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4/5/2020 - 4/18/2020
Conservation Officer (CO) Jared Ferguson and Sergeant (Sgt.) Brian Bacon were called to assist in locating an elderly man that was traveling in a remote area in Dickinson County and had gotten stuck in his truck. The individual and ended up attempting to walk and fell, causing injury to himself. The COs, Michigan State Police (MSP) and a sheriff’s deputy, along with help from a local volunteer firefighter from Norway Township all responded. With the use of ATVs, the gentleman was located and the proper medical attention that he required was received.
CO Jared Ferguson was working Easter Sunday when a domestic dispute call came in through Central Dispatch. CO Ferguson knew that there was only one MSP trooper on duty at that time and made his way to the call to back up the trooper.
While patrolling through southern Iron County, CO Anna Viau heard radio traffic of a breaking and entering at a bar in Caspian. It was unknown whether the suspect was currently in the building. CO Viau was close by, so she responded to assist Chief Terry Post of the Caspian Police Department. The two officers were able to safely secure the building and make sure no one was inside. Thankfully, damage to the building was minimal.
CO Jeffrey Dell received a complaint from a subject whose residence and vehicle had been struck by a bullet. CO Dell was able to determine the bullet had originated from a neighboring property. CO Dell contacted the owner of the neighboring property and observed several targets that were in the direction of the victim’s residence. Also observed was an entire Winnebago recreational vehicle that had been intentionally burned and a large pile of solid waste that the owner stated he was going to burn. CO Dell strongly advised against the unlawful disposal of the solid waste. A report has been filed with the county prosecutor’s office.
CO Josh Boudreaux was at his residence when he received a call from CO John Kamps about an incident in which a lady was trespassing on an individual’s property in Powell Township. CO Boudreaux turned on his radio and overheard that there had been a physical confrontation and the individual was now fleeing in a U-Haul truck. Being it was just down the road and the nearest responding units were still almost 15 minutes away, CO Boudreaux checked into service and responded. He was able to intercept the U-Haul as it was leaving the residence. The woman, who drove up from Tennessee, claimed that God had instructed her to drive to the residence for a job and that is why the homeowners found her rearranging their patio furniture early that morning. CO Kamps, MSP, and a Marquette County sheriff’s deputy arrived shortly after and took over the investigation.
COs Josh Boudreaux, John Kamps, and Jeremy Sergey received a report of an elderly woman who was a few hours overdue after going out for a walk in Powell Township. After speaking with her husband, who stated she had some previous medical conditions, CO Boudreaux contacted the Powell Township Fire Department for extra manpower. With nearly a dozen people assisting with the search, she was quickly located by a member of the fire department approximately one mile from her residence floating in Lake Superior near the shoreline. She was quickly removed from the water and resuscitation efforts were made for over an hour with the assistance of MSP, Powell Township Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and UP Health Systems EMS. Sadly, the woman was unable to be revived. MSP is handling the investigation.
COs Jeremy Sergey, John Kamps, and Chocolay Township Officer Zane Weaver responded to a brush fire on M-28 in Marquette County. The fire was quickly spreading directly toward a large house on the neighboring property. The officers used fire extinguishers to put the advancing fire out as it was just several yards away from the residence. Chocolay Fire Department responded and finished putting out the rest of the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire determined nobody in the area had been burning brush. A tossed cigarette was the most likely cause. The fire was contained without any structures damaged.
CO Josh Boudreaux contacted two anglers fishing a closed trout stream early one morning. The anglers, who were from the area, admitted they figured the stream was probably closed but saw others fishing that morning and assumed it was ok. The anglers were cited for possessing fishing equipment on a closed stream and given information on how to access the Michigan trout stream maps on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.
COs John Kamps and Josh Boudreaux worked the turkey decoy in Marquette County on the opening day. The decoy was used in an area in which numerous turkey road hunting complaints had been received over the past couple years. Numerous vehicles drove past the turkey without any incidents of someone trying to shoot the bird. The only incident arose when a lady was walking her dogs past the location and decided to throw a snowball at the turkey to scare it away so her dogs would not chase it. All parties had a good laugh after it was explained that the turkey was a decoy.
CO Ethen Mapes responded to a suicidal subject in Ontonagon. Upon arrival the subject was found not to be suicidal but just upset that their cable provider was unable to connect her over the weekend.
CO Zach Painter was on patrol in Gogebic County and responded to a call of a fight in progress involving a knife. The fight involved two brothers that had gotten into an argument which caused one to pull out a knife. CO Painter assisted in separating and detaining the brothers. One brother was arrested by the MSP for felonious assault, domestic violence, and public intoxication.
CO Michael Evink received a call about two anglers targeting pike during the closed season. CO Evink contacted the two kayak anglers. One received a warning for fishing without a current license. Both anglers received tickets for failing to have a personal floatation device (PFD) in their kayak with them.
CO Steve Butzin was on patrol in Masonville Township. CO Butzin observed a vehicle that appeared to be stuck in the local cemetery. The vehicle was stuck in the deep snow the area had just received. The motorist stated he was trying to get to a grave of a family friend. CO Butzin was able to dig the elderly motorist out of the snow and get him on his way.
CO Chris Lynch was on patrol when he observed two anglers fishing. Upon checking both anglers, it was determined they were both from out of state and fishing without a license. The anglers said they were just fishing for the day and figured they would just risk not buying a license. Their risk didn’t pay off and both anglers received citations for fishing without a license.
COs Chris Lynch and Steve Butzin received a complaint of walleye being speared in the Ford River. After working the area for a few nights, the COs work payed off. The COs were conducting surveillance when two ORVs drove by them. One ORV had two passengers that wasn’t designed for two passengers. No one was wearing a helmet and the ORVs were not licensed. The COs followed the ORVs to the river and watched all three subjects trespass onto private property. The COs observed two of the subjects walking back to their ORVs. One subject was carrying three bags containing a total of nine speared walleye. Upon the COs identifying themselves to the subjects, the one carrying the bags of walleye dropped the bags and ran. A foot chase ensued, and the COs quickly apprehended the suspect. It was determined the third subject had also fled on foot. An MSP K-9 unit was called to track the subject. Upon looking for the third subject, a fourth bag containing two speared walleye was located. The third subject was later located at his house and confessed to spearing all 13 walleyes. The spear used to take the walleye was also located. The first subject that ran was taken to the Delta County Jail and charged with two felony counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, possessing walleye closed season, and possessing fish without a license. A report will be turned into the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for review on the second subject that fled the scene. He is facing charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer, taking walleye closed season, taking walleye by illegal means and methods, and possessing a spear on a trout stream. The last remaining subject was turned over to his parents and is not facing charges.
