Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officers (COs) Brian Lasanen and Zach Painter were on patrol in Ontonagon County and investigated gun shots that they heard. The COs drove by a residence in the area of where they had heard the shots and noticed a large fire with no one around. The COs pulled into the driveway and could smell what seemed to be burning rubber. The COs made contact with an individual who advised they were burning an old trailer. When asked about the gun shots, the subject stated that they had been shooting at the burning trailer. The COs took a closer look at the fire and could see parts of the trailer still burning including plastic, insulation, and several tires. The subject was told to put the fire out and was cited for unlawful disposal of solid waste.
CO Byron Parks was on patrol heading west on H-38 when he observed a large flatbed trailer resting on its side with a lift still chained to it. The truck that was hauling the lift and trailer was jackknifed into the trailer, piercing the passenger side door. After speaking with the driver, it was discovered that one of the tires blew on the back of the trailer causing a loss of control and ultimately jackknifing. CO Parks was the only law enforcement officer in the county at the time, so he organized the traffic control, removal, and crash report.
CO Jenni Hanson assisted the Watersmeet Township Police chief with a motorcycle crash on US-45. CO Hanson utilized her patrol vehicle to block traffic and also rendered aid to the motorcyclists who were injured. Other agencies assisting were the Michigan State Police (MSP), Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police, Aspirus Medevac, and Watersmeet Township Fire and Rescue.
CO Ethen Mapes responded when dispatch reported a call of someone yelling for help at a residence near Bruce Crossing. Upon arrival CO Mapes found a house full of smoke and a man sitting on his couch with burns to his face. The man was on oxygen and stated that when he went to light his cigarette his face caught on fire. CO Mapes assisted in loading the individual into the ambulance.
CO Brian Lasanen worked an ORV patrol over the holiday weekend. CO Lasanen observed an ORV operating on the highway and conducted a stop of the operator. CO Lasanen asked the operator why he was operating on the highway and not on the trail. The subject stated the trail was too wet and bumpy. While talking to the driver, CO Lasanen could smell a strong odor of intoxicants and CO Lasanen observed a few empty beer cans in the back of the side-by-side. CO Lasanen conducted standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) and determined the driver was over two times the legal limit at .175 on a preliminary breath test (PBT). The driver was arrested and lodged in the Houghton County Jail for operate while intoxicated (OWI) on an ORV.
CO Shannon Kritz was patrolling a portion of Menominee County with high ORV activity when she observed an abandoned side-by-side on the roadway. The side-by-side had damage in the front and damage to the passenger side windshield. CO Kritz looked inside the side-by-side, which smelled heavily of intoxicants with beer bottles and blood scattered throughout the interior. CO Kritz had the side-by-side towed and met with the owner later that evening. The owner admitted to operating the side-by-side after he had been drinking and stated he swerved for a deer and hit an embankment on the side of the road. CO Kritz also spoke with the passenger of the side-by-side who had injuries to his face because he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. A report will be submitted to the Menominee County prosecutor for leaving the scene of an accident/failing to report an accident.
COs Jeffrey Dell and Shannon Kritz were patrolling a section of river when they observed a pontoon with four people fishing on it. The COs observed the anglers for some time before making contact. Upon contact, three out of the four anglers produced a valid fishing license. The fourth stated she was not fishing and did not need a license. CO Dell informed her that he had watched her fish for some time. She asked the COs why they had to ruin a family outing. CO Dell informed her that she set the tone for the contact when she began the interaction by lying to the COs. The woman was issued a citation for fishing without a license.
CO Josh Boudreaux followed up on a trash pile he located in Tilden Township containing numerous boxes and pieces of mail with names on them. Upon contacting the individuals named in the pile, he was informed that someone must have stolen their mail and dumped it out there. When CO Boudreaux explained the unlikely possibility of someone stealing their mail along with other items, he was cursed out and told to leave. CO Boudreaux told them to get it cleaned up or he would be back. Days later CO Boudreaux returned and verified the garbage hadn’t been removed. He contacted the individuals a second time. CO Boudreaux issued a civil infraction citation to the couple for litter and told them to get it cleaned up.
CO Cody Smith was on patrol in Baraga County when an ORV came around a corner at such a high rate of speed, it caused the machine to drift. CO Smith activated his emergency lights as the ORV approached. The ORV maintained its speed as it passed CO Smith. It was noticed that the ORV was missing a trail permit as CO Smith spun around to stop the vehicle. As CO Smith caught up to the ORV, it turned into a dense section of woods that at one time was a logging trail. CO Smith activated his siren in a last attempt to stop the vehicle. The ORV sped over a berm and blazed a trail through thick vegetation, small trees, stumps, and dirt piles. The ORV then went down a steep hill into a ravine where it blew the front window off the machine along with the left front tire. As CO Smith caught up on foot, the occupant fled the vehicle with their backpack. CO Smith yelled several times at the individual as they attempted to scale the hillside. After falling multiple times, the individual gave up. The individual was taken into custody without further incident. A search of the subject’s backpack revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The individual was lodged and faces charges including possession of methamphetamine, flee and elude, operate ORV on a suspended license, no ORV sticker, operate ORV in closed area, operate ORV causing erosive conditions, and damage to trees.
CO John Kamps contacted a group of individuals camping in a closed area on state land. CO Kamps and other COs in the past have notified the individual that they were not allowed to camp in the area and need to remove their camper immediately. The individual has refused to remove the camper with the multiple warnings. CO Kamps issued the individual a citation for camping in a closed area and for camping without a permit. They were notified that the camper would be towed if not removed in 48 hours.
CO Jeremy Sergey received a complaint that two goose hunters out on public land were approached by an individual on a side-by-side. The individual on the side-by-side pulled out a 12-gauge shot gun and shot twice at the hunters from about 15 yards away. The individual then told the hunters he was going to kill them. The individual got back on his side-by-side and sped away. COs Jeremy Sergey, Josh Boudreaux and Sergeant (Sgt.) Mark Leadman responded to the area and gathered evidence. The two hunters were able to retrieve their belongings with assistance from CO Sergey. The case is still under investigation.
CO Josh Boudreaux was checking waterfowl hunters on Forestville Basin in Marquette County when he came across of group of 17-year-olds excited to finally be out hunting on their own. As CO Boudreaux conducted his standard waterfowl checks, he began discovering violation after violation. There were unplugged guns, an unused box of lead shot, there were no personal flotation devices (PFDs) for anyone in the canoe, and one of the individuals did not have his proper licenses. CO Boudreaux instructed the group to pack up their stuff and meet him at his truck. CO Boudreaux carried the two unplugged shotguns back to his truck and returned with two PFDs so those in the canoe could safely paddle back to their vehicle with their gear. Back at the truck CO Boudreaux had a lengthy discussion with the hunters about waterfowl hunting regulations and the reasoning behind them along with the potential repercussions. CO Boudreaux then assisted two of the young hunters with making plugs for their guns to restrict the capacity to three shells total. Two citations were issued for no PFDs and waterfowl hunting digests were distributed to the group. Warnings were issued for the multiple hunting violations.
