Thursday, January 4th, 2007
By Laura Walker
Duck hunters fined for using state park trees
  WAPAKONETA - Five men from Yorkshire and Osgood pleaded guilty to criminal damaging after constructing a duck blind on Oct. 21 with limbs and trees at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.
Each man was sentenced to a $50 fine and court costs for their part in damaging state land.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) rents out space in the state park to hunters for duck blinds. ODW is renting the site to erect a blind, not the material to make a blind, said Brett Beatty, assistant wildlife supervisor of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Some sites already have blinds and others require hunters to bring their own materials to build the blind.
Instead of bringing materials to build a blind, the group of local men used trees and limbs from the state park.
Charged was: Richard Davis, 36, of Osgood, who rented the ODW blind space; Paul Poeppelman, 23, and Scott Bruey, 36, both of Yorkshire, and Steven Werling, 22, of Osgood, who all admitted to building the blind; and Eric K. Thobe, 27, Yorkshire, who admitted to using the chain saw to cut down the limbs and trees.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Interest appears high in taking down factory
• Controversy continues for new sewage rules
• Area man admits to assaulting officer
• Fire chief steps down in St. Marys Township
• Montezuma man heads to prison on breaking and entering charge
• Auditor recommends a change in bookwork for purchasing process
• Street sign for library appears more likely
• Two area men guilty of public indecency
• Bulldogs add three more to Hall of Fame
a_d
Labor Day
83°
Thunderstorms
43%
Monday Night
69°
Rain Showers
90%
Tuesday
81°
Rain Showers
87%
Tuesday Night
60°
Mostly Clear
14%
Wednesday
82°
Partly Sunny
9%
Wednesday Night
65°
Partly Cloudy
11%
Thursday
86°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
25%
Thursday Night
69°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
28%
Friday
86°
Chance Thunderstorms
39%
Friday Night
66°
Chance Thunderstorms
43%
Saturday
80°
Chance Thunderstorms
42%
Saturday Night
58°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
17%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
video_logoOnline Video
Wednesday, August 27
index pict
Marion Local prepares for football season
Tuesday, August 26
index pict
St. Marys' Schmitmeyer golfs for guys team
camera_logo Photo Albums
Friday, August 29
index pict
Friday, August 29
index pict