CO Todd Sumbera was patrolling a creek that was filled with steelhead when he came across a vehicle in the area and no one was around. After a few minutes, CO Sumbera watched a flashlight beam of light leave the stream and head his way. Upon making contact, the individuals stated that they were after smelt. CO Sumbera asked if they were after smelt, where was their net? The individual stated in the truck. The individual then changed his story and said they were after suckers. When asked what they were fishing them with, he said they’re just looking. Further investigation lead to the discovery of a spear and two steelhead that they had speared. A ticket was issued for possessing a spear along a trout stream.
COs Chad Baldwin and Tim Rosochacki responded to a complaint about a deer being taken illegally on Beaver Island. During the investigation, two suspects were identified, located, and interviewed. During the interview, the witness explained to the COs that he and a friend went for a drive one evening and the operator of the vehicle observed several deer standing off in a field adjacent to the road. The operator stopped the vehicle and removed a .22 caliber rifle from the backseat, took aim and fired a single shot, striking the deer in the head. The driver stayed and field dressed the deer and dragged it up to the roadside while the other retrieved a garden tractor and wagon from his residence. The deer was taken back to the residence, hung in the garage, and processed the following day. One suspect bagged up the carcass and venison in separate bags and departed. The illegally harvested deer carcass was located in a county gravel pit. A garbage bag of venison and the rifle used to take the deer was seized at the suspect’s residence. Multiple charges are being sought through the Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s Office.
CO Adam LeClerc responded with MSP, Petoskey Public Safety Department, and Emmet County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) to help find two 4-year old children that wandered off while hiking with their parents and family. After interviewing the family and forming a plan, MSP and ECSD deployed their K-9 units to help find the children. Other officers formed a perimeter around the land on adjacent roads. While on the track, a call came into the parents and advised that the children were safe and found on a neighboring road approximately a half mile away.
CO Andrea Erratt received a complaint from CO Chad Baldwin about an illegal burn in Charlevoix County. CO Erratt called Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Central Dispatch about the complaint and a dispatcher explained the man had called in the morning asking about burn permits. The dispatcher said he told the suspect several times not to burn because the DNR was not issuing permits and he responded that he was going to burn anyway. CO Erratt patrolled to the address and observed a huge pile of debris burning in a field with a man in a tractor nearby. CO Erratt observed several illegal materials burning in the pile including a snowmobile track, plastic hoses, carpet, tarps, a tire, fiberglass panels from a bus, and other building materials. The man stated he was just trying to clean up the property he had just purchased. At CO Erratt’s request, the Boyne City Fire Department responded and used over four tankers of water to extinguish the illegal burn. CO Erratt ticketed the man for burning without a permit and warned him for illegal disposal of solid waste.
CO Andrea Albert responded to a complaint of a subject burning leaves in Antrim County. When she arrived, she asked the person who was tending the fire if they had obtained a burn permit and they said, “No.” CO Albert advised them that no permits were being issued and she issued a ticket for burning without a permit. CO Albert told the suspect that even if we were issuing permits, it was way too windy for permits to be issued that day; the fire department was also called.
COs Matt Theunick and Tim Rosochacki responded to a grass fire near the corner of Riggsville and Church Roads. The local fire department was on scene and extinguished the fire which had burned about an acre of grass. A ticket was issued for burning without a permit.
CO Eric Bottorff assisted three different vehicles that were stranded with no cell phone coverage and stuck in the mud in remote areas of Cheboygan County. Four subjects were given warnings for traveling over 200 hundred miles to get to northern Michigan during the Governor’s Executive Order (EO).
CO Kyle Cherry was dispatched to an illegal burn complaint in Otsego County. CO Cherry was informed by dispatch that the fire department was already on scene, but the homeowner would not allow them on the property to put out the fire. CO Cherry arrived and was able to de-escalate the argument. The homeowner was ticketed.
COs Jon Sklba, Jon Sheppard, Jeff Panich, and Jesse Grzechowski responded to a request from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) regarding an overturned small vessel approximately 16 miles offshore from Alpena Harbor. The COs battled high winds and swells reaching 10 feet as they searched the area for possible victims. The COs searched the area for hours, along with a USCG helicopter. No one was located at the scene of the vessel. At this time, it is believed to have been a drift-away vessel.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz responded to an active fire in Alpena County to assist DNR fire officers and other agencies. It was determined that the individual was burning dead grass and brush on a no burn day and the fire escaped his control. CO Liestenfeltz issued the subject a ticket for burning with no permit.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Hillman Township in Montmorency County when he observed a vehicle drift around a corner at a very high rate of speed, which ran CO Liestenfeltz off the roadway. CO Liestenfeltz began to turn around on the vehicle and the vehicle took off at a very high rate of speed. CO Liestenfeltz attempted to catch up with the subject for nearly six miles. CO Liestenfeltz caught up with the subject and activated his emergency lights and siren and the vehicle did not pull over. The vehicle accelerated and attempted to elude CO Liestenfeltz for approximately one mile. CO Liestenfeltz eventually stopped the vehicle and placed the subject into custody. Charges of flee and elude, operating while intoxicated along with six additional charges are being sought with the Montmorency County Prosecutor’s Office.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Briley Township in Montmorency County when he observed three ORVs operating side by side down the side of the road at a high rate of speed. CO Liestenfeltz got behind the ORVs and before he could activate his lights, two of the ORVs went down into the ditch, came back up, and failed to stop at a stop sign, then crossed directly in front of CO Liestenfeltz without looking causing him to brake so he did not hit the ORVs. CO Liestenfeltz activated his lights and the third ORV then drove into a ditch, proceeding to do what the other two ORVs did and cut across the road without looking. CO Liestenfeltz eventually got all three ORVs stopped and all three operators were issued careless operation tickets.
COs Jessie Curtis and Jeff Panich responded to an ORV personal injury accident in the Huron National Forest in Alcona County. Multiple people were operating carelessly in a closed area. In addition, alcohol was a contributing factor to the careless operation and crash. Upon investigation, it was determined that the operator was under the influence of alcohol. The subject was transported to the hospital for his injuries. Charges are being sought for operating an ORV while under the influence of alcohol. The other riders in the group were issued tickets for operating an ORV in a closed area.
