DALLAS – When a search warrant was executed last November at a Honesdale man’s residence, the search turned up evidence he was selling drugs, unlawfully possessing firearms, and involved in a large-scale deer poaching operation involving others.
Pennsylvania State Troopers from the Honesdale barracks and Wayne County Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Frank Dooley arrested Leroy D. Catania, 31, Honesdale, on drug charges and several game law violations.
“Catania has been a serial game law offender for years,” explained Dooley. “He was previously cited for numerous game law violations and was on hunting license revocation at the time of his arrest.”
The Catania property search uncovered illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen property, freshly processed deer meat, and evidence of deer baiting. Among the many items seized as evidence were 30 mounted antlered deer heads and deer antlers.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 20) – When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, don’t forget about your life jacket, especially if you are planning to use a canoe, kayak or similar small boat.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, they are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.
“Life jackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on a boat,” says Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “According to Pennsylvania’s boating accident reports, almost 80 percent of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket. A disproportionate number of the fatalities occur during the months of November through April. During these cold weather months, boaters are especially at risk due to the water temperature and the risk of sudden cold water immersion.”
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 19) — Continuing the year-long celebration in honor of its 150th Anniversary, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting a special Open House on October 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery, located at 162 Fish Hatchery Rd, New Paris, PA 15554.
The event is free and open to the public.
The afternoon will begin with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark major infrastructure upgrades recently completed at the hatchery. Bedford County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kellie Goodman Shaffer will open the event. Speakers will include Executive Director John Arway, PFBC Commissioner Lenny Lichvar, state Senators John Wozniak (D-Johnstown) and John Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Duncansville), and state Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford).
An official state historical marker was placed at the PFBC headquarters on Oct. 12 commemorating the beginning of the agency with its establishment in 1866 and its national leadership in environmental protection and enforcement.
The special ceremony was held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and was part of the PFBC’s year-long celebration of its 150th Anniversary.
During the recent quarterly business meeting in Erie, Executive Director John Arway and the Board of Commissioners presented Lifesaving Awards to four waterways conservation officers (WCO).
Lifesaving Award for Heroic Efforts During a Life Threatening Situation- presented to WCO Terry Crecraft. After completing stocking efforts on a local stream on April 14, 2016, WCO Crecraft stopped at a local restaurant with some stocking a
ssistants. After a short time, WCO Crecraft noticed that one of the assistants was choking and unable to breath. He performed the Heimlich maneuver, successfully clearing the obstruction. WCO Crecraft called the individual later that night to check on his welfare and was informed of a full recovery. Photo (L-R) Executive Director John Arway, WCO Terry Crecraft, Board President Glade Squires.
The leaves might be greener than usual for this time of year, but it's mid-October nonetheless.
And in Pennsylvania, it's prime time for hunting.
While hunting opportunities exist throughout the year in Pennsylvania, and some fall hunting seasons already are underway, the majority of seasons are entering their stretch runs toward opening day.
This weekend hosts five awaited openers – the first day of the regular squirrel and rabbit hunting seasons, the opening day of the one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer, and the first day of the seasons for ruffed grouse and woodcock. Saturday also is the first day of duck season in southern portions of Pennsylvania.
Each year, Pennsylvania Conservation Officers check thousands of hunters, anglers, trappers, and recreational vehicles for compliance with fish, boating and wildlife laws. A compliance check by a Conservation Officer is an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to have positive interactions with Conservation Officers while in the woods and on the waters of Pennsylvania. Conservation Officers can help explain laws and can help you learn more about outdoor opportunities and conditions in your area.
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