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St. Clair Shores Resident Allegedly Ran Over Canadian Geese

A 69-year-old resident was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of animal torture after allegedly striking, and killing, two geese.

A St. Clair Shores resident was arraigned Wednesday in for allegedly running over, and killing, geese in front of his home.

Richard E. Lesko, 69, said very little during his arraignment before Judge Mark Fratarcangeli on two counts of killing an animal, which is a four-year felony, after he allegedly struck and killed two geese with his pickup truck.

A witness reported hearing Lesko rev his engine and saw him drive his pickup truck Aug. 9 into a flock of geese crossing the road in front of his home on in the 22000 block of Lange Street, according to St. Clair Shores Police Det. Margaret Eidt.

He allegedly struck and killed a goose as he drove through the flock. Lesko then allegedly turned his truck around and drove through the flock a second time, killing a second goose.

The witness reported seeing him going into his backyard to get a garbage can.

Lesko took the can to the street and placed the dead geese in the garbage. He returned the garbage can to the back of his house and left the scene.

The incident led to a number of calls to City Hall about the case, and Lesko was arrested Tuesday night on warrant in the case.

He was arraigned on two counts of killing an animal, which is a four-year felony. If convicted, he could also face up $7,500 in fines and up to 500 hours of community service for allegedly killing the geese.

"Based upon on the circumstances involved in this crime I would be opposed to any type of personal bond," Eidt said in court.

Fratarcangeli set bond for Lesko at $10,000, or 10 percent, bond. He will be back in court on Aug. 24.

Donna Calandra August 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
You know all he had to do was get a fog horn. I had a customer who did that and it chased them away. Sometimes we have to have a little inconvience. He must be from the me generation. I hope they through the book at him.
Bob Doetsch August 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Wrong approach to the problem, obviously. A serious discussion is warranted about the overpopulation of geese that plague our parks, beaches and other public lands with large quantities of waste and sometimes aggressive behavior toward people.
isabel August 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I can't condone the cruelty of his actions, but I can empathize with the guy. Those birds are nasty and dirty and MEAN. There are bazillions of them around here, but you can't move/remove a nest without asking the DNR first. Where I work in Troy, they inhabit our parking lot in the Spring and attack anyone who goes near them. One pair even nested in the bushes and had to be removed by the DNR after attacking one of our customers.
st clairshores homeowner August 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Reporters make everyone look and sound bad. Leave this man alone!
CJA August 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
What an ass...The geese don' t understand they are a nuisance...they are just being geese...And ti himeowner...He revd up his engine and went threw the flock twice...his cruel intention is clear. I say we put him at the end of our driveway and take turns dinging him with a pick up truck...Garbage can anyone?
Rene Bellis August 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I don't agree with what this man has done, because as CJA said, "They are just being geese." But I can understand how a person can simply "snap" in situations like this involving nuisance animals. There need to be better laws implemented to insure the safety and freedom of innocent animals, while respecting the rights of individuals who value their property and right to a peaceful existence. Killing the geese was a deliberate, cruel act to be sure. But do we have any insight as to what led him to do this? Did he get attacked previously or was someone he knows injured by one of these large animals? Unless the guy is completely insane, he certainly had a motive for doing what he did and simply cracked. It's a sad story, to be sure. Everybody needs to be more tolerant of other people and creatures and not lose sight that we all have a right to a peaceful life.
CJA August 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Ok so Rene is correct. But lets put this in perspective. He climbed into a pu truck...revd his engine...backed into the flock of geese..then proceeded to drive back into the flock. He then disposed of the dead creatures. He didn' t snap...he made a decision to deliberately harm them. Again he is an ass and I am calling for all animal rights activists to be present at the court and make sure they throw the book at him. I have zero tolerance for someone who acts in this way. I am not wasting compassion on someone who obviously has none! If he doesn' t like geese then move from a waterfront community...
Donna Calandra August 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This man did not snap. He just did not use self control. We have rules and laws and they are there for a reason. You have got to remember we are incroaching on all wild lifes habitat. I know that there was another way to handle that situtation but to run them over!!. Even a donkey has more sence. He should pay for what he did.
Resident August 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
The Canadian goose problem is so out of control. I live on a canal in that same area and our waters edges are unusable because of the geese. The geese trash our yard, their excrement is everywhere and creates a heath hazard, as well as rodent problems. This issue needs to be addressed. What can we do to help?
Resident August 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If you don't deal with these geese on a daily basis, I don't expect you to understand the level of frustration they'll bring a homeowner to. They trash your property, trash the waters, they're aggressive to children, adults and other animals, they're creating a health hazard and rodent problems. I would be more than happy to "relocate" said geese to the front yard of any of these bleeding-heart animal lovers who've been posting. This way you can nurture and care for them as you see fit. They're a nuisance and the problem has to be addressed.
Donna Calandra August 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I agree with the previous commet but I do not think the solution is getting in a pick up truck and running them over. Some people are a problem to others and are worse than animals. Do we need to run them over also?
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey August 20, 2012 at 07:16 PM
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Carl Heath August 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
On the surface, it seems like a simple case of dealing with a trespasser. WE obey the rules...so should the geese.
Lance Manion September 02, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I live on Lake Burton in North Ga and have tried everything. The only thing that worked at keeping the geese off my property was a product made by Edgewater Fencing. It was very inexpensive, humane and super easy to install. The people were also great to deal with and we got rid of our nuisance geese!! Their website is http://www.edgewaterfencing.com

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