Arrests Made in Trout Hatchery Vandalism

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MCDOWELL COUNTY-- McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men for vandalizing Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, killing more than 150,000 rainbow trout over Easter weekend.


Each of the men are charged with polluting hatchery water, robbing or injuring hatcheries or aquatics and injury to personal property. The men are all in jail, each under $1,500 bond. 

The names of the men: Jack Daniel Brown, 21, Gabriel Paul Miller, 20 and Adam Timothy Mitchell, 20. Investigators claim the men tampered with the equipment at the fish hatchery.

From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Face Book Page:

We’re hearing from our Fisheries Biologists that they have developed a plan to ensure there will be no impacts to scheduled fish stockings as a result of this fish kill. So, this will not affect North Carolina trout anglers



*Editor's note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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