Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dog Shot, Man Charged In Yellow Creek Lake Incident

By Jen Gibson, Times-Union

A North Manchester man faces criminal recklessness charges after an incident at Yellow Creek Lake Tuesday.

Hugh F. Fuller, CR 1400N, North Manchester, was arrested around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail for criminal recklessness. His bond was set at $500. An additional charge of pointing a firearm also is being considered against Fuller.

According to a report from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department, Fuller reportedly shot a dog at his lake residence on Yellow Creek Lake and refused to let the man retrieve it for treatment until police arrived.

Initially, police were called to Fuller's residence at 8616 S. Valentine Court, Yellow Creek Lake, around 12:48 p.m. Tuesday to take a report about the theft of two fish finders and damage to his boat.

Fuller reported that someone used a blunt object to hit both sides of the hull of his boat, poured a jar of hot peppers inside the boat, broke the windshield and poured charcoal lighter fluid inside the boat. Fuller believed the suspect(s) intended to set the boat on fire.

Fuller reportedly told police he believed that his neighbors had damaged the boat because he hit their dog in the head with a hammer a few weeks ago because the dog reportedly came at him.

Police talked with the neighbor, Leonard Greer, Wooster Road, Winona Lake, who said he had been inside his cottage all night playing video games.

About an hour later, police were called to the residence again for a report about a dog being shot.

When police arrived, Fuller was refusing to allow Greer to retrieve an injured pit bull from his yard. Fuller reportedly told police the dog was in his yard so he shot it.

Once police arrived, Fuller allowed Greer into the yard to get the dog and take it to a veterinarian.

Fuller reportedly told police he shot the dog with a 12 gauge shotgun, but said he did not point the gun at his neighbor.

Greer reportedly told police Fuller pointed the gun at his shoulder and said Greer could not come on his property to get the dog until after police arrived.

The incident remains under investigation by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

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