Region I – Captain Laura Petreikis
The District 6 sergeant and a CPO located four individuals bank fishing on the Vermilion River. Behind the fishermen were clearly posted “No Trespassing” signs. As the sergeant was watching, one of the individuals tore down one of the “No Trespassing” signs. Seven citations were issued for criminal trespass, criminal damage, and “fishing license not in possession.”
A Galesburg newspaper delivery boy, after observing numerous rabbits along his route, invited some friends to shoot them with a pellet gun as the papers were delivered. As one friend drove, the others rode in the pickup bed shooting rabbits along the streets. Upon stopping at an area gas station, the attendant observed blood on the clothing of the subjects as they bragged about shooting rabbits as the papers were being delivered. The attendant called Galesburg Police, and a unit stopped the suspect vehicle a short time later. The officers found several pellet guns and eight dead rabbits in the truck. Citations were issued to the shooter for unlawful taking of rabbits during a closed season. He was also arrested for unlawful use of weapons. The driver’s pickup truck, the rabbits, and the weapons were seized as evidence. Follow-up investigations by the local CPO resulted in the paper boy being issued a citation for unlawful taking of rabbits during the closed season (contributing to illegal activity), since he initiated the plan and assisted in recovering the animals after they were shot. The driver was issued written warnings for being an accessory to hunting without a license, transporting an uncased gun, hunting without permission, and unlawful taking of rabbits during a closed season. He will be required to pay a $500 impound fee to recover his 1987 pickup from the city.
A District 1 CPO responded to a complaint of a neighbor taking a rabbit out of season. Two juveniles witnessed a neighbor shoot a rabbit in her garden. An interview with the neighbor revealed the greyhound dog had first attacked the rabbit and she then fatally shot the rabbit with a BB gun. She believed she was doing the right thing by not letting the rabbit suffer any longer. The woman had a fence around her yard and the garden, but the rabbit was still able to get inside the yard. The CPO discussed other options for rabbit repellant and the woman was educated about the rabbit season. Appropriate enforcement action was taken.
A District 1 CPO responded to a complaint of a man cutting live trees behind his campsite at Apple River Canyon State Park. A Chicago man was issued a warning for cutting trees within a state park. The same man was also issued a written warning for allowing a minor to possess a BB gun in a state park.
While patrolling the Mississippi River, a CPO located a subject driving in circles on Pool 17. Approaching the boater, the CPO learned the subject had “drank only two beers.” The subject was later arrested for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and for being wanted on a warrant.
Patrolling Black Hawk State Historic Site, a CPO located a group of subjects in a restricted area after hours. Checking the subjects, one was found to be a missing/runaway juvenile. The parents were contacted and juvenile returned.
A District 1 CPO arrested a Sterling man at Harry Oppold Marina on the Rock River for two counts of operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and one count of reckless operation of a watercraft. This occurred after an investigation revealed that the subject crashed a V-bottom aluminum fishing boat into the stern of a ski boat that was beached at a sandbar. One passenger of the V-bottom boat was ejected on impact, but was not injured. A boat accident report was completed.
While in marked uniform patrol in Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County, a CPO observed a Chevrolet S-10 pickup containing 13 passengers, three of whom were under age 13, not in seat belts, riding in the rear bed of the truck. The stop revealed a 4-year-old, a 9-year-old, and a 12-year-old were among the group riding in the rear bed while the truck drove down the park road. Violations of too many passengers in a motor vehicle and seat belt/child restraint were addressed with the driver.
District 6 CPOs conducted a fatal boat accident investigation on the Rock River in Winnebago County. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police requested the assistance of DNR’s sonar boat to attempt to locate the body of the missing boater, who was believed to have been lost overboard during the accident. The CPO utilized side-scan sonar equipment to locate and direct Rockford Fire Department Divers to the victim. CPOs located what was believed to be the body of the missing boater. Rockford Fire Department divers recovered the body of the missing boater. This case remains under investigation.