CO Jessie Curtis responded to the scene of several people illegally burning a mobile home. The responsible person decided to dispose of the house by tearing apart sections and burning them. In addition, a large group of people were present on scene, violating the EO requiring social distancing. The subject was issued a ticket for unlawful disposal of solid waste and a warning was given to the group in attendance for violating the EO.
COs Jessie Curtis and Jesse Grzechowski were on patrol near Hubbard Lake when they observed a subject operating an ORV on a county roadway. The subject was not wearing a helmet and did not have valid ORV licenses. A traffic stop was conducted and upon further investigation, it was determined that the subject’s driver’s license was suspended. A ticket was issued for failing to wear a helmet and charges are being sought for operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. After clearing the scene, COs Curtis and Grzechowski were passed by another ORV where the operator was not wearing a helmet and did not have valid registration licenses displayed. Contact was made with the subject at his property. In addition, the subject was also open burning yard brush. A ticket was issued for the ORV violations and a warning was given for burning during a burn ban.
CO Jessie Curtis responded to a complaint of a subject illegally burning household materials. CO Curtis was able to locate the fire and contact the subject, who was burning several large trash bags of household trash. Additionally, the subject was burning during the burn ban. CO Curtis issued a ticket for unlawful disposal of solid waste and warned the subject for burning during a burn ban.
CO Troy Ludwig was patrolling Wexford County on the opening day of the spring turkey season when he stopped at a location where he had seen turkeys congregating a few days prior, directly in front of a hunting blind. The blind was occupied by a hunter who was calling turkeys in. The CO observed the hunter for a while and watched the hunter attempt to shoot a turkey, but then left the blind to stalk the turkey. The CO moved in to observe the hunter’s decoy set up and found cracked corn on the ground. When the hunter returned, the CO contacted him. He was a little surprised to see the CO at the location and admitted to placing the corn. The hunter was cited for using bait to aid in the taking of turkey.
COs Ben Shively, Micah Hintze, Jeff Ginn, and Great Lakes Enforcement Unit Corporal Troy Van Gelderen responded with the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department to a report of an unoccupied boat that was running and found in the cattails on the North Branch of the Pentwater River. The boat had been heard running three hours earlier in the same location by a canoer who took a different cut in the river, on his return to the access he found the unoccupied boat with fishing equipment inside. The COs launched their patrol boats and began a search of the area until the search was suspended at dark. The following morning, a cadaver dog from the MSP was used and determined an area of interest. CO Ginn, using the sonar on his patrol boat, was able to confirm the location of the victim in six feet of water. Divers from the Oceana County Dive Team were deployed in the area and the victim was recovered.
CO Ben Shively responded to a complaint of a wildfire, which started behind a residence. CO Shively arrived on scene as the two and one-half acre fire was being put out and backtracked the fire to its point of origin which was a burn pit for garbage. The individuals were reminded of the burning ban under the Governor’s EO and were cited for allowing a fire to escape their control.
CO Jeff Ginn responded to an illegal burning situation. Upon arrival, he was speaking to the suspects when the fire spread to a section of leaves underneath their pontoon boat being stored in the yard. The suspect had to run inside to turn on the water to the cottage prior to extinguishing the blaze. A citation was issued for burning without a permit.
CO Angela Greenway was dispatched to a fire that escaped control. The fire was on a small parcel of vacant land. The landowners were from Grand Rapids and they wanted to “get away from it all” and decided to come up to their property in Mecosta County. They wanted to burn an ant hill when the fire escaped their control. A warrant is being sought from the prosecutor’s office for burning when prohibited.
CO Micah Hintze was on patrol and observed a large plume of thick black smoke over a cattle farm. CO Hintze approached the residence and located three subjects with a single garden hose attempting to extinguish the flames, which consisted of multiple tractor tires, mattresses, and engine parts fully engulfed. The Hart Township Fire Department was dispatched to suppress the fire before it became further out of control. The suspect admitted to starting a fire near the debris to burn trash earlier in the day but left the area only to return to a large fire approaching tractors and other equipment. Suspect was reminded all burn permits were revoked and was cited for unlawful disposal of solid waste.
CO Charlie Jones was dispatched to a grass fire off M-66 in Kalkaska County. Upon arrival, local fire departments were in the process of extinguishing the fire. CO Jones investigated the area in which the fire started. The property owner was burning plastic bags of garbage and other household items. The wind caused the fire to escape resulting in approximately one-half acre of damage. The male subject was educated on the current burn ban as well as unlawful disposal of solid material. A citation was issued for allowing the fire to escape.
During surveillance on a closed trout stream in Grand Traverse County, CO Mike Hearn could hear a group of trucks revving their engines and playing loud music as they approached his location. CO Hearn observed the group of five vehicles pull into an area along the trout stream and cross over a berm that had been placed by the DNR. One of the vehicles began doing donuts in a wetland area, destroying the ground, and throwing black mud into the air. When contacted, members of the group stated they didn’t think they were doing anything wrong because it was not posted and there were already trails over the berm. A citation was issued for the reckless behavior.
CO Mike Hearn contacted a group of people setting up camp along the Boardman River prior to dark. The group had driven their vehicles around the large rocks placed by the DNR to restrict vehicle travel. During the subsequent investigation and interviews, it was discovered the young adults were preparing for a large party at the site. Marijuana and large amounts of alcohol were observed in the vehicles. An estimated 50 people were planning on attending the event. Members of the group commented that they were sick of being told to stay at home and were not concerned about the Governor’s EO. The group was removed from the area and issued citations for driving their vehicles in a prohibited area. They were also warned for violating the EO.
COs Brad Bellville and Tyler Sabuda responded to a late-night snagging complaint in Iosco County. The COs located the suspects and observed snagging behavior. They contacted the suspects and determined they were in possession of illegal tackle and had taken one of the steelhead by illegal method. The suspects were issued a citation for the illegal tackle and a warrant is being sought for taking fish by illegal method.
CO James Garrett patrolled an area of public land in Oscoda County and located four body gripping style traps still in the water but had been sprung on the last day of beaver and otter trapping season. The following week, CO Garrett returned to the same location and found one of the traps had been reset after the close of season and contained an otter. CO Garrett located a trap tag on the trap, identified the owner, and conducted an interview. Confessions were obtained from the trapper that he set the trap after the close of season due to the otter sealing dates being extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A warrant is being sought through the prosecutor’s office for taking an otter out of season.
