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Elderly Man Shoots Deer, Arrested For Disorderly Conduct

Cranford resident charged with violating township ordinance.

took an 81-year-old man into custody on July 22 after he allegedly shot a deer outside his home on Madison Avenue.

August Savoy, 81, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. and charged with a disorderly persons offense as well as violating a township ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms. He was released on his own recognizance.

"The incident was called in by a neighbor who allegedly witnessed the incident," according to Lt. James Wozniak, who said this is his first recollection of a resident allegedly shooting a deer outside his home.

Wozniak added that the animal was removed from Savoy's property following the incident.

"We have a service that, when called, will come and removed the animal, which was done," the lieutenant said.

Michele July 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
And knowing that makes his behavoir all the more reprehensible and cowardly. My Grandfather was a Major in the European theatre of WW2. He had seen enough killing and never wanted to shed another drop of blood -human or otherwise- after that experience.
Michele July 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Ridiculous statement. If the man had shot an innocent teenager, form Linden or anywhere else, there would be a far greater outcry than you see here.
Pops Ferguson July 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I agree with you Tom. There's a bunch of fudge-packing libtards getting worked up here over what may be nothing. What did he shoot it with? A 30.06? A Kalshnikov I(the foold Obama thinks our armed forces use those!)? A BB gun? The idiot Florio declared BB guns a firearm - those they are driven by air and nor fire. For you libtards, go kiss Obama's birthday card.
phil July 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Deer overpopulation is out of control and at the size of the local herd is a greater danger to those same "children and adults" than our local hero who takes one out because lets be honest, he aint going to jail. Bravo old dude, another reason you are part of the Greatest Generation. Thanks you Augie.
Pops Ferguson July 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I can read but don't type well and am pleased that you know how to spell your name though Michelle is the more common form according to my dictionary. And since you are "who is like God" how could I outsmart you?
Dreamcatcher July 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
U have some nerve old people suck, you sould team up with Michelle you both have the same mentality
Jim July 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Michele, I have heard the "theory" that hunting increases birth rates. It's all over the internet such as here, in the New York Times... http://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/07/opinion/l-hunting-only-increases-deer-population-372188.html Written by "senior ecologist, Friends of Animals Inc." and HERE in the Grenwich Times http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Hunting-has-increased-deer-population-not-643259.php Written by "Natalie Jarnstedt, a Greenwich resident, is a board member and treasurer of the Fairfield County-based Animal Rights Alliance, Inc." Do you notice a pattern here? Editorials written by animal rights activists... PLEASE correct me, and Provide me with a link ending in ".GOV" or ".EDU" that provides SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE of your claims. The last thing I want is to go through life being incorrect, but right now, ss far as I am concerned, there is no feedback mechanism in the birth process. Women don't magically have twin's if their first born dies...
Dreamcatcher July 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Michele you should mind your own business and stop slinging bullshit if you do not know the facts. I know this man and he helps more people and volnteers his time generously.And Hon you facts are all wrong on this article. Get A Life
Dreamcatcher July 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Thank God we live in such a perfect world, where no one ever makes mistakes. Wake up Michele and all you perfect human beings, count your own mistakes and condemm them instead of others especially when you dont know the story.
Honesty July 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
You sound like a typical clueless over reacting an Idiot ! My bet would be that the deer was probably hit by a car and suffering so the guy regrettably probably just wanted to put it out of it misery.
Greg P July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Codyblue, This guy shouldn't do that out of season and in a residential area. That is called poaching. I shot a couple of deer last year. Kept me in meat all year. If you are so against killing animals, it must be very difficult for you to not ever eat meat of use leather products. That would be the height of hypocrisy, paying someone else to kill the animal for you and then somehow feeling not resonsible.
Kenneth Farrell July 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Ken How is it that everyone in the neighborhood complained over and over about the deer but it took a 81 year old man to do something. And a crack shot at that! With a 22 rifle out the back window down at the ground. Not only was nobody in any danger at any time, but the problem has been solved.
BryceK July 28, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I'd be willing to bet the number of people who die in Nj from deer related accidents each year out numbers the amount of people who die each year in hunting accidents. If that deer had wondered into a residential area that was that congested, it was an accident waiting to happen. And I'll second that notion of The Greatest Generation, America has gotten too soft. This is what people like Michele have to stress over? Cut me a break. Go see a therapist. That deer probably went to a food bank anyway.
Kathleen Sovay July 28, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Thanks Uncle Ken, Coming from your background, you would surely know a crack & safe shot. And thank you to those who spoke out about his character. He is the head of a family that he took care of & stood by through thick & thin. We always felt safe when he was with us. Many hours throughout his life have been spent helping others & volunteering. Now, to the rude complaining uninformed people, this man is NOT a coward. Not only was he drafted, but he was a paratrooper and honorably discharged as a sargeant. By the way, for those who do not know--one must volunteer to be a Paratrooper. Even the army wouldn't force that on anyone. He speaks up for veterans- did you get a special invitation to the ceremony for the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at the Concert Center on the NJ Parkway? He did. He serves disabled children at an annual picnic after fundraising, through the year, to help them. He visits Veterans hospitals- as a child I did also. That, and much more that he doesn't brag about, is not a picture of a coward. He also doesn't waste his time writing about others. He does for & NOT to & about others. Cowards are not people of action, they are on the sidelines complaining & causing trouble. If you cowards got a life your self esteem and respect would not allow you to act this way.
Kathleen Sovay July 28, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I 2nd the motion-- go see a therapist!