A CPO in Henderson County arrested a subject for unlawful dumping in a state area. A female subject had dumped eight bags of dirty diapers at Gladstone Lake. The subject was cited and ordered to remove the trash from the site.
A CPO responded to a call for assistance with a suspicious subject in Mercer County. During the course of investigation, the CPO confirmed the theft of multiple trophy deer heads/racks. The trophy heads/racks were recovered at the scene. Arrested at the scene by Mercer County Sheriff’s Police, the suspicious subject was wanted on two felony warrants and was found to be in possession of over 75 stolen items. The suspect was also linked to burglaries in nine Illinois and two Missouri counties. Multiple charges are pending.
Region II – Capt. Brett Scroggins
A CPO seized hydrocodone pills, cannabis, and drug paraphernalia from two juveniles at Illinois Beach State Park. The juvenile with the pills could not produce a prescription and the pills were being carried in a plastic baggie, which the juvenile attempted to conceal from the CPO. The cases are being referred to Lake County Juvenile Intake.
A CPO cited a fisherman for failure to release a smallmouth bass during closed season and two fishermen for failing to release three largemouth bass under the required size limit at Channel Lake.
CPOs responded to assist the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol on a serious personal injury accident on Pistakee Lake. The operator of a Glastron boat struck a pontoon boat and a passenger on the boat. The victim was transported to Condell Medical Hospital in Libertyville with five broken ribs, a broken leg, fractured pelvis, a lacerated spleen, and lacerations on her face. She was listed in fair condition. The operator of the Glastron boat was arrested by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for careless operation and OUI.
CPOs arrested a subject on Nippersink Lake for operating a watercraft while under the influence alcohol/drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper passenger location, and operating without lights after sunset. The operator provided a urine sample and his BAC was 0.151 percent.
CPOs arrested a subject on Pistakee Lake for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and no Fox Waterway user sticker. The operator’s BAC was 0.111 percent.
A CPO cited a subject for possession of two undersized largemouth bass. The subject received two citations for the bass and a written warning for failure to obtain a non-resident fishing license.
A CPO responded to a boat on fire on Crooked Lake. The fire was extinguished by the fire department after it drifted across the lake unoccupied. A witness assisted in locating the operator, who was already back at his residence, uninjured. The operator said his boat stalled out and caught fire as he was trying to restart it. He used two fire extinguishers without success, then jumped overboard and swam to shore. He said he didn’t know how to swim, but somehow made it to shore. The boat burned down completely to the hull.
A subject cited for unlawful use of lights from a vehicle pleaded guilty and was fined $271.
A CPO arrested a fisherman at the McHenry Dam for failure to immediately release a 21-inch northern pike.
CPOs cited a subject fishing on Nippersink Lake for failure to immediately release a 221⁄2-inch walleye.
A CPO arrested a subject fishing at the Algonquin dam for failure to immediately release an 18-inch smallmouth bass and no valid fishing license.
Region III – Capt. Jim Mayes
A CPO checked a Paris man and juvenile fishing Mill Creek and cited the Paris man for fishing without a license. The juvenile stated he was 15 years old and did not require a license. The CPO discovered the juvenile lied to him about his age. The CPO drove to their residence in Edgar County and saw numerous untagged deer skulls with antlers. Upon questioning, the Paris man stated he found all the deer skulls, but did not request incidental kill tags. The CPO seized the deer heads and cited the man in Edgar County for unlawful possession of untagged whitetail deer.
A CPO cited a Chrisman man for unlawful entry into a closed area for climbing onto a closed and barricaded courtesy dock in Wolf Creek State Park.
A CPO assisted Piatt and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office searching the Kaskaskia River in Douglas County for a missing runaway Piatt County youth. The youth was located the next day at a campsite along the river by Dive/Search Team using kayaks in the shallow water and was returned to his parents.
CPOs stopped a pontoon boat attempting to come up on plane in a no-wake area. After stopping the boat, they noticed the operator had been drinking. During the inspection, the CPO asked for his whistle and the operator gave him the fire extinguisher. The subject had a BAC of 0.113 percent.
