Alleged poacher to appear in GarCo District Court April 12
Alleged poacher Richard W. Schroeder of Festus, Mo., will face two felony counts and six misdemeanor counts when he appears in District Court on April 12 in Glenwood Springs. Schroeder is accused of participating in an allegedly illegal hunting operation in Garfield County as part of Renegade Guide Service, an outfitter run by Gregory Jaegers, 40, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.Jaegers faces 22 felony and misdemeanor counts for operating an outfitter service without a license, illegally selling wildlife and illegally killing bear, deer and mountain lion without a license. He and alleged accomplice Keith Schweiss, 47, of Bloomsdale, Mo., will appear in District Court May 4. Charges for Schroeder, 45, haven’t been filed yet because he has yet to appear before authorities in Colorado, despite having turned himself in to Jefferson County, Mo., authorities March 18. Schroeder bonded out of custody in Missouri the same day. That bond has no effect in Colorado, however, said Assistant District Attorney Scott Turner. Schroeder’s official charges and court file will likely not be made public until after he appears in District Court in two weeks. The Colorado Division of Wildlife announced in a press release earlier this month that Schroeder faces two felony and six misdemeanor counts, including felony willful destruction of wildlife. Meanwhile, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said Thursday that the agency’s investigation of the case uncovered years of alleged wildlife violations in Colorado, some of which were perpetrated by four of Jaegers’ clients from Louisiana and Texas. Other arrests are expected to be made, he said. Hampton said the hunters admitted guilt by paying the fines required for their wildlife violations. Allie H. Brewer, of Alexandria, La., was charged for transfer of a hunting license. He paid a $274 fine for the violation. Christopher F. Snow, of Woodworth, La., was charged for hunting deer from a vehicle and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He paid the $342 fine for the charges. Henry H. Lemoine, Jr., of Pineville, La., was charged with illegal take of an elk, hunting with an illegal weapon and illegal transport of wildlife. He paid the $1,506 fine for the charges. The heaviest fine was levied against Joseph S. Lemoine, of Dallas, who paid $3,186 for hunting elk without a license, illegally taking an elk, waste and hunting with an illegal weapon. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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