On a high wind day, resulting in several downed trees and power outages throughout Alger County, CO Andrea Dani was dispatched to AuTrain Lake on a report of an overturned paddle boat with three occupants struggling in the water with a pontoon boat attempting to render aid. Upon arrival to the scene, CO Dani observed a boat matching the description of the assisting pontoon at the dock. She walked toward a group of people near the pontoon to locate the victims when a man frantically started pointing and waving at a vehicle quickly leaving the launch behind the CO. CO Dani immediately returned to her patrol truck to follow the vehicle. She observed the vehicle cross the centerline of the road and maintain a straddle of the centerline for several seconds. CO Dani performed a traffic stop on the vehicle, locating the subjects that were rescued in the lake. The driver immediately exited his vehicle and began pacing, leaving the door open, where CO Dani could see an empty beer can on the driver’s floorboard. When the driver approached her, CO Dani observed glossy, bloodshot eyes and the odor of intoxicants. Field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test were performed with assistance from an Alger County Sheriff’s sergeant. The subject was lodged at the Alger County Jail for operating while intoxicated (OWI).
Near the end of their shift, COs Mark Zitnik and Andrea Dani were dispatched to Osier Road in Delta County to assist 11 canoers who were reported overdue on the river. The Boy Scout group planned to traverse the East Branch of the Whitefish River from Trout Lake in Alger County to the Osier Road Bridge in Delta County. The trip began at 8 a.m. that morning, but responders knew most people require two days to complete the trip. The canoers were reported overdue by the person who was supposed to pick them up who had not heard from them in some time. The two COs assisted the US Forest Service, Delta County Sheriff’s Department and Delta County Search and Rescue. The COs agreed to go upriver on foot with two Delta County Search and Rescue crew members and located two 12-year-old boys that had separated from the group. The boys were soaked from repeated flips of their kayaks and very cold due to the now 46- degree air. The responding group provided the boys with food, clothing, and even CO Zitnik’s boots to wear out of the swamp, as one of the boys had lost his shoes in the river. The boys were excited to see the responders and confided that they believed they were going to die. Neither of the boys had major injuries and were treated with warmth from a search and rescue trailer. The rest of the group members were located around the same time and transported out by the Search and Rescue team on ORVs. None of the canoers were injured during the event.
COs Chris Lynch and Steve Butzin were on patrol when they observed two anglers fishing. Upon checking one of the anglers, it was determined the angler did not have a fishing license and this was the angler’s fourth time in a little over a year being caught fishing without a fishing license. A report will be submitted to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for review requesting additional charges for being a habitual offender.
COs Robert Freeborn, Michael Evink, and Cole VanOosten assisted Schoolcraft County Probation, the MSP, and local sheriff’s departments in apprehending two individuals with felony warrants. The COs provided perimeter security in the woods surrounding the residences as Probation and the MSP attempted to make contact.
COs Robert Freeborn and Michael Evink first responded to a subject who had fallen off a ladder approximately 12 feet off the ground and landed in a pile of rocks. The COs arrived on scene first and held c-spine until EMS arrived. The subject was transported to the local hospital with possible broken bones.
CO Mark Zitnik spoke with two hikers at the Melstrand store who had hiked all day and were struggling to get back to their vehicle. The CO transported the couple to the Chapel area to retrieve their car and they were thankful the CO was able to help.
CO Michael Evink assisted the Manistique Public Safety K-9 team in attempts to track a parolee through heavily wooded terrain in Schoolcraft County. CO Evink provided security for the Narco K-9 and his Public Safety Officer handler. The team had a solid track, but the parolee had a large head start and was not located.
CO Cole VanOosten was working the early teal season when he observed an individual shoot at a group of ducks 33 minutes prior to legal shooting hours. CO VanOosten also witnessed the individual shoot at a mallard and, upon contact, it was discovered that the individual was also hunting with an unplugged shotgun. The violations were addressed by the CO.
COs Justin Vinson and Cole VanOosten patrolled the Blind Sucker Flooding for early season teal and goose hunters. The violations observed included: shooting before shooting hours, hunting with an unplugged shot gun, shooting while under power, and for failing to provide a PFD. Citations were issued for hunting with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells and for the PFD violation.
CO Todd Sumbera was patrolling Mackinac County when he watched an individual catch and place a fish on the bank and then continue to fish. After observing the angler for a while, CO Sumbera contacted the individual, finding a 6.5-inch brook trout on shore next to him. The individual stated that he was getting ready to throw the fish back real soon, after he fixed his hook. A citation was issued for possessing an undersized trout.
CO Todd Sumbera was conducting a waterfowl patrol along the St Mary’s River in Chippewa County when he observed an individual shoot and kill a duck that flew by. The individual then stated, “Oh man, it’s a woody!” He proceeded to tell his other two partners hunting with him that they should get out of here. CO Sumbera contacted the individuals with the duck in their possession. CO Sumbera asked what they had shot, the shooter stated that he had misidentified the duck thinking it was a green winged teal but was a gadwall. CO Sumbera obtained the bird and showed the hunters that it was a hen wigeon, by explaining key factors that help determine the species. This was not the first incident of misidentification with this individual and a citation was issued for taking a wigeon out of season.
COs Andrea Erratt and Andrea Albert were on marine patrol on the Intermediate River by Ellsworth Lake when they observed an angler fishing from a dock with a line tied to a stick while some kids fished nearby with rods. The COs watched the angler catch two small bluegills as they approached the dock. The angler said he was trying to show his niece and nephews how easy it was to catch fish. The angler said he usually gets a fishing license, but he had not purchased one this year. CO Erratt ticketed the angler for fishing without a license.
COs Andrea Albert and Andrea Erratt responded to an assault in progress complaint involving a gun at the Clam Lake access site. The COs backed up Antrim County deputies as they investigated the fight that started when a boater cut in line to pull his boat out. Apparently, a boater that had been waiting in line for over 20 minutes confronted the boater that cut in line and he pointed his handgun in their faces.
CO Tim Rosochacki was returning from working the final night of the early elk season when a vehicle passed him on the interstate travelling 102 mph; the posted speed limit is 75 mph. The driver was stopped and ticketed for speeding. His reason for speeding was because he was late for work.
COs Jessie Curtis and Jon Sheppard, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Enforcement Officers responded to a medical emergency on a sailing vessel adrift on Lake Huron. The winds were 25 mph that day and Lake Huron had rough water conditions. The Alpena County Sheriff’s Department was first on scene and dropped off the EMS personnel on board the sailing vessel so they could work on the victim. The keel of the sailboat eventually ran aground and every wave that hit the vessel nearly capsized it. The sailboat became damaged to point it was disabled. COs Curtis and Sheppard arrived on scene and used their vessel to tow the sailboat to deeper and calmer waters where the vessel could be anchored. All people and vessels were towed back to the harbor in Alpena County.
CO Jessie Curtis was patrolling Montmorency County when she received a complaint of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in progress. CO Curtis assisted the Montmorency County deputies with the medical call.
COs Jessica Curtis and Daniel Liestenfeltz, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, and MSP troopers responded to a search for an elderly lady with dementia who had walked out of her house and not been seen for many hours. COs Curtis and Liestenfeltz assisted in setting up the incident command center. The woman was found safe at a relative’s residence nearby.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz responded to a single vehicle injury accident in Lewiston. Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver had struck a telephone pole and then continued to drive before stopping on the opposite side of the road. While on scene, CO Liestenfeltz observed multiple signs of intoxication on the driver of the vehicle. An investigation was conducted, and the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for OWI and lodged at the Montmorency County Jail.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Hillman Township late at night in Montmorency County when he observed a vehicle drive past him without any taillights. CO Liestenfeltz initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was operating on a suspended driver’s license and had a warrant out of Montmorency County. CO Liestenfeltz placed the subject into custody and lodged the individual in the Montmorency County Jail. Another subject with a valid driver’s license came to pick up the vehicle.