Lloyd Blabber July 28, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Wow, I'm a resident of Cranford and I'm ashamed so many of you disrespect the senior citizens who worked hard to make our country what it is today. Shame on you. You imply the man is so fragile and blind that he could have shot someone else. If he was shooting at the deer from his stoop, it would be at a downward angle and carry no risk of shooting anything off his property. His neighbor is most likely just terrified of guns. Back in the old days, guns weren't so taboo.
Kathleen Sovay July 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Michele, you have no idea what a coward is. Your ridiculous arrogance is cowardice.
dreamcatcher July 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Agree with you, Michele has no life
Kenneth Farrell July 28, 2012 at 04:00 PM
His neighbor is an attorney, looking to make trouble because the elderly gentleman will not back down when he feels he is right. The attorney is looking to remove his neighbor because he does not like his neighbor's landscaping. The attorney thinks he can do anything he wishes without impunity.
Art Nathan July 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I shouldn’t be surprised at the breadth of this discussion, but I am. I never cease to be amazed at people like Michelle who haven’t learned that throwing epithets and cursing never move a discussion forward – only slow it down or kill it completely. If you want to change someone’s mind, speak to them in a way that allows them to listen, like opening a door, so they can step through. There a number of different discussions here, most significantly that of discharging a firearm. As a neighbor and friend, I can tell everyone that Augie regrets having done this – and for the right reasons. He fully understands the intent and need for that ordinance. I stood with him, before the Judge, the FIRST time Augie has ever stood before a Judge, and expressed his remorse at having done this, before the Patch ran the story. I have played Santa Claus to four generations of his family, all crammed inside his house, year after year. There are not enough loving parents like Augie. He may be 81, but just this past year he came down to the Cranford First Aid Squad house and spent days demolishing the interior after Hurricane Irene. He persuaded the Union Elks to donate $1,000 to the Squad. He actively helps veterans, children, neighbors and friends. People like Michelle should be ashamed of the way they toss around statements based on ignorance. Art Nathan
Art Nathan July 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
One more thought - As to the neighbor who called the police, why don’t you take a few minutes and sit with Augie, and have the kind of discussion you would have your clients conduct, to reach an understanding and begin a relationship, not a battle-ship. As for the deer population in Cranford – this is an issue that the township committee needs to address, because they represent a huge problem which is getting worse.
Joan Nathan July 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I have never responded to anything on Patch before, but I must now. As Augie’s neighbor, I feel everyone who knows him would be proud to have him as their neighbor and someone you can rely on. Michelle, it would be nice if instead of over-reacting, you knew all the facts before commenting. Shift brain into gear before engaging mouth. Enough is enough already. The deer population IS out of control and the town should address this issue before it gets worse. I hope all of you are this emotional and driven to come out and vote this November to undo and reverse the biggest mistake in recent American history!
stan July 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
joan as augie's neighbor you better invest in a bullet proof vest
Linda Dorn-O'Donnell July 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I totally agree Michele!
Sue K July 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I can't believe people think its ok to do what he did. My neighbors cat craps in my yard. Do I have a right to kill it? No. Nor would I even think about it. If something like a deer in your yard causes you to pull out a gun that's alittle unstable
jiggysaw July 30, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Interesting that you stat it is wrong for an attorney to do anything he wants but it is ok to fire a gun illegally. It really doesn't matter if he shot a deer or a bottle in his yard it is still dangerous and illegal. Even it he is such a great sho and will never miss his target, allowing him to shot a deer in his yard will open the door to someone else who is not a good shot. Do we really want to allow people to shoot guns throughout Cranford?
Edward McGee August 01, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Wow! Most of you who are pro the shooting of this deer in town and not in designated areas are warped. Im not pro hunting but its going to happen regardless my opinion and yes I do enjoy eating game meats. The true crime here is endangering the welfare of bystanders and killing an innocent animal. Furthermore, the circumstances and reasoning behind the killing have not been disclosed to us. To be so pretentious and cocky to correct some one's grammar is a weak attempt at swaying the argument in your favor (which has proven to be just to stir trouble and for shock value). 81 years is an age where mental capacity should be questioned when something like this occurs. Regardless this mans past accomplishments he used poor judgement that day whatever his reason was. Cranford people so worried about material items and picket fences. I would like to see what your reaction would be if some one SHOT YOU. Best to all, may peace make way in to your hearts. Edward McGee
phil August 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Edward, your most salient comment: "the circumstances and reasoning behind the killing have not been disclosed to us" did not prevent you from running on for 4 paragraphs with mindless blabber. There is a future for you in talk radio.
The Neighbor August 09, 2012 at 05:17 AM
You know, Uncle Ken, you are absolutely right. It was not because someone shot a bullet in the direction where my wife, child, my dog and I were standing watching the several deer as they passed between our adjoining back yards, it is because I have been harboring a poisonous resentment over an argument we had some 5 or more years ago about the placement of his compost pile.q In fact, I am going to tell all, to reveal to you and all the world just how diabolically clever we attorneys can be. The whole thing was a setup. Early that morning, I drove the small herd of deer into my neighbor's backyard, in the hopes that they would consume the gentleman's vegetable garden. And they did so with such gusto that I'm surprised that the racket didn't rouse the entire neighborhood. As I knew full well that the decimation of his carefully tended garden would drive the gentleman into a rage, and because I knew that the deer would linger nearby hoping that another feast might spring up close by , I quickly assembled my family and made them stand in harms way. After only 3 or 4 hours of waiting, as we stood watching the deer, we heard the crack of the gunshot and saw a deer go down. Imagine my disappointment when the police refused to make him move his compost pile. Well, here's one attorney who doesn't think any more that he can do anything he wishes WITH impunity!
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