CO Craig Neal was patrolling along the Point Lookout area of Saginaw Bay in Arenac County when he noticed a boat trolling a short distance from shore. Using his binoculars, CO Neal observed and noticed there was only one angler in the boat and five lines in the water. CO Neal ran the boat registration to identify the angler. Then he radioed an Arenac County Sheriff’s deputy for assistance. The deputy was able to locate the angler’s truck and trailer at the Au Gres Public Access Site while CO Neal kept a close vigil on the angler. Then CO Neal drove over to the launch and waited for the angler to come in. When the angler finally returned to the launch, CO Neal contacted him and asked several questions including how many lines the angler was fishing with. The angler stated, “Three lines.” CO Neal asked him again, giving him a second chance to be honest. The angler stated, “Three lines, maybe four.” CO Neal advised the angler that he was watching him fish and that he was using five lines, three with green flags and two with orange flags. The angler thought for a little bit and stated, “I will agree to that.” CO Neal issued the angler a citation for fishing with too many lines.
CO Josh Russell was on patrol when he observed a campfire on state land. CO Russell contacted two subjects near the fire. CO Russell observed their two tents and advised them that dispersed camping was not permitted due to the stay home/shelter in place order and they needed to return home. CO Russell returned two days later to find the subjects had not returned home. When asked why they were still there, they said they did not want to go back to the city. The subjects had out-of-range arrest warrants and were not from the same household. Citations were issued for violating the Governor’s EO and not having a camping permit.
CO Jason King responded to an in-progress complaint of two subjects turkey hunting on private property without permission. The suspects were suspected of shooting two Jake turkeys on the property. As the suspects left the property and headed north in Saginaw County, CO King was able to intercept the vehicle. A stop and interview were conducted in which CO King discovered two untagged turkeys in the bed of the truck and two loaded uncased firearms located in the cab of the truck. An electronic turkey call was also discovered in the vehicle and was determined that it was being used to assist with calling the turkeys. The two suspects were also in violation of the EO involving the social distance rule. CO King was assisted by COs Quincy Gowenlock, Adam Beuthin, and Joe Myers. The COs went back to where the incident took place and were able to locate the three fired shotgun shells that matched the same shells loaded in one of the suspect’s loaded shotguns. A shotgun wad, turkey feathers, and blood were discovered in the area being trespassed. A report will be submitted the local county prosecutor’s office.
While spot checking an area on state land that is in the process of a cleanup, CO Jay Person came across a tent camp at one of the pull offs. CO Person contacted the campers and advised under the Governor’s EO dispersed camping was prohibited. CO Person left the campers with a warning and returned a few hours later to see the camp had been removed and the campfire fully out as was requested.
In Sanilac County, CO Mark Siemen contacted a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed exiting a local gravel pit. CO Siemen had to stop abruptly to avoid a collision. While talking to the occupants of the vehicle, CO Siemen discovered a loaded firearm in the vehicle, open intoxicants, and violations of the Governor’s EO for maintaining social distance. After a short interview with the occupants, citations were issued for the violations.
CO Jason A. Smith worked at and around the Quanicassee public boat launch during the first day of the motorboat ban. There were only a couple of boats that went out before he arrived. Most of the contacts were disappointed, but cordial and understanding with the CO. Some games were played, with the most egregious being the subject that tried to claim sailboat status because he had a patch of a poly-tarp stapled to a 1 x 2 piece of wood.
CO Mike Haas received a complaint from the Report All Poaching (RAP) line concerning an area near Stanton in Montcalm County. The complainant reported that almost every night a gentleman would operate his ORV carelessly through a rural neighborhood. The ORV would travel at high speeds, perform doughnuts, throw gravel, and trespass through multiple yards. CO Haas arrived in the area one evening after dark and parked at a nearby boat launch and watched the area. Within a few minutes, CO Haas observed an ORV matching the complainant’s description and conducted a traffic stop due to the ORV lacking working lights. The driver received a citation for failing to license his machine, operating without functioning lights, operating on the roadway, and for driving with a suspended license.
While patrolling Montcalm County, both COs Mike Haas and Adam Schiller heard a call from the central dispatch. There had been multiple "open line" 911 calls that were pinged to an area of the Edmore Stage Game Area (SGA). The COs were familiar with the area and notified dispatch that they would investigate the complaint. After searching the area, the COs located a large gathering behind a residence which backed up to the SGA. It was discovered that an intoxicated woman had accidently called 911 while partying at a large bonfire. The group of party goers were warned for violating the COVID-19 EOs and the party was dispersed. The host of the event received a citation to address the large bonfire and warnings for improper disposal of tires and for violating the social distancing order.
CO Mike Haas received a late-night trespassing complaint in western Montcalm County. A gentleman stated he witnessed men with flashlights walking through the woods behind his house. CO Adam Schiller was nearby and met CO Haas at the complaint area and the two located a truck parked near a stream. The COs walked along the stream until they located a group of anglers spearfishing. After observing the group for some time and not witnessing any trespassing issues, the COs contacted the anglers. The group of men had a large quantity of suckers they had speared; however, only two of the five anglers had purchased their fishing license. The unlicensed anglers received citations for fishing without fishing licenses.
COs Mike Haas and Dan Robinson were patrolling an area in northern Montcalm County where they had received numerous ORV complaints in the past when they witnessed a large cloud of black smoke a short distance away. The COs traced the source of the smoke and located a large fire in a resident’s yard. The fire was spreading through some grassy areas and originated from a large refuse pile. The gentleman near the fire stated that he was burning a large lumber crate filled with construction debris, antifreeze, and used motor oil. The COs informed the man that there was currently a ban on open burning and pointed out that most of the items that were being burned could not be burned legally even if the ban wasn't in place. The man received a citation for burning without a permit and for the improper disposal of waste.
CO Dan Robinson was in the area when a call came out of a group of motorcycles operating recklessly and blocking traffic on a county road. CO Robinson was a short distance away and was able to observe the group for a minute before they left the area. The CO followed the group of fifteen motorcycles and eventually caught up to them. Meanwhile, two troopers with the MSP were also dispatched to the area. The three law enforcement units were able to stop the large group and identified the individuals. The complainants were also interviewed. One of the subjects is known in the area for stunt riding. The investigation was turned over to the MSP for follow up.
