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CHARGES SET IN HEMSTREET HUNTING CASE

The hotel tycoon, family members and associates got game citations in January in Wallowa County

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

RICHARD COCKLE

ENTERPRISE -- Wallowa County's prosecutor filed formal charges Monday against hotel magnate Mark Hemstreet and a group of family friends on a string of game citations, including allegedly killing elk and black bear illegally.

Oregon State Police said the alleged violations occurred last fall on Hemstreet's sprawling Shilo Ranch between the northeastern Oregon towns of Wallowa and Troy.

Named in addition to Hemstreet, 54, the founder or Shilo Inns, were: Greg Clapper, 54, a Republican strategist and media campaigner and a longtime friend of Hemstreet's; Hemstreet's wife, Shannon; his daughter, Staci McDonald; his son, Brian Hemstreet; an associate, David Forni; and Gordon L. Caudle of Hillsboro.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Wallowa County Circuit Court in Enterprise, said District Attorney Dan Ousley.

The amended complaints were unchanged from citations by Oregon State Police issued Jan. 11 after a two-month investigation, Ousley said.

Hemstreet's attorney, Rahn Hostetter of Enterprise, stood by his earlier assertion that many of the accusations in the original affidavit describing the investigation were untrue. He said state police made the charges "for a headline."

Mark Hemstreet is accused of 11 violations including four counts of possessing resident hunting licenses that were falsely applied for, an apparent suggestion that he isn't a legal resident of Oregon. State police contend he's lived in California for the past five years.

Hemstreet also is charged with failing to validate an elk tag, knowingly loaning a big-game tag, unlawfully killing a bull elk without a valid tag, unlawfully borrowing an elk tag, and illegally aiding in the killing of a bull elk.

Shannon Hemstreet was charged with five counts of having a resident hunting license that was falsely applied for, unlawfully killing a bull elk, and loaning a bull elk tag and black bear tags to another hunter.

Brian Hemstreet was charged with unlawfully killing a black bear, illegally borrowing a big-game tag, taking a bull elk without a valid tag, and unlawfully possessing an elk.

Forni was charged with two counts of loaning bull elk tags to another hunter and a count of removing physical evidence. Clapper was charged with unlawfully possessing an elk, borrowing a big-game tag, failing to validate an elk tag, and exceeding the bag limit of bull elk.

Caudle was charged with borrowing an elk tag, two counts of killing a bull elk without a valid tag, and possession of an elk tag belonging to another hunter.

Staci McDonald was cited on allegedly loaning a game tag to another hunter.

Richard Cockle: 541-963-8890; rcockle@ucinet.com

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