Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hearing still on for indicted Wildlife Division officials

Brown County Prosecutor Jessica A. Little said the Sept. 2 hearing before the Brown County Common Pleas Court and involving five indicted Ohio Division of Wildlife officials is still on.

The five officials - including the agency’s chief, an assistant chief, a district supervisor, the agency’s law enforcement administrator, and its human resources manager - are each charged with two fifth degree felony counts. The five defendants are required to attend the proceedings, Little said.

The case as it now stands will be reviewed at 11 a.m., Thursday before Brown County Common Please Court Judge Scott Gusweiler.

“I do suspect that the hearing will last most of the day,” Little said.
Likely not to be discussed is any suppression hearing, Little said also.

“I don’t think there are any suppression issues. That’s my opinion, but I don’t know what the defense plans are, though.”

Little said also that Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Sean Logan is on the defense counsel’s list of potential witnesses.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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