Michigan Cuffs & Collars – August 30th, 2013


CO Jason Wicklund assisted a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper in Ontonagon County with the arrest of a subject wanted on terrorism warrants. The subject was taken into custody without incident and is awaiting extradition to Virginia for the felony terrorism charges.
CO Jason Wicklund was the first responder to a 911 call regarding an unconscious 15-year-old who wasn’t breathing. CO Wicklund assisted family members in rendering first aid to the victim, who was revived before paramedics arrived. It was undetermined what caused the female to lose consciousness and stop breathing. She was transported to a local hospital.
CO Jason Wicklund and a local deputy patrolled Iron County lakes, checking for marine compliance. On one lake, the officers observed a vessel being operated with no registration number. The operator of the vessel saw the officers and accelerated away from them, toward his dock. Once the officers launched their patrol boat and made it to the place where the vessel was pulled up along shore, the officers observed the operator working in the yard. He denied operating the boat and wanted photographic proof. After a brief discussion, CO Wicklund issued him a ticket for operating an unregistered vessel.
CO Jason Wicklund went to a local “haunted” spot where locals gather in Ontonagon County. The CO observed several empty vehicles, heard screaming, and went to investigate. The CO located several groups of people trying to cross the river to get closer to the phenomenon. After getting them back to their vehicles, CO Wicklund addressed several issues, including open intoxicants, minors in possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, destruction of county property, littering, and indecent exposure. Local officers assisted with the enforcement action.
CO Jason Wicklund responded to a complaint about overdue kayakers in Gogebic County. The CO responded and used his patrol truck to navigate to the opposite side of the lake. After a brief walk, the CO encountered a pair of elderly females who had swamped the kayaks in the high winds and waves and were sitting along the shoreline, unsure of how they were going to get back. CO Wicklund offered to load all of the gear and kayaks and transport them back to the highway, which they gratefully accepted.


COs Brett Gustafson, Jeff Panich, and Mike Evink were conducting a marine patrol when they encountered a group of boaters who were competing in a local fishing tournament. The subjects were all using too many fishing lines. Tickets were issued, and the subjects were eliminated from the tournament.
CO Kevin Postma was on routine marine patrol when he encountered a subject with no personal flotation devices. Further investigation revealed that the subject also was missing a throwable flotation device, fire extinguisher, and flares. A ticket was issued for the life jackets, and warnings were given for the other offenses.
COs Kyle Publiski and Kevin Postma responded to a complaint that an illegal gill net was set on Drummond Island. The COs located the net and pulled it. Several smallmouth bass were in the net, and most were healthy enough to swim off when released. During the next few days, the COs developed a suspect. An interview was conducted and a full confession was obtained. Warrants are being sought in the case.
CO Mike Evink contacted subjects panning for gold on the shore of Lake Superior. The subjects were using a power sluice box and a water pump. The unsuccessful pair were warned for using the power equipment.
CO Mike Evink was called out from his residence at 10:30 p.m. regarding a subject burning solid waste on his property. The individual had been doing this for a few years but contact had not been made in the past. CO Evink went to the scene and found the subject was burning dressers and mattresses, along with other toxic items. He was ticketed for unlawful disposal of solid waste.
CO Mike Evink assisted local agencies with the search and rescue of an 86-year-old female with dementia. She had walked into the woods and not come out. A search was conducted, and the woman later was found assisting a neighbor with gardening.


