New Hampshire Deer Hunters Incarcerated After Arrest in St. Lawrence County
On Monday evening, November 14th, New York State Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) working a joint road check with US Border Patrol and New York State Police on state Route 11 in the Town of Potsdam, St Lawrence County arrested 5 men from New Hampshire for numerous Environmental Conservation Law Misdemeanors and Violations. The five men were in possession of 172 pounds of illegal venison.
Charged in the incident were Jason A. Ball of Concord, NH age 41; Darren Ball of Concord , NH age 19; Andrew B. Balancer of Concord, NH age 22; James B. Casselberry of Hooksett, NH age 26; Michael E. Vincent of Concord, NH age 17. The offenses occurring in the Town of Gouverneur were 3 counts each for the Misdemeanor of Taking a Antlerless Deer without a Permit, and 1 count each of the Violation of Hunting without a License. The defendants were arraigned on the above charges and plead guilty. The 5 defendants were immediately sentenced to 45 days in Jail or a fine of 1200.00 dollars each. The defendants were immediately incarcerated in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
The defendants are due back in the town of Potsdam court on December 1st to answer 17 charges for the Violations of Illegally Possessing a Deer and Improper Tagging.
The charges stem from 3 doe deer that were taken illegally in the Town of Gouverneur. One fawn was shot on November 11th and two adult does taken on November 13th.
ECOs were assisted by US Border Patrol, New York State Police at the check point, Potsdam Police and Dispatchers at Potsdam Police station for processing, and were assisted in transport and court security by St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Deputies. ECOs Jon Ryan and Dan Malone made the arrests.