May 31, 2016

Elyria
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Two plead no contest in Avon Lake deer poaching

AVON LAKE — Two Avon Lake men accused of hunting deer with a crossbow in city limits have pleaded no contest to a variety of charges in a plea deal that will see them pay thousands of dollars in restitution. Avon Lake Municipal Court records show that Adam Petrella, 26, entered pleas to game and Read More…

Committee OKs Avon Lake’s 10-year deer plan

AVON LAKE — The city’s 10-year deer management plan through the Ohio Division of Wildlife was approved Wednesday by the Environmental Committee. Deer overpopulation plagues Avon Lake, and over the past year sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture have had success in culling operations. Residents who have taken steps to obtained deer damage Read More…

Bow-hunting ‘knuckleheads’ accused of poaching in Avon Lake; ODNR could also pursue charges

AVON LAKE — Two men are facing poaching and other charges for killing deer within city limits. Adam Petrella, 26, and Andrew Smith, 25, both of Avon Lake, are facing charges of hunting violations and cruelty to animals. Smith is facing an additional charge of shooting a bow within city limits and Avon Lake police Read More…

Deer crashes plague Lorain County

VERMILION — Lorain County had the second-highest number of deer-related vehicle crashes in 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Friday. The county had 510 crashes involving deer last year, only a few less than the 514 crashes in Stark County, which had the highest number in the state, according to the report. Richland County Read More…

Initial deer cull at eight in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said it was a smooth process and culling will continue. “I wasn’t sure what they were going to get,” Zilka said. “But it was more than I was hoping for.” Read More…

Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — The city’s first deer culling operation at Weiss Field began Thursday evening silently and with little attention. People walked their dogs and kids played basketball and used the skate park up until 6 p.m. when police arrived, blocked off entrances and asked everyone to leave. Elyria resident Larry Best, who brings his Read More…

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park

AVON LAKE — A culling operation will occur today at Weiss Field with sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The announcement comes three days after City  Council passed a law allowing sharpshooting on public property. Public Works Director Joseph Reitz said shooters will meet with the Avon Lake Police Department for a briefing Read More…

Avon Lake deer culling to start soon

AVON LAKE — The city will move forward with a program aimed at killing deer at Weiss Field and the city landfill before the month’s end. City Council approved an ordinance Monday allowing sharpshooters hired through state or federal agencies to conduct culling operations on city property. Council also approved a service agreement with the Read More…

Avon Lake deer survey results pinpoint overpopulation areas

AVON LAKE — Results of a survey about deer have been released. The survey, available to all city residents, was completed by approximately 950 people. There were 50 people who did not provide addresses, so those surveys weren’t counted. The results were examined by the Avon Lake City Council, Mayor Greg Zilka, the Ohio Department Read More…

Avon Lake soliciting deer problem information from residents

AVON LAKE — Residents are being asked to complete surveys focusing on the reported deer problem in the area. Residents have reported that the city’s large deer population — which was once estimated to be 250 to 300 deer — have been eating their plants and running into roadways, causing accidents. City Councilman Dave Kos Read More…