Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April 2, 2014
A District 1 CPO responded to a call for an injured eagle. A landowner had been watching an eagle over an old deer carcass for several days but the eagle never flew away from the area. When he approached the bird, it was not capable of flying. The landowner captured the bird for fear it would be attacked by coyotes and immediately contacted the IDNR Conservation Police. The CPO met with the landowner and relayed the immature eagle to a federally licensed veterinarian. After an examination, the vet advised there were no fractures, however it appeared to have some type of head injury. The eagle will be under care of the veterinarian and a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
A District 6 CPO cited a group of hikers that were off of the trails at Matthiessen State Park. The group had been consuming alcohol and was also in possession of marijuana. One individual repeatedly gave the officer a fake name. The individual was taken to a local police department where his fingerprints were submitted by computer. While waiting for the results, the individual fled. He was apprehended in a car ten blocks away. He was charged with felony obstructing. The individual was also wanted on three warrants that totaled $35,000.
A District 1 CPO observed two subjects fishing off a wing dam. The CPO approached and asked both men for fishing licenses. The Des Plaines man explained the other fisherman was his father and he didn’t speak English. The CPO asked him if he had any identification. The man explained his father was here visiting for a month. The CPO explained they could go get his father a 24 hour fishing license for $10.50 or an annual license for $31.50. The man then tried to say that his father wasn’t fishing (as his father stood on a rock and continued to cast) and the CPO could just write them warnings. The CPO asked him to stop right there, that lying wasn’t going to help the situation. The Des Plaines man dropped his head and said he was sorry. The CPO asked the man who the fishing poles belonged to because there were too many out. The man was issued a written warning for too many lines on a two pole body of water and a citation for accessory to fishing without a fishing license. The CPO explained the father could fish for the rest of the day on the citation but they needed to get him a license if they were going again while he was visiting.
A District 1 CPO received a complaint of trapping out of season and failure to check traps each day. The traps in question were found. The investigation is ongoing.
A District 1 CPO received a trespassing complaint. The subject was retrieving a live trap from property he did not have permission to be on. The investigation is ongoing.
A District 1 CPO spoke to the Galena Territory’s Lake Management and Ecology Committee members. Illinois boating and fishing laws were discussed.
A District 1 CPO received a complaint of a dead bald eagle. The eagle was originally located by children enjoying the spring weather. No obvious signs of trauma were noted. The eagle will be transferred to the local US Fish and Wildlife Officer.
Two District 6 CPOs assisted the Illinois State Police with a death investigation at Rock Cut State Park. This case remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.
District 1 CPOs conducted boat patrols on the lower Rock River, patrolling areas that have had past concentrations of northward migrating, spring snow geese. Sport and commercial fishermen were also checked during the course of these patrols, as well as the enforcement of the boat registration and safety act.
A District 6 officer checked several fishermen along the Illinois River. Several citations and written warnings were issued for no fishing license, no fishing license in possession, and snagging in a prohibited area.
Two District 6 CPOs conducted a detail at Rock Cut State Park. The detail focused on individuals in the park after hours. While on the detail a car was stopped for being in the park after hours. The officers smelled the odor of cannabis and searched the car. Several glass pipes and bowls were found inside the car as well as multiple containers containing drug residue. Prescription drugs were also found inside the vehicle and a scale with drug residue. One arrest was made and additional charges are pending based on the results from the ISP crime lab.
A District 6 officer checked several fishermen along the Illinois River and several citations and written warnings were issued for no fishing license, no fishing license in possession, and snagging in a prohibited area
No activity reported.
Two district 19 CPOs made arrests of two male subjects after a 15 month investigation. The two male subjects shot out of a vehicle at a deer in front of a CPO that was blacked out in the back of a field. The two subjects fled upon trying to be stopped and ended up eluding the officer that night. Both were charged with several wildlife violations including hunting by aid or use of a motor vehicle and unlawful take of a deer between 1/2 hour after sun set and 1/2 hour before sun rise. The driver of the vehicle also has criminal charges pending for fleeing to elude.
Three District 19 CPOs assisted the Decatur Police Department in an enforcement detail named Operation Jump Start. This was a law enforcement detail designed to curb unlawful activity in areas from traffic offenses, selling and possessing drugs, active warrants to other criminal activity. All three officers were involved in numerous citations and warnings, as well as drug arrests.
Finfrock property had acres set on fire. This is in Dewitt County and the fire was put out by Wapella Fire. Further investigation will be done by our CPOs.
A District 11 officer while on patrol with a Decatur Police Officer, during an enforcement detail, arrested a Decatur man for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
A District 11 CPO responded to a report of unlawful cutting of timber in the Oakland area in Coles County.
A CPO in Jersey County was working Pere Marquette State Park when a Harley Davidson passed him doing 74 mph, southbound on Rte. 100. The CPO stopped him and he stated he was trying to catch up to his pack. He was suspended. About 15 minutes after the CPO stopped him, his pack rode by and he stated “There goes my pack.”
A CPO in Jersey County went to court for two Pennsylvania residents who unlawfully harvested two bucks during the 2014 firearm deer season. They pleaded guilty in Jersey County. One subject was fined a total of $2500, while the other subject was fined a total of $750 for the violations. A CPO in Jersey County conducted an investigation into a boat theft. After recovering the watercraft and interviewing multiple individuals, a suspect was identified. A Jersey County arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect’s arrest.
A CPO in Greene County attended a hunter safety class.
CPO in Jersey County attended a hunter safety class.
A CPO assisted an Illinois State Trooper stopping a reported rolling domestic in a truck travelling south on Route 148 in Williamson County. The male subject was taken into custody without incident.
A CPO conducted water patrol on Lake of Egypt in Williamson and Johnson Counties. Several boat and fishing violations were discovered and appropriate enforcement action was taken.
A CPO completed a boat title investigation of a subject in Williamson County. The investigation involved interviewing three different owners of this watercraft. One citation was issued and three written warnings.
A CPO assisted Williamson County Sheriff, Carbondale Police Department and Carterville Police Department in setting up a parameter around a radio station located on Route 13 in Williamson County. A bomb threat and suspicious package was located. The event went without incident and is under investigation.
