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OSP Fish & Wildlife Investigation Leads to Wildlife Crime Charges for Adults, Juveniles in Myrtle Creek
11/29/2011
Sergeant Lynn Withers
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 440-3334

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Last week, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office, with the assistance of Douglas County Sheriff's Office, searched three Myrtle Creek area residences that led to charges for three adults and 2 juveniles. OSP Troopers Aaron Baimbridge and Jason Stone credited the involvement of one citizen who was willing to step forward with information considered instrumental for these investigations.
 
On November 22, 2011, the first search warrant was served at 464 Taylor Street in Myrtle Creek where six sets of illegally taken blacktail deer antlers and two rifles were seized. Two 17-year old juveniles were cited and released on wildlife-related crimes. One 17-year old juvenile male was cited and released for Failure to Validate Big Game Tag and Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. The other 17-year old male juvenile was cited and released for Exceeding the Bag Limit of Blacktail Deer; Taking Blacktail Deer Closed Season; Unlawful Possession of Deer Parts; and, Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana. Charges are pending for a 35-year old adult female resident.
 
Information obtained during execution of the first search warrant led troopers to get a second search warrant for another Myrtle Creek-area residence at 164 Forest Street. During the November 25th search, troopers seized evidence including 28 sets of illegally taken blacktail deer antlers, one set of 6x7 bull elk antlers, three black bear skulls, and 4 rifles. Troopers arrested MARK TIM WILSON JR, age 20, and lodged him in the Douglas County Jail (bail was set at $1.9 million) on the following charges:
  • Exceeding the Bag Limit of Blacktail Deer (5 counts)
  • Taking Blacktail Deer Closed Season (7 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of Blacktail Deer Parts (16 counts)
  • Hunting Prohibited Hours
  • Unlawful Possession of Bull Elk Antlers
  • Tampering With Evidence
  • Unlawful Possession of Bear (3 counts)
  • Aiding in a Wildlife Crime (2 counts)
 
WILSON is no longer in custody. Charges are pending for a 54-year old adult male resident.
 
Information developed at the second search warrant location led investigators to a third Myrtle Creek residence. Subsequent search and ongoing investigation led to two other individuals being cited. BOBBY WILSON, age 22, was cited and released for Tampering With Evidence, Taking Trophy Blacktail Deer Closed Season, and Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. FRED LOPEZ, age 23, was cited and released for Tampering With Evidence and Aiding in a Wildlife Offense.
 
While executing the second search warrant, troopers developed information that evidence was moved to other Myrtle Creek area locations prior to execution of the search warrant. This information led to tampering charges for some of the suspects.