Avon Lake police arrest two men accused of illegally killing deer

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  1. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    Avon Lake police arrest two men accused of illegally killing deer:shootingguns:




    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Avon Lake police arrested two men accused of illegally killing several deer in the city.

    Adam Petrella, 26, of Avon Lake and Andrew Smith, 25, of Avon face a slew of charges related to deer killings that were not part of the city's deer culling efforts, Lt. Scott Fishburn said.

    Petrella pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Avon Lake Municipal Court. He was released from police custody after he posted a $1,000 bond.
    A warrant for Smith's arrest was issued Monday, court records show.

    Detectives identified Petrella and Smith as suspects after a dead deer was found Jan. 2 near the intersection of Redwood Boulevard and Woodstock Drive, Fishburn said. Investigators determined that the deaths were not part of the culling program.

    Witnesses described a vehicle that was later connected to the pair.
    Petrella and Smith face both several misdemeanor charges including hunting violations and animal cruelty, court records show. Smith faces an additional charge of shooting a bow within city limits.
    The Ohio Division of Wildlife is also seeking sanctions and fines for the suspects, police said.

    Avon Lake officials approved a deer culling program last March to target the city's growing deer problem. City council authorized spending nearly $16,000 to hire sharpshooters, who killed 21 deer in December.
     
  2. collegekid

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    Those were some expensive deer... 761 a pop!
     

  3. Curtis17

    Curtis17 Active Member

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    Those were my thoughts exactly
     
  4. Tuco

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    Sharpshooters have killed 61 deer this winter out of a goal of 80. The program was recently halted for now until an aerial survey can be done and re-assess their goals for next winter. I have no idea how much was spent to accomplish 61 kills, only that they have been paying $1400.00/week for a refrigerated trailer ($5,600.00/month). I'm curious, how much could a small walk-in cooler cost?
     
  5. MikeBeatty

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    I did some snooping around on the 2 guys who did it.... Honestly, I kind of feel bad for them. They were just two knuckle heads who didn't have a clue what they were doing. Looks like the one just started hunting in December. Got their hands on a crossbow, thought it would be fun to shoot some deer with it. Didn't really understand the significance and severity of what they were doing.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to use ignorance as a defense, they committed the crime, they deserve what they have coming.
     
  6. Tuco

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    It's all fun and games till the cop's show up.


    "According to court records, Petrella has prior traffic violations but no previous criminal charges while Smith has previous charges of burglary, possession of criminal tools, theft and drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia"

    Just your average 20 something's out blowing off steam? Didn't they know deer are an endangered species in A.L.
     
  7. center71

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    They were charged with animal cruelty as well. I'm not following the logic there?
     
  8. ROSEBUD

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    Not sure where you got your $1400/week for a refrigerated trailer but thats inaccurate. The deer were donated to the homeless.
     
  9. Tuco

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    One of 2 articles within the last week using the $1400.00 number. The meat was donated, however they still must have felt the need to keep the meat cold. Not sure why you feel it's inaccurate?

    "Avon Lake By Nicole Hennessy Avon Lake city officials will meet within the next week to decide whether or not to continue this season’s sharpshooting initiative to curb the city’s deer population. Recently another 14 deer were killed at Walker Road Park and on private property within the Kopf Family Reservation. Mayor Greg Zilka estimates this brings the total number of deer killed through this season’s sharpshooting program to around 60. The initial plan laid out in the city’s Ten-Year Deer Management Plan estimated that about 80 deer would be eliminated by the end of February. Though that number has not been reached, Zilka explained that considerations regarding cost-effectiveness must be made before sharpshooting continues. He said the meeting, which will not take place publicly, will decide whether it is necessary to “terminate the project and study what we’ve done.†One of the largest deciding factors Zilka mentioned, is the cost of renting refrigerated trailers in which to store the culled deer. These trailers cost about $1,400 per week to rent. If it is determined that the number of deer expected to be culled by sharpshooters is low, the cost of continuing to rent the trailers will not be warranted. Whether or not the 80-deer goal is reached, Zilka said of the sharpshooting initiative, “We’ve been very successful.†Contact Nicole Hennessy at [email protected]"
     
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  12. jason

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    I believe Kellers on 83 is the place they were butchered at, a quick drive down 83 to drop them off. I don't know why they would need a refrigerated trailer
     
  13. pjf

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    This should clarify the Cost of the truck discussion....
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  14. ROSEBUD

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    You are correct, we did have the contract at Kellers, refrigerated trailer would have been nice, those deer were ripe. They brought them in with the guts still in, so the trailer may not have done much but it would have helped none the less. First batch of 20 Avon brought in were in december when the lows at night were in the low to mid 40s. Stunk the whole building up
     
  15. Tuco

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    I spoke with the ALPD officer who runs the A.L. deer damage control program & he swears there was a refrigerated trailer rented for a "couple" of months. I know the U.S. Dept. of Ag. runs the sharpshooter program so it is separate from the city program, where we took our deer to Polanski's (& in the summer when it's 80*).

    Sucks if we paid maybe $10,000.00 for a trailer (couple of months) and you still had to deal with un-gutted spoiled deer. Govt. at it's finest?
     
  16. ROSEBUD

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    Yea kind of weird ya know, Tom wasnt going to accept any more under those conditions but the parks people were not gonna gut the deer so tom went up there and gutted what he could. Some times he didnt go up there for 4 or 6 deer. The only other thing i could think about the refrigerated truck was the truck we put the meat on once it was packed and on the way out the door, i think that truck was from the food bank so i am not sure. Kind of odd how it all ends up..