CO Patrick McManus received a Text-to-RAP complaint about several individuals fishing in the closed section of the lower weir on the Platte River in Benzie County. When CO McManus arrived on scene, he observed two individuals fishing about 100 feet away from the weir, well within the mandated 300 foot rule outlined in the law. CO McManus contacted the anglers. After speaking with them for several minutes and asking for their fishing licenses, one of the anglers disclosed that they had a concealed pistol license (CPL) and was currently carrying a handgun. Michigan law requires anyone that is carrying a concealed weapon under the CPL law to immediately disclose of that weapon and permit to a peace officer before anything else. CO McManus issued both anglers a citation for fishing within 300 feet of the weir and a second citation was issued to the subject with the CPL permit for failing to immediately disclose the concealed pistol.
COs Richard Stowe and Bill Haskin worked a patrol in Benzie County in response to fall fish runs. Two subjects were contacted while walking on well posted private property and were issued citations for the violations.
While working the teal season opener, CO Justin Vanderlinde noticed a boat on the lake that appeared to be empty. On closer inspection, CO Vanderlinde observed a person in the water hanging onto the vessel. CO Vanderlinde contacted a lake resident, informed him of the person in the water, and together they used the lake resident’s boat to rescue the person in the water. CO Vanderlinde towed the swamped rowboat to a nearby dock, bailed it out, assisted in starting the boat’s motor, and made sure that he made it back to his rental cottage. The boater stated that his boat seat had broken causing him to fall out of his boat which swamped his boat. The boater stated that he was in the water for about an hour and was surprised that no one had come earlier to help him.
CO Kyle Publiski was first on scene of a dirt bike crash in Mason County where other ORV riders found a subject unresponsive laying on the ORV trail. CO Publiski started resuscitation efforts and was assisted by COs Ryan Andrews and Brian Brosky, along with first responders and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and the operator was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
CO Josiah Killingbeck was first on scene of an ORV crash in a rural area of Lake County. This area only allows ORVs under 50 inches to operate. CO Killingbeck was unable to get his patrol truck near the area and walked about a mile to the scene. CO Killingbeck discovered a severely injured rider who was unresponsive. CO Killingbeck provided first aid and requested a helicopter due to the severity of the rider’s injuries. With the assistance of CO Kyle Publiski, Sgt. Bob Meyers of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and area fire departments, the patient was carried out of the woods to an ambulance and then taken to a trauma center via helicopter.
CO Josiah Killingbeck was first on scene of an ORV crash in Lake County where a subject had been doing donuts and was ejected from the ORV when it rolled. CO Killingbeck provided first aid, and while waiting for an ambulance, was advised that the ambulance had become stuck and was unable to make it to the scene. The only other ambulance available was nearly 50 miles away. CO Killingbeck checked with the neighboring counties and there were no ambulances available either. Due to the severity of the rider’s injuries, CO Killingbeck loaded the rider into his patrol truck and transported the injured rider to medical care.
CO Josiah Killingbeck was working at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and responded to a report of an ORV crash. CO Killingbeck responded to the scene, along with an Oceana County Sheriff’s deputy. CO Killingbeck discovered that a side-by-side had been operating at a high rate of speed and struck a dirt bike. Both parties refused EMS. CO Killingbeck determined that the driver of the side-by-side had a suspended driver’s license. The dirt bike was discovered to have a vehicle identification number that was power coated over. The dirt bike had also been purchased without a title. The operator of the side-by-side was cited for operating while suspended. The dirt bike was impounded for further investigation.
CO Josiah Killingbeck, while on patrol, stopped an ORV for operating on an illegal hill climb in Lake County. Upon speaking with the operator, CO Killingbeck could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from the driver. CO Killingbeck performed sobrieties on the driver, who failed. The driver submitted to a PBT which resulted in a reading of 0.11. The driver was arrested for OWI and ORV trespass and lodged in the Lake County Jail.
CO Ben Shively worked the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area in Oceana County and responded to one personal injury accident and one property damage accident. He also issued five citations for speeding on the entrance ramp, no seatbelt, disobey posted signage-wrong way, and cited a snowmobile for no helmet or eye protection which was running in the test and tune area.
CO Angela Greenway responded to a complaint in the village of Barryton about a dead goose landing in the yard of a residence in town. CO Greenway arrived on scene and observed blood and feathers all over the house and door. A dead goose was also located a few feet away in the yard. The resident answered the door and said that he heard what he thought were fireworks and then the house shook a little and so he went out and looked and saw the dead goose. CO Greenway was unable to locate the hunters in the area and patrolled the same location again the next morning and was still unable to locate goose hunting activity.
Sgt. Mike Bomay responded to a disabled vehicle in Muskegon County on a blind curve at the bottom of a hill. The disabled vehicle nearly caused several head-on collisions as vehicles were attempting to pass in a no passing zone. Sgt. Bomay contacted CO Anna Cullen for assistance with traffic. Additional Muskegon County deputies arrived and assisted with traffic until a wrecker service responded to remove the disable vehicle causing the hazard.
CO Kyle Bader responded to an ORV personal injury accident on the Friday of the Labor Day holiday weekend in Ogemaw County. The rider lost control of his ORV while navigating a corner and crashed head-on into a tree. His riding partner checked to make sure he was breathing and then rode out to the nearest road for help. The responding ambulance became stuck in the trail before arriving at the patient’s location. CO Bader, an MSP trooper, and multiple volunteer firefighters were able to get the ambulance dislodged and out of the way. The victim was loaded into another ambulance and transported to the main road where he was airlifted to the hospital.
CO Josh Russell received a disposition from an illegal bear case in Gladwin County which took place last fall. The subject was convicted of taking a bear out of season and negligent discharge of a firearm. His firearm was condemned, and he paid $3,500 in reimbursement to the state of Michigan.
CO Matt Zultak responded to a complaint of ORV harassment in Roscommon County. The complainant stated that a subject was intentionally driving around him in a hazardous manner while he was target practicing on state land. CO Zultak responded to the area and located the subject who was operating his ORV in a closed area. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the operator had a suspended driver’s license and warrants for his arrest. He was issued a citation for operating his ORV in a closed area. He was advised of his warrants and released.
CO Jeremy Cantrell made a traffic stop on a vehicle in Missaukee County that was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing multiple vehicles on the right shoulder of the road. During the stop, it was discovered the operator did not have a valid driver’s license, had no insurance or registration for the vehicle, and various arrest warrants out of multiple counties. The individual was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and the numerous arrest warrants. During a vehicle search, two syringes with residue were located along with a concealed weapon. After securing a search warrant, the man was taken in for a blood draw. He later admitted to using heroin. The syringes have been sent to the MSP lab for testing. Based on the results, additional charges may be sought through the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office.
CO Adam Beuthin was checking anglers on the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw County when he observed an individual fishing with a child. When the CO asked the man for his fishing license, he told him it was in his vehicle on the other side of the parking lot. The CO took his name and date of birth and told the man to keep fishing while he checked the other anglers. When the CO ran the individual for a fishing license, he came back with no record. The CO asked again for the individual’s name and date of birth, the man gave a different spelling of the last name and told the CO he had just moved to Arkansas. The CO noticed the man was beginning to act extremely nervous and when the individual came back again with no record, the CO detained him by placing him in handcuffs. After asking more questions and hearing stories of being from Wyoming, the man gave his actual name. He had warrants out of Grand Traverse County. Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department directed the CO to advise and release the subject. The man was issued a citation for fishing without a license and advised to be honest in the future with law enforcement.
