ODNR Makes Arrests, Hands Out Tickets On The River
By Mike Perleberg
(Whitewater Township, Oh.) – A week after a large fight among canoers on the Whitewater River in Hamilton County, law enforcement flexed its muscle.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ divisions of watercraft and wildlife conducted saturation patrols on the Whitewater and Little Miami rivers. They were joined by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Liquor Control, Harrison Police Department and Harrison Fire Department.
A number of citations were issued to people travelling down the rivers, including two drug arrests, according to ODNR public information officer Eileen Corson.
The following citations were also handed out:
Incapacitated operators (2)
Underage drinking (1)
Disorderly conduct (2)
Stream litter (3)
Green Acres Canoe and Kayak Rental owner Dave Lutz told Eagle 99.3 last week that he expected the increased police presence after he reached out to the ODNR following a brawl on the Whitewater between two contingents of customers on Sunday, August 3.
Lutz said Green Acres will also do more to discourage underage drinking and bad behavior from customers of all ages.
“We want to nip this in the bud. We aren’t going to tolerate it anymore,” Lutz said.