HAMILTON COUNTY — Two men were arrested on several charges after they were found collecting mushrooms on private property without permission.
Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Robert Ferrand, Jr., 41, of Greenfield, and Timothy Apple, 35, of Pendleton, on preliminary charges of hunting mushrooms without consent, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement.
Officers had received complaints of trespassing from a landowner in the 21600 block of Cytheanne Road in Hamilton County.
Two officers were watching the property when they saw two men being dropped off at the road and began walking along the property, collecting mushrooms.
When they saw the officers, the men ran away. After a short pursuit, the officers caught the suspects.
While trying to flee, Ferrand tripped and fell, resulting in some injuries. He was taken to Riverview Hospital for treatment before he was taken to jail.
The officers found a bag of mushrooms, marijuana, paraphernalia and multiple firearms in the men's possession. During the pursuit, Ferrand had thrown his firearm, although he had a permit. Apple did not have a permit.
Both were arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Jail.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds the public that they must ask permission from the landowner if hunting.