A CPO was called by Lake of Egypt water patrol. They reported a 19 foot bass boat at fast speed doing circles at the south end of the ski area near the Williamson-Johnson County line. He was also told no operator was on board the boat. The CPO arrived at the location within minutes and set a parameter around the boat keeping other boaters away from the area. The operator of the boat had been picked up by another boat and taken to his house to change into dry clothes. After an hour the boat ran out of gas and safely came to a stop. The CPO got the owner back into his boat and interviewed him. He told the CPO he almost tried to swim and get hold of the side of the boat and shut the throttle down but decided it was “not a good idea." The CPO issued the subject a citation for failure to have his engine cut-off lanyard attached. No injury occurred and the only damage that occurred was his cell phone got wet along with the man’s pride. The man was wearing his life jacket at the time of the incident. The CPO also advised the man that he may want to buy a lottery ticket!
A CPO conducted water patrol on Crab Orchard Lake. Several boat violations were observed and appropriate enforcement action was taken. One subject was issued a citation for operating his boat up on plane within 150 feet of a boat ramp, in a posted no wake area. He launched at the ramp and immediately went to full throttle. The CPO had issued this same subject a citation for boating violations two years ago.
A CPO assisted Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with traffic control for an accident. An 80 year old man rolled his vehicle end over end when he attempted to take a sharp curve at a high rate of speed.
A CPO conducted a boat investigation for registration purposes on a Murphysboro subject.|
A CPO conducted sport fishing enforcement by boat at Cedar Lake. A subject was issued a written warning for a minor boat violation.
A CPO investigated a Point of Sale deer case. A subject was issued a warning for a minor hunting violation.
A CPO conducted sport fishing enforcement by boat on Kinkaid Lake. Several subjects were issued warnings for minor fishing and boating violations. One subject was cited for insufficient PFD's (personal flotation devices).
A CPO taught at a Hunter Safety Course at Shawnee Community College in Pulaski County with 50 students in attendance.
A CPO issued a written warning to a subject for deer hunting without a habitat stamp.
A CPO arrested a subject for possession of cannabis, while checking fishermen.
A CPO arrested a Kentucky resident for using an Illinois resident license.
A CPO followed a vehicle traveling along a levee road in Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area. This vehicle was shining a bright light out of the vehicle attempting to locate wildlife. My subsequent stop revealed that there were no firearms or other weapons in the vehicle. Two adult females, three children and one intoxicated adult male passenger (who had open alcohol in the vehicle) were contacted. They were warned for shining and cited for illegal transportation of alcohol.
A CPO attended a hunter safety course where 30 students were in attendance in Union County.
A CPO arrested a Williamson County man for OUI at Lake of Egypt. The CPO observed a boat which was being operated by a subject who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. The subject stated he only drank three beers but did state he had smoked cannabis prior to operating the boat and was in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The operator was arrested for OUI (drugs), and possession of cannabis. An additional subject on the boat was also found to be in possession of cannabis and cited. The third subject on the boat was an Arkansas resident and was cited for no fishing license. The boat lacked PFD's (personal flotation devices) for all occupants, was unregistered, and had no fire extinguisher. The operator who was under arrest was searched at the boat dock prior to transport. A loaded .380 pistol was discovered on his belt. He had no Concealed Carry permit.
A CPO issued multiple written warnings for fishing and boating violations in Perry County.
A CPO completed a boat registration investigation.
A CPO assisted a District 14 officer with locating a subject who was operating an ATV unlawfully on private lands in Franklin County. The subject was issued a citation for unlawfully riding on private property and a warning for criminal trespass.
A driver was cited for driving off the roadway at the Ten Mile Creek Bell Rive Unit.
A watercraft registration investigation was completed on a homemade boat.
A CPO investigated a landowner in Gallatin County that reported taking a large 10 point deer without purchasing a habitat stamp. The landowner admitted to allowing another hunter to use her permit to tag the deer. The CPO spoke with the hunter who stated he saw the big buck coming towards his stand but forgot he had already used his either sex permit. He shot the deer, realized his mistake, and asked the landowner if he could use her permit. The case is still under investigation.
Two fishermen were cited for fishing without permission in Franklin County.
A CPO has been investigating two timber buyers in Jasper and Effingham Counties. Multiple violations have been found including wrongful tree cutting and failure to pay 4% fees.
A CPO patrolled Forbes State Park and issued four citations and five written warnings for IVC (Illinois Vehicle Code), watercraft and fishing violations.
CPOs worked details at Newton Lake enforcing the horse power restriction. Two citations for over-size motor and no wearable pfds (personal flotation devices) were issued, along with multiple boat equipment warnings.
A CPO has been investigating a few leads on the waterfowl poaching incident at Carlyle Lake.
Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April 9, 2014
A CPO completed three deer permit investigations in McDonough County. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
Conducting a review of the Mercer County deer harvest reports, a CPO arrested two subjects for the illegal taking of two deer. In an unrelated case, a third subject was cited for the illegal possession of a deer he failed to report during the firearm deer season.
Open water has prompted many fishermen to access dams and rivers. Illinois Conservation Police continue to check fishing license compliance and size regulations. The recent trout season has opened and many licenses and daily limits were checked. The Youth Turkey season was a marginal success as many birds are still in winter flock.
A District 6 CPO observed three subjects passing around a bottle of alcohol on the trails in Matthiessen SP. While escorting the subjects off the trails for enforcement action, the officer detected the discernible odor of cannabis coming from a subject walking in the opposite direction. The officer stopped the subjects and located a cannabis cigarette on one subject. Enforcement action was taken.
A District 1 CPO conducted a trapping out of season investigation. Nine body-gripping traps were located and seized. One trap contained a raccoon in the late stages of decomposition. At the conclusion of the investigation the trapper was charged with trapping out of season and failure to check traps each day. The trapper is required to appear in court.
A District 1 CPO conducted boat safety and registration checks on the Mississippi River. One vessel was found to be operating without a functional fire extinguisher.
A District 1 CPO was conducting boat safety checks at a local ramp. While at the ramp the CPO saw a Jon boat fishing in the trees just south of the ramp. The CPO approached the bank and the boater came over to shore. The CPO conducted a safety inspection and the man did not have a fire extinguisher in his boat. The CPO issued the man a written warning and the man was later able to find the fire extinguisher in his truck.
While checking trout fishermen during the opening day of trout season at Centennial Park, a District 1 CPO discovered a subject fishing without a license or trout stamp. The fisherman received a citation for the violation.
While checking boats at the Castle Rock State Park boat ramp, a District 1 CPO observed a subject drive up and prepare to launch a boat. When the driver got out, the CPO recognized him as a subject he had arrested last summer on an outstanding warrant at the same location. The CPO knew the subject’s driver’s license was revoked as well. The CPO approached the subject to address the violation. The driver informed the CPO he was currently revoked but had a permit to drive to and from work. The CPO informed the subject driving to go fishing was not what the permit was for. The subject was arrested for driving while revoked.
