Conservation Officer in Deer case

Conservation Officer in Deer case

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Backfire

Lafayette, IN

#1 Jan 30, 2013
OH Boy its Game on now. Looks like the Counceller side has dug up a Story about the Officer who filed the charges -:

The Indiana conservation officer who investigated a Connersville couple for illegal possession of a deer is no stranger to controversy, having had a brush with wildlife rules himself in Ohio in 2007.

Travis Wooley, whose investigation last summer led to charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller and their care of Dani the deer, falsely used an Ohio address in 2007 to obtain an in-state fishing license there -- at a $21 savings versus out-of-state fees, according to a report by the Ohio inspector general.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources did not discipline Wooley and another officer who was involved in the same activity because Ohio prosecutors filed no charges against them.

At the time, the DNR's law enforcement director, Col. Scotty Wilson, told The Indianapolis Star that the incident was a misunderstanding based on a longstanding practice in Ohio.

"We don't condone it," Wilson told The Star. "We don't think it was good practice. But do we feel they went over there and intentionally broke the law? No. I think it might have just been a bad judgment."

Wooley began investigating the Councellers last June after an acquaintance of the Connersville couple asked Wooley if the Councellers "still have the doe," according to his case report.

That prompted a monthlong investigation where Wooley made at least six visits to the couple's farm, and had repeated contacts with the couple and their family, to investigate the case.

The Councellers said they found the injured deer as a fawn in 2010, nursed it back to health and raised it to adulthood, with the intention of releasing it back into the wild when it was big enough. Wooley's investigation interrupted that process. DNR decided the deer should be euthanized, but it was turned loose -- by whom it isn't clear -- before that could happen.

The Councellers said they weren't aware of the Indiana law against possessing a deer. They say they sought rescue permits from DNR but were denied. And they say they had no intention of breaking the law.

But, in January, Wooley's report was presented to a special prosecutor, Brian Clark, who issued an arrest warrant for the Councellers.

The face a March 7 court date on a misdemeanor charge that could land each of them 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Attempts to reach Wooley for comment were unsuccessful

Since: Jul 12

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#2 Jan 30, 2013
Backfire wrote:
OH Boy its Game on now. Looks like the Counceller side has dug up a Story about the Officer who filed the charges -:

The Indiana conservation officer who investigated a Connersville couple for illegal possession of a deer is no stranger to controversy, having had a brush with wildlife rules himself in Ohio in 2007.

Travis Wooley, whose investigation last summer led to charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller and their care of Dani the deer, falsely used an Ohio address in 2007 to obtain an in-state fishing license there -- at a $21 savings versus out-of-state fees, according to a report by the Ohio inspector general.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources did not discipline Wooley and another officer who was involved in the same activity because Ohio prosecutors filed no charges against them.

At the time, the DNR's law enforcement director, Col. Scotty Wilson, told The Indianapolis Star that the incident was a misunderstanding based on a longstanding practice in Ohio.

"We don't condone it," Wilson told The Star. "We don't think it was good practice. But do we feel they went over there and intentionally broke the law? No. I think it might have just been a bad judgment."

Wooley began investigating the Councellers last June after an acquaintance of the Connersville couple asked Wooley if the Councellers "still have the doe," according to his case report.

That prompted a monthlong investigation where Wooley made at least six visits to the couple's farm, and had repeated contacts with the couple and their family, to investigate the case.

The Councellers said they found the injured deer as a fawn in 2010, nursed it back to health and raised it to adulthood, with the intention of releasing it back into the wild when it was big enough. Wooley's investigation interrupted that process. DNR decided the deer should be euthanized, but it was turned loose -- by whom it isn't clear -- before that could happen.

The Councellers said they weren't aware of the Indiana law against possessing a deer. They say they sought rescue permits from DNR but were denied. And they say they had no intention of breaking the law.

But, in January, Wooley's report was presented to a special prosecutor, Brian Clark, who issued an arrest warrant for the Councellers.

The face a March 7 court date on a misdemeanor charge that could land each of them 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Attempts to reach Wooley for comment were unsuccessful
Key part in this lengthy and useless statement....Ohio prosecutors filed no charges. Your post carries no weight.
observer

Churubusco, IN

#3 Jan 30, 2013
It will carry NO WEIGHT in any State Court either. I really do NOT believe the Councellers are digging for DIRT on Wooley. That would make them look BAD in court. Besides, they cannot bargain with it in a court of law. Juries don't give a shit about Facebook either. They look at Indiana Code, not how many " likes " on some random Facebook page. Facebook is just a toy anyway...doesn't mean anything !
amirite

Zanesville, IN

#4 Jan 30, 2013
observer wrote:
It will carry NO WEIGHT in any State Court either. I really do NOT believe the Councellers are digging for DIRT on Wooley. That would make them look BAD in court. Besides, they cannot bargain with it in a court of law. Juries don't give a shit about Facebook either. They look at Indiana Code, not how many " likes " on some random Facebook page. Facebook is just a toy anyway...doesn't mean anything !
The will of the people means everything......