CO Dan Robinson responded to a possible personal injury accident in northern Isabella County. CO Robinson arrived and found the vehicle. As it turned out, the accident was not an injury accident, but a damage accident resulting from the driver attempting to mud-bog the shoulder of the road. The truck was stuck in the wetland that is parallel to the road. During the interview CO Robinson smelled the odor of burned marijuana coming from the truck. The passenger admitted to smoking in the car while they were out driving. CO Robinson informed the individuals that they could not lawfully smoke marijuana or drink alcohol while the vehicle is on the public roadway. The truck and drivers were turned over to a sheriff’s deputy who arrived on-scene.
CO Dan Robinson was checking the Tittabawassee River in the area of the Sanford Dam. Several groups had reportedly been fishing in a closed area there. Several groups were checked, most of them young families trying to find something to do on a nice day and did not realize that the river was closed. Warnings were given and the groups were asked to find another area to fish until the river opened.
CO Dan Robinson was working northern Isabella County when he made two separate ORV stops. The first individual who was operating recklessly right in front of the CO was not wearing a helmet and was found to be driving on a revoked license. The second subject was also not wearing a helmet, did not have a current ORV registration, and was holding a can of beer while driving down the road. Several citations were issued to the individuals for their actions along with several verbal warnings.
CO Dan Robinson was working an area where there were known turkey hunters. It appeared that the hunters were hunting well after hours. After waiting for the subjects to emerge from the woods, CO Robinson was able to contact them. The hunters were young and new to turkey hunting. One of them showed CO Robinson a properly tagged bird that was taken earlier in the day. After some more questions, the group admitted that they didn’t really know when the hunting hours ended for turkeys but didn’t see anything all evening and came up at dusk. CO Robinson used the opportunity to educate the group on the hunting hours and being sure to know the rules before they go out again.
COs Travis Dragomer and Zach Bauer responded to an in-progress trespassing complaint in Pipestone Township, Berrien County. COs Dragomer and Bauer located the trespasser who was actively turkey hunting the caller’s property. It was determined the suspect didn’t have a turkey license on his person while hunting. A citation was issued for hunting turkey without a valid hunting license in his possession, and he was warned for recreational trespassing.
CO Chris Holmes was on patrol when a vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed and almost side swiped another vehicle. CO Holmes caught up with the speeding vehicle and paced it at 74 mph in a 45-mph zone. A traffic stop was initiated, and it was determined the driver had a suspended license, was smoking marijuana, and had an active warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the violations.
CO Chris Holmes responded to a report of a semi-truck versus car accident on I-94 in Kalamazoo County. Prior to his arrival, dispatch reported the driver of the car had assaulted the truck driver with a knife and was attempting to drive away in the semi-truck. CO Holmes and a Kalamazoo County deputy arrived soon after to a chaotic scene with the injured truck driver needing medical attention and the suspect actively attempting to drive away in the semi-truck. CO Holmes and the deputy took up tactical vantage points on the sides of the semi-truck until more units arrived on scene. The suspect then began stabbing himself in the neck and torso. When other police units arrived on scene, the locked cabin of the semi-truck was breached and after a struggle, the suspect was arrested. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was allegedly involved in a double murder earlier in the day in Calhoun County. The subject was lodged and charged for homicide and multiple other criminal acts are pending. The semi-truck driver received serious wounds but is expected to survive.
CO Richard Cardenas has been patrolling Barry County for various illegal ORV activity. Numerous violations have been found throughout the county, but especially in the Barry and Middleville SGAs. Citations have been written for ORV registration sticker violations, operating an ORV in a closed area, operating without safety equipment, and creating erosive conditions.
CO Richard Cardenas was patrolling the Barry SGA when he observed a vehicle pulled off into the woods outside of a parking lot in an apparent attempt to hide. CO Cardenas contacted the subjects and found one of them had felony warrants for his arrest. The warrants were for violations involving methamphetamine. The subject was arrested and lodged on the warrants.
While patrolling Kalamazoo County, CO Jim Nason responded to a reported parental kidnapping that had just occurred. Once in the area, CO Nason was able to locate the female suspect fleeing down a sidewalk away from the home from where she had taken the child. The one-and-a-half-year-old child was not dressed appropriately for the freezing temperatures, so CO Nason secured the child in his patrol truck and then apprehended the female subject without incident. It was found that the 26-year old female was the biological mother to the child; however, due to prior convictions, the woman could not see her son without being supervised. This was not the first time the female subject had violated the court order. CO Nason turned the female over to MSP and she was lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail on a single count of parental kidnapping.
While on patrol in Allegan County, CO Sam Schluckbier heard an ORV operating at high speeds in the distance. Eventually, the ORV was located as it sped into a nearby subdivision. CO Schluckbier contacted the driver and his 10-year-old son riding on the back of the four-by-four quad. Neither subjects were wearing helmets. CO Schluckbier educated the driver on the illegal operation of ORVs on roadways. A citation was issued for the safety violation.
CO Sam Schluckbier responded to a RAP complaint of two anglers keeping under-sized trout on the Swan Creek in Allegan County. After locating the suspects, it was determined that one angler was in possession of two under-sized rainbow trout and the other did not have a valid fishing license for 2020. The subjects admitted to not taking the time to learn the rules before deciding to fish. Citations were issued for the violations.
CO Sam Schluckbier assisted the Allegan County Sheriff’s deputies and the MSP in the search of a felon wanted for a series of breaking and enterings to local businesses. Information was obtained that the suspect was hiding in a woodlot. After an extensive canvass search of the area including a K-9 unit and a drone, the suspect was not located. Several hours later, CO Carter Woodwyk patrolled the area and observed a subject armed with a machete walking away from the wooded area. He was able to identify the subject through a mug shot obtained from CO Schluckbier. CO Woodwyk was informed that the suspect was a flight risk, so he advised the Allegan County Sheriff and MSP of the location and the subject was apprehended soon after. The suspect was lodged on the warrants without further incident.