A District 6 officer stopped a car that crossed the center line. The driver did not have insurance and his license was suspended for too many tickets. He was issued two citations and a licensed passenger was allowed to operate the vehicle.
Several car clubs decided to visit Starved Rock State Park this past Sunday. As they left the park, several drivers showed off the car’s performance, several citations were written for squealing tires.
A CPO in Winnebago County attended Field Training Officer Refresher training in LaSalle County in preparation to train new law enforcement recruits entering the field.
A CPO in Winnebago County completed mandatory on-line agency training recertification in Breath Alcohol Operator and Employment Ethics.
A CPO in Winnebago County returned a stolen watercraft recovered in Boone County the previous month. The investigation revealed the boat was originally stolen in McHenry County in 2011.
A CPO in Winnebago County worked on completing assigned commercial inspections to licensed fur bearing breeders.
No activity reported.
No activity reported.
No activity reported.
A CPO cited a subject in Perry County for fishing without a license.
A CPO cited a fisherman at Pyramid State Park for failure to immediately release a 14 1/2" largemouth bass. There is a 14"-18" protected slot limit in the park.
CPOs assisted the Jackson County Sheriff's Department with the search of a wanted person. The subject fled from police on an ATV and then fled on foot when the ATV ran out of gas. A canine unit was called in to track the subject and he was later located. The ATV had been reported stolen. The subject was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing and eluding.
A CPO is investigating a deer poaching case in Union County.
District 16 CPOs attended the FTO training update at Rend Lake.
A CPO checked sport fishermen throughout the week. Several subjects were warned for minor boating and fishing violations.
CPOs conducted a fishing detail on the opening day of the trout season at Ferne Clyffe. The detail was cut short due to the weather and recent flooding that had occurred in the area.
CPOs conducted fishing enforcement by boat on the Pyramid State Park lakes. Two subjects were cited for possession of fish in the slot limit. Several other fishermen were warned for minor boating violations.
A CPO conducted surveillance and seized evidence related to a case referred by the state of Wyoming. Multiple charges in Illinois will follow including unlawful possession of deer and turkey.
A CPO was checking fisherman on the bank at Crab Orchard Lake on the south side of State Route 13 when the CPO heard the sound of hard braking and of a vehicle accident occurring on the east bridge. The CPO observed a red SUV spinning in circles in the west bound lane and could see a black car making an extremely rough and fast ride into the medium and then only the rough could be seen from the CPO's location. The CPO immediately radioed the accident to ISP telecommunications. This was late afternoon and rush hour traffic was occurring. The CPO rushed to the location and found the red SUV facing sideways in the right lane of west bound traffic. The CPO checked on injuries and found an 11 year old boy with severe injury and his mother with a back injury. The driver and another boy were ok. The CPO radioed for two ambulances and was advised the closest trooper was 1 1/2 hours away. The driver of the other car was shook up but was ok. Williamson County Sheriff did not have a unit available to respond. At this point a thunder storm
arrived with a hard rain. The CPO conducted traffic control and safety for the ambulances until they had removed the two injured. The CPO spoke to the driver of the SUV and asked him if the vehicle would start and it finally did. The CPO asked permission to move the vehicle from the road by the Trooper who was responding to the accident. Traffic was backed up all the way back to Marion by now. The CPO backed his squad up and the SUV driver drove east bound in the west bound lane until reaching the north boat ramp parking lot. The Trooper arrived and the rain storm came to an end.
A CPO, investigating a deer dumped back during the second firearm season, interviewed three persons. The case was completed with a pollution of waterway citation and a deer permit citation being issued.
CPOs worked water patrol on Crab Orchard Lake by work boat. Traffic was slow despite it being a sunny day because of the cool air. Minor fishing and boating violations were enforced with appropriate action.
A CPO began an investigation of a subject with a child hunting turkey during the closed season. Several people at numerous residences in the area were interviewed. At this point of the investigation the persons have not been identified.
CPOs worked an over-bag detail on opening day of trout season at Ferne Clyffe State Park. However, fishing conditions were not very good. Cold and overcast and murky water from runoff from the recent storms was not good for catching trout that morning. Despite almost 70 anglers, only 10 trout were noted to have been caught.
CPOs responded to an occupied, partially submerged vehicle in floodwaters east of Carbondale. The subject trapped in his flooded vehicle was rescued via Jon boat and stated he would not do that again. The flooded roadway had not been closed yet.
A CPO assisted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in attempting to locate two subjects who fled from a suspected meth lab. The area was next to the Burning Star #5 Wildlife Management area and it was thought the subject on a stolen Razor UTV had fled into the area. After a few hours of searching the subjects were not located. In the afternoon of the following day a Jackson County Deputy spotted one of the subjects operating the stolen Razor just north of where they were observed the day before. During the pursuit the subject got the Razor stuck and then fled on foot. CPOs assisted the Jackson County deputies with manning a perimeter as the manhunt began with a canine unit. The Jackson County canine unit located the subject hidden under some high grass approximately 150 yards from where the Razor was stuck. The Du Quoin subject, recently paroled from prison, will face numerous charges.
Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April 16, 2014
A District 1 CPO cited a Mt. Carroll man for having a squirrel as a pet. The CPO received a complaint that the pet squirrel had injured another resident in the area.
A CPO assisted several local fire departments with an out of control grass fire near the Big River State Forest. Due to extremely dry conditions, the possibility of a forest fire at the state site is very real this Spring. The local departments were able to stop the fire from advancing into the forest.
A 13 year old girl climbed a ledge at the entrance of French Canyon. When her mother saw that she had climbed up, she ordered her down. As she was climbing down she slipped and slid down the ledge approximately 25 ft. injuring her arm and shoulder. She was transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru by the Utica Rescue Service.
A District 1 Sergeant spoke to a group of approximately 90 members of the area Antique Tractor Association. Topics included our job duties and the importance of the Conservation Police, hunting and fishing regulations, boating safety, what to do when you have problems with nuisance wildlife, and a question and answer period.
A District 1 CPO conducted an investigation on a Whiteside County trapper that failed to remove his traps at the end of the season. A set was located that had a coyote in it and it was evident that the trap had not been checked recently. The trapper was located and enforcement action was taken in the form of a citation and warnings.
A District 1 CPO assisted in a search for a missing female at Lake Le Aquana State Park. Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois Conservation Police, State Police, Lena Police, and several local fire departments, volunteers, dog handlers, and mounted patrol, searched for the missing female who had reportedly taken an overdose of over the counter medication. The search took place at night in heavily wooded terrain surrounding the lake; utilizing boats, aircraft, ATVs, and close to 150 personnel on foot. She was located on the ground under heavy brush several hours into the search with the use of a hand held thermal imaging device. She was transported by ambulance to a local emergency room.