During a patrol along the Saginaw River in Bay County, COs Mike Haas and Dan Robinson encountered a group of anglers fishing from shore. When asked if they were having any luck, one gentleman stated they had caught a few panfish. The anglers then admitted that they had not yet purchased their fishing licenses for the 2020 season, but they were planning to. It was also discovered that there were multiple undersized bass in the group’s cooler for which one of the anglers took responsibility. A citation was issued to address the fishing violations.
COs Mike Haas and Dan Robinson were patrolling northern Isabella County when they heard a deputy call out a pursuit close to their location. A vehicle had sped away from the deputy when he attempted to pull it over for various traffic violations. After a few minutes, the COs were able to position themselves in order to be able to assist if needed. The suspect vehicle led the deputy back and forth through Isabella and Mecosta County roads. Eventually another Isabella County deputy joined the pursuit and the COs continued to shadow the chase and remain in a position to help if needed. After almost an hour, additional units from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office and the MSP had responded to the area and spike strips were successfully deployed which disabled the suspect vehicle. The COs helped with taking the suspect into custody and securing him in a deputy’s vehicle. No one was injured during the event and the man was transported back to the Isabella County Jail without incident. The suspect was under the influence of alcohol and had a long list of traffic and equipment violations.
During a late evening patrol through the Flat River State Game Area (SGA) in southern Montcalm County, COs Mike Haas and Dan Robinson located tire tracks that left the main trail and went into the woods. The COs located a car parked in a thick patch of pine trees and two individuals camping nearby. The campers were notified that camping in the SGA was not allowed until later in the summer and that they were not allowed to operate their vehicle off the trail. During their interaction it was discovered that one of the campers had three active warrants out of neighboring counties. The gentleman received a citation to address the land use violations and was advised and released for his multiple warrants.
COs Dan Robinson and Mike Haas were working southern Montcalm County when they witnessed a couple of men fishing on a small creek. The COs approached them and checked for valid fishing licenses and any fish caught. While checking the area, CO Haas located a stringer with two bass, and both appeared to be undersized. One of the individuals claimed that he caught the fish and that he was planning to eat them while they camped. The second subject at first refused to identify himself, but eventually produced an old fishing license. That individual did not have a valid fishing license, and he also had three warrants for his arrest, including a felony for aggravated assault. The smallmouth and largemouth bass were measured and found to be substantially short. An appearance ticket was issued for possessing the short fish and the individual with the warrants was lodged on his warrants.
COs Dan Robinson and Adam Schiller were working central Isabella County when they witnessed a set of quads operating recklessly on the roadway. The quads were being driven by juveniles with the obvious violations being reckless operation, operating in roadway, riding double, and operating over 25 mph on a county road. The COs followed the group to their property all while watching them “fishtail” and almost crash into their own gate. The COs contacted the adult on the property who admitted to letting them ride. The parent was issued a citation for allowing juveniles to ride without supervision and given several warnings. The COs also provided an ORV Handbook and educated the group about proper riding etiquette and obtaining an ORV safety certificate.
CO Josh Jackson received multiple complaints throughout the summer of people camping in the local state game area. One particular spot in the Flat River SGA is a hot spot for campers. COs have written multiple subjects this summer and warned several more. CO Jackson found another camper at the Youngman Road site and advised them camping is prohibited until September 10. CO Jackson is working with the local wildlife field office in hopes to get better signs at the common camping sites.
While on patrol COs Adam Schiller and Dan Robinson witnessed an individual driving a four-wheeler down a county road with no helmet on. The COs caught up to the individual and made a traffic stop on the ORV. As CO Schiller approached the individual the CO noticed the individual trying to tuck an object under his shirt. The CO quickly saw that it was a Bud Light beer bottle. The CO told the individual to turn off the four-wheeler and asked how many alcoholic beverages the driver had consumed. It was determined that the operator of the ORV was not under the influence or impaired. A citation was issued for open intoxicants on an ORV and not wearing a crash helmet on an ORV.
CO James Nason responded to a local call of a reckless driver and located the vehicle a short time later. After witnessing the vehicle swerve across lanes of traffic and other moving violations, he stopped the vehicle and conducted roadside sobriety tests on the operator. The driver was found to be under the influence and told CO Nason that he had only one beer and one shot the night before. The subject was arrested for operating under the influence and recorded a blood alcohol content of .164 when lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.
CO James Nason responded to a domestic dispute in progress at a local park in Kalamazoo County. Upon arrival, CO Nason found that the male half had already left, leaving behind his ex-girlfriend. The female stated that they had an argument and that he tried to get her into his truck. When he could not get her to comply with his demands, he dumped a couch out of his truck and left her and the couch in the parking lot. CO Nason caught up with the man a few days later and issued him a citation for littering by leaving the couch in the beach parking lot of the park.
While on a marine patrol CO Travis Dragomer located a boat with two anglers fishing upon the St. Joseph River in Berrien County. After conducting a fish check, two undersized smallmouth bass were located in the live well. One bass measured 12 inches and the other bass measured 12.5 inches. The bass were released, and one citation was issued for possessing undersized bass.
CO Matt Page responded to a call from central dispatch of a breaking and entering in progress at a lake house. Within a mile of the residence at the time of the call, CO Page and an additional officer were able to intercept and secure the suspects until more units arrived. It was found that two individuals located a hidden key and broke into the lake house which was in a very remote location. The individuals had been staying at the house eating the food and using the home for an undisclosed amount of time. The homeowner had no knowledge of the individuals and both were arrested and lodged for breaking and entering by the Covert Police Department.
COs Jackie Miskovich and Anna Cullen were patrolling Twin Lake when they observed a man fishing from a Jon Boat. While checking the individual for a fishing license and his required safety equipment, it was found that he did not have any identification on him, or his fishing license, and he also did not have any PFD on board the boat. COs Cullen and Miskovich followed the man back to the shore for his own safety and a citation was issued for the marine safety violation.
CO Jackie Miskovich was traveling back to Muskegon County, after dropping off an injured eagle at a rehabilitation facility, when a truck came up fast behind her. The vehicle passed CO Miskovich and acknowledged her by waving and then continued at a high rate of speed. CO Miskovich conducted a traffic stop and made contact. When telling the driver how fast they were going, they were not surprised. The driver was not able to provide registration or insurance. A citation was issued for excessive speed on a freeway.
CO Anna Cullen was patrolling northern Muskegon County when she observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed pass her without a license plate. CO Cullen initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and further found out that the driver did not possess a valid driver’s license, did not have any proof of insurance, and was operating an unregistered vehicle. CO Cullen issued a citation for the lesser violation while warnings were issued for the remaining violations.
COs Anna Cullen and Jackie Miskovich were participating in a marine patrol over the holiday weekend. While patrolling a lake in Muskegon County, a jet ski was observed towing an individual on skis without an observer. A stop was conducted, and it was further determined that the operator of the jet ski did not have his PFD appropriately fastened. A citation was issued for towing without an observer while a warning was issued for the PFD violation.
COs Todd Thorn and John Byars were on marine patrol on the Baseline Lake Chain near Pinckney during a firework show. While on patrol, they observed a boat being operated well after dark without proper navigation lights. The COs then saw that a man, who appeared to be intoxicated, was standing on the bow of the pontoon while it was being operated at greater than slow/no wake speed. The COs contacted the driver and through further investigations found that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and lodged at the Livingston County Jail.
While checking anglers at a boating access site, CO Edward Rice observed a bass tracker operating at a high rate of speed without navigation lights after sunset. CO Rice observed the vessel complete a full lap of the lake prior to heading to the boat launch. CO Rice greeted the operator at the launch and asked the man if he had operational navigation lights. The man claimed he did but did not have enough time to put in the lights prior to sunset. Furthermore, the man stated he was “out on the water for more than two hours and if I can see without them on, then everyone else should be able to see me.” CO Rice issued the man a citation for no navigation lights and gave a verbal warning for careless operation.
