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Man charged with hunter harassment on Cedar Lake

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A Cedar Lake resident was arrested Sunday on multiple charges after the Indiana Department of Conservation said he was harassing waterfowl hunters on Cedar Lake.

According to DNR, at 2 p.m. an Indiana Conservation Officer responded to Cedar Lake following a report that Donald Latulip, 71, was interfering with a group of hunters. On his arrival, ICO Alex Neel observed Latulip in a pontoon boat near the hunters, waving a white towel when ducks flew into the area, DNR said.

“The hunters also gave Neel video showing Latulip discharging a shotgun toward a residential area on the lake,” DNR said.

Latulip subsequently left the area in his boat and entered North Point Marina--which he owns--where Neel and Cedar Lake Police officers attempted to make contact with him but instead encountered a locked gate. “While at the gate, officers heard what sounded like additional gunfire coming from the marina’s docks,” DNR said.

When Latulip refused to open the locked gate, officers forced it open, and at 5 p.m. Latulip was taken into custody and transported to Lake County Jail.

Latulip faces charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, hunter harassment, and hindering a conservation officer, DNR said.


Posted 1/2/2020




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