Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 21, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis

In Carroll County, while on a boat patrol on Pool 13 of the Mississippi River, CPO Palumbo issued a Downers Grove man a citation and multiple written warnings for not having a sufficient number of wearable PFDs of appropriate size, no type IV onboard, and for being in possession of several live threeridge mussels in his livewell.

In Lee County, while on a boat patrol of the Rock River, CPOs Posateri and Teas stopped a boat for a safety inspection; and the driver was found to be intoxicated (BAC of .104 percent). The boat operator admitted to taking several shots of liquor and drinking beer. As CPO Posateri arrested the operator for OUI, CPO Teas addressed the smell of burnt cannabis. The passengers were given civil citations for: 1) possession of cannabis; 2) possession of a pipe used to smoke cannabis; and 3) edible cannabis in the form of gummy bears.

In Rock Island County, CPO Beltran and Sgt. Petreikis patrolled Pool 17. CPO Beltran arrested two OUI subjects. One local man was arrested for his second OUI in 14 years.

 In Rock Island County, CPO Francisko worked several boat and general patrols on the Rock and Mississippi rivers. Thirty-one written warnings were issued for boating, fishing, and other violations. One citation was issued to a Hampton man for not ensuring his ten-year-old passenger was wearing a PFD while out fishing from a boat on the Mississippi River.

In Fulton County, CPO Thompson issued written warnings to an individual who took two wild turkeys without a hunting license and habitat stamp.

In Fulton County, CPOs Lazzell, Thompson, and Elliott worked a detail at Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area. CPO Lazzell located a bucket containing unlawfully taken protected bass in the bed of a truck at Bells Landing Access. The CPOs conducted surveillance and observed two subjects return to the truck. A sport fishing compliance check was conducted, and the two men were found to have unlawfully taken 11 largemouth bass (limit three). All the fish in their possession were in the protected slot limit, and all 11 bass were seized as a result. One of the men was in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The CPOs also discovered that one of the men had falsified his identity because he provided a fishing license that was issued to his roommate. The CPOs conducted a consent search of the truck and located a wallet disclosing the man’s identity. The man said he lied about his name to elude a fishing license ticket. Citations were issued for unlawful take of protected largemouth bass, fishing without a valid fishing license, and unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The men received several written warnings for additional counts of unlawful take.

In Winnebago County, CPO Fraser observed a vehicle occupied by several juveniles speeding at Rock Cut State Park, and a traffic stop was conducted. He detected the odor of cannabis as he approached the vehicle and asked if the occupants had any cannabis in their possession. All occupants stated there was no cannabis in the vehicle, but they had smoked earlier in the day. The group was advised that he would be conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle based upon the odor of cannabis, and the front seat passenger stated he did have cannabis and paraphernalia. The subject produced 24 grams of cannabis and an item of paraphernalia. The driver was cited for multiple vehicle code violations, and the passenger was cited for misdemeanor possession of cannabis and paraphernalia.

In Winnebago County, CPO Alt completed a follow-up investigation for unlawful taking of common snapping turtles during the closed season and unlawful taking of common snapping turtles by use of a rifle. A Rockton man and his teenage son were both charged and assessed a mandatory court appearance.

In Winnebago County, CPO Alt responded to a complaint of two individuals riding on the roof and hood of a moving motor vehicle while traveling through Rock Cut State Park. He located the suspect vehicle in the Park and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was charged with child endangerment and speeding. All five occupants, including the driver, were charged with failure to wear a seatbelt. The driver has a court date.

In Winnebago County, CPO Alt testified in court regarding a charge issued to a Winnebago County man for unlawful taking of furbearing mammal (raccoon) during the closed season by pit bulls. The judge ruled the defendant not guilty due to the fact she did not feel the defendant intentionally allowed his pit bulls to attack and maul the raccoon in question.

Northeast Zone – Capt. Brett Scroggins

CPO Vaughan concluded a deer investigaIn McHenry County, CPO Kelley and Sgt. Schreiber responded to a call regarding an individual trapping skunks. When asked why he left the skunk in the trap for more than one calendar day, the man allegedly told the animal control officer that “it just won’t die.” The man was cited for the trapping and given the name of the local wildlife biologist for more effective alternatives.

In Kankakee County, While off duty, CPO Farber observed several children having a great time blue gill fishing during the spawn. He also observed two adult males position themselves near the children and throw a cast net into the park pond several times. The men were observed netting blue gill off of the beds and unlawfully kept two buckets of fish. CPO Farber asked the men, “is netting bluegill legal?” The violators advised him, “don’t worry about what we are doing.” He contacted the St. Anne Police Department for assistance, and an officer arrived on scene and spoke with the violators. Both men were unable to produce a valid sport fishing license. Appropriate enforcement action is pending.

In Kankakee County, While checking fishermen at Kankakee River State Park, CPO Bergland came across three out-of-state individuals. Two individuals were fishing, and one was sitting in front of a broken cooler containing empty and full bottles of beer (alcohol is not allowed at the Park). A compliance check was conducted, and the two fishermen did not have fishing licenses. When advised they would be getting citations, one of the fishermen complained that when he has been caught without a fishing license for the first time in other states, he has received a warning. CPO Bergland informed him that if he had gotten a warning in other states, he should know that a fishing license is usually required when fishing; and he should have gotten a license.

