November 28, 2011 |
A 21-year-old Chester County man is recovering after his illegally owned rattlesnake ignored the admonishment not to bite the hand that feeds you. It happened two days before Thanksgiving in an apartment on the 100 block of West State Street in Kennett Square, police said. The victim, who is not being identified by police, was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for treatment of the venomous bite. He is expected to survive police said. In the meantime, police had to contend with an illicit menagerie that was unknown to authorities as well as the apartment building's owner.
June 16, 2011 |
A 24-year-old man was bit by a rattlesnake he was trying to help by attempting to move it off a road Thursday evening near the Jersey Shore, a state official said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving on County Road 679 in Ocean County around 6:30 p.m. when he saw a snake on the road, said Larry Ragonese, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. "He got a stick, tried to pin it down and tried to grab its head," Ragonese said. The snake bit him in the hand, "then slithered away.
June 29, 2000 |
Despite rumors and news reports to the contrary, parties to a rattlesnake lawsuit have not signed a deal. Far from it. Residents, environmentalists and officials have been waiting for a legal battle to end and construction to resume at the Sanctuary, an Evesham development nestled in the scenic and quiet forests of the Pine Barrens. There, in 1997 and 1998, builders constructed and sold roughly 100 large, expensive homes, promising amenities that were to include a restored 13-acre swimmable lake, nature trails, tot lots, and tennis courts.
November 14, 2012 |
A pair of alleged rattlesnake rustlers are facing federal charges for illegally capturing venomous snakes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to sell through their thriving mail order reptile business. Robroy MacInnes, 54, and Robbie Keszey, 47, are co-owners of the Glades Herp Farm in Florida. In 1998, The Washington Post celebrated MacInnes as "the man to see if you want to buy a crocodile. Or a scorpion, a rattlesnake, a boa constrictor. " According to prosecutors, however, MacInnes and Keszey were illegally obtaining many of their rattlesnakes from Pennsylvania.
June 17, 2011
A 24-year-old man was bitten by a rattlesnake he was trying to help by attempting to move it off a road Thursday evening near the Jersey Shore, a state official said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving on County Road 679 in Ocean County about 6:30 p.m. when he saw a snake on the road, said Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. "He got a stick, tried to pin it down, and tried to grab its head," Ragonese said. The snake bit him in the hand, Ragonese said, "then slithered away.
October 13, 1999 |
State officials want to buy thousands of acres already approved for homes as part of a legal settlement to end construction on the habitat of an endangered Pinelands rattlesnake. The Pinelands Commission wants to settle a developer's lawsuit by assisting in the purchase and preservation of about 2,000 acres, including the undeveloped portions of the Sanctuary, a 700-acre Evesham subdivision where the timber rattlesnake was found last year. If the plan is approved, the acreage would expand Wharton State Forest and create contiguous tracts of open space through Evesham, Medford and possibly other townships.
March 2, 1987
The Feb. 13 article on the sacrosanct rattlesnake furnished me with no little bemusement. The article stated that the authorities in the New Jersey Pinelands are going to curtail the use of Land Rover-type vehicles in their domain because their wheels are decimating our beloved, endangered rattlesnake. Somebody out there has to be nuts! I suppose, if there still were a few dinosaurs around gobbling up the population, they too would be sheltered as an endangered species.
November 14, 2012
Two alleged rattlesnake rustlers are facing federal charges in the illegal capture of venomous snakes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to sell through their mail-order reptile business. Robroy MacInnes, 54, and Robbie Keszey, 47, co-owners of the Glades Herp Farm in Bushnell, Fla., were indicted Tuesday, prosecutors said. According to the indictment, MacInnes and Keszey made several trips to Easton, Sellersville, and Jim Thorpe, Pa., in 2007 and 2008 to illegally trap, and sometimes buy, federally protected eastern timber rattlers, returning to Florida on commercial airlines.
February 19, 2002 |
I started having imaginary discussions with my great-great-great-grandfather Mortimer Lee back in the 1960s. He'd show up late, sit by my bed, and chat me up about the current state of affairs. His arrival coincided with my discovery that water, in whatever condition, could be rendered safe to drink if mixed with enough alcohol. I grew to enjoy our occasional visits. Our discussions covered myriad subjects, from the family condition to the state of the state and life's little quirks.
April 26, 2003 |
The snakes have won another one - for now. A Superior Court judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit by Signature Homes that would have required the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Evesham Township to allow it to begin building homes on the remaining 22 lots it owns in the Sanctuary. The 663-acre development has been a battleground between developers and environmental groups for years. The Pinelands Commission in October stopped construction in the Sanctuary, which borders Wharton State Forest, after Signature Homes had built 38 of its 60 planned houses.