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New charges against man in New Milford goose hunt

Photo Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor
Photo Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor

UPDATE: A man caught with knives, mini-crossbows and five dozen 6-inch arrows in a residential neighborhood of New Milford earlier this month was arrested again, this time on animal cruelty charges, for shooting a goose during his hunting spree.

John Hall, seized weapons (COUTESY: New Milford PD)

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said his detectives and New Milford police charged John W. Hall of Faller Drive after authorities found a Canada goose struck by an arrow that remained lodged in the webbed part of the left foot.

Members of the Bergen County Animal Shelter rescued the goose, Molinelli said, adding that the he didn’t know the animal’s condition. The arrow, which police said matches those taken from Hall, was confiscated as evidence.

Hall, 49, was released on $10,000 bail pending a first appearance in New Milford Municipal Court set for tomorrow morning.

Called by a concerned resident, Lt. John O’Malley and Patrol Officers John Moroney and Kevin VanSaders found Hall carrying a yellow duffel bag filled with weapons and a 10-inch knife tucked into his waistband, , Chief Frank Papapietro said earlier this month.

Hall also smelled of alcohol, he said.

John W. Hall (MUGSHOT: Bergen County Prosecutor)

In his front pocket was a 4-inch switchblade knife and in his boot another knife of the same size, Papapietro said.

Hall at first “claimed he was target practicing by Hard Castle Pond but later stated he used the weapons for protection,” the chief said.

Hall posted 10 percent of his $20,000 bail and was released pending a Municipal Court date on several charges of weapons possession and disorderly conduct.

Officers seized the weapons and notified the  Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit.

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