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Indianapolis man arrested for hunting on North Putnam property

Monday, December 24, 2012

ROACHDALE -- An Indianapolis man was arrested Sunday for hunting rabbits on North Putnam school property.

Kim A. England, 56, was arrested by Indiana Conservation Officer Chris Springstun at North Putnam Middle School/High School at 11:30 a.m. Sunday for possessing a firearm on school property.

After hearing a shot while on patrol near the high school, Springstun located a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot, and began to follow foot tracks left in the snow near the vehicle.

The footprints eventually led Springstun down the North Putnam Outdoor Learning Center, a nature trail through the woods east of the school.

Springstun located England, who was in possession of a firearm and several rabbits, near the football practice field.

England claimed that he was hunting rabbits on property that he thought was open to the public.

At the time of the incident, the Bainbridge Christian Church was conducting a church service inside the school.

There were no reported injuries in the incident.

Several rabbits and a .410 revolver were seized from England during his arrest. He was transported to the Putnam County Jail, where he awaits formal arraignment.

School officials were later notified of the incident.

England faces additional charges, including hunting without consent, hunting without a license and the illegal taking of rabbits (Class C misdemeanors), as well as hunting rabbits without hunter orange clothing (Class D infraction).

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-- Posted by localman on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 9:24 AM

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