IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 13
A CPO arrested a subject for unlawful entry into a restricted area. The CPO was notified by state police that a farmer was having issues with people cutting across his land and going into DNR property, specifically the Blackball Mines Nature Preserve. The farmer advised the CPO that he has a posted No Trespassing sign up, and wants them notified not to cut through his field. The subject was cited for being in our restricted nature preserve and warned not to trespass on the farmer's field.
While checking bank fishermen at the Oregon dam, a District 1 CPO discovered a subject to be in possession of a smallmouth bass in a basket with various other legal fish. The subject was cited for failure to immediately release smallmouth bass during the closed season and the fish was seized.
A District 1 CPO found an individual searching for morel mushrooms in a DNR hunting area that was currently closed to everyone other than turkey hunters with a valid site permit. Enforcement action was taken.
A District 6 CPO was checking shore fisherman in Boone County when, after walking to a quarry pit, found two fisherman who acted surprised to see the uniformed officer. When asked to present their fishing licenses, the first fisherman told the officer that he has fished this pond for years and had never purchased a fishing license because he didn't keep the fish he caught but practiced "catch and release" fishing only. The second fisherman indicated he had a fishing license but not in his possession. When the officer requested to see his ID so he could verify he had purchased a license through the Point Of Sale System, the second fisherman suddenly remembered his license had expired.
While working a DOT Grant at Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife area, a District 7 CPO observed a subject turn a corner at such a high rate of speed that the car nearly went into the ditch. The CPO turned around to stop the subject. After several miles, the CPO was finally able to catch up with the vehicle and paced it with radar at nearly 60 miles per hour in a 20 mph zone. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
While working Hennepin Canal State Park, a CPO checked a subject fishing. The subject produced a valid Illinois fishing license. Upon questioning, the subject was found to have provided a friend's fishing license as his own. The subject was cited for obstructing a police officer and for fishing without a valid license in possession. The subject admitted to having used his friend's license for the last five years (he was revoked for failure to pay child support).
A CPO cited a subject on the Fox River for possession of an undersized largemouth bass (10 inches). There is a 14-inch minimum size limit.
CPOs observed a subject throwing a cast net on the Fox River near the Carpentersville dam. The subject was catching sport fish, found to be in possession of two smallmouth bass, four bluegills and numerous rough fish. He was issued a citation for use of a cast net within 300 yards of a dam, use of a cast net to take sport fish, and two citations for the possession of the smallmouth out of season.
CPOs observed two subjects fishing without permission on Metra Railroad property in Elgin. Neither had licenses and both had long criminal histories as gang members. The female subject, who was three months pregnant, was wanted for aggravated assault out of Elgin. An Elgin female officer was requested and the violator was taken into custody. Both subjects received two citations.
CPOs stopped a pontoon boat installing piers on Channel Lake for not displayingregistration numbers. The operator received a warning for the violation and one CPO arrested the passenger/employee for possession of cocaine. The subject was transported to the Lake County Jail.
A CPO investigated a fish kill on Slocum Lake. Approximately 500 2-3 inch yellow bass and several common carp were reported dead along the shoreline after several days of heavy rainfall.
CPOs responded to a boat accident on Channel Lake. The 17-year-old operator of a personal watercraft hit a large wave ejecting him and subsequently causing him to hit his head and rendering himself unconscious and face down in the water. The winds were strong at 25-30 mph and waters white-capping. Fortunately, a passerby observed the unoccupied PWC and went over to investigate. He then saw a life jacket floating in the water and determined that it was someone floating face down in the water. The passerby put a life jacket on, entered the water, turned the unconscious operator over onto his back and pulled him back to the back platform of his boat where he was able to revive the subject by performing chest compressions. The operator was transported to the local hospital for observation. Had it not been for the quick response of the passerby, the outcome of the young operator would most likely have been quite different.
A CPO assisted a couple at Illinois Beach State Park who inadvertently locked a 1-year-old child in their vehicle, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees.
A subject arrested by CPOs for felony driving while revoked and numerous fishing violations received six month periodic imprisonment at the Lake County Jail and a $2,300 fine.
After locating a subject who sneaked onto private property to fish in Will County, a District 3 CPO noticed the subject's pupils were dilated. The CPO questioned the subject about smoking/possessing marijuana. The subject denied both. Unconvinced, the CPO escorted the subject back to his vehicle. A consent search was requested and granted. Cannabis and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle. The subject was arrested for fishing on private property without permission, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.
While conducting surveillance on two fishermen in Will County a District 3 CPO observed one of the subjects smoking marijuana. Once finished smoking, the subject handed the drug pipe to the other subject. The CPO approached the fishermen, recovered the smoking pipe and additionally obtained a plastic bag with cannabis from each subject. Both fishermen were arrested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects had a prior arrest for possession of cannabis.
