One Death Attributed To Accidental
12:43 p.m. EST December 3, 2003
At Least 3 Hunters Die In Poconos Monday
At least three hunters collapsed and died in the woods of
the Poconos on Monday -- which was the first day of the deer-hunting season
State police at Lehighton, Pa., identified one hunter
found in the woods off Route 903 in Penn Forest Township as William Hoffman
Jr., 57, of Jim Thorpe, Pa.
The Carbon County Coroner's Office said search and rescue
crews in Nesquehoning, Pa., discovered another hunter, Mike Hrinda Jr., 67,
of Nesquehoning on Monday night after he failed to return home from his
In Northampton County, police said Larry Rissmiller Sr.,
66, of Bushkill Township, Pa., collapsed while hunting with his son in Moore
Township. Larry Rissmiller Jr. administered
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but could not revive his father.
The county coroners said all three men appeared to have
died of natural causes.
Hunter Found Dead In Fulton County
In Fulton County, a wildlife conservation officer said an
Erie man was critically injured when a fellow hunter accidentally shot him
in the leg and the bullet exited through his back.
The officer said Gerald Weaver was hunting Tuesday with
three friends in a dense wooded area of Girard Township, near Erie, when a
deer ran through the group.
A hunter, whom officials would not identify, shot at the
deer, missed, and hit Weaver, who was later taken to Hamot Medical Center in
Meanwhile, state police said Ronald Tarner, 60, was
reported missing after he did not return from hunting. Officials found him
dead of natural causes in a wooded area of Union Township.
Hunter, 86, Found Safe
An 86-year old hunter was found safe and sound Tuesday
after spending Monday night lost in the woods near Rickets Glen State Park.
Rescue crews found Mahlen Michael of Lancaster, Pa.,
Tuesday afternoon after he spent almost 24 hours in the subfreezing weather.
Michael was checked out at a Williamsport area hospital
and is in good condition.