CO Carter Woodwyk was patrolling Allegan County when he was almost struck by another vehicle as it came out of a driveway. The vehicle then swerved completely into on-coming traffic nearly causing a head on collision. The CO conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which also did not have a license plate. The driver of the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated and became verbally abusive during the initial encounter. When asked how much he had to drink the suspect stated, “A lot.” Shortly after making contact, the suspect started the vehicle, backed up, and fled the scene. After a short vehicle pursuit, the suspect pulled into a driveway and attempted to enter the house. CO Woodwyk was able to apprehend the suspect prior to him entering the residence. After being arrested, the subject then began spitting at officers on scene and attempted to contaminate the inside of CO Woodwyk’s patrol truck claiming he had COVID-19. A blood alcohol search warrant was obtained, and the suspect was lodged at the Allegan County Jail on multiple felony offenses. It was also determined that the suspect had multiple prior arrests and was on parole at the time of the incident.
CO Carter Woodwyk observed a vehicle parked near a closed trout stream. The CO located three adults and two juveniles walking along the creek bank with fishing poles in hand. A short moment later, one of the anglers tied on a treble hook to his line with a bell sinker directly on top of it and no bait. The CO confronted the angler after he attempted to snag a fish. The suspect admitted to knowing the stream was closed, he knew he did not have a fishing license, and that his tackle was unlawful. Citations were issued for the violations.
CO Casey Varriale was on patrol in the Rogue River SGA in Kent County where he witnessed two individuals in a motor vehicle engaging in a romantic tryst. CO Varriale contacted the individuals and determined they were in violation of the Covid-19 EO. A file check was run on the individuals and both came back with warrants. In addition, the operator of the vehicle was suspended. The individuals were advised and released on their open warrants and the operator was cited for operating on a suspended license. In addition, two verbal warnings were given for the Covid-19 EO violation.
CO Justin Ulberg assisted Sparta Police Department, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the MSP with a subject who reportedly threatened a female by holding a gun to her head. It was reported the subject left the residence and was in an unattached garage. CO Ulberg assisted the other agencies by establishing a perimeter around the garage. It was later determined that the subject was no longer in the garage but was located a few blocks away. The subject was taken into custody without incident.
CO Anna Cullen was checking anglers near White Lake in Muskegon County when she observed a group of individuals quickly bring in their lines, pick up their equipment, and attempt to leave the area. CO Cullen contacted the four individuals and asked them for their fishing licenses. Three fishing licenses were presented to CO Cullen. Observing a bucket full of fish, CO Cullen advised she was going to count the fish to verify the three-person limit. The group had a total of 111 bluegill; they were 36 over their limit. The remaining individual who insisted he wasn’t fishing, admitted to taking multiple fish. The subject was cited for possessing fish/fishing without a valid fishing license. Reimbursement is being sought for the fish.
COs Anna Cullen and Jackie Miskovich were patrolling a known ORV trespassing location in Muskegon County when a dirt bike and a quad were observed operating on private property. The dirt bike did not have an ORV trail permit or an ORV license. The dirt bike was cited for not having the proper stickers while both were given warnings for recreational trespass.
COs Jackie Miskovich and Casey Varriale were working in tandem, in Muskegon County, when they came upon two Jeeps that were stuck in a huge puddle along a powerline. In this area, no motor vehicles are allowed, and it has become a problem area during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” EO. Citations were written to the two drivers. Moments later, the COs looked behind them and saw a dirt bike, side by side, and a four-wheeler coming towards them. Then, upon spotting the COs the suspects turned around and attempted a quick getaway. The COs caught up to the wayward bunch and it was found that none of the ORVs had stickers, the dirt biker did not have a helmet, the subject on the four-wheeler was not legally able to ride, and all were trespassing, as well as using closed roads to get to the property. Citations were issued for the violations.
While contacting a man who had just left the Moores Dam in Lansing, CO Todd Thorn heard multiple gunshots in the area of N. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Mt. Hope Road. CO Thorn responded within minutes to the area and found nine spent .45 caliber shell casings, but no suspect or victim. Witnesses said that the shooting occurred between a white car and a black Jeep and then they sped off. Lansing Police Department investigated and contacted a suspect.
While patrolling Jackson County, CO Chris Reynolds observed a hunter in a field pick up two turkeys. The CO waited for the hunter by his vehicle and as the hunter approached and recognized the officer, he walked into the hedgerow and threw one of the turkeys into the woods. As the CO met the hunter, he could see the turkey he was still carrying was untagged. The CO asked why the turkey was not tagged. The hunter stated he had forgotten to tag the turkey. The CO then asked the hunter why he threw the other turkey into the woods. The hunter dropped his head and said, “You saw that one?” The CO advised the hunter that he had been watching him for quite some time and observed him pick up both turkeys in the field. The CO then asked what he was going to tag the second turkey with. The hunter said he had his brother’s tag to use on the second turkey. A citation was issued for possessing an over-limit of turkeys.
CO Jeff Goss observed two trucks sitting in a field on opening day of turkey season. He watched until he saw two hunters walking back toward the trucks and went to check the hunters. When he got to them, they were both in the same truck. It was a father and son and they were legal. While CO Goss was standing next to the truck talking with the father and son the other hunters walked up. The hunters were unaware of CO Goss standing there and walked right up to him with two untagged turkeys. When the other truck pulled away and the hunters saw CO Goss, they both immediately started trying to find their tags. CO Goss asked if they had ever been in trouble with the DNR for anything before, the one man admitted to being issued a ticket for untagged deer two years earlier. Tickets were issued for the possession of untagged turkeys.
CO Nick Wellman received a complaint in Jackson County on opening day of turkey season that there was a man trespassing on the caller’s property turkey hunting. CO Wellman drove from Branch County and made it there just in time to watch the man walk out of the caller’s property and stand over a dead turkey he had just killed. CO Wellman walked out to make contact and was joined shortly after by CO Chris Reynolds. Together, COs Wellman and Reynolds completed the investigation and it was found that not only did the man trespass on the property he was sitting on, but also trespassed when he shot the turkey as the bird was standing on another individual’s property. When asked by the COs who owned the field they were standing in with the dead turkey, the man replied, “Well, I don’t know! I’ve been hunting here for 20 plus years and no one has ever told me I couldn’t hunt!” The bird was seized along with evidence photos taken. A report will be sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor.
COs Ariel Young and Dave Schaumburger patrolled Wayne County boat launches after EO 2020-42 was issued to include motorized boating being prohibited. The COs contacted many boaters and issued verbal warnings for violating the EO. One citation was issued for failure to provide enough PFDs for everyone on the boat.
