Friday, March 20, 2020

Muskrats, Truancy, Armed Robbery, and Car Thief -1920s


More Legal News for March, 1920

Elmer Anderson, Henry Mills and John D. Welton pled guilty to trapping without a license and were fined $25 and costs, a total of $32 in each case.  Lewis Portee was arrested on the same charge and was charged with having a quail in his possession contrary to law. It cost him a total of $59.  Raymond Hays, 14, was arrested by a deputy game warden after it was learned that he had trapped four muskrats and two opossums.  The jury who heard the evidence returned a verdict of not guilty.  The youth lived in Russell township and caught his muskrats in the Otter Pond ditch.

John Wells of Bridgeport was arrested by Sheriff Stivers for not keeping his children in school; Justice Brookhart assessed the usual $5 and costs.

Cora B. Dean was appointed guardian of Roy Otis Dean, Ellen Dean, and Elisa Dean, minors.

Ira Carrell was arrested on a complaint by Nydia Bath, who charged that Carrell challenged her to a fight and was guilty of conduct calculated to constitute a breach of the peace.  City Attorney McGaughey appeared for the prosecution, and P. H. Lewis for the defense.  After considerable talking back and forth, it was agreed that the suit would be dismissed if the parties would sign an agreement that for one month, neither party nor their families would speak to the other, go upon the premises of the other or counsel their friends to do so. Also, the parties agreed that they would not make any statement to another person regarding the other or his family or do anything what might tend to aggravate or provoke the other or his family.  As a final clause it was agreed that they would not throw anything upon the premises of the other or cause anything to be deposited by another.  From all of this, it is hoped that peace and harmony would prevail in the neighborhood for at least one month.

Virgil Akers, of Bridgeport, was arrested and taken before Justice Brookhart. Earlier sometime in 1919, Akers and a man named Yettman entered a gambling joint in Bridgeport and, at the point of a gun, relieved the inmates of their surplus wealth.  Yettman was arrested but Akers made his get- away. 

One night in March, thieves entered the garage of A. M. Gee on West State Street, Lawrenceville, and made off with his new Hudson speedster.  There has been no trace of the car or the thieves.