2017-12-14 / Courts

M-C woman charged with harassing hunter at bait pile

A bench warrant has been issued for a 64-year-old Cedar woman whose alleged harassment of a local hunter was caught on video and shared around the state.

The warrant was issued after Mary K. Eschbach, of 1445 E. Maplewing Dr., failed to appear for arraignment on a charge of interfering with another’s hunt, according to a report from 86th District Court.

When she is picked up, Eschbach will have to post a $500 bond to be released.

The charge stems from a Nov. 13 incident in which Eschbach is accused of scattering hunter Keith O’Neil’s bait pile and then swearing at him. The two are apparently neighbors, although O’Neil was legally hunting on commercial forestland in Maple City.

O’Neil captured the exchange, which lasted about three minutes, on his cell phone and then called the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office to report Eschbach.

The video was also posted on Facebook, where it was viewed more than 300,000 times before O’Neil took it down due to what he called “distasteful comments” being posted.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and fines of $500 to $1,000.

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