A twice convicted felon awaiting sentencing on a gun charge is a suspect in an Ottawa County poaching investigation.
Charges are pending against Ann Goode, 43, of 2722 S. Muddy Creek North Road, Oak Harbor, and Steven Brown, 32, of 14550 W. Third St., Rocky Ridge, after authorities say they were called to Portage River South Road in Salem Township just around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.
Brown, who fled on foot but was found later at Goode’s property, was caught after a search by two Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, two Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers, officers from the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Danbury Township Police Department K-9 unit and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Deputies told Goode she could face a complicity charge for her role in the incident and would receive a summons, the report shows. As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed against either in Ottawa County Municipal Court.
According to Deputy M. Gandee’s report, a resident heard a gunshot in the early morning hours across a nearby field. Using a thermal imaging scope, the resident spotted a deer carcass. He called the sheriff’s office when he said he saw a small car return to the area and a man in jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and dark hat headed toward the downed animal. The resident noted the license plate and then approached the car. The driver sped away and the other person ran.
Deputies shortly afterward found the car matching the description. Goode was driving the vehicle. Deputies checked on her license and found she was driving while under suspension, according to the report. She told officers she was checking on her other property because she had been told someone was messing around on it. When asked about a possible poaching incident, Goode said she was unaware of it but stated she had hit a deer down the road and pointed to a dent on the front panel of the car.
Gandee could not find any deer hairs on the dented vehicle.
Meanwhile, wildlife officers staked out the area around Goode’s house. They later spotted Brown running across the field toward her home. When he was taken into custody, officers noted, his clothes were wet and muddy.
When told of Brown’s apprehension and pressed about the rifle’s whereabouts, Goode changed her story, the reports shows. She said she never saw a rifle. She claimed Brown came to her house, told her he shot a deer and asked for help retrieving it, according to the report.
Goode was convicted of a gun possession charge in late September in connection with a domestic violence spat with her daughter when she threatened to shoot the girl’s horses. She headed to the barn but had a change of heart and put the gun on a shelf where deputies found it a short time later.
The charge was a felony because of Goode’s 1996 burglary conviction.
She was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1. The sentencing, however, has been delayed three times. A new date was not available on Tuesday, according to Ottawa County Common Pleas Court records. A condition of her current bond is that she has a curfew and is not supposed to be beyond her property between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Less than eight months ago, a Lucas County judge found Goode guilty of attempting to pass drugs to her son, Zachary Redfern, an inmate in the Toledo Correctional Facility at Christmas time last year.
She served three months in prison and was put on community control for four years. Judge Myron Duhart ‘s restrictions include the possibility of serving remaining time if she is convicted of a felony or involved in some other unlawful incident. He also suspended her license for a year and required her to do community service and seek treatment.
The poaching portion of the case has been turned over to the ODNR, the sheriff said