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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – November 8th, 2013

NORTHWEST REGION

NORTHWEST REGION

From the Game Commission
• Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports that he has had a rash of vehicles driving beyond the “Closed to All Motor Vehicles” signs and parking on game lands access roads. One individual got stuck and left a lot of deep ruts.
• Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reports illegal methods for archery hunting have been detected in the district.
• Clarion/Jefferson County LMGS George J. Miller reports six individuals were apprehended with a dead buck and a doe that were poached in a late-night shooting spree in Jefferson County. Of the two vehicles stopped, two spotlights, three firearms and two bows were produced. The investigation continues as a UTV fled from the scene.
From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Erie County WCO Jim Smolko responded to a complaint called in by an angler on snagging on Walnut Creek on Oct. 10. He witnessed four out-of-state men snagging using bare hooks without any bait. One man was snagging the majority of the steelhead and placing them on his accomplices’ stringers. All four were charged with snagging and limit violations. Fines totaled $1,200.
• Three out-of-state anglers were apprehended working as a group snagging and netting steelhead at Walnut Creek. Two also had taken over their limit. One of the defendants had just finished a two-year revocation for similar activity in exactly the same location. Fines exceeded $2,000. New revocation applications will be submitted for all three.

SOUTHWEST REGION

From the Game Commission
• Armstrong County WCO Gary Toward reports that a Leechburg man has been charged with damaging a tree while archery hunting. The man was hunting on private property, without first having asked permission, and used screw-in climbing steps to hold his equipment. The man said he thought the property belonged to someone else.
• Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports more reports of baited areas are coming in. Citations have been filed on one hunter, and numerous sites have been posted as baited areas off-limits to hunting.
• Fayette County WCO Douglas Bergman reports that charges were filed against an individual from Greene County for littering on lands open to hunting and furtaking. The man transported and dumped household debris along a township road in Jefferson Township, Fayette County, on land enrolled in the Hunter Access program.
• Greene County WCO Michael Greiner reports that citations were filed against a West Virginia resident for hunting over bait as well as hunting in Pennsylvania without a Pennsylvania hunting license.
• Somerset County WCO Nathaniel Kimmel reports that seven individuals were hunting through the use of bait on the opening day of archery deer season. “Many of the areas were clearly baited for years as the locations had obviously been frequented by deer in the area for some time,” he said. In addition to the closing of the baited properties, citations were filed on the individuals for hunting through the use of bait.
• Somerset County WCO Nathaniel Kimmel reports that DWCO Robert Marshall was recently working on cooperator property when a male driver and female passenger drove past multiple “road closed to motorized vehicle” signs. The individuals were stopped. Charges would be filed.
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals were cited on the opening day of archery season for hunting white-tailed deer through the use of bait. One individual also obtained a hunting license without completing a hunter-education course.
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals were recently cited for possessing a compound bow while spotlighting. Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the apprehension of these individuals.
• Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports that, on the opening day of archery season, he encountered an individual with a 10-point buck. “The deer had been removed from the field, but evidence at the scene raised my suspicion that the buck had been harvested over bait. I had the hunter take me to his stand, and despite being taken to a treestand other than the one he used, evidence in the field led to the correct stand, the entrails, the real kill site and the bait locations. Faced with the evidence, the hunter admitted to placing the bait and killing the deer through its use,” he said. Citations have been filed.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

From the Game Commission
• McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik stopped and cited an individual for spotlighting after 11 p.m., actually it was 20 minutes after 12. The offender asked when the hour was changed from midnight to 11 p.m. Sabolcik informed the offender that the law was changed in 1987 – two years before the offender was born.
• Centre County WCO Dan Murray reports that several charges have been filed for spotlighting after 11 p.m. and for spotlighting with firearms in the vehicle. Charges were filed on an individual for damage to property on State Game Land 323 in Howard Township, Centre County.
• Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that deputies stopped a vehicle for late spotlighting and discovered that the driver was on a DUI-suspended license. Sheriff deputies came to assist and the driver ended up with a 90-day jail sentence for violating his probation.
• Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee filed charges after nearly a yearlong investigation into the unlawful taking of eight white-tailed deer in Morris and Liberty townships of Tioga County. James Vanvliet, Tulsa Frey and Calvin Jennings were charged with five felony counts and three summary counts of unlawful taking of big game and various other summary Game and Wildlife Code violations. Molly Hebe was also charged with the possession of drug paraphernalia, which was discovered during a search warrant service to secure evidence of the deer poaching.
• Potter County, WCO Mark Fair reports investigating multiple hunting sites on the state forest where trees have been unlawfully cut for shooting lanes. Responsible individuals could pay restitution for trees damaged.
From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Cameron County WCO William Crisp investigated the illegal construction of a 9-foot- high earthen dam on a High-Quality Wild Trout Water.  A 53-year-old Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to one count of Obstructing the Migration of Fish and agreed to remove the dam and restore the stream.
• Tioga County WCO David Decker reached a civil settlement for a sediment pollution incident tied to Marcellus Gas development. On Dec. 26, 2012, a company was conducting a hydrostatic test on a newly constructed pipeline when a malfunction resulted in high volumes of water and mud discharging into Brion Creek. The significant volume of water resulted in accelerated erosion and subsequent pollution events until the site was stabilized. The responsible party paid a penalty in excess of $16,000.
• Potter County WCO Robert Mader reached a civil settlement for a pollution incident on 11 Mile Run. A truck rolled over into a roadside ditch and discharged a mixture of fertilizer and engine fluids which flowed into the creek. High water from rains helped to dilute the pollutants, and no fish were killed. The responsible party paid a penalty of $700.
• Clearfield County WCO Robert Dunbar has filed criminal charges on two DuBois men for making false reports to law enforcement authorities, providing false identification to law enforcement authorities and conspiracy. The charges arose from one of the defendants providing a deputy WCO with false statements as to his identity in an attempt to avoid prosecution for fishing without a license. The second defendant conspired to verify the false identification in an attempt to help his friend. Dunbar conducted an investigation and was able to ascertain the actual identification of the two defendants who now face misdemeanor charges and possible jail time.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

