Game Warden Blotter
WARDEN HELPS WITH HEROIN OVERDOSE VICTIM, ARRESTS CULPRIT
A report of a drug overdose at a local hotel was received by Atascosa County Game Warden Derek Iden. Iden and a Pleasanton Police officer were first on scene and noticed a man outside of a hotel room in the parking lot waving his arms frantically. A female heroin overdose patient was taken by EMS to the hospital. Iden located hidden heroin drug paraphernalia that the male subject admitted to having used to cook and then inject heroin. The man was booked into the Atascosa County Jail.
STOLEN ATV RECOVERED
Wichita County Game Warden Tyler Reed recovered a stolen ATV after a landowner saw pictures of it on his game camera while scouting for turkeys. The landowner contacted Reed about the ATV and its owner possibly trespassing on his property. Reed followed the ATV tracks until he eventually found the ATV unattended. The ATV was turned over to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office who is now assisting with the investigation into the theft.
SUSPECTS NOT NETTING, BUT KEPT MANY UNDERSIZED FISH
Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King received a call that there was a group of fisherman using nets on the Center City Lake. King watched the fisherman from a nearby wooded area but could only see fishing lines in the water. After monitoring them for a short while, the fisherman proceeded to pack up their equipment and began walking back to their vehicle. King observed them dragging a large tub all the way up the trail and made contact with them as they got close to him. The subjects stated they did not use any nets but informed him that there was another group that had recently left. King called the complainant to get further details or a description of the illegal fisherman. While he was on the phone, he saw the fisherman go to the bucket and throw a fish into the woods. King quickly approached him and subject retrieved the almost 7-inch bass from the woods. He apologized and said he didn’t want to receive a citation for the little bass. King advised the fisherman that was not his only problem. The fisherman had a total of 25 undersized crappie in his tub.
TRESPASSERS CAUGHT SHOOTING, VANDALIZING HUNTING LEASE
Tyler County Game Wardens Roy Eddins and Brandon Mosley responded to a hunting lease after lease members heard shots fired. The wardens followed ATV tracks to a residence, and Mosley recognized the ATV due to game camera photos he had retrieved from a game camera he had set up on the lease earlier in the month. Mosley had photos of several subjects shining a spotlight on the lease and walking on the property with a shotgun and a rifle. The wardens also had pictures sent from a lease member of a deer stand tipped over and a stolen game camera. Mosley recognized one of the subjects as one pictured in the game can photo. The wardens received confessions from three subjects, including the taking of a rabbit, hog, and criminal mischief. Also the subjects had no hunting licenses and admitted to killing a deer on another property. One of the subjects went into his residence and retrieved the stolen game camera. Cases are pending.
MAN FISHING WITHOUT LICENSE FLEES OFFICERS
At a local playa lake, Lubbock County Game Wardens Mallory Mitchell and Shannon Chambliss checked a fisherman who did not have a fishing license. The man had given the wardens a false name because he had several felony warrants for his arrest. When confronted about the warrants, the subject fled on foot. After a brief chase, the wardens apprehended the man at a local apartment complex. Cases pending.
STORE CAUGHT SELLING GRASS CARP, LARGEMOUTHS
While participating in a retail fish dealer detail in El Paso, Hudspeth County Game Warden Mark Braddock and Game Warden Cadet Chelsey Kidder checked a store that was found to be in violation of several commercial fishing regulations. Two large tanks were found containing numerous live grass carp and largemouth bass. When the owner was questioned about the fish, he informed the wardens that he sold the fish to customers for consumption. When asked to display his Retail Fish Dealer License and his Finfish Import License, he produced an expired fish dealer license and he had no finfish license. Citations issued.
ARKANSAS HUNTERS RESCUED IN TEXAS MOUNTAINS
District 4 game wardens responded to a call for assistance with search and rescue in southern Presidio County. Hunters from Arkansas were hunting aoudad in the extremely rough terrain “below the rim” in Presidio County. One of the hunters took a shot at an aoudad and two of the hunters went to where they had last seen the sheep. When they failed to return, the hunter began searching for them through the night. The Presidio County SO, US Border Patrol Agents, a DPS helicopter and TPWD game wardens responded to the area to be searched. Soon after the search began a game warden unit spotted the two hunters. Both hunters were scared, tired and thirsty. Upon realizing that he had been found, one of the men fell to his knees and began to cry. He said he thought he was going to die out there and that he had never been so glad to see a game officer. After drinking plenty of water, the wardens took the hunters to their vehicles so that they could make their trip home.
MAN CAUGHTS SELLING CATFISH, 3 FOR $10
Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash received an anonymous text from an individual concerning the Mt. Pleasant/Pittsburg On-line Garage Sale. The picture sent showed an assortment of channel catfish for sale at three for $10. Ash located the suspect in a trailer and issued a citation for no Commercial Fishing License. The subject admitted to selling at least 18 catfish out of Lake Bob Sandlin.
CARPORT SALE INCLUDES SHRIMP, OYSTERS AND SNAPPER
Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash received a text from an employee at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park concerning a resident selling seafood online from his home. Due to the vehicle traffic at the home, Ash had to park across the street. Ash issued a citation for failing to have a Retail Fish Dealer’s License. The suspect was caught selling tilapia, octopus, shrimp, oysters, live blue crab and red snapper out of his carport.
LENGTHY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO 4 YEAR CONVICTION
During deer season Llano County Game Warden Ken Stannard received a call about a possible poacher on a ranch in Kingsland. He located the area where a deer had been pulled under a barbed wire fence and then tracked the suspect’s footprints and deer blood through a wooded area, ending up at a shed a half-mile away behind a house in a residential neighborhood. Stannard could see fresh blood inside the shed where a deer had been cleaned. When the suspects returned, the two men were wearing all camo and there was fresh deer blood and hair in the back of the truck. The main suspect said the deer was killed legally in Burnet. Stannard then called Burnet County Game Wardens Braxton Harris and Ronnie Langford. They obtained statements discrediting the suspect’s original story. The suspect was on parole for burglary and hunting without consent on the same property Stannard caught him on. Stannard received a full confession. The suspect then took Stannard to a vacant lot where the ice chest with the deer inside was hidden. On March 30, the suspect pleaded guilty to the felony charge and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
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