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PA Game Law
Hunting- In one of the largest ever game law violation cases in the region, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials and Armstrong County District Attorney Scott J. Andreassi recently announced that they have filed charges against seven individuals for multiple violations of the state Game and Wildlife Code. Making the announcement were Armstrong County District Attorney Scott J. Andreassi, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Barry Seth, Game Commission Southwest Region Law Enforcement Supervisor John Smith, Lt. Tom Dubovi of the Pennsylvania State Police and Armstrong County Sheriff Larry Crawford.
The arrests were the result of several months of investigative work involving a total of seven suspects ranging in age from 14 to 46. Six of the defendants are residents of Armstrong County, and one is from Butler County. A total of 22 citations with 75 separate counts were filed against the seven suspects, carrying with them total maximum penalties of $72,025. Total fines will be determined at hearing before the appropriate Magisterial District Judge.
David Rosenberger, of Ford City, is charged with 29 game law violations carrying total maximum penalties of $22,000. Charges include: unlawfully obtaining a hunting license, unlawful use of lights while hunting deer, taking antlered and antlerless deer out of season, illegally possessing deer, illegally possessing deer carcasses and venison, and conspiracy to commit various game law violations.
Dennis Rosenberger, of Ford City, is charged with 3 game law violations carrying maximum total penalties of $3,200. Charges include: conspiracy to illegally take and possess deer.
Shawn Heilman, of Kittanning, is charged with 15 game law violations carrying maximum total penalties of $12,025. Charges include: failure to properly report game kills, illegally taking and possessing wildlife, unlawful use of lights while hunting deer and conspiracy to illegally take and possess wildlife.
Samuel Cravener, of Vandergrift, is charged with 14 game law violations carrying total maximum penalties of $14,700. Charges include: unlawful use of lights while hunting deer and illegally taking and possessing wildlife.
Matt Bureau, of Ford City, is charged with five game law violations carrying total penalties of up to $11,100 in fines. Charges include: conspiracy to illegally take and possess wildlife and conspiracy to unlawfully use lights while hunting deer.
Dewey Buzzard III, of Butler, Butler County, is charged with one game law violation carrying maximum penalties of $700.
An unnamed 14-year-old juvenile, of Vandergrift, is charged with a total of eight violations carrying maximum penalties of $8,300. Charges include: conspiracy to take and possess wildlife and conspiracy to unlawfully use lights while hunting deer.
All charges have or will be filed before the respective Magisterial District Office. A date has not yet been set for hearings.
"The charges are the result of the dedication and hard work of many individuals, including representatives of the Game Commission, the State Police, the Armstrong County Sheriff's Office and the Armstrong County District Attorney's Office," said Smith, Game Commission Southwest Region Law Enforcement Supervisor. "In particular, I want to recognize the efforts of WCO Barry Seth and Deputy WCOs Dave Shaul and Gerald Vensel.
"The Game Commission is charged with protecting the wildlife resources of our state and prosecuting those who choose to violate the law. Our message in this case is clear, we will not tolerate, nor will the citizens of the Commonwealth, those who blatantly violate the laws."
Armstrong County District Attorney Scott J. Andreassi reinforced that message.
"My office has always taken these cases very seriously," Andreassi said. "It was obvious from the investigation and charges filed that these individuals had little to no regard for the game they were taking or the laws they were breaking. It will be the intention of my office to prosecute these charges to the fullest extent possible.
"I want to commend the Game Commission and everyone involved for a great job. I and the residents of Armstrong County say thank you."
Source: PA Game Commision
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