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Cops in trouble for illegal HUNTING!!

Old 02-13-2002, 01:11 PM
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Good going idiots!!! Some guys just dont get it..These cops should lose their jobs!! This occured in my town as well as the next over.

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote<font size=1 face='Verdana, Arial, Helvetica' id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>By KARA L. RICHARDSON
GANNETT NEW JERSEY
Three Montgomery police officers, one allegedly using a handgun, have been accused of hunting illegally and could face departmental disciplinary action.

Sgt. David VanDoren, officers Silvio Bet and Christopher Bleistine were hunting in Montgomery and Franklin Jan. 28, along with two Bound Brook police officers and six civilians, Montgomery Police Director Michael Beltranena said yesterday. All were without proper permits, he said.

Bet and Bleistine had hunting permits for the Ingersoll-Rand tract but the group hunted beyond the 135 acres off Montgomery Road into two other township-owned tracts, Beltranena said. Under the Montgomery Township Deer Management Ordinance passed last fall, a separate permit is required for each tract.

After an investigation in cooperation with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the state park rangers, the township issued summonses Thursday to all 11. Each could face up to $1,250 in fines.

&quot;Obviously, I'm very concerned about this matter, especially because our police officers are sworn to uphold the law. Any breach of that is a significant concern to the police department and township administration,&quot; Beltranena said. The Montgomery officers could face disciplinary action, up to and including termination, after an Internal Affairs investigation, he said.

Those accused also included Bound Brook officers Vito Bet (Silvio Bet's brother) and Christopher Paszko. The others were Paszko's brother, Michael, 30, of Morris Plains; Thomas Clos, 29, of Princeton; Larry Barnes, 38, of Valley View, Pa.; Eugene DePace, 29, of Montgomery; Eugene DePace, 50, of Montgomery, and Robert Weber, 38 of Valley View, Pa.

Members of the group are also facing New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife charges, including hunting on a section of state parkland and littering in a section of Franklin, Beltranena said.

Silvio Bet was accused of using a privately owned handgun and was issued a summons, Beltranena said. VanDoren, who does not have any township hunting permits, was given a Fish and Wildlife summons accusing him of registering deer using false information.

Silvio Bet declined comment yesterday evening.

Bleistine, 29, has been with the department for three years. In that time, Bleistine has had two suspensions for violations of rules and regulations -- the first lasted one day in June 2000 and the second was a three-day suspension last month, Beltranena said.

Silvio Bet, 34, who has been with the department for nine years, was given a written reprimand for violations of rules and regulations in October 2001, Beltranena said.

VanDoren, 47, has been with the department for 23 years and has a clean record, Beltranena said.

So far, the Bound Brook officers Vito Bet and Christopher Paszko have not faced any disciplinary action, said Bound Brook Police Chief Kenneth Henderson.

&quot;Before we determine what action needs to be taken, we need to know the facts of the case,&quot; Henderson said. The Bound Brook chief is awaiting reports from Montgomery and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

After the Montgomery police Internal Affairs investigation, Beltranena could make a disciplinary action recommendation to the Township Committee, said Mayor Louise Wilson.

&quot;The charges are very serious and they are certainly considered serious by the township and the police leadership,&quot; Wilson said. &quot;They are being investigated vigorously.&quot;

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Old 02-13-2002, 03:57 PM
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If found guilty I would say throw the book at them,like the average citizen would get.They are suppose to set an example and know the law better then most.
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Old 02-13-2002, 05:03 PM
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I caught a cop from the township adjacent to mine trespassing on my posted property this year, and a high ranking county offical was with him.

Also, in Camden county, a local police officer was caught trying to shoot a deer, from his patrol car, with the spot light, and a rifle, while on duty. If I remember right, it was one of those fake Fish and Wildlife deer. <img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Old 02-15-2002, 06:43 PM
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Hey NJBowman, did you hear that the name that used to be most frequently listed in the book is being removed. I think he is an ex CO too.
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Old 02-16-2002, 09:13 PM
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Its about time, I have nothing against good police officers, but I have heard so many stories about police breaking fish and game laws and thinking they are untouchable. I would think termination is the only punishment that would fit. They should know better!
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Old 02-20-2002, 08:30 AM
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I talked to a warden on Saturday...He told me that at least 10 calls to 911 were received from citizens who live where this group was shooting. The cops could not talk their way out of this. Fish and Game are not after the cops badges. They will be fined like anyone else would. If the departments take further action, then so be it.
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