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ROAD-CREW BOSS SUSPENDED, FINED OVER DEER HUNTING

Posted on Mon, Jan. 31, 2005

By Bill Estep

SOUTH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU

MOUNT VERNON -- Combining work and deer hunting has cost the road supervisor in Rockcastle County $1,805, a pistol and a 30-day job suspension.

Denton Cromer, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to illegally killing two deer in November, improperly firing a gun from a road and failing to tag and check a deer, court records said.

District Judge David A. Tapp fined him $275.50 plus $1,530 in restitution to the state. The restitution figure is the cost of replacing two deer, said county Attorney Bill Reynolds.

Cromer also agreed to forfeit the .357-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol he carried in his county truck and used to shoot at deer, according to court records.

A criminal complaint filed by Officer Steve Isaacs of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said Cromer was in a county truck last Nov. 18 when he stopped and shot at a whitetail buck. He and another employee looked for the deer to see if Cromer had hit it, but apparently didn ’t find it.

Later the same day, however, Cromer killed a doe, loaded it into his county truck and took it to someone else with instructions to tag it and check the dead animal in the other person’s name, according to the complaint.

When hunters kill deer, they have to call a fish and wildlife department toll-free number to report the death. They are given a confirmation number to write down on back of their hunting license, where they also must record the details of the kill, including the date and county. The information is considered proof the kill was legal. Hunters are allowed to kill only one buck a year, but some counties have no restrictions on the number of does that can can be killed.

Cromer also acknowledged shooting a second deer; failing to tag or check the first deer made both kills illegal, Isaacs said in the citation charging Cromer in early January.

Rockcastle County Judge-Executive Buzz Carloftis said Cromer had been county road supervisor for nearly 11 years when he was charged. The fiscal court voted Jan. 11 to suspend Cromer without pay for 30 days; when he returns, he won ’t be the supervisor, Carloftis said.

“He should have known that this was not proper for the road supervisor to do that, ” Carloftis said. “All I can say is he must love to hunt.”

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