Since: Jul 12

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#5 Jan 30, 2013
amirite wrote:
<quoted text>The will of the people means everything......
That is the single most insane remark I have ever heard! The will of the people is the silent voice.
amirite

Zanesville, IN

#6 Jan 30, 2013
Outside-the-box wrote:
<quoted text>That is the single most insane remark I have ever heard! The will of the people is the silent voice.
Not too many being silent on this subject, amirite?? Lol
SMH

Connersville, IN

#7 Jan 31, 2013
I think it's pretty bad when DNR ignores the fact that one of their own broke the law just to save money, yet they go after someone who was trying to help a defenseless creature.
better hope not

Elm Grove, WI

#8 Jan 31, 2013
Wow attacking the credibility of the arresting officer..hmmm I smell desperation and if this plays a factor in then case holy crap jeff your in deep shyt then with all your past arrest.
ima hoosier

Fortville, IN

#9 Jan 31, 2013
is there a fund to help defray the legal costs for the caring couple who the prosecuting clark is trying to ruin????
shipwrecked

Connersville, IN

#10 Jan 31, 2013
ima hoosier wrote:
is there a fund to help defray the legal costs for the caring couple who the prosecuting clark is trying to ruin????
http://www.giveforward.com/connersvillecharge...

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#11 Jan 31, 2013
amirite wrote:
<quoted text>Not too many being silent on this subject, amirite?? Lol
People can speak all they want it doesn't change the law.
law

Peoria, IL

#12 Jan 31, 2013
Saw on the news last night where DNR went in on a guy for selling turtles and found a pot farm here in Indiana.
Glad to see DNR doing its job.
as for the cop who saved the deer, he knew the law and choose not to follow it..wife is also nurse at Fayette Co. jail she knew also..
citizen

Churubusco, IN

#14 Jan 31, 2013
"whom prosecuting Clark is trying to ruin" ? He is not trying to run ANYBODY, he's DOING HIS JOB !
Ruff

Connersville, IN

#15 Jan 31, 2013
Backfire wrote:
"We don't condone it," Wilson told The Star. "We don't think it was good practice. But do we feel they went over there and intentionally broke the law? No. I think it might have just been a bad judgment."
Yes, unless the DNR officers are REALLY STUPID,(and, what does that say about local DNR?), they DID INTENTIONALLY break the law. Or else they would NOT have given FALSE Ohio addresses to Ohio DNR. Governor Pence is not having a good induction into governing. He has to make a judgment call against DNR. And, he does NOT want to piss THEM off. We'll see if he's got any balls.
ohmama

Zanesville, IN

#16 Jan 31, 2013
Ruff wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, unless the DNR officers are REALLY STUPID,(and, what does that say about local DNR?), they DID INTENTIONALLY break the law. Or else they would NOT have given FALSE Ohio addresses to Ohio DNR. Governor Pence is not having a good induction into governing. He has to make a judgment call against DNR. And, he does NOT want to piss THEM off. We'll see if he's got any balls.
He doesn't. He wasn't present for 80% of votes when he was a congressman, so, I really don't hold out much hope for him as governor!! Lol
fat redneck

Wakarusa, IN

#17 Feb 1, 2013
amirite wrote:
<quoted text>
The will of the people means everything......
ok then 56% of america thinks pot should be legal. guess what its notand if jeff see you smoking it your butt would be in jail. why? its the law no matter what america thinks
fat redneck

Wakarusa, IN

#18 Feb 1, 2013
SMH wrote:
I think it's pretty bad when DNR ignores the fact that one of their own broke the law just to save money, yet they go after someone who was trying to help a defenseless creature.
then right now would be a fine time to draw a line in the sand and set the example that all law enforcement officers must abid by the same laws as we do..
just asking

United States

#19 Feb 1, 2013
What ever happened to officer (DNR) Lucus. Was he one of the good ones?
wandering

Peoria, IL

#20 Feb 1, 2013
What county did Pence live prior to election..was it Fayette County?
yuck

Chicago, IL

#21 Feb 1, 2013
just asking wrote:
What ever happened to officer (DNR) Lucus. Was he one of the good ones?
HELL NO. Scumbag!

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