A CPO cited a Nokomis man for pollution of a waterway in Shelby County near Oconnee.
A CPO cited three Champaign men for being over limit on crappies on Lake Shelbyville.
Region IV – Capt. Jamie Maul
CPOs responded to a boat accident on the Illinois River in Pike County. A personal watercraft struck a sandbar. The operator and a passenger were thrown off. Both subjects were taken to Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville. The operator was arrested for operating a watercraft under the influence.
A CPO was checking fishing licenses north of Quincy, when he checked an individual without a license. The individual was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.
A district sergeant received a call from a National Guard chief warrant officer regarding possible trespassers on National Guard property in Randolph County. The sergeant notified a CPO and headed to the location. The CPO ran the plates on the truck while the sergeant and Sparta police officers searched for the subjects on foot. Two subjects were located fishing from a boat on the property. They claimed a representative from the National Guard had given them permission to be there, but they could not give a specific name. They received multiple citations and warnings.
A CPO was running radar in Frank Holten State Park. He stopped a vehicle for doing 26 mph in a posted 20-mph zone. The driver was found to be wanted on two warrants from St. Clair County. The subject also had a suspended driver’s license.
A CPO was checking fishermen along the Ohio River when he came across two fishermen way out on a sandbar point. The first man said he had a license, but did not have it with him. After a little bit of talking, he finally admitted that he did not have one. The other man looked in his wallet and finally said he didn’t have a license either. Citations were issued.
A CPO was checking fishermen at Mermet Lake when he came across two subjects with six poles/lines in the water. When asked for fishing licenses, one man said he wasn’t fishing. The CPO explained that he had been watching them before he approached and the man admitted that he had cast the line out a few times. While running the subject’s info, the CPO was notified that the man had an arrest warrant from Franklin, Williamson and Saline counties. Citations were issued and the man was taken to jail in Metropolis.
A CPO concluded an administrative investigation of out-of-state hunters who were getting false tags. The investigation resulted into 17 charges that were filed in Union County for various wildlife violations.
A CPO had a disposition on a case in Alexander County. The case was made during a wildlife checkpoint in 2010 during firearm deer season. It was determined at the checkpoint that subject had been falsifying application documents to obtain resident deer permits and hunting licenses. He had moved to Florida several years prior, but continued to use his old Illinois address. The subject was convicted of a Class A misdemeanor and paid a $2,500 fine.
Region V – Capt. Tim Daiber
CPOs received a complaint of persons fishing without permission on Peabody Coal ground in Saline County. They located the subjects and issued four fishing citations and four boating citations.
A CPO finished an administrative investigation in Franklin County. A man was cited for unlawful take of a deer during the closed season and issued a warning for a second violation.
While walking the primitive camping area at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, a CPO and district sergeant found minors in the possession of, and consuming, alcohol. Forty-nine cans of beer were dumped out. Enforcement action was taken.
A CPO investigated a truck fire at Saline County Fish and Wildlife Area. A camper started a generator in the bed of his truck after filling it with gas. A fire started in the truck bed and spread until the truck was destroyed.
A CPO investigated a grass fire at Sahara Woods. Carrier Mills Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.
A CPO and the District 14 sergeant responded to a boat accident at Rend Lake. A boat rammed the riprap near the entrance of the North Marcum day-use area, crossed the sidewalk and came to a stop in the grass. The CPO cited the operator for careless operation of a watercraft, failure to notify a police agency of a property damage accident and not using the lanyard cut-off switch.
A CPO stopped a boat on Kinkaid Lake for being overloaded and later arrested the operator for OUI. In court, the OUI charges were dismissed, and the subject paid $1,000 in fines and costs for overloading a motorboat.
A CPO cited a Metropolis subject for fishing the Ohio River without a fishing license. He stated he bought a license about a month earlier, but no transaction could be found on POS.
A CPO issued a DuQuoin man a citation for unlawful possession of a furbearing animal without a permit. The violation originated from the man trying to sell a raccoon on Facebook.