac County men for unlawful transportation of uncased firearms and operation of an ATV on a pubic roadway. The men were cited and released.

A CPO assisted Williamson County Sheriff on a traffic crash on Rt. 13 at their request.

A CPO assisted Williamson County Sheriff on a wanted on a warrant suspect.

A CPO arrested a fisherman on warrant in White County.  Subject was wanted on Sexual Abuse charges.

CPOs in an outfitter investigation in Jefferson and Jasper Counties.

District #14 CPOs concentrated on Spring equipment and boat maintenance this past week.

 

 

 

 

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