CO Edward Rice received a call from Hillsdale County Central Dispatch about a single PWC accident. It was discovered that a juvenile was operating a PWC at an unreasonable speed and was unable to stop prior to driving into a seawall. The juvenile was thrown from the PWC and sustained an injury to his left leg, which required surgery. Minimal damage was done to the PWC and the seawall. A report and follow up will be completed.
CO Jeff Goss arrested a subject on Marble Lake for boating under the influence during a group patrol. Sobriety evaluations on the subject had to be stopped due to a concern for the subject falling and injuring himself.
CO Jason McCullough was involved in a foot pursuit of a subject with multiple felony warrants. As CO McCullough was talking with the subject, the subject stated he “had to go” before taking off running. The subject gave up when he realized CO McCullough would not stop chasing him. The subject was turned over to Albion police on the warrants and additional charges are pending.
CO Nick Wellman was assisted by COs Jeff Goss, Chris Reynolds, Ed Rice, Sgt. Rich Nickols, and Sgt. Jason Smith with a group marine patrol of the south chain of lakes in Branch County. During the patrol, one man was lodged for boating under the influence (BUI) after he was stopped for careless operation and wrong way operation of a vessel. The man was lodged in Branch County Jail and agreed to a Datamaster breath test which yielded a 0.16 result. In addition to the BUI, citations were issued for towing without an observer and bow riding.
CO Nick Wellman was contacted by several people about a bobcat that was found deceased on the side of the road on the Branch and St. Joseph County line. CO Wellman worked with DNR wildlife division employee Ken Kesson to secure the cat. The bobcat was a large female that had been struck by a vehicle. Wildlife division took possession of the cat.
CO Nick Wellman was patrolling home from a shift when a vehicle passed him on I-94 in Calhoun County at over 90 mph. CO Wellman caught up to the vehicle and paced him at 92 mph. CO Wellman initiated a traffic stop and the driver ended up having several warrants out of Oakland County for armed carjacking, resisting and obstructing, domestic violence, and driving while license suspended. The man was arrested for the warrants and was lodged in Calhoun County Jail on a hold for Oakland County. CO Wellman was assisted by two MSP troopers who lodged the man.
CO David Schaumburger observed three ORVs operating on the roadway in Monroe County. The CO stopped the trio because ORVs are not allowed to be operated on the roadway in Monroe County and because one of them did not have a helmet on. The CO issued one ticket for no helmet and sent the ORVs back to their residence. Before they departed, the operator receiving the ticket stated that he moved from Wayne County to Monroe County “to do things like this.”
COs David Schaumburger and Danny Walzak stopped a vessel on Belleville Lake for operating at a speed greater than slow/no wake within 100 feet of a dock. When the COs told her the reason for the stop, she stated that she thought she might have been too close because she was on her phone. A citation was issued for the 100-foot rule.
While checking waterfowl hunters at Pointe Mouillee, CO David Schaumburger found a full box of toxic lead shot. The hunter stated he did not know he could not possess it even though he was not using it. While also checking his licenses, the hunter stated that he was active duty military and the CO asked him some follow-up questions. The hunter did not have convincing answers, so he decided to have Sgt. Chris Maher chat with the hunter. Before Sgt. Maher was able to make contact, the hunter came up to the CO and told him that he was not actually active duty and had not been active duty since 2014; instead, he was a reservist in the National Guard. A citation was issued for possessing toxic shot.
CO Ariel Young was headed to Belle Isle for her shift when she exited the freeway near Jefferson Street in Detroit. CO Young was waiting at a red light and the vehicle next to her was attempting to get in the same lane at the same time. The vehicle then pulled up to the intersection, stopped briefly and then ran the red light. CO Young activated her emergency lights and stopped the vehicle. Upon contact with the driver, CO Young was informed that the driver wanted the right lane and not the left lane he was in, so he ran the light to get over. CO Young issued a citation for disregarding the traffic signal and informed him that vehicles cannot fit side by side in a single lane and that he would have to wait until it was safe to change lanes.
While patrolling near The Strand, CO Ariel Young and Sgt. Shane Webster observed a female with her pants down and looking to be in distress. The COs stopped and asked if everything was okay and the individuals with the female stated no and that they were waiting for EMS to show up. The COs were then informed and saw that the female had been doubly hooked by a fishing lure that had two treble hooks on it, one treble hook in the back of her leg and the other connected to the ring finger on her hand. EMS showed up a couple of minutes later and the COs helped to get the female to a nearby table to lay her down and attempt to cut the hooks off the lure to help make her more comfortable. The female was in a lot of pain and decided that removing the hooks would need to be done with pain medications at an urgent care or hospital. After disconnecting the hook in her hand from the lure, the COs assisted EMS in securing the hooks so that they would not further embed themselves and helped her get into her vehicle.
Nearing closing time, CO Ariel Young and Sgt. Shane Webster were patrolling back to their vehicles when they smelled a very strong burnt marijuana smell emitting from the vehicle they had just driven by. The COs turned back around and contacted the occupants of the vehicle. When questioned, the occupants stated they did not know what the COs were talking about, even though the marijuana and still smoking blunts were clearly visible. Being non-complaint with questioning, the COs had everyone exit the vehicle and a quick search found that there was indeed marijuana in the vehicle. The individual sitting behind the steering wheel admitted that he had been smoking. A citation was issued for using marijuana in a public place.
On Labor Day, COs Ariel Young, Danny Walzak, and Dave Schaumburger patrolled Belleville Lake as there have been many complaints of the lake becoming lawless. The lake had a slow start as it was a cool morning, but as the weather warmed up and the sun came out, the traffic on the lake began to pick up. The COs issued several citations for creating wake within 100 feet of the bridges that have a local watercraft control defining a no wake zone, insufficient PFDs available, and improper vessel registration. Verbal warnings were issued for failure to carry proof of registration and not having proof of taking boater’s safety.
CO Tom Peterson participated in a group marine patrol of Belleville Lake in Wayne County. The patrol was focused on slow/no wake violations, alcohol violations, and marine safety. During the patrol, the COs participating addressed multiple violations from fish and game to driving under the influence (DUI) investigations. Multiple citations were issued and one alcohol arrest.
CO Christopher Knights was checking ITC property in Oxford for ORV activity. After a little while, CO Knights decided to check another location and started to drive out. Just before getting to the main road, CO Knights saw something driving on the road but only could see the operator’s head. CO Knights made his way onto the road and witnessed three dirt bikes headed south at a quick pace. CO Knights caught up and activated his lights, two of the dirt bikes pulled over and the other continued south. CO Knights got out to speak to the riders and a couple minutes later, the other bike returned. CO Knights advised them of the laws for operating ORVs in Oakland County. CO Knights issued all three citations and advised them to head back home and not use the main road in the future.
CO Ben Lasher was patrolling the Port Huron Game Area when a subject advised he saw a vehicle drive behind a gate that had been cut open. CO Lasher contacted the vehicle and found subjects picking up camping gear used to camp illegally in the game area. Tickets were issued for operating a vehicle and an ORV in a closed area.
CO Ben Lasher conducted a marine patrol of the St. Clair Flats and issued three tickets for slow/no wake violations in the area of the North and Middle Channels. Other marine violation warnings were given for bow riding, PWC with underage operator, and others for creating a wake.
