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Page 12 THE QUODDY TIDES 25 December, 2015 Chevrier pleads guilty to assault charges EASTPORT TO EXAMINE (from page 1) by Susan Esposito Chevrier's ex-girlfriend that took place on district has been below the optimum tar- 100 acres without permission. Turner ech- A 31-year-old Eastport man pied guilty December 2, 2014. get for deer herds for some time. Schaef- oed much the same, and Cates raised the fer noted that there are two otherdifficulties archery hunters have on the to nine of 13 charges in a December 7 "The recommended sentence is 13 hearing in a deal that may allow him to years," says District Attorney Matthew communities in the district facing the same island if they wish to hunt legally. "For escape attempted murder charges. Foster, who thought the court would ac- high density deer populations as Moose legal hunters there are not very many plac- Jonathan Cbevrier pied guilty in Wash- cept the deal. Island. However, when asked by resident es you can actually hunt on the island." ington County Superior Court in Machias In the 2014 attack, the Regional Cam- Jan McNemey what the deer population Emery and Turner suggested that 25 or to kidnapping, aggravated assault, domes- munications Center had received a 911 is and how it was measured, Schaeffer so of a limited number any-deer lottery tic violence assault, violation of a protec- call at approximately 2:59 a.m. from the shrugged and explained that it would be permits specific to Eastport that would al- tive order, criminal threatening with a victim reporting her ex-boyfriend, Chev- the city's responsibility to find out that low hunters on the island would be far dangerous weapon, assault, obstructing a tier, had broken into her apartment at information, generally an expensive pro- better than an influx of unlimited archery report of a crime or injury, criminal mis- Pleasant Point and was now fighting with cedure. The goal for a healthy biological hunters in search of the "easy pickings" to and social carrying capacity is about 10 to be found in any number of places on the chief and criminal trespass, another male subject there. After alleged- i5 deer per square mile. "My sense is that island. Locally-controlled common sense If the court approves the plea deal on ly being assaulted, the male victim was December 22, two counts of aggravated able to escape with what appeared to be Eastport is well over that," he said. approaches, however, cannot be allowed assault and attempted murder and one minor injuries. The victim did have an State laws specify that archery hunting if they do not conform to state law, and count each of attempted murder and gross active protection from abuse order in rules follow firearms regulations on the Schaeffer explained that a municipality sexual assault will be dropped. The charg- place. Chevrier, who was armed with a harvesting of deer. "If we issued 25 any- cannot control hunting. Hunting must be es stem from an alleged brutal attack on knife, then forced the victim and her 18- deer permits for firearms over the whole of controlled by state law because of the fact month-old child to leave with him, ac- District 27, that says that archery hunters that deer are considered a "publicly owned cording to then Chief Deputy Christopher can tag a doe deer during regular archery resource that is held in trust for the benefit Eastporl police Donahue of the Washington County Sher- season," Schaeffer explained. Does have of Maine people." The statement raised iff's Department. He drove them to the been off-limits to hunters for some time in some laughter when Denise Cassidy said, depal ment repolt Boyden's Lake boat landing, where it's the district, he added, compounding the "With due respect, if deer are the state's problem of overpopulation in the areas of property, why do we have to pay to get rid The Eastport Police Department re- alleged that she was brutally attacked. She high density among the sparser deer yards, of them? They're yours." ceived 40 calls for assistance between De- was brutally assaulted both in and out of cember 7 and December 21. The calls the vehicle, thrown into the lake and then Schaeffer's probable recommendation Tasks that will be worked on by the included nine agency assists, 15 traffic sexually assaulted by Cbevrier. to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advi- committee are: developing a community stops, four well-being checks and domes- Cbevrier then drove the mother andspry Council to allow 25 any-deer permits survey based on one conducted by Cas- tic disturbances that did not result in ar- child to his mother's residence in Pem- for the district during the 2016 season did tine that asks property owners to state rests, broke, where police caught up with them not sit well with Dana Turner, Scoff Em- whether hunting is allowed on their land The Eastport Police Department wishes and, after, a brief standoff, were able to cry, Cecil Cates and a few others at the without permission needed, with permis- everyone a very merry Christmas and very take Cbevrier into custody, workshop. They pointed to the influx of sion only or not at all; determining wbeth- safe holiday season. Everyone who is As a result of her injuries, the victim irresponsible hunters who have plagued er liability issues would allow the city to drinking is encouraged to use designated was taken from the scene to the Calais the safety of island residents during atr- install and rent deer stands on city-owned chery season. One former Islesboro res;i- land as a way to control where archery drivers. Members of the public are re- Regional Hospital and then transported by minded to call if they see anything suspi- LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine dent stood up and told of how that islamd takes place and in recognition of Schaef- had a healthy archery club that taught re- fer's contention that traditional archery cious and are asked to be a good neighbor. Medical Center in Bangor. sponsible hunting practices and skills. - hunters prefer using stands as a safe way ~. ~ ~ ~. ~. ~.- ~.. ~. ~.. ~ ~-. ~. ~. ~-. ~.- ~. ~. ~.. ~.. ~.. Here, she said, she's seen deer running to control arrow projection; researching MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM through her yard with arrows sticking out the city's hunter success rate to get a hen- of their necks and rumps, to die a slow die on how many bucks are harvested per Bay City Garage &U-Haul painful death in the shrubs. Emery year; and reaching out to game wardens noted the complete disregard for private for a greater presence during hunting sea- Telephone (207) 853-2736 property, and at times threatening behaw- son to lessen trespassing and other illegal Garage open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ior, displayed by hunters who hunt on hiis hunting activities. 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