Best day of the month? The one that OSP game wardens post their newsletter.
Here are highlights from the March edition:
Poaching Suspects Plead Guilty, Sentenced, Fined, Some Have Hunt Privileges Suspended
* Tpr. Schwartz (St. Helens) and Tpr. Herman (Astoria) cited two subjects who were snagging salmon from a raft at the mouth of Big Creek in September.
One of the two subjects was convicted of Aiding in an Angling Offense—Snagging Salmon. The court sentenced the subject to $422 in fines and assessments and $500 restitution to ODFW. The court has not sentenced the other subject yet.
* Sr. Tpr. Wilson (Ontario) investigated a case regarding a California resident who shot deer during the 2009 and 2010 deer seasons in Oregon and unlawfully applied for and received Oregon licenses and tags. In a plea agreement, the subject pled guilty to Unlawful Taking of Mule Deer— Misdemeanor.
The court sentenced the subject to three years hunting license suspension, $2,009 restitution to ODFW, $200 fines and fees ($500 originally with $300 suspended), and one year bench probation.
* In Grant County Justice Court, a defendant pled guilty to Hunting on the Enclosed Land of Another and Hunting Elk without a Valid Tag. The court dismissed one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence. The court sentenced the defendant to three years hunting license suspension, $633 fines and fees, 80 hours community service, and two years supervised probation.
* In Grant County Justice Court, a defendant pled guilty to one count of Exceeding Bag Limit—Buck Deer. The court dismissed one count of Borrowing Buck Deer Tag. The court sentenced the defendant to three years hunting license suspension, $500 fines and fees, pay cut and wrap fees, $800 restitution to ODFW, 40 hours community service, and two years bench probation.
* As a result of a lengthy deer poaching investigation Tpr. Weaver (Lakeview), Sr. Tpr. Bean (Gilchrist), Tpr. Ring, Sr. Tpr. Hayes (Bend), and a Lake County SO deputy worked on, two suspects were cited on numerous wildlife and criminal charges.
The first suspect pled guilty to Theft in the First Degree two counts, four wildlife violations, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The court disposed charges with no conviction: Conspiracy to Commit a Class C Felony two counts, two wildlife violations, two wildlife misdemeanors, Theft in the Second Degree, and Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm.
The court sentenced the suspect to 30 days in jail, 10 years license suspension, $9,100 restitution to ODFW, and $1,750 fines and assessments.
The second suspect pled guilty to Theft in the First Degree two counts, two wildlife violations, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The court also disposed charges with no conviction: Conspiracy to Commit a Class C Felony, wildlife violations, Theft in the Second Degree, and Criminal Trespass with a Firearm.
The court sentenced this suspect to 10 years license suspension, $8,300 restitution to ODFW, and $1,250 in fines and assessments.
Tax-cheating Company Pays Up Rather Promptly After Officers Visit Seafood Plant
At ODFW’s request, Sr. Tpr. Klepp (Astoria) contacted a local seafood processor in Astoria and advised the company manager he was no longer able to buy seafood under the company’s wholesale buyer’s license as a result of unpaid commercial fish taxes. The company failed to pay over $16,000 in taxes over the prior two months. Several days later, the tax bills were paid in full to ODFW headquarters and their buyer’s license was reinstated.
The Alton Baker Ponds Feel-free-to-fish-without-a-license Zone?
Tpr. Imholt (Springfield) patrolled Alton Baker Ponds. Upon arrival, two anglers immediately reeled in and started to walk away from Imholt, so he contacted them first. He discovered both did not have angling licenses. They said they did not know they needed an angling license to fish at the ponds. Imholt cited each for No Angling License.
Sr. Tpr. Cushman (Central Point) patrolled the Rogue River and encountered two anglers at the Bridge Hole. When they spotted him, they performed a short dance, their eyes widened, and they shuffled about as if not sure if they should run, throw the rods down, cut the line, or stand there. They chose to stand there. Neither had licenses, so Cushman cited each for No Angling License.
Hey, Officer, Could I Borrow Your Pen To Fill Out My Tag For This Steelie I Caught A Couple Hours Ago And Then Went To Town?
On the South Umpqua River around Canyonville, a complainant informed Sr. Tpr. Merritt (Roseburg) that a subject caught a steelhead earlier that morning at a location farther downriver and left and returned later and continued fishing. When Merritt arrived at the location, the suspect was not in the area. While checking anglers, the suspect again returned, and another witness pointed him out. Merritt contacted the suspect and checked his tag, noting it lacked any entries. While Merritt inspected the tag, the suspect asked to borrow the trooper’s pen to fill out his tag. The suspect admitted to both catching a steelhead that morning, but he could not find a pen to fill out his tag, and returning to the Canyonville area. Merritt cited the suspect for Fail to Validate Steelhead Tag, and the suspect became upset. Merritt explained he caught the steelhead 2½ hours prior to the contact and had returned to town twice, leaving him plenty of opportunity to validate his tag.
