Morris police arrest 18 at river hangout
By Jeanne Millsap Correspondent July 10, 2013 8:04PM
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:14AM
Morris police began cracking down on illegal activity at a popular beach hangout last week, arresting 18 in six busts that took place from July 3 through 7.
Those arrested were charged with criminal trespass on the private property owned by Riverplace Marina in the 1000 block of Cemetery Road, east of town.
Morris Police Sgt. Gregg Sager said the area is undeveloped and consists of sand and dunes and trails that teenagers and some older adults frequent to party and ride all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and dirt bikes.
There is a significant amount of underage drinking that occurs at the site as well, he said.
Frequent complaints from the public and from the property’s owners spurred the crackdown, Sager said.
Police Chief Brent Dite issued a news release to remind the public that the property is private and that those found at the site will be subject to arrest for criminal trespass to property.
“The owners of the property have not given anyone permission to be on the property,” Dite said in the release, “therefore they have requested anyone found on the property be arrested.”
Teens arrested on charges of trespassing at the site last week included Bradford Rickard, Jacob Hogan and Reilly Finn — all Morris 18-year-olds — and Patrick Thomas Murphy, 18, of Minooka.
Others arrested on the same charges at the marina property last week were Tamara Billingsley, 38, from Essex; Elizabeth Gutierrez, 23, from Morris; Jason Mathias, 37, from Chenoa; Andres V. Rivera, 27, from Morris; Andrew Brandner, 38, from St. Paul; Christopher Lentz, 38, from Crest Hill; Jamie McMahon, 36, from Crest Hill, and Lindsay Nelsen, 30, from New Market.
Also arrested in the crackdown were George Bolek, 50, from Somonauk; Jeremy Hahn, 25, from Wilmington; Andrew Liepins, 50, from Sandwich; Nina Olesinski, 26, from Montgomery; Stacey Burmeister, 42, from Morris; and James Rogers, 39, from Morris.