By Jeff Harrell
A man suspected in the case of a pet emu beaten to death in October may not be charged in that case yet, but the investigation has led to other charges.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, prompted by social media accounts, investigated possible poaching.
That investigation led New Carlisle police to look at two men suspected of beating Jean Wolf's pet emu, Andy, to death.
The DNR asked the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office to charge one of the men with illegally killing a deer.
Prosecutors are reviewing possible charges against a 21-year-old New Carlisle man whose name is withheld due to the pending investigation in New Carlisle and Berrien County surrounding Andy's death.
That man appeared in St. Joseph Superior Court this week to face charges of criminal conversion stemming from the March 2011 thefts of a hand-carved wooden statue from a home outside New Carlise along with several stop signs and trash cans from nearby locations.
The Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion charges were triggered after witnesses came forward to police investigating the pet emu's death, New Carlisle Police Chief Jeffrey Roseboom said.
Meanwhile, as St. Joseph County prosecutors weigh the DNR charges, Berrien County prosecutors continue to wait for more information from Michigan State Police looking into Andy's death.
Michigan prosecutors hold jurisdiction in the matter because the emu's beating death is being investigated by state police as occurring on Jean Wolf's farm near Buchanan. More....