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Friday, March 27, 2015

GUILTY PLEAS IN YORK COUNTY MULTI-DEER POACHING CASE

Wildlife Conservation Officers stand alongside deer parts collected as evidence in the poaching case against six Spring Grove area residents. From left to right are Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer George Smallwood, Wildlife Conservation Officer Steven Knickel, Law Enforcement Supervisor Richard Danley Jr., Wildlife Conservation Officer Derek Daley, Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Matthew Miller, and Wildlife Conservation Officer Kyle Jury.
Individuals plead guilty to 71 charges, fines and costs total more than $23,000.

Six people from Spring Grove have been sentenced to more than $23,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to poaching 18 white-tailed deer ranging from yearlings to adult does and bucks, including a 9-point. They also were guilty of being in possession of two additional unlawful deer.

Amy Daugherty, 44, Jennifer Rosenberry, 41, and a minor waived their rights to hearings and pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawful taking of big game, four counts of shooting on or across highways, three counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting, three counts of unlawfully spotlighting during firearms deer season, two counts of using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife, two counts of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, two counts of false or fraudulent statements or reports, one count of using a rifle during archery season, and one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.

The three were assessed to pay $7,650 in fines, plus court costs.

Cain Rosenberry, 30, Joshua Runkle, 21, and another minor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful taking of big game, eight counts of trespassing on private property, eight counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting, seven counts of shooting on or across highways, five counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, five counts of unlawfully spotlighting during firearms deer season, two counts of failing to report big game kills within 10 days, two counts of false or fraudulent statements on reports, one count of using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife, and one count of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

As part of the plea agreement accepted by Magisterial District Judge Thomas Reilly, of Spring Grove, the three are ordered to pay $15,650 in fines. Additionally, one of the firearms used in the commission of much of the illegal activity has been ordered to be forfeited to the Game Commission.

The charges against the individuals stem from a three month poaching spree in the area of Spring Grove, in York County. The first of the violations occurred in September and the last happened on the final Friday of the 2014 regular firearms deer season in December. The individuals admitted to shooting all 18 white-tailed deer during those three months.

While the illegal activity began months earlier, the Game Commission didn’t receive a report about it until the second week of the regular firearms deer season. As many as 17 deer had been killed by that time.

On Dec. 10, Wildlife Conservation Officer Steven Knickel and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Matthew Miller responded to an area where shots were reported to be fired from the road.

Knickel served a search warrant at the Daugherty home Dec. 18. Multiple firearms, bows, crossbows, and other hunting equipment, as well as skulls, antlers, hides and meat were seized.

Also taken was a dry erase board with a tally of each individual’s harvest totals for the year.

A total of 20 unlawful deer were harvested by all parties involved, including several tagged using Maryland tags.

Over half of the animals were killed at night time or during closed season, using lights, or shot from the highway. Some were taken on private property on which the individuals had no permission to hunt. One was shot from the vehicle. Ten of the animals poached were killed with the firearm forfeited to the Game Commission.

The deer were all processed and packaged at the Daugherty residence.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Take my guns, take my crossbows, take my knives, but Please...Don't take my Whiteboard! Were all of the deer eaten? Were they donated to deserving families? If so, yes, what they did was wrong but not sinister. If they shot strictly to kill and collect horns, hang them all by their bowls!

Anonymous said...

Nice work guys. Keep going after creeps like this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a tough looking bunch of law enforcement guys standing around that chest freezer full of DEER MEAT. I'm a little surprised they don't have on black face masks and holding assault rifles.

Anonymous said...

71 charges says a lot. Lots of antlers on the ground. This wasn't done for charity or self-consumption.

Game wardens work is dangerous. They don't need to apologize for being armed and looking tough. Again, good job.

Anonymous said...

Yet another case of redneck idiots with guns thinking the laws don't pertain to them. They shouldn't be allowed to ever hunt again.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather be a "redneck idiot" than a high class city slicker any day any hour any year on any planet!

Anonymous said...

What a joke, 6 guys making $40K a year bringing down $1500.00 in meat and bones and antlers. IF THAT!

Anonymous said...

As a hunter I feel that if we don't stand united against scum like this the whole deer population suffers and in the end the hunters that enjoy the thrill of the hunt lose out in the end.

Anonymous said...

What the DeC make is not the issue. And ignorant people who think shooting animals out of season is ok are wrong. It hurts the deer population and those of us hunters who abide by the law! Obviously you aren't one of us.

Anonymous said...

Game commission does not own these animals no matter what they think. And they all look tough because they probably just got done writing a 12 year old an ATV citation. Such a useless organization with piss-poor wildlife management when compared to other states. Boycott PA hunting licenses.

Anonymous said...

It is important to note that one guy is just a supervisor and the two deputies are essentially volunteers. The deputies especially at this time of the year do not get paid. even if they do it is only something like 10 bucks an hour and only if they work eight hours.

Anonymous said...

Chalk one up for the Gestapo!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable a family of morons break the law and all you other morons start hating on the DEC!!

Anonymous said...

DEC?.. It's the PGC. The people who give Pennsylvania law enforcement officers a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Call them what you want. They were just doing their jobs.!