Milan man charged with killing goose waives preliminary exam
A Milan man charged with driving his Jeep over a group of baby geese in an American Legion parking lot waived a preliminary hearing this week and a judge bound his case over to circuit court.
Police first learned of the May 14 incident when a woman called from the American Legion, 44 Wabash Street, and said she saw a man run over a group of Canada geese with his red Jeep Compass.
Upon arrival, an officer said he found the Jeep parked haphazardly in a rear parking lot. A baby Canada goose lay dead in the grass about 50 feet behind.
Police later identified the man driving the Jeep as Norman Stowell.
The woman told police she watched from her home as Stowell, 69, drove into a rear parking lot and made a wide U-turn as he headed back toward the building. In the process, he “sped up” and drove directly over a group of geese walking in the grass, as they began to scatter, she said.
When questioned about the goose found near his Jeep, Stowell told police it didn’t move out of the way, according to an incident report.
He is charged with one count of killing/torturing an animal.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31 before Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Archie Brown.