A District 1 CPO issued several citations and written warnings in violation of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code during patrols of the waterways in Whiteside County.
A District 7 CPO assisted Wildlife Prairie Park eagle handler (Joe Hand) with the rescue of an injured bald eagle in Stark County. The eagle was evaluated and transported to University of Illinois for further rehabilitation
Conducting a review of the Mercer and Rock Island County deer harvest reports, a CPO arrested three subjects for the illegal taking of four deer. Parts of all four deer were seized.
A CPO did a presentation for a Mercer County 4-H group. The CPO covered conservation and the value of our natural resources (both naturally and monetarily).
A District 6 CPO discovered five subjects in a restricted area of Starved Rock. While speaking with the subjects, the officer detected the odor of burnt cannabis. The officer located a cannabis cigarette thrown on the ground by one of the subjects and was able to obtain a confession. Enforcement action was taken.
A District 6 CPO was called to Starved Rock for a report of a cell phone theft. The officer was able to obtain a picture of the suspect from security camera footage. Approximately 30 minutes later, two CPOs located the suspect coming off the trails and were able to obtain a confession and recover the cell phone. The suspect was charged with theft of mislaid property.
A District 6 officer checked several fishermen on the Illinois and Fox Rivers. Enforcement action was taken for no valid fishing license and fishing license not in possession.
A District 1 CPO interviewed a subject regarding the possible misuse of free land owner deer permits. The investigation is ongoing.
A District 1 CPO investigated a trapping complaint in Ogle County. The complaint was received after a person’s dog returned home with a trap on its leg after being missing for a week. The owner of the trap was discovered and was issued a citation for trapping out of season.
A District 1 CPO completed a deer permit investigation in Stephenson County. The subject killed a doe and initially tagged it with an either sex permit. Not wanting to use his only buck tag on a doe, the subject later purchased an antlerless only permit and switched the tags. The subject was issued one citation and one warning.
A CPO in Winnebago County investigated a complaint regarding ducks and geese being darted by blow darts at Springlake Estates subdivision in Rockford. Investigation is ongoing.
A CPO in Winnebago County completed a boat safety inspection at Rock Cut State Park boat launch which revealed the operator had insufficient number of wearable P.F.D.’s (personal flotation devices), batteries were not covered and secured to the hull as required and the boat trailer had a registration license plate that expired in 2012.
A CPO in Winnebago County stopped an automobile in Rock Cut State Park traveling 40 mph in the posted 20 mph zone and also had a cracked windshield. After stopping the automobile it was also discovered the driver had an expired driver’s license and no proof of insurance.
A CPO in Winnebago County stopped an automobile in Rock Cut State Park which had two teenage passengers riding in the bed of the truck without seatbelts. After stopping the vehicle it was discovered the 16 year old driver was in violation of the Graduated Licensing Law by transporting more than one passenger in his vehicle that was not a sibling or immediate family member.
A District 6 CPO stopped to assist a motorist who had run out of fuel. During the interaction the CPO detected the odor of cannabis. A search revealed 12.5 grams of cannabis including 13 individually wrapped small bags. The motorist was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
No activity reported.
A District 11 CPO responded to a Douglas County radio broadcast of a vehicle being operated with suspended registration due to an insurance violation. The CPO located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was being operated by an Urbana woman who was cited for operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration.
A District 11 CPO arrested a Mattoon man fishing at Lake Paradise in Coles County for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor and no valid fishing license.
A District 11 CPO arrested two men and one woman from Chicago in Fox Ridge State Park at the canoe launch for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of not more than 2.5 grams of cannabis.
A District 11 CPO arrested a Shelbyville man fishing at a USACOE pond on Lake Shelbyville for no valid fishing license, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of not more than 2.5 grams of cannabis in Shelby County.
A District 19 Officer was called out around 2:00 a.m. to assist the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office in looking for a reported missing person from Bloomington. A subject’s vehicle was found near a boat ramp and after hours of searching was not located. The officer had his boat with him and while on his way home decided to check the area where the subject’s truck was seen and found the subject next to his truck. The subject stated he was fishing but had no pole. When asked where his tackle box was he stated he threw into the water because the fish took his pole. Appropriate actions were taken.
Two District 19 Officers worked a long, late night detail in Iroquois County after a State Conservation Area had been burglarized three times within the previous week. At around 1:30 a.m. the officers spotted a truck pull into the area and shut its lights off. After approaching the truck, the driver was out and getting ready to break into the south gate area. Inside the truck were burglary tools. After lengthy interviews and interrogations, the two officers were able to obtain written confessions from the driver and his brother, who was back at their parent’s residence in Kankakee County. The brothers were 24 and 20 years old respectively. The stolen items were recovered and both subjects were taken to the Iroquois County Jail for felony and misdemeanor charges.
After a citizen complaint was made about two vehicles doing "doughnuts" and making ruts inside the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park, a District 19 Officer investigated a partial plate given by the complainant. After further investigation, the officer was able to get the right vehicle involved, plus an additional vehicle involved. Interviews were conducted and two Niantic subjects were charged with off road violations inside a State park.
A District 19 Officer working boat related activity found two Champaign subjects on the Salt Fork River without life jackets while utilizing kayaks. Another subject, from Tolono, was on Homer Lake in a paddle boat and was found to be in violation of registration. All subjects were issued citations.
A District 13 CPO presented at a hunter safety class at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex.
A man who had been arrested by a District 13 CPO in 2012 pleaded guilty to felony DUI and was assessed a total cost/fine of over $24,000 and his vehicle was forfeited. The driver was a repeat DUI offender and had several children in the vehicle when he was arrested at a state park.
A District 13 CPO issued a subject a citation for falsification of deer harvest records. The hunter had shot a 5 point buck at a state park during deer season. When he found the deer dead, he saw there was an infection on the back of the deer’s head. The hunter had called the local CPO and told him about it. He was informed by the CPO that he still needed to report his archery deer harvest even though it had an infection and if the meat was also bad, he could dispose of it properly. After learning from an informant that the hunter had called the deer in as a road kill, the CPO interviewed the hunter who confessed to his actions. If hunter is found guilty, the hunter could have his hunting privileges suspended for a minimum of one year.
A District 13 CPO issued a husband and wife a citation each after it was learned the husband had used the wife’s permit during the firearm deer season to harvest a deer. Other written warnings were also issued.
