MOUNT VERNON — Two Butler area men have been charged with several violations from a hunting incident on Nov. 13, near Nunda.
According to Leighland Arehart, law enforcement supervisor for District 1 for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Michael Lyon, 47, was charged with hunting wild quadrupeds (animals with four feet) with the aid of a vehicle, jacklighting and carrying a firearm while under the influence. Cody Lyon, 21, was charged with hunting wild quadrupeds with the aid of a motor vehicle and jacklighting. A pre-trial hearing for both men will be Wednesday, in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
According to the report filed in municipal court from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the pair were arrested at approximately 11:30 p.m. by wildlife officers after being spotted from the division’s aircraft driving and shining lights out both sides of the vehicle while traveling on College Hill and Hostetler roads. Wildlife officers on the ground contacted the pair and discovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle in the vehicle and a 30.06 rifle in the weeds near the vehicle.
The report stated the defendants admitted to hunting raccoons and were using the truck to aid in the hunt and carry them and their firearms. They also admitted to shining lights out the side of the vehicle to find the raccoons.
Michael Lyon was also charged with carrying a firearm under the influence after numerous beer cans were discovered in the bed of the truck and a field sobriety test was performed.
Both men entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 27. Following a Dec. 12 pre-trial hearing, trial has been scheduled for Jan. 2, 2013, at 9 a.m.
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