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Police detective may face illegal hunting charge

June 10, 2005

Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A city police detective, who also is a Madison County councilman, could face charges for illegally hunting deer, a state agency said.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is requesting that charges be filed against Larry Crenshaw for a deer he killed on a November hunting trip in Jefferson County.

It is the second time that Crenshaw has been confronted by conservation officers about hunting violations since 2003.

Conservation Officer Dave Dungan said the department is seeking charges of illegal taking of a white tail deer and failure to procure a resident hunting license.

Dungan said Crenshaw was in possession of a bow-hunting license but killed a deer with a gun. Crenshaw then drove to Anderson to obtain a tag, which started a routine investigation, he said.

"He was told (in 2003) not to do it again," Dungan said. "Everyone makes a mistake, but not twice in two years."

Crenshaw, 44, said Wednesday he was shocked to learn the state was considering filing charges and had not heard from DNR.

He believes the DNR officers lied to him about their investigation.

"I was told this incident was done a long time ago," Crenshaw said. "I made a mistake. Once I realized it, I bought a tag immediately. I didn't leave the animal in the field. We donated the meat to organizations."

Crenshaw said he had other tags, but they were not the correct ones, and he purchased the right one.

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