The two Citrus County sheriff's officers, and two other
men, face $228 fines each for hunting 30 minutes after the cutoff.
By SUZANNAH GONZALES, Times Staff Writer
Published January 22, 2004
INVERNESS - Four Inverness men, including a Citrus County
sheriff's detective and deputy, were cited by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission last month for illegally hunting ducks on Hernando
Pool, part of the Tsala Apopka Lake chain and north of Inverness.
Sheriff's Detective Richard Grant, 34, and sheriff's
Deputy Robert Crosnoe, 35, each received tickets with $228 fines for hunting
ducks after hours, said Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Karen Parker. Brad
Bennett, 24, and James Brooks, 34, also were ticketed.
Duck hunting begins a half hour before sunrise and ends at
sunset, according to Parker. But she said the four men cited hunted a half
hour after sunset, about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.
After receiving a complaint from someone who lives nearby,
a Fish and Wildlife officer went to the area to investigate, Parker said.
The officer found two of the men riding in one boat but was unable to locate
three others who rode in another boat.
The next day, Parker said the brother of one of those
three men called a Fish and Wildlife investigator. The caller said his
brother and his brother's friends knew they were wrong and wanted to turn
themselves in to clear up the matter, according to Parker.
However, Parker said the hunters did not turn in the fifth
person who they claimed was not hunting. "He was basically just along for
the ride," said Parker, who was unable to identify the man Tuesday
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy spoke with both Grant and Crosnoe about
the hunting incident, said sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney.
Dawsy acknowledged that "they had not used the best of
judgment," Tierney said, but ultimately he decided further discipline
from his agency was not in order.
Crosnoe, who came to the Sheriff's Office in 1998, served
a 30-day suspension in 1999 for not properly investigating and documenting
an attempted residential burglary. He also was disciplined after he failed
to respond to a subpoena and for improperly handling a service weapon.
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