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Published: Wednesday, 12/6/2000

Hunter jailed for pointing gun at officer

COLUMBUS GROVE, O. - The hunter accused of pointing a rifle at a state wildlife officer was arrested yesterday evening at his home near here, the Allen County sheriff's office said.

Deputies took Joe Ogle into custody about 7 p.m. on a warrant issued Monday charging him with felonious assault. He was booked into the Allen County jail; a hearing date in Allen County Common Pleas court had not been set last night.

Mr. Ogle initially was arrested Thursday, the day he had a confrontation outside his home with Officer Joel Buddelmeyer, who was investigating a complaint of hunting on private property.

Mr. Ogle acknowledged pointing a rifle at the officer, but said he did so only after the officer pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot.

A law enforcement supervisor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources disputed that account, saying Mr. Ogle pulled his gun first.



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