Two juveniles also are charged in a sweeping probe of deer poaching.

DALLAS – Nicholas A. Rosencrance, 19, of Scott Township, faces multiple game law charges resulting from a deer-killing spree that occurred in late January 2018, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.
Charges against Rosencrance today were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler, Chinchilla.
A disturbing video posted on Facebook, showing a male juvenile kicking and stabbing a paralyzed white-tailed deer, was provided to the Game Commission in October. Lackawanna County State Game Warden Kevin Moran and other game wardens conducted multiple suspect interviews and collected forensic evidence that led to charges against Rosencrance and two juveniles.
The Game Commission alleges Rosencrance participated in killing or shooting at four deer in North Abington and Scott townships in January 2018 and that he provided the rifle, vehicle and spotlight. Game wardens executed a search warrant at his residence in Scott Township on Nov. 9 and confiscated a rifle, deer parts, drug paraphernalia and electronic evidence.

DALLAS – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that a Pike County man has been successfully prosecuted for the illegal taking or possession of 11 antlered deer over a several-year period.
James A. Twaite, 72, of Rowland, was found guilty of 11 summary counts of the unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, one count of hunting in an area where bait was used as an enticement, and one count of failure to tag big-game kills.
The charges were filed by State Game Warden Kevin Moran at the office of Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper, Shohola. During a hearing held on Dec. 13, Twaite was found guilty of all charges. Fines and court costs were assessed at just under $10,000 and Twaite faces the loss of Pennsylvania hunting license privileges for 13 years.
The Game Commission received information that Twaite posted a photograph of a recently killed protected antlered deer on his Facebook page during the 2018 archery deer season. An investigation conducted by Moran and Game Warden Cadet Patrick Sowers determined that the protected deer also was killed in a baited area and was not tagged.

Charges Filed before Magisterial District Judge

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has charged an Erie County man with killing a bald eagle.

Daniel Haddix, of Waterford, was charged unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife for shooting and killing a mature bald eagle. If found guilty, the fine will range from $100 to $200, plus court costs. Restitution for the bald eagle is $2,500.

On Oct. 12, State Game Warden Michael Stutts was sent to investigate a report of a dead bald eagle in McKean Township field near South Hill Road. The recently killed eagle was found across the road from Haddix’s home. After several interviews, SGW Stutts concluded Haddix was responsible.

DALLAS – Two wolf hybrids were seized in mid-October by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after the animals in May attacked a two-year-old child at the Wilkes-Barre Dog Park.
David Cannon Jr., 54, of Plains, faces two counts of unlawful acts related to exotic wildlife possession permits and one count of failure to safeguard the public from attack by exotic wildlife. Charges were filed by State Game Warden Phil White at the office of Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr., Plains, and carry a maximum total penalty of $1,500.
The two wolf hybrids – a male and a female – were seized during a search warrant executed on Oct. 18 at Cannon’s residence. Wolf hybrids are considered exotic wildlife under the PA Game and Wildlife Code.

Multiple deer killed unlawfully in Susquehanna County

DALLAS – A search warrant executed by Pennsylvania State Game Wardens on Jan. 25 at a residence along Berg Hill Road, Gibson Township, Susquehanna County, revealed evidence of deer that were killed by persons hunting at night and using bait. One man living at the residence, and performing work associated with the natural gas industry, was subsequently cited for killing three white-tailed deer, and attempting to kill others, over an extended period of time. His roommate was cited for assisting in the killings.
Susquehanna County Game Warden Benjamin Rebuck filed charges against James D. Hawkins, 62, and William C. Corbell, 26, both of Hamilton Miss., for multiple violations of the Game and Wildlife Code. Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford on Feb. 13.

FRANKLIN – An Erie man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for unlawfully killing antlerless two deer while his hunting license is revoked.

Jonathon M. Gindy, 32, faces two felony counts for unlawfully killing the deer and one first-degree summary count for hunting while his hunting license was revoked. As part of a major revision to the Game and Wildlife Code enacted in 2010, any person convicted of a third offense inside of a seven-year period faces felony charges. These charges mark the third time Gindy has been charged in the last three years. Additionally, when wildlife is taken unlawfully there are replacement costs. The replacement cost of an unlawfully taken deer is a minimum of $800 each.

Also charged is an accomplice, Anthony J. Double, 40, of Erie. As a first-time offender, Double is charged with one first-degree summary count for the unlawfully killing big game.

BOLIVAR – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has filed charges against two Johnstown area residents as a result of a deer poaching spree that occurred over the past several months in the Richland, Sidman, and New Germany areas of Cambria County. State Game Warden (SGW) Seth Mesoras filed multiple charges against Luke R. Plummer, 18, Summerhill, and Jacob Lewis, also 18, Johnstown, Pa.

After State Game Wardens became aware of the poaching they immediately started investigating the case, attempting to catch the individuals responsible. But it wasn’t until recently that several crucial tips were provided by different informants that the necessary information and evidence were gained in order to charge the defendants. “It was timely information provided by concerned local citizens that led to the apprehension of the defendants,” stated SGW Mesoras.

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