CO Duane Budreau and Sgt. Greg Drogowski worked with the special investigative unit on a live catfish buy. Retired Lt. Walt Mikula noticed a subject soliciting to purchase live catfish. A buy/sell was arranged, and the subject purchased what he believed were catfish that had been caught by a sportfisherman. A subsequent traffic stop resulted in an admission and ticket for the purchase of sport-caught fish.
CO Jon Sklba and local deputies worked a joint investigation of subjects who had shot a deer at night in mid-July with the aid of an artificial light. A confession was obtained, and a warrant for the illegal killing of a deer was issued.
CO Duane Budreau obtained a warrant for the illegal killing of a deer that involved a big buck shot during muzzleloader season, at night, over an illegal bait pile, with a centerfire rifle.
CO Kelly Ross received a complaint about bullets being fired over a house. CO Ross, assisted by CO Nick Torsky, responded to the location with the assistance of the MSP and local deputies. Seven teenagers were located. They were target practicing and in possession of a large quantity of alcohol and marijuana. They were charged with various violations.
CO Mark DePew and Sgt. Joe Molnar were at a state launch site when a boat with three anglers came to shore. When asked how their fishing trip was, they replied that they had caught numerous white bass. The COs discovered no white bass, only six undersized smallmouth bass. The COs issued one ticket for possessing undersized fish and instructed the anglers on fish identification.


CO Carla Soper, of Manistee County, responded to a complaint that a subject had taken a deer illegally. CO Soper responded to the suspect residence and found evidence of a freshly killed deer and was able to locate the carcass buried in the yard. CO Soper obtained a warrant for illegal possession of a deer without a permit or license. The suspect was not able to post the $500 bond for the offense and was lodged in the Manistee County jail. The case is pending prosecution.
CO Mike Wells responded to the drowning of a subject on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County during a large tubing event. CO Wells and sheriff’s deputies organized a search for the victim that included searching on foot, via watercraft, and a helicopter. The victim was located after two days, and an autopsy revealed the victim had drowned.
Sgt. Michael Bomay and CO Brian Brosky were working on the Manistee River in Manistee County when they observed two anglers downstream from a bridge attempting to snag salmon. CO Brosky hid by the bridge while Sgt. Bomay hid their patrol truck. The anglers eventually came back up stream and were still attempting to snag. The COs watched one angler litter by depositing parts of his cigarette pack in the river. Sgt. Bomay and CO Brosky contacted the anglers, who denied everything. The COs then gave the anglers a highlight reel of their actions and their denials stopped. One of the anglers had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, and the other was ticketed for littering and snagging.
CO Brian Brosky was working on the Manistee River when he observed an angler attempting to snag fish with an unbaited hook. Upon contact, the angler cut his fishing line and denied his actions. CO Brosky explained that he had been watching him and the angler confessed, advising the CO that there were so many salmon he “just couldn’t resist.” Enforcement action was taken.
CO Brian Brosky was working on the Manistee River in Manistee County when he observed two anglers with fly rods attempting to snag salmon while using illegal fishing gear. CO Brosky eventually identified himself and yelled to the anglers in the river that if they cut their fishing lines, they would go to jail. Both anglers disregarded CO Brosky’s direction and cut their fishing lines. The anglers were both lodged in jail, with several tickets bestowed upon them as well.
COs Troy Van Gelderen and Brian Brosky responded to a complaint in Mason County about a subject asking for a ride from an elderly woman while he had a shotgun in his possession. The woman’s son gave the subject a ride to a camp in the woods and then called the local U.S. Forest Service office with the camp location. The COs and an officer with the USFS responded to the location and found three male subjects, a female, and three children living in the woods. The subject with the shotgun said that he had walked into town to get the shotgun from a family member because he thought he heard a bear growl the previous night. The subjects were camped in an illegal location. One subject at camp had a firearm afield without a proper hunting license. The female subject at camp had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. Enforcement action was taken.


