1. Attention: We have put together a thread with tips and a tutorial video to help with using the new software. Please take a moment to check out the thread here: Trapshooters.com Tutorial & Help Video.
    Dismiss Notice

Major poaching ring busted in Oregon....

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Apr 29, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    25,238
    Location:
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    News Release from: Oregon State Police<br>
    NINE INDICTED, ARRAIGNED IN LANE COUNTY ON NUMEROUS WILDLIFE CRIMES, RACKETEERING AND OTHER CRIMINAL OFFENSES (PHOTO)<br>
    Posted: April 28th, 2011 3:06 PM<br>
    Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2011-04/1002/43977/042811.Donoho.jpg<br>
    <br>
    Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Springfield, Albany, Bend, Oakridge, Florence and Roseburg offices completed a 15-month investigation into unlawful hunting activities that led this month to the indictment of nine people by a Lane County Grand Jury. The 9 Springfield-area residents were arraigned Thursday, April 28, on numerous criminal charges including wildlife crimes, ID theft, computer crimes and racketeering in Lane County Circuit Court.<br>
    <br>
    The investigation led by Trooper Marc Boyd of the OSP Springfield Area Command office alleges a long criminal conspiracy involving the illegal harvest of approximately 300 deer in the McKenzie wildlife management unit over the last five years. Search warrants served at three separate locations during January 2011 in both Springfield and Eugene led to the seizure of 18 hunting rifles, 108 sets of antlers, timber company keys, numerous hunting licenses and tags, approximately 1600 pounds of processed wild game meat, and two whole unlawfully taken cow elk.<br>
    <br>
    The nine suspects identified below were arraigned on the following criminal charges:<br>
    <br>
    * SHANE E. DONOHO, age 37, from Springfield<br>
    - Identity Theft (5 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Take of Big Game (5 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Possession of Game Mammal<br>
    - Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)<br>
    - Forgery in the Second Degree<br>
    - Computer Crime (6 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Hunting Cow Elk<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * RORY E. DONOHO, age 60, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Loaning of Big Game Tag<br>
    - Unlawful Borrowing of Hunting Tag (3 counts)<br>
    - Identity Theft (2 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Take Antlerless Deer<br>
    - Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * GERALD S. DONOHO, age 64, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Hunting Cow Elk<br>
    - Unlawful Possession of Bear Meat<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * LAURA A. DONOHO, age 36, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag<br>
    - Attempted Unlawful Loaning of Hunting Tag<br>
    - Unlawful Take of Antlerless Deer<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * SANDRA L. SHAFFER, age 59, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Possession of Antlerless Deer<br>
    - Attempted Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * DANNY M. HAWKINS, age 60, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag (3 counts)<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * MIGUEL A. KENNEDY, age 26, from Springfield<br>
    - Identity Theft (4 counts)<br>
    - Forgery in the Second Degree (2 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * MARY S. NORMAND, age 61, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag (2 counts)<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    * SHAWN STONE, age 48, from Springfield<br>
    - Unlawful Borrowing of Big Game Tag (2 counts)<br>
    - Unlawful Take of Cow Elk<br>
    - Racketeering<br>
    <br>
    Additional charges may be still be pending in both Lane and Harney counties.<br>
    <br>
    The offenses allegedly occurred during 2009 and 2010 in Lane County on both Bureau of Land Management and private timber lands. The wildlife unlawfully taken and/or possessed were Elk, Antelope, and Bear, and primarily Black tail deer. Many of the deer were taken to fill tags for people who either do not hunt or who had their identification stolen for the purpose of illegally obtaining hunting licenses and tags in their name.<br>
    <br>
    A break in the case came when one of the victims of identification theft received an ODFW big game tooth envelope in the U.S. mail and contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to advise them of their mistake. The initial investigation indicated hunting licenses and tags were bought in the reporting person's name without their consent or knowledge.<br>
    <br>
    OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers served search warrants with the assistance of BLM law enforcement, Lane County parole and probation, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and OSP patrol troopers. Forest deputies with the Lane County Sheriff's Office assisted in the recovery of the two cow elk unlawfully taken the same day a search warrant was served.<br>
    <br>
    The above mentioned crimes are punishable by the following:<br>
    <br>
    - All wildlife offenses are a class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250.00 in fines for each count.<br>
    - Racketeering is a class A felony punishable by up to twenty years in jail and $375,000.00 in fines for each count.<br>
    - Identification Theft is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and $125,000.00 in fines for each count.<br>
    - Forgery in the Second Degree is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250.00 in fines for each count.<br>
    - Computer Crime in this case is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250.00 in fines.<br>
    - "Attempted" wildlife offenses are B misdemeanors punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $2500.00 in fines for each count.<br>
    - Restitution may be pursued for the unlawfully taken/possessed game mammals and other actions as provided by law. Each antelope, deer and bear have a value of $800.00, each elk $1500.00. Enhanced restitution amounts for deer with at least four points on one antler is $7500.00 and each elk with at least 6 points on one antler is $15,000.00.<br>
    <br>
    Cases involving illegal conduct such as this should be reported to the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) line (800-452-7888) for the protection and future enjoyment of our natural resources.<br>
    <br>
    Photograph Source: Oregon State Police<br>
    (Trooper Marc Boyd in photo)<br>

    ### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###

    Replies to this message do not go back to the sender.
    Go to http://FlashAlert.net/login.html to change or delete these messages.
     
  2. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    9,861
    Location:
    Northeastern MD @ the top o the Bay
    thats great,..they deserve all they get in the way of punishment and more!!
     
  3. oldgahchamp

    oldgahchamp Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    1,263
    Brian, It looks like this is a family affair. Hang-em-high. Larry Evans
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.