CO Ben Lasher was patrolling for fish activity in Port Huron when a short walleye complaint came in near his location. CO Lasher responded and found the suspect and watched from a distance to possibly see where the fish went or was. The suspect did not have any fish with him and after watching the suspect fish for 20 minutes, the suspect left the area. CO Lasher went to the area where the violation was reported and found a plastic bag with two small walleye hidden in the rocks. CO Lasher found an observation spot and waited for the suspect to return. Approximately an hour later the suspect returned and was seen picking up the bag of fish. As CO Lasher pulled into the parking lot near the suspect’s vehicle, he dropped the bag of fish and walked away. The suspect denied any knowledge of the bag. The fish were measured, and all were legal size. The suspect intended to break the law believing the size limit was 15 inches and kept three fish less than 15 inches. Lucky for him the size limit was only 13 inches.
CO Bob Watson was on waterfowl patrol when multiple shots rang out prior to legal shooting time for the early teal season. Based on knowledge of the area, CO Watson believed the hunters had shot teal rather than geese and were possibly in violation of shooting hours. CO Watson contacted the two young hunters who had shot five teal prior to the legal shooting time for teal. One of the hunters also failed to have a plug for his shotgun and was using lead shot. A citation was issued for possessing/using lead shot.
CO Breanna Reed was patrolling St. Clair County checking waterfowl hunters on opening day of early teal and goose season. CO Reed contacted a group of hunters who were unsuccessful during their morning hunt. During the contact, it was determined that four of the seven hunters had unsigned duck stamps and one hunter had an unplugged shotgun in his possession. CO Reed issued the hunter a citation for hunting with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells and issued warnings for unsigned federal duck stamps.
CO Breanna Reed was patrolling Macomb County for ORV activity when she witnessed two ORV riders operating without helmets, operating unlicensed ORVs, and operating in a careless manner. One subject was sitting on the front of the ORV while the other was driving. CO Reed initiated a stop, the riders stated that they were well aware as to why they had been stopped. Citations were issued for unlicensed ORVs and operating an ORV without a helmet, and a warning was given for careless operation of an ORV. During CO Reed’s ORV patrol, another rider was stopped and issued a citation for operating an unlicensed ORV.
CO Jamie Salisbury patrolled Lapeer SGA for ORV activity and contacted a man on a four-wheeler operating in the game area. A citation was issued for operating without an ORV sticker and a warning for operating in a closed area.
COs Jaime Salisbury, Breanna Reed, and Sgt. Chris Maher were working a complaint received from CO Reed referencing waterfowl hunters in St. Johns Marsh. While the COs were conducting surveillance, CO Salisbury watched the waterfowl hunters shoot a cormorant. After the hunters collected their decoys and began heading back to the ramp, CO Salisbury flagged them down and had them come to the dike he was standing on while CO Reed and Sgt. Maher went to meet COs Kris Kiel and Brad Silorey who had a patrol vessel. While checking the hunting licenses, guns, shells, and ducks, CO Salisbury asked them if they had shot anything else. The hunters both denied having shot anything else. The COs were able to work together to find the dead cormorant in the same area the men were hunting. While the COs were out in the marsh looking for the dead cormorant, Sgt. Maher stayed with the hunters and eventually gained a confession from them admitting to shooting a cormorant. The hunter who CO Salisbury watched shoot the cormorant received a citation for taking a protected non-game species. Both hunters were also cited for failing to have a PFD while on a motorboat.
CO Jaime Salisbury was a part of a group ORV patrol in St. Clair County and during the patrol, CO Salisbury stopped three people riding together on two quads. None of the operators had helmets on and neither quad had ORV stickers. CO Salisbury issued one citation for not wearing a helmet and warning for not having ORV stickers.
COs Kris Kiel and Brad Silorey conducted surveillance on a group of waterfowl hunters in the early morning hours. The COs observed three of the four hunters shoot at a group of teal, 18 minutes before published shooting hours for teal. When the COs checked the group, two of them also possessed lead shot in their firearms. Citations were written for hunting waterfowl before published hours and possession of lead shot.
COs Brad Silorey and Joe Deppen were working the early goose opener at Wetzel State Recreation Area in Macomb County. While checking hunters, CO Silorey contacted one hunter who unloaded his shotgun upon request. The shells that the hunter ejected from the shotgun immediately caught CO Silorey’s attention. After a brief check, it was found that the hunter was using lead shot for upland game birds to hunt waterfowl. The subject was cited for the violation.
During the waterfowl opener for teal, CO Joseph Deppen was conducting surveillance in Macomb County. CO Deppen set up on two groups of hunters who were hunting in a marsh. CO Deppen noticed the hunters were calling in wood ducks and mallards which are not open yet. CO Deppen watched the hunters shoot at a group of wood ducks and a group of mallards. CO Deppen then noticed one hunter shoot twice low into the water while the other hunter did not shoot. Soon they were celebrating what they shot. CO Deppen walked up from behind them and noticed they had shot two pie-billed grebes. The CO asked the men what they had shot, and they both said, “Teal, they swam into my decoys.” CO Deppen told both hunters they need to work on the species identification and advised them they shot two non-game species. The hunter was cited for take non-game species and was given a verbal warning for attempt to take wood duck during the closed season. Reimbursement will be sought for the grebes. The second hunter who did not fire his weapon received additional tips on species identification.
CO Ben Lasher patrolled the Port Huron Game Area in the area of a popular shooting spot. CO Lasher watched subjects target shooting and then leave without picking up the spent casings, brass/hulls, from their firearms. Two littering tickets were issued. CO Ben Lasher then returned later to the same area and found people still shooting after 7 p.m. when the times were posted on the gate. Two tickets issued for late target shooting in the game area.
COs Joseph Deppen and Breanna Reed received a complaint of anglers possibly taking over limits of panfish from Lake St. Clair. COs conducted surveillance on vessels coming into the launch until their suspect vessel entered the launch. COs inspected their catch and the angler was found to be over his limit of panfish. COs issued a citation for over-limit of panfish and gave verbal warnings on vessel registration and needing a fire extinguisher.
CO Brandon Hartleben was working marine patrol on the Portage Lake Chain for the fireworks show when he observed a vessel enter and travel down a slow/no wake channel on the Huron River at greater than slow/no wake speed. CO Hartleben conducted a stop of the vessel to address the violation and check marine safety equipment. During the check of the safety equipment, it was discovered that the vessel was short a Type IV PFD. A citation was issued to the operator for failure to provide a PFD and a warning was issued for the slow/no wake violation.
COs Brandon Hartleben and Mike Drexler were patrolling the Halfmoon Chain of Lakes and contacted a vessel with three subjects fishing on Bruin Lake. Checks of fishing licenses and marine safety equipment revealed that the vessel was short a PFD. A citation was issued for failure to provide enough PFDs.
COs Brandon Hartleben and Mike Drexler were checking Patterson Lake on the Halfmoon Chain of Lakes for activity when they observed a PWC operating across the middle of the lake towing without an observer. COs Hartleben and Drexler contacted the vessel on the opposite side of the lake to follow up on the violation. The operator admitted to knowing that he needed to have an observer and made the conscious choice to tow without one to get the skier up. A citation was issued for towing without an observer.
COs Andrew Monnich and Eric Smither were traveling down US-12 when they observed a golf cart operating on the state highway against the flow of traffic. The COs were able to stop the vehicle and the operator stated that they didn’t think it was a big deal and they do this every day. The driver was educated on the ORV laws and a citation was issued for operating on a state highway.
