News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

February 24, 2012

Clay preserve targeted for safety

Indiana conservation officers serve warrants

BRAZIL — Allegations of hunting violations have resulted in the arrest of two Wabash Valley men and seizure of their property.

Indiana Conservation Officers served arrest warrants Thursday afternoon at the Prairie Grove Hunting Preserve at Clay County roads 300N and 425W, about two miles south of Indiana 42. Department of Natural Resources trucks rolled up the property’s driveway, hauling trailers upon which vehicles and other seized property were later loaded.

Police levied 20 counts against James L. Jacob, 37, Brazil, and eight against Ronald Hayne, 62, Terre Haute, following what officers described as a year-long investigation into possible violations of wildlife laws.

Jacob, a Clay County farmer and owner of the preserve, was released on bail Thursday evening. He maintained his innocence but declined further comment pending consultation with his attorney.

DNR spokesman Max Winchell said most of the allegations relate to what Jacob and Hayne, his employee, reportedly allowed clients to do rather than what they did themselves. None of the past clients is currently under investigation, Winchell said.

Winchell and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger declined to comment whether undercover agents were used during the investigation.

“Officers became aware of some violations and launched their own investigation,” Winchell said, describing the allegations as ranging from class-C misdemeanors, such as “failure to post signage every 500 feet and single strand wire on the preserve’s boundary,” to one class-D felony count of “unlawful sale or shipment of wild animals.”

Hunting preserves are legal, DNR officers said at the scene, explaining normal activities include raising and releasing game fowl for hunting. Winchell said many of the problems seem to stem from the operators’ roles as “outfitters” and “hunting guides,” where illegal activity by clients was permitted.

Counts of “hunting from a public roadway” and instances of “night-shooting” and hunting after dark also raise issues of public safety, Reberger said.

“It’s a good old-fashioned safety issue,” he said.

Neither Jacob nor Hayne was ticketed or given citations for violations in the past, both Reberger and Winchell said.

Conservation officers executed a search warrant at Jacob’s home and property, seizing three pick-up trucks and a Kubota mini-excavator, as well as three rifles, two computers, animals and whitetail deer antlers.

Winchell said the DNR will re-evaluate the business’ licensure as the courts evaluate the charges.

According to a DNR media release, a person convicted of illegal possession of a whitetail deer or wild turkey must reimburse the state $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.

A class-D felony conviction carries a penalty of six months to three years in prison and fines up to $10,000. Class-B misdemeanor convictions carry potential penalties of up to 180 days in prison and fines up to $1,000. Convictions of class-C misdemeanors carry penalties of up to 60 days in prison and fines up to $500.

Jacob and Hayne were taken to the Clay County Jail and later released on bail at $7,000 and $5,000 respectively, police said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Today in History for April 18th Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico
NDN Video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News