Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 10, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis

In Putnam County, CPOs Finn and Wagner were launching a boat at the Hennepin Boat Launch when they observed another vehicle’s brakes give way while that person was unloading their boat. The truck and the trailer went into the water, submerging both. CPO Finn retrieved tow straps, and CPO Wagner backed his squad down the ramp. The tow straps were hooked to the vehicle in the water, and the vehicle was quickly pulled out. There were no injuries or damage to property other than the flooded truck. No enforcement taken.

In Winnebago County, CPO Fraser observed two anglers in Rock Cut State Park and performed a compliance check for fishing licenses. One subject provided a valid fishing license, while the other stated he was only 15 years old. The subject was asked to provide his name and date of birth, which he did. A subsequent check of the information revealed the angler provided a fake date of birth; however, CPO Fraser was able to identify the subject. The subject was over 16 years of age and required to have a fishing license. The subject was cited for no fishing license and obstructing identification.

In Fulton County, CPOs Thompson and Lazzell conducted an enforcement detail at Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area. Surveillance was conducted on the occupants of two vessels operating after sunset without navigation lights. Upon checking the vessels, the CPOs located drug paraphernalia and cannabis on the individuals. Citations were issued for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, fishing without a fishing license, and unlawful operation of watercraft after sunset without proper navigation lights. During the enforcement detail, the CPOs also issued written warnings for unlawful take of protected largemouth bass and a PFD violation.

In Ogle County, A John Deere tractor got stuck in a huge hole while mowing waterways; and the tractor operator discovered a young, white-tailed deer at the bottom of the hole. A tow truck pulled the tractor’s tire out of the hole, and CPO Beltran assisted in removing the young deer. The deer was unharmed.

In Stephenson County, A John Deere tractor got stuck in a huge hole while mowing waterways; and the tractor operator discovered a young, white-tailed deer at the bottom of the hole. A tow truck pulled the tractor’s tire out of the hole, and CPO Beltran assisted in removing the young deer. The deer was unharmed.

In Tazewell County, CPO Gerard received a complaint from park staff at Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area regarding unlawful dumping of a couch and old carpet near the canoe access area. CPO Gerard found an envelope with a name and address in the seat cushion of the couch, and he contacted that person. After a brief interview, the subject was cited. The subject also agreed to remove the items.

In Hancock County, CPO Wheatley completed an investigation regarding illegal deer hunting and unlawful possession of two deer found on a Colusa man’s property. After months of investigation and forensic testing, the man was charged with unlawful possession of a white-tailed deer, possession of a freshly killed species during a closed season, failure to report roadkill deer within 24 hours as required, and hunting without a habitat stamp.

In Macoupin County, CPO Gushleff conducted a fishing compliance check of a subject who was fishing at Beaver Dam State Park. After asking the subject for his fishing license, the man stated he had a license but did not have it on him. CPO Gushleff went to his truck and checked the POS system. The subject had purchased a fishing license. Further investigation revealed that the man had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, and he was arrested. Before transporting the subject to the Macoupin County Jail, he was issued a written warning for not having the fishing license in his possession.

In Rock Island County, CPO Francisko responded to an emergency call at the Steel Dam on the Rock River. A Moline man operated his ski boat into a restricted area (clearly marked by buoys and several large signs) above the Steel Dam, and the boat became disabled for unknown reasons. The man failed to have an adequate anchor onboard his boat to stop it in the flood waters above the dam. An unknown boater rendered aid to the disabled boat shortly before the CPO arrived, and the man and his son were saved from going over the low head dam. The boat was tied off to the north side, directly above the dam. The investigation determined the man had committed several boating violations, and he received two citations and a written warning. He also has a mandatory court appearance in Rock Island County Court. Despite all this, the man was adamant about getting a personal watercraft, intentionally entering the restricted area again, to attempt to tow his ski boat away. The man was advised he would be arrested for reckless operation of a watercraft if he or anyone else attempted to remove the boat prior to getting permission from the Northwest Zone commander.

Northeast Zone – Capt. Brett Scroggins

In will County, CPO Reid responded to a complaint of three individuals who were fishing in a private quarry lake without the permission of the owner. It was determined that these individuals did not know who owned the property, and two of the individuals did not have a valid fishing license. Citations were issued for fishing on private property without permission.

In Will County, CPO Reid responded to a disturbance call, along with Will County Sheriff Deputies, at the Shepley Road Bridge over the DuPage River. Intoxicated individuals who had been kayaking and tubing were standing in the roadway and arguing with motorists. Several citations were issued to some of the individuals for discarding their beer cans in the waterway. Others were given garbage bags and allowed to clean up the shoreline in exchange for citations.

In Cook County, While on patrol at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, CPO Ausmus conducted a sport fishing compliance check on a family. Two adult males did not have a fishing license, and they were issued written warnings. In a separate incident at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, CPO Ausmus observed a subject fishing and drinking a beer. A fishing compliance check was conducted. The Marine Corps veteran admitted he did not know alcohol was illegal in the area, and he was issued a written warning. During the conversation, CPO Ausmus discovered the angler had a service connected disability, and he was advised about the exemption to hunting and fishing licenses for Illinois veterans with service connected disabilities.