After observing a vehicle traveling at a speed of 82 mph in a 55 mph zone in Will County, a District 3 CPO conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. During the stop, the CPO gained reasonable suspicion that the subject could have illegal drugs. A search was conducted on the vehicle. Three items of drug paraphernalia and a bag of cannabis were discovered during the search. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and speeding.
Two District 3 CPO's responded to a hunting complaint near Monee. The complainant claimed her neighbor was hunting within a short distance of her residence. The CPOs then made contact with the neighbor who stated the he was indeed hunting. After a short interview, the subject was issued a citation for hunting within 100 yards of an inhabited dwelling.
Two District 3 CPO's were checking fishermen for compliance at Hammel Woods. While leaving, the CPOs saw two vehicles parked next to each other with multiple subjects standing around them. As the CPOs drove past, all the subjects quickly entered the vehicles and began to leave. Probable cause was acquired to make a traffic stop on one of the vehicles. Consent was given to search the car. The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and the passenger was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.
Two District 3 CPOs conducted a boat patrol on the Kankakee River. Multiple warnings and one citation was given for equipment violations.
A District 3 CPO conducted an IDOT detail at Silver Springs State Park. Six written warnings were issued for moving violations and two alcohol citations were issued during the detail.
A District 3 CPO conducted an IDOT detail at Des Plaines Conservation Area. Five written warnings were issued for moving violations, one written warning for watercraft equipment violation, one citation for IVC violation and two citations for alcohol.
Two District 3 CPOs were patrolling Des Plaines Conservation Area when contact was made with two male subjects along the Kankakee River. After making contact with two subjects, one was taken into custody for a felony, no bond warrant issued for his arrest from California for a parole violation. After confirmation on the identification of the subject, California advised they would extradite. The second subject was cited for driving on a suspended driver's license.
Two District 3 CPOs conducted a boat patrol on the Kankakee and Des Plaines River. During the detail eleven boat inspections were conducted and four vessel assists were conducted.
A District 3 CPO was conducting a traffic enforcement detail during a field trial at Des Plaines Conservation Area. During the detail five written warnings and four citations were issued for Illinois Vehicle Code violations. With assistance from another CPO, a vehicle search was conducted on one of the traffic stops. After the vehicle search, the driver was arrested for possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams. During the same detail a CPO responded to and handled a three vehicle traffic accident. The accident was caused in part by inclement weather and driving too fast for conditions. No injuries were reported and two vehicles were towed due to damage from the accident.
While investigating an illegal burning, two District 3 CPOs observed two recently killed whitetail buck skull caps attached to a tree. One of the skull caps was tagged with a 2010 archery deer permit, while the other was untagged. After questioning the subject on the harvest of the deer, the CPOs gained reasonable suspicion the subject may have unlawfully tagged one of the bucks with another hunter's permit. A history search of the subjects harvest records indicated he may have harvested three antlered deer during the 2010 archery deer season. After a short interview, the subject admitted to the violation. Appropriate enforcement action was taken
A CPO investigated a fatal boat accident on the Mississippi River at Quincy. A male subject left a local business in Quincy and headed up river to his cabin. Several hours later, his johnboat was found floating down the river with no one in it. CPOs assisted in trying to recover the subject.
A district sergeant investigated a fatal boat accident on the Illinois River South of Hardin. A female and male subject were thrown from a johnboat. The female made it back to the boat and used a cellular phone to call for help. The male subject did not make it back to the boat. CPOs assisted in trying to recover the subject.
A CPO is investigating an incident at Pere Marquette State Park where a pit bull killed another dog in the campground.
A CPO is investigating a subject who failed to pay for services at Pere Marquette State Park Campground.
A CPO and herpetologist inspected a Jefferson County residence for threatened and endangered species. The CPO charged the subject with five class A misdemeanors and one business offense. An alligator snapping turtle was also seized.
A CPO caught a subject driving on a suspended license after making a routine traffic stop for speed. The CPO issued the subject two citations.
A CPO investigated two boat accidents that occurred at Rend Lake over the weekend. One involved a 32-foot Sea Cruiser with six passengers on board. The operator, who was later arrested for OUI and careless operation, made a sharp turn at a high rate of speed and flipped the boat. Amazingly there were no injuries. The other accident involved two boats that backed into each other with minor property damage.
CPOs assisted with the boat accident previously mentioned and made the OUI arrest of the operator.
A CPO caught two subjects unlawfully operating an ATV on a roadway in Jefferson County. The two subjects tried to elude being stopped. The CPO called another CPO to assist and they were able to catch the two subjects. The operator had a suspended driver's license and the passenger was "wanted" for failure to appear in Jefferson County. CPOs transported both subjects to the Jefferson County Jail.