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Sunday, Mar 4, 2012County: Bergen
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Alleged: John W. Hall
A man arrested on weapons charges earlier this month for allegedly hunting geese with a crossbow now faces an additional count of animal cruelty after police say they found one of his victims.
Police arrested John W. Hall, 49, near the Dorchester Apartments in New Milford around 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 4. Smelling alcohol on his breath, police noticed a large hunting knife tucked into his pants and conducted a search.
In a large yellow dufflebag he was carrying, police said they found two small crossbows, dozens of arrows and several knives.
New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro told the Twin-Boro News that Hall was also carrying a sleeve of crackers.
Police had received information at the time that Hall was hunting geese at Hard Castle Pond, but no injured birds were found. He was arrested on weapons possession and disorderly conduct charges and released on $20,000 bail.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Thursday, however, that further investigation found Hall "did in fact use a cross bow and arrow to shoot and cause injury to the webbed part of the left foot of a Canadian goose."
The goose was brought to the Bergen County Animal Shelter on March 4, where it is still being treated for the injury, Molinelli said.
The strange case caught the attention of Field & Stream magazine, and coincided with the disappearance of Washington Township's "beloved" one-legged turkey, Eileen.
Both birds survived their respective ordeals, The Record reported.
A warrant for Hall's arrest on the additional charges was issued on Tuesday, and he was apprehended on Wednesday by members of the New Milford police and the county's Animal Cruelty Task Force. He's being held on $10,000 bail and faces as much as 18 months in prison.
A court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.
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