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Indiana man accused of illegally poaching deer

Conservation officers in Indiana say they’ve arrested a man who allegedly illegally killed deer and ran a service that guided others on illegal deer hunts.

In a news release, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says they arrested 31-year-old Jeremy Zachary of Anderson on violations such as shooting from a vehicle, shooting deer after legal hours, using artificial light to take game and hunting without the consent of the landowner. The release say the investigation turned up evidence that 16 deer and a turkey were illegally harvested by Zachary himself over the last two years but that it was unknown how many deer were taken by poachers that he would “guide” during that period.

The release says officers executed a total of three arrest warrants but provided no further details.

Source: Indiana man accused of illegally poaching deer

Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations

(JENNINGS CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested three men Monday afternoon for the theft, harvesting of and buying Ginseng without being a licensed buyer, probation violations and various marijuana and paraphernalia possession charges.All three suspects were incarcerated at the Jennings County jail on the following charges:58-year-old Thomas Hartwell of North Vernon: Theft, Level 6 Felony; Hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Probation violation for previous Ginseng charges.70-year-old William McCollum of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.51-year-old Robert Boyd of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.At approximately 4:30 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers served search warrants on the residences of McCollum and Boyd, where 20 pounds of illegally possessed dry Ginseng was recovered, along with marijuana and paraphernalia. The value of the Ginseng is estimated at approximately $9,000.Indiana Conservation Officers located the men at McCollum’s residence, in which a confession of the crimes were obtained and marijuana, as well as paraphernalia was found as a result of the search.The legal season to collect and harvest ginseng begins September 1 and consent from the land owner must be obtained prior to entering private property. Citizens are encouraged to contact 1-800-TIPIDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at (812) 873-9536 to report any suspicious activity or any ongoing crime that is afoot.

 

 

Source: Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations – WBIW.com / State

Former Owen County deputy accused of selling confiscated ginseng

A former Owen County deputy faces charges of official misconduct and theft for allegedly selling ginseng he confiscated while working a case on that county’s north side.

Joseph R. Hinton turned himself in on the respective felony and misdemeanor charges on Saturday. A Owen Circuit Court warrant was issued for his arrest Friday.

Hinton is accused of selling ginseng he confiscated during a Sept. 11 investigation at a northern Owen County property. There, the property’s owner confronted a man he believed was stealing ginseng.

Hinton was dispatched to the area and located the suspect and seized a “sizeable quantity of ginseng,” all according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division.

The property owner was reportedly told by Hinton that the ginseng would be turned over to Indiana Conservation Officers for investigation, according to the release. About two weeks later, the property owner contacted conservation officers to check the status of the case.

“A lengthy investigation by ICO Detective Trent Stinson revealed Deputy Hinton had not initiated law enforcement action against the suspect, but rather kept the ginseng and later sold it to a certified buyer for $336,” the release continues.

Special Prosecutor Robert Cline of Morgan County has been appointed to handle the case.

Hinton has since posted bond and has been released form jail.

via Brazil Times: Local News: Former Owen County deputy accused of selling confiscated ginseng (03/15/15).