Illinois Cuffs & Collars – August 9th, 2013
A District 1 CPO was conducting fishing license compliance checks on Department Lands when she observed three women fishing near a boat launch.When the CPO approached and asked if they had caught anything they all responded, “No.”The CPO asked if they had fishing licenses and they all replied they did, but one became quiet and started staring at the ground.The CPO asked if she was ok and she responded she was fine, she was “just spacing out.” One of the women explained her license was back at the picnic table in her wallet so all four proceeded to the table.She gave her fishing license to the CPO.When the CPO asked for the other two licenses the women explained they weren’t really fishing they were taking lessons and weren’t catching anything.The CPO explained the definition of fishing and the requirements for needing a fishing license and where they could purchase their fishing licenses. Citations for fishing without a valid sport fishing license were issued to the two women.
A District 1 CPO issued multiple citations and written warnings to three Prophetstown State Park campers.Two of them were running bank poles on the Rock River with no fishing licenses, out of a boat with an insufficient number of wearable personal flotation devices.The third was keeping fish in an unmarked live box; some of which were undersized smallmouth bass.
A CPO conducted Mississippi River patrols assisted by USCG J.Landheer onboard an DNR Patrol Boat.Multiple boat safety inspections were conducted on River Pools 14-16 in the Quad City area.This resulted in many boating written warnings and citations being issued.A Davenport, IA man was operating his boat (in a questionable manor) in front ofModern Woodman Baseball Park while a River Bandits game was in progress.This subject was stopped for a boat safety inspection.This subject was found to be intoxicated and arrested for OUI.The subject’s BAC (Breath Alcohol Concentration) was over twice the legal limit at .169% BAC.
A District 6 CPO was called to the Rock Cut State Park campground regarding a camper fire.Upon arriving on scene, the CPO discovered that a large, Winnebago motor home had become engulfed in flames and was completely destroyed.The occupants of the motor home escaped unharmed and this case remains under investigation.Agencies involved in this incident were the Loves Park Fire Department, North Park Fire Department, Loves Park Police and DNR Police.
CPOs were on patrol on the Chain O’ Lakes when they were passed in very close proximity by a boat traveling at a high rate of speed.The boat continued on plane into a no wake area and almost struck a bridge piling.CPOs activated emergency lights and the operator immediately switched positions with a passenger.The operator failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OUI.He blew a .220 BAC
A McHenry County CPO received a dispatch call from ISP regarding local fishermen who had found an urn at the Chain O' Lakes State Park, Oak Point day use area.Upon arrival, the CPO located the urn alongside the riverbank which still had the cremated remains of someone, which were inside a plastic bag and zip tied.A circular metal tag with the cremation services address and an identification number for the deceased was found nearby.After notifying the local cremation service they provided a name and telephone number of the wife who had picked up the remains.Evidently, after the man died his body was donated to science and then cremated.However, instead of spreading his ashes alongside the riverbank and disposing of the urn the wife just placed everything along the bank and left.When contact was made with the wife, she asked "Is the urn empty?"When she was informed that the urn was not empty but had the remains of her deceased husband, she stated, "Damn!Can you just put him in a plastic bag and mail him to me?I live in Streator and it's too far to drive.” Several days later the wife called back and said she found someone to come get her husband. Arrangements were made for pickup later in the week.
A McHenry County CPO arrested a subject at the Chain O' Lakes State Park for possession of a BB gun, after the CPO drove by and observed the individual shooting the gun at his campsite.The subject was also cited for possession of alcohol in a posted restricted area, drug paraphernalia, and cannabis less than 2.5 grams.
A District 19 CPO was working the west side access of Clinton Lake when a boat approached the launch.The operator got out of his boat and talked with a site technician.The site tech informed the officer that the operator seemed very intoxicated.After the CPO made contact with the operator he found he was OUI.He registered a .189 percent BAC.
A District 19 CPO received a complaint at Weldon Springs State Park Campground.The complainant stated that the campers next to her partied until 2:30 a.m.When she went and tried to nicely ask them to be quiet the partiers very rudely told her to be quiet. After she went back into her trailer she looked out her window and saw one of the partiers urinating on her trailer.When confronted the registered camper admitted to the violations.Enforcement action was taken.
A District 19 CPO made an arrest of two subjects while checking fishermen at Homer Lake.The two male subjects were cited for possession of cannabis and possession of paraphernalia.
A CPO handled a boat accident in Shelby County on Lake Shelbyville where a Missouri man's boat began taking on water, swamped and then rolled over.The boat was totaled and was later refloated and removed by the Shelby County Dive and Rescue Team.
A CPO arrested a Decatur woman for speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license in Wolf Creek State Park in Shelby County.
A CPO and a Sgt, while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville in Shelby County, arrested a Sullivan man for operating a watercraft under the influence with a .115 BAC and several boat violations.
A CPO and a Sgt, while on boat patrol on Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County, arrested minors for possession/consumption of alcohol:Sullivan female with a .101 BAC and an Arcola male with a .111 BAC.
Region 3 conducted pistol training at DeWitt County range with ten CPOs attending the training session.