In Cook County, CPO Stanbary conducted fish enforcement at Wolf Lake and noticed a fisherman that had drug paraphernalia laying on top of his backpack. The fisherman acknowledged that the silver cannabis grinder was his. When questioned further, he handed over a glass cannabis pipe. The items were seized, and the fisherman was issued a civil cannabis violation. CPO Stanbary also conducted multiple inspections on both powered and non-powered watercraft at the boat ramp of Wolf Lake.

In Cook County, CPO Stanbary issued a citation to the owner of a boat who was unlawfully renting his boat to clients without the proper licensing and inspections required by law. In a separate incident, CPO Stanbary issued a written warning to a boater in Burnham Harbor for no fire extinguisher, unsecured batteries, and no fishing license in possession.

In Cook County, CPO Stanbary conducted a joint boat patrol with CPO Mooi on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. During the patrol, multiple boat safety inspections were completed which resulted in 11 written warnings being issued by CPO Stanbary for equipment and registration violations. A warning was also issued to a personal watercraft operator for operating after sunset. The CPOs also assisted in providing a security perimeter for the Navy Pier fireworks. Later in the patrol, CPO Mooi arrested a boater for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.

In Cook County, CPO Mooi was patrolling Lake Michigan when he observed a boat traveling directly toward the closed Chicago Harbor lock gates. CPO Mooi informed the boat’s operator that it would be a few minutes before the lock would open, and he would need to wait north of the gates. While inside the lock chamber, CPO Mooi observed the operator having difficulties getting his boat seated against the wall. Upon exiting the lock, the boat was operating on the south side of the river, against the flow of traffic. CPO Mooi activated the lights on his patrol boat, and a stop was conducted. After the safety inspection and field sobriety testing, the operator was arrested for OUI. The operator refused to provide a breath sample. In a separate incident, CPO Mooi observed a boat coming out of the lock making a very erratic turn. An attempt was made to stop the vessel, but it continued traveling away from the patrol boat. The suspect vessel operated dangerously close to a commercial vessel, coming directly under the commercial vessel’s bow, narrowly avoiding a collision. A stop was finally made on the suspect vessel, and a safety inspection was conducted. The operator was subsequently arrested for OUI (BAC of .162 percent).

South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes

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

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

In Jasper County, While conducting a taxidermy inspection, CPO Roper observed a ten-point white-tailed buck rack from the 2017 firearms deer season in the taxidermy shop. The permit used to record the harvest of the buck was a landowner tag of a local resident in Jasper County. The deer’s harvest information did not match the name on the landowner permit according to the taxidermist’s records. Additional information was collected, and he conducted an interview with the subject on the taxidermist’s records. After a brief conversation with the subject, it was determined he had harvested the deer during the 2017 firearm deer season and recorded the harvest on another person’s landowner permit. The subject did not possess any firearm deer permits for the 2017 firearm season. The subject was charged with unlawful take of white-tailed deer and hunting with no valid firearm permit. The ten-point rack was seized as evidence.

In Hardin County, CPO Schoenhoff received a TIP complaint regarding an untagged commercial fishing net that was left on private property in the backwaters of the Ohio River after the water had receded. The gill net contained several dead fish and a predatory bird. A witness provided a written statement describing the subject they saw putting the gill net in the backwaters. An interview of the subject lead to five citations being issued for the following violations: commercial fishing outside designated waters; commercial fishing on private property without permission; failure to check the gill net every 24 hours; unlawful take of a predatory bird; and failure to tag the gill net with name and address. A written warning was issued for no sport fishing license.

In Crawford County, While on patrol, CPO Roper observed two subjects fishing at the Hutsonville Boat Dock on the Wabash River. Compliance check was conducted, and neither subject had a fishing license. Each subject was issued a citation for fishing with no valid fishing license. In a separate incident, CPO Roper observed a vehicle pulled to the side of the road with its hazard lights activated. He activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the vehicle to see if the driver needed assistance. The driver of the vehicle had struck a deer, and the vehicle was not drivable. After checking the driver’s information, it was discovered the subject had two arrest warrants in separate counties for meth charges. The subject was arrested and taken to the Crawford County Jail.

In Marion County, Sgt. Hyatt received a complaint about a reptile exhibitor. The subject in the complaint has been doing reptile shows in Illinois but is a Missouri resident. The complaint stated the subject had been bringing a live alligator to his shows but did not possess the required permits for the alligator. Along with the possession of the alligator, the subject was reported to have been letting children hold the alligator and large snakes of the Boidae family without maintaining physical control over the animals. CPO Roper attended the reptile program and found that the subject did possess a live American alligator. During the program, the exhibitor allowed several children and adults to hold the alligator. The alligator had no banding or tape around its mouth; and at times, the subject had no physical contact with the alligator when a child was holding it. The exhibitor also possessed an albino reticulated python that was approximately eight feet in length. While the possession of the snake is not unlawful, the exhibitor did allow children to hold the snake when he had no physical contact with it as required. CPO Tapley conducted a traffic stop of the reptile exhibitor’s vehicle after he left the venue. CPOs Tapley and Roper informed the subject why he was stopped, and they seized the alligator for evidence. He was charged with unlawful possession of an American alligator, failure to maintain physical control of an alligator during an exhibit (mouth banded), and failure to maintain physical control of a python during exhibit (not holding at least head while children held the snake).

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