Outdoor briefs 02-02-12 Ex-Ohio wildlife agent plans plea change


COLUMBUS -- A former Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer plans to change his plea on federal charges accusing him of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.

A court filing Tuesday said Allan Wright, of Russellville, planned to change his plea next month to charges of trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer.

A message was left with his attorney. A change of plea filing typically means a defendant is pleading guilty.

Investigators have said Wright illegally let a South Carolina wildlife official use his home address in 2006 to receive a $19 license for an Ohio resident instead of paying the $125 out-of-state fee.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources dismissed Wright in October.

Ohio ferry to restart routes: Ohio's unusually warm winter is making it easier to get to Lake Erie's South Bass Island. The Miller Boat Line on Wednesday morning began making daily trips between Put-in-Bay and Catawba Island on the mainland. The ferry line says it's the first time in six years that it will be able to make winter-time trips. It plans on making four round trips per day except on Tuesdays, as long as it's not too windy or icy. In most winters, the only way to get to and from the Lake Erie island is by plane.

Donates $10,000 to RV Hall: A company that provides phone and other communication services has donated $10,000 to a recreation vehicle hall of fame in northern Indiana. The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/w6fC3O ) reports that Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter presented the donation Tuesday to RV/Motor Home Hall of Fame & Museum executive director Tom McNulty. Wilderotter says the company wanted to help keep the heritage of the RV industry alive and well in Elkhart. There was speculation last spring that the hall could close. McNulty says the hall is in better shape now with enough funds to operate through 2012. He says it is still working on its long-term debt obligations.

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