CO Ariel Young was working the county line at the south end of Wayne County and northern border of Monroe County when she observed two four-wheelers operating on the roadway. Neither rider was wearing a helmet and neither four-wheeler was registered. CO Young caught up to the riders and issued a citation for operating without helmets and gave verbal warnings for not having ORV registration and for operating on the roadway.
CO Ariel Young was patrolling back to her residence during a rainstorm after a late-night river patrol when she arrived first on scene at a one-car accident. CO Young stopped and assessed the driver and initiated emergency personnel on scene. CO Young provided what little first aid was necessary until local units arrived and took over the scene. CO Young was about a mile down the road and came upon a second accident, but the driver was nowhere to be found. CO Young helped local units with maintaining the scene. Further enforcement action to be taken with local police.
CO Christopher Knights was patrolling through Oxford in Oakland County when he saw an ORV in the distance on the roadway. CO Knights caught up to the ORV and it came to a stop on the side of the road. The ORV had two passengers, neither of them were wearing helmets and the ORV had no trail permit or ORV sticker. CO Knights advised the couple that Oakland County roads are closed to ORV use. CO Knights issued a citation for no ORV permit.
CO Luke Robare received a RAP complaint about two anglers keeping walleye on the Flint River. CO Robare responded to the complaint and performed a fishing check on the two individuals. No walleyes were found but CO Robare did observe one of the anglers using an artificial bait. The Flint River is closed to artificial bait during the walleye spawning closure. CO Robare issued the angler a citation for using an artificial bait during the closed season.
CO Luke Robare received a RAP complaint about an individual who was keeping walleye at the Holloway Dam. The complaint stated that the suspect was hiding the fish in the cab of his truck. CO Robare responded to the complaint, but the suspect was gone by the time CO Robare arrived. The complainant took down the license plate of the suspect vehicle and CO Robare went to the suspect’s house to interview him. CO Tom Peterson assisted CO Robare with the interview. COs Robare and Peterson interviewed the suspect and he confessed to catching seven walleye that morning. COs Robare and Peterson recovered the walleye fillets from the suspect’s house and recovered the heads and guts from the garbage. The angler was issued a citation for taking walleye out of season.
CO Luke Robare was patrolling the Holloway Dam and checked an angler who had a stringer hidden under a rock. CO Robare contacted the angler and checked the stringer. The stringer had four walleye on it and three out of the four were under 15 inches. CO Robare issued the angler a citation for taking walleye during closed season.
CO Justin Muehlhauser was checking the Fenton Millpond after receiving complaints of people snagging fish. Immediately upon arriving, the CO noticed a group of individuals at the Millpond. There was one person who appeared to be actively trying to snag fish. The other members of the group appeared to be acting as lookouts. The CO managed to maintain cover and watched as the angler snagged a fish. The fish was returned to the water. The CO moved in and made contact and directed the suspect to drop the fishing pole. The suspect stated that he was just fishing. The CO informed him that he observed him snagging fish. While inspecting the suspects fishing gear, it was discovered that there was a large treble hook tied midline with an un-baited 5/8 jig head suspended below. This was clearly in violation of general gear restrictions and highly indicative of snagging activity. The suspect was cited for using weight suspended below a multi-pointed hook.
While checking fishing activity at the Holloway Dam, CO Justin Muehlhauser observed two individuals violating gear restrictions. The CO contacted one subject and, while addressing the violation observed the other subject quickly reel in his line and try to remove his lure. The CO shouted for him to leave it on and come to him. The subject complied. He was using a pink jig head with a green split tail swim bait. The subject tried to say that he was only fishing for crappie however, the CO advised him that all artificial bait is prohibited. Both men were cited for use of artificial bait during the closed season.
CO Breanna Reed was patrolling St. Clair County for ORV activity when she noticed three four-wheelers riding along the road. CO Reed noticed that two of the riders did not have ORV stickers on their machines. CO Reed stopped the riders, the riders stated that they were just headed out to get some snacks from the nearby store. CO Reed asked the riders why they did not have ORV stickers, the riders stated that there is no excuse for not having them they just had not yet purchased them. Citations were issued for unlicensed ORVs.
COs Jaime Salisbury and Ray Gardner patrolled Ortonville Recreation Area for ORV activity. Multiple contacts were made during the patrol with people riding around to get out of the house for a while. During the patrol a group of ORVs were found to be operating in a closed area. Three citations were issued for operating without current ORV stickers and warnings were given for operating in a closed area.
During the “Stay Home Stay Safe” EO, CO Jaime Salisbury was asked to join multiple first responders in Lapeer County and pay a visit to a Lapeer resident celebrating his 12th birthday. The officers announced “Happy Birthday” over their public address systems to the birthday boy, who had to cancel his birthday party due to the EO. The responding agencies included personnel from the DNR, MSP, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department, Lapeer City Police, Lapeer Township Police, and Lapeer County EMS.
CO Kris Kiel was on patrol during the fantastic weather day last Wednesday when he observed a side-by-side being operated illegally on the roadway. The CO stopped the ORV and another eight ORVs in the next hour, all in the same one mile stretch of road. Citations were written for operating on the roadway and unlicensed ORV. Many warnings were given for the same.
CO Kris Kiel received a RAP complaint of ORVs being operated in the Wetzel Recreation Area. CO Kiel was in the area and was able to contact the suspects. It was a family of five operating in a closed area and none of the ORVs were licensed. A citation was written for operating in a closed area.
COs Kris Kiel and Brad Silorey responded to a recreational trespass complaint in the very northwest corner of St. Clair County. By the time the COs arrived, the suspects were gone. The landowner knew one of the two subjects, as he was the same subject that had asked him for permission earlier in the year and was told no. That subject lives in the house next to the complainant’s property. CO Kiel was able to contact the one subject by phone and had him bring the other subject back to the location with him. When they arrived, they took CO Kiel to the exact location that they were set up in, which was the same location that the complainant had stated they were. The subjects went beyond their own property line by about 100 yards to hunt on the complainant’s land. A report will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office.
COs Kris Kiel and Joseph Deppen received complaints of vessels fishing in the North Channel outside of Algonac. COs made the location and launched a patrol vessel. The boater out in the North Channel saw the COs and took off toward a canal. CO Deppen was able to quickly launch the vessel and make a stop on the water and speak with the boater. The boater said he was aware of the EO requiring persons to stay at home and the use of motorized watercraft was not permitted during this state of emergency. The angler said, “I saw you sitting there watching me and knew it was time to leave.” The boater also said, “I thought law enforcement wasn’t going to enforce the EO.” The boater was given warnings on vessel registration and slow no wake violations. The boater was cited for violation of EO 2020-42.
