New Jersey judge drops summons against bird-feeding woman

Sept. 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

RAMSEY, N.J., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A judge dismissed a summons issued to a New Jersey woman accused of feeding wildlife with bird feed in her back yard.

Judge Joseph Rotolo tossed the summons Tuesday after Annette Rockefeller, 66, of Ramsey was accused by the borough's environmental health officer of putting bird feed on the ground in her back yard, The (Hackensack) Record reported Wednesday.

Environmental health officer Leo Egan testified he had warned Rockefeller about using bird feed on the ground after neighbors complained, but he repeatedly saw her violating the rules. He said she also had a wire wreath-style bird feeder hanging outside that was inappropriate for birds.

Egan told the court Rockefeller and her husband, Alfred, 77, had corrected their behavior in recent months, but the couple said they have not changed any of their habits.

"I'm happy they finally came to their senses," said Annette Rockefeller, who could have faced a fine of $250 to $500. "This should have been dropped three months ago."

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