4 charged in illegal taking of deer

WELLSBORO – Four people were charged following a Game Commission investigation into the illegal taking of deer between Sept. 1 and Dec. 20, 2012.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, Calvin D. Jennings, 25, Tulsa Frey, 31, and James K. VanVliet, all of of 240 Route 287, Morris were charged with several counts of unlawful taking of big game, conspiracy to take big game, possession of loaded firearms in a vehicle, unlawful devices and methods, shooting on or across a highway, and unlawful use of lights while hunting in in Morris and Liberty townships.

Game Commission Officer Rodney Mee said the charges were filed following an investigation into the shooting and possession of no less than eight whitetail deer and the unlawful means and methods to commit the crimes.

Jennings was reported by Ruby Myers who said she heard a high-powered rifle shot coming from the road in front of her house on Snyder Road, Liberty Township Oct. 10, 2012, and also by Lon Schmouder who said he heard shots in front of his home on Snyder Road.

Game commission officers said they discovered two dead deer near Snyder Road on Oct. 10 and Myers retrieved two spent Wolf shell casings she found in front of her home Oct. 18.

On Nov. 16, Douglas Cohick discovered a dead deer in a corn stubble on the north side of Nauvoo Road, on the Hatco property in Morris Township.

Another dead deer was found by John Deemer on Nov. 20 in a corn stubble field on the same property.

On Dec. 12, officers interviewed Frey in Tioga County Prison, and he said he and VanVliet had cut up a deer that had been illegally shot during archery season.

VanVliet told police that Jennings had taken several deer along with himself and Frey.

Frey’s wife, Molly C. Hebe, 40, also of the same address and the owner of the home, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a pot pipe was found in her residence when officers were searching the basement looking for evidence that deer meat had been butchered there.

They found deer blood and meat stored in freezers in the basement, they said.

Two firearms were taken from a vehicle belonging to William A. Hebe, of 144 Buena Vista St., including a Rossi 7.62 caliber and a Winchester 30-06 Springfield.

VanVliet and Jennings were released on $10,000 bail and a preliminary hearing for all four was set for Oct. 22.