CO Chuck McPherson received a complaint from an eyewitness reporting that he had observed a subject shoot at three ducks in the water on Houghton Lake. The witness stated that one of the ducks was killed in the shooting. CO McPherson located the suspect, who admitted to shooting the ducks because he felt they were a nuisance to lakefront property owners. Enforcement action was taken.
COs John Huspen and Chuck McPherson testified at a jury trial in Crawford County in a case where a subject shot a trophy white-tailed deer from outside the fence of a game ranch in October 2012. After two full days of hearing witnesses and analyzing evidence, the jury deliberated for two hours and returned with a guilty verdict for the charges of larceny over $20,000, felony firearm, and criminal trespass. A sentencing date has been scheduled, but the conviction will require mandatory prison time for the offender.
Three subjects in a boat watched as CO Jason McCullough launched his boat onto a local lake in Clare County. Upon contacting the anglers, one of the subjects claimed he was not fishing and was just along for the ride. After wrapping up the rest of the patrol on the water, CO McCullough loaded his vessel and drove a short distance down the road. Within minutes, the subject who claimed not to be fishing picked up a fishing pole and began to fish. The CO watched for a considerable amount of time before going back and launching his boat for the second time. Again, the boat occupants saw him launch and the subject put down his fishing pole before the CO arrived. This time, upon contact, the subject tried to claim an injury prevented him from handling a fishing pole. It did not work, and the subject was issued a ticket for fishing without a license.
CO Steve Lockwood went on a several-mile patrol of a remote stretch of river from Beaverton toward Wixom Lake in Gladwin County. As the CO rounded a bend in the stream, he saw an angler fishing in the stream. When the angler noticed CO Lockwood, he immediately started fumbling with a stringer attached to his leg. Unfortunately for him, he was not quick enough, and when the CO contacted him, the subject knew he was in trouble and simply said, “Well, you probably got me.” As it turned out, the stringer contained four undersized walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.


CO Joel Lundberg had spent several weekends patrolling a section of state land that had been repeatedly torn up by large mudder trucks. The CO patrolled the area three weekends in a row. Finally, after checking the area on a late Monday night, four mudder trucks exited the state land and were stopped by the CO. Two of the large mudder trucks were being towed by the other two trucks, as they had broken down while tearing up the trails. Violations included open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, litter, no registrations, no insurance, and driving motor vehicles where prohibited on state land.
CO Quincy Gowenlock received a call from local dispatch about a deer that had jumped through a window at a local church in the city of St. Louis. Upon arrival, the CO was met by a local police officer who advised that the deer jumped through the basement window and was trapped inside. The CO and the local officer went into the basement and located the deer, which was jumping onto the counters and destroying the kitchen in the basement. The officers were able to open a door that led directly to the outside. The deer eventually saw the light leading to the outside and made it out of the building.
Sgt. Ron Kimmerly checked a group of anglers who had pulled their boat onto shore and planned on spending the day in the Shiawassee River SGA. The four had set up their day camp along the Bad River where it met the Shiawassee River. The officer encountered a few violations, including no fishing licenses, no PFDs, no boat registration, a ground fire, which is prohibited in the game area, and litter and alcohol violations.
CO Nick Atkin conducted surveillance of two anglers in a boat and contacted the pair when he observed they were fishing with too many lines. During the check, the CO also found one of the anglers had no fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
While passing through the Verona SGA, CO Bob Hobkirk observed a vehicle parked at the back of one of the parking areas. As CO Hobkirk approached the vehicle, he observed two individuals inside. When contact was made, CO Hobkirk observed an elderly man sexually assaulting a juvenile. The man was arrested by CO Hobkirk and charged with criminal sexual conduct, 3rd degree. Additional information was turned over to the local police agency for further investigation.


CO Brad Brewer observed a boater towing a skier without an observer. Upon stopping the boat, CO Brewer observed two dogs in the boat. The driver of the boat tried to claim that the dogs were trained to let him know when the skier fell. The driver was ticketed for towing without an observer.
CO Michael Mshar responded to a complaint about a subject taking overlimits of panfish on a local lake, and found the angler 27 panfish over the legal limit. It also was determined by CO Mshar that this was a subject he had dealt with in the past for previous over-the-legal-limit violations. While taking enforcement action, two more subjects were located in the area and ticketed for fishing without licenses.
CO Michael Mshar assisted local police officers in response to a shots-fired complaint, where an individual had been shot. When contact was made, it was determined that an intoxicated subject was shooting his intoxicated friend with a BB gun.
CO Greg Patten reported the conclusion of a court case in which he ticketed a person for purchasing hunting licenses while being revoked. During a sentencing in Muskegon County, the judge fined the subject more than $300 and issued an additional three years revocation of all hunting privileges, while adding three years of fishing license revocations to the most recent sentence.