CO Joseph Deppen was patrolling along the shores of Lake St. Clair. CO Deppen noticed a vessel driving in circles and driving up and down the shoreline. CO Deppen saw which canal the boat entered and contacted the operator. Before even pulling into the dock, the boater said, “I know about the EO, I know I shouldn’t be out, but I really wanted to take her for a spin.” CO Deppen acknowledged the boater was free to make his own decisions, but he was still in violation. The boater was given verbal warnings on no paper registration, fail to register a vessel within 15 days, and slow-no wake violations. CO Deppen issued the boater a citation for violation of EO 2020-42.
CO Joseph Deppen was clearing marine patrol and headed down I-94, when a Dodge Ram passed him at 102 mph in a 70-mph zone and was unable to maintain its lane. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was issued a citation for speeding, 102 mph in a 70 -zone.
CO Joseph Deppen was checking for marine activity in Macomb County. While at a local launch, CO Deppen noticed a vessel coming in with seven persons aboard. The boat made it back to the dock and three occupants exited the vessel. CO Deppen contacted the vessel and discovered everyone aboard was either from a different residence or different states. CO Deppen issued multiple citations for violations of EO 2020-21.
CO Bob Watson was on foot patrol throughout the Port Huron SGA when he heard what he thought was a hunter using a crow locator call to locate turkeys. CO Watson continued walking until he observed a hunter quickly walking off the SGA towards the nearby private property line with weapon in hand. CO Watson contacted the hunter who possessed a private land only turkey hunting tag. A citation was issued for hunting turkey on public land with a private land only tag.
CO Raymond Gardner conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that sped by him on northbound I-75 in Bloomfield Township. While making contact, CO Gardner found out that the driver had a traffic warrant in Detroit and was driving with a suspended license. CO Gardner was instructed to advise the driver of the warrant and release him. CO Gardner then advised the driver of the warrant and checked with the other occupants in the vehicle to see if any of them had a valid driver’s license. When CO Gardner was informed that none of them had a license, he gave the driver permission to have someone with a valid driver’s license come to the location and drive the car. CO Gardner waited for the new driver to arrive and checked their driving status which was valid. CO Gardner issued the original driver a citation for driving while license suspended and careless driving.
CO Brandon Hartleben was checking compliance with the Governor’s EO at South Lake boat launch when he observed a slow-moving ORV pass the entrance to the access site. CO Hartleben quickly caught up to the ORV and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking with the operator and passenger, CO Hartleben observed another ORV operating at a high rate of speed make a quick left down a road directly in front of the stop. CO Hartleben immediately cleared the current stop with a verbal warning and attempted to catch up to the second ORV. CO Hartleben eventually caught up to the second ORV as it neared a major county roadway and initiated a stop. The ORV operator was contacted and advised that ORV use was illegal on county roads and that speeding and careless operation were also illegal. A citation was issued for the infractions.
CO Brandon Hartleben received a complaint of several subjects fishing in a group at South Hydro Park in Ypsilanti that were keeping walleye during the closed season. The complainant advised that he told the suspects that walleyes were not currently in season, but they were keeping them anyway. CO Keven Luther was much closer to the location and made the scene first. CO Luther contacted the complainant for further information and conducted surveillance of the location. COs Hartleben and Luther identified the suspects and contacted all three subjects along shore. All three men denied catching any fish or having any fish in their possession. After checking for stringers on the river, CO Hartleben observed fish in the bottom of a bucket underneath a bag. Upon further inspection the suspects were found to be in possession of two walleye. The fish were seized, and a citation was issued for possessing walleye during the closed season.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was patrolling for ORVs in Exeter Township when he observed a Polaris Ranger drive past and the driver and passenger were not wearing their seatbelts. CO Ingersoll conducted a traffic stop and advised the driver that he was stopped because he was not wearing his seatbelt, he did not have a valid ORV license, and that Monroe County was closed to ORV use on the county roads. CO Ingersoll issued the driver a citation for no ORV license and warnings on the other violations.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was patrolling for ORVs in Exeter Township when he observed an orange quad with Tony Stewart logos stuck to it pass him. The operator was not wearing a helmet, and CO Ingersoll conducted a traffic stop. CO Ingersoll advised the Tony Stewart fan that he was not allowed to be operating his quad on the roadways in Monroe County. CO Ingersoll also advised him that he needed to have a helmet on and further that he needed an ORV license. CO Ingersoll issued the driver a citation for no ORV license, and warnings on the other violations.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was conducting a patrol on Sterling State Park’s boat access site when he observed a father and daughter come back to the launch with a vessel not having MC numbers. CO Ingersoll contacted the operator and asked where his MC numbers were, and he stated that he has a trolling motor. He said since he has a trolling motor he can “cheat the system and not register his vessel.” CO Ingersoll advised the operator that was not the case, and if your vessel is operated by a motor, it needs to be registered in Michigan. CO Ingersoll issued the operator a citation for an unregistered vessel.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was patrolling for ORVs in Ida Township when he observed a Polaris Ranger fail to immediately stop at a stop sign on Todd and Douglas Roads. CO Ingersoll initiated a traffic stop on the ORV and observed the driver and passenger both having an open container of beer in their cup holders. CO Ingersoll asked the driver where they were coming from, and she advised she just picked up her friend from her house and they were heading home. CO Ingersoll asked where home was, and she advised that the driveway they pulled into was home for them. CO Ingersoll advised the driver that ORVs were not allowed to be on the roadway in Monroe County and that her ORV needed to have an ORV license. CO Ingersoll advised both occupants that the open beer was illegal to possess, and they failed to stop at the stop sign on Douglas and Todd Roads. CO Ingersoll advised the driver that she was receiving a citation for no ORV license.
COs Andrew Monnich and Eric Smither received a call from an informant who saw someone possibly hunting turkeys over bait. CO Monnich went the next morning to the location and observed several decoys set in a field over what looked to be a pile of corn. CO Monnich went to the other side of the block and entered the wood line and observed hunters in the blind. Contact was made with the hunters who were claiming they didn’t know the turkey laws. CO Monnich educated the hunters who he had several contacts within the year prior and issued citations for hunting turkeys over bait.