DNREC issues hunting-related arrests

DOVER — When announcing several hunting-related arrests Friday, DNREC issued reminders about the lawful handling of firearms in vehicles.

Delaware Code prohibits loaded firearms in or on motor vehicles, motorboats or farm machinery, the state agency stressed. No ammunition may be placed in the magazine or chamber of any firearm. Federal law may permit hunting crippled migratory birds from a motorboat, DNREC said in a news release.

The state also noted restrictions when transporting specific firearms, including:

• Muzzleloader: You cannot transport a muzzleloader with a charge in the barrel unless the cap or primer is removed and the gun is enclosed in a case or the striking mechanism is removed.

• Crossbow: Must not be in the cocked position.

The law also applies to concealed carry deadly weapons permit holders when participating in hunting-related activities.

First acknowledging that most anglers, hunters and boaters follow state laws, DNREC urged citizens to report violations they witness to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 739-4580. Wildlife infractions may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft at 800-292-3030 or online at de.gov/ogt.

From Nov. 13-26, police issued 100 citations among 2,586 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the public. Police made 102 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing and hunting regulation compliance checks.

DNREC noted some arrests, including:

• Jacob H. Olszewski, 35, of Townsend, was arrested on Nov. 14 for failure to tag antlered deer, failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours, removing antlered deer parts prior to checking, and two counts of possess or transport antlered deer that was unlawfully killed following an investigation into illegal hunting near Middletown.

Mr. Olszewski was released after receiving a $5,000 unsecured bond during arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach. A future appearance was scheduled in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.

• Commercial waterman John R. Moore, 55, of Magnolia, was cited on Nov. 18 for six counts of failure to attach an oyster harvest tag to a bushel of oysters near Bowers Beach. Moore was fined $642, including court costs and released.

• Glenn W. Browning, 60, of Georgetown, was arrested on Nov. 18, for three counts of firearm/weapon possession by person prohibited, failure to tag antlered deer, failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours, kill any antlered deer without first purchasing a hunters choice tag, two counts of possess or transport antlered deer that was unlawfully killed, license forgery or misrepresentation, unlicensed hunting, and must wear hunter orange following an investigation into illegal hunting near Springfield Road in Georgetown.

Mr. Browning was released on a $2,969 unsecured bond during arraignment at JP Court 3, pending an upcoming appearance in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. He was also ordered to relinquish all firearms and/or deadly weapons to the state.

• John E. Tomeski II, 26, of Bridgeville, was arrested on Nov. 19 on charges of firearm/weapon possession by person prohibited, two counts of impede lawful hunting, trespassing to hunt and possess or transport antlerless deer that was unlawfully killed following an investigation into illegal hunting near Georgetown.

Mr. Tomeski was arraigned at JP Court 3 and released on a $7,000 unsecured bond pending a future appearance the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

• Dover resident Jeremy Virdin, 18, was arrested on Nov. 22 on a count of failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours following an investigation into the falsifying of deer registry information neat Smyrna.

Mr. Virdin was arraigned at JP Court 7 in Dover and released, with an appearance upcoming in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

• Harrington resident Michael A. Payton, 36, was arrested on Nov. 22 for two counts each of possess or transport antlered deer that was unlawfully killed and trespassing to hunt, and one count of hunt deer during unlawful hours (nighttime) following an investigation into illegal hunting near Newark.

Mr. Payton was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on a $1,700 unsecured bond after a future appearance was scheduled at the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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