COs Rich Nickols and Todd Thorn worked an evening patrol of the Bruin Lake chain during which approximately 26 fish and marine contacts were made. Two marine warnings were given, and one ticket was issued to a subject who was found with an undersized bass after he’d told the COs that he did not have any fish. After the fish were found, the man told the COs that this was his first year fishing and because of that he didn’t know the laws. CO Nickols checked his fishing license purchase history and found that he had been purchasing fishing licenses since 2009.
COs Rich Nickols and Carey Foster worked a joint patrol to check fishing and marine activity on the Grand River. The COs located two subjects fishing downriver from the Lyons Dam. The subjects were in possession of a bag containing four suckers, two legal channel catfish, five undersized channel catfish, and one 6-inch flathead catfish. Also found with the subjects were five bass that had been placed on skewers and cooked on a campfire. All the bass were undersized. The subjects claimed they did not speak or understand English, although they did possess fishing licenses and Michigan driver’s licenses. Tickets were issued for the undersized fish.
While on patrol, COs Mike Drexler and Derek Miller observed anglers and boaters at a local boat launch. As they observed the subjects, one of the men spotted their patrol truck parked up the hill and told his partner they were there. The other subject then grabbed a bucket of fish, which also had trash in it, and dumped it in the lake. Upon contact, the subjects stated they dumped the fish because they didn’t have licenses. One of the subjects then stated that he did have a license, but it wasn’t with him at that time. The water was now full of dead fish and trash. A ticket was issued for littering.
CO Pete Purdy contacted two anglers in a vessel with the MC numbers painted over. There were two subjects on board who advised they repainted the vessel and had the new MC numbers and current registration sticker at home. It turned out the vessel's registration had been expired since 2009. One of the anglers didn't purchase a 2013 fishing license, and there was only one PFD between the two. Enforcement action was taken.


As CO Kris Kiel was finishing up a joint marine patrol with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division, a mayday was heard over the marine radio regarding a vessel taking on water off Metro Beach. The subject stated that he did not think he would make it to shore. CO Kiel and the deputies were first on the scene, where they found two adult males not wearing PFDs. The subjects were transferred to the sheriff’s boat and the sheriff’s department’s pumps were deployed and turned on to empty the bilge of the quickly sinking vessel. CO Kiel asked the boat owner why he thought water was coming in the boat. The boat owner stated that he had plugged a hole in the boat with a T-shirt and the bilge pump had been working fine, although constantly, for the last few hours while they fished. It was not until the bilge pump quit that he started to worry. The subjects were transported back to shore while their vessel was towed.
CO Lacelle Rabon contacted an angler who did not have a fishing license. The angler stated the store where he normally purchases his fishing license has been closed, and he decided that he was going to fish, but he would not keep anything that he caught and thought he would not be violating fishing regulations. CO Rabon advised the angler he needed a fishing license even if he was catching and releasing the fish. The angler stated he did not think that was fair. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Mike Drexler was observing shore anglers from across the lake in Belleville. After watching an angler for 20 minutes, CO Drexler drove over to the shore angler who immediately started telling the CO that he caught four bluegills. After checking a fishing license, the CO stated he wanted to see the fish, and the angler stated, “The four bluegills are mine.” An undersized smallmouth bass also was located and the angler stated his friend caught the fish, put it in his bucket, and left to go get something from the store. CO Drexler asked the angler about how long ago his friend left, and the angler said about five minutes. CO Drexler pointed out where he was observing the angler from across the lake. The angler admitted to catching the bass, and a ticket was issued.
COs Mike Drexler and Lacelle Rabon checked several anglers at the Nine-Mile Road fishing pier in Macomb County. One angler dug around in his wallet, looking for his license, and stated that he purchased one but couldn’t find it. An RSS check revealed that his last purchase was over a year ago. The angler stated he thought licenses were valid for a year from the purchase date. He was educated on how even if that were true, he would be two months late. Enforcement action was taken.

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