COs Andrew Monnich, Eric Smither, and Joseph Deppen were working ORV patrol in the Devils Lake area when a vehicle almost pulled out in front of their patrol trucks. The vehicle continued down the road where the driver was having a hard time keeping the vehicle on the road. The COs were able to stop the vehicle a short distance later and contact was made with the diver who was visually impaired and had a glass of wine in the center console. Sobrieties and a PBT were given and it was determined that the driver was well over twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was lodged in the Lenawee County Jail for DUI.
CO Eric Smither worked with Sgt. Shane Webster on a group patrol on Belleville Lake. Multiple contacts were made with citations issued for no PFD and exceeding slow/no wake.
COs Eric Smither and Andrew Monnich were patrolling through Clinton along US-12 when they observed an ORV driving along the highway where the occupants were not wearing seatbelts. The COs stopped the ORV and advised the operator that Lenawee County roads were closed to ORVs. A citation was issued for no safety equipment.
Sgt. Shane Webster was working an ORV patrol in Lenawee County when he observed an ORV driving down a public roadway. A traffic stop was conducted and the violations of operating on a closed public roadway, unlicensed off-road vehicle, carrying a passenger on a single occupant machine, and failing to wear helmets were addressed. The operator, despite initially giving a false first name, was identified as having felony warrants out of Ohio. The subject admitted to attempting to give a false name and was arrested and lodged in the Lenawee County Jail for extradition to Ohio. A ticket was issued for the unlicensed ORV and warnings given for the other violations.
CO Mike Drexler was patrolling Washtenaw County when he observed a vehicle travelling at him at a high rate of speed. CO Drexler activated his patrol vehicle radar and found the vehicle was going 80 mph in a 55-mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted, and a citation was issued for the excessive speed.
CO Brandon Hartleben and Sgt. Shane Webster were checking anglers on Woodburn Lake when they observed a PWC enter the lake from a channel with an operator that was not wearing a PFD. CO Hartleben and Sgt. Webster conducted a stop of the PWC after it also violated the local ordinance for slow speed boating on the lake. Further inquiries on the subject also revealed no record of the operator ever completing boater’s safety. The operator was issued a warning for no boater’s safety, advised of the local ordinance, and issued a citation for operating a PWC without a PFD.
CO Brandon Hartleben and Sgt. Shane Webster were busy dealing with the stop of the subject operating a PWC on Woodburn Lake without a PFD when another call came out from Washtenaw County Metro Dispatch. Dispatch advised that there were two intoxicated juvenile kayakers in distress near the sandbar on Bruin Lake. CO Hartleben and Sgt. Webster cleared the stop and headed to Bruin Lake to assist. Prior to arriving at Bruin Lake, some good Samaritans in a pontoon boat had recovered both kayaks and kayakers and delivered them to the Bruin Lake launch. At this point, the male subject was no longer conscious. Pinckney Recreation Area rangers and staff were on scene when the COs arrived at the launch and had placed the male subject in the recovery position. Sgt. Webster confirmed that the male subject had a pulse and was breathing, while CO Hartleben interviewed the intoxicated female subject and attempted to identify both subjects prior to Huron Valley Ambulance’s arrival. Both subjects were eventually identified, and the male subject was transported to the hospital by Huron Valley Ambulance for high intoxication. The COs were able to assist the female subject with finding a ride home since the male subject had thrown her car keys into the lake. Both subjects were eventually issued citations for minor in possession.
CO Brandon Hartleben was patrolling Baseline Lake around sunset when he observed a PWC operating up the Huron River channel connecting Baseline Lake to Portage Lake at greater than slow no wake speed. All the Portage Chain’s river channels are slow/no wake and are well posted. CO Hartleben conducted a stop of the PWC and pointed out the four slow/no wake signs and slow/no wake buoy that the operator had just passed. CO Hartleben continued by providing the operator an education on various marine safety laws and pointed out that the PWC would need to be off the water in two minutes at sunset as well. A citation was issued for violating slow/no wake in a posted channel.
CO Hartleben was on Baseline Lake after sunset when a pontoon boat started crossing the lake without any navigation lights on. CO Hartleben conducted a stop on the vessel and observed that the vessel was also displaying an expired registration. Furthermore, during a check of marine safety equipment, it was discovered that there was not a single PFD aboard the vessel. Warnings were given for the expired registration and navigation lights, and a citation was issued for failing to provide PFDs.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll received a complaint of a vessel abandoned at Pointe Mouillee’ s boat launch. CO Ingersoll was able to determine that the vessel had been at the launch for over 48 hours after speaking with a few waterfowl hunters who launched at Pointe Mouillee. With assistance from the MSP, the officers were able to determine that the registered owner had sold it during the pandemic. The officers were able to determine that the vessel’s owner lived in New Boston. CO Ingersoll interviewed the suspect and gained a confession for leaving the vessel in the marsh. The suspect stated that he was attempting to launch the boat and switch it to a different trailer. He stated that he only wanted the trailer that the vessel was on and did not need the boat. He stated he was going to pull the boat back out of the water with a separate trailer that he had, but the boat ended up sinking before he could pull it out. The individual panicked and did not know what to do after the boat sunk in the marsh, so he just decided to leave it. CO Ingersoll issued the suspect a citation for abandoning his property on state land and warned him for the illegal disposal of solid waste at the launch.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was checking waterfowl hunters around Erie State Game Area when he contacted two hunters near Woodtick Peninsula. After a check of the equipment, it was determined that one of the hunters did not have a plug in his shotgun. He advised he must have forgotten to put it back in after small game hunting this year and he knew where it was at his house. CO Ingersoll issued him a citation for possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll received a complaint of individuals hunting near the Sterling State Park boat launch. The launch is closed to hunting activity until the day after Labor Day. CO Ingersoll was able to observe the hunters loading their vessel at the launch. CO Ingersoll spoke with the three hunters at the launch and asked them if they knew the launch was closed until the day after Labor Day. All three hunters stated they hunted out there every year, but thought they were okay in the marsh by the launch. CO Ingersoll showed them the map and advised them that was also closed to hunting until after Labor Day. The individuals had three teal and a goose that they had shot during the evening hunt. CO Ingersoll conducted a check of their equipment and determined that two out of the three hunters did not sign their federal duck stamp. CO Ingersoll issued three citations for entering a closed area on state land when prohibited and two warnings for the unsigned federal stamps.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll received a complaint of a tree stand on the State of Michigan’s Welcome Center property. CO Ingersoll was able to locate the stand and determine that it was owned by a gentleman who lived in Brownstown. After checking the stand’s location, it was determined to be on State of Michigan property that was closed to hunting. CO Ingersoll also observed minerals poured onto a downed tree near the hunter’s trail camera. CO Ingersoll interviewed the suspect who advised he had been hunting there for multiple years and thought he was legal. CO Ingersoll advised him he was not legal and that he was trespassing. CO Ingersoll asked him about the bait and he initially denied there being any bait on the property. After changing the subject and speaking with the hunter a little longer, CO Ingersoll again asked the hunter what type of bait he likes to use on the property. The hunter then stated that he uses “lucky buck.” CO Ingersoll asked the suspect if that is what he put out on the property, and he stated it was. CO Ingersoll advised the suspect that minerals were still illegal to use and that he needed to move his stand. CO Ingersoll is seeking charges for baiting deer through the Monroe County prosecutor.
