Southcentral Field Officer Report  - March 27, 2015

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that on one Friday evening officers made one DUI/drug arrest stemming from a vehicle sliding off the road near Long Pine Reservoir. They also assisted state and local police with two more DUI vehicle accidents involving alcohol and drugs.
Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reported coming across a single-vehicle accident in the state forest. A male was found to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. A variety of charges are pending, ranging from operating an unregistered vehicle to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that a New Paris man was cited for several trapping violations, including using traps that weren’t marked with identification tags, and having bait visible from the air. When asked why he had no ID tags on the traps, he stated that he didn’t have permission to be trapping on the property.

Adams County WCO Darren David reports that charges are pending for a man who killed two antlerless deer near the end of the regular rifle season, but tagged the deer using his teenage sister’s tags instead of his own. 

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that deer cases from this past hunting season are coming together, and several written confessions involving illegal deer and other violations have been secured. Students wanting to attend the year’s first Hunter-Trapper Education class in this district should visit the Game Commission’s website in late March to sign up.

York County WCO Kyle Jury reports that during the month of February, charges were filed in several unrelated cases dealing with off-road type activity on the State Game Lands in the Franklintown area. In one instance some minor damage was done while the charged individuals drove through fields and streams on game lands. A birdhouse was struck and will need repairs, and some litter being left behind from the incident. Off-road activity has been one focal-point of law-enforcement efforts, with the continuous blanket of snow persisting throughout the month.

Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh stated that the fourth and final defendant pleaded guilty in a case of attempting to take a deer at night with a spotlight.

York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that he is wrapping up investigation into nearly 30 cases of Disease Management Area violations. These occurred when animals harvested inside a DMA were then taken to a butcher shop outside a DMA. The commission works very hard to keep CWD from spreading and has taken a zero-tolerance approach to this type of violation.

Snyder and Juniata counties WCO Harold Malehorn issued three citations to an individual for driving his vehicle on State Game Lands 212. He lost control while driving through fields and went over an embankment. He then became stuck in a fencerow. 

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports that all cases from 2014 have been adjudicated.  He and his deputies are currently working on the first two poaching cases of 2015.

York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that several citations have gone to warrants due to defendants not responding. He stated “Just because you choose to ignore a certified letter does not mean the problem goes away.”

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds residents that snowmobile travel on state game lands is limited to designated trails only.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich issued a citation for a violation that involved a person killing what he claimed to be a sick deer by bludgeoning it with bricks.

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