A District 13 Officer was on patrol in Clinton County and observed a man fishing on Carlyle Lake. After checking for a fishing license the officer observed a bucket containing fish. The officer looked at the fish and determined the fisherman was in possession of two short crappie. The fisherman was cited for the violation and the fish were able to be released back into the lake.
A District 13 Officer completed an outfitter inspection of an outfitter in Pike County. Numerous violations were noted during the inspection of the required records an outfitter is required to maintain. The outfitter was cited for the violations.
A District 13 CPO started two outfitter inspections on March 14, 2014 and completed them on March 29, 2014. One outfitter was issued three written warnings and the other outfitter was issued two written warnings for their records and allowing hunters to hunt without the necessary hunting license or habitat stamp.
A District 13 officer completed a hunting accident investigation that had occurred in early January. Information about the accident had only come to light a week earlier.
A Jefferson County man was cited for driving off the roadway at a Ten Mile Creek site.
The District 14 Sergeant arrested a fisherman on a Jefferson County warrant. The man was also cited for fishing without a license.
An investigation into the possession of dangerous animals is on-going in Jefferson County.
Three ATV riders were cited in Jefferson County for operating ATV's on the roadway after a cat and mouse game ended at the violator’s vehicle. The riders were hiding in a barn when the CPO arrived.
A CPO investigated a rotting deer carcass in the Benton City limits. A severely decomposed carcass was found in the bed of a truck. The vehicle owner was located and a harvest records check found the subject has never checked in a deer. The subject was cited and given a pair of rubber gloves for the clean-up.
The law portion of a hunter safety class was taught in Sesser.
A CPO cited fishermen on Southern Illinois Coal property in Saline County for no fishing license and no life jacket on board a boat. Several written warnings were also issued for fishing without permission and miscellaneous boating violations.
Illegal baiting in Hamilton County during the turkey season is currently being investigated.
Two CPOS went to each fur pick up point in multiple counties. One subject was cited for possessing green coon hides 20 days past the season.
A CPO responded to Crawford County Conservation Area where a subject decided to go off-roading in his 4 wheel drive truck. The subject became stuck. Multiple areas were damaged in the park and this has been an on-going issue. The subject was located and arrested for criminal damage to state property and driving off roadway.
A CPO cited a Jasper County turkey hunter for failure to tag his turkey. The subject had transported the turkey back to his truck and placed in the bed of the truck when the CPO arrived.
A CPO investigated an ATV complaint. The complainant stated he had received information about 50 ATVs operating on state property. The complaint was confirmed, however, the subjects were gone when the CPO arrived. The area will remain under surveillance.
A CPO investigated fishing without permission complaint. The area will remain under surveillance as the subjects in question were not present upon arrival.
A CPO is investigating the dumping of personal household garbage at a state park. A CPO is investigating a subject that left behind cannabis and paraphernalia at a picnic area at a local state park. A CPO is investigating the theft of metal items, possibly to be sold as scrap, from a local state park.
A CPO closed out a report on a DUI from last December. A Union County man pleaded guilty to DUI and was fined plus costs for a total of $2500.00. He was also required to attend DUI School.
A CPO closed out a report of two subjects taking over the limit of waterfowl. The two subjects had taken six and five mallards apiece. It was referred to the USFWS. One subject was fined $500.00 and the other was warned for the violation.
A CPO assisted the Murphysboro, Pomona, Somerset Fire Department and the US Forest Service with a forest fire at Cedar Lake. The fire originated from a campfire left by a fish camp out at the lake and threatened to burn down two residences in its path. Winds on this day were gusting up to 40 miles an hour moving this wildfire fast. The fire was contained and burned a couple hundred acres of woods without any damage to the nearby residences. The CPO believes he checked the fish camp earlier in the week which left this fire and he will assist the USFS Law Enforcement Officers with the fire investigation.
A CPO located and cited three Missouri subjects fishing without valid non-resident licenses. The subjects were also in possession of 23 largemouth bass (over statewide daily limit) in Pulaski County.
A CPO received information of a wild fire within the Shawnee National Forest from a friend who was fishing on Cedar Lake. I notified a Forest Service Officer who alerted fire personnel. Extremely windy conditions pushed fire over 1st ridge from lake. Forest Service responded and determined fire was caused by an abandoned camp fire and contained the blaze.
Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April 23, 2014
While on boat patrol on the Rock River in Ogle County, a District 1 CPO arrested a subject for OUI after stopping the boat for a safety inspection. In addition to the OUI, the subject was issued a citation for a registration violation and warnings for safety equipment violations. The subject’s BAC was 0.118.
A District 7 CPO assisted in the apprehension of a wanted subject in Henderson County. The officer was in a bar/
restaurant when he noticed a subject wanted for domestic battery enter the area. Local officers had been looking for the subject all day due to the seriousness of the crime. The off duty officer texted a Henderson County deputy and state police officer that the subject was in the building. He then moved to block the rear exit from place. Approximately five minutes later a trooper and deputy arrived. The subject was taken into custody.
A CPO in Winnebago County investigated a complaint regarding ducks and geese being darted by blow darts at Springlake Estates subdivision in Rockford. Investigation is ongoing.
A CPO in Winnebago County completed a boat safety inspection at Rock Cut State Park boat launch which revealed the operator using a paddleboard without a paddle pass.
A CPO in Winnebago County stopped an automobile in Rock Cut State Park traveling 35 mph in the posted 20 mph zone and with no front license plate displayed.
A CPO in Winnebago County stopped an automobile in Rock Cut State Park which had three children passengers riding in the bed of the truck without seatbelts, ages 8, 10, and 13. The violation was handled with one citation covering all three passengers instead of writing three separate citations.
A District 6 CPO was checking anglers in Winnebago County. He noticed a young man who appeared to be 6-8 years old. The boy was trying to cast but was unable to due to a tangle in the fishing line (birds nest) that had formed on the end of his fishing pole. The CPO approached the boy and asked if he could help. The boy informed the CPO that he had a big one on his line and it got off, causing the tangle in the fishing line. While the CPO was fixing the boys reel they sat at a picnic table and talked about fishing. The CPO and the boy shared various fishing stories. When the line was fixed the boy thanked the CPO. The CPO finished his shift thinking about how he loved reliving his past fishing memories with the boy.
While on patrol, a CPO noted a boat was operating on the Hennepin Canal with a 25 hp at a high rate of speed. The Hennepin Canal has a 10 hp limit. The boat was stopped and one subject did not have a fishing license. The boat had several safety violations. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
A District 1 CPO concluded a deer permit investigation which resulted in a citation being issued to a Morrison man for improper tagging of a Carroll County deer.
