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Tuesday November 9, 2004
by DAVID DISHNEAU/Associated Press Writer
FLINTSTONE, Md. - A Virginia man was fatally shot by a hunting
companion, and two other hunters survived shootings in separate
accidents over the weekend, the Maryland Natural Resources Police
Stamos Courpas, 35, of Fairfax, Va., died after Charles Lepovetski
of Ranson, W.Va., mistook his movements for a bird and shot him
at 10 a.m. Saturday in Allegany County's Green Ridge State Forest,
Cpl. Ken Turner said.
Authorities were still investigating the incident Monday, Turner
He said Courpas wasn't wearing fluorescent orange clothing,
which isn't required by law while turkey hunting in the spring
or fall. Nevertheless, wearing orange attire in the woods during
hunting season is a wise safety precaution, Turner said.
Also on Saturday, Eddie C. Graham, 52, of Washington, D.C.,
was shot while rabbit hunting near Brice Mill Road in Charles
County, Turner said. Robert Glaco, 69, of Prince George's County,
mistakenly shot Graham, he said.
On Sunday, Joseph R. Medell, 63, of Pasadena, Md., was shot
while quail hunting on a regulated shooting area near Cambridge,
Md., in Dorchester County, Turner said. He said Medell was mistakenly
shot by Charles D. Russell Jr., 60, of Chester, Md., who was
charged with negligent hunting.
In another hunting accident, Daniel P. Evans, 34, of North East,
Md., sustained injuries when he fell 15 feet from a tree Friday
while deer hunting in Elk Neck State Park, Turner said. He said
Evans wasn't using a tree stand or safety harness.
Another hunter spent two nights in the Savage River State Forest
in Garrett County before he was found in good condition Sunday,
Ranger Mike Gregory said. He said William Redman, 25, of Pasadena,
became separated from his hunting party on Friday.
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