WV: Fatal Investigation Leads to Unrelated Citations
Fatal Investigation Leads to Unrelated Citations
Two out-of-state hunters are cited for game law violations in the course
of the investigation of a fatal hunting accident in Lewis County.
Conservation officers looking into the death of Lewis County hunter Shawn
Stewart learned through an informant of four out-of-state hunters who had
been hunting on the opening day of Spring Gobbler season in the vicinity of
the fatal accident.
The informant knew one of the four only by the name of "Craig." DNR
officers contacted Stonewall Resort officials to ask if any out-of-state
guests were listed under the name "Craig." Resort officials reported late
that night a check of their guest registry revealed a guest named "Craig"
from Maryland was staying in one of the cabins with three companions. The
men were due to check out early the next morning.
Conservation officers went to the cabin around midnight and began
questioning the four and collecting evidence. During the course of the probe
they found the group had killed three turkeys on opening day. However, one
of the hunters had no West Virginia hunting license and one of the turkeys
had not been checked in.
Craig Spence of Church Hill, Maryland was charged with hunting without a
license and illegal possession of a wild turkey and was fined $100.00 on the
two charges, court costs amounted to $319.06, and he also paid replacement
cost for the turkey of $100.00.
Mark Greenwood of Hartley, Delaware was charged with failure to game
check a turkey and was fined $50.00 plus 159.53 in court costs.
Conservation officers do not believe the four were in involved in
Anyone with information that will help successfully complete this
investigation is urged to contact the Weston detachment of the W. Va. State
Police at 304-269-0500, the Lewis County Division of Natural Resources
Office at 304-269-0479, Division of Natural Resources law enforcement
offices at French Creek at 304-924-6211, the Elkins District Office at
304-637-0245, or the Lewis County Dispatch Center at 304-269-8241.
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