Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Donald Latulip, 71, of Cedar Lake on Sunday evening after receiving a complaint he was interfering with a group of waterfowl hunters on Cedar Lake at 2 p.m.
Indiana CO Alex Neel responded and observed Latulip in a pontoon boat near the hunters, waving a white towel when ducks flew in the area of the hunters. The hunters also gave Neel a video showing Latulip discharging a shotgun toward a residential area on the lake.
Latulip left the area in his boat and entered North Point Marina, which he owns. Neel and officers from the Cedar Lake Police Department attempted to make contact with the suspect at the marina but encountered a locked gate. While at the gate, officers heard what sounded like additional gunfire coming from the marinaís docks.
Latulip refused to open the locked gate. Officers forced the gate open, and the suspect was placed in a police vehicle at 5 p.m. for transport to Lake County Jail.
Latulip faces charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a level 6 felony; hunter harassment, a class C misdemeanor, and hindering a conservation officer, also a class C misdemeanor.
All charges are merely accusations and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
All shooting ranges operated by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will adjust their hours of operation during the months of January and February.
The ranges at the following fish & wildlife areas will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, depending on their location: Crosley, Deer Creek, J.E. Roush Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, Pigeon River, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Wilbur Wright, and Winamac.
This will not affect the hours of operation for archery ranges, which are open daily, sunrise to sunset at these properties.
Regular range hours will resume March 1 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT depending on location, Wednesday through Sunday.)
The Division of Fish & Wildlife strives to provide clean, safe ranges. The ranges are staffed by trained range safety officers and most charge no free. These ranges are great places to shoot the new gun you may have received over the holidays or to sight in your firearm for your next hunting outing.
For more information on shooting range hours, visit www.wildlife.IN.gov/3648.htm.
Mark your calendar for Jan. 24-26 – dates of the 2020 Michiana Boat and Sport Show.
The show is held at the South Bend Century Center.
Promoter Dale Brindley says several exhibitors have signed on but there are still some booth spaces available, especially for small vendors. Small table displays are available to any club or small tackle manufacturer looking for more public exposure.
For prices and details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.