Southwest Washington poaching suspects and others now face charges in a fourth Oregon county, in addition to many more north of the Columbia as well.
Prosecutors in The Dalles yesterday filed 122 wildlife misdemeanor charges against 11 men and women, including a combined 87 against the two men whose phones led game wardens in both states to discover a shocking amount of alleged illegal killing of wintering bucks for their antlers, as well as unlawfully chasing bear and bobcat with dogs.
BUCK HEADS AND A RIFLE SEIZED DURING SEARCH WARRANTS SERVED IN COWLITZ COUNTY IN MARCH 2017. (WDFW VIA KPTV)
Those two individuals are Erik C. Martin and William J. Haynes, both 24 and from Kelso and Longview. They were hit with 42 and 45 of the charges in Wasco County, where the case began in fall 2016.
According to reports from KOIN and The Seattle Times, others who were charged there include:
Joseph A. Dills, 31, of Longview: 12 counts
Aaron B. Hendricks, 35, of Woodland: five counts
Sierra Dills, 18, of Longview: four counts
David R. McLeskey, 59, of Woodland: four counts
Eddy A. Dills, 58, of Longview: two counts
Kimberly K. Crape, 20, hometown unknown: two counts
Wyatt Keith, 17, hometown unknown: two counts
Aubri N. McKenna, 36, hometown unknown: one count
Aaron C. Hanson, 38, hometown unknown: one count
Hendricks, McKlesky, Haynes and Joseph A. Dills also face charges in Oregon’s Clackamas County, they’ve pleaded not guilty to more in Clatsop County, and McKleskey and Dills are expected to be charged in Lincoln County too, according to news reports.
Also charged in Clatsop County was Eddy Dills, who recently appeared on Seattle news station KING-5 to take aim at Washington’s timber damage prevention bear hunts to excuse his alleged actions, which seems more and more farcical with every new charge against him, his family and acquaintances.
Eddy Dills reportedly pleaded not guilty to poaching in Clatsop County.
Haynes and Joseph A. Dills were each initially charged with 64 counts each in Washington’s Skamania County, Martin with 28, Eddy Dills with 26.
Charges against ringmembers have also been filed in Cowlitz, Lewis, Jefferson and Pacific Counties.
WILLIAM J. HAYNES IN A SELFIE AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AN ILLEGALLY HUNTED BLACK BEAR AT CLOSE RANGE WITH A SHOTGUN. (WDFW)
It all stems from a single traffic stop during the harsh winter of 2016-17.
Oregon State Police wildlife troopers investigating a string of headless bucks shot and left on winter range near Mt. Hood matched a trail cam photo of a truck with one spotted in The Dalles and pulled it over.
Inside were Haynes and Martin, and a mountain of evidence was ultimately found on their phones and homes.
WILLIAM J. HAYNES AND ERIK C. MARTIN. (WDFW)