Three arrested for illegally hunting deer; used flashlights

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Three men have been arrested in connection with illegal deer hunting in Roxbury on Monday.

The arrests were made by State Environmental Conservation Police (with the assistance of Woodbury Police and the Connecticut State Police Troop L.

State EnCon Police and Woodbury Police have received numerous complaints of illegal deer hunting after sunset in proximity to the Roxbury Airport,” the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a release.

“A proactive Woodbury Police Officer was conducting a patrol check of the area after midnight when they observed a vehicle traveling along Route 317 with the occupants actively shining the open grass fields, an area frequented by deer, where deer are known to be present, and a prime deer habitat.

“The officer suspected the occupants of illegal deer jacklighting and conducted a motor vehicle stop in Roxbury.”

The occupants – all Southbury residents – were identified as Eftihios Marnelakis, 22; Mihali Marnelakis, 20; and Jacob Parcell, 21.

All were found to be in possession of numerous flashlights/spotlight, ammunition, and multiple firearms, to include a loaded high powered rifle, within the passenger compartment as well as evidence of a recent deer kill processing in the bed of the pickup.

The three were placed under arrest by State EnCon Police and processed at Troop A in Southbury for the following violations: hunting from a public roadway, possession of loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, jacklighting deer and second-degree negligent hunting.

The accused were each released on a $5,000 surety bond and are scheduled to appear Torrington Superior Court on Nov. 18.

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