Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 24, 2018
Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis
Cn Henry County, While on patrol at the Hennepin Canal, CPO Posateri approached a fisherman who said, “Well you caught me.” The Colona man did not have a valid fishing license, and a further check showed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Henry County Jail.
In Ogle County, while on patrol in Lowden State Park, CPO Teas conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. After checking the driver’s information, it was discovered that he was a registered child sex offender. He was also in possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The man was arrested and transported to the Ogle County Jail for the sex offender violation, and he was issued civil citations for the cannabis.
In Rock Island County, CPO Posateri met with a licensed commercial fisherman because he failed to turn in his annual harvest report as required by law. The Moline man was issued a citation for the violation.
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 zone commander.
In Dekalb County, CPO Murry observed a vehicle on the side of the road with the brake lights on. He stopped to check on the driver, and the driver was asleep or passed out in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake. He attempted to wake the driver multiple times before the driver woke up. After an investigation, the driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
In Winnebago County, CPO Murry was advised of a post on Facebook about an alligator for sale in Rockford. He investigated the post and located an address and suspect. With assistance from Rockford Police, a search warrant was served on the address. The suspect had gotten rid of the alligator a short time before the execution of the search warrant.
In Winnebago County, CPOs Fraser and Murry, assisted by Sgt. Wire, handled a single vehicle rollover crash in Rock Cut State Park. The juvenile driver stated she was going too fast while cresting a hill and curve and lost control of her vehicle. The driver was not seriously injured.
In Winnebago County, CPO Fraser observed a driver going more than double the posted speed limit in Rock Cut State Park. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was found to have a suspended license. He also had no insurance for the vehicle. The driver was arrested, and his vehicle was towed.
In Sangamon County, While on patrol at Sangchris Lake State Park, CPO Macias and Intern Roesch noticed ten people at the lower end of the Sangchris dam fishing and casting nets. A few of the individuals were throwing rocks toward the fish to move them closer to the net. Several women were cleaning fish on the bank, and a few others were placing fish inside a cooler. When contact was made, it was discovered that not one person had a valid fishing license and most only spoke Vietnamese. The youngest person served as a translator; and through hand motions and drawings, CPO Macias conveyed the violations that were taking place. A total of four citations were issued, and several warnings were given.
In Adams County, CPO Wheatley investigated a case regarding the poisoning of animals. A man was utilizing fly bait and beer to kill raccoons that were causing problems for a homeowner. Despite the method serving its purpose, it was an illegal means of eradicating the species. The man was advised of this, and he was given different avenues to explore if the problem happens again. The man was also given a citation for poisoning the raccoons.
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 Scott County, CPO Wichern received a disposition regarding a case from 2017 involving a nonresident deer hunter. The subject pled guilty to hunting deer by the aid of bait and using a Greene County firearm deer permit in Scott County. The hunter was fined $1,047 and given 12 months of court supervision.
In Scott County, CPOs Blakeley and Wichern investigated a complaint about numerous dead fish floating down the Illinois River between Meredosia and Naples. The CPOs located and seized a Rushville commercial fisherman’s hoop net that contained dead aquatic life. After a short interview, it was determined the commercial fisherman had not checked the net within the legal 72-hour interval. He also failed to properly attach his complete name and address to the tail line of the hoop net. The net was returned to the commercial fisherman, and he was cited for failing to check his net every 72 hours. He was also given warnings for improperly marking his net with his name and address, operating a boat with expired Illinois registration, and improper display of boat registration numbers.
In Calhoun County, while on patrol of the Mississippi River, CPOs Liebl and Tapley encountered six people onboard a boat who were waving to get their attention. The two adults and four children were boating on the river when they struck a wing dam, disabling their boat. The boat and passengers were towed back to the nearest launch. CPO Liebl completed a boat accident report since the entire lower unit on the boat was destroyed and will need to be replaced. The man had driven in the same area the week before; but the river had dropped several feet, which made it impossible to travel over the wing dam. None of the passengers were injured in the accident.
In Sangamon County, CPO Macias received a phone call from a man who was sent a new registration on a boat he had sold three years ago. The caller was confused because he was not the one who registered the boat. When the boat’s Illinois registration number was checked, it came back as still registered to him. CPO Macias called the IDNR watercraft division and discovered someone else had walked in and paid for the registration. Further investigation revealed the boat has had two different owners in three years, and the current owner had used it in many fishing tournaments. The CPO called the prior owners, and citations were issued for failure to register the boat within the allowed timeframe. The current owner was assisted in registering the boat in his name.
In Macoupin County, CPO Gushleff was contacted by site staff at Beaver Dam State Park regarding a group of campers that left a large amount of litter at a campsite. Photographs were taken before site staff cleaned the area. He interviewed the registered camper, and she was cited accordingly.
