By Jack Moran
Six months after pleading guilty to an intoxicated-driving charge, Springfield City Councilor Dave Ralston now faces additional legal trouble in two Oregon counties.
Ralston, 58, is scheduled to appear Jan. 13 in Deschutes County Circuit Court to enter a plea to a misdemeanor charge alleging that he broke an unspecified state wildlife law.
Ralston was involved in an Oct. 6 traffic stop in which a state trooper found an illegally taken buck inside a vehicle, state police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Friday.
The criminal case arises nine years after Ralston pleaded no-contest to shooting a black tail deer out of season and then borrowing another hunter’s tag to place on the carcass. He was fined nearly $600 in that case and had his hunting license suspended.
Deschutes County prosecutors could not be reached Friday for additional information on the current poaching case involving Ralston. Court records show that Ralston was not arrested after the traffic stop. He made an initial court appearance and was appointed a public defender on Nov. 6.
Ralston did not immediately return a telephone message left Friday at his home. His court-appointed attorney, Andrew Doyle of Bend, declined to comment on the case.
The Deschutes County charge isn’t the only pending legal matter involving Ralston, who won re-election to a fourth four-year term on the City Council in 2012. More....