Taken from Republican-American – Wednesday, September 20, 2017, By: Michael Puffer
Waterbury– A 27 year old man is due to appear in court October 3, to answer allegations he killed 13 Canada geese on Lakewood Road in June.
Anthony D. Jackson of Waterbury surrendered to state Environmental Conservation police at the state police barracks in Southbury on August 29, and was arrested under allegations he intentionally drove over two adult geese and 11 goslings[baby geese] on June 11.
Jackson, free on $25,000 bond, denies involvement. Jackson told police his Acura sedan was stolen the night before the geese were killed. Police would find it days after the accident, abandoned in Bucks Hill Park. It was missing a bumper and license plate left behind with the dead geese.
” I didn’t kill any [expletive] geese,” Jackson said when reached Tuesday. “Someone stole my [expletive] car and that’s it.”
He declined further comment.
The grisly killing generated concerns locally in June. Police were called to the area of Lakewood Road near Lakewood Road Park shortly after 5 a.m. that day. Several geese had been run over. Nobody had taken responsibility.
Geese can be found by the dozens in the Great Brook Reservoir and neighboring Belleview Lake on either side of Lakewood Road.
Investigating police found the rear bumper and license plate belonging to a 2003 Acura TL sedan in the area the geese were killed.
The Acura was registered to a woman living on Fox Street. She, police say, told them she didn’t use the car and had registered it so that Jackson might drive it.
The woman was issued a court summons on charges of misrepresenting a motor vehicle registration, allowing operation of a motor vehicle without proper insurance and evading responsibility.
The woman’s boyfriend, a cousin of Jackson’s, told police the car had been stolen the evening before the geese were killed.
Two days after the geese were killed, Jackson turned himself in to Waterbury police to answer six warrants, according to the arrest warrant.
Jackson told police he’d been driving a friend’s Jeep Cherokee on June 10 because his care was inoperable, according to the warrant. Jackson told police the Jeep was stolen, but found later in the day by friends with its keys in the ignition. Jackson told police that keys to his Acura had been taken, and the Acura was stolen late in the evening of June 10.
Waterbury police found the missing car in a city park on June 16.
A Canada goose feather, was food in the grill. Cellphone records show Jackson’s phone connecting to towers in the area, the geese were killed around the time they were thought to have been struck, according to the arrest warrant application and a statement from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Jackson was charged August 29 with 13 counts each of animal cruelty, taking Canada geese out of season and illegal method of taking. He was additionally charged with making a false statement and interfering with police.
Jackson was also charged with driving under suspension. Police watched him drive into the barracks to turn himself in, according to the DEEP statement.