PA: 6th person charged in investigation of illegal hunting, trapping in Westmoreland County
June 7, 2014
A sixth person has been charged in the aftermath of a two-year
investigation into illegal hunting, trapping and butchering
practices in Westmoreland County.
Keith Stiles faces 177
charges, mostly related to illegally trapping dozens of animals,
including muskrats, raccoons, red foxes and coyotes. Stiles
does not have a hunting license but allegedly hunted and trapped
animals, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He allegedly
sold the pelts while using the license of another man, Randy S.
Fink was charged this week with 53 hunting-related
offenses, many of which stem from allegedly allowing Stiles to use
Stiles' hunting license was revoked in 2009 for
prior offenses. In late 2013, he was charged with 15 counts of
illegally taking or possessing game or wildlife. He pleaded guilty
to 11 of the charges and was fined more than $1,200. The other four
counts were dismissed.
He is charged with six counts of
hunting while his privileges were revoked, 67 counts of illegally
taking or possessing game or wildlife, 45 counts of illegally
selling furs and 56 counts of trapping without a permit.
addition to Stiles and Fink, four others have been charged.
William M. Rhoades is charged with illegally butchering deer and
selling venison and moonshine.
Carol A. Fink and her son,
Calvin T. Bish have been charged with hunting out of season and
lending their kill tags to Randy Fink.
Brett A. Weimer, a
butcher, has been charged with illegally buying and selling game.
More charges are expected to be filed in the case, according to
the Game Commission.
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