A District 1 CPO attended a hunter safety course at the Morrison Sportsman Club.
A District 1 CPO gave three presentations to Criminal Justice students at the Whiteside County Career Center in Sterling.
A District 1 CPO issued multiple citations in violations of the Fish & Aquatic Life Code during his patrols on foot and by boat, on Lake Carlton and pool 13 of the Mississippi River. Compliance checks on watercraft were also conducted on boaters taking advantage of the warm weather.
A beautiful Easter weekend and the celebration of “4-20 Day” kept District 6 officers busy in LaSalle County. During a 3 day period officers wrote over 80 citations and written warnings. Violations included no fishing license, illegal entry into a restricted area, possession of alcohol in a posted prohibited area, possession of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
A District 6 officer was on a foot patrol at Starved Rock State Park and arrested 8 individuals for unlawful entry to a posted restricted area.
A District 6 officer was on a foot patrol at Matthiessen State Park and arrested 11 individuals for unlawful entry to a posted restricted area.
A District 6 officer was on a foot patrol at Matthiessen State park and arrested 5 individuals for unlawful possession of less than 2.5 gr of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
While checking fishermen, a CPO watched a subject litter and smoke a cannabis pipe. The subject was later cited for pollution of the waterway, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
While working at the New Boston boat launch, a CPO located a subject that smelled strongly of cannabis. The subject was later cited for the illegal possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
A District 7 CPO patrolled DNR sites in Knox and Peoria Counties. Several boat safety examinations were completed at Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area. Some minor traffic enforcement was conducted at Jubilee College State Park. A sunbather was warned at the primitive campground for having insufficient clothing.
The Illinois Conservation Police received a complaint in September of 2013 from a Stephenson County landowner regarding a timber buyer who had cut timber on several landowners property and payment was not received. An investigation was conducted by Conservation Police, assisted by IDNR Division Foresters, which discovered that the timber buyer had cut timber on eleven landowners in Carroll and Stephenson Counties and failed to pay the landowners for harvested timber. The value of the stolen timber was estimated to be in excess of $97,000 dollars. The subject was arrested on April 16, 2014 in Forreston, Illinois, by the Conservation Police and taken to the Ogle County Jail after the Stephenson County State’s Attorney authorized 15 felony charges for theft of timber and criminal theft and 13 misdemeanor charges for failure to pay the IDNR 4 % harvest fees and failure to account for IDNR timber harvest. They also seized a John Deere Log Skidder and numerous items used in the commission of the timber harvest. Additional charges are pending in Carroll County.
A District 1 CPO patrolled IDNR hunting properties for turkey hunters. No violations were discovered.
A District 7 CPO cited two subjects for not having fishing licenses.
A District 7 CPO cited a subject for failure to check traps every day. Numerous written warnings were issued for other violations.
A CPO and his probationary officer arrested a subject fishing along the Fox River, at Moraine Hills State Park, for a $3,000 warrant out of DuPage County for failure to appear for driving while suspended. The subject was also cited for fishing without a license and fishing with too many devices.
A District 11 officer cited a Mattoon man for failure to immediately release a largemouth bass on the Kaskaskia River in the Wildlife Management Area in Moultrie County.
A District 11 officer arrested a Mattoon man on an outstanding warrant out of Moultrie County for failure to appear for resisting arrest.
A District 11 officer arrested a Mattoon man for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis at Lake Paradise in Coles County. The man was also cited for not having any wearable life jackets on board his boat. A passenger on the boat was also arrested on a warrant out of Cumberland County for failure to appear on a DUI charge.
A District 11 CPO cited a Moultrie County man for speeding 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.
A District 11 CPO investigated and documented damage done to Walnut Point State Park shower house in Douglas County.
A District 19 Officer and his Officer in Training were working the Clinton Lake spillway when they observed a fisherman using bluegill as bait. The officers noticed that several of the bluegill were very small. After asking where the fisherman got the bluegill, he stated he caught them with a cast net from the creek. The officers informed the fisherman that bluegill could only be caught by sportfishing methods. Enforcement action was taken.
A District 19 Officer and his Officer in Training were working a boat patrol on Dawson Lake in McLean County. The patrol ended up with three subjects (one from Bloomington, one from Missouri and one from Alaska) being issued citations for fishing without a valid sports fishing license.
A District 19 Officer assisted the McLean County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend with three underage drinking arrests and a possession of cannabis arrest. The arrests were of Bloomington area subjects near Evergreen Lake.
A District 19 Officer followed up on the arrests of two St. Anne brothers for the burglary and theft of equipment at the Iroquois County State Conservation Area. During the follow-up investigation, it was discovered through the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department that additional stolen items were found belonging to farmers in the nearby area. The brothers were again arrested and the case handled by the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.
A CPO in Adams County received a call from a site technician worker at Siloam Springs State Park. An individual was camping at the park and not paying any fees. The site worker gave the CPO a license plate of the subject. After running the license plate, it was determined the owner was wanted on a federal warrant for child pornography. The CPO contacted the Adams County Sheriff's Department and requested assistance. They responded to Siloam Springs State Park, located the subject, and took him into custody.
A CPO in Jersey County investigated a theft and hunting without permission complaint in Macoupin County. The complainant had a trail camera, tree stand, and a large amount of scrap metal stolen from his property during the 2013-2014 deer season. Upon checking a second trail camera, the complainant observed three photos of a possible suspect. In one photo, the suspect was holding a bow and dressed in camo. During the investigation, the CPO identified a suspect and after three interviews obtained confessions for all the violations and recovered the trail camera and tree stand. A visit to the scrap yard revealed the violator profited $308 off the stolen scrap metal. Enforcement action for theft, hunting on property without permission, hunting deer without archery deer permits and hunting without a hunting license/habitat stamp are pending with the Macoupin County State’s Attorney. A CPO in Jersey County observed a car with its hazards on in the middle of the roadway. The CPO made contact with the driver and asked for identification but the subject did not have his driver’s license with him. After obtaining the driver’s name and date of birth, returning to his squad and running the subject’s name, the CPO determined the physical description of the name given did not match the driver. When asked, the subject continuously claimed to have provided correct information. Based on the discrepancies, the CPO took the subject into custody. The subject then revealed his true identity. He lied because his driver’s license was suspended. He was transported to Jersey County Sheriff’s Department for obstructing identification and driving on a suspended license.
