The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 15, 2012

Owner agrees to accept $9,000 loss on rodeo bull

MIDDLEBURG — Criminal charges against two men for the killing and theft of a $10,000 rodeo bull owned by a Beavertown businessman will be dropped if they pay $722 in restitution.

Roger Moyer, the owner of the slain 620-pound bull, said he just wants to put an end to the fighting.

“All I ask them is to be neighborly. We don’t mean any trouble,” he said.

Andrew D. Hestor, 26, of 1339 Moyers Road, Middleburg, claims he was visiting the home of his grandmother, Kay Hestor, at 1381 Moyer Road, Middleburg, in late August when he heard a commotion outside and saw her trying to shoo a bull out of the garden with a hoe.

The bull apparently became aggressive, so Andrew Hestor shot it three times with a Taurus 9 mm pistol. The bull ran off into nearby woods, where it was found dead the next day by Hestor and Donald R. Moyer, 22, of 352 Moyers Road, Middleburg.

Though they knew who owned the bull, the pair loaded it into the back of a pickup truck and took it to Keiser’s Butcher Shop in McClure to have the animal butchered and the meat packaged.

However, butcher Richard Keiser also knows Roger Moyer and called to ask if he was missing one of his rodeo bulls from his pen at the Triple Skull Ranch and Rodeo Co. in Beavertown.

Hestor was charged with cruelty to animals, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Donald Moyer was charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

All the charges were dropped on the condition the men pay Roger Moyer $722 for the bull meat, which was spoiled, and the butcher costs just before a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday morning before District Judge Lori Hackenberg.

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