Northeast Zone – Capt. Brett Scroggins
In Lake County, CPO Kelley responded to a call regarding a swamped/capsized personal watercraft accident at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park. The individuals on the swamped machine, while uninjured, had to be retrieved from Lake Michigan by a boater on another personal watercraft. CPO Kelley helped the people pull the swamped personal watercraft up the beach and onto a trailer.
In McHenry County, CPOs Kelley and Davis responded to a swamped/capsized boat at Crystal Lake. The occupants were trying to re-board their vessel after swimming, and their boat was swamped from the wake of a large boat. A marine patrol official helped tow the capsized boat to shore, and the occupants were uninjured.
In Cook County, CPO Stanbary received a complaint from a resident in Berwyn that her neighbor was illegally trapping animals in his yard. The investigation found that the neighbor was using a recently purchased live trap and was trapping to remove nuisance animals without a nuisance permit issued by the IDNR. The man admitted to trapping two opossums and releasing them on forest preserve property. He was educated on how to properly obtain a permit and was issued two written warning for violations.
In Cook County, While on patrol on Lake Michigan, CPO Mooi received a call on the marine radio about a boat striking two other vessels and leaving the area. A joint boarding with US Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor was conducted, and the operator was issued two citations for failure to stop and render aid after an accident.
In Cook County, CPO Mooi was patrolling the Chicago River when he observed a vessel with children onboard who were not wearing life jackets. A safety inspection was conducted, and the operator was cited for not having child life jackets onboard the vessel. The vessel was ordered back to its dock.
In Cook County, while on patrol inside Burnham Harbor, CPO Mooi observed a vessel with children onboard who were not wearing life jackets. A safety inspection was conducted, and the operator was issued a citation for the children not wearing life jackets as required. The operator was also issued a written warning for a fire extinguisher violation, and the vessel was ordered back to its dock.
South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes
In Madison County, CPO Liebl arrested a Missouri man for fishing without a valid fishing license. Initially the man said he had bought a license but did not have it with him. A check showed the man had not purchased a license since 2014 because his privileges were revoked for child support.
In Madison County, CPO Goetten conducted a fishing compliance check on a fisherman at Horseshoe Lake State Park. It was discovered that the subject provided him with a fishing license that belonged to another person. The fisherman could not obtain a fishing license due to failure to pay child support. He was cited for obstructing a CPO and fishing without a license.
In Franklin County, CPO Lay cited a boat operator on Rend Lake for not having enough life jackets on his boat. In a separate incident, CPO Lay cited a jet ski operator on Rend Lake who was towing a person on a tube without having a competent observer. The operator of the jet ski did not have a sounding device or a fire extinguisher.
In St. Clair, County, CPO Schachner cited a male subject for fishing without a fishing license, and the man’s wife was issued a written warning for no valid fishing license. Twenty-four days later, he caught the same subject fishing on state property; and he still did not have a fishing license. The rod, reel, and rod holder were seized as evidence; and forfeiture to the State of Illinois will be requested. In addition, the subject received two additional citations for driving an uninsured vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. He received a written warning for incorrect registration.
In Williamson County, CPO Johnson received a complaint of a subject shooting a deer from a truck. The subject was located two days later, and an interview was conducted. The subject stated he hit a small deer with his truck and wanted to put it out of misery. He used his revolver from the truck to fire shots into the deer. He then exited the truck and attempted to dispatch the deer. He was cited for hunting from the roadway, and he was issued multiple written warnings for the deer violations.
In Franklin County, CPO Lay investigated the illegal use of “jugs” to fish at the Old West Frankfort Lake (this lake is a two pole and line only body of water). The Franklin County resident had placed his name and phone number on the jugs; however, the subject did not have a fishing license. The fisherman was cited for not having a license, and he was issued a written warning for placing the jugs.
In Franklin County, CPOs Folden and Williams observed a UTV driving out of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, and CPO Williams attempted a traffic stop on the UTV. The UTV fled by running a stop sign and onto the State Route. CPO Williams was able to use the description of the UTV and driver to locate the subject and UTV at their residence two days later. The subject confessed to fleeing from the traffic stop and was arrested for fleeing to elude police, disobeying a stop sign, and operating UTV on the roadway.
In Franklin County, While conducting a compliance boat safety check on Rend Lake, CPOs Lay and Diggins requested to see the life jackets. When the seat to the storage area was lifted, they found a 3-foot long black snake in with the life jackets. An attempt was made to remove the snake from the boat; however, the snake managed to slither into the enclosed rear area of the boat. No violations were found on the boat.
In Franklin County, CPOs Haggerty and Folden responded to a report of two watercrafts involved in an accident. The anchored vessel was partially submerged. After arriving on scene, the operator of the striking vessel showed signs of impairment and was asked to submit to field sobriety tests. The operator of the striking vessel had a BAC of .160%. The subject was arrested for OUI and transported to the Franklin County Jail. No injuries were reported from either vessel. CPOs Lay and Diggins also assisted with this accident.
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.