The Monroe County CPO received a credible tip regarding a subject in the act of attempting to sell snapping turtles to local bait shops. Responding immediately, the CPO discovered the initial complaint was valid but several days old, however further investigation revealed additional information.Logical reasoning and knowledge of the area indicated several potential locations where the subject may have illegally trapped the turtles. While checking several local ponds, the CPO observed four fishermen at one of them and he approached to check their fishing licenses.As he walked past one of their parked trucks, he noted it matched the description of the turtler’s truck and it contained a cage with two red-eared slider turtles. When the CPO checked the first two fishermen, he determined one of the subjects was likely his suspect.As he spoke with the subject, the remaining two “un-checked” fishermen departed in such a hurry that they left their lawn chairs and some of their gear behind.The CPO relayed descriptions of the fleeing fishermen and their truck to another CPO who quickly tracked them down and discovered neither of them had fishing licenses. The Monroe County CPO continued his interview and determined he did indeed have the violator who attempted to sell the turtles. It was determined the subject did not trap the turtles, but legally caught them on hook and line.However, in addition to the attempted unlawful sale of the turtles, the subject possessed an over-limit of snapping turtles at his residence. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
The Monroe County CPO and Washington County CPO were checking fishermen at a local state-managed lake when they encountered a group of three companions fishing together. One of the fishermen did not have a fishing license, the second fisherman had falsified address information to illegally obtain a resident fishing license and the third fisherman possessed an undersized bass, 3 1/8 inches short of the minimum length limit which was clearly posted 20 feet away. All three subjects were cited.After the violators departed; a nearby fishermen, (who was legal) voiced his approval of the enforcement.
Two District 13 officers were on patrol at Baldwin Lake checking fishermen.They observed three subjects fishing near the boat ramp. After checking for fishing licenses it was discovered that one had a license and the other two did not have a license in their possession.They had a bucket full of various fish that included one largemouth bass that was under the designated size limit.During the check, it was also discovered that one of the subjects had unlawfully obtained a resident fishing license while maintaining a residence in Missouri.Subjects were cited for not having valid fishing licenses, fraudulent purchase of resident fishing license and failure to immediately release undersized largemouth bass.
Two District 13 CPOs arrested two subjects at Horseshoe Lake State Park for fishing with no valid IL Sport Fishing License.They admitted to not having a license and being Missouri residents.They also admitted to not having a fishing license in Missouri as well.
A District 13 CPO issued various written warnings while patrolling the state parks in the St. Louis Metro region for a variety of offenses including fishing, traffic, and state park regulations.
A District 13 CPO arrested a subject for operation of uninsured motor vehicle after conducting a traffic stop in Horseshoe Lake State Park for speeding.
A District 13 CPO received a call from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office about three subjects who could not leave Baldwin Lake because the gates were locked.The CPO arrived at the entrance and located three subjects sitting in a vehicle with a small Jon boat strapped to their roof.The subjects stated that their boat got caught on the rip rap because of the wind.They exited the boat and walked back to their vehicle.They drove their vehicle to the boat’s location and removed the boat from the water.When they got to the gate shortly after 9:00 pm, the gate had been
locked.A boat safety check revealed that the boat had expired registration, no life jackets, and no other safety equipment.
District 13 CPOs responded to a call in Clinton County of a hit and run traffic accident. Upon responding to the scene the suspect’s (fleeing) vehicle was observed with front end damage driving away from the scene. The 2 CPOs turned around and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. It was learned after confronting the driver that he had an epileptic seizure. EMS was called and the vehicle was towed. Clinton County Sheriff's Department handled the crash.
Three CPOs were dispatched to a disturbance in the campground, where several intoxicated subjects were dealt with.No arrests were made, but the campers were verbally warned.
Another complaint led three CPOs to a campsite were ten underage drinkers were discovered with a large amount of alcohol.A large amount of marijuana was discovered at the campsite and two subjects were arrested and taken to Clinton County Jail.
District 13 CPOs and Sergeant worked the homeland security detail at the City of St. Louis’ Mississippi River front from a boat to secure the U.S. Coast Guard’s security zone during the fireworks display and air show.
A Randolph County CPO directed traffic for many hours, handled a traffic crash, and investigated criminal damage to a utilities pedestal at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex during the SCTP national championship.
A CPO talked to a subject after he backed his trailer in the river at the Grafton Boat Ramp.A personal watercraft was loaded onto the trailer.The subject that backed the vehicle in the water appeared to be under the influence.The subject denied driving.When the CPO asked him to perform field sobriety test, the subject said "F you” and turned around and put his hands behind his back.He was arrested for driving under the influence.He refused to take the breath test.
CPOs were on boat patrol on the Mississippi River in Calhoun County. They stopped a watercraft for a routine inspection. While writing a warning to the operator they learned he was wanted on two traffic warrants. The subject was taken into custody and transported to jail.
A CPO was performing routine boat inspections at Otter Lake, when he observed a subject get in a vehicle with an open can of Budweiser and drive off.The vehicle was stopped.The driver did not have insurance. The passenger with the open can of Budweiser would not cooperate.After back up arrived, the passenger cooperated and provided his information.One subject was issued a citation for no insurance.The other subject was issued a citation for unlawful transportation of alcohol.
A CPO closed an Alexander County case where the subject was charged with unlawful take of a large white tailed buck deer with a 30-06 rifle and checking it in as an archery kill pleading guilty to unlawful take of deer with a rifle and falsification.He was fined $500 and ordered to make $1,000 donation to the Conservation Police Operations Fund.
A CPO responded to two ATV complaints from the Massac Co. Sherriff's Office and a private landowner.The ATV's took off at a high speed when the CPO arrived at the location.
A CPO responded to a complaint at Forbes State Park beach.Three subjects were seen drinking from a whiskey
bottle. All three subjects were under 21.One of the subjects lied about his identity and was transported to the Marion County jail.Appropriate citations were issued.
CPOs worked Forbes State Park on Sunday July 21 and cited three subjects for consuming alcohol in the restricted beach area.One of the subjects was wanted on a warrant.
A CPO responded to a complaint at Sam Parr State Park of a subject using a motor over the horse power limit restriction.Two subjects were located in a small bass buggy with a motor over 10 hp.Multiple boating violations were found.
A CPO assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in the search of missing horseback riders in Giant City State Park.All missing persons were successfully found unharmed.