From the Game Commission
• Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman filed charges against an individual for unlawfully taking a trophy-class buck at night through the use of a spotlight. The individual faces more than $8,500 in fines. Another individual was arrested for several violations including possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle on a DUI-suspended license.
• Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that charges have been filed against two individuals for hunting through the use of bait, such as salt and mineral blocks along with other liquid attractants on the first day of the statewide archery season.
• Adams County WCO D. J. David reports that a man and woman were charged with possession of unmarked deer from 2011. They were also charged with obstruction after it was discovered that the couple conspired to have her fill out his antlered deer tag almost two years too late, in an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the tag had been filled out appropriately when required. Fines and costs totaled approximately $4,000.
• Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh said the number of complaints of deer being shot at night is increasing. Anyone wishing to provide information can call the Regional Office at 814-643-1831.
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem has been receiving complaints from people about spotlights being shined on houses, barns and livestock.
From the Fish & Boat Commission
• In concert with the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bedford County Waterways Conservation Officer Ted Kane investigated a tanker truck accident on the PA Turnpike. The crash resulted in the loss of approximately 3,000 gallons of bulk motor oil, a portion of which reached a tributary to Brush Creek resulting in a substantial fish kill. The operator of the tanker truck was cited for several Vehicle Code violations, and the trucking company has been afforded a civil settlement agreement in lieu of criminal prosecution for aquatic loss and restitution for response expenses.
• Juniata County Waterways Conservation Officer Richard Morder recently facilitated a covert special enforcement detail on Horse Valley Run following an in-season trout stocking. Utilizing plain clothes officers and unmarked vehicles, the cadre of officers apprehended nine individuals for taking over the limit of trout, two individuals for littering, one individual for snagging and two individuals for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
• Cumberland County Sgt. Dave Keller and Waterways Conservation Officer Douglas Deppen encountered a runaway horse and buggy on Pine Road near Newville, Cumberland County. The horse had spooked from its owner, and was frantically pulling its unoccupied carriage across both lanes of a heavily traveled highway. Keller and Deppen stopped the buggy, prior to it reaching the SR233 intersection – potentially saving the horse’s life and preventing public injury and property damage from a motor vehicle collision.
• Southcentral regionwide Waterways Conservation officers throughout the Southcentral Region are executing summary arrest warrants issued by local magisterial district courts for individuals who have failed to respond to criminal citations issued during the recent spring and summer months. Upon apprehension, these defendants must post immediate bond money or be subject to incarceration. In addition to their residential addresses, many suspects have been located at their places of employment.

NORTHEAST REGION

From the Game Commission
• Pike County WCO Kirk Miller reports that two individuals hunting on State Game Land 180 were cited for hunting through the use of bait on the first day of archery season. Each individual could face fines up to $300. 
• Lackawanna County WCO Aaron Morrow reports that three Lackawanna County residents have been charged with hunting through the use of bait as enticement on the opening day of the statewide archery deer season. One individual had a 30-yard stretch of corn and sunflower seed placed 15 yards in front of his stand. This same individual cut down numerous trees on Earth Conservancy property to use as shooting lanes. If found guilty, the individual could be fined more than $700, plus court costs, and faces possible license revocation.
• Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports an increase in violations on the PGC public shooting ranges, including littering, failure to possess a valid hunting license or range permit, and the use of explosive devices. Warnings and several citations were issued for the violations.
From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Carbon County Waterways Conservation Officer Scott Christman observed an angler fishing the Pohopoco Creek. Upon further observation, Christman witnessed the angler catch and keep four trout in a relatively short time. Being that the extended trout season is currently under way and the daily creel limit is three trout, Christman approached the angler to address the violation observed. Upon checking and verifying the angler’s fishing license and trout stamp, a check on the angler’s creel was done. It revealed that the angler had in his possession a total of eight brown trout, five of which were possessed as being over the daily limit as allowed during the extended trout season.  The angler was cited for the offense and a revocation/suspension of his fishing privilege is pending.

SOUTHEAST REGION

From the Game Commission
• Bucks County WCO Cassie Zliceski reports that a deer was turned into a processor without a tag. The individual claimed that the tag was lost, but then reported that the meat was bad so that he felt he didn’t need to tag the deer. Charges are pending.
• Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that a landowner who keeps his land open to public hunting discovered a crew-cab pickup truck blocking his gate on a Saturday in archery season. The hunter was cited and received a lecture about respecting the landowner’s hospitality.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek and Deputies Jack Bennett and Justin Brian encountered a number of archery hunters who were not wearing the required 250 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing on the first day of the overlap with early muzzleloader season.  
• Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reposts that after an investigation with LMGS Linda Swank, two individuals were been cited for dumping household refuse in the parking lot of SGL 136 in Colerain Township.
• Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that individuals have recently been cited for not possessing and not signing the Federal Duck Stamp while waterfowl hunting. Other citations included not possessing a hunting license or range permit while on a rifle range and insignificant amount of fluorescent orange while pursuing game.
• Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that citations will be filed for dumping of tires on safety zone co-op property.
• Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that higher numbers of deer hides and carcasses are being dumped over bridges and along road ways. Anyone with information about such events should call the Reading Region Office.
• Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that a tip from a confident informant lead to a conviction on a deer poaching case. 

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