Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – May 26, 2017

From the Game Commission

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports that two men have pleaded guilty to littering on State Game Lands 69.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports investigating the dumping of 14 bags of construction debris on State Game Land 263 in the Russell Road parking lot.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin responded to a reported violation in neighboring Canal Township, Venango County. A witness reported that a Canada goose was shot near his home. He saw a truck stopped on the road and a pair of geese in the field adjacent to a beaver dam. He heard a rifle shot and saw the passenger get back in the truck, which then took off. The witness saw there was a dead goose left lying in the field. He was able to follow the truck and obtain the license plate information. He then called 911 and subsequently the Game Commission’s Northwest Region Office. After interviewing the witness and investigating the scene, WCO Chaybin located the truck as the driver returned to his residence in rural Carlton. Confronted with the witness’ report and the goose carcass, the 21-year-old driver acknowledged a passenger in his vehicle had shot the goose. The passenger, also 21, admitted to his actions. The rifle used was a .22-250 and, although they weren’t legally hunting, they stated they were riding around looking for groundhogs. Unfortunately, the goose provided a target of opportunity. Citations were filed, with both driver and passenger charged for multiple violations.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports that two Allegheny County individuals were apprehended on the eve of trout season for the possession and use of a controlled substance on State Game Land 74.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander was called to assist with an active meth lab operation on State Game Land 291. One of the offenders was taken into custody at the site. The others were not at the site at the time. These people are believed to be largely responsible for much of the meth activity in the local area.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Mercer County WCO Jeff Giardina was patrolling in South Pymatuning Township when he encountered a vehicle in a parking lot where anglers frequent. A registration check of the vehicle determined that the registered owner of the vehicle was wanted for burglary. Two individuals came out of the wood line and WCO Giardina was able to identify the owner of the vehicle and placed him under arrest on the active warrant.  The individual was remanded to Mercer County Jail awaiting transfer to Westmoreland County for the offense.

Mercer County WCO Jeff Giardina made three drug possession arrests in the last two weeks while conducting angler checks.

Warren County WCO Tyler Soety conducted a fatal boat accident investigation on Allegheny (Kinzua) reservoir when a male operating a kayak capsized and was unable to make it in to shore. The operator was wearing a personal flotation device but water temperatures were in the low 40s.

Crawford County WCO Chad Doyle, while working plain clothes spring walleye enforcement at Pymatuning State Park, apprehended an individual in possession of drugs in an angler parking area.

The northwest region had two fatal accidents this spring involving kayaks and another two reportable boat accidents where medical treatment was needed. Another kayak incident on the Allegheny River ended with the local volunteer fire department rescuing an individual from an island after he became stranded.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Greene County Eric Davis encountered two adult males fishing a remote area of Lake Wilma on April 8 during the statewide mentored youth opening day. Both anglers were observed for approximately 30 minutes without anyone else in the vicinity let alone a youth. He approached both men, and immediately recognized one as a dedicated stocking helper. “I recalled having a very descriptive conversation with this helper just three days prior about where I would be spending the majority of my day patrolling for the event. During that conversation Lake Wilma was not mentioned, as I had not intended on being there that day, but happened through on my way home. I was greeted as if nothing was wrong by the helper and given a story that his nephew just ran down the road for some food for the group. The helper stated the nephew was gone only 10 minutes and he hoped they weren’t doing anything wrong by continuing to fish without him. Having some spare time at the end of my shift, I decided to see just how far they would take the lie, not knowing I had been watching for much longer than the 10 minutes the supposed nephew was gone. I gave the men an explanation that I would wait for the youth to return, but took their license information down before returning to my patrol truck. I had the information ran through county, citations written, and license history checked before returning to the men approximately 30 minutes later. One thing the helper didn’t seem to realize was that his voice would carry over the water when he was calling his girlfriend to bring her nephew out to the lake so they wouldn’t get a citation.” Both men confessed after being told of seeing them fishing and overhearing the phone call. Citations were issued.

From the Game Commission

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that six individuals face charges pertaining to the possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia stemming from a single night of patrol. The six individuals were encountered across three different incidents, and out of the six, five are currently on probation for previously being caught possessing drugs or paraphernalia. Each of these individuals face a minimum of two misdemeanor charges.

York County WCO Kyle A. Jury reports that charges stemming from an unlawfully killed bear in the Dillsburg area recently were adjudicated. Officers were tipped off in October 2016 regarding a bear that had been harvested out of season and not checked within the mandatory 24-hour time frame. While Jury’s investigation with Deputy Mike Shea did not conclude exactly where the bear was killed in October 2016, charges were filed based on the fact the bear was not checked as required by law.

From the Game Commission

Bradford County WCO Blake Barth cited two individuals on SGL 36 for driving in areas closed to motorized vehicles. Each faces fines of up to $600, plus paying for damage to the fire breaks and fields on which they drove.

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea said a man pleaded guilty for killing a deer without a license.

Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports being surprised when approached in a parking lot by a man who wanted to turn himself in for killing a gobbler during the Youth Turkey Hunt. The adult hunter said that he thought April 22 was the start of statewide turkey season and killed a bird that morning. He said the guilt was too much for him to handle and needed to do what was right.

From the Game Commission

Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry reports several citations are being filed for the possession of a wild turkeys illegally harvested in New Jersey and transported across state lines in violation of the federal Lacey Act.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster filed charges against a business owner who shot two Canada geese on his pond. A patron witnessed the act and reported it. The owner was advised to report any wildlife issues to the Game Commission before taking action.

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that multiple court cases were held on cases he was working, and investigations including the unlawful killing of a white-tailed buck during the antlerless shotgun season, and multiple cases involving hunter trespass, wrapped up.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Philadelphia WCO Erin Czech arrested a 26-year-old male from Philadelphia after the man struck PF&BC Deputy WCO Stephen Barras with a mini-bike. Barras and PGC DWCO Patrick Grumbrecht were patrolling the Pennypack Creek on foot on the recreation trail that parallels the creek when they saw the male approaching them riding a 50 cc minibike. Because of his concern for the safety of those using the trail, including small children, Barras attempted to stop the subject, as motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. Despite the officer’s repeated commands to stop, the subject continued to drive directly towards him, eventually striking Barras with the mini-bike. After Barras was knocked to the ground, he and Grumbrecht were able to restrain the subject and handcuff him. The subject was placed under arrest and transported to the Northeast Detective Division for processing. The male has been charged with Aggravated Assault and other offenses and is awaiting further court action.

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