COs Nicholas Ingersoll and Brandon Vacek responded to a 911 call of a girl who had passed out at the Sterling State Park boat launch on Labor Day. Both COs were near the state park when the call came out and arrived first on scene. The COs were advised by individuals who were performing CPR on the individual that she had overdosed on heroin and had been unresponsive for approximately ten minutes before the COs arrived on scene. They stated that they witnessed her turn blue and then slump over in the pickup. When the COs arrived on scene, they could not get a pulse on the individual and she was not breathing. The COs performed CPR on the individual and administered one dose of Narcan. After the first dose of Narcan did not reverse the effects of the overdose, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies who arrived on scene shortly after the COs, were able to assist and two more doses of Narcan were delivered to her. After the third dose of Narcan, the COs were able to identify a heartbeat and were able to assess that she was breathing on her own again. After a few more seconds, the COs were able to wake the individual up with a sternum rub and advise her of her surroundings. The individual stated that she overdosed on heroin. The individual was transported to the hospital by the Monroe County Ambulance for further evaluation.
COs Brandon Vacek and Eric Smither worked a shift on Belle Isle. While monitoring traffic coming onto the island, the COs observed a miniature dirt bike enter the island at a high rate of speed. The COs set up at an intersection ahead of the subject’s last observed direction of travel. The COs were able to locate and conduct a traffic stop as the subject stopped at the busy intersection. CO Vacek addressed multiple traffic violations and issued the subject a citation for operating the dirt bike in an area posted against ORV use. The mini-dirt bike and driver were transported off the island in a family member’s pick-up truck.
COs Joe Myers and Jason King were patrolling Belle Isle Park when a report of a possible suicidal subject was on the MacArthur Bridge. The COs raced to the scene and found a female struggling with a passerby. The COs were starting to take control of the subject when she pushed away and tried to run toward the water once again. The female was taken into protective custody and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
While patrolling Belle Isle, Sgt. Jason Smith conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling the wrong way on a one-way in a construction zone. Sgt. Smith contacted the driver and learned that it was an elderly person that was confused by the new traffic pattern. Sgt. Smith, after talking with the driver, noticed that she kept forgetting where she was at and repeated statements multiple times. Sgt. Smith was able to talk with a family member by phone and learned that the driver is believed to be suffering from early dementia and she had been missing for several hours. Sgt. Smith was able to link the driver up with family members who safely got her home.
During a Belle Isle shift, CO Ariel Young and Sgt Shane Webster patrolled the island on a side-by-side. The COs talked to many park goers who were enjoying the somewhat cooler summer weather and visiting the island. The COs also gave several verbal warnings for having alcohol at the state park and two of the warnings decided that after the COs left, they would locate more alcohol and continue drinking. When doubling back to get around a large party, the COs observed them continuing to drink and have open alcohol. All the previously warned individuals were issued a citation for having alcohol at the state park.
Cpl. Brett DeLonge and Cpl. Kevin Postma assisted research staff from Michigan Technical University (MTU) search for a wave beacon that was struck by a vessel near Grand Portal along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. MTU staff launched an underwater ROV unit from the 34’ Pacific and were unsuccessful in locating the beacon. During the same patrol, the officers assisted a staff member from the Lake Superior Watershed Partnership with servicing the Munising marine weather and camera buoy located offshore several miles northeast of Grand Island.
Cpl. Brett DeLonge, Cpl. Kevin Postma, and Cpl. Mike Hammill followed up on a net entanglement complaint near Grand Marais. The officers were able to locate what appeared to be a suspended net in approximately 165 ft. of water. Due to a quickly approaching storm, the officers decided to mark the location and return to pull the net during better marine conditions.
Cpl. Brett DeLonge was checking boat access sites in southern Marquette County near the Arnold area and came across a large tree that came down during the high winds and was blocking both lanes of travel. Cpl. DeLonge was able to use his patrol truck to remove the large tree along with debris from the roadway to open traffic back up.
While working in western Marquette County, Cpl. Brett DeLonge observed smoke coming from a heavily wooded area that seemed out of place. Upon investigating the area, Cpl. DeLonge observed a large spruce tree engulfed in flames that had fallen on an electric line during high winds. Cpl. DeLonge checked the safety of individuals at a remote residence near the downed electric line and found that they were safe and that their power was out. Cpl. DeLonge secured the scene and contacted the township fire department along with the electric company to respond. The fire was put out and power was eventually restored.
Cpl. Marvin Gerlach conducted multiple AIS patrols of various access sites in Menominee, Delta, Dickinson, and Marquette counties. During the patrol, the officer checked for compliance with various marine, fishing and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations.
Cpl. Marvin Gerlach contacted two side-by-side ORV’s that were operating next to each other in the roadway and were heading in the same direction. When stopped, the operators said they were driving next to each other so their wives could talk to each other but maintain social distancing. Cpl. Gerlach advised them of the various violations and safety hazards; they agreed it would be safer to park and continue their conversation off the roadway. Enforcement action taken.
Cpl. Marvin Gerlach responded to a complaint of a road killed eagle on US-41 near Carney in Menominee county. Wildlife Division personnel who were in the area were contacted and they picked up the deceased eagle.
Cpl. Mike Hammill was working a subsistence fishing activity when he encountered sport anglers trolling for Walleye. Cpl. Hammill checked the boat for fish and came up with 11 Walleye for the three subjects. When asked for fishing licenses, one occupant claimed he was not fishing and that he did not have a license. The captain of the vessel was issued a citation for over-limit of Walleye.
Cpl. Nick Torsky utilized the unit’s small boat to patrol the shallow waters of St. Martin’s Bay. Eighteen net inspections and one vessel boarding were conducted, along with several checks of recreational anglers.
Cpl. Nick Torsky patrolled the Straits Area with CO Matt Theunick, monitoring heavy recreational and ferry traffic as well as recreational fishing and dive activity over the holiday weekend.
Cpl. Kevin Postma, Cpl. Craig Milkowski, Cpl. Nick Atkin, and Cpl. Nick Torsky conducted a group patrol out of Whitefish Point. Two different net entanglement complaints were investigated. In one instance, two anglers had their fishing gear become entangled in a trap net that was properly marked. The fishermen advised that they were having lunch and not paying too much attention when they became entangled. A second complaint came in a day prior. Corporals investigated a trap net around the reported entanglement. It was determined that an unmarked king anchor line was likely the reason for the entanglement. Contact was made with the commercial fisherman responsible for the net. The fisherman advised that his anchor line must have been cut. Statements from several sport fishermen in the area did report a large amount of excess line was seen in the area a day or two prior to the entanglement. In both incidents, a report was generated to document the entanglements.
Cpl. Craig Milkowski and Cpl. Nick Atkin conducted a net patrol in Saginaw Bay. Many nets and previous net locations where checked. No violations were located.
Cpl. Troy VanGelderen conducted pet store Organisms in Trade inspections around the Kalamazoo and Portage areas. There were no violations found, but several good contacts were made.
Cpl. Troy VanGelderen was patrolling the lakeshore in Oceana County when he saw fresh cut dead trees in a section of State Game area. Cpl. VanGelderen drove down a two-track into the woods and contacted two subjects leaving with a trailer full of wood. The driver handed Cpl. VanGelderen a DNR wood cutting permit that was not properly filled out. Cpl. VanGelderen explained to the subject that it was illegal cut wood in a State Game area and that he is two counties away from where his permit would even be legal. The suspect’s permit was seized, and the subjects were told to unload the wood and leave it in the game area. The driver was issued a ticket for illegally taking/cutting forest products. The driver was also given a warning for violating his restricted license since he claimed to have an appointment with the Secretary of State.
Cpl. Troy VanGelderen conducted pet store Organism in Trade inspections around the Lansing and Jackson areas. One store was found to have what appeared to be milfoil in a tank with no label for the plant. The information was turned over to MDARD for a follow-up inspection on exactly what the plant is.