A CPO in Jersey County was patrolling Pere Marquette State Park when he observed two individuals exit a parked car. As he walked past the car, he observed the odor of burnt cannabis. After making contact with the suspects, the CPO recovered a bag with cannabis and a drug pipe from the driver. A search of the car revealed a second bag with cannabis. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of 9.5 grams of cannabis and transported to the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department.
A CPO in Brown County checked a turkey hunter hunting the wrong season.
A CPO in Brown County checked a turkey hunter hunting without a license and habitat stamp.
A CPO in Greene County attended a hunter safety class in Macoupin County.
No activity reported.
Office of Law Enforcement
WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April 30, 2014
A District 1 Sergeant attended Earth Day at the Rock Island Arsenal Pre-School. She talked to the kids and their teachers about our job duties, boat safety, and wildlife.
A District 1 Sergeant attended the Annual Hennepin Canal Clean-Up Days with the Education Trailer. As families went through the education trailer she talked with them about our job duties, boat safety, and wildlife. There was a good turnout. The event was organized by Rock River Development Authority. IDNR Canal employees also assisted with the event.
A CPO in Winnebago County investigated a complaint regarding ducks and geese being darted by blow darts at Springlake Estates subdivision in Rockford.
A CPO in Winnebago County is training a new CPO Trainee who just graduated from the IDNR Academy. Field Training re-enforces departmental policies/procedures plus trains the probationer to apply IDNR law, Criminal Law Statutes and Illinois Vehicle Code provisions in the field.
A District 6 officer responded to a report of a highly intoxicated individual at LaSalle Lake on a Sunday at 9 a.m. When the officer arrived, he easily located the individual who was definitely intoxicated. The officer determined the individual had not consumed any alcohol at the lake, but had consumed a large amount of alcohol on Saturday and then more Saturday night. The man stated he had got a ride to the lake with his friend “Griz”. He said he was walking with “Griz”, then all of the sudden “Griz” disappeared. The officer put the man in his squad and went looking for “Griz”. After a 30 minute search the man had not seen “Griz”. The officer was finally able to contact the individual’s father who came out to the lake and took him home. After the individual was safely in his father’s custody, the officer decided to conduct some fishing compliance checks. During the compliance checks the officer located a man that looked like someone with the nickname of “Griz”. The officer recognized him as someone the intoxicated individual had said was not “Griz”. Sure enough it was “Griz”. The officer informed “Griz” he would not have to give the man a ride home.
A District 6 officer was on a foot patrol at Starved Rock State Park and arrested an individual for unlawful possession of a short sauger.
A District 6 officer was on a foot patrol at Starved Rock State Park and arrested three individuals for unlawful possession of less than 2.5g of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A District 6 officer arrested four individuals for unlawfully fishing without a fishing license.
A District 1 CPO completed a deer permit investigation where an Orion man harvested a buck without a valid permit during the archery season of 2013. He had already used his either sex permit on a smaller 8 point buck but couldn’t pass up the opportunity on the 10 point buck when he only had an antlerless permit left. The hunter was issued multiple citations and the deer was seized.
A District 1 CPO was patrolling Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area when two vehicles were located in an area posted for Authorized Vehicles only near a small fishing pond. The CPO sat back in the timber and watched them for a while with binoculars while they were fishing. The CPO made contact with them and all four young men did not possess a valid fishing license. The drivers were also issued citations for operating a motor vehicle in a posted restricted area.
A District 6 CPO received a call of a sunken boat at Rock Cut State Park. The boat sank on Pierce Lake on Friday, April 25. Two occupants of the vessel were rescued by an angler who observed the men struggling in the frigid waters. An investigation is underway and resources have been contacted to recover the vessel. This is a reminder to all boaters on
how important the accessibility of wearable life jackets can save lives. One victim of the accident stated, “The boat sank in seconds…. without life jackets we would have been goners.”
A District 1 CPO attended an Earth Day show at the Quad City Expo Center with the Conservation Police Lodge Trailer. Several classes of school children, and their teachers, toured the trailer and asked many questions about Illinois’ wildlife.
A District 1 CPO investigated illegal camp sites set up along the Hennepin Feeder Canal in Whiteside County. Camping and/or inhabiting this area is prohibited and the unattended equipment was seized.
A District 1 CPO investigated a possible fish kill in Como Lake. Several rough fish were discovered dead along the bank, due to the extreme winter. The fish had been dead long before the complaint had been filed.
A District 1 CPO investigated the harvest of a deer reportedly taken with a crossbow. The investigation revealed an Apple River man shot an 8 point buck with a crossbow outside of the legal crossbow hunting season. The man did not have a ‘disabled hunter crossbow permit’ from the Springfield DNR office. The man was issued a citation for unlawful possession of a white-tailed deer. The deer head, antlers and cape were seized.
A Region 1, District 1, CPO was on patrol heading north on Rt. 84 north of Albany IL. The CPO was advised by ISP District 1 that a possible abduction had occurred on I-88 westbound at the 22 mile marker involving a blue Buick car. The closest ISP squad was in Sterling and Whiteside County Sheriff’s Dept. was in the middle of shift change and didn’t have a car close. The CPO made an emergency response from north of Albany IL cutting through the country and getting on I-88 at Hillsdale IL. The CPO spotted the blue Buick in question within a few minutes and followed the car until an ISP Trooper caught up for back up before a welfare traffic stop was conducted. The four teenagers in the car were identified and questioned. It was clear no one in the car had been abducted or was in distress. It was determined the concerned caller was being overly cautious about what they had observed. The subjects were released without incident.
Due to the fact the Mississippi River is at flood stage, a CPO in Henderson County focused his enforcement activity on smaller bodies of water in the district. This resulted in three citations and twenty warnings for various boating and fishing violations
While on patrol a subject was observed in the lower area of Starved Rock State Park who appeared to be homeless. The CPO went to the subject and spoke to the subject and found he had camped in the Starved Rock Nature Preserve the night before illegally. His Information was gathered and the subject was issued a citation. A bulge could be seen in the pocket of the subject’s pants. The subject showed the CPO a knife. The bulge was still in his pocket. The CPO pushed on the bulge and could feel it was a pipe. The subject removed the pipe and it had been used to smoke cannabis. When questioned, the subject produced a small amount of cannabis and another pipe. The subject was arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
A District 7 CPO responded to a burglary which occurred at Jubilee College State Park. A crime scene technician also responded and processed the scene. It appears the offender was in search of easy cash, because electronic equipment, including cell phones, computers, etc. were left untouched. Entry was also made into the shop where thousands of dollars in tools and equipment remained. Only one item appears missing. The investigation is ongoing.
