September 1, 2012
LANCASTER - An out-of-town jury has been picked to hear a potential death-penalty case against a man accused of killing a game warden in Central Pennsylvania. Christopher Lynn Johnson goes on trial in Adams County on Sept. 24. He is charged with fatally shooting state wildlife officer David Grove in November 2010. Sixteen Lancaster County residents will travel about 50 miles daily to the Adams County courthouse in Gettysburg, the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported. - AP
September 24, 2012
GETTYSBURG - Opening statements are scheduled Monday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of having killed a game warden in central Pennsylvania almost two years ago. Christopher Johnson, 29, of Carroll Valley, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of state wildlife officer David Grove in November 2010. Officials say Grove was patrolling a dark stretch of rural road near Gettysburg when he confronted a poacher and was shot four times. An out-of-town jury was brought in to hear the case in Adams County Court after defense attorneys argued that "pervasive and sustained" publicity had made it impossible for their client to get a fair trial.
May 13, 1986 |
As the fire that destroyed 300 acres of woodland on Flagstaff Mountain was finally extinguished last week, game warden Frederick Beers was reminded that such blazes have their victims. Two orphan fawns, perhaps only 5 days old, were brought to his home in this Carbon County community. Both had been found at the fire scene, though in different areas. Neither was injured. "They're pretty animals," Beers said, stroking the fur of one of the fawns. "That was a hot fire in the mountain.
August 24, 1992 |
The lady had a stork in her garage. Or she thought it was a stork. Possibly a crane. Either way, it was hunkered down in a corner, by a bowl of Rice Krispies and a cup of water, and she needed help getting it out of there. This being Philadelphia, she called her local committeeman. The committeeman called his city councilman, whose staff reached the game commission's dispatcher in Reading. That is why the phone was ringing one recent morning in Richard J. Shire's office, upstairs in the 200-year-old Verree House at the edge of Pennypack Park.
December 8, 1995 |
GAME WARDEN SHOWS NO FAVORITES Don't expect game warden Joseph Dedrick to let anybody off with a warning. Not even himself. Dedrick, the game warden for Caroline County, Va., grabbed his shotgun and rounded up his bird dogs on his day off and went quail hunting. He bagged one bird and went home "happy as a clam. " That was on Nov. 21. A few days later, a friend told him quail season didn't open until Nov. 27, and produced a game department brochure to prove it. "I called my lieutenant the next morning and told him, 'We're going to have to get a warrant on me,' " said Dedrick.
January 28, 2016
ILLINOIS Officer's widow indicted in theft The widow of a disgraced Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty, sparking an intensive manhunt, was indicted Wednesday on charges of assisting her husband in siphoning money from a youth program. Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, turned herself in at the Lake County Sheriff's Office when she learned of the grand jury indictment, said Detective Christopher Covelli, a sheriff's office spokesman.
March 6, 1986 |
It wasn't exactly criminal mischief. And what drew Hatboro police Sunday to the Ernie Brown & Son Nissan car dealership couldn't be classified as vandalism either. The culprit - who thrashed about the garage and smashed two windows - turned out to be a wayward 1-year-old doe that apparently panicked after wandering into Hatboro's business district. Employees at a nearby Wendy's and a 7-Eleven on York Road called police at 4:15 p.m. with reports of a deer in the vicinity of the garage at 21 N. York Rd. The dealership was closed at the time, police said.
September 30, 1986 |
It has been almost two years since state conservation officer Stephen Murza took aim from a second-story window and shot his neighbor's cat with a .22- caliber rifle, killing the pet and creating a small furor over a 1923 state law. The law instructs game wardens and police officers to "humanely destroy" a cat in pursuit of a protected bird - a definition that extends to all birds in New Jersey except those hunted as game. Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a measure introduced by Senate President John F. Russo (D., Ocean)
July 24, 1994 |
Raccoons, as any game warden will explain, are animals of the night. But in the last two months, these scavengers have been making daytime appearances all over the place: ambling along busy roads, in Neshaminy Valley back yards, even in the picnic area of the Torresdale Swim Club in Andalusia. Rich Bolinski, Bensalem's animal control officer, fears that this is a sign that distemper, a viral disease most common in dogs, is spreading through the local raccoon population. In the last 2 1/2 months, Bolinski has captured 17 or 18 raccoons, according to his estimate, "which is a lot of raccoons to be out during the day," he said.
February 10, 2012 |
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - A Central Pennsylvania couple found a very unusual critter in their backyard - a purple squirrel. Percy Emert said he and his wife, Connie, have cagelike traps in their yard to keep squirrels away from bird feeders. Percy Emert then releases the squirrels into the woods. On Sunday, he recalled, "my wife said, 'You're not going to believe it, but I saw a purple squirrel in the yard.' So I put out a trap with a couple of peanuts inside. " Before long, the squirrel came back and found itself trapped.