Suburban Chicago bird hoarder pleads not guilty


Share
Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 4:14 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

AURORA, Ill. (AP) The defense attorney for an Aurora man who house was found filled with nearly 500 birds says that weeks later there are still birds in the residence.

Defense attorney Roderick Mallison said Tuesday that there are still birds inside the Aurora home that David Skeberdis 'has not been able to capture yet.' Skerberdis pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of misdemeanor animal hoarding. Authorities discovered in October that his home was filled with hundreds of birds. It also contained mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed.

The Daily Herald reports that the 57-year-old Skeberdis' town house has been condemned. The house held finches, canaries, parakeets along with 120 dead birds.

Skerberdis has acknowledges his bird collecting got out of control.














 



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




(More History)