UPDATE: Cockfighting Ring Suspect Charged, in Custody

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: Tues 11:09 AM, Mar 11, 2014

A 35-year-old Weston man is now charged with training animals to fight, and mistreating an animal resulting in death along with several counts related to illegal betting and gambling.

Bee Her was taken into custody Monday. He remains behind bars in the Marathon County Jail on $10,000 signature and will be released if he is able to post the first $2,500 in cash.

A warrant had previously been issued for Her and online jail records show he had been in custody in the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Her had been under investigation for various criminal activity including cockfighting, illegal gambling and a possible prostitution ring at his Schofield business. The Everest Metro Police Department tells NewsChannel they received an anonymous letter more than one year ago requesting investigators look into what was going on at Video and Games, located 908 Grand Avenue in Schofield.

In January, an informant told police Her had other illegal gambling machines in St. Paul, and also believed Her had been buying methamphetamine in the twin cities to sell in Wausau.

According to court documents officers executed a search warrant at Her's home. Inside they say they found more than $6,000, numerous firearms, and 25 hens. A veterinarian's report stated the birds had evidence of feather loss and strike injury. Photos also depicted blood splatters on the enclosures, resulting in criminal charges.

Her will return to court on March 19 to learn if the case will head to trial.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 1:35 PM, Feb. 26, 2014

Court document state an anonymous letter sent to the Everest Metro Police Department last February detailed various criminal activity including cockfighting, illegal gambling and a possible prostitution ring at a Schofield business.

The investigation centered around Video and Games, located 908 Grand Avenue in Schofield.

Last month, an informant told police the businesses' owner, Bee Her, had other illegal gambling machines in St. Paul, and also believed Her had been buying methamphetamine in the twin cities to sell in Wausau.

Through the informant, investigators also learned that Her had been fighting chickens, sometimes at his house in Schofield, and sometimes at the business.

Officers executed a search warrant at Her's home. Inside they say they found more than $6,000, numerous firearms, and 25 hens.

Court documents state the animals were in heated, clean coops, and had the proper amount of food and water. However, many had bare marks and red, thickening of the skin. Court documents state two the chickens had eye injuries. A man living at the home told police the animals were molting resulting in the bare skin. A veterinarian stated that it was not from molting, but rather repeated wounds.

The veterinarian's report stated the birds had evidence of feather loss and strike injury. Photos also depicted blood splatters on the enclosures.

Her was taken into custody last month, but released prior to criminal charges being filed.

Online court records show Bee Her will be charged with training animals to fight, and mistreating an animal resulting in death. Her is also expected to be charged with several counts related to illegal betting and gambling.

Court records indicate others could be charged in the case.

Court records show an arrest warrant is now issued. If you have any information regarding Her's whereabouts contact the Everest Metro Police Department at (715) 359-4202.


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