Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS: > 2004


Wed Dec 1, 5:15 PM ET Strange News - AP

KINGWOOD, W.Va. - Five young men were charged with stealing a Division of Natural Resources' mechanical deer after one left identifying information at the scene, leading police to a pickup truck where the robot deer's head was in plain sight.

Officers found the deer's body hidden in a building at the Fellowsville baseball field.

"I don't think those boys thought this through," Conservation Officer Cpl. Rich McCrobie said.

Patrick Bolyard, 20; Terry J. Goff III, 19; Joe Thomas Haskiell, 21; Andrew T. Knotts, 16; and Thomas J. Shahan, 19, were charged Nov. 25 with stealing the mechanical deer on Nov. 21. All live in Tunnelton.

DNR officers erected the deer about 75 yards from the road in the Fellowsville area where they'd had complaints of poaching the weekend before deer gun season began.

"One vehicle came up and spotlighted. We pursued it, and another came by and took the deer," Conservation Officer 1st Class Gary Johnson said.

Goff pleaded no contest to petit larceny, destruction of property, spotlighting and failure to stop and check game. Magistrate Diane Thomas sentenced him to 14 days in jail plus fines and costs totaling $1,244. Of that, $600 is restitution for the mechanical deer.

Thomas levied 10 days jail time and a total of $744 in fines and costs against Bolyard for his no contest plea to conspiracy to violate game laws, hunting from a motor vehicle, spotlighting and failure to stop and check game.

Chief Magistrate Janice Snider sentenced Shahan to 14 days in jail and a total of $1,244, including $600 restitution, for his no contest plea to spotlighting, petit larceny, conspiracy to violate game laws and destruction of property.

Snider ordered Knotts to pay $577 for tickets charging him with hunting without a license, hunting from a motor vehicle, spotlighting and conspiracy to violate game laws.

A conviction for spotlighting also results in automatic revocation of hunting licenses for two years.

Haskiell had not entered a plea in Magistrate Court by Tuesday. He is charged with destruction of property, petit larceny, spotlighting and conspiracy to violate game laws.


Information from: The Dominion Post,

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