Second man arrested in 2010 deer incident

CLINTON — Conservation police have arrested a second Clinton man for animal torture and numerous Illinois animal and wildlife code violations following a grand jury indictment.

Chevy L. Miller, 26, of Clinton, was arrested by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police on Sunday, following an ongoing investigation of a February 2010 incident in which seven white-tailed deer were run over with an all-terrain vehicle near Clinton Lake.

Miller faces 50 misdemeanor counts, including seven counts each of animal torture, animal harassment by a motor vehicle, hunting between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting by aid of lights attached to a motor vehicle, hunting without permission, and unlawful taking of deer; and one count of criminal trespass to property.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said the investigation began after a resident reported seeing an injured deer near the Clinton power station. When police arrived, they discovered seven deer that had been run over.

Police learned more about the incident following tips provided to DeWitt County and Clinton Crimestoppers.

A second man, Clay A. Reeves of Clinton, was arrested in July 2010 in connection with the same incidents.

According to the DeWitt County state's attorney's office and conservation police, Reeves was charged in 2010 with one felony count of animal torture and 57 misdemeanor counts, mostly similar to those Miller was charged with.

Reeves is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

McCloud said the state police, DeWitt County sheriff's office and Clinton Police Department assisted with the investigation, which is continuing.

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awiste wrote on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I would like to applaud the individuals that reported tips to Crimestoppers and to the authorities for their investigation into this crime.