Due to the recent burglary, an early morning park detail was conducted by a District 7 CPO at Jubilee College State Park. Three vehicles were observed entering the closed park over a two hour period, well in advance of the 8:00 am opening time. The first vehicle was found unoccupied near the burglary location but turned out to be a local man walking his dogs off leash. He was issued a citation for entering the park during closed hours and a written warning for having his dogs off leash. The second vehicle was stopped and a written warning was issued for entering during closed hours, also a dog walker. The last vehicle stopped was observed driving off the edge of the roadway as he was followed into a closed picnic area. Upon approach, the senior male driver had his shirt completely unbuttoned, his belt undone, and was wearing no shoes. After a brief interview, he was issued written warnings for unlawful entry during closed hours and improper lane usage.
Two District 7 CPOs conducted a boat enforcement detail on Lake McMaster at Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area. Of the twenty plus boats checked, numerous equipment violations were found. Citations were issued for unlawful operation of an outboard motor larger than 10 hp, and for a no wake violation. Written warnings were issued for no proper fire extinguisher, battery terminals not shielded, no wake violations, outboard motors over 10 hp, pfd violations, and failure to wear lanyard kill switch.
Two District 6 CPOs were assisted by Illinois State Police, Loves Park Police and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police in a search at Rock Cut State Park for a missing suicidal subject. The suicidal subject, a Janesville WI woman, had left Wisconsin and reportedly arrived at Rock Cut State Park where she had indicated she intended to harm herself. After an extensive search the woman was located unharmed. The woman was taken into custody by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police without incident.
No activity reported.
A District 11 CPO attended 4 day Sonar Operator Training at Lake Murphysboro State Park.
A District 11 CPO attended career day at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.
A CPOT and CPO arrested an Ivesdale man at Eagle Creek State Park for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis less than 2.5g.
A CPOT and CPO, while assisting Region 5 officers with the recovery of stolen state property, discovered an active methamphetamine lab in a Charleston man's residence.
A CPOT and a CPO arrested a Mattoon man at Lake Mattoon for fishing without a license, driving with a suspended license and failure to provide valid proof of insurance.
A CPOT and a CPO observed a Shelbyville man setting fire to property in Shelbyville. As CPOs circled around, the subject fled on foot. The CPOT located the subject who was apprehended. Shelbyville Police Department is charging the subject with arson.
A District 19 Officer and a CPOT wrote a subject on Clinton Lake for possession of undersized crappie. Another fisherman was issued a written warning. Three District 19 Officers and 1 CPOT attended Sonar Boat training in southern Illinois for four days. Four District 19 Officers assisted the IHSA Bass Fishing Tournament in inspecting boats prior to launching. A District 19 Officer arrested two Mt. Zion subjects and one Decatur man for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia while next to Lake Decatur at Sportsman Park.
A CPO in Jersey County checked two Missouri subjects fishing on the Illinois River. Neither had a non-resident fishing license. It was also determined one of the subjects was wanted on a no bond arrest warrant for failure to appear in court and the other was wanted on a $2500 arrest warrant for failure to pay for driving while license revoked. Both were arrested and taken to the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department. A CPO in Jersey County came across five subjects camping along Macoupin Creek. Upon seeing the CPO's squad, the subjects appeared to be very nervous. Upon making contact with them, two were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis. Additionally, one of the subjects was wanted on Jersey County and Madison County arrests warrants for retail theft. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department.
A CPO in Jersey County stopped a vehicle for an improper turn signal. A passenger was found to be wanted on a Granite City arrest warrant for contempt of court on a driving while license revoked charge. He was arrested and transported to Jersey County Sheriff’s Department.
A CPO in Brown County received a complaint of a subject killing two turkeys by aid of a vehicle. He located the subject approximately 20 minutes later. The subject was uncooperative. The CPO obtained a search warrant for the house, person, and a vehicle. He recovered a gun, shells, blood on boots, blood on mat in bed of truck, a feather, and a piece of beard. Two shotgun hulls were recovered from the scene which match the shells recovered from the house. ISP crime scene collected evidence. No charges have been filed yet.
A CPO in Adams County attended a boat safety class.
A CPO inspected 21 boats for the IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional on Rend Lake.
CPOs conducted two days of jon boat patrols on Rend Lake. CPOs documented several equipment violations and multiple fishermen fishing without licenses.
A CPO handled a disturbance call at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in the camping area.
While patrolling for turkey hunters in Hamilton County, a CPO observed a camo Toyota truck from North Carolina. The CPO saw a turkey in the bed of the truck without a tag on it. The CPO saw an uncased and loaded shotgun in the cab and one cased but loaded shotgun in the bed of the truck. The men were issued citations for violations and written warnings for other wildlife violations.
While patrolling Saline County, a CPO cited two boaters at Sahara Woods for no life jackets and one for no fishing license. Other boaters were issued written warnings for minor boating violations.
Three subjects were arrested for felony resource theft for the unlawfully killing of 39 ducks on March 6, 2014 at the Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Two subjects were arrested for burglarizing the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Jasper County where over $11,000 worth of tools was stolen. All of the stolen property was recovered.
A Fayette county CPO cited a subject for possession of cannabis at Ramsey State Park. A second subject was arrested for driving while suspended.
An Effingham County CPO is investigating a timber theft case for failure to pay the landowner.
A CPO attended the IHSA High School Bass Fishing Sectional at Forbes State Park.
A CPO cited multiple subjects in Marion County for fishing without a license, driving while revoked, no lifejackets, and wanted on warrants.
CPOs completed boat inspections at Lake of Egypt for the IHSA Fishing tournament.
A CPO cited a fisherman at Pyramid State Park for failure to immediately release a 16 1/4" largemouth bass. There is a 14"-18" protected slot limit in the park.
CPOs conducted checks on Cedar Lake by boat. Several fishermen and boaters were cited and warned for various boating and fishing violations.
A CPO conducted boating and fishing checks at ramps on Crab Orchard and Kinkaid Lake. Several fishermen and boaters were cited and warned for boating and fishing violations.
CPOs, while patrolling in Burning Star #5 Wildlife Management area, located two subjects who had gone off-road and were stuck. The subjects summoned a friend to come get them out after hours of unsuccessfully trying to dig their vehicle out. The friend was intercepted after he unlawfully entered the area too. The Oldsmobile Alero was freed from the mud and the subjects were cited for unlawfully being in the management area.
A District #16 Sergeant and seven CPOs instructed a 4 day sonar class at Lake Murphysboro State Park for the department. Twenty-six students attended the class including six from outside agencies.