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Police issued tickets to hikers using closed trails and marijuana at Starved Rock

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2014

You will see deer, hawks and sometimes a fox when you’re walking the trails at Starved Rock State Park. You may even spot a Conservation Police Officer.

Officers were patrolling the park over the weekend much to the surprise of many hikers who were walking on closed trails or smoking marijuana.

Sgt. Hank Frazier says they issued 102 tickets for trail violations, 22 tickets for marijuana, and nine tickets for alcohol.

Frazier says many people used the excuse that it was their first time at the park and they didn’t expect to see a police officer. Many hikers didn’t think they could get ticketed for walking on the closed trails.

The closed trails are still dangerous according to Frazier. He says he watched two oak trees fall due to the wind Sunday.

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