Dude Ain’t Gonna Be Hunting Nowhere Near For The Rest Of His Life
Sr. Tpr. Niehus and Sr. Tpr. Randall (Klamath Falls) contacted a Klamath Falls subject to inform him his hunting license had been suspended for life through the Interstate Compact.
California caught the subject falsely applying for resident licenses in their state and, as a result of their investigation, suspended his hunting privileges for life in California. The subject’s privileges were then suspended through the Interstate Compact in Oregon.
State officials sent the subject notification of the revocation via certified mail which he refused. The troopers made a personal notification to ensure the subject knew he could not hunt in Oregon.
Dude Who Can’t Get Off His Ass To Shoo Deer From Sacred Bird Feeder Allegedly Shoots Them Instead
Sgt. Cyr (Baker City) completed his investigation into a subject that was shooting deer on his property with a pellet rifle. Neighbors had observed the subject shoot at deer that were eating his bird seed, and they noticed several injured deer in the area. They watched the subject shoot a doe and a fawn in the leg, and the doe was discovered dead on the property a short time later with a festered wound on one knee. Cyr located and seized the air rifle which was rated at over 1,000 feet per second. After interviewing the suspect at the Baker City office, Cyr cited him for Taking Deer Closed Season and Harassing Wildlife.
But, Officers, We Were Gonna Give Away Some Of The Meat From These Illegally Shot Bulls That We Thought Were Cow Elk
Dispatch received multiple calls regarding a group of subjects who shot at and killed multiple elk, including at least one bull, in Birkenfeld. Tpr. Herman (Astoria) and Tpr. Vogel (St. Helens) responded and found a truck at a residence with one cow elk and two bull elk with freshly cut off antlers in the bed. Three subjects with the truck had three landowner preference (LOP) cow tags.
The subjects stated they shot the two bulls on accident, thinking they were cows. They also said they had not cut off the antlers; they were cut off before they shot them. The subjects eventually admitted to shooting the bulls inadvertently; and once they realized they were bulls, they tried to conceal the fact by cutting off the antlers and throwing them in the Nehalem River. The subjects stated they were planning on keeping all three elk but were going to give away some meat. The troopers cited two of the subjects criminally for Take/Possess Bull Elk Closed Season and the third subject criminally for Aiding in a Wildlife Violation—Take/Possess Bull Elk Closed Season and seized the two bull elk and two rifles.
‘Dislike’: Felon Allegedly Posts Pics Of Self With Guns, Dead Animals
Members of the Central Point Team served a search warrant on a house in Medford. The suspect was a convicted felon from another state who had a business in Oregon. In the course of his employment, the suspect created an internet social media page on which he posted pictures of himself posing with big game mammals and firearms. Sr. Tpr. Allison obtained the search warrant. Allison, Lt. Gifford, Sgt. Meyer, Sr. Tpr. Cushman, Sr. Tpr. Floyd, and Evidence Tech Parrish served the warrant and contacted the suspect at his front door.
A search resulted in locating a black-powder pistol, ammunition, firearm cleaning supplies, and a computer with photos. The troopers packages of game meat and a 4 x 2 deer skull that matched a picture of the suspect kneeling behind the dead deer with a rifle.
Meyer and Cushman contacted a relative at a different location and talked to him about the situation. When Cushman returned to the office, this relative’s wife called on the phone crying. When the suspect heard OSP was investigating him, he took his rifles to the relative’s house. Cushman and Gifford returned to the relative’s house and seized two rifles and a shotgun. The troopers lodged the suspect for Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearms x 4 and Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts x 2.
I’m Just Stupider Than A Box Of Rocks
While sitting at a traffic light, Tpr. Boyd (Springfield) noticed the driver in the vehicle next to him look at him and the marked door of his pickup. After the light turned green, the driver sped off. Boyd was able to pace the suspect at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. The suspect also failed to drive within his lane of travel and was slow to yield. After Boyd stopped the suspect, he noted the suspect showed signs of impairment and failed SFSTs. Boyd took the suspect into custody and transported him to the Springfield Jail, .09% BAC. He cited and released the suspect for DUII—Alcohol, ESL 90/55, and Fail to Drive within Lane.