JONESBORO - Patrick W. McLane, 24, and Mitchell L. McLane, 51, both
of Jonesboro, and doing business as the Gander Flats Hunting Club in
Jonesboro, were indicted March 7 for violations of the Migratory Bird
According to the Office of the U.S. States Attorney for the Southern
District of Illinois, both have been accused of “placing bait for the
purpose of allowing any person to take or attempt to take migratory game
The violation took place on or about Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2004. The
charges carry with it a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or a
fine of $100,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more
than one year.
The second count of the same indictment charges Rodney A. Mezo, 28,
of Grand Tower, and James A. Rogers, 27, of Jonesboro, with unlawfully
taking migratory game birds by the aid of baiting on a baited area.
Mezo and Rogers’ violation place approximately Jan. 15, 2005. Their
charged offense carries with it a maximum penalty of six months’
imprisonment or a fine of $15,000, or both, and a term of supervised
release of not more than one year.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement and the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources Conservation Police, and the case is being handled by
Assistant United States Attorney James E. Crowe, III.