In Cook County, CPOs Snodgrass and Stanbary, along with Sgt. Whitchurch, were on patrol on the Chicago River when they observed a subject operating a boat that was creating a wake. The Chicago River system is posted as a no wake zone. CPO Snodgrass attempted to make a boat stop on the subject, but the subject continued up the River and failed to yield. The CPOs observed the boat operator switch spots with another passenger aboard the boat, and the new operator stopped the boat. They spoke with the first operator, and it was determined he may be under the influence of alcohol. CPO Snodgrass conducted field sobriety testing on the operator and found him to be under the influence. The subject was arrested and cited for OUI and the wake violation.

In Kane County, CPOs Davis and Kelley followed up on complaints of aggressive operation of personal watercrafts on the Fox River. Multiple citations and warnings were issued to the boaters.

In Kane County, CPOs Davis and Kelley were notified of a boating incident near Carpentersville Dam. A boat motor failed, and the occupants were able to dock at an island. As they waited on land, the boat took on water. With no transportation to shore, they contacted Carpentersville Fire and Rescue.

In Cook County, CPO Mooi was patrolling Lake Michigan when he observed a boat underway with a passenger sitting on the gunwale. A boat safety inspection was conducted, and the operator was issued a warning for passenger location and failure to have a visual distress signal. In a separate incident, CPO Mooi observed a small, inflatable lifeboat which appeared to be overloaded. A safety inspection was conducted, and a citation was issued for overloading. Written warnings were also issued for life jacket and visual distress signal violations.

 In Cook County, CPO Thornley conducted sport fish enforcement of inland lakes, and a written warning was issued for no fishing license in possession. He also assisted the US Coast Guard with five individuals on personal watercraft operating in a careless manner, and he issued written warnings to each of the operators. In a separate incident, he investigated an oil sheen at Burnham Harbor. CPO Thornley also checked six kayaks at Sag Slough.

In DeWitt County, CPO Viverito was on patrol with his K-9 partner, Hank, when he heard a Clinton Police Officer call for a K-9. They responded to the scene, and Hank performed a free air sniff of the vehicle which led to an arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes

In Clinton County, While working a boat patrol on Carlyle Lake with Sgt. Manker and CPO Liebl, CPO Rolfingsmeier conducted a safety inspection on a jon boat. He noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the boat operator, and field sobriety tests were conducted. The subject failed the tests and was arrested for OUI.

In Clinton County, CPO Rolfingsmeier conducted sport fishing enforcement at Dam West Spillway. He checked a fisherman, and the subject did not have his fishing license on him. Further investigation revealed the subject was wanted on a warrant out of Madison County for larceny. The subject was arrested and taken to the Clinton County Jail.

In Randolph county, CPO Schachner received the disposition regarding a case involving a subject shooting at two fishermen. The subject was found guilty of a Class 3 felony for possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card and was given two years of probation. The subject was also fined $1000 and forfeited the firearms involved.

In Randolph County, CPO Sievers responded to a 911 call that was dispatched by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Two men were swimming at the Randolph County Recreational Area dam, and one of the men went over and into the concrete overflow. The man fell over ten feet to the concrete bottom. The Chester Fire Department recovered the subject from the overflow, and he was taken to the Chester Hospital. The two male swimmers were issued citations for unlawfully swimming.

In Franklin County, CPO Lay investigated a disabled boat on Rend Lake. A 36-foot motor boat with duel inboard outdrive motors experienced a mechanical issue. After the air cleaner/carburetor arrester was removed, the wiring to the motor began to smolder and smoke. All the occupants in the boat got into the water as a precaution, and they were picked up by other boaters. The disabled boat was towed into the dock area, and there were no reported injuries. Damage to the motor area was estimated at over $2,000. No fire suppression devices had to be used, as the fire was out when responding units arrived.

In Lawrence County, CPO Taylor received a phone call from a Lawrence County Deputy regarding possible ginseng found at a residence they were searching. The Deputy sent a picture to confirm it was ginseng, and the Deputy was instructed to seize the bag of ginseng. CPO Taylor contacted the subject, and the subject stated he dug the ginseng the year before and did not have a ginseng license. The dry ginseng weighed approximately one pound. Citations were issued for possession of ginseng out of season and digging ginseng without a license.

In Perry County, while on patrol at Pyramid State Recreation Area, CPO Lewis observed a subject holding a large tub and wading in Red Head Lake at the boat launch. When the subject saw CPO Lewis, he sunk the bucket to hide it. The subject was asked to retrieve the tub, and the tub contained 154 mussels that were less than two and one-half inches in size. The subject was cited with unlawful take of undersized mussels and the removal of animals from their natural habitat on DNR lands. He was also issued written warnings for collecting the mussels on DNR lands without the consent of the agency and unlawfully wading into